Broody Breaker Re-modle. RIP Snow…

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I have remade my Broody Breaker today, poor Snow she had the fluffiest of all butts.  I will share soon on how and why I did it (besides my girl brooke her little… so sad)  Look at that head, yes the head is that tiny little ball on the left!  LOL man I will miss her.  I thought I was prepared for loss but I was not.

So a safe broody breaker update coming soon.

I wish in all the articles I read I would have seen something like this happen sooner for advice.  My hope is in the future I can save you all from the sadness and guilt I felt yesterday, today and tomorrow.

RIP Snow

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RIP Snow, I wish I would have gotten home sooner.  My first loss for a bird, in my head I was prepared at some point to lose a bird or birds but I didn’t expect to be so sad.  She was so nice and such pretty bird, I feel like I failed her.

All my studying and preparing and you still miss small things and a life can be lost.  Silkies are notoriously broody this was Snows second brood in about a month she saw her sister Aurora in the broody breaker and decided she wanted to help her out.  Aurora snapped out of it and same as last time Snow took longer.  I went to work in the morning and came home possibly minutes after she broke her poor little neck trying to get back to her nesting box.  I am heartbroken I feel like I have failed her in her life.

I have done tons of research in broody breakers and thought I had it all figured out, clearly not.  I will be posting pictures soon of my new broody breaker but for now please heed my warning.  If you decide to use a wire dog crate as I did please add the wire mesh you use for the bottom to all the sides as well.  I noticed that they kept sticking their heads out of the broody breaker to try to get back to the box I never thought she would get so upset she would freak out and get stuck.  If only I would have thought of it sooner.

I am sorry Snow, I hope you gets lots of good treats over the rainbow bridge…

Cauliflower Season

The great Cauliflower Harvest!

The great Cauliflower Harvest!

The winter garden is officially over, the last of my cauliflower is bloomed and all of the spring plants are sprouting!  We have beans (lots and lots of beans) tomatoes (heirloom, roma and cherry) Peppers (red and green) Shishito Peppers, Banana Peppers and asparagus is on it’s second year so next year we will feast!   Looking forward to replenishing my spring crop harvest and planting the fun summer crops.

Sorry for the Break!

Taking in the views!

Taking in the views!

Sorry for the break, we went fishing, then the my In-Laws came ( I love them )  into town we had an amazing time.  This is a picture of Red Rock Canyon right before the bloom.  My Mother and Step Father have also come into town.  I have some amazing pictures that will be coming soon.

Winter Harvest

Peas and Carrots and 3 toni tiny Kohlrabi

Peas and Carrots and 3 tiny Kohlrabi

Busy time of year for me, prepping our seedlings, pulling up our winter harvest and preserving it, prepping the garden for our spring seedlings who are now getting hardened outside.  Sadly I had a bad spring in the seedling dept (hence new kitten eating said seedlings!) so I will have to purchase some of my plants and herbs this year.  I also had a bad winter here in Vegas for a winter garden. It did not get as cool and stay cool enough to reap the benefits of having a long grow season here in this weather. I had a few good crops, my carrots as you can see small but plentiful! sadly that also means the bad bugs will be bad this year, sad face insert here😦.

I still have broccoli in ground but I am not looking to get much out of that this year I am hoping a few to warrant watering it all winter!

This season I decided to freeze my crop, I had enough to preserve but not quite enough to go through the canning hassle (I thought).  Little did I know Pealing, cutting, shredding, chopping, blanching, laying flat to flash freeze, packaging and labeling would take as long as canning.  I do however like to cook roast and asian dishes a lot so the prepackaged frozen Carrots will be AWESOME! The Peas will find a home in some of our curries and indian foods. I also did 3 packs of shredded carrots for muffins and loaves we don’t eat sweets often but I love it with fresh organic veggies! Here was my process…

Frist peal ALL of your carrots and arrange by size. These are all of my sized carrots for stews and asian dishes.  I also have munch sized bits for snacks and shredded for loaves and muffins.

Frist peal ALL of your carrots and arrange by size. These are all of my sized carrots for stews and asian dishes. I also have munch sized bits for snacks and shredded for loaves and muffins.

Next step is to add your Veggies to a rolling boil pot of water, boil for 3 to 5 minutes.  Add immediately to an ice bath until cooled.

Next lay flat in layers (I used tinfoil to separate layers) on cookie sheet and freeze in freezer for 2 to 4 hours.

Next lay flat in layers (I used tinfoil to separate layers) on cookie sheet and freeze in freezer for 2 to 4 hours.

Pull frozen veggies from freezer and prep for storage.

Pull frozen veggies from freezer and prep for storage.

My next step was to messure out my portions for freezing, I did about 1 1/2 C per bag.  Label and freeze!

My next step was to measure out my portions for freezing, I did about 1 1/2 C per bag. Label and freeze!

Now have a glass of wine and enjoy grocery shopping in your freezer!

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I love this picture, I wish it was on my wall.

I love this picture on my wall.

I am in love with this picture, I wish I could go back in time and snatch a bunch of these goodies up and take them back with me.  The part of the country I live in is hard to find old goods. It is hard to live here now imagine back in the 1800’s and early 1900’s how inhospitable it would be! How could you live in such a place back then much less have all these antiques survive the heat and arid climate!? So to find true goods and amazing old finds I have to travel. God I wish I was back home in Minnesota to find some of those great goods!  But not the winter…