Blogging for Laura's Lean Beef!

Just wanted to share my good news with my blog followers! (Please see the Facebook posting below.) I'm really excited about this opportunity to expand my "chicken" writings and share some of my other experiences. My blog posts for Laura's Lean Beef will start at the beginning of January. I hope you'll continue to follow this blog and you'll consider adding the blog for Laura's Lean Beef to your repertoire.

Congratulations to our newest bloggers, Pam Freeman (no relation to Laura), who will focus on being a mom and homemaking, and Judy Eggebeen, who will write about all things fitness! You'll get to learn all about them at their big debut in a few weeks ... stay tuned to our blog! Like this status if you're as excited as we are to welcome them to our team!

Cochin Calls for the Lost Dog

My Cochin, Hoppy, is by far the loudest hen in our flock. She talks constantly. And she has different vocalizations for her different moods. You can always tell if Hoppy is mad at you or if she's just trying to hold a conversation.

Everyone in the family knows this about Hoppy and we always joke about it. But, I have to say, Hoppy's vocalizations over the weekend provided comic relief to a stressful situation.

You see, our dog Sophie, accidentally got out of our yard and was running loose in the country. She also had no collar since my husband had taken it off that morning so her jingling tags didn't wake everyone up. (He didn't put the collar back on after everyone got out of bed!)

So, my husband was standing in the backyard yelling for Sophie and I was running around in the woods doing the same thing. This is where Hoppy comes in...I had to stop and laugh because there was my husband yelling Sophie's name and right at his feet was Hoppy. Every time my husband would yell "Sophie", then Hoppy would take her turn yelling. I have to say, it was the cutest thing! Hoppy was so earnest about it and her vocalizations almost mimicked my husband's.

Needless to say, Sophie was soon found and Hoppy was able to go back to scratching and pecking. Thank goodness!

Mosaic Egg Ornaments

No matter how many times I do it, I'm always amazed to look at the true beauty of the eggs I collect each day from the coop. They're not homogeneous like the eggs in the store. They've each got different colors and even textures. So, when visiting our local conservatory, I was amazed by the sheer beauty of their Christmas tree decorated with all natural handcrafted ornaments; a few of which were mosaic eggs. What a clever idea to show off the true beauty of natural eggs! And, it got me to thinking, why not improve on this idea by incorporating the different color eggs I'm lucky enough to have in my refrigerator.

So, I had my husband blow out six eggs; two white, two brown and two green. (He had to blow out the eggs for me, because for some reason, I always find that process gross!) I rinsed all the eggs and let them dry. I took one of each color and cracked them into medium-size pieces. (I found taking the inner membrane out first really helped keep the mess to a minimum.) Then I used craft glue and interchanged the colors as I glued them onto the host egg.

After I got the mosaic pieces in place, I let the egg dry completely, Then I took some red and natural-colored raffia and carefully threaded it through the holes at the top and bottom. I found it easiest to bend a wire coat hanger hook flat and tape the pieces to the end. Once the coat hanger with the taped pieces came through the other side, I took off the tape and removed the hanger. I then tied each a knot on each end, leaving one with streamers for the bottom and one with a loop for hanging.

Pretty soon we'll head out and cut our Christmas tree and I can't wait to put my new mosaic egg ornaments on the tree!
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