Baby Lamb…Baby Fennel…Blackberries…

I should have titled this Soft-shelled Egg Slush and Green Spinach Smoothies, but I thought I would be nice…;)

No, really, there are some wonderful things going on here, even though it seems we are surrounded by multiple sad situations and even some horrendous circumstances that are going on in the world around us. But I will talk about some of the good things…

The baby lamb…

Addie Lamb

Her mama didn’t have any milk and the other ewes rejected her, so this little lamb is being bottle fed by the shepherd son and in this pic, my little grand-daughter. 🙂

The baby fennel…

Baby Fennel

I’m so excited about this…my goal is to have a crop of fennel. I tried last year and failed. Hope I can do it this year. 🙂 My baby celery is looking good too.

Blackberries…

Yesterday we went over to a wonderful friend’s house, and she gave us about 40 blackberry plants…After we dug them up and brought them home I planted some in two different places…It’s raining today, so this looks a little bleak right now, but I’m hoping to have an incredible blackberry patch this year.

 

Blackberry

Green Spinach Smoothies…

Really, they are not that bad…Along with my lemon juice in the morning, Green Pasture Fermented Cod Liver Oil, and Bone Broth, I have been eating a Green Smoothie every day. This is for my health, and even though I am not completely healed, I’ve made a lot of improvement. Just to share a little…last November I found that my bite was off. One of my wisdom teeth was sore, but other teeth seemed sore as well. My gums were not bleeding, but I couldn’t chew because of my bite. I thought perhaps I had a bad case of TMJ, so I tried relaxing my jaw, and discovered that I clenched my teeth quite a bit. I finally went to the dentist and he gave me a shocking diagnosis. He told me that I had periodontal disease, and that I had to have 3 of my wisdom teeth pulled, and that the other one was not so bad, but we’ll pull that too, and while we’re at it 2 of my molars. That’s 6 teeth!!!  I know most people have already had their wisdom teeth pulled, so that may not have been such a big thing to him, but to me it was absolutely shocking. He told me that if I didn’t get this done right away that my face would swell up, and that I needed to get on antibiotics right away.

I went home and started taking colloidal silver instead of an antibiotic. I searched the internet and found lots of testimonies of what many different people did to heal periodontal disease and heal their teeth. I have incorporated almost everything I’ve read about into my diet and routine. But I’ll share that in another post.

For now my green smoothie recipe…

green smoothie

1 apple or 3/4 cup blueberries
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup raw milk
1/2 cup yogurt (vanilla honey)
I scoop raw meal ( Garden of Life)
1 scoop carrot powder
1 tsp. coconut oil
1 cup spinach or kale

Blend this up really well. Sometimes I add a teaspoon of chia seed as well. I can’t always drink the whole thing at one time, so I’ll save some for later in the day. This was really great when I couldn’t chew well. But I can chew now, even though my bite isn’t perfect yet, it is so much better.

Now to the not so nice thing…

Prepare yourself…

This is yucky…

The Soft-shelled Egg…

Today I found this in the nesting box along with a runny egg yolk…

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I know it’s so yucky, but I’m thinking that one or both of my easter-egger hens is trying to lay again. They both look so healthy, but haven’t been laying any eggs for about 6 months now. These particular birds were bred to lay a lot of eggs. So again in searching the internet, I found that this can happen as older birds are beginning to lay again. I’m really hoping that is what it is.

My other 6 Marans hens gave me 6 healthy eggs today, so I know it wasn’t them…

eggs

So enough of the good and the bad and the ugly…

I hope you all have a great weekend! 🙂

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Fennel

When I was a young girl growing up in the beautiful hills of Marin County, California, I used to walk up to the railroad tracks that were nearby. and I would always smell luscious whiffs of a licorice coming from the ferny looking plants that grew wild in the fields.

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I didn’t know that they were fennel until I was an adult. Do you ever smell something that reminds you of your childhood? Every time I would smell anise or fennel I would think of my childhood, and I never knew why until I visited California when my grand-daughter was born and just happened to catch that whiff while I was on a walk and then saw the beautiful wild fennel plant.

Fennel has so many medicinal and nutritional benefits. It is really worth growing this great plant.

Foeniculum_vulgare_-_Köhler–s_Medizinal-Pflanzen-148Fennel helps digestion, reduces water retention, and is a good source of potassium, magnesium, calcium and vitamins B and C.

For women, fennel is said to relieve menstrual cramps, increase milk flow when lactating, and helps regulate hormones.

To see more uses for fennel read this article at B4tea.

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And here is a great Martha Stewart video about growing fennel with some really cool raised bed tips…

How to Grow Fennel in Your Garden

Fennel tea anyone?

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It’s so easy…just boil some water…add a few fennel seeds and let it steep. You can drink the wonderful licorice tasting beverage and eat the softened seeds. So good for you!

More info on How to Grow Fennel at herbgardening.com