Thursday, October 28, 2010

Feeding Chickens Produce

Our chickens are fortunate that our local grocery store saves the outdated and bruised produce for them.  Every day we bring home between one and three garbage bags full. 

The produce is divided into several categories.  The first is ready-edible meaning little to no work on our part.  This includes lettuce, tomatoes, sprouts, etc.

The girls love the greens and can hardly wait until we dump the pails.

Sometimes shoving matches occur among the greedy feathered pigs.

The second category is edible-chippables.  These include carrots, sweet potatoes, beets, apples, cauliflower and much more.

This produce the chickens won't eat in the present form.  We use our chipper/shredder to break it into bite-sized morsels.

We toss the produce into the hopper -

and out comes yummy mush for the chickens.

The girls peck and scratch and gobble them up. 

What they don't eat gets tilled into the garden as compost.

Sometimes we have volunteers to help run the machinery - that is, until the food actually arrives.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Carrot Rolls

I have a recipe for Sweet Potato Rolls that is very good.  I found the recipe at this link:

My sweet potatoes did not produce this year but I have an abundance of carrots.  Carrots and sweet potatoes do taste fairly similar so I decided to try Carrot Rolls instead. 

I mix my dough in my Cuisinart but you can mix and knead it by hand if you want.

List of ingredients:

1 1/2 tsp yeast
1 tsp sugar
1/2 c. warm water

2/3 c. shortening, butter or margarine
1 tsp. salt
1/2 c. sugar
2 c. mashed carrots
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1 c. scalded milk
2 eggs

7 to 8 c. flour

Start by peeling and slicing up enough carrots to make 2 cups when mashed.  Cook carrots in very little water until soft.

Mash the carrots and set aside.  Meanwhile, scald 1 cup of milk and let it cool.  In 1/2 cup warm water stir 1 tsp sugar.  Then add 1 1/2 tsp yeast and set aside.

Mix 2/3 cup of margarine, butter or shortening with 1/2 cup sugar and 1 tsp salt.  Beat in 2 eggs, 1/2 tsp nutmeg and the 2 cups mashed carrots.

Add both the cooled milk and yeast mixture to the bowl and mix well.

Next add about 7 cups of flour, scraping down the sides of the bowl while mixing.

Add the rest of the flour (1 cup - more or less), a few spoons at a time until dough pulls away from the bowl.   

Continue kneading 3 to 5 minutes, adding more flour a sprinkle at a time if the dough starts to stick to the bowl.  The dough should be soft and pliable but not sticky.

Form into a ball and place in a greased bowl and lightly grease the top of the dough. 

Cover and let rise in a warm spot for several hours until double in size.  I let mine rise in the oven with the light on - it stays warm and is out of drafts.

Knead the dough and cut in half.

Cut each piece in quarters and then quarters again.  This will give you 32 large rolls.  Form each piece of dough into a ball and place on a greased baking sheet.  

Brush with butter and cover and let rise for about 1 1/2 hours. 

Preheat oven to 375F.  Bake for 15 to 20 minutes until lightly browned.

I like to brush my buns with butter when they come out of the oven so they are shiny and stay soft.

Remove from pan to cool. 

I found these buns every bit as tasty as the sweet potato ones.  They are a lovely golden colour with a slightly sweet taste. 

Enjoy!  :)

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Roses in the Fall

Some of my roses have decided to bloom again this fall.  They had a rest for a month or so and now are showing their lovely faces once more before the onset of winter.  Here are a few of the beauties.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Keeping Chickens

Not so long ago, and not so far away, we decided to raise chickens to provide us with tasty eggs. So we went for a drive and came home with a box of peeps.

We had 31 adorable balls of fluff.  They learned to peck and scratch and do all sorts of chicken things.

In a blink of our eye, they were full grown and feathered.  The girls were moved out of the garage and into to their coop and run in the yard.  They were fearful at first but their curiosity got the best of them and soon they were exploring their new digs.

They had many things to do throughout the day that kept them busy from dawn until dusk.


Catching some rays


Chanting "I'm higher than you . . . "


Dust bathing

Oh yes, did I mention - EATING!

They did of course start laying eggs and it has been just over a year since we've bought eggs from the store.  :)

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Golfing with Sheep

Well the golf season is winding down for the year but I have some pictures to share of our local golf course.  It is a nice little course nestled in the mountains.  Here are a couple of shots of the view.

Now as nice as the view is - that is not the drawing card.  The nine-hole course is on a working sheep ranch with golfers and sheep sharing the pasture.

The fairways may not be as nice as some of the pristine 18-hole manicured courses but the woolly "natural" hazards make up for it.

Don't expect the sheep to stay quiet when you're ready for your shot, especially when the lambs are around and misplace "mom".

Here you see one of the women's tee boxes being groomed by some of the "groundskeepers".

You also may run into one of the llamas who share the pasture with the sheep.  Here are a couple watching while you putt out.

A golfer wondering where to place her ball without hitting any of the "obstacles".

Oh, and by the way, for a shot like this, do you move your ball or the . . . ?  ;)

So if you are in the Lillooet area and you are a golfer, stop by for a unique round of golf.  FORE!