My Handsome Boys

I have been updating all kinds of things around the website, including the “Cast of Characters” on the sidebar. So, of course, I had to take some fresh pictures of Bunaby Jones and Toblerone (who Cami lovingly refers to as “Mr. T”). These two handsome guys are my new “herd sires”. Meaning, all of my fall litters will be fathered by either Bunaby Jones or Toblerone. Bunaby Jones has simply gorgeous coloring –perfect on all fronts– and Toblerone is fresh, unrelated breeding stock to add to my lines. I am enthusiastic and hopeful for my breeding program for fall and anticipate some fabulous looking kits.

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Frühlingskabine’s Bunaby Jones; orange fawn buck

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Carter’s Cuties’ Toblerone; self chocolate buck

I have also updated the French Angora Colors page with new pictures, the Farm Tours page with a new price and a new tour date option, and have added a whole bunch of fun homesteader stuff to our Amazon affiliate store. We receive a teeny percentage of the total order price of any item you purchase from our affiliate store. So if you’re already planning on ordering something, we would love your support.

Fair This Weekend!

I’m just sitting here this evening, drinking an Indigeny Reserve hard cider (an apple reserve in town.. yeah baby!), watching Battlestar Galactica (have I mentioned before that I’m a huge geek), and going over what I need for this weekend’s Mother Earth News Fair. I am so excited for the chance to attend such a great variety of workshops led by knowledgeable people. You know I’ll be bringing back some great ideas to share with you. 😉 I will keep it to just one winky face since I’m already a little buzzed on hard cider.

And –icing on the cake– I get to meet up with a few of you! How cool is that?! Some of you are even Washingtonians. Washingtonites? Washingtoners? You know what I mean. If you are going to the Mother Earth News Fair in Puyallup, Washington this weekend, email me! (fmicrofarm@gmail.com) Let’s meet up and chat!

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Cookie Time!

Well… It’s cookie time all the time. Am I right?! I saw you nod in agreement. Don’t lie.

Cami wanted to make “shape” cookies so we whipped together these easy sugar cookies in animal shapes. She picked out the rabbit, butterfly, and chick quail. Now that we have quail, I’d like to think these are Japanese quail now. I also realized that we need a honeybee cookie cutter, chicken cookie cutter, and possibly some garden veggie shapes. Because –you know– veggie shapes make cookies healthier. It’s a fact.

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Frühlingskabine Sugar Cookies

1/2 cup butter, softened
2/3 cup sugar (we use rapadura so they taste like brown sugar)
1 egg
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 2/3 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt

In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugar until smooth. Beat in eggs and vanilla. Stir in the flour, baking powder, and salt. Cover, and chill dough for at least one hour. (Or be like me and throw all the ingredients into the KitchenAid mixer, turn it on high, then roll and cook. Seriously. If I work fast enough, I don’t even refrigerate the dough.)

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).

Roll out dough on floured surface 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick. Cut into shapes with any cookie cutter. Place cookies 1 inch apart on ungreased cookie sheets.

Bake 6 to 8 minutes in preheated oven. Cool completely.

Is An Incubator Next?

Oh, I think so. I have no use for hatching chicken eggs (it isn’t even possible because of my lack of a noisy rooster), but I will be needing to hatch quail eggs. Japanese quail do not often go broody and set their eggs, so an incubator intervention of sorts is necessary to keep their cycle going.

Enter the MacGyver’d incubator. I am gathering common elements from various egg incubators I see in pictures, print, and around the web, to put together an easy and inexpensive (and hopefully functional) incubator for quail. I’m not sure which route I am going to go yet: wooden box, styrofoam ice chest, or plastic ice chest, but I am leaning towards wooden. I have to assume that I will be incubating eggs frequently so I will need something sturdy. This puppy will also have a nifty gadget for turning eggs. 😉

Anyone out there who has an incubator or has built one, please weigh in on your favorite features and parts that seem irrelevant to hatching.

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General Critter Update

I guess I’m lacking some creativity this morning since I can’t come up with a fun post title. I am also lacking the motivation to bake bread, soak beans, and plant carrots. Oh well. Maybe after lunch.

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Babies…

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Milk ninja! If you’ve never seen it, rabbit kits duck under their mother, belly up, to nurse. It’s hilarious because they look like little, fluffy car mechanics.

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More milk ninja-ing…

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…and more. There’s a lot of this lately. Dandelion should be weaning them herself within the next week or so.

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Quail!

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Not a critter, but I am attempting to grow grass in the Herb & ‘Shroom garden so it looks less like a dirt desert. Nothing yet…

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One of the honeybees drinking water from the fountain.