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Happy Turkey Day

There are million and ten things I could blog about today. I could share with you my favorite Thanksgiving recipe (apple pie recipe that is AMAZING) or a list of all the things I am thankful for (my husband, my family, my animals, my farm, my health, ect) or I could go a completely different route and discuss the virtues of eating local, sustainable food this Thanksgiving. I could also remind my readers to remember to be thankful for the farmers who produced the food that will be the centerpiece of your table today, but I think the new commercial from the Washington State Dairy Farmers says it best. Instead I decided to keep this a bit light hearted and celebrate our feathered friends who get the honor of being the dinner.

I personally don’t raise turkeys as I hear they can be difficult to raise and it just isn’t something that interests me. We have talked about someday raising one or two for our own Thanksgiving dinner table but this year we decided we already had our hands full with our growing flock of chickens.

About a month ago our chicken flock doubled in size when Ross got a call from a mystery man who asked if he wanted his chickens as he was moving to Alaska to live off the grid and he couldn’t take his chickens. To this day we have NO idea who gave him our number. When we asked he said it was a guy in our local watering hole, Bootleggers, who drives a white F150. We can’t think of anyone who fits that bill who would have Ross’ phone number, but when free chickens are on the line you don’t ask too many questions.  So we went t his house, loaded the chickens and wished him luck in his Alaska adventures.

Then last week I decided it would be fun to take some pictures of the new farm and animals for a Christmas card. I booked my favorite photographer Laura Morceau of Casual Family Photography, picked out our outfits and made a list of shots I wanted to get. Turns out farm animals are not always as cooperative as you might like during a photo op which meant we got some awesome pictures!

The chickens did not love the idea of being held for pictures and took every chance at escape they could. Laura of course thought it was hilarious and got the whole debacle on film. So, this Thanksgiving I hope all our readers get a little chuckle out of the pictures and don’t forget to be thankful for our farmers who deal with crazy animals in order to feed your family and the animals that have to deal with the crazy farmers 🙂

Operation Catch the Chickens
Operation Catch the Chickens
Ross got his!
Ross got his!
I had to work for mine
I had to work for mine
Gotcha!
Gotcha!
Chicken kisses!
Chicken kisses!
The chicken did NOT like her kiss.
The chicken did NOT like her kiss.
A face full of feathers
A face full of feathers
She almost got away!
She almost got away!
Okay regroup!
Okay regroup!
This chicken does not want to sit still for the camera.
This chicken does not want to sit still for the camera.
A whole new meaning to wind blown hair!
A whole new meaning to wind blown hair!
And then Ross' chicken starts acting up.
And then Ross’ chicken starts acting up.
About the time we gave up on getting a good picture and just went with it!
About the time we gave up on getting a good picture and just went with it!
So much fun!
Chicken whisperers we are not!
Bahahahahaha!
Bahahahahaha!
Maybe if I hold her upside down she won't fly away!
Maybe if I hold her upside down she won’t fly away!
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No hard feelings chicken, I still love you!
Free at Last!
Free at Last!

 

Oh yeah I almost forgot…here is that recipe for my famous apple pie 🙂

pie recipe

A wife, mom, farmer, HR lady, blogger and dreamer who loves simple goodness like the small of fresh cut hay, bread baking in the oven and kisses.

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