but a lot packed into them.
1. We roasted our first chicken. By “we” I mean me.
It was wonderful and very satisfying. It tasted like…well chicken but that’s the point. It tasted more deeply like chicken than any store bought roast chicken I’ve ever had. There was no DOUBT that you were eating chicken. Have you ever ordered a meal that was a pasta dish with a cream sauce and the meat could have been any sort of white meat animal? This was not one of those dishes. It was roast chicken with vegetables and you could not mistake it for anything else.
The recipe was simple which I think accentuated the bird well. It did call for shoving a whole lemon in the cavity along with a whole head of garlic but honestly this wasn’t ever going to happen. They just aren’t as big as the plumped chickens from the store.
It was delish and frankly I’m pretty proud of myself.
2. Sunday after we woke up and fed the goats, chickens, geese, ducks, and dog we jumped in the car and went exploring. This is something that the Mr and I do quite a lot. Since we haven’t ever lived in one place very long since we’ve been married its always an adventure. More so than if we did this where I’m from (Minnesota) or where the Mr mostly grew up (Michigan). We have gone North, South, and West so this time it was East along the Columbia river and further inland.
Sam Hill (Who married the daughter of James J Hill who we celebrate in Wayzata Minnesota every year where I’m from!) made this monument to the fallen local soldiers of WW2 in Maryhill WA. It’s completely out of concrete and an exact replica of Stone Henge.
After Stone Henge we went to the Maryhill art museum which is a total gem! Who knew? They also have one of the largest Rodin collections in the United States! Beautiful art and amazing pieces. See Sam Hill was great friends with the queen of Romania which means he got awesome things like this in his house.
I couldn’t get over the fringe! Metal hand wrought fringe! Also look at that scroll work! It was just amazing. Now tell me, if you had a table like this in your house would you EVER put anything on it? I’d be afraid to! Plus it probably costs more than I’ve ever made in my entire life.
Also who gets a coronation crown from Romania in their personal collection? That’s just insane.
3. The animals are all getting big! Here are a few random shots (they will get a full post later).
The Cuyga ducks are getting so big. Thelma & Louise are a little spazzy but we have started using “duck language” to calm them which is like “wak wak wak wak” lol and they are getting better. Soon they will be able to go out with the geese into the chicken yard.
The Mr usually gets the two fast eater goats which are Dude & Charlie.
The Toulouse geese are huge. They now go out to the chicken yard every day which has gotten much easier on me since they now follow me out there. They are still a little afraid sometimes but they are much much better. As you can see they are no longer green! They are getting their pretty french grey coloring in and look much more like geese. I can’t tell you how much I enjoy them, they are sweet and smart animals.
I most definitely have a Maran rooster. I was unsure about it at first but now I know as he’s the only one with any sort of waddle and comb. Funny because this was my favorite “hen” because he’s so light. He’s been renamed from Mavis to Maurice and is still one of my prettiest chickens.
Maurice is not alone though because it looks as though we have a jersey giant rooster too. I’m still waiting but it looks like it’s a he not a hen. :/ This is the Mr’s bird as he picked out the jersey giants so he gets to name him. The jersies are pretty even though they are black birds. There is slight green and cream highlights here and there.
It’s really starting to be spring here and the Mr is planning to go down to California at the end of the month to pick up our sheep so I have to get ready by reinforcing the fences for sheep. Horse railing is not going to hold in a 100 pound sheep!