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I didn’t get to help out with the turkeys today, since I went to school and later to help out at the farm market with Thanksgiving pies.  Thanks to Ed’s mom Marie for these pictures!


The turkeys

After the turkeys are killed, using a cone, and bleed out, they’re dunked in boiling water to scald them and make the feathers come out easier.

The turkey then goes into a plucker, which removes most of the feathers.

Some feathers remain, and need to be taken out by hand.  The turkeys are also gutted.

It was chilly enough today to do this outside, which helps to cool the meat.

The finished product goes into the cooler.  Some will be cut apart and/or vacuum sealed and frozen.

Tucker had a hard day!


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I’ve Updated my Cookbook

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slow chicken 003   salad and shortcake 007

strawberry rhubarb pie 010  

I’ve overhauled my Cookbook page to organize it, and I think it’s much easier to navigate now.  In the process, I realized that I’m severely lacking in the appetizer department, so I’m excited that now I have a direction to head with recipes, perfect timing for the upcoming holidays.  I’ve already got plans for stuffed mushrooms and mini-crabcakes in the works.

Please check it out and let me know what you think, and also feel free to suggest appetizers you’d like to see me make!


Filed under Food, Home, Living from Scratch, Recipes

Jealous Neighbor







Be polite and share!


And they all lived happily ever after.  The End!


Filed under Local Agriculture

Bill and Eddie Update

While Bill and Eddie aren’t in top condition, they’re hanging in there!  I visited both of them this afternoon.

I love that Eddie’s using a rusty chain for a pillow here.

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Huge Disappointment

Alternate Title: Why we HATED the birthing classes and will not be going back.

  1. Ed and I were the only people enrolled in the class.
  2. The class was taught in an unfurnished house that was listed for rent.
  3. Said house is 45 minutes from ours.
  4. We got there before the instructors.
  5. The instructors were totally unprepared to teach the class, and spent the first 10 minutes setting up.
  6. The instructors read word-for-word off a PowerPoint.
  7. The instructors read word-for-word from the workbook.
  8. The instructors (poorly) summarized how Dr. Bradley developed his method.  It was like a bad book report.
  9. The instructors had monotone voices and trouble reading.
  10. The house was cold and there was nowhere to sit except on the skeevy carpet (see #2)
  11. They showed a DVD of births from the 1960’s.
  12. Said DVD froze and they spent 10 minutes trying to figure out how to fix it.
  13. I told Ed it would be great! I hate being wrong.

You may have to be a teacher to be fully infuriated by some of these things.  The lack of punctuality, preparedness, personality and enthusiasm were the worst parts.  I should add that I’m still not turned off from the Bradley method.  However, I plan to continue reading about it on my own, doing the exercises on my own, and we’ll attend birthing classes at the hospital instead.


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Homemade Bagels

Wordless Wednesday

Make your own homemade bagels!


Filed under Food, Living from Scratch, Sustainable Living