I remember my mother putting small pieces of soda cracker in our salt shaker to keep the salt from caking. Modern white salt has anti-caking agents to prevent caking, but my shaker of pink Himalayan salt does tend to clump from moisture. I mentioned it to friends; one of them said her mother put three grains of uncooked rice in the salt shaker for the same reason. We wondered why it was always three grains until another friend said they represent the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. My salt shaker now contains three grains of rice instead of cracker crumbs.
Hubby and I bought two more chicks on our last trip to the feed store. These are buff brahma pullets. I put them in the brooder with the orpington chicks, even though the orpingtons are three times bigger. I worried, but there has been no pecking or bullying. The older chicks let the babies cuddle underneath them. This will bring the chicken coop population to 15 once they are all old enough to move out there. (I hope the feed store won't get any more new chicks until spring.)
We've rebuilt the skeleton of the chicken run, and just need to cover it with fencing.
This week's posts were:
My Friday Find:
This looks absolutely delicious, a cross between pie/cobbler/dumplings and sticky buns: King Arthur Flour's Apple Dumpling Slices. Commenters said they are delicious with half as much sugar as called for in the recipe.
This blog post by Stacy Makes Cents is a great read. Stop obsessing about organic, cook from scratch, and Just Buy the Food. (And grow as much of it as you can, because you know it's organic!)
My hope is to inspire you, and to encourage your homesteading plans and your dreams of a
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