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 |

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 […]

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Surprises in the Garden

Posted by mrssmythe on June 15, 2016 in Critters, Garden |

Early on, I learned not to plant sunflowers from seed. Two years running, I tried, and two years running, the chipmunks dug up the seeds and made off with them. I resorted to buying sunflowers ready-made from the garden center and planted those. Then, when they bloomed, the squirrels (or something else) climbed them and savaged […]

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A Warning to all Chipmunks

Posted by mrssmythe on June 5, 2016 in Critters |

I feel a bit sorry for the chipmunks who populate our yard (and there are a lot of them this year). The entrance to one of their (many) dens is along our fence line just under a shady tree. Two weeks ago, the spot was free and open. Now, it’s part of the fenced-in chicken yard, with […]

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Kipper’s World (and a little about Manny’s too)

Posted by mrssmythe on September 20, 2014 in Critters, Family, On the Home Front |

Kipper is a curious dog. He ponders. He wonders. He thinks deep thoughts. The other evening, he couldn’t figure out what Pepper was doing. She was sitting at the table. She had what looked to be a plate in front of her. She was holding a fork…or something that looked like a fork. But she never […]

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The Birds and the Bees…and the Dogs

Posted by mrssmythe on July 22, 2014 in Critters, Garden, On the Home Front |

The birds have finally discovered our chipmunk feeder. This has made for some great wildlife viewing, and now, more than ever, Shadow and Manny are glued to the window, watching. I don’t blame them. It can be very exciting. Last week, at dinner, a chipmunk raced up the trunk of the tree, grabbed a bird by […]

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