Life on the Farm

Well, we have been on my in-laws farm for almost three weeks now and life is busy, but a different, good kind of busy. The month of June is probably the busiest for farmers so my husband, father in-law and brothers in-law have been out late in the fields,(it’s 10:30pm and they still aren’t in yet) but it’s nice because I still get all 3 meals with my hubby and anytime I want to see him I can usually just step outside. Or we can spend some quality time milking the cows and feeding calves.

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Waiting patiently to be milked.

Tonight was the first time for me to milk, ever. I grew up around livestock, especially cattle, but I have to admit I was pretty nervous. Showing beef cattle and milking a dairy cow are not the same. It is pretty intimidating to have a cow’s hoof at the height of your face and then have to reach between their legs. On top of it all they are nervous with me being there because they don’t know me. My husband kept reassuring me that I was helping, but I just felt awkwardly slow and out of place. Guess I need more practice. I’m sure tonight won’t be the last time I will be in the parlor this summer.

Pretty intimidating, isn't it?

Pretty intimidating, isn’t it?

The kids are really enjoying themselves also. They go out and pick eggs everyday. (Which is a pretty big chore) My oldest has even been going out in the morning to wash down the parlor after they milk. They spend a majority of the day outside. It is sooo much nicer during the summer in Iowa than it is in Texas.

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One thing I have truly enjoyed that I most often take for granted is attending church. While we are here in Iowa we attend a small church. Extremely small compared to the size of our home church. We found this church a few years ago while searching for a church to attend while we are visiting and try to get back there every time we can. It is so neat to see the church grow and the people grow also. But this time around has been really exciting. The church has recently had many new people accept Jesus Christ as Savior and to see their excitement for the Lord is humbling. It makes me ashamed of how comfortable I have been in my faith. These people are so yearning for the Word they can overlook the maybe imperfect atmosphere. How many times have we gone to church and sat through a sermon and all we take away is the fact that the sanctuary was too hot or cold, or that we didn’t care for the special music, etc, etc. These people can ignore the temperature in the room or that fact the music might be a little off key, all they seem to care about is soaking up the Word of God that is being preached. It can definitely put a complacent Christian in their place.
So needless to say the first three weeks in Iowa have been awesome. I am thoroughly enjoying my temporary life as a dairy farmer’s wife. It will be hard to return to reality in a few weeks.

Would you stick your hands in there?

Would you stick your hands in there?

TERRAfit-A 12 week fitness program

11330002_10206826607768505_8342447717978579624_n12 weeks ago if you asked me if I exercised I would have told you no. If you would have asked me if I ever thought I would exercise or enjoy exercising I would have told NO WAY. But here I am exercising 5 times a week and ALMOST loving it.

About 3 months ago my sister asked me what TERRAfit was and if I’d be willing to do it with her. I knew that TERRAfit was doTERRA’S form of a fitness challenge but had no idea what it all entailed nor did I have any interest in doing it. But with the urging of my sister I signed up, not only to participate but also to coach a team. I quickly drug my husband and other sister into this “adventure” with us. After doing some homework I understood a little better about the TERRAfit program. TERRAfit is a 12 week fitness challenge. In this challenge you are actually competing against others for a chance to win money. You are placed on a team of 5 and are given a coach. (I was the coach of our team) So you are competing with your team and as an individual. How do you win? You are given points for healthy choices. Choices like eating 4 servings of vegetables, drinking 64 oz of water, eating healthy servings, exercising, etc. TERRAfit gives you a point tracker on their website so you can see your points increase as you make healthy choices.

I wasn’t quite sure how the TERRAfit program was going to work out for me, but I knew I didn’t want to disappoint my team so I plunged right in and tried my hardest. I knew the eating part of the challenge was going to be pretty simple, I had pretty much already been eating that way for several months. All I need to change was breaking up my 3 bigger meals into 6 small meals. Which wasn’t as easy as I thought but doTERRA’s Trimshakes did make that part easier. The part I knew I would have the hardest time with was the exercising. I have always been pretty good at getting out of exercising and making excuses for why I didn’t need to. But with TERRAfit exercising 5 times a week is a big part of your points, so I broke down and started exercising. TERRAfit has their workout program you can get along with your registration. It is streamed right to your computer or you can purchase the DVD’s. The workouts were difficult but do-able. They switch up the routine enough that you aren’t doing the same old thing everyday. It is a great mix of muscle toning and cardio. Unbelievably I actually started enjoying my workout. But by far the best part of TERRAfit is the accountability. Everyday you are accountable to the point tracker that will keep up with the points you earned for the day, You are accountable to the team, and to the coach. So backing out was never an option for me.

