Vertical Storage

Living in such a small house, with so much stuff, I’ve had to get creative with how we store things and make every inch count.

This is something I’ve shown on here before but it came from Hobby Lobby.

Storage

Storage

Right now, in the top bin there are baking potatoes and a few onion skins that I need to take out. Middle bin has a couple of apples, lemons and limes and the bottom bin has plums.

Storage

Storage

This is another Hobby Lobby find. I mostly keep potatoes and onions in this one.  The dogs can reach it so I can’t put fruit or anything sweet in there.

At Sam’s Club, I found this tiered galvanized storage rack.

Storage

Storage

I had been using a big bowl that was kinda “woven” but made out of ceramic. Fruit would get left in the bottom and every now and then something would spring a leak. The bowl was sitting on a glass shelf so then everything had to come off the shelf, the glass had to be taken off and cleaned and sometimes the leaky mess had dropped down onto the next shelf so it was a lot of trouble if I forgot to keep a close watch on the fruit. 

This metal container is perfect! I lined the bins with paper towels because I didn’t know if the metal would cause the fruit to be discolored (or vice versa). The fruit is right there in plain site and easy to grab what we want. With everything only one layer deep, I can see if something is looking shriveled or like it’s ready to spring a leak. So much better! I’m probably going to be wishing we had purchased two of these stands. 

I Feel Like a Traitor!

Probably, I shouldn’t feel bad that I may have just turned my back on my beloved Blue Bell ice cream but dang it . . they need to speed things up and get Blue Bell back before summer is over!

Before Blue Bell ever had their problems, or before we ever knew they had problems, one of my friends in the Northeast, either Brandy or Judy D., told me we should try Tillamook ice cream. Brookshire’s has Tillamook cheese but I don’t think they had Tillamook ice cream. If they did, I just couldn’t buy it with all those Blue Bell . . made in Texas . . cartons staring at me from the freezer case.

I never thought much more about it til this week when United had it on sale . . buy one/get one free. 

Ice Cream

Ice Cream

I’m sure United has had Tillamook since they opened but . . well, we’ve been on Weight Watchers and I had no reason to go down the ice cream row. We actually had four cartons (buy 1/get one 1 free . . you can’t buy three . . or one . . or two . . apparently! The other flavor is Oregon Blueberry. 

Last night we tried the Oregon Blueberry. While Vince was eating it, I’m guessing at least 10 times he said “Damn! This is so good!” It could be (1) better than Blue Bell or (2) we just haven’t had good ice cream in what seems like forever so it seems better than Blue Bell.

In any event . . I’m happy we discovered it. My diet . . not so happy we discovered it.

And . . what about that cake in the cart? There is some fruit and . . you’ll see those lamb chops. Still showing $5/pound on the package but ringing up at $9.99/pound but only showing half the weight so we’re still getting them for $5/pound.

Tonight we’re having lamb chops and grilled salmon. I love eating at my house!

 

More Egg Stories

There’s a new feed store in town . . a guy who has all kinds of feed and deer stands and blinds, feeders . . he’s a real nice guy. We wanted to support him so we bought a bag of chicken feed from him and the chickens seemed ok with it so we bought several more bags. Then, I noticed that the main laying hens weren’t laying. From 13 hens, even with it being this hot, I should be getting 7 or 8 eggs per day. Some days I was getting two, every now and then I’d get three eggs. I told Vince . . I don’t think the chickens like the new food. He said . . I don’t even think they’re eating it. When they’re out, they mostly eat bugs anyway but for a couple of days last week, they weren’t out and they weren’t eating so, we dumped all that, went and bought the old food from Tractor Supply and three days into the food change, I’m still only getting three eggs per day from those 13 hens.

The other chickens seemed to be laying ok . . not great but not as bad as the red hens. Then I noticed . . I haven’t had any Ancona eggs lately. There are 5 hens in that coop – 3 Dominiques and 2 Anconas. The Anconas lay white eggs that are medium and kinda pointy on one end. There’s an Ancona rooster in there and I was hoping to get some more Ancona hens. They’re pretty and . . they’re Italian so Vince wanted to keep them. They typically lay 2 or 3 eggs per week but it’s been a while since I got an egg from them. Saturday I mentioned to Vince . . I don’t know how long it’s been since I’ve had an Ancona egg. He said . . if they’re not going to be decent layers, we don’t need to keep them.

For the past week or so, since I injured my foot, I haven’t even bothered to count heads at night . . just close them up and be done. There’s a place in the far corner, under the coop, but inside the fence where nothing can get to them and yesterday I happened to look under there and saw this:

Ancona Eggs

Ancona Eggs

That explains why I’m not getting any Ancona eggs! That’s probably two weeks worth of eggs from those two Ancona hens, though I’m not sure if just one hen is doing all the laying or if they’ve combined their efforts. Heck, I should look around .. there may be another nest.

I guess if these hatch, our chicken numbers are going to be expanding.

Baby Chicks

Baby Chicks

It’s kinda hard to get a picture of these but three hatched the end of last week. That’s a total of 7 that have hatched in the past few weeks . . now with these Anconas . . oh, my . . we have too many chickens!

The bantams I could have stopped just by taking their eggs but they were so determined, I gave up and let them hatch the babies. The Anconas . . I had no idea they were nesting so you can’t blame me. 

I do need to get those eggs up and into the coop in a nesting box but that’s a project for a morning when it’s cool and Vince is home to help.