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Lesson 1345 – Day 7 – Tiny house, big flock – Getting ready for Santa

Day 7

Even though there’s so much to do, it wouldn’t be Christmas without taking the chicks to see Santa at the mall.

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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 1345 – Day 6 – Tiny house, big flock – Getting ready for Santa

Day 6

Even though the family needs to keep to a healthy diet, it *is*a time of celebration and it just wouldn’t be Christmas if Mama hen doesn’t make her famous vanilla pound cake (made with plenty of backyard fresh eggs.)

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Sorry-for-the Noise-Have-Some Pound Cake

When we decided to get chickens we weren’t prepared for the amount of eggs and night noise that chickens (more specifically roosters) can make.

This holiday season we made this rich buttery pound cake for our neighbors which used up a lot of the eggs and bought us a little bit of good will from some very tired people who have put up with a lot

1 pound of butter, softened (not melted)
3 cups of sugar
6 eggs (the fresher the better)
4 cups unbleached white flour
1 cup milk
2 teaspoons vanilla (or almond) extract
2 teaspoons baking powder

Preheat the oven to 350.

Butter and flour a 10-inch Bundt pan and set aside
Cream the butter and sugar. Beat in the eggs. Add two cups of flour and beat well. Mix in the milk and extract. Combine the baking powder and the remaining 2 cups of flour and then add to the batter. Beat well.

Pour the batter into the Bundt pan. Bake about 1 hour, until the cake pulls away from the sides of the pan and a knife inserted comes out clean.

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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 1344 – Day 5 – Tiny house, big flock – Getting ready for Santa

Day 5

During the holidays, with so much party and celebration food around, it’s difficult to keep to a healthy menu. That’s why the mama hen pays particular attention to her flock’s diet at this time of year.

Fruits, veggies, and meats are what’s offered inside the home in the hopes it will offset all the overindulgent goodies eaten outside the home.

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Find the puppy.

 

 

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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 1343 – Day 4 – Tiny house, big flock – Getting ready for Santa

Day 4

Oh there they are!

Early in the morning on the first of each month, it’s not unusual to hear members of our flock yelling out “Rabbit Rabbit!!” to each other. Having some English heritage in our family roots, we do this because of a common British superstition that says if you repeat the word “rabbit” out loud upon waking on the first day of the month – it will ensure good luck for the rest of the month.

Well who wouldn’t want all the good luck they can get?

Guess our little rabbits didn’t want to take the chance we didn’t say it and stuck around until we found them.

Well done, little bunnies. Rabbit, Rabbit! Now be off to enjoy the holidays with your own families.

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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 1342 – Day 3 – Tiny house, big flock – Getting ready for Santa

Day 3

Now that the tree is up it’s time to start playing Christmas carols nonstop (many thanks go to John Tesh’s radio station for help with this effort.).

While the younger chicks love Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer and Dominick the Donkey, – the song that tugs at mama hen’s heart and that always causes her to stop what’s she doing to listen is Celebrate Me Home by Kenny Loggins .

 

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Find the puppy.

 

 

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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

Also, join me on Facebook to find out more about the flock (children and chickens) and see some pretty funny chicken jokes, photos of tiny houses, and even a recipe or two.

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Lesson 1341 – Day 2 – Tiny house, big flock – Getting ready for Santa

Day 2

“A tree, a tree!,” the chicks all cried. “We need a tree for Santa to put the presents under.”

After searching (and searching) for the tree with the prettiest shape, we found a perfect one in our own back woods. An axe, a sled to bring it home on, and soon it is upright in our home bringing its promise of vibrant life in the midst of winter’s cold.

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Find the puppy.

 

 

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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 1340 – Day 1 – Tiny house, big flock – Getting ready for Santa

Day 1

Welcome to our tiny house.

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The Thanksgiving feast is over, the dishes are cleaned, and the college chicks have returned to school until the holiday break.

Time for a breather, right? Afraid not.

We have 24 days to get this house in shape for Santa Claus’ arrival. Think we can do it?

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Find the puppy.

 

 

 

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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

Also, join me on Facebook to find out more about the flock (children and chickens) and see some pretty funny chicken jokes, photos of tiny houses, and even a recipe or two.

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Lesson 830 – A room of my own

Those who follow me on Facebook know that I have an, um, obsession with tiny houses. (Hi, I’m Wendy and I can’t get enough of tiny structures.) There’s usually not a post on a tiny house that doesn’t escape my feed. I read up on how to build them, I came close to buying one located in Mass, and I am constantly intrigued by people who convert things like campers and sheds into tiny living spaces where there’s a place for everything and everything is in its place.

There is a certain kind of magic in a house where the empty spaces found between the moments of your life whisper to you instead of screech.

In my defense, though, I’ve always loved tiny things. Trolls were the dolls I preferred, and I remember once spending hours and hours, making doll houses out of discarded treat-sized boxes from our Halloween candy, as I recall, the Milk Dud boxes were the perfect size for a living room. Continue reading

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Lesson 711 – A Coop of My Own

One of my (many) obsessions, along with saving animals, books, and Downton Abbey, is tiny houses.  If you follow my Facebook feed long enough, eventually you’ll come across a photo (or a few dozen) of various tiny houses that have captured my attention. Some of these miniscule abodes are fantastical, hobbit-like creations, while others are situated in trees – with incredible views. But the ones that really grab my attention are those that are solidly tethered to the ground. They’re here – just tiny.

It’s a bit of an odd hankering for a mother of 6 and it’s only come to light in the past few years.

Actually, it’s been since we got our chickens. Continue reading

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