Chicken Mania

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As soon as I let the chickies out in the AM, they come running to see what snacks I’ve brought for them.

I think I’ve created a chicken monster! Anxious Annie is always the first to jump in. I’ve been bringing them Kefir and they just love it.

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Milk Mustaches for all. Doesn’t Rockie look mad? How dare I snap his picture with food all over his face!

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Help me, help me! I’ve gone and gotten my head stuck in this hear thing.

Rockie and Annie taking a bath together!

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Ah. That’s much better.

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Time to dry off.

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Please excuse the poop. This is where they’ve chosen to lay. Not in the box I so willingly gave them. Time for some clean straw.

Little Abigail Adams is doing fine. Her head is healed and she’s growing new feathers. I didn’t know how it would go if I put her in the chicken yard with the others. So, I gave it a go. It didn’t work. Her “sister” Henrietta really doesn’t like her and wants to beat her up every chance she gets. So, it’s solitary confinement for Abigail. I gave her a box, yes a regular box to see if she’d lay an egg. To my utter surprise look what she gave me! What a sweet girl. Yes, she’s a little crooked but she’s a sweet little hen.

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A rare sight. 5 hens 5 egg. Honey and I had them for dinner.

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One days worth of work. The egg on the far right is from Annie. She gives me jumbo eggs. Then from Annie down we have, Henrietta’s, Abigail’s, Jenny’s and the little egg which is almost white is from Wacky Waldo (Waldeen).

I love having a variety of hens because they give me a variety of eggs. And I know who’s laying and who isn’t. And these girls deserve nothing but the best. I can’t believe how hard they work all day long just to give me an egg.

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Sunny Side Up Please!

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My friend Tammy and I both had our minds on eggs the other day. Maybe it’s our wish to see the sun and our need for Vitamin D. Tammy found some great info from Mother Earth News that says, eggs from pastured chickens (meaning-chickens who roam free eating bugs, grass, lettuce and the sort) have 4-6 times as much Vit D compared to a regular supermarket egg. That’s fanominal!!!!

Here are some other good nutritional facts:

• 1⁄3 less cholesterol
• 1⁄4 less saturated fat
• 2⁄3 more vitamin A
• 2 times more omega-3 fatty acids
• 3 times more vitamin E
• 7 times more beta carotene

You can read the entire article at Mother Earth News

The eggs in the picture show the back egg from pastured chickens eating bugs, grass and old produce. The egg in front is from uncaged chickens on organic feed but no greens. Your goal is bright orange yolks.

Chicken Dance

dscn2397My two new hens. Abigail Adams is on the left. She has a crooked butt. Henrietta is on the right.

I visited my sis the other day and she gave me two of her Rhode Island Reds. For some reason I got the runt of her group. She must really have a complex, because, seriously her butt is crooked!!!! I’m not kidding. She looks like the hunch back. The hen that is…..NOT my sister!!!!!!

My hens didn’t take to these new girls very easily. They shunned them for three days. Poor little Abigail Adams was picked on mercilessly. Those hens went at it in the coop. Feathers were flying.

Yesterday morning, I noticed that they were now trying to make up. I’m guessing that Annie, my Coo Coo Moran is the top hen. She allowed Henrietta to eat with them and roost with them. But poor Abigail Adams was still too afraid to go near Annie. Last night I had to put her up in the roost with the others. But I don’t think she stayed there. She was huddled in the corner of the coop again this morning.

Everyone seemed to be on speaking terms this morning. But poor Abigail Adams is still keeping her distance. I hope they warm up to her soon.

I wanted to show you the difference between hens that get lots of greens and those that eat organic feed. Not to dis my sis.

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My egg (rear) from hens that eat greens and my sis’s egg (front) from hens fed organic feed.

Not only is the yolk oranger, but the taste is unbelievable and the nutrients are greater.

Here are some important facts about egg yolks taken from The Incredible Edible Egg Yolk

“One important set of nutrients that should not be overlooked is the long-chain essential fatty acids. Egg yolks contain the long-chain omega-3 fatty acid DHA, which is necessary for the brain and proper retinal function in the eye, and the long-chain omega-6 fatty acid arachidonic acid, which is required for the healthy skin, hair, libido, reproduction, growth and response to injury. These fatty acids are primarily needed by young children, pregnant and lactating women, and people with degenerative diseases involving oxidative stress, especially those of the nervous system such as Alzheimer’s. While fatty fish and cod liver oil supply DHA in larger amounts, egg yolks have an advantage over these foods because they also contain arachidonic acid and because they do not contain EPA, which interferes with arachidonic acid metabolism.”

