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A Week or Two in Pictures (3/12 – 3/27)

We started the week off with a gorgeous – HUGE – full moon.

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After a bout of cool weather, Spring hit and the temperatures have been lurking somewhere about the 50-60° range. It’s been so warm that I’ve moved my seedlings outside along with my citrus trees.

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One of my lemon trees has been doing especially well and is covered with sweet smelling blooms. I attempted to hand pollinate some of the blooms but after moving it outside, I’m hoping that the bees will take over the job for me. I just realized yesterday that I had an orange tree. My citruses were all left at mom’s for the year or so I was transitioning to Robb’s house and included a lime tree. One tree died and I was so certain it was the orange. I was sad to discover that it was my lime!

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Robb and I went down to the beach last weekend and had a great time, depsite the rain. We ate at Two Roads Tavern, picked up donuts from Duck Donuts, and had a fun time at the Manteo Aquarium. For more of a recap and a review of Two Roads Tavern, visit The Edible Coast.

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This past Sunday was a great day for outside chores. We messed with the chicken coop (the chickens received new straw under the coop and new pine shavings inside of the coop), planted Swiss Chard and Brussels Sprouts, and generally enjoyed the good weather.

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Our newest chicken, Ipsy, is the chicken on the left hand side (below photo). She is a Silver Laced Wyandotte and as you can see, she is missing quite a few feathers on her backside from an overzealous rooster. Since I’ve brought her home, she has already put on a little more weight and I can see feathers starting to grow back.

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The straw from the chicken coop gets put into the garden to give the plants an extra boost.

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We officially listed our house for sale! We are going by the route of “for sale by owner” and I am confident that I can get the house sold. We are determined to move forward with finding a place with more space so we can grow our homestead.

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I tried to get a nice picture with Belle as we were all relaxing on Sunday, this is the one that came out the best. She saw the camera and just started acting like a diva.

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I decided to make fish tacos on Sunday, so I made a fresh pico de gallo. Unfortunately none of the produce was from our garden but hopefully the next time I make it – it will have all homegrown items (except for lime… sadly).

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Our delicious Alaskan halibut tacos with cilantro, pico de gallo, coleslaw, and a lime crema. What a great end to a busy weekend!

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Food · Life

Catch-Up

In my last post, I mentioned that we had purchase a new chicken. I would like to introduce you to “Lil B”, our 3-month old Ameraucana that we purchased from a local seed shop a few weeks ago. We had the hardest time naming her at first and eventually just named her what we normally call my dog. She’s been working on getting adjusted and last night was the first night that she slept in the coop without being caged off from the other birds. She looks just like a little roadrunner running about and loves to hop on my head and shoulders. We initially wanted a chicken closer to 5 months, but they were out.

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Gorgeous eggs. We are now averaging 3 or 4 a day from 5 chickens (of those 5 chickens, 4 are of laying age).

Robb and I went up to Virginia this weekend. I wanted to go to Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods, and Tijuana Flats. I had really been craving Tijuana Flats that past 6 months or so. Though I spent a little too much money ($70.74 at Whole Foods, $52.97 at Trader Joe’s, then an additional $74.12 at Food Lion, which is not pictured), this is not something that we do all the time. I haven’t been to a Whole Foods in about 2-3 years and the last time I went to Trader Joe’s was about August or so last year. We had a good time though and got some good items.

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Not pictured is my chocolate caramel sea salt Popsicle from Zen Pops (based out of Kitty Hawk) that I picked up (and quickly ate) at Whole Foods.

I could have done a little better with my money on some of these items but it’s okay. The Trader Joe’s “Island Soyaki” is the only thing I’ve had before and it is delicious. I’m looking forward to the pierogi (Whole Foods – potato, cheese and jalapeno kind), and trying the Thai Sweet Chili Veggie Burger (which is a newer item, I think). The So Delicious Unsweetened Coconut Milk Yogurt is amazing. That was a great find. I used it in a smoothie this morning (with bananas, blueberries, strawberries, orange juice, and Silk unsweetened coconut milk) and it was delicious.

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Chimichangas @ Tijuana Flats
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Working on some Easter egg candles that I plan to sell at the farmer’s market next weekend.
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Lil B is slowly working her way into the group. This is her first dust bath with the other girls! Not pictured is Emily because she was too busy going through the scrap pile.
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Last night’s dinner: Homemade mashed potatoes, broccoli that came from our garden last year, and a delicious homemade meatloaf with caramelized onions and a kick of horseradish. Yum yum!
Travel

A Jockey’s Ridge Adventure

Robb and I have been trying to make sure that we get out of the house on some of these January weekend days (of course, the ones that are warm and sunny, not cold, yucky and rainy like yesterday). Our first adventure was to the Great Dismal Swamp, followed by Merchant Millpond, and last weekend – Jockey’s Ridge.

