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January 9, 2019

A Happy Chicken Coop

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The previous owners of our house had a couple bunnies as pets, so there is a little hut in the backyard that they lived in. We decided to get some chickens to live in the hut, because I grew up with them and love the farm fresh eggs! You really can taste a difference! Having chickens will also give us a use for our food scraps. While we don’t plan to get the chickens until the spring, we went ahead and transformed the bunny hut into a chicken coop!


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Phase one was to make a place for the hens to roost. Chickens won’t lay eggs on the ground, you have to give them some sort of perch. We used boards that we had laying around and secured them together with screws to build a small shelf in the coop that they can use to lay. On the shelf are a few cubbies, so the hens feel safe and secure.


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Next, we wanted to make the outside a little more aesthetically appealing. The coop was cleaned off so paint would stick, and then painted barn red with white accents. We got outdoor paint that’s a primer and color from Lowe’s. I think this is freakin’ adorable! It looks like a tiny barn in our backyard!


The last step of our hut to coop transformation is going to be putting up a white picket fence around the garden so the chickens can eat the bugs in the garden when we’re in the yard with them. That way, hopefully, the caterpillars aren’t an issue again in the spring!


Before:
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After:
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I’ll be sure to show y’all when we finally get the fence up! I can’t wait for it to all be done, it’s going to look so cute!! Plus, we’ll have fresh eggs, our chickens will be fed by our food scraps, and they will eat the bugs from the garden for us. It’s a great system to decrease waste! Now we’re all set to adopt two hens into our family!

January 7, 2019

Meal Monday: Pesto!

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I love pesto. It’s great on a sandwich, on chicken, or on bruschetta! It has such a delicious and light flavor that melts on the tongue. I always thought it would be kinda tricky to make, but, as it turns out, pesto is just about the easiest thing to make ever! With just five  ingredients, it’s hard to mess up.


Basil pesto is my favorite, but I have a TON of arugula in my garden still, so I decided to make arugula pesto. Do be warned, arugula pesto is not for you if you don’t like arugula a LOT!!! I’m not the biggest fan, so didn’t like the arugula pesto very much. I did the same recipe with basil and LOVED it!! So it’s all about your preferences. Know that you can switch in just about any leafy green! I plan to try it with half basil and half spinach so it has some extra veggie in it, but still the amazing flavor of basil pesto.




Prep and Cook Time:
5 minutes


Ingredients:
  • 3 ½ cups basil, spinach, or arugula (or whatever you’d like to use!)
  • ½ - ⅔ cup olive oil
  • ½ cup parmesan cheese
  • 2 Tbsp. garlic
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. Mix the green (basil, spinach, arugula, etc.), parmesan cheese, garlic, salt and pepper in a blender and give it a rough chop.


  1. Slowly add the olive oil while you pulse the pesto in the blender. Continue to add olive oil while pulsing until you reach your desired consistency.



Tips:
  • You can make the pesto and then put it in an ice tray for an easy way to save the leftovers. Plus, one ice cube is about one serving!

  • Add olive oil slowly! You can always add more, but you can’t take it out!


Try your own pesto and let me know how it goes!!

January 4, 2019

Diamonds Are a Girls Best Friend

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I have always liked shiny things. When I was little, my mom and I would walk past jewelry and I would get as close to the glass as I could to see the treasures inside. My family would tease me for my love of diamonds, gemstones, gold, and silver, anything that had that shine! As an adult, I still love a good piece of jewelry. Naturally, I was thrilled when I found Clean Origin! The commitment Clean Origin has to quality is amazing! The founder, a third generation jeweler, started the company because of his dedication to making quality jewelry with a sustainable origin. Each diamond is made with care and detail, creating wonderful press- your-nose-to-the-glass pieces.


Clean Origin offers carefully crafted diamonds that are made in labs. But, what does that really mean? The only difference between man-made diamonds and natural stones is where the diamond is grown. A man-made diamond is grown in a lab using technology to replicate the natural diamond growing process. You end up with a diamond — same molecular structure, same look, same properties. Stick with me through the science, these diamonds are not cubic zirconia (molecularly ZrO2), they are diamonds (which is a carbon element in a crystal structure). Basically, to make a lab diamond, you mimic the way a natural diamond is created- high temperature and high pressure with lots of carbon! Until I found Clean Origin, I thought the only options were natural diamonds or cubic zirconia. I love the choice this company provides for all of us jewelry lovers, especially one with perks!




A lab grown diamond is typically less expensive than a natural diamond because there is no mining process, to get gems from origin to a customer is less expensive, passing
that benefit on to the customer. They are also more environmentally friendly than a natural diamond. Any time you take something from the earth there is an impact,
companies like Clean Origin are helping protect the earth. Most importantly, is the social justice aspect; diamond miners often employ citizens of impoverished countries
to actually mine their diamonds. These workers are sometimes forced to work long hard hours with minimal pay. By creating lab diamonds, Clean Origin helps to alleviate these potentially harsh working conditions.




My absolute favorite part is the bridal sets, which make wedding jewelry the easiest part of the wedding planning process. Engagement rings all have a matching wedding
band AND additional matching jewelry. When I got married I had to hunt down earrings and a tennis bracelet that would match my ring. It was a pain! I love the idea of getting
everything at one place, so you KNOW it matches! Fortunately, everything matched when I got it, but that’s an extra level of stress and worry a bride just doesn’t need. This
company is really amazing and really wants to help you find that perfect combination.
Their dedication to quality and customer service is exceptional, the ability to get all your
bridal accessories and rings from one place is just an added bonus!


*Thanks to Clean Origin for partnering with me on this post.

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