Today marks the end of my 12 week challenge. How did I do? Well I wasn’t perfect, but I did the challenge the best I could do. I knew my weight loss wouldn’t be huge since I had already lost 25 lbs in the previous months. I lost 8 lbs and over 10 inches! I lost over 4 inches just in my waist! My husband lost 11 lbs.  My energy level has increased tremendously. I can do things I never thought I could before. I understand how cliche that sounds, but it is true. I am extremely grateful to my sister for convincing me to do it and for TERRAfit for developing such an effective program.
New challenges are starting almost every month and I will be continuing to coach teams. If you are interested in TERRAfit or would like to join a challenge you can contact me here.   

My joy no man taketh.

It seems here lately everytime I open up my newsfeed I am bombarded with discouraging news. Whether it’s gossip, tabloid trash, children running away, or parents losing a child, the list goes on and on. It has gotten so bad lately I have began to not even read the posts that come up. It is for this reason that I have decided for my own benefit to write an encouraging blog post today, hopefully you can be encouraged by it also.

To me it seems as if social media has become a tool for satan to discourage God’s people. Don’t get me wrong, I believe plenty of good can be done and is done through social media, and obviously it hasn’t kept me from taking part in using it, but it sure does make this world we live in look dark and depraved. While I was thinking about it all this morning The Lord brought to my mind the words of Jesus in John 16 “These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world”.

I found it so refreshing to know that despite all the terrible news we can receive each day that The Lord has overcome the world. Though it may seem like the liberals, atheist, or christian-haters have taken over, have faith, Jesus said it Himself, He has overcome the world. They may think they have control or have stolen our joy, but we know their victory will only be temporary while ours is eternal.

I suggest you take time in your day to read the entire 16th chapter of John. Meditate on verses like 22 “And ye now therefore have sorrow: but I will see you again, and your heart shall rejoice, and your joy no man taketh from you.” Jesus said, yes, right now you will have sorrow and turmoil, but don’t worry, soon we will see Jesus and no man, or woman or man becoming a woman can take that Joy away from us.

Let me make this plea to you, instead of dwelling on the bad we hear or throwing our hands up and giving up, let’s fill our newsfeed with the joy Jesus gives us and the good news that he has overcome the world!

DIY Tuesday-Multi-Purpose Cleaner

Once we began this journey of healthy living, it seemed backward to change so much in the way we ate but to still use the chemical cleaners we had in our house. I gradually weaned myself off of all chemical cleaning products and now use ONE cleaning agent for ALL my cleaning.

 

Yep, you heard me right I use one recipe for all my cleaning. Tubs, toilets, kitchen, even my mirrors. What is this magical multi-purpose cleaner you may ask? Vinegar. Yes, not only is it good for your hair, (Please see my last DIY post) but it can clean any area. Vinegar is a SAFE disinfectant; add a few drops of essential oils and you have a pretty powerful yet non-toxic multi-purpose cleaner. Its so safe I even spray it on my fruits and vegetables when I bring them home from the store.

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Multi-Purpose Cleaner:

 

Vinegar

Water

10 drops OnGuard essential oil

5 drops citrus oil such as lemon, wild orange, or grapefruit.

 

Fill glass container half full with vinegar. Add essential oils and fill remainder with water. Shake well and use.

 

*You will need to shake before every use because the essential oils will settle at the top.


For extra grimy places I sprinkle with baking soda first and then spray with cleaner and scrub.

 

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School’s Out For Summer…

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School’s out for my family and summer vacation has started. This will be the first summer in 2 years that I will not be working, therefore we have a little more freedom to take advantage of the time off. My husband’s parents own a Organic Dairy farm in Iowa. We really don’t get to see each other much because it is hard for them to leave the farm and we are busy with life here in Texas. Well, this summer is going to be different.