We have a conservation farm that we plan to take the dogs to soon, hopefully. None of these locations are really out of the way for us and it’s nice to explore places that I haven’t been to in 10+ years!

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We started our day with Duck Donuts – one of my must-dos every time I head down to the beach. I normally go with the same doughnut: chocolate glazed with peanuts, but the cinnamon sugar is also delicious. Robb went with maple glazed.

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I came across this and love how the picture came out. Funny story: we are walking the dogs through a wooded area with lots of cacti scattered around. About the time I noticed it and moved to comment, Belle jumped about 5 feet straight in the air. Apparently she had noticed a cactus as well for she kept her nose to the ground the rest of the time.

 

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We followed our day up with lunch at Mama Kwan’s for their delicious fish tacos (Mama’s World Famous Fish Taco) and plain Pad Thai. After that, we went and saw ‘The Revenant’ – a movie that Robb really wanted to see but that I enjoyed as well.

Duck Donuts
(numerous locations, but I prefer the Kitty Hawk one best)
710 S Croatan Hwy,
Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina

Jockey’s Ridge State Park
Carolista Drive,
Nags Head at milepost 12 on the Hwy 158 Bypass

Mama Kwan’s Tiki Bar and Grill
1701 S Croatan Highway
Kill Devil Hills, NC 27948

Travel

Mini Roadtrip: Smithfield, VA

With my boyfriend being off-call this past weekend, I knew that I wanted to get out of town for a few short hours on Saturday. So we loaded my dog in the car (his stayed home) and we set off to Smithfield, VA which is about an hour and a half away. It might have taken us a *little* bit longer because we might have gotten a *little* bit lost but we eventually arrived.

Sidebar: We actually had quite a bit of excitement as we passed through the Dismal Swamp Canal. This HUGE black bear ran across the highway. We narrowly missed it. I had never seen a bear that close.

Our first, and pretty much only, stop was the Farmer’s Market. There were quite a lot of vendors. I wish that we lived closer or that the weather wasn’t quite so hot and that I had brought my cooler as there was so much local/organic/free range meat that I would have loved to stock my freezer up with – bison, pork, chicken, beef.

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I could have spent way more money that I did, but I ended up getting a few Japanese eggplants, and a couple of items from With Love (Maddie’s Magic calming salve, Misuli muscle salve, Restoration joint salve, Love Bug bug bite salve, and the Detox Pack bath powder).

For lunch, I stopped to the Granny’s Kitchen food truck and got the Coriander Dusted NC Shrimp (with quinoa, roasted corn, blistered chilies, cotija cheese, and a charred shallot/lemon vinaigrette). We found a quiet little shaded area to rest. This dish was absolutely fantastic and I highly recommend Granny’s Kitchen.

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It was a hot day and it wasn’t long before all three of us were panting and sweating so we shortened our trip. Smithfield is a cute little town so my boyfriend and I are planning to go back around Fall, when it has cooled off and the farmer’s market is still running. There are so many cute shops lining the street that I would love to check some of them out. One of the things I loved about Smithfield as well was the plethora of neat statues decorating the town.

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We ended up stopping to the Smithfield Chicken Swap as well, and though I wanted EVERYTHING there, we ended up leading empty handed. We did eventually purchase another chicken on Monday – a gorgeous Black Australorp. One of our Rhode Island Reds had passed away about a week prior.

After we returned home, we dressed and went to Planet Fitness for the first time. I had purchased a membership earlier in the week for us to get into shape. We worked hard for about an hour, then followed it up with a celebratory dinner at Ruby Tuesday – probably not the healthiest choice for us. 🙂

Life

Zoo Adventure [Photo Heavy]

I’ve only been to a zoo twice (both when I was younger) and I have fond memories of both visits – the first was at the NC Zoo where I was being pulled down a hill in a wagon. The second was on a field trip to the Virginia Zoo in Norfolk. I had lost a tooth on the bus, so my lovely mother crawled on the floor to look for it. I’m funny about zoos, which is probably why I haven’t been to one since – the animals seem so unhappy sometimes. But my boyfriend and I thought it would make a nice outing for us so we went to the Virginia Zoo in Norfolk a few weekends ago.

It was so hot that day, so most of the animals were being lazy, like the lions you’ll soon see. Who can blame them. We had a wonderful time though and here are some of my favorite photos from the day.

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