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Do Our Chickens Pay for Themselves?

Do Our Chickens Pay for Themselves?

Back in August I asked this question, so we've been tracking it on my sidebar ever since.  This is what's happened in a nut (egg?) shell...For a while (read: when we first started this challenge), we were getting 6-7 eggs a day and I was feeling extremely optimistic about our little experiment.Then, the ladies started molting, their eating habits changed, their…
GIVEAWAY WINNERS!

GIVEAWAY WINNERS!

Well, after all the waiting, I know you're all just biting your nails to see if you've won my first ever giveaway! First, I want to thank all of you that participated, both here and on my EverGrowing facebook page!  It's been so nice to read everyone's comments and learn what each of you like about what I'm creating!  I…
The Liebster Blog Award

The Liebster Blog Award

Last September, Jody was kind enough to pass along the Liebster Award to me!  I felt very honored by this gift and was very grateful to be given the opportunity to pass along the award to five other fellow bloggers.Well, I am even more honored to be given this gift again!  This time it was passed along to me by…
DIY – Re-finishing Cast Iron Pots

DIY – Re-finishing Cast Iron Pots

I have a special place in my heart for cast iron pots and pans, but up until about a year ago, we didn't own any.  Since buying a few and being given an amazing dutch oven last Christmas, we have really fallen in love with them! Last weekend Tool Lady took a trip to the Goodwill to see what she…
EverGrowing Opening + a Giveaway!

EverGrowing Opening + a Giveaway!

I have practiced meditation for years.  I've studied Shambhala Buddhism and clairvoyant meditation.  A few years ago I participated in a ZAZENKAI (a Zen Buddhist retreat during which you spend 14 hours in silent meditation, both seated and walking) at the Upaya Zen Center as a way to explore a different form of meditation and in order to give myself the…
Sweet Potato Banana Butter

Sweet Potato Banana Butter

The making of Sweet Potato Banana Butter has become somewhat of a tradition in our house each fall and is absolutely heavenly on freshly baked bread.  This recipe is from the book Simply Homemade Food Gifts and was requested by a friend this year who said, "You are making that butter stuff again this year, right?!"  Well, yes, of course I am!…
DIY – Grow Light Stand

DIY – Grow Light Stand

Happy (early) Birthday to me!!!On Sunday, Tool Lady built me a surprise!  A Grow Light Stand!!!  She got the plans from growgardentomatoes.com, made all the cuts in the garage, brought it into the Living Room to put together (she likes to watch TV while she's building things) and the whole time I could NOT figure out what she was making! For…