New Chickens on the Backyard Farm

Over the weekend we added some new pullets to our flock.  We drove down to Corvallis and picked up four poulet de Bresse and one Copper Maran from Fraiser Creek Farm.  They are all about 4 months old and should start laying fairly soon.  This brings our flock up to eight hens and two roosters.

The poulet de Bresse are from a Canadian line of stout birds which are great egg layers and are also prized for the quality of their meat.  They are a lovely white breed with blue-grey feet and lay creamy white eggs. img_0645

 

The Copper Maran, like on of our previous roosters, is a beautiful black and copper bird, large in size and very sturdy.  She should lay nice dark brown eggs.marans

 

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Maple Pecan Pie

Filling:

2 cups pecan halves or pieces15111081_743643982460626_2856572122773489621_o
2 T butter
1 cup maple syrup
3 large eggs
½ cup brown sugar
1 tablespoon amaretto (almond liqueur) (optional)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 t salt

1. Heat the oven to 375°F.

2. Toast the pecans in a skillet over medium-low heat until fragrant, about 5 minutes; set them aside to cool.

3. Combine the maple syrup and butter in a small saucepan and cook over medium-low heat until the butter melts. In a separate bowl, beat the eggs, then whisk in the brown sugar, the Amaretto, vanilla, and salt.

4. Gradually whisk the hot maple syrup mixture into the egg mixture. Stir in the pecans.

5. Pour the pecan mixture into the pie crust, transfer the pie plate to a baking sheet, and bake until the top and edges of the pie are golden brown and the center of the pie is jiggly but no longer liquid, 30 to 40 minutes.

Dish Cloth Week – Day 2

DAY 2

Row 20:  Bind off 4 stitches, K to end

Row 21:  knit across
Row 22:  k2, (yo, k2tog) twice, yo, k11; turn (1 st left on needle)
Row 23:  knit across
Row 24:  k2, (yo, k2tog) twice, yo, k11; turn (2 sts left on needle)
Row 25:  knit across
Row 26:  k2, (yo, k2tog) 3 times, yo, k9; turn (3 sts left on needle)
Row 27:  knit across
Row 28:  k2, (yo, k2tog) 3 times, yo, k9; turn (4 sts left on needle)
Row 29:  knit across
Row 30:  Bind off 4 stitches, k 12; turn (5 sts left on needle)
Row 31:  knit across
Row 32:  k2, (yo, k2tog) twice, yo, k6 ; turn (6 sts left on  needle)
Row 33:  knit across
Row 34:  k2, (yo, k2tog) twice, yo, k6; turn (7 sts left on needle)
Row 35:  knit across
Row 36:  k2, (yo, k2tog) 3 times, yo, k4; turn (8 sts left on needle)
Row 37:  knit across
Row 38:  k2, (yo, k2tog) 3 times, yo, k4; turn (9 sts left on needle)
Row 39:  knit across
Row 40:  Bind off 4 stitches, K to end.
Row 41:  knit across

TO COMPLETE THIS KAL, WORK ROWS 42-181 OF THE KAL:

Row 42:  k2, (yo, k2tog) twice, yo, k11; turn (1 st left on needle)
Row 43:  knit across

