• Food and Appliances

    Dehydrating peppers

    Pepper season has arrived, and I’ve many more peppers to be harvest than I can possibly use before they go bad. I like to use them year round, so it was time to try and preserve them. I could always freeze them, but I always forget they’re there. So, it was time to put the dehydrator to work again 🙂 I had 2 kinds of peppers to preserve; Cayenne peppers and Numex Twilight peppers. I tried both, and it worked for both on the same time and temperature even though they’re sized differently. Granted, I cut the peppers into rings of a couple mm wide, but still 🙂 Also, a…

  • Garden Updates,  Vegetable gardening

    Garden Updates (20)

    Although the weather was rainy all week, I’ve done a lot of weeding and cleaning up. We’ve also sown some new veggies, since the freezer is already overflowing with green beans, snap beans and cabbages. Harvests 1,4kg snap beans (cleaned weight) 900g red cabbage (cleaned weight) 500g savoy cabbage (cleaned weight) 5 cucumbers 250g chard (cleaned weight) 400g carrots (cleaned weight) 2 mini paprika 1 yolo wonder paprika As a bit of a side note, the first apple tree was also ready to harvest. It was one of the smallest ones, and bore green, sour apples. Perfect for applesauce and apple pie! Long story short – we’ve now got about…

  • Chickens,  Orpington growth

    Orpington chick growth – week 6

    This week I didn’t take Chip’s picture every day. We’ve been putting them outside in their new run outside during daytime, so Chip was either really tired when we took them back inside again and/or bustling with energy trying to run back outside. Though I didn’t really mind, since they’re not growing as fast as they used to anymore. Here’s a couple pics of the whole gang outside: It was here that I realized Nugget and Chip are both probably hens. They both still have their yellow combs, while rooster’s combs should be visible red around this age. One (or two, not quite sure yet) of the white Orpies does…

  • Garden Updates,  Vegetable gardening

    Garden updates (19)

    This week we’ve finally managed to create some space in the vegetable garden again. Now to think what to do with it! We’ve had so much to harvest, I’ve been busy with processing the harvest for days! 🙂 Can’t say I miss the television though. Harvests As you can see on the overview picture, we’ve harvested quite a bit. Here’s a small portion of that: We got rid of the bolted arugula (and tons of weed!) but we’ve also actually harvested quite a bit this week: 2 white cabbages (combined 3 kg) Chard (1kg – cleaned weight) Green beans (2.5 kg – cleaned weight) Snap beans (1kg – cleaned weight)…

  • Chickens,  Orpington growth

    Orpington chick growth – week 5

    In our 5th week of growth, Chip really began to look like a real chicken. At the end of the week, she’s barely got any of her baby-fluff left… I’m kinda sad it’s all gone so soon, but I’m curious to see how the remainder of her growth is going to be. “Nope… I’m not going to sit still! …now where’s that mealworm?” “What’s that over there? Is that a… fly?!” Chip doesn’t seem to change that much from pic to pic… even less than the last couple of weeks. She’s definitely growing though, and losing more and more fluff. It’s especially noticeable comparing the first and last picture. The…