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Pictures of my fridge

20 Jun





Daily Egg Count

23 Apr

We’re up to 4 eggs today…

  • Ameracauna ‘Blue’ – 1 egg
  • Rhode Island Red ‘Red’ – 1 egg
  • Welsumer ‘Baldy’ – 1 egg
  • Welsumer ‘Henna’ – waiting
  • Buff Orpington ‘Goldy’ –  1 egg and she was angry that I wanted it.
  • Black Australorp ‘Princess’ – waiting


Sign up for our egg csa to get farm-fresh, free-range eggs delivered weekly:

Beautiful Fresh Eggs from free range chickens

12 Apr

I’m now offering an egg CSA.


“CSA” stands for “Community Supported Agriculture” and it is an awesome partnership for both farmers and the community. In CSAs, customers actually become members of the farm which creates an even more direct path from farm-to-table. Members get the benefits of ultra-fresh foods and all the vitamins they provide while becoming familiar with the farming practices used to produce their foods. For the farmers, a CSA helps to regulate the farm’s cash flow by helping the farm increase viability. Farmers also really get to establish relationships with their members and are able to tailor their plans to meet the needs of the market.


There’s nothing better than farm-fresh, free-range eggs for breakfast. Each egg share will provide you with a dozen eggs each week for 26 weeks.

Reared on our family farm in Templeton, we believe our laying hens should be allowed to be chickens: they are kept in a small hen house from which they can range throughout the day on green pasture, scratching and pecking the ground for grasses and bugs, stretching in the warm sunshine, and taking dust baths.


We keep many different breeds of chicken, including Ameracauna, which lay beautiful blue/green eggs; Rhode Island Reds, which lay extra large brown eggs; Welsummer which lay speckled dark brown eggs; and Buff Orpington, Black Australorp, and Wyandotte, the friendliest breeds, which lay traditional brown eggs.


Sign-up for our Community Supported Agriculture program is first-come, first-served. There are a limited number of memberships available, so be sure to submit the application form (copy and email to as soon as possible to secure your spot.

Phone #_______________________________ Email________________________________

I would like to sign up to receive (circle one):

  • double: two dozen (24) eggs/week: $215
  • full: one dozen (12) eggs/week: $115
  • half: one-half dozen (6) eggs/week: $70

I will pick up my eggs on (circle one):

  • saturdays 9a-11a
  • wednesdays 4p-6p


  1. It is my responsibility to pick up my eggs at my selected time each week. When special circumstances arise that prevent me from picking up my eggs at my scheduled time, I will arrange for alternative pick-up arrangements. I understand if I do not pick up my eggs and do not call to arrange for another pick-up, my eggs for that week will be donated to an area food bank.

  2. The EGG CSA will run for 26 weeks.

  3. Membership payment must be made at the start of the season. Payments can be made when this application is submitted (I’ll send you an invoice) or at the first pick-up. If there are questions or special arrangements must be made for egg pickups, please contact Amanda at 401-305-0591 or

  4. We encourage all EGG CSA members to reuse their egg cartons each week. Eggs will be available at pick-up both prepackaged and loose so that you may fill your carton.

Bathroom Makeover

1 Oct


Let’s start with the room that needs the most work. This is the downstairs bathroom in our new house right now. I haven’t done much to it – just move in our stuff and take the mirror off its bracket.

Things I don’t like about it:
1. The walls are paneling that looks like tile. Some is glued on tight and some isn’t. A section. Under the counter is missing – the big blue spot.
2. I think the grout is supposed to be white, but is dirty. Yuck!
3. Builder grade mirror. Enough said.
4. The faucet is chrome, but the cabinet handles are brass. Mixed metals look ok as jewelry, but don’t belong in a bathroom.
5. The off center cabinet. They didn’t tile under it, so moving it would be more work than I want to do.

Now for some inspiration photos!



