Cold weather, chickens and cookies….

Cold weather, chickens and cookies. 

Been bundling up more and getting ready for winter already.  We had what I guess I’d consider our first hard freeze.  22 degrees at night and tons of frost.  Strangly enough, out of all my plants the petunias didn’t seem to be much affected by the cold.  Hostas, wilted, daylilies browned, chrysanthemums looking tired but those petunias are looking green and happy.

We’ve had several fires in the woodburner already and M. has been cutting wood for our pile at least 3-4 days per week.   Plastic is up on the windows, yard is getting cleaned up and spring bulbs are in the ground.  Looking forward to that show in the Spring!  Planted tulips, daffodils, crocus, muscari and scilla.  I’ve moved most of my Kwanso daylilies and completely redid my front flower bed along the house.  Now is the perfect time to find shrubs and perennials on sale so we found a Weigelia and 2 new Spirea for that flower bed.  Most everything else we just moved around and repositioned.

Last week M. and I built a chicken coop out of all “found” materials.  The frame of the coop is just that…. old window frames.  We put the “frame” on four 4×4 posts to bring the coop up about 30″ off the ground, insulated the whole thing and finished it off with tin siding.  Made a “ladder” and door out of leftover scraps and that finished the whole thing off.  Total cost of the coop…  $o – zip – nuthin!  Chix fencing cost was only $40 and the posts to put it up were already here.  We had a little trouble finding some affordable chickens nearby but finally ended up finding some nice Rhode Island Reds and Red Leghorn chickens not too far from our house.

Really nice place  (Featherwood Farm) that usually breeds ducks, had several chickens for sale.  We were able to get 5 hens and 2 roosters.  All under 1 yr old and very healthy.  We were told to not expect an eggs for a bit because of the “stress of the move”, but we got our first egg the very next day.

baking book.  Of course, I dressed it up a bit.  🙂

 

Super Chunky Cookies  

1/2 C. butter softened
1/2 C. shortening
1 C. packed brown sugar
3/4 C. sugar
2 eggs
2 tsp. vanilla extract
2-1/2 C. all purpose flour
1 tsp.  baking soda
1/8 tsp. salt
1-1/2  C. semisweet chocolate chips
1 C. vanilla or white chips
1/2 C. butterscotch chips
1/2 C. chopped peanuts
 
In large mixing bowl cream the butter, shortening and sugars until light and fluffy.  Add eggs and beat well.  Beat in vanilla.  Cobine the flour, baking soda and salt; gradually add to the creamed mixture.  Stir in the remaining ingredients.
 
Drop by TBfulls 3″ apart on ungreased baking sheets.  Bake at 350 for 10-12 minutes or until lightly browned.  Remove to wire racks to cool completely.
Makes about 8-1/2 dozen

Very, very ooey, gooey and these do not last long at all.

I’ve also been working on quite a few new jewelry designs…including sterling silver and gold filled earrings, plus some new pincushions.   (the new cinnamon scented Christmas ones are so yummy!)  I’m adding new items to my Etsy Shop just about every day.   Hope you’ll stop by and take a peek.  Oh….I’ve also added a quick recipe index to my blog.  You’ll find it in the “pages” section.  🙂

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