Friday, May 15, 2015

Starting the Starter Again!

While scrolling through my pinterest pages a few weeks ago,
I came to my sour dough starter pins.

I thought why don't I start another starter.
The pipeliners schedule will keep us home most of the summer.
If we have to go out of town it will be in the camper and the starter can come along too!
(airport security really frown upon bringing sourdough starter on the plane)

I had researched starters when I first got interested in the idea.
I know I even posted something on my blog.

I selected and ordered a starter from Carls Friends
It came alive fast.

I baked fresh bread, rolls, cupcakes and scones from the various
recipes I found online.

Mmmmm they were so good!

Then we moved and I let it die!

The other day my new batch of sour dough starter arrived in the mail.

I was so excited to get my new batch going!

It was very active the next day!

Today I switched it over to a bigger jar.

It is already bubbling away!

I am so excited to start making sour dough bread again, plus all of the yummy pancakes I used to make with it.

Does anybody else keep a sour dough starter on hand?
Do you have any great sour dough recipes?

I would love for you to share!

I will post an entry of my first sour dough creation when starter
becomes ready.


Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Rainy Days

I am pretty sure the old wives tale goes like this, 
April showers bring May flowers.

But its not April,
its May!

And we have had day after day of showers!

 My May flowers look like this,

With all of the rain it has been a challenge trying to mow.

There are puddles everywhere!

Look at all of the mud where our new grass should be growing.

Behind the mud is the garden waiting to be planted.

There is a row of potatoes that popped through over the weekend.

I started to dig and divide hostas before the gully washer arrived.

They will have to wait a little longer to find their new homes.

My Mothers Day basket seems to love all of the raindrops!

Look at tonights sunset!

That sure looks promising!

Red sky at night, sailors delight.

When we see a red sky at night, this means that the setting sun is sending its light through a high concentration of dust particles. This usually indicates high pressure and stable air coming in from the west. Basically good weather will follow.

Lets hope this old wives tale holds true!


Monday, May 4, 2015

The Chicks!

I can hardly believe how fast time goes by.

Another flip of the calender page
and its May!

This spring is already full of projects on the farm.
(whats new right?)

The most fun thing that has happened so far around here is the

I bought this coop off of craigslist last summer for a steal!

The pipeliner did a wonderful job painting it for me!

The inside was all ready for some action!

But heading into winter we weren't sure it was the right time
to get any hens.

Then this spring a neighbor down the road called to tell
me she was moving,
would I be interested in her 4 chickens?

Well of course I would!

They moved right into the coop without any problems!

Actually they loved it so much in there they hardly came out for the
first week or so!

The grandson is just thrilled with them!

He tells them thank you for the eggs after each collection.

We recently purchased 6 Rhode Island Reds to add to the coop.

It will be awhile before they can forage the yard for bugs or 
lay any eggs.

I am so happy for our new additions to the farm!

And they seem to be happy too!