My Cutie Pies

My Cutie Pies

I was out of commission in the fall due to these guys… Well, one girl, one guy.  My daughter had twins and I couldn’t miss out!

When I got back, I went back to work teaching school – Language Arts this time and so I have been keeping busy.  But, now that it’s Spring, I will try to get back to sharing!



Gourmet S'Mores

After watching Chopped, my daughter challenged me with the following four ingredients: Graham Crackers, strawberries, hazelnut wafer cookies and ghost peeps.  Gourmet S’mores was the obvious choice.


My nephew is getting married in a few weeks.  I had the privilege of giving the shower for his fiancé. It was fun and memorable.  We used a black and white theme to be classy and and we made the food ourselves.  Thank goodness for Wendy and Patty’s decorating skills and for Ken’s cooking skills (even if he was offended that he wasn’t invited to the all girl shower – sorry Ken)  It was a wonderful day.  My favorite part was the game where we made bridal dresses from TP, paper towels and kleenex.  All teams had something special – bouquets, hats, etc… But the special dress was a reenactment of the 1920’s dress of Craig’s great great grandmother. Unfortunately, I don’t have a great pic of it but take my word for it -it was spectacular.

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The chickens are amazing!  They are sweet and friendly.  They follow me around the yard while I’m gardening. They are very prolific layers, especially the CinnamonQueens.  All in all I think having chickens is a VERY positive experience.


Barbara, Dolly, and Bess - free ranging...

Barbara, Dolly, and Bess – free ranging…

The date had us fooled. We thought it was the end of March.  We thought it was time to plant peas and work on my new herb garden.  Our friend thought it was a great day to come over and help put in our chicken door and fencing.  But, in reality we got snow. More snow than we have gotten in the three and a half years we have lived here. Surprise!  We got more than a foot..

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My ten little babies are growing quickly. This little girl escapes at every opportunity!


although there’s a big snow storm on the way, here is a little sign that spring will not be stopped!


Chicks at 3 Weeks

Chicks at 3 Weeks



This is Eleanor – so far I can tell the difference between her and Abigail and no others.  Anyway, Eleanor is the scruffiest looking Americauna that I have. Isn’t she sweet though?  She certainly cheeps loudly when she’s alarmed! They are growing. I thought I couldn’t tell because I pay attention to them so often throughout the day.  But, today when we got home from church, I could definitely tell they have grown in the 4 days we have had them.


These are my raised beds.  I resurrected them from a few years ago. I retightened all screws so they are ready to go.  I am trying to contain myself this year.  We’ll see… I have these two – another that is already in the garden saving the few bulbs of garlic I planted in the fall and a half one that has my strawberries.  I am also building a permanent herb garden around the sawed off trunk of an old tree so if I can manage all that, I will feel very accomplishful!  (I know it’s not a real word but you know what I mean!)


March 2023