The Staff of Life

6 09 2013

My husband is a bread snob.
Being European, he claims he has a right to be. No joke.
Why am I telling you this?
I’ve taken to bartering with friends and colleagues, offering our fresh eggs. One of my colleagues is known for her sublime loaves of fresh bread, so I proposed a barter. I brought the still-warm-from-the-oven bread home. I sliced into this  perfectly round, nearly heme-spherical loaf. My husband was skeptical. He took a bite. And another. Then a declaration:
This might be the best bread I’ve had in America.

We had more bread for breakfast. Then an amendment to his declaration followed by a question:
This IS the best bread I’ve had in America. Can she teach you?

And so I was set on the path to learn to make bread. My colleague praised the book My Bread by Jim Lahey, so I picked up a copy. It’s filled with wonderful recipes, helpful photos, and heartwarming stories. It gave me a place to start, and maybe even a little confidence.

Here’s how it went: Read the rest of this entry »

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A Veritable Rainbow!

13 08 2013

I’ve been a bit delinquent in posting about our backyard chickens!
It’s been 8 whole weeks since our first hen began laying and our hold-out hen started laying on the 4th of July.
We are getting 3-4 eggs a day at this point – enough that we’ve started bartering with friends for homemade bread, etc. It’s magical I tell you – having fresh eggs. This last weekend the variation in colors blew me away, it was practically a rainbow of eggs!

8.11.13 eggs





The first egg is here!

18 06 2013

And it’s beautifully blue! Now if only she can make it to the nest box next time…

6.18.13 first egg

Edited to add: a farm fresh brown egg for size comparison (below).

6.18.13 egg comparison





Backyard Chickens!

4 02 2013

Or at least they will be come summer! For now, I have chicks.

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In fact, I have four. Our little flock is comprised of two Ameraucanas (who lay blue eggs!), one Buff Orpington, and one Silver Laced Wyandotte. If all goes well, they should be laying by June and I’ll have more fresh eggs than I know what to do with. I’ll also have fresh manure for my vegetable garden and the very best pest control mother nature offers! Not too mention, endless entertainment. I’ll be posting about this new adventure regularly and passing on what I’ve learned for those interested in backyard chickens.








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