Lesson 1224 – Bandage buddies

With winter comes a lot of winter cooking. Soups, stews, casseroles, I’ve written about some of the recipes our family has tried over the last few freezing months.

With all that chopping and cutting also comes this:

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It’s inevitable. Even when you’re careful, vegetables like carrots can be harder than you had anticipated and the knife slips. It happens. In this particular case, it wasn’t a big deal. As a seasoned mama hen who still needed to get dinner on the table for the flock, I quickly dressed my finger with a non-hello-kitty bandage and pressed on with my stew.

But this is what happens to your bandage when you still have kids living at home (and it was a high schooler who decided to do this.) When they see that you have a bandage, they take your finger and they make you a friend.

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Why have only a bandage when you can have a bandage buddy?

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Wendy Thomas writes about the lessons learned while raising children and chickens in New Hampshire. Contact her at Wendy@SimpleThrift.com

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Lesson 1223 – Chickens in towns? Heck yes!

It has come to my attention that a group in Deltona, Florida has taken a portion of one of my blog posts regarding a solitary situation with a smelly coop and they are using it to support their arguments for not allowing backyard chicken flocks in their town due to smell.

Utter hogwash. I write for Backyard Poultry Magazine, Mother Earth News, Grit, and I hold chicken workshops throughout New Hampshire. I am in complete support of towns (and in some cases, cities) allowing residents to maintain a backyard coop – definitely 100% in that court. It’s the reason I go around the state and teach people how to care for a backyard flock. Continue reading

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Lesson 1222 – Snickerdoodle update

On Friday, while I drove up to Vermont to bring our one of our college students home, daughter #2 decided to make the Snickerdoodle cookies of my youth. Emma used the vegetable shortening and she (at least she said she did) followed the directions that were in the book.

While the end result had that very specific cinnamon and dough taste, these guys ended up being so hard that I chose not to eat them in order to save what little teeth structure I have left. (Although to her credit, they did have those lovely cracks in the top.)

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So it’s back to the drawing board for us. This coming weekend, we are going to attempt the recipe again but I will be overseeing the process. I have a feeling that the dough was not moist enough (it didn’t flatten much at all) and she definitely let them cook for too long. Also, our house is very cold and I have a feeling that the shortening may not have mixed well due to the temperature.

It’s funny because in the recipe, my mother had crossed out 8-10 minutes for a cooking time and wrote in “7 minutes.” We had made fun of the edit (“6 is right out”), but I think my mother was on to something. Snickerdoodles should not be cakey, nor they should not be rocks – there is a delicate balance somewhere in there and I think it lies right along the line of 7.

I’ll let you know how the next batch turns out.

In related cookie news, my husband got to return our college student to school on Sunday and, planning to stop in at the Kind Arthur Baking Center, he took the girls with him.

Guess what? Daughter #1 has now been bitten by the baking bug. This is what she plans to make (and she got food coloring to paint the finished cookies.)

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And now Emma wants to add a “self-saucing pudding” to her list of things to attempt (thanks go to the Great British Baking Show for that suggestion.)

Yum. As far as kids’ hobbies go, let’s just say I’m behind this one 100%.  Anything you need girls, anything.

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Wendy Thomas writes about the lessons learned while raising children and chickens in New Hampshire. Contact her at Wendy@SimpleThrift.com

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Lesson 1221 – Quotable Chicks

Friday’s Quotes for the Chicks

Sometimes you just need to be held

Sometimes you just need to be held

Friendship is not a big thing …. it’s a  million little things.” anon.

Even with all the snow on the ground, it’s time to start thinking about chicks. People and groups are starting to ask me to present information on how to get and care for those little Easter-card-worthy balls of fluff.

Last spring we added 12 new members to our flock and only one of them died. Those are pretty good odds when you purchase a slew of chicks from store bulk batches. We currently have a flock of 27 birds (provided we can make it to the other side of winter without any losses.) A good-sized backyard flock.

I shouldn’t want or need any more chickens. Continue reading

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Lesson 1220 – Lyme Disease Update

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I mentioned last week that we had a check-up with the physician who is treating us for Lyme disease (and tick co-infections.) We have become so comfortable with this guy that he has become our family doctor, watching over and monitoring most of our family’s health.

With regard to Lyme disease, we seem to have kicked it out of our family (knock on wood) After about a year of steady antibiotic and supplement therapy, most of our symptoms are gone or greatly reduced. Continue reading

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Lesson 1219 – Frank Underwood and Paula Deen

My son and I are HUGE House of Cards fans. We had been hearing about this series for a few years but only recently decided to look into it. Honestly, the show had me even before the opening credits rolled onto the screen.

All I can say is that I should have watched it earlier (although now I can binge watch all of the episodes in the first 3 seasons.)

“Cards” is easily one of the most intelligent and entertaining shows I’ve seen in a long time. It makes you physically squirm with anticipation and yell “Booyah!”, when a trap previously set snaps shut effectively ensnaring its prey. Absolutely outstanding.

And of course, because we are becoming mini-obsessed fans, I thought I’d pick up a Southern Style Cookbook in honor of the main character Frank Underwood who is an elected Congressman from the deep south. I mean, there is only so much mention of ribs, cornbread, slaw (always slaw) and sweet ice-tea that anyone can take before they start salivating. Continue reading

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Lesson 1218 – Snickerdoodles and childhood memories

In visiting my Mom and Dad in Connecticut this weekend, I was helping put away some groceries and I happened to see an old cookbook waaaay in the back on a top shelf. I pulled it out and low and behold, it was the 1950 edition red and white Betty Crocker cookbook responsible for many of my favorite childhood memories.

“If there is a God,” I said to myself, “please let *the* Snickerdoodle recipe of my youth be in here.”

I’m here to tell you that God is alive and well, because on page 189, there it was, stained with grease and bits of cookie dough. Continue reading

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