Arachidonic Acid makes up 12% dry weight of the brain!!! It’s really an important nutrient. Every morning I eat 1-2 raw eggs in my shake. My brain thanks me.

I’m Back With The Message of HOPE

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I’m back from Ann Arbor, MI where I went to The Deirdre Currie Festival.

It was a very long way to go to hear some great speakers on the topic of health and food, but it was worth it. Sally Fallon, the president of The Weston A. Price Foundation was there to speak truth to us. She’s passionate about raw milk and making it accessible to everyone. Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride was also there speaking about the GAPS diet. Gut and Psychology Sydrome-GAPS is similar to the diet I followed to heal my leaky gut. There were also Jerry Brunetti and Karen Lubbers. And there was a great Farmer’s Market that had some great folks in attendance like: US Wellness Meats, Green Pasture’s, The Grain & Salt Society and so many other wonderful small farmers who work tirelessly to provide good, nutritional food for our families.

I came home with one bumper sticker…”Where does your food come from?”

But the best part for me was to meet my tiny “fan club”. Yes, it was a hoot. When I arrived I was told people had signs and were looking for me. I kinda chuckled and said, “naha”. “Yes, yes, it’s true. They have signs that say, ‘we want to meet Diane Coe’ ” So as I went in, there was my little fan club of 6!!!! Cat, Cath and her honey Mr. NRA!, Summer their daughter, Cat’s sister who wasn’t really a fan, but she will be, and Valerie! We hugged and cried. You aren’t a girl if you don’t cry, hug and giggle.

Cath, Summer and her husband wanted to meet me because they too, like many of you, are in the suffering stages of Chronic Lyme Disease. They wanted to see a real person who was smiling, and was ALIVE again! They wanted hope.

They wanted to see ME! Me. It’s truly humbling, because I am nothing. It’s all God and what He has shown me and how He has lead me down this path on this journey of suffering to find His glorious and divine gift of healing.

If there is no better reason to be in Ann Arbor for a whirlwind tour, this was it. To give a precious 13 yr old girl hope. Hope that she will have a future. And YES, Summer, YES you will. It takes a lot of hard work and dedication. It takes time. But you will have a life again.

Deuteronomy 30:19b-20a says it all.

“Now choose life, so that you and your children may live and that you may love the Lord your God, listen to his voice, and hold fast to Him. FOR THE LORD IS YOUR LIFE and He WILL give you many years.”

HOPE THAT SHE WILL HAVE LIFE!

That was worth it for me. That’s it. That’s what it’s all about.

There were no less than 10 people who said to me in one weekend, “you must write a book”. People who were complete strangers on the airplane, who loved my story of hope and recovery. All too many of us forget those still in the midst of suffering when we are no longer suffering. I believe that God has a reason for allowing me to find a way out of this debilitating disease and He wants me to share it with the world.

So, pray for me as I endevour to write a book. I have the title already picked out and it shall remain a secret.

FAITH

HEBREWS 11:1

“NOW FAITH IS BEING SURE OF WHAT WE HOPE FOR AND CERTAIN OF WHAT WE DO NOT SEE.”

HOPE

ROMANS 12:12

“BE JOYFUL IN HOPE, PATIENT IN AFFLICTION, FAITHFUL IN PRAYER.”

JOY

NEHEMIAH 8:10b

“FOR THE JOY OF THE LORD IS YOUR STRENGTH.”

One of Honey’s names for me is “my Joy”.  Even in the midst of sorrow, I had Joy unspeakable!!!  It came from deep within.  Joy is contagious!  Spread some around today!!!

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Eggs a la Goldenrod!

I’m being featured on Kelly The Kitchen Kop today with this easy and nourishingly traditional food!

That’s the name my dad gave this great egg dish when I was growing up. Dad was a cook in the Army during the Korean War….I’m not sure if he learned this dish there or if he just made it up. My family has loved it for years and Honey and I just had it the other night for dinner. As you know, I’m an “old” cook, so I rarely measure anything. Please play around with it and adjust as necessary.