 

We are going to spend SEVEN weeks with my in-laws in Iowa. Yep, you heard me right. Am I crazy? I dont think so. Not sure if my in-laws agree, but I think it’s going to be great. And my kids are super excited. They love spending time on the farm. My Husband has younger siblings so there are plenty of aunts and uncles for my kids to look up to. They will be busy “picking eggs,”  (My father-in-law owns 10,000 laying hens so there are plenty of eggs to keep them busy) feeding calves, and milking cows. My husband is going to be there to help my father-in-law with all the farming duties for the summer, which is a lot.1238164_10151871274154557_795530935_n

 

What am I going to do you may ask? Stay out of the way. I am going to try and help out wherever I can, but also try not to be a nuisance. I hope to learn some gardening tips from my awesome mother-in-law. I plan to get a ton of blog writing done, do some Bible studying, and even more health and wellness studying. But most of all I intend to rest and take care of my body. I am afraid I over did it this past school year. My health issues seem to be increasing. Nothing serious, more irritating. Like Benign Fasciculation Syndrome, sounds big and scary but it’s not. It’s just twitching all over my body. Have you ever been really tired or stressed out and your eyelid starts to twitch? Well thats exactly what this is except all over my body. It did really drive me crazy, but now I’m pretty much use to it. What causes this all over twitching? You guessed it, stress is a leading factor. From what I’ve been told it’s something I will always have to deal with, but remove the causing factors (like stress) and it will get better. Also my hair has been falling out. Now I have a ton of hair so I’m not worried about going bald anytime soon, but I am pretty fond of my hair and would like to keep it. So I intend to use this trip to the farm as a sabbatical of sorts. A chance to let my body rest and recover from the things I put it through. It’s been a hard lesson for me to learn, but The Lord is showing me its ok to rest, it’s ok to say no, its ok to not be perfect.

 

So pray for us as we travel up north. Pray for me that I will get the rest and peace of mind that I need. And most of all pray for my in-law’s sanity!

 

Matthew 11:28-30

Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.

DIY Tuesday-Shampoo and Conditioner

Lately I have been getting lots of compliments on my hair. Usually for two reasons: one because it is getting so long and another for how shiny it is. I can’t help but chuckle inside myself when I receive compliments on my hair because I know how little I do to my hair compared to most women. I owe my long, glowing locks to 2 different things.

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First of my hair has been growing like crazy since I began taking doTERRA’s LifeLong Vitality Pack. This set of supplements have been life changing. They have done wonders for my fibromyalgia and other health issues. I would not, could not live without them. Thanks doTERRA! And my hair has grown 4 inches in the seven months I have been taking them! Crazy! I’m sure the LLV Pack also contributes to the shine most people have noticed as well.

Another thing that has changed in my beauty regime is that I no longer use shampoo and conditioner. Crazy right? Now you know why I find it so amusing when people comment on my hair. I am now an avid “no pooer”. In case you are new to the term “no poo” No Poo- the practice of not using shampoo to clean your hair. I take it a step farther and I do not use conditioner either.
Now before you get all grossed out, I do clean my hair. With what you ask? Baking soda! Here is my No Poo method in detail.

no_shampoo1. Baking Soda- I keep a small bowl of baking soda in my shower. I also like to add a few drops of essential oil to the soda. Peppermint, melaleuca, rosemary, are all good options.

2. Add just enough water to the baking soda to make a paste. Rub this paste into your scalp. Pretty simple. I keep the paste in my scalp as I shower. You want it to absorb the oil/grease on your scalp. Once the paste is no longer gritty feeling it is time to rinse it out.

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Your baking soda paste should look similar to this.

This is where you can use your conditioner if you like, but I don’t because it isn’t necessary with the no poo method. The reason you need conditioner is because traditional shampoo strips your hair of all oils, good and bad, so you need the conditioner to replace the needed oils. With no poo your natural oils stay put, so you don’t need to replace them. But the baking soda can make your hair feel pretty dry especially at first so that’s where the vinegar come in. Yep, I said vinegar.

3. I keep a spray bottle of half vinegar (apple cider or distilled), half water plus a few drops of essential oils. I like a combo of grapefruit and lavender. Spray this concoction all over the ends of your hair. Try to avoid the roots. I was amazed at first how soft my hair turn as soon as the vinegar was applied. I comb out my hair with the vinegar still on and then rinse.photo 2

It’s that easy! I have been able to cut down my hair washing from every other day to twice a week. How does it look? You be the judge.

