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Wild Turkeys, Sunrise Knitting, and the Start of Advent

Posted by mrssmythe on December 2, 2018 in Chickens, CPT's Lens, Critters, Seasons, Week in Review |

We’ve been up with the sun this past week. Not that we weren’t before. We were. But this past week, there’s been more of an urgency about our mornings. We’ve wanted to make sure the new birds are doing well, so, at the first sign of light, CPT A has been popping out of bed, […]

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Post-Holiday Update

Posted by mrssmythe on December 26, 2016 in Baking, Celebrations, Chickens, Crafting, Critters, Garden, Seasons, Week in Review |

I hope you had a lovely holiday. Ours was packed with fun, food, and good friends – just the way a holiday should be. The past two weeks were equally full and festive. We enjoyed a performance of “The Nutcracker” at The Wistariahurst Museum in Holyoke. Here you see one of the lions who guards the […]

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Holiday Odds and Ends

Posted by mrssmythe on December 13, 2016 in Baking, Celebrations, Chickens, Crafting, Critters, Seasons, Shopping, Week in Review |

Our holiday traditions have been scaled back this year in an attempt to manage Christmas production rehearsals, athletic events, school schedules, and just life in general. I’m calling it “Holiday Lite”. For starters, I toned the baking way down and am employing my good friend, the Sprinkle, to make simple things, like these Vanilla Wafer Cookies, look festive. These are […]

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Christmas Preparations, a Fish Food-Eating Dog, Hats, and Chickens

Posted by mrssmythe on December 5, 2016 in Celebrations, Chickens, Crafting, Critters, Ginger's Snaps, Week in Review |

Ginger decided it was time to set up the creche this week. She has four boxes of figures now, and her display spans three small tables. This is definitely one of her favorite things to do each December. What Ginger does not like is the way the cats get involved with the scenery. Shadow really should find another place to […]

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The Sweater is Finally Finished! (plus some kitchen news and a birthday)

Posted by mrssmythe on November 28, 2016 in Baking, Celebrations, Cooking, Crafting, Toys, Week in Review |

Pepper’s still cooking up a storm with her Great Courses “Everyday Gourmet” class. This past week, she made Vietnamese Noodle Salad as part of the stir fry lesson. Delicious! The kids weren’t overly enthusiastic, but I loved it. In other kitchen news, I ended up making two pumpkin pies this past week. Neither one was for Thanksgiving. The […]

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