I love the double lights, mirrors, and glass shelves! I also really like the open shelf. I think we could make the off set cabinet look a lot more intentional if we added this to one side. The window treatment is also nice.


(House & Home)

I like the colors in this room. I don’t want to paint the cabinet or remove the faux tile because I’m trying to do this inexpensively and quickly, so seeing the open shelf done in wood is helpful for me to visualize. I like the framed mirror with the sconces too!

To do:
1. Build a chunky shelf
2. Baskets for storage/laundry.
3. Update hardware to chrome (spray paint?)
4. Frame mirror (cut in 2?)
5. Update lighting.
6. Window treatment.
7. Towel hooks.
8. Hide blue spot – I think there’s some scrap panels in the garage
9. Scrub the heck out of the grout and seal it. If all else fails, use grout paint.

Budget: as close to $0 as possible. I’ll be trolling craigslist free section for materials.

Wish me luck!

Books and bookshelves

6 Mar

I have books ALL OVER MY HOUSE…do I fill my ikea expedit as a library (which is a little waste of space because it’s 14″ deep, and none of my books are that deep)? If I empty the expedit of books, I don’t know how useful it’ll be…unless I use it to display other things, like dishware – it IS in my dining area, afterall…thoughts?


This is the proposed bookshelf “library” that currently holds office stuff, books, sewing stuff (also scattered all over the friggin house), works in progress, a bin FULL of picture frames, a globe, a telescope, vintage cameras, and a vintage typewriter.


another angle of the ikea expedit.


The childrens’ books that my eldest can read to herself and her sister. I’d rather use this space in their room for the impending addition to the family.


My clothing hutch, which only has clothes in the drawers because the top WAS filled (until 2 minutes ago) with old electronics boxes and other junk that had no place in my room. It has dvd box sets that I dont’ want my kids to touch, and books that are above their reading level, for me to read to them. The rest of the shelves might become my “linen closet” since I haven’t changed my sheets in forever because I can’t reach the bin in the top of my closet. So grody!

Another bookshelf in my room. The bins hold a remote controlled jeep (which is going to relocate to the kids room) and a heated blanket. The other shelves are filled with books, photo boxes, a microphone, free weights, and slippers. I’m sure I can find a better use for this space….maybe I can move it into our laundry area and use it for my sewing stuff that will be misplaced if I fill the expedit with books!

Funky playroom mood board

20 Jan

Color Scheme: Chalkboard paint on walls. White trim. White Roman Shades on windows.

1. Paint existing bookcase white and get cute boxes (about $10 each) to store toys.

2. Slipper Chairs – diy instructions at the link. ($20 each)

3. Black and White Striped Rug – paint it from a remnant. ($15)

4. Floor cushions – sew it yourself ($20 each)

5. Table – I expect Dad to make this, along with the rolling storage underneath!

6. Colorful curtains to hide laundry area.

7. Fun Art – Print cool images at home and use a frame from a 2nd hand store. An over-sized Scrabble tile would be simple to make and look tres chic! A gallery wall isn’t complete without an artwork display frame ($15) – for all those art projects that mysteriously multiply.

Little house…

22 Jan

Today, I finished reading Little House on the Prairie. It’s a little sad that they worked so hard to build that house and had to leave after a year. It’s scary that they spent a night surrounded by wolves with nothing but a sheet for a door. Overall, it shows the commitment, hard work, patience, and endurance of our ancestors that moved west.

I’m excited to start watching a miniseries on running a Frontier farm on Pbs. I’m a huge fan of  the pioneer way of life, and plan to experiment further with the lost skills and crafts of days gone by. It’s important to not only preserve information on this way of life for future generations, but also to practice traditional farming and animal husbandry to prepare yourself for future disasters.

It’s easy to romanticize living the way folks did in the past, but I know how difficult it was in those times. I am in no way ready to build a house using only primitive tools, but I’d sure like to know how. Taking the easy way out with modern technology is going to come back and bite us in the butt someday, and I plan to be ready.


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