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This was four days after washing

*A few side notes.
-Some people say they can’t wash their hair with out the “suds.” (I use to be one of them.) I suggest adding a small amount of castile soap to the baking soda paste if you need the suds, and gradually wean yourself of the soap.
-Your hair will feel pretty dry at first even with the vinegar. Just keep with it, your hair isn’t use to having to produce its own oils. The conditioner you’ve been using has been doing all the work. After a little while your hair will soften up once it remembers how to make its own oils.

Chicken Coop Revisited-Homesteading in the City.

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If you missed my chicken post a few months back here is the link so you can get caught up. For those of you who have been anxiously awaiting an update well here ya go and it’s a doozy.
My last chicken post was written last fall and at the time we have 10 broilers (meat chickens) and 9 laying hens. Since then my husband graciously agreed to move the horrid smelling coop from our driveway to the backyard, the backyard that also holds our dogs. So needless to say our chicken count quickly dwindled down. By November we were down to 6 broilers and 2! laying hens. Out of our 3 dogs, a lab, a basset hound, and a shih tzu which do you think would be the culprit? Yep, it was the shih tzu. Does he look like a cold blooded killer? Well he is. He killed 11 chickens!

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The cold blooded chicken killer.      By the way, he is still looking for a chicken free home

After a few weeks it was time to butcher the few we had left. Call us crazy, but we did decide to butcher our own chickens. It actually wasn’t that difficult. I will write a post at a later date detailing how we butcher our chickens, cause everyone needs to know that. So we had 6 whole chickens in our freezer and was getting an egg or 2 a day.

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Butchering in action

The 6 chickens really didn’t last that long, I usually bake 1 chicken a week. So it was time to order some more chickens. This time since we were so experienced we took the plunge and bought 25 chicks. We only lost 3 of these chicks. (Because we gave the dog to the neighbor, lol!) We again butchered them all ourselves and my freezer is packed with chickens that should last us 6 months! Go us! Nothing better than eating a meal you raised and butchered yourself.

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My husband using his infamous “killing cone”.

Essential Oils 201 

  Well, first let me apologize for the lack of blog post in the recent months. Yesterday was my last day to work (bitter sweet) so I’m hoping to get more blogging done. I have several post I’m wanting to sit down and write and some updates to past posts. But I couldn’t not write this post on essential oils. As you probably noticed that the name of this post is essential oils 201. No, I have not posted essential oils 101 yet, and I do know how college classes work. But I have come to the conclusion that most people I know who would be reading this is already using essential oils. So hopefully you already received an intro to oils class. If not I will be posting that soon. So here are a few of my tips on essential oil usage. 
Essential Oil Safety 

First let me start with the most important part and that is using the oils safely. So this will take some reaserch on your part. Never take someone’s word for it that something is safe. I choose to use and sell doTERRA essential oils. Why? Several reasons, but mainly because I know they are safe. DoTERRA’s oils are “Certfied Pure Theraputic Grade” oils. What does that mean exactly? A whole lot and yet nothing really at all. DoTERRA promises that all of their oils are 100% pure, safe, organic, etc. But do I take their word for it, NO! And you shouldn’t either. There is no FDA regulations on essential oils, so that means no one is coming behind these oil companies and checking that what they are claiming is actually true. BUT doTERRA uses 3rd party testing on all of there oils. So someone who isn’t employed by doTERRA or benefitted by them in anyway is testing these oils to make sure doTERRA’s claims are true. And the result of these testing are public knowledge. So no matter what oil company you choose to go with make sure their claims are true. If no one outside of the company can back up there claims of purity how can you know it’s true. I am using these oils on myself and my children topically and orally, and I want to know what I am putting in or on my kids. Remember there is no regulations on essential oils, so just because you bought an oil that said it is 100% pure doesn’t mean it’s not filled with chemicals, synthetics, or fillers. It happens more than you think. Make sure you are using an oil company you trust with your children’s health. 
Knowledge

Another issue that just burns me up is the lack of knowledge people have of the oils they are using. A lot of the blame is on the people who are using them blindly. You need to take your healthy care into your own hands, and that means educating yourself on whatever you are using to improve your health. If your taking prescription medication research what is in it and what it does.  Same for the essential oils. Research the oils you are using, what else does that oil help with, can it be taken internally to not.  Let me just say there is A LOT of false information on the oils on the Internet so make your information comes from a reliable source. There is plenty of scientific studies that have been done by qualified people. Anyone can write a blog post on how the oils are unsafe, just as someone can write one claiming they cured them of every ailment. Just make sure your info is coming from someone who has the authority to give the info. 

