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Last year, we
were overall quite pleased with our Red Ranger broilers, but I
wished their fat was more yellow than white. Did the fault lie in the
breed (which forages a lot more than a
Cornish Cross, but a lot less than a "normal" chicken) or in the time
of year? To answer that question, we started our chicks a month earlier
in 2016 so they'd bulk up while the grass was still green and bugs were
A good place to be on a rainy day like today is a wooden platform with your Mom.
I thought I was on the
mend with my hummingbird
diet...and then I started trying to add a few foods back in and it
all went to pot. This is the trouble with uncontrolled
experiments where you change more than one variable at a time.
Luckily, you can always come up with a new hypothesis and try again.
So I pored over the
internet some more and came up with another alternative ---
carbohydrates known as FODMAPs could be irritating my gut. I was leery
at first of adding back in delicious ingredients that I'd assumed had
far too much fat or fiber for my bowels to handle. But I was thrilled
to learn that aged cheeses, oranges, clementines, lettuce, leafy
greens, and carrots have all been well received down there as long as I
cook the last two into submission to increase digestability. I almost
feel like I'm eating real food again!
This continues to be our
best year ever for broccoli. Most of the increased yield is due to
starting the seedlings inside and setting them out at the exact right
time from a weather point of view. But this mellow fall has also helped
since our second crop has been able to bulk up huge and copious
after-florets, producing a crop twice as big as the one a month before.
This past week has been the week walnuts have decided to do their Winter drop.
The autumn color in our
valley tends toward yellows rather than the fiery reds and oranges
you'll see up high. But a few blackgums and other startling leaves
While Kayla and I were
touring Punkin Patch farm last week, we enjoyed a view of the rye field
that will provide our homestead's straw in 2017. So green against the
I've noticed how our Red Rangers have been lounging instead of ranging these last couple weeks before their retirement date.
Our new washing machine arrived...and I got so
excited I washed pretty much everything I own immediately. After four
loads of laundry, I'm ready to give my review --- I love it!
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