Thursday, January 14, 2016

Dandelion Lotion Bars

From this....

To this!

Last spring, I gathered dandelion heads from our yard.  I infused them in Sunflower oil for a month.  During this time, the oil turned to a lovely shade of yellow.  I removed the dandelion heads by straining the oil through cheese cloth.  Then, it sat...and it sat (for several months) in my refrigerator..

I m not sure if there was any harm done in leaving for this long, but I doubt it.  It was just one of those many things that had to wait.... I read the article from "The nerdy farm wife "and made these Dandelion Lotion bars!  Aren't they pretty?

The recipe is simple.

Melt one part Dandelion oil, one part beeswax, one part Shea butter in a double broiler.  I used a can which was set in an inch or so of hot water on the stove.  Cleaning up beeswax can be messy so it was easier just to recycle the tin afterward.  I added the contents of a vitamin E capsule, and a few drops of lavender.

That's it.  Easy Peary, and so good for your skin.

My only regret?  I used all of my oil and now have to wait until spring to gather more!

Monday, January 11, 2016

Morning chores!

Feed chickens- check!

Water chickens- check!

Clean their nesting box and gather eggs!- check!

Check this out!  They just keep on laying!!

Feed birds- check!

All ready for onslaught!

Are you like me?  I just can't sit down to a meal unless everyone else has eaten....especially those who cannot prepare their own meal.

Feed dogs- check!

Now for a cup of coffee!  Check!!

Sunday, January 3, 2016

Are you looking for happiness?

Get chickens!

Our four little gals are laying!  One is not...although, I haven't discovered which one isn't.  I guess I really don't want to know, as I suspect it is the older girl who was an escapee from a truck that rolled through Newmarket on its way to the slaughterhouse.  I had been in Newmarket the day before I received a frantic call from my niece saying that she had tackled a chicken that was running in the Tim Horton's parking lot!  I had seen that huge truck packed full of these pitiful creatures,and I like to think that one escaped that fateful day.

They said that she was an old bird, but a month after she came to stay, she laid an egg...and continued to do so for many months.  Her eggs were huge, but eventually the shell became very thin, and her laying stopped.  I think she has earned her stay on this plane.  

The other gals are laying three eggs a day.  This is our bounty this week.

Nana has an Easter egg hunt every day!

I'm happy!