Category Archives: Homesteading

Turkeys and “Blackhead” Disease

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Turkeys and “Blackhead” Disease

Several years ago my neighbor had some turkey poults and I just had to have a cute baby turkey! My largest tom I lovingly named “Turk.” He would sit on my lap and snatch mosquitos off of me before they could start biting, he would cluck at me and follow me around like I was the leader of the flock. I spent my evenings just watching my birds. Much to my dismay, my sweet Turk died from unknown causes at about 8 months old. I suspect it could have been “Black Head”, a form of histomoniasis which is transmitted by the protozoan parasite Histomonas meleagridis.

Turkeys and Backhead Disease

I decided at that point I didn’t know enough about turkeys to raise them and gave up.

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Joseph’s Coat of Many Colors Edible Craft

Joseph’s Coat of Many Colors Edible Craft

This is an easy and fun craft that the kids (no matter what the age) will love doing!!

You need a box or two of the multi-colored  Fruit Roll-Ups and a knife.
A plastic disposable knife works just fine! (I used my ceramic one but then I am an adult
Joseph’s Coat of Many Colors Edible Craft
Give each person two roll-ups, one of each color set.

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My First Mammogram Experience

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My First Mammogram Experience

I am not exactly one to go to the doctor for.. well, anything… but when you find that mysterious lump on the “girls” you don’t mess around with that stuff, so off to the doc I went. My doctor checked it out and scheduled me to get an ultrasound. Why not schedule a mammo? Well because it was more under my armpit area instead of where the “vice” couldn’t be clamped down so doc opted for a ultrasound. I thought, “Hey those were cool when I was pregnant, so sure why not!”

Mammo

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Homemade Tomato Sauce – Is it worth it?

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Homemade Tomato Sauce – Is it worth it?

 

I can’t say I actually “like” homesteading, although I believe it is the way to go with the world as it is today. I tend to be on the slightly lazy side and lets be honest, homesteading is hard work! I try my best and my hubby loves it when I am in the kitchen canning and blanching, juicing and chopping, slicing and dicing. But if I were to just be blatantly honest… my modern woman laziness influences my mindset fairly often.

For example, I canned my own straight-from-the-garden homemade tomato sauce! But I can’t help but to think, “I could have grabbed a can off the shelf at the grocery store in all of 5 seconds!”

Tomatoes

So let’s think about all the work that goes into making these beautiful red luscious juicy tomatoes into a jar of sauce.

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Blackberry Jelly

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We picked an abundance of blackberries a year ago and at the time, I did not want to mess with making jelly! So I washed them, bagged them and froze them… and forgot about them. That is of course until our freezer went out and I HAD to remember them! Thankfully I “caught” the freezer going out and the berries were just beginning to thaw so I put them in the fridge, where I procrastinated about making jelly for another week. Jelly isn’t hard to make, it is just … I am messy and lazy most of the time so I just didn’t FEEL like dealing with it.

berry

Well it was a nice soggy summer day in East Texas and not a whole lot else to do inside, so I finally “cowgirled up” and tackled my jelly making, well at least the juicing part of it!

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