The tragic part of this story is that the next day I sent Kory and Kayla out around 5pm to check for more eggs. (This was the same time of day they had found the first egg.) It’s dark here at that time, so I gave them a flashlight. They quickly returned with Kory announcing that he had seen a fox enter the coop. (I figured he was trying to get out of the errand.) Robert went out with Kory to check on the girls and discovered a very disturbing scene in the coop. A fox had indeed been in the coop and had attacked one of the Plymouth Rock (black and white striped) chickens. It was still alive, but suffering greatly. So…..farmer Robert had to come back to the house for a hatchet and then go and put the poor girl out of her misery. I think Kayla cried for almost an entire hour. And Kory had to be Robert’s assistant – holding the flashlight and an open bag to dispose of the body. Needless to say, the whole family had trouble getting to sleep that night. Not sure we’re cut out for farm life! And we’re now down to 8 chickens.
To make matters worse, Christina gave me 5 of her eggs to try. I fried them for breakfast this week and let me just say there is a HUGE difference in these home grown, cage free eggs! The yolk was a deep orange color, and kept an almost perfectly round shape once cracked in the pan. And the taste? Oh. My. Goodness. They were amazingly delicious!
We have even searched the wilds of our yard for a secret laying nests and have found nothing. I just don’t know…….you can pray about this if you think it a worthy request! 🙂
I will be sure to report any answers!
We recently participated in another Report/Presentation week for our homeschool geography class. Cooper built a “hacienda” out of cardboard and sugar cubes, and reported on the significance of the hacienda in early South American life. He compared them to the feudal system of the Middle Ages. Kory did a presentation the major historical events in South America – focusing on the Aztec, Mayan, and Inca civilizations – their rise to power and them ultimate downfall to the conquistadors. Kayla did a book report on Afternoon on the Amazon by Mary Pope Osborne and made Brazilian Hot Chocolate for everyone.
Above is a photo of Carnival Squash stuffed with wild rice, craisins, and pecans. I saw this recipe in a cookbook while browsing a bookstore on Cape Cod. It actually called for acorn squash, but our farm had an abundance of carnival squash last week, and it worked just as well. I don’t think we’ll have this for our Thanksgiving meal, but we did try it out this week and it was a hit. (My kids love squash – Yay!)
Here’s what you do: Cut tops off squash, and then cut them in half. Place in a baking dish, flesh side down, and add a bit of water to dish. Cover and bake @ 350 deg. until tender. Cook 1 cup of wild rice in 2 1/2 cups water. Add 3Tbsp butter, 1 1/2 tsp salt, 3/4 cup toasted pecan pieces, and 2/3 cup craisins to cooked rice and stir. When squash is ready, fill each half with the rice mixture and serve.
Glad to be home. Ready for routine. Wondering if that is even a valid expectation – Can’t remember the last time we actually had a consistent routine. Feeling weary, but pressing on.
Is Thanksgiving really 13 days away?
8 apples – cored, but with bottom of apple in tact
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 cup pecans
1/2 cup raisins
4 Tbsp butter
1 1/2 cup boiling water
Arrange cored apples in baking dish. Mix together brown sugar, cinnamon, pecans, raisins. Spoon this mixture evenly into each apple, topping with 1/2 Tbsp butter. Pour boiling water in bottom of baking dish and bake @ 350 deg. for 30 minutes or until apples are tender.
1 lb ground beef (turkey works, too)
1 can tomato sauce
1 can Rotel or can of diced tomatoes and green chilis
1 can beans, drained (I use pinto or kidney)
2-4 tsp cumin
1-2 tsp chili powder
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
Brown beef or turkey in skillet. Add cans of tomato sauce, beans, and Rotel and stir over medium heat. Add seasonings – stir and simmer 15-20 minutes.