Weekend Projects

Family weekends are our opportunity to get a little extra done around here, and seems as though we are always working on one thing or another. Sometimes our projects are planned ahead and sometimes we just fly by the seat of our pants. I thought it would be kind of fun to use my Monday post to talk about our project from the weekend before..kind of as a Weekend Idea Gallery.

Hope you enjoy.

Weekend Projects
Idea #1: Dispatch a Chicken

Yup. You read that right.
We hadn't planned on eating this gorgeous egg layer but after an unfortunate run-in with Bird (our dog) it seemed like the humane thing to do.

Here is our victim:

Here is the man of the house.
Looking smart and handsome before starting his dirty work.

Here are his helpers.

Cam actually assisted with the hanging and plucking. Izey was in charge of telling our dog off for 'hurting the best and most favorite chicken in the whole world, when there will never be one as wonderful as her ever again.' Bird seemed duly chastised and has not gone near the chicken cage since.

We will skip the dirty work and go straight to dinnertime reactions over eating a precious pet.

So far so good...

Getting better...

Wow! So tasty that in his haste to devour a juicy leg he skipped the veggies and went straight to forgetting his table manners!

Well the natives have spoken and the hen lived a life well spent. Providing us with hours of entertainment, delicious eggs and finally- a tasty meal.

And as an aside, did you know hens don't naturally have *that much* meat on them after all? And that they are actually a much darker meat with a rich, slightly nutty flavor? Storebought meat now seems very unnatural. So now starting with that meal, except for when we can eat own home raised meat, we are officially vegetarians.

Anyone know where we can get some rabbits?

The End.


Why I Love Summer

Reason #4
Fruit at every meal.


Why I Love Summer

Reason #3
Puddles of mud.
for cooling off at the end of a hot day


Why I Love Summer

Reason #2
Fresh flowers.


Why I Love Summer

Reason #1
Family picnics.


life has been giving me a bruising lately to be sure! fortunately i am not sure that my family has suffered quite as much as this blog has, but i have fought tooth and nail for balance, positive energy and inspiration in my life recently.

my dear husband has picked up a lot of slack as i spent months in the throes of extended morning sickness, only climbing out of bed to hug the kids or crawl to work. he attacked homeschooling, gardening, cleaning and cooking with a vengeance, enforcing strict schedules and discipline upon the children, pets and myself. it may not be my own personal style, but by golly it worked for him, and i even have to admit that my children seem happier and more settled after a few months in his active and project oriented company.

it has been a pleasure to pull my computer up to my pillow in the mornings and spend some time in the company of my favorite bloggers and thanks to them now that i am returning to normal, with my stomach settled and my belly already rounding out, i feel full of enough new ideas and inspiration.

a lot has changed since i last looked around. the fridge needs a good sorting out, my room is piled high with clothes that need folding, my kids have grown bigger and smarter, our apricot tree is full of fruit this year and our little garden is lush and green. i will be happy to roll up my sleeves and be on my feet again!