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An Abundance of Eggs, A Broody Turkey, and Sundry Other Spring-ish Things

Posted by mrssmythe on April 29, 2019 in Baking, Chickens, Cooking, Crafting, Critters, Garden, Seasons, Week in Review |

At left, a turkey egg. At far right, a guinea hen egg. All other eggs from chickens.

Eggs!

Right now we’re getting so many eggs. All through the winter…nothing. Now, we’re overrun. We give some away, and I try to include eggs with my breakfasts, but when you’re getting 4-5 a day, you really need something that will make a bigger dent in the surplus.

Cakes! Cakes are the answer.

Specifically chiffon cakes. Above, you see a Lemon Chiffon Cake I made this past week. Light, airy, delicious – and it uses SEVEN eggs. Perfect. I’m actually rather enamored with chiffon cakes at the moment. I wonder what a chocolate chiffon cake would taste like….

In other kitchen news, CPT A continues to explore skillet cookery.

Saturday, he put together a Beef & Bacon Gnocchi Skillet – very tasty, and, according to CPT A, easily managed. It tasted excellent warmed up the next day, too.

On the weather front, we’ve had cooler temps and lots of rain, but, even so, the yard is waking up. The azaleas were among the first things to bloom this year.

Also, these cheerful little flowers, which I planted last summer, but can’t remember the name for.

Inside, the cactus is greeting spring with the beginnings of another frond…paddle…arm? What do you call those things?

And, we’ve seen many more squirrels lately as well as a lone chipmunk.

(I really enjoy seeing these little guys, even though I know they can be a nuisance.)

Warmer temperatures mean Opal can get outdoors. Ginger likes to take her out on a leash.

And, Ursa got her annual spring haircut – compliments of CPT A and his dog clippers.

Ursa has such thick fur, that this is an all day process, with CPT A taking regular breaks to let the clippers cool down. At the end, we had a much happier, livelier dog…but also one who clearly will need to lose some weight in the coming months. All of that fur was hiding significant winter weight gain.

It’s mating season for wild turkeys, and ours has become extremely broody.

Here she is, holed up in the compost bin with one of the chickens. She has been spending all day, every day there for about two weeks now. We have to drive her into the barn at night where she gulps water and catches up on her food. I don’t know how turkeys manage to eat and drink in the wild if they’re on their nests all the time, but they must manage it somehow. Ours has also become extremely defensive, hissing and puffing up when anyone comes near her.

At the other extreme, the chickens have become much more social since Pepper introduced meal worms to their diet. They react to those like toddlers do to candy.

All Pepper has to do is shake the meal worm canister and chickens come running from all corners of the yard. It’s pretty entertaining.

Something else entertaining….the collection of animals Ginger has managed to crochet in the past month.

Aren’t these adorable? My favorite is the guinea hen – a pattern of Ginger’s own making.

And here is “Pam”, the inspiration for this toy:

What a crazy bird!

From the dining room table, hoping to have a completed knitting project to show you with my next post,

Mrs. Smythe

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6 Comments

  • Grandma Marian says:

    Great job Ginger. Love all the creativity. Enjoy all your critters too. Happy Spring

  • Tea lady says:

    What a delightful post. Happy, happy Spring!

    • mrssmythe says:

      Thank you, Tea Lady – and, I’m looking forward to spring feeling more spring-like. It’s still woefully cold in our area.

  • Barbara Eldredge says:

    Ginger will need to learn to write out the patterns of her self created animals. Are those things able to be copyrighted? She sure has a lot of talent and ingenuity. Happy Spring!

    • mrssmythe says:

      What a nice thing to say, Barb – thank you! I think it would be great if Ginger could learn to do that. There are some great ways to self-publish craft patterns now, so it wouldn’t be hard for her to get them out into the world if she was so inclined. So far, she likes to just create “on the fly” – but maybe in the future, she’ll be more inclined to write up patterns that others could follow as well.

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