Sunday, April 26, 2015

DIY Moss Wreath



This wreath is super easy to make--I mean really simple.





I just took a regular old plain grapevine wreath, gathered some fresh moss from my yard and stuck it into the wreath all along the front. Since we only have a handful of spring flowers in our yard but we do have an overabundance of moss, I thought this might be a good way to use what we had for a pretty front door decoration.






Moss keeps for a long while after pulling it from the ground and I didn't want to mess the grapevine wreath up by gluing anything to it, so instead I just chose to tuck moss into the vines. Hang your completed wreath with a ribbon and you are done! Easy peasy. Best of all, I love the natural look.




Hope you are enjoying a wonderful spring. It sure is very green here and wet as we've had lots of rain lately.  Here is the view of a portion of our yard from the front porch:





Our garden is really coming along nicely and I can't wait to update you in a future post!







Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Chicks are Here!!




After losing ALL of our chickens to the most recent dog attack (thank goodness the neighbors are finally getting rid of their dogs they can't control), we have some new chicks to help re-establish our flock. We actually got the chicks about 3-4 weeks ago but this is the first opportunity I've had to sit down and post about it.

A friend I met on our American Dominique facebook page (who lives not far from me) was so nice to willingly hatch me out some chicks from his stock. We have 14 chicks total!!



The chicks are looking great and I just love seeing their little fuzzy butts run around and hearing their sweet cheeping :)





 I think we probably have around 6 or 7 of each sex but will not be positive until they feather out completely. Typically in young Dominiques the pullets will be darker overall sometimes with some sooty-coloring to the tops of their legs and the cockerels tend to be lighter with yellow legs and looser head spots. I'm so excited to see how these chicks turn out.






Normally we would let one of our hens go broody and hatch chicks the old-fashioned way, but of course with no more laying hens we couldn't do that :(





The upside is because these will be hand-raised they will not be as afraid of us to handle them as opposed to chicks raised by their mama hen. They are still quite wary of us, but if we spend a good bit of time with them (especially with treats in hand) they warm up very quickly to our presence.





June and Georgia LOVE watching the chicks. They get so excited to be able to pet one of them, although we are still working on being gentle ;)





I guess that's enough cuteness for one day. Before we know it they will be pooping EVERYWHERE, growing out of their brooder and into their pen. Guess we better enjoy the fluff balls now!




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Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Easter Blessings





What a wonderful Easter weekend we had! Our family came in to visit from Kentucky for the baptism of our sweet girls, June and Georgia.








On Saturday my husband and I cooked up a scrumptious Easter dinner using recipes from April's issue of Southern Living. I have been wanting to host a family dinner like this for a while and although I was a bit nervous about it all coming together I'm so glad we did it.


We made roasted leg of lamb that came from our local butcher, roasted root vegetables, cheese grits soufflé, and a fresh green salad. For dessert we had a bourbon pound cake- yum! We cooked for most of the day but it was SO worth it :)



Here is my Easter table all dressed up. We brought out the china since I rarely use it with all my brown transferware. It looked so pretty for Spring. As a little centerpiece I took a cheese stand with glass cloche top and filled with moss from our yard and eggs.







The girls had so much fun with their grandparents and had a blast with few different Easter egg hunts. They especially enjoyed the Easter treats, books, bunnies, and other goodies in their Easter baskets. But the greatest joy of the weekend is the hope we have in Christ for He is Risen!




We are so incredibly blessed.





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