I also think a lot of the blame can be placed upon the people who are selling the oils. It seems so many are running around trying to get as many people signed up under them as possible and not making sure those they have sold the oils to actually understand how to use them. And then they have so many people signed up under them they don’t have time to help all of the people they have signed up. I am dedicated to not only getting people to use the oils but to also educate them on how to use them. I get lots of questions about the oils from people who are signed up under other people or even other companies. I am constantly trying to educate myself about essential oils so I try to help whoever I can but my responsibility and priority is to those who I have signed up. I chose to go with doTERRA essential oils, I know doTERRA essential oils. Each company has different products and blends of oils. I can not answer questions about products from other companies because I do not know anything about those products. 
Chemistry 

 One complaint I hear about the oils is “oh, I tried them, but the just don’t work for me”. When I go to the dr and he is trying to get me on any type of prescription medication they almost always say “if this medication doesn’t work then come back and we will try something else”. They say this because they know everyone’s chemistry is different and what works for one person may not work for another. The same goes for the oils. When someone asks me what oils help with sleep I usually tell them the blend that I use and also recommend a few others. I tell them to try one first and see if it helps, if not we can try something else. This is a good rule of thumb for all the oils. Just because one didn’t work for you doesn’t mean you should throw the baby out with the bath water. I know the oils work because I use them, it just may take little experimenting to figure out exactly what’s going to work for you. 
 I believe in the oils so much and am frustrated when I see people misuse them or use them without thought. Please educate yourself and take your health and your family’s health into your own hands. No one is going to be a bigger advocate for your family than you. 
Happy Oiling! 

  

All in a Day’s Work

I’ve spent sometime yesterday talking with some ladies I work with, and they were asking me how exactly do I feed my family clean, healthy food. I have been getting questions like this a lot lately. How do I have time to prepare everything? How are you avoiding certain foods? The best way I know how to answer these questions is just to explain my process.

We have a pretty busy life. I have 3 children under 7, I work 2 part time jobs, plus we do a lot at our church. Because of this I really have to prioritize my time in order to fit in all the prep work my food requires. Monday is usually my day off so I try to get as much of this done on Mondays as I can, but that doesn’t always happen. If my Monday is filled with other priorities then usually I will try to spread my cooking onto the afternoon/evenings during the week. But today (Saturday) was a rare treat and we actually didn’t have anything going on. I took advantage of this and had a very productive day in the kitchen. Now I have a head start for our meals for the week.

I’m just going to make a list of all food items I made today. I have added the link for each recipe so you can try them yourself. Please do not take me wrong here, I am not bragging about all I did today, I just want to give everyone an idea how long it takes to get everything prepped and what exactly it is that I make.

1. First thing this morning I made my family breakfast.
I made these yummy pancakes. The bananas in them made them so sweet we didn’t even need maple syrup.

 

2. Next I made a batch of salsa. I use this all week with tortilla chips or raw veggies. No link here. This is my recipe I frequently throw together

Salsa:
2 cans diced tomatoes
1 jalapeño seeds and veins out (keep them in if you like some heat)
1/4 of a large onion
1 clove garlic
1/4 cup cilantro
Juice of 1 lime
Salt and pepper.

Pulse it altogether in a food processor until onion, tomato, and jalapeño are almost smooth.

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3. I also threw a batch of applesauce in the crockpot. Someone gave me 2 huge bags of apples that were about to go bad. So I peeled and diced the apples and put them in the freezer. Then this morning I threw the frozen apples into the crockpot with a little water. This cooked on low for about 5 hrs (Remember the apples were frozen). I used a potato masher after about 4 hrs to help the applesauce along.photo 3

4. In my other crockpot I started a batch of Greek yogurt. The recipe for this can be found on my blog post The Pantry Purge.

5. Somewhere during the crockpot recipes I heated up lunch. The kids got bean burritos made from the crockpot refried beans I made earlier this week.

6. After I had my salad I made a big pot of vegetable soup. I will have this for lunch all week long.

7. Oh yeah, sometime this morning I threw 5 sweet potatoes in the oven. I will have a sweet potato for breakfast every morning.

