On Wednesday my hubby and I went to look at flowers to plant and I found the most beautiful, hardy plant and I had to get it! Well I actually got 5! (2 for me and 3 for my friends Birthday). And then I looked at the name - Hen and Chicks - PERFECT! So when I got home, I looked them up online and this description, I just fell in love with:
Hen and Chicks Succulents: Sempervivum earned their popular name “hen and chicks” from their growth habit. The mother plant, or hen, sends off numerous offsets, which will cluster around her base like chicks.
Plus they don't require tons of watering - now that's my kind of plant! Here are some pics I took of the little beauties. I hope you enjoy!
We have Peach Buds!! I went to check on the fruit trees we just planted a few weeks ago, and one of the peach trees already has 9 peach buds!! Yay!!
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Today's adventure was all about wrangling chickens. My friend is a Chicken Farmer. She raises chickens to sell to people in town that raise them for eggs. She only feeds them organic food and they are pretty much free range (meaning they are free to roam the large fenced in yard).
We got to put "tags" on their wee lil ankles so we knew who's chickens were who's (24 in total) The tags are just little bands, that are not tight (like tiny bracelets). We both would try and catch them and I got to put on the bling. Luckily we were in a smaller area so we didn't have to chase them very far. But, I have to say, they are quick little suckers!
Here's Britney trying to catch them, she was pretty good at it and most of the time she could catch two at a time. I was not as good at it and could barely catch one at a time. LOL
These are some of her own chickens, prancing around, showing off to the smaller tikes.
Our husbands spent the afternoon reinforcing the fence, so the chickens couldn't get out and to keep predators from getting in. And then there were the 8 that got through one of the spaces in the fence and started playing in the dry creek. Those we had to wrangle back into the large yard.
This picture (below) is one of my favorites. I call it "At the Water Fountain" :) I love how the ducks are waiting in line.
Today I am thankful that I got to talk to my mom on FaceTime. It was a quick chat, but warmed my heart (and made me cry - happy tears). I miss my parents so much! I hope that life slows down a little soon so we can go visit them.
Today I am thankful for a full day of entering accounts into the computer to do taxes. I know you are probably thinking - Taxes? Really? Well yes, I loathe tax season...but the reason I am thankful is because I was given the day off unexpectedly - and I used that time wisely (mostly) lol
1 Ripe Banana
1/2 cup frozen pumpkin puree (not the pie filling)
1/3 cup fat free plain Greek yogurt
3/4-1 cup Light vanilla almond milk
1/2 tsp pumpkin spice (Cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and allspice)
Dash of cinnamon (optional)
1 tsp vanilla
4-5 ice cubes
Dollop Sugar Free Whipped Cream (optional)
Put all of the above ingredients in a blender (except Whipped Cream). Blend until smooth. Fill Glass, top with Whipped Cream and a dash of Cinnamon.
Tonight we decided that we wanted to see what happens to marshmallows if you put them in the dehydrator. So we took out a fresh bag of mini-marshmallows and divided them onto two trays. Put the dehydrator temp on high and then checked the progress every 10 minutes. The only changes that were visible were that they puffed up slightly and the outsides were kind of crispy - middle stayed gooey. So after 30 minutes we decided to leave them in for 30 more minutes longer to see if they would crisp up even more. Well they did, and the funny thing was that they stayed puffed up. When we went to pour them back into the measuring cup, we couldn't fit them all.
Many people claim that leaving the bag open on the marshmallows will dehydrate them, but I have to disagree, I think it just makes them stale. Dehydrating actually makes them brittle. And I think that's pretty cool!
RAIN! Oh how I love rain! Maybe because I was born in Oregon. :) On days with rain, all I want to do is cuddle up with my furkids on our enclosed porch, grab a soft blanket and enjoy the smells, and dampness of the rain. Today I woke up to just this! So as I got ready for work, I tried to soak in as much relaxing as possible. Hoping it stays this dark throughout the day so when I get off work, I can come home and enjoy it some more!
P.S. Another reason I love rain is that it waters my lawn and garden for FREE :)
Every now and then a girl needs to hang out with her Best Friend and have a full day of shopping! Well that day was today! Since living in, what my friend calls, "God's Country" going to the big city to shop is an amazing treat! So today we left at 7:00AM and started our 2.5 hour trek to Fort Collins, Colorado. Our lists were made, our spending money gathered, and huge smiles on our faces. We talked, we laughed, we had Sushi for lunch, and we shopped until we dropped.