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Circle of Life

A few years back we started raising back yard chickens.  The experience has been rather eye opening, and rewarding.  Last night we had an egg dish, provided fresh from our yard.  It was delicious, healthy, inexpensive and the kids all enjoyed it.  What more can you ask from a meal?  When we began raising these chickens I had no idea just how good the eggs are for you.  I also had no idea how much we would learn about the circle of life.  We’ve lost a few birds along the way to predators, and one to an unknown illness or injury, but that too is a part of life.  It has been a great teaching opportunity.  The entire circle of life is an incredible miracle, and in my urban upbringing I have had few such opportunities to observe it first hand.  I’m excited to give this opportunity to my children.  (The eggs were great as well.)

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Places of Peace

Who has a place where they just always feel calm and happy?  Where is it?  I have a friend who is always calm and happy under a tree- any tree.  I have a “new” and unexpected place.  Sitting in my yard, watching my chickens.  Even just feeding them and watching brings an intense calm.  I think it is because they live a simpler, unassuming, unstressed life that is full of food, friends, and knowing they will be taken care of.  We got 3 new hens this week.  There is a little bit of stress and work involved in integrating them to our current flock, but we are so happy to have more “friends” living outside.  Where is your peaceful place?

Sassafras “Sassy”, Nutmeg, & Paparika

 

Eggs

 

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Random post today.

 

We all know that eggs are symbolic of new life, but beyond that they are very good for us.  I was appreciating their value as we had mega omelets last night made from our own chicken eggs.

 

In a “nutshell” eggs are high in nutrition, containing a wide variety of vitamins, nutrients, and amino acids.  They also contain one of the highest quality proteins, in levels that promote brain development in children, and multiple benefits in adults as well.  An egg is convenient to cook, and low in calories.  Debate over cholesterol levels basically has resolved that either the nutritional trade-off is worth it, or that the enzymes found naturally prevent the levels from building up in the body.  They are also said to be excellent for maintaining blood sugar.  Basically they are an inexpensive, and naturally an almost perfect start to a day.

 

For those who have a sweet tooth like my family, I was surprised to find that you have a 4 to 5 times higher chance of slipping, falling and ending up dead than of eating an egg with Salmonella.  Even then the odds of getting sick are slim, and the odds of dying from Salmonella are even slimmer.  Basically we’ve gone back to eating chocolate chip cookie dough raw!  So much fun.

 

A testament that the best things in life don’t usually include a lot of cash.