30 Days of Blogging, Day 12

My new year’s resolution was to master sourdough bread making. Those who’ve been following me for a while know I’m interested in self-sufficiency when it comes to food. I grow a lot of our food in the garden, and I’m an official crazy chicken lady with my backyard chickens. I bake bread to feed my family almost every week, but I’d never dabbled in sourdough. Sourdough appeals to me because you can start with nothing more than flour and water and in the end you get a super nutritious and (hopefully) delicious bread. I also like the idea of catching wild yeast!

So I took the first step. I’m working on making a sourdough starter, using organic whole wheat flour and water. I’m on day 2 of feeding it and I haven’t seen any bubbling showing that its active, but it still smells and looks good, so I’m hopeful it will soon become home to a healthy colony of yeast and in a couple of weeks I can try making a loaf with it! 

And while I’m on the topic of self-sufficient food culture, here’s an egg pic  ❤️ 

 

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30 days of blogging, day 2

My chickens are laying again! Well, the one mature one is laying again. The eggs stopped coming when the days got shorter in early November, but for the past 3 days I’ve gotten an egg a day from good old Minerva. There’s something so satisfying about picking up a warm, fresh egg from a comfy nest of straw and having it warm your palm as you carry it to the house through – 20°C weather.

I love my backyard chickens. I can’t wait to get that first blue egg and that first green egg from two of my other colourful laying breeds. It will be a colourful Easter, without the food colouring!

Egg from a Black Copper Marans

Quick update on life: 4 things 

  1. We have daycare!! Starting in September Avery will be going to a warm and sensitive caregiver with only one other 12 month old little girl, from 9-1, 3 days a week. We will slowly increase that to 9-2:30 4 days a week. It is the perfect situation for us. 
  2. Avery is getting into EVERYTHING. Crawling is awesome – I particularly love it how she can follow me around the house without needing to be carried – but the baby proofing has to catch up with her. Just this morning alone she cut her finger sticking it in the floor heating vent, she pulled an unattached wall heating vent over onto herself, she got her finger stuck in the cat door, and she pulled a book off the shelf onto her head. She’s also pulling herself up onto her knees, so it won’t be long before she’s reaching things even higher up. 
  3. The chicken coop is done (just need to build the run this weekend) and it looks like we will be getting the chicks in about 2 weeks.  
  4. We are booked up for almost every weekend this summer already. Too many family and friends, maybe? Oh well, at least Avery should be able to have lots of new experiences this summer (like camping, twice!)