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You Know You Eat (mostly) Unprocessed Food When…

As I was making dinner this evening, I was debating whether or not to add another can of tomato paste to the chicken.  (Now, we always wash the top of the can before opening it.)  Then I thought, “I have to add it, I already washed it and it will go bad if I don’t use it!”

Well, maybe veg goes bad quickly after washing, but I don’t think that applies to cans. 

(As an aside, we ate our first garden tomato for this year!  It was a delish Cherokee Purple.  There’s another one that should be ripe soon, yay!)


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So I was mixing some spices for tacos…

Did you know that cayenne powder makes your nose feel all tingly and tickle-y if you accidentally sniff it up?  And it makes you sneeze too.

Anyway, have a nice evening and Happy Holidays!

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Watch Now: Farmer Wins Against Monsanto!

Mercola.com is offering a free viewing of the documentary David versus Monsanto, about one farmer who fought Monsanto and won.

The video is only available until November 10th, so watch it quickly!

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Hey, Remember Me?

Hey there everybody!  I have not posted in a very long time.  There are plenty of reasons why, but let’s just say I have a Life and it has been demanding Attention.

A nearly spent bee balm blossom.

As for new developments around here, Chunky has gone to freezer camp.  It was a hard decision, but it was the right one.  The girls are bald from all the “attention”.  No, I didn’t do it myself, an experienced friend took him away in a box and brought him back in a bag.  I haven’t seen it yet, since I’m not sure how I’d handle it, but curiosity may override my squeamishness.

The little chickens turned 3 months old on the 18th.  The original crew turns a year old on the 27th and they’ll have been here a year on the 29th.

The young’uns.

Our garden got started on June 23rd.  I’m looking forward to pole beans, summer squash, cucumbers, tomatoes, basil, and whatever beets the rabbits don’t get.

Our sort-of Back to Eden garden.

I’m not abandoning Madame Agrarian, I just can’t say how frequently I’ll post.  Thanks for hanging in there!

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Honeybun is Broody!

I am so excited, my Buff Orpington Honeybun is broody!  As soon as I get a lil broody coop rigged up for her, I will give her some eggs to hatch!

The story:  Yesterday Honeybun was sitting in her nestbox grouchily.  Thought nothing of it.  But then, when I went to close up their coop for the night, she was still there.  She puffed up and growled at me when I touched her.  Well, I took the eggs she was sitting on (and felt very guilty) and picked her up to see if she’d pulled out any feathers.  Yes, she had.  I put her back inside and closed the coop.


Big, scary floofball.

This morning, she had settled in a different nest box.   I petted her a bit but then she got up and ran outside.  I was thinking, Oh no!  I’ve broken her broodiness!  But she was walking around the run all floofed out, and the other chickens (even the boys) were being really polite.  Eventually she went back in and settled down.  Que angry squawking.


Don't mess with a broody hen!

This is the coolest thing ever!

This post was linked to the Homestead Barn Hop!


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Step Aside Mom–School Can Feed Your Kid Better than You

In North Carolina, a 4-year-old student’s lunch was inspected and deemed unfit.  So, the cafeteria gave her lunch and sent her home with a lunch bill for $1.25.

Photo credit: Yoppy (Flickr)

Because, obviously, cafeteria chicken nuggets are more nutritionally suitable than a turkey and cheese sandwich, a banana, some potato chips, and apple juice.

After the incident, a school manager said: “It sounds like the lunch itself would’ve met all of the standard.”  Duh.  Grain+meat+dairy+fruit sounds pretty USDA satisfactory to me.

Really, the major problem isn’t with the lunch, it’s with the authority structure.  It all boils down to what does the government have authority over?

A wise and frugal Government, which shall restrain men from injuring one another, which shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earnedThis is the sum of good government, and this is necessary to close the circle of our felicities.”

-Thomas Jefferson

Government’s job is to keep us safe and free, not to inspect our lunches and tell us what to eat.  And it’s our job to hold them to that.

Read more here:

Backyard Farming – School Lunch Shenanigans

The Blaze – N.C. Food ‘Inspector’ Sends Girl‘s Lunch Home After Determining It’s Not Healthy Enough

Carolina Journal Online – Preschooler’s Homemade Lunch Replaced with Cafeteria “Nuggets”

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Fire Dragon Fruit

Have you ever seen one of these?  I had never imagined such a thing.

Half of a fire dragon fruit.

It’s a fire dragon fruit also known as a pitaya.  It is the fruit of a cacti.  One of my Dad’s coworkers is Chinese and she gave us some.

The best way to eat one is to cut it in half and scoop out the white flesh with a spoon.  When you’re done it looks like this:

It makes its own handy-dandy little bowl.

Wikipedia says it tastes “very bland… like a melon or kiwi, with a mild sweetness.”  That’s about right.  If you eat close to the pink part, it tastes a little like watermelon rind.  My favorite part was the seeds.  They are kind of nutty and are apparently high in lineoleic acid.   Overall, I liked it and would definitely eat it again.

The outside of the fruit.

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