8. Ugh! I also made granola bars before lunch also. (so this list won’t be in order! I keep forgetting what all I did today) The recipe for these can also be found on The Pantry Purge post.

9. At some point today, I have no idea what time, I made pizza sauce for my kiddos pizza “lunchables” they will take in their lunch this week and the pizza I have planned for supper later this week. I got the pizza “lunchable” idea from “100 days of real food.”

10. Then I made dinner for my family. Healthy chicken nuggets, green beans, and celery, my chicken nuggets are made by cutting up 2 chicken breasts into nugget size pieces, throwing them into a almond milk egg wash, then “breading” them in almond meal. I make my own almond meal by grounding blanched almonds in my coffee grinder, but you can also buy almond meal. My kids love these chicken nuggets.

11. After supper I made gluten free, sugar free Pop-Tarts. My kids have been begging for pop-tarts and there is no way I am buying those and feeding the sugar filled “pastry” to my kids, especially for breakfast. So I looked up several healthy pop tart recipes and combined some using ingredients I had in my kitchen. So this is what I came up with.

Healthy Pop-Tarts.

Pastry:
1 1/2 cups brown rice flour
1/4 cup coconut flour

1/4 cup tapioca starch                                                                                                                                                                                      1/4 tsp salt                                                                                                                                                                                                               1 Tbsp ground flax seed

Boiling water
2 Tbsp honey
1 egg
1/4 cup almond milk

Combine dry ingredients (excluding flax seed). Add a small about of boiling water to the flax seed in a separate bowl, this will make a paste like consistency. ( I had to do this because I didn’t have any xanthan gum, if you do you can just add 1 Tbsp to the dry ingredients and omit the flax seed). Whisk together egg and almond milk. Now add the remaining ingredients to the dry ingredients and combine with a fork. Form the dough into a ball. I then wrapped it in plastic wrap and put it in the fridge for it to harden a bit.

Later I pulled it out of the fridge and rolled it into 2 rectangles and cut those into 8 rectangles. So I had 16 rectangles to make 8 pop-tarts.

Fruit filling:
1 cup frozen strawberries.

I cooked them on the stove for awhile until they were soft and syrupy then blended them in the blender.

Take 1 rectangle put a small amount of strawberry syrup in the middle, about 1 tbsp. Then top with another rectangle, bind edges with a fork. Bake at 350 for about 15 min.photo 1

12. Finally I made homemade gummy fruit snacks. You can find that recipe here.

 

So I did get quite a bit accomplished today. And I actually got to sleep in a little this morning. This list took me about 11 hours, along with a couple loads of laundry and a few interruptions from my kids. As you can see eating healthy does take a little more effort and time, but I completely feel that it is worth it. And it gives me such satisfaction to know that my family is eating healthy food that I prepared for them.

The Chicken Coop

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Not long into our organic endeavor did we figure out that eating healthy didn’t have to break the bank. Most foods we were buying organic were not that much more expensive than the regular product. (Besides I felt it was worth any price increase there might be.)

That applies to all except meat. Organic meat is crazy expensive! So expensive in fact that we actually haven’t taken the plunge and bought any organic meat. We stick with the “all natural” chicken. (And yes there is a difference, organic and all natural is not the same) So what was my Iowan Farm boy husbands solution to this problem? Let’s just raise our own.

And that’s exactly what we are doing. My husband bought 10 broilers and 9 laying hens and we are raising them in the middle of our driveway. Yep, that’s cause we live in the middle of town and don’t really have the “acreage” to raise chickens and I’m not sure it’s even legal to do in our city. But that doesn’t stop us.

So how’s it going? Well we have some small laying hens that won’t produce any eggs for a few more months and some rapidly growing broilers. And all I can say so far is that they stink. They stink really bad. I can’t even walk outside my house with out smelling the horrible smell of our chicken coop. I feel sorry for our neighbors.

Ideally the plan for these chicken is once the broilers are fully grown we will take them to be butchered (no, we are not going to butcher them ourselves) and we will have a freezer full of chickens we raised ourselves. Then once our hens are mature we should be getting 9 eggs a day! Can’t wait. As long as I can endure the smell.

I will try to keep you all posted in our chicken raising endeavors.