"The Mountains are calling and I must go"- John Muir

"The Mountains are calling and I must go"- John Muir

Monday, September 19, 2011

Apple pie and my new pie bird!

Hey y'all!!
     Hubby bought me a pie bird! I have been wanting one of these for ever! Women used them years ago, it lets the steam escape so the pie doesn't bubble over! Not to mention it's really cute! This is the first apple pie of the season, we live in Hendersonville, NC and Hendersonville is known as " apple country" so we got some organic apples from the apple orchard down the road and I made a pie!! And boy was it good! Well God Bless y'all!!

Friday, September 16, 2011

A very sad day for me...


                                          My sweet babies
                                          Their younger days, and if you notice their Mcdaddy is in there, I gave him away last year!
                                         

Hey y'all,
       This is a very sad day for me, this afternoon, a very sweet lady is coming to take my two rhode island reds home with her. It's not sad for them because she keeps hers for layers, and she is replacing her two reds that died, with mine. The reason for this is, I don't have a very big coop, and I don't have a very big run, I built it as big as I could afford to at the time. My husband had planned on building a much bigger one, but now I have other reasons for giving them away. They are picking on my sweet banty "little bit" so bad that I think they might kill her. I can not afford to build a bigger coop right now, and I don't have a permanent way to separate them. Also, last winter was really hard here, it stayed between 9 and 18 degrees all winter, it snowed about 12 inches in Nov. and it didnt melt until April. I have no way to heat the coop because its so small, and we also have a lot of family that we need to go see, and I don't have anyone I can trust to take care of them while I am gone. So, for these many reasons, I though it best to give them to a home where they can run around pen free and be spoiled as much as I spoil them and I know they will not be butchered. The reason I have to keep mine in a pen, is because we have coyotes, the hawks are really bad, and people don't put their dogs up, and we have had a few mean ones run through our yard. Little bit, my sweet banty, might be going to a friend of mine, but I will worry to death about her. She is the sweetest little chicken I have ever seen! But, she will not defend her self, and right now she is molting her feet and butt feathers and I am afraid that my friends chickens will not except and they might kill her, do you guys think that might happen? I am really scared for her, I wish I could keep her as a pet, but she will freeze to death this winter with out other chickens in the coop, and I am afraid she will get to lonely, do chickens need other chickens around them? I am going to have a very hard time giving her away, I actually sobbed the other night just thinking about it! Sad I know, but I get attached to animals really easy! But I guess it would be better for her to let her go, poor little thing :o( well, say a prayer for me, I need it!!!! God bless you all, hope everyone has a great weekend!

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Coffee Grounds

Hey y'all,
I have recently discovered many uses for brewed coffee grounds. I used to just throw them out in the trash, but I now save them if I can. 
I used them today for instance, to wash my hands. I know that sounds gross, but I had just cut up onion and garlic, and I hate for my hands to smell like onions, because it takes days to go away. I read a few yrs ago that coffee will take out odors, so I tried washing my hands in it, and voila! the onion smell was gone, and not only did it take the onion odor off my hands, it exfoliated, and made my skin sooo soft! So, the next time you have an odor on your hands, like onion, garlic, fish, what ever it may be, get a big hand full of coffee grounds from your coffee pot ( they have to be brewed first) and wash your hands with it like you would soap.

The next use brewed coffee grounds have, is taking some of the acid out of stews and soups. My mama always puts a teaspoon of coffee grounds in her soups, stews, or anything that might have a lot of tomato acid in it. She only does it though, if it is going to cook for a while, I wouldn't recomend it for raw or cold tomatoes.

And last but not least, I read last summer that brewed coffee grounds are great for your garden. During my quest to make the perfect compost, I did a little digging :o) and found out that coffee grounds have the nitrate that plants need so badly. So I now take the mornings coffee grounds and sprinkle them around my plants before I water them. I started doing it last summer and it actually helped. 
So, I just thought I would share this with you, go try them out! 
Oh, and before I go, do any of chicken owners out there, know of a good, sure fire way to get chicken bullies to stop pickin on the little guys? I have two rhode island reds that pick on my sweet little banty unmercifully! And we have both had just about enough of it!
God Bless!! 


The enchanting Blue Ridge Mountains I call home.

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I live in the mountains of Western North Carolina, in a little camper, with my husband and family. We are trying to become self sufficient and live off the land. I am sick of all the sad news on TV, the economy, and the evil world we live in, so we are trying to make things as simple as possible and get back to the basics. I think if everyone did that, and had faith in God the world might be a better place. Follow along, as we live life in our little tin can, and try to make it a home, while learning to homestead.