I did a blog post on making homemade sun dried tomatoes (see Homemade Sun Dried Tomatoes – Oven Dried Really) that generates a lot of interest, so I was intrigued when Lisa from the Bella Sun Luci® Company contacted me to see if I’d like to review their sun dried tomato products. They like to promote the use of their tomato products in a healthy Mediterranean diet, and we’d just returned from a trip to Italy where we loved the Mediterranean inspired cuisine, so I was enthused to give them a try.
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Our last doe due to kid this year, Bit ‘O’ Honey, delivered her healthy kids late this morning! She started exhibiting signs of labor shortly after midnight, so one of us was up with her all night - it’s been a long day. But, around 11:30 AM today, she delivered three kids and they all seem to be doing well.
The first two kids she delivered were bucks (more bucks?); but the third was a doe. So, the very last kid delivered this year at Bramblestone Farm was finally a doe. I’m thankful that we have so many healthy kids and three very good mothers. We’ve learned so much in our first kidding season, [...]
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The two Buckeye hens that went broody this summer both successfully hatched three chicks; and today we have five chicks left that are growing up amongst the flock. All of the chicks that hatched seem to be extremely healthy, and we haven’t needed to provide any special care for the them at all (i.e. no brooder box, no pasty butts, no heat lamp, etc.). We’ve given them chick starter feed (where the big chickens couldn’t get it) and water, but that’s it. The broody hens have been excellent mothers and the only calamity was when a hawk got one of the three chicks from the first broodies clutch (hazard of raising chicks that free range).
1st Broody [...]
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This chili is really more like a stew – just full of chicken and lots of red and yellow peppers. It can be made with chicken breasts from the grocery store, but is really tastiest when roasted heritage* chicken is used. It’s a favorite at our house - delicious and healthy too!
*Heritage chickens are traditional chicken breeds that are raised over a longer period of tme than today’s factory raised chickens, and therefore develop more flavor (see Heritage Birds for Real Chicken Flavor).
8 cups chopped yellow onions (6 onions)
4 red bell peppers, cored, seeded, and diced (large dice)
4 yellow bell peppers, cored, seeded, and diced (large [...]
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Now that the chickens and goats are here, we have one of the main ingredients for growing great produce. Composted animal bedding makes an incredible difference in garden productivity, especially since I prefer to fertilize naturally rather than chemically. I learned about natural vegetable production early – it was the way my grandfather, who’d grown up farming, raised vegetables to feed us.
Annually, grandpa grew a bountiful garden that provided the families produce all year long. He started by adding composted horse manure from the neighbor’s stable to the same sunny patch of land each year. Then he’d plant his favorite [...]
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