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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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A Week or Two in Pictures (3/4 – 3/12)

The past couple of weeks have been busy! The weather has been halfway decent (up until this week) so Robb and I were able to get out in the yard. In between our yard work and housework, we made it a point to go see “Logan” in theaters (review) and I was able to make a pie in honor of Pi Day (recipe).

Since I love looking at pictures more than reading text sometimes, I thought I would make this primarily a photo post!

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Robb readied his part of the garden for broccoli and kale which we planted Saturday afternoon (I think).
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Broccoli plugs purchased from a local small business – they had just arrived that day and looked so nice and fresh.
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I started my pepper plants back in February – they are looking so good! I’ve never had such a high germination rate for peppers.
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My slightly messy looking beds – garlic is planted in one, onions in the other. The dogs, for some reason, like walking through my beds the most.
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Belle making sure I don’t go anywhere with her moose.
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I got up close and personal with my girls.
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I was gifted with 4 duck eggs at the Edenton Farmer’s Market. I’ve never cooked with duck eggs before but am debating a nice cake or custard maybe.

One thing not pictured is the new chicken I picked up on Saturday. She’s a Silver Laced Wyandotte (I named her Ipsy) that’s just starting to lay. She has a huge bald spot on her back from being bullied but I know that her feathers will grow back soon. She’s still checking things out in the coop but so far, everyone is getting along decently well. I’ll post of picture of her soon, once the weather warms up again and I can spend more time in the coop.

Food

Farmer’s Market Haul 12/3/16

I definitely went over my $40 budget this time. I ended up spending $50.50! But in my defense, there was a new vendor this week that had some awesome goodies. Also in my defense, I was working as a vendor myself so while I spent money, I made money. 🙂

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So here is what I got from the Edenton Farmer’s Market:

  • Homemade Peach Vinegar – I love this! She also had homemade red wine vinegar available as well but I had to make the tough choice between the two.
  • Rabbit’s ear chew for a dog
  • Tasty truffles
  • Carrots
  • Two kinds of sweet potato (Burgundy and… another kind)
  • Pickled Okra
  • Amish butter – Yes, it is a brick of butter. I let it soften over the weekend and divided into small rounds and froze those rounds so I can use what I need.
  • Sample of a shave oil to try (I love the smell already – lavender and sandalwood)
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These pickled okra did not make it past the weekend. They were delicious and I wish now that we had put up more okra.
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Belle enjoying her rabbit’s ear.
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This interesting looking vegetable is a Sunchoke a.k.a. a Jerusalem Artichoke. I have a whole post coming soon about it.

Along my discounted pork roast that I purchased at the grocery store the other day (encrusted with the lamb rub I purchased a while back from the farmer’s market), I decided to toss a bunch of vegetables in to roast. So in the pan below, there are carrots, sunchokes, turnips, garlic, sweet potato, butternut squash (all from the farmer’s market), along with potatoes and onions. I added a bit of vegetable broth in the bottom as well.

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Friday night, I ventured to downtown Elizabeth City for the SPCA’s second annual cookie extravaganza. Located in an old jewelry store,  there are cookies EVERYWHERE. For $5, you get to pick out any dozen cookies that are available. I stumbled across this event randomly last year but make it a point to attend this year.

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Food

Farmer’s Market Haul 11/12/2016

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I went to the Edenton Farmer’s Market last week and managed to stay under my goal for $40 finally. I spent $19 on produce, $5.50 on bread, and $9.83 on meat for a grand total of… $34.33 – yay me!

What I got for my money:

  • Beets
  • Asian Bekana (pictured to the left)
  • Bullhorn Peppers
  • Bok Choy (pictured in the middle)
  • Turnips
  • Butternut Squash
  • Garlic (I still have a few bulbs in my pantry from a few weeks ago, but I love garlic)
  • Sourdough Bread
  • Ground Beef
  • Beef Kidney

I don’t quite have a plan yet for anything, other than pickling the beets (yum). The Bekana (Bukana?) is a new one for me. Doing a little research shows that it is sort of an Asian green? I decided that is how I will use it. I found a mixture of recipes showing it cooked and raw so I have a bit of variety.

The beef kidney is something that I’ve never purchased before but I thought that it would be a nice little treat to mix in with the dog food. Ideally, I would like to make all of my dog food from scratch. Not today but maybe one day.

If you’re paying close attention to the picture, you may have noticed that there is a bit of ginger that I haven’t mentioned. One of my friends harvested a small batch of ginger and gave me one of the roots. I used that last night to make my fresh ginger soda. Check back tomorrow for more information and a step by step for my ginger bug.

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Introducing Cody

Exciting news – we have a special addition to our family!

Meet Cody.

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My mom got Cody at the beginning of August. He’s now a 10 week old black lab/golden retriever mix. He’s absolutely adorable but everyone that meets him thinks that he is going to be HUGE. I agree as well, his paws are giant for his age.

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I just now noticed that he’s smiling for the camera! He already looks like a big boy here.

Cody is so very sweet. He’s been coming to stay with me the past few weekends and Belle and Jake adore him. Can’t you tell? 😉 It did take Belle a little while to get over her jealously issues, but she’s pretty fine with him now.

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Yes, they are wearing shirts. I had manage to acquire a couple thanks to some monthly subscription boxes and since I was home alone, I decided to torture the pair of them by making them wear the shirts for a moment.

It’s fun having a puppy around again, though potty training is the worst. But look how good he fits in with his siblings! He’s already proven to be very smart – he fetches, sits, and is learning to lay down. He loves the water as well and my boyfriend is hoping to borrow him from my mom and train him to hunt, just like his big brother Jake.

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The 3 Musketeers