Row 44:  k2, (yo, k2tog) twice, yo, k11; turn (2 sts left on needle)
Row 45:  knit across
Row 46:  k2, (yo, k2tog) 3 times, yo, k9; turn (3 sts left on needle)
Row 47:  knit across
Row 48:  k2, (yo, k2tog) 3 times, yo, k9; turn (4 sts left on needle)
Row 49:  knit across
Row 50:  Bind off 4 stitches, k 12; turn (5 sts left on needle)
Row 51:  knit across
Row 52:  k2, (yo, k2tog) twice, yo, k6 ; turn (6 sts left on  needle)
Row 53:  knit across
Row 54:  k2, (yo, k2tog) twice, yo, k6; turn (7 sts left on needle)
Row 55:  knit across
Row 56:  k2, (yo, k2tog) 3 times, yo, k4; turn (8 sts left on needle)
Row 57:  knit across
Row 58:  k2, (yo, k2tog) 3 times, yo, k4; turn (9 sts left on needle)
Row 59:  knit across
Row 60:  Bind off 4 stitches, K to end.
Row 61:  knit across
Row 62:  k2, (yo, k2tog) twice, yo, k11; turn (1 st left on needle)
Row 63:  knit across
Row 64:  k2, (yo, k2tog) twice, yo, k11; turn (2 sts left on needle)
Row 65:  knit across
Row 66:  k2, (yo, k2tog) 3 times, yo, k9; turn (3 sts left on needle)
Row 67:  knit across
Row 68:  k2, (yo, k2tog) 3 times, yo, k9; turn (4 sts left on needle)
Row 69:  knit across
Row 70:  Bind off 4 stitches, k 12; turn (5 sts left on needle)
Row 71:  knit across
Row 72:  k2, (yo, k2tog) twice, yo, k6 ; turn (6 sts left on  needle)
Row 73:  knit across
Row 74:  k2, (yo, k2tog) twice, yo, k6; turn (7 sts left on needle)
Row 75:  knit across
Row 76:  k2, (yo, k2tog) 3 times, yo, k4; turn (8 sts left on needle)
Row 77:  knit across
Row 78:  k2, (yo, k2tog) 3 times, yo, k4; turn (9 sts left on needle)
Row 79:  knit across
Row 80:  Bind off 4 stitches, K to end.
Row 81:  knit across
Row 82:  k2, (yo, k2tog) twice, yo, k11; turn (1 st left on needle)
Row 83:  knit across
Row 84:  k2, (yo, k2tog) twice, yo, k11; turn (2 sts left on needle)
Row 85:  knit across
Row 86:  k2, (yo, k2tog) 3 times, yo, k9; turn (3 sts left on needle)
Row 87:  knit across
Row 88:  k2, (yo, k2tog) 3 times, yo, k9; turn (4 sts left on needle)
Row 89:  knit across
Row 90:  Bind off 4 stitches, k 12; turn (5 sts left on needle)
Row 91:  knit across
Row 92:  k2, (yo, k2tog) twice, yo, k6 ; turn (6 sts left on  needle)
Row 93:  knit across
Row 94:  k2, (yo, k2tog) twice, yo, k6; turn (7 sts left on needle)
Row 95:  knit across
Row 96:  k2, (yo, k2tog) 3 times, yo, k4; turn (8 sts left on needle)
Row 97:  knit across
Row 98:  k2, (yo, k2tog) 3 times, yo, k4; turn (9 sts left on needle)
Row 99:  knit across
Row 100:  Bind off 4 stitches, K to end.
Row 101:  knit across
Row 102:  k2, (yo, k2tog) twice, yo, k11; turn (1 st left on needle)
Row 103:  knit across
Row 104:  k2, (yo, k2tog) twice, yo, k11; turn (2 sts left on needle)
Row 105:  knit across
Row 106:  k2, (yo, k2tog) 3 times, yo, k9; turn (3 sts left on needle)
Row 107:  knit across
Row 108:  k2, (yo, k2tog) 3 times, yo, k9; turn (4 sts left on needle)
Row 109:  knit across
Row 110:  Bind off 4 stitches, k 12; turn (5 sts left on needle)
Row 111:  knit across
Row 112:  k2, (yo, k2tog) twice, yo, k6 ; turn (6 sts left on  needle)
Row 113:  knit across
Row 114:  k2, (yo, k2tog) twice, yo, k6; turn (7 sts left on needle)
Row 115:  knit across
Row 116:  k2, (yo, k2tog) 3 times, yo, k4; turn (8 sts left on needle)
Row 117:  knit across
Row 118:  k2, (yo, k2tog) 3 times, yo, k4; turn (9 sts left on needle)
Row 119:  knit across
Row 120:  Bind off 4 stitches, K to end.
Row 121:  knit across
Row 122:  k2, (yo, k2tog) twice, yo, k11; turn (1 st left on needle)
Row 123:  knit across
Row 124:  k2, (yo, k2tog) twice, yo, k11; turn (2 sts left on needle)
Row 125:  knit across
Row 126:  k2, (yo, k2tog) 3 times, yo, k9; turn (3 sts left on needle)
Row 127:  knit across
Row 128:  k2, (yo, k2tog) 3 times, yo, k9; turn (4 sts left on needle)
Row 129:  knit across
Row 130:  Bind off 4 stitches, k 12; turn (5 sts left on needle)
Row 131:  knit across
Row 132:  k2, (yo, k2tog) twice, yo, k6 ; turn (6 sts left on  needle)
Row 133:  knit across
Row 134:  k2, (yo, k2tog) twice, yo, k6; turn (7 sts left on needle)
Row 135:  knit across
Row 136:  k2, (yo, k2tog) 3 times, yo, k4; turn (8 sts left on needle)
Row 137:  knit across
Row 138:  k2, (yo, k2tog) 3 times, yo, k4; turn (9 sts left on needle)
Row 139:  knit across
Row 140:  Bind off 4 stitches, K to end.
Row 141:  knit across
Row 142:  k2, (yo, k2tog) twice, yo, k11; turn (1 st left on needle)
Row 143:  knit across
Row 144:  k2, (yo, k2tog) twice, yo, k11; turn (2 sts left on needle)
Row 145:  knit across
Row 146:  k2, (yo, k2tog) 3 times, yo, k9; turn (3 sts left on needle)
Row 147:  knit across
Row 148:  k2, (yo, k2tog) 3 times, yo, k9; turn (4 sts left on needle)
Row 149:  knit across
Row 150:  Bind off 4 stitches, k 12; turn (5 sts left on needle)
Row 151:  knit across
Row 152:  k2, (yo, k2tog) twice, yo, k6 ; turn (6 sts left on  needle)
Row 153:  knit across
Row 154:  k2, (yo, k2tog) twice, yo, k6; turn (7 sts left on needle)
Row 155:  knit across
Row 156:  k2, (yo, k2tog) 3 times, yo, k4; turn (8 sts left on needle)
Row 157:  knit across
Row 158:  k2, (yo, k2tog) 3 times, yo, k4; turn (9 sts left on needle)
Row 159:  knit across
Row 160:  Bind off 4 stitches, K to end.
Row 161:  knit across
Row 162:  k2, (yo, k2tog) twice, yo, k11; turn (1 st left on needle)
Row 163:  knit across
Row 164:  k2, (yo, k2tog) twice, yo, k11; turn (2 sts left on needle)
Row 165:  knit across
Row 166:  k2, (yo, k2tog) 3 times, yo, k9; turn (3 sts left on needle)
Row 167:  knit across
Row 168:  k2, (yo, k2tog) 3 times, yo, k9; turn (4 sts left on needle)
Row 169:  knit across
Row 170:  Bind off 4 stitches, k 12; turn (5 sts left on needle)
Row 171:  knit across
Row 172:  k2, (yo, k2tog) twice, yo, k6 ; turn (6 sts left on  needle)
Row 173:  knit across
Row 174:  k2, (yo, k2tog) twice, yo, k6; turn (7 sts left on needle)
Row 175:  knit across
Row 176:  k2, (yo, k2tog) 3 times, yo, k4; turn (8 sts left on needle)
Row 177:  knit across
Row 178:  k2, (yo, k2tog) 3 times, yo, k4; turn (9 sts left on needle)
Row 179:  knit across
Row 180:  Bind off 4 stitches, K to end.
Row 181:  knit across

