Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Chocolate Bomb Pudding Shots

This is the PERFECT adult style pudding! I will definitely be making these a standard "dish" at our adult game nights (Cards Against Humanity, anyone?) Anyway, here's how to make them...

small box of chocolate instant pudding
3/4 c Kahlua
3/4 c Coconut Rum
4oz Cool Whip (extra creamy preferred, but not required)

Whisk Kahlua and Instant Pudding together until thick (about 1-2 minutes)

Once thickened, add rum and whisk until all lumps and clumps are gone.

Once smooth, whisk in Cool Whip.

Fill almost 3/4 of a 1oz plastic shot cup (or whatever you choose to put your shots in).

Cover and place in the freezer.

*It does take several hours to set, I usually set them overnight

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Peep Update

It's hard to believe the peeps are almost 6 weeks old already. We finished building the extra run and mini coop and moved the meat chickens, Australorps and the hatchlings outside. Everyone is fully feathered except for our little guys, but they're nearly there. Everyone is enjoying the much larger space and this also introduces them to rest of the brood.

We have 3 more peeps that hatched on 4/10 and another dozen due any day now. Once those two hatches are feathered out, they'll be added with the rest of this years' peeps. I'm hoping that by the end of the summer everyone will be big enough to combine them with our brood. Not to mention that the run they are in now will hopefully be the home to some turkeys.

Friday, March 20, 2015


I haven't posted any freebie deals in awhile and I spent entirely too long pre-reading half of these books before I sat down and finished this post. Just click the title to be redirected to Amazon. Remember, these were free at the time of posting BUT always check the price before clicking "Buy Now" to make sure it hasn’t returned to full price :)

Cheating On A Chicken Coop  | The Working Chicken | Green Cleaning: Nontoxic Homemade Recipes 

Soap Making: A Beginner's Guide  | Laundry Soap & Supplies | Natural Laundry Detergent

Thursday, March 19, 2015


Some random photos from the past few weeks. Things have been crazy here with an endless amount of snow...I'm so tired of shoveling! But, I know Spring is just around the corner - we have peeps hatching and are getting ready to start seedlings inside...once all this snow melts we may be able to think about having a garden! On a side note...Luca is officially out of Newborn sized clothing, it no longer fits :(

I love that whenever I finish cleaning, Berta feels the need to dig out every toy and play...it's like she celebrates, "woohoo you're done!" hahaha
His hair after a bath...he's got his Mamma's curls
 And someone finally found their thumb!

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Need Sleeeeeeeep

Yesterday was an exciting day, a certain someone decided he didn't need to sleep, at all. Our day started bright and early, 3:30am to be exact.

 Morning snuggles with the babe that thinks he's too good for sleep (at least he's not fussy! Just wide awake for the past 4.5 hours)
By lunch time we had a few minor meltdowns but otherwise quite content and no napping is in sight...
Over 10 hours with no nap, he's almost outta juice lol
 11 hours with no nap...new record for this kid, but he's finally tuckered himself out.
Just kidding! That was just a 30 minute cat nap...tell us what you really think about naps, Luca!

Once bed time rolled around we were able to get him to fall asleep for about 20 minutes before he'd wake up and fuss. He'd quiet down if I was walking with him, but as soon as I'd sit or put him down all hell would break loose. So, I spent almost all night holding him and pacing the living room....this Momma is tuckered out! Thankfully this morning he did take a 2 hour nap, hopefully he's back on his normal schedule and we can resume sleeping through the night again *fingers crossed*

Thursday, March 12, 2015


 The babies are getting quite big and the kids love watching them grow. We grabbed some chicks from Tractor Supply (after we said we weren't buying any this year) and we now have 6 Cornish Rocks that we are raising to butcher and 6 Australorps. Our 6 hatchlings are doing great and are little fluff balls. I have a feeling all of them might be Cochin mixes (most of them have the feathered feet too)

The Cornish Rocks are younger than the Australorps and have already passed them in size. It's our first time with meat chickens and I can't believe how solid they are! We'll be having a butchering party here in a few weeks!

Friday, March 6, 2015

Happy Hatch Day!

Our peeps were due yesterday, March 5th, and we had a 50% hatch rate. This is only my second time trying to incubate eggs, since none of our hens want to do their job and go broody, so I'm very pleased with the results (especially considering we had a few eggs go bad). We did have 2 peeps hatch that we lost, so fingers crossed that everyone else continues to do well.

ignore the mess - they're still drying off in the incubator before we move them to the brooder :)