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Snow…in April

Remember I said that Mother Nature just couldn’t quite make up her mind?  Well this week she took it to a whole new level.  Wednesday was quite interesting. In the morning there was a light snow covering then it melted, and then it snowed like crazy, and then melted.  This went on all day.  Finally today there was no snow only a few remnants but it was only 38 degrees.  Who knows tomorrow it might be 70 degrees!!  Hopefully our little winter replay didn’t do much damage to the buds that have already emerged.

 A snowy view from our front door 

We had a wonderful Easter holiday.  Chad & the girls dyed the eggs, unsupervised!  I always know something is up when they are all huddled around him giggling like crazy and checking to see if I’m looking while making breakfast.  When I walked over they were mixing colors and making some of the funkiest looking eggs I’ve ever seen. I’m glad they had fun!   I did come across an awesome recipe for French toast like at Denny’s restaurant over the weekend.  I’ll put it at the bottom of the blog so you all can try it too.  It is delicious!!  A thought did cross my mind while eating all the delicious food over Easter.  I need to get my hands on some small eggs; I’m assuming Bantee eggs would be a good choice.  I think they would make awesome pickled eggs.  I imagine there is someone out there that does this all the time. I’d like to hear from you.   

 The Girls on Easter at my Mom and Dads 

A combination of the coldness and Chad going back to work has put a slight hold on the coop progress.  We haul coal and things have been a bit slow.  I’m not going to blast any political views in my blog but I must say that I am a coal and timber girl through and through and I’m not afraid to shout it from the roof tops.  Anyway back to the coop.  The walls are on we just need to get the strips tacked on to cover any gaps between the boards and the roof.  I think we are going to put one piece of the translucent sheeting in to create a skylight.  One more, non-freezing day and we’ll be ready to do the inside.  I can’t wait to get the ladies and the broilers into their new home. 

 The Building Crew 

I have been having a little bit of trouble with the broilers spilling there feed. I did have the round Mason jar feeder that obviously was too small now that they are getting so big.  I picked up one of the long feeders but their heads got stuck once the food level got too low. I took the top off which made it even worse.  Everyone thought they had to stand in it to eat but not everyone could fit so they would stand back and make a run for it and knock the other ones out of the way.  I should start videoing them.  Luckily Chad came to my rescue this evening.  He attached the feeder to a thin slab and cut out the dividers on the top to make the openings bigger. The extra stability helps keep things grounded since they are a bit overzealous when it comes to their food and we don’t have to worry about any heads being stuck.  Problem solved.  He’s my hero!!

 The New and Improved Feeder 

The only other thing that has been on my mind of late is the whole chicks and rabbits as Easter presents thing.  A friend of mine posted this image on Facebook.  She’s a vet tech so I can’t even imagine some of the stuff she sees.

 Giving Chicks and Rabbits as Easter Gifts 

I normally would just glance over it and scroll onto the next news feed item.  This though, made me stop and think. It actually made me pretty sad.  I even saw an ad in our local online classifieds stating that they would take unwanted Easter ducks, chicks, and bunnies.  I can understand a child wanting one and not fully understanding the time, effort, and expense that goes into their care but an adult should know better, especially with the amount of information available.  I guess the most important thing we (our family and yours) can do is be a resource and do our best to educate people so that they can make the right choices.

Hopefully my next post will have a finished coop, the addition of pigs, and a picture of one of the girls with a nice spring gobbler since junior hunt day is tomorrow.  Until next time!!


Denny's-Style French Toast



Serves: 7


Total time: 22 min     Prep time: 10 min






4 eggs

2/3 cup whole milk

1/3 cup flour

1/3 cup sugar

1/2 tsp vanilla

1/4 tsp salt

1/8 tsp cinnamon

6 slices texas toast (thick bread)

3 tbsps butter

powdered sugar





Mix together the eggs, milk, flour, sugar, vanilla, salt& cinnamon.


Heat a large skillet, or griddle.


When the skillet is hot, add 1 tablespoon butter.


If the butter smokes, your pan is too hot; turn down the heat.


Dip each slice of bread into the batter for 30 seconds on each side.


Let some of the batter drip off, then put in skillet.


Cook each slice 1 1/2-2 minutes per side until each side is golden brown.


Add more butter, if necessary, to cook all of the slices.


To serve, put on plate, dust with powdered sugar. Serve with butter & hot syrup.