updates around here

Monday, June 23, 2014
The weather has been ok, a bit on the warm side and with out the AC to keep it dry, the humidity has really gotten to me. I had a hen go broody a time back and got two chicks out of it. I move the chicks into the house for the hen was not doing a good job of taking care of them. The one that hatched a week later than the first keep wondering off and mom hen would not care. They are both doing very good and seems there is one roo and a hen.
Was working out side this weekend since we had a break in the storms so that we could get the grass mowed, still did not get it all done. At one time I went to check for eggs since I have to more often than in the winter, and I found a 5 to 6 foot black snake in the nest eating eggs. It took a bit of time and work but we(my husband and I) got the snake out of the nest and out of the shop, but it moved off before we could kill it.
The garden is doing good. The cucumbers are all over the place and I have already gotten 4 and there are going to be a ton more. My okra never did do anything so no okra this year. The green beans are doing well, just wish I had got some tee-pee pole put up for them but, they are using the okra lattice I did not have many of my peas come up but, I will get my very first taste of fresh peas this year with the few that did make it.
Now for my business, It is going very slow. I have not had any sales. I now have a coupon till the end of the month for 10% OFF MA products alone with $5 shipping and FREE shipping for orders over $99. The coupon code is 10OFFMA. You will have to sign up as a preferred customer to get the shipping cost and that is also FREE.
I also started to give my oldest dog that has arthritics  PetHealth™ OPC Formula with Glucosamine for Dogs & Cats and it has helped her so much. She is now able to move easier than before.I see her playing a bit more than she use to. She will get up in the morning and go out and when she comes back in she lets me know that I have to give her her meds(that is what we call it) by get really excited. sice it is a powder that you sprinkle over there food she has no trouble taking it and she loves it.
I have also gotten the Motives® Hydrating Lip Balm and love it. My lips feel so much softer and smoother now. I also do not have to put it on all the time like with other lip balms. I now take Isotonix Daily Essentials Packets everyday and I am starting to feel great again. My knees no longer hurt and I cam do stuff that I have not done in some time. If you have any questions about any of what I have talked about or just would like to know more please call me or get in touch through Facebook, google+ or email. You can even leave a comment her at the blog and I will get it.

Saving money cooking and getting creative in the kitchen

Thursday, May 8, 2014
Well the cost of food is really get out of hand. I know that I would like to grow more of my own food but at this time I just do not have the money to get any of the animals that I would like to have, so I still have to get meat from the store and let me tell you it is getting HIGH. This last shopping trip I got two whole chickens and yesterday I put them in the crock pot for 10 hour on low, let it stay on warm overnight. I had my husband turn it off this morning when he was up for work, this way it would be cooled down to work with. I was able to get 3 lbs 10 ozs of chicken and 3 qts of broth out the two chickens for about $10. The chicken i put in 1 lb portions in the freezer and the broth is in qt mason jars in the freezer(lids are lose till frozen). That there is for meals for us for there are only 3 of us.
Now for the creative part in the kitchen. My son the creative cook, mad scientist that he is did it again. here is  what he made tonight, a take off of a chicken helper. We love the idea of "helpers" but not the price. We will get one now and then so that we can try to remake it for less. and this one is the chicken enchilada one, or our take on it.
1 lb cooked chicken
1 15 oz can Diced tomatoes
1 4 oz can Green chilies
1 inch slice of Velveeta cheese
1/4 teaspoon garlic(we use the jar kind)
1/2 minced onion
3/4 cup Enchilada sauce ( we use homemade)
1 cup frozen corn
Cooked Rice (1 cup dry to 2 cups water)
Start the rice first and make the sauce if using home made. Mix the chicken, tomatoes, chilies garlic, onion and Velveeta together till cheese is melted stir in the enchilada sauce and rice. heat and enjoy.
To me this is a fast easy recipe. The extra enchilada sauce I will freeze for later.


Going fishing after ? years

Friday, May 2, 2014
Tomorrow my son and I are going to go fishing for the first time in over 10 years. We got just about everything you could need for fishing on a lake shore bank. Licence, poles, tackle, first aid kit, rags, cooler for the fish, yes you read right cooler for the fish. I use an old cooler that has a tape measure on top already, this way I can measure the fish when I have to, and then bring them home in the car afterwards. Where we live there is an non-native species of fish called a Snakehead that you are to kill and then report to  Fish and Game, and that is what we will do if we catch on, but we will just put in in the cooler till Fish and Game get there, for this fish can live out of water for several days. Mostly we are going to be fishing for catfish and brim(bluegill).
I am going to make some breakfast burritos, make two bottles of soda, take some chips and see it that is going to be enough, we are only going for like 3 hours, for we still have to get the shopping and the rest of the garden done. We will also take some coffee.
I remember going fishing with my dad and stopping at Jack in the Box for Breakfast Jacks and a drink. I did not get to fish with my boys to much while they were young like my dad did with me. No Jack in the Box in our part of the world, but I could make home made ones, just out of everything for them.

Cute as a button

Monday, April 28, 2014
Today while in a business meeting with some business partners I looked down and this is what I saw
one of my cats and one of my dogs resting right next to me. Today in our meeting I was doing a training on how to blog. Yes that is right training on how to blog. There is a lot that goes into blogging if you change up your background or have to take time to write a really good post. This is not an easy thing to do over the internet. There are tools that can help you have meeting over the internet like joime that lets you share your computer screen with other for learning and presentations for work. My son and I have even used joinme to help other fix computer problems.
Since I have a picture of some of my pets up there I am going to talk about a product that I am going to start giving to my dogs as soon as I get some, it is OPC for pets.

PetHealth™ OPC Formula with Glucosamine for Dogs & Cats
I take the OPC-3 and three other products that you can get in a kit at a 29% savings.

Some of the radishes are coming up and I planted a second square of them over the weekend.  I also got my herbs started. This next weekend I hope to get the tomatoes out and the bell peppers done. I am going to have to get more top soil and a few more pots but then that is what you have to do when you are just getting started with a new garden.
I hope to be able to start getting some of the animals soon, but have to get some cleaning done in the yard for the.

The garden is going

Wednesday, April 23, 2014
This last weekend my son and I worked on getting the garden going.
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This is the square foot part. we also have jalapenos in pots, the tomatoes and bells are going in pots too. The blanks will be more Radish over the next three weeks, unless I find something else to plant there. I think the lettuce and spinach are reversed. Not sure if  the  squash or chili peppers will come up but we are trying.  All the herbs will be in pots outside the front and side door close to the kitchen.  We should have most all of it done over the next few weeks. Have to buy more top soil and all that. I am going ot try and get some strawberries going too in a upside down thing for them.
Next year I hope to add another box to the garden area, for even more since you can never have enough of anything.

I lost a chicken the other day, but not sure form what. We still have enough for eggs so not a really big deal. It is all a part of the live cycle. 

Little by little we are getting what is needed for the homestead.