Monday, December 16, 2013

A Weekend of Devastation

This weekend a pack of dogs came into our backyard, ripped open our hutches and killed all of our rabbits.  Captain Jack was our only survivor. 

Six breeding does, one proven buck and seven baby kits were all over our yard.  Including my children's special pets.  We have all been crying.  I just kept walking in circles all day.  I couldn't focus on a thing.  Our poor bunnies. 

The animal control officer is coming today and will look at the damage.  If we can figure out who the owners are we may be able to get reimbursed monetarily.  But that won't really replace them.  And we need to repair all the cages. 

Daddy spent all day yesterday re-enforcing the chicken coop and run and we put Jack's hutch inside the chicken run.  If the dogs come back we don't want our chickens hurt too!  We are figuring out the best way to keep the bunnies safe when we start building our rabbitry back up.  Stronger cages and a fenced in area to keep them is the current plan.  But I just can't stop thinking about our poor bunnies last moments.  They didn't deserve that.


Innocent Babies


Mrs. Sugarfoot and babies

Ginger our sweet Flemish Giant

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Allergy Friendly Menu!

My sister is coming for two weeks for Christmas!  My sister has a plethora of allergies, but I am happy to work around them.  She is allergic to wheat, dairy, soy, peanuts, all oils except coconut, sugar, has difficulty with meat, all grains other than rice, she also has reactions to pesticides and additives, etc so you have to wash everything well.  It's a LOT but you get used to it and she is able to eat our homegrown foods, like eggs, that are hormone and additive free. This list does not include all the pollens, animals, etc that she is allergic to! 

Through the years we have gotten used to cooking for her and it is an opportunity to get creative.  Thankfully my husband doesn't mind vegetarian meals! 

This is our menu for the next two weeks:

Black Beans and Rice with Quesadillas for the kids
Vegetarian "Fried" Rice with Hot and Sour Soup
Baked Potatoes (Loaded for us without allergies)
Falafel (In flatbread for us, as a salad for her)
Veggie Stir-fry and Rice
Kale and Potato Soup
Salad "Buffet"
Tacos (Taco Salad for her)
Anazazi Beans and Rice or Macaroni
Colcannon with Kielbasa
Garbonzo-Vegetable Salad
Potatoes Calcutta with Over Easy Eggs
Veggie Stew