Begin by making a white sauce. Due to our many food allergies, I use rice flour.

1/4 C raw butter

1/4 C rice flour

1-2 C raw milk

Melt butter in cast iron skillet. Add flour and cook for a minute or so. Then add 1-2 C raw milk, depending on how thick you like it. You can always add as you go along….but you can’t take out! Stir the milk in with a wisk and heat until thick, but not too thick. Salt & pepper as desired.

8-12 eggs hardboiled

Shell and separate the yolks from the whites. Chop the whites and add to white sauce. Mash the yolks in a bowl. Serve over toast of choice by pouring white sauce and egg over toast and topping with the mashed yolk…..if you like it fancy….add a dash of paprika!

It’s Great to Be Alive!!!

Wow, you’ll never know how much I am enjoying being “fully alive”….an old theologian said once, “God’s glory is man fully alive”. I know what that means, on both a spiritual level and a physical level. I often say, that I’ve finally come out of my coma and I’m lovin it! 🙂

During this time of great sickness with Lyme Disease & Company, I’ve drawn nearer and nearer to the only One who can heal me. I’ve drawn my very breath from Him, my Great Jehovah, my Abba, my Daddy; GOD. When life seemed like it wasn’t worth living, He gave me a reason every day. He lifted me from the miry pit and set my feet upon a ROCK. Oh, and He put a new song in my mouth….a hymn of praise to my God!

My Mowed Field

I didn’t realize what a gloriously beautiful day it truly was….look at that blue sky!

Today, my plate was full again, just the way I like it!!! I’ve had plenty of empty plate days, resting, waiting, resting. This AM I decided that I ought to mow the field again. I mowed it down last Friday for the first time in probably 15 yrs. Yeah, lots of blackberry bramble, thistle, milkweed and multaflora rose. Lots of tall prairie grass and lots of new trees that weren’t there 22 yrs ago when we built here. It was kinda fun to see all the changes, except for the neighbors dumping their rubbish! But, even so, it’s good to have that job done….now to maintain it. It took me 3 hrs to mow it down on Friday. I mowed again so early because, well, that pesky poison ivy found me….I was covered except for my neck! Yep, it found me. So, today as I’m healing again from that plague, I decided that while it was still cool and even rather cold, I could bundle up so much that maybe the poison ivy wouldn’t know I was in all that cover up! I had every part of me covered except for my face….I didn’t want the neighbors calling the guys in the white coats. It only took 2 hrs today to get it done. I accomplished a little more blackberry bramble, however, I want to leave some so I can pick some wonderful wild blackberries this summer. Now I have 4.75 acres to cut every week. That ought to take an entire day…oh, except for the land the house sits on…so that ought to be 4.5 acres…I don’t know.

On this beautiful morning that I was glad to be alive, I did a load of laundry and put it on my new solar dryer! We went gas about 9 yrs ago when gas was cheaper then electric. But now, well, does it really matter. Both are sky rocketing out of control, so I went solar! 8) Because my back isn’t what it used to be at 30, I put my solar dryers on the deck where I can access them easier. Don’t laugh at them, they were really rather inexpensive. I got them at IKEA for $15 a piece, not bad for solar! I also did 3 other loads due to the poison ivy and used the conventional gas dryer so the heat would kill any oils on the clothes and sheets.

I also made 2 more batches of herbal infusions for salves later. And I played with my Kombucha Scoby. Hang on to your hat! This scoby is a monster….I think I see a pattern here…monster sweet potatoes and monster scobies. I’ve been doing a continuous brew in a 2.8 gallon cookie jar. I dip out what I want each day and then add more tea mixture when it’s needed. It’s easy and look at what I grew!

Scoby in jar with KT

NO it’s not a birthday cake!

Original Mother laying on the bottom of all those babies! Amazing!

Tonights an embryonic chicken night…yep, good old eggs. These are no average eggs though, they are soy free because my loving husband is allergic to soy. Besides it’s not very good for us. It’s mostly GMO now and too many folks are allergic. Actually my Honey is allergic to Tyramine, an amino acid. It gives him terrible migraines….so no more Tyramine in this house, at least not for Honey. Oh, right, our soy free eggs come from Sycamore Spring Farm.