We have chickens! How we actually got these chickens is kind of an odd story. We have always planned to have chickens, but we had no coop or yard. My husband decided he wanted to build his own coop after seeing the cheesy construction and high prices of the ready made coops at Tractor Supply or Home Depot. However, he has been quite busy making raised garden beds, and helping me get the garden in, so he has not had time to build the coop. He started it, but it's nowhere near completed. Now we have a neighbor, who has chickens........
My herb garden is coming in prolifically! So much so that I decided to make some seasoned oil and vinegar. These are basically oils and vinegars that are flavored with herbs, spices and/or other aromatics. They have many uses, far beyond the obvious salad dressings. They can be drizzled over vegetables, brushed on meat and added to soups and casseroles. Any place that you would like a punch of flavor, you can use seasoned oil or seasoned vinegar. I make fresh pack seasoned oil and vinegar, meaning that it is made cold, without heating the oil or vinegar. This means that they must always be kept in the refrigerator to prevent spoilage.
My husband and I have decided to have a couple of meatless meals per week. There are several reasons for this:
I know not all people will agree with the last one, but studies have shown that a diet with less meat is good for digestive and heart health, blood sugar levels, and blood pressure. Since we are not getting any younger, we figure now is the time to make some changes in our diet. No time like the present!
Since this was our first full summer on our homestead, I decided to raise as much of my garden as I could from seed. This included my new herb garden. I started them all out in small three inch pots and I over-planted by three because I had no idea how many seeds would sprout. As it turns out, it was a good idea for all of them but basil and sage. Those two little rascals are VERY prolific and as you see, I had to plant the overflow in pots
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