Bind off.

 

draw up center and sew seams together.

Dish Cloth Week – Day 1

cotton yarn
size 7 US needles

Day One

Cast on 18 stitches  (leaving a 12inch tail)img_2124
Row 1:  knit across
Row 2:  k2, (yo, k2tog) twice, yo, k11; turn (1 st left on needle)
Row 3:  knit across
Row 4:  k2, (yo, k2tog) twice, yo, k11; turn (2 sts left on needle)
Row 5:  knit across
Row 6:  k2, (yo, k2tog) 3 times, yo, k9; turn (3 sts left on needle)
Row 7:  knit across
Row 8:  k2, (yo, k2tog) 3 times, yo, k9; turn (4 sts left on needle)
Row 9:  knit across
Row 10:  Bind off 4 stitches, k 12; turn (5 sts left on needle)
Row 11:  knit across
Row 12:  k2, (yo, k2tog) twice, yo, k6 ; turn (6 sts left on  needle)
Row 13:  knit across
Row 14:  k2, (yo, k2tog) twice, yo, k6; turn (7 sts left on needle)
Row 15:  knit across
Row 16:  k2, (yo, k2tog) 3 times, yo, k4; turn (8 sts left on needle)
Row 17:  knit across
Row 18:  k2, (yo, k2tog) 3 times, yo, k4; turn (9 sts left on needle)
Row 19:  Knit Across

from Janet Nogle

Samhain – A time for honoring the past and planning for the future

Samhain marks the time when the warmth of summer is ended and the cold and dark  of winter are nearly here.  Winter brings a chance for every seed and soul to find rest and renewal, to start fresh when spring returns. We’re tucking in for winter, with roaring fires, knitting socks, baked squash, and cozy down comforters.

Samhain starts at dusk on the 31st.  The night is the time to honor relatives and friends that have passed and to honor our traditions.  We feast and meditate, and sleep well ,wrapped warm in our beds.

Samhain continues through dusk on the 1st .  Morning brings a time to cleanse, clear the cobwebs, smudge the home with white sage and clear away the year past. I write a list of the things in my life I’d like to be rid of, or see transformed, and burn it in a fire or in a fireproof bowl, and scatter the ashes to the wind…


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