Remember, our thoughts and words affect matter and help to create the world around us; like attracts like thus by choosing to not allow this situation to consume me and affirming, both mentally and verbally where it stands and it’s outcome, I create the outcome.
Yes, some pate’s are kind of gooey, sloppy messes… not this. A firm loaf is the result; pork sausage is included, is baked, cooled with a brick on top, and then sliced. Mmmm, good. The Grist Mill serves their slices with pickled red onion (takes 10 minutes to make) and a cherry, saucy, thing.
As the chicken ordinance approaches ratification, a neighbor made an interesting point. The way the current draft gives a single neighbor all the control on whether or not you can have a rooster. This same neighbor suggested that instead of all adjoining neighbors approving, a majority would approve. This makes more sense since the County government uses the democratic processes and allows the majority of neighbors to ‘decide your fate’.
The proposed ordinance is for those of us who live in residential zoning and while the lot size is not restricted, the number of hens is limited to 10 with a rooster not an option unless all adjoining landowners sign off and the animals must have appropriate housing.
The Planning/Zoning director said that prior to this, since chickens are not listed as a permitted use for residential, technically we could not have chickens. Using this logic, then we
This involved putting the big rocks in first, then smaller stones, sand, and finally water. That is how one gets the most out of the day. My challenge appears to be recognizing which tasks are the big stones and which are the smaller. Right now, they all look big!
“…A town that tries to keep its “traditional” “colonial” “historic” or “small town”
f eel without actually allowing any of the characteristics of traditional, colonial, historic or small town lif e is
creating a sterile Disneyland as well as destroying long term environmental, economic and f ood security…” ~ Sharon Astyk
The oil lamp shop is run by an older Mennonite couple and Mrs. Shank explained that it is a common problem for first time lard render’ers. She was excited to find a ‘younger’ couple interested to learn the old ways. She explained that, when we start the process, adding
Having not really started seeds inside (successfully) this is new territory for me. We have our little seed starting flats (saved from last year) and some potting soil. According to the packets I have set out, seeds need to start within 4-8 weeks of the last frost date. Well, 8 weeks from the last frost would be about now. Guess who gets to play in the dirt. =)
Aside from taking f o r e v e r to smoke, the slab and hams turned out really well. Way more tastey than the ham that comes from the local butcher. We won’t even try to compare it to what one finds at a regular grocery; well worth the time and effort.
Several weeks ago, at our last freezer camp, I set aside several hides to use as a test for our fur tanning skills. Having never done this before, a slew of reading, researching, and even book buying ocurred. The methods discussed range from using antifreeze to the animals brains to alum and salt. My rabbit friend (Rolf) has had great