A Good Old Fashioned Update

It’s been awhile since I’ve given you all an update on what’s going on with me. You know other than what I’m doing in my kitchen or what my rebellious ovaries may be up to. Now that spring has sprung, it seems every waking moment is full of life! So busy, and each day bringing new and wondrous things!

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I’ve started my garden. It’s been tiled once and I have 2 flats of seeds sprouting in my living room as we speak. I decided to go with some heirloom seeds from Baker Creek this year and I’ll be putting a couple raised beds in as well.

I also bought chickens on Saturday!

Oh, yes I did. Bylaws or no bylaws, we got ’em. Six to be exact.

This little lady was to fun and colorful. She’s an aracuna which also means she’ll lay green, blue, or even pink eggs!

We also got 2 little bantam chickens that will lay bite sized eggs.

And my favorite is a really light yellow colored aracuna (far right). She perches on our fingers.

We call her the “Hillbilly Macaw”

We also got 2 ISA brown chickens, that are just your run of the mill looking brown chickens.

And so far I’ve found that there is one downfall to getting chickens…..we now want more! Right now they reside in my office in a makeshift ‘coop’ as it’s still to cold for them to go outside, but soon we’ll be building them a permanent home outdoors. And tehy might just get some more new friends called ducks. Yea, we want a couple of those too.

Last week I had the pleasure of having Jodi and her little ones out to my mom’s house to ride my horse. I haven’t ridden in a couple years now and goiong out there I remembered all the things I loved about riding when I was growing up. The crisp spring air, the horses whinnying from the pasture, the feel of connecting with one of God’s creatures, and the excitement of a little girl who was riding for the first time.

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And then my horse (Lady) tried to bite me as I walked close with the saddle.

And sent a few swift kicks in my direction as I cinched her up.

And further more proceeded to make me look crazy for letting someone think a child could ride her. And so I had to jump into the teeny little child’s saddle I had put on her and let her know who’s boss.

I now remember why I like the thought of riding more than the actual action of riding.

Last week I also traveled to see Micheal Pollan (author of “The Omnivore’s Dilemma” ) with Katie from Kitchen Stewardship. Our night started out rather rocky as my sister hitched a ride with us trying to make it back to the other side of the state where she lives. (her car broke down but she had to get to work and class so my wonderful grandmother was meeting us halfway) Well…..grandma got lost and we ended up leaving my poor sister at a gas station with her laundry and suitcase.

Don’t worry – it was a restaurant too.

So we finally made it, albeit a touch late, and had a great night listening to Pollan speak. He touched on a wide variety of issues, but to me the best part about it was that while he talked about the dangers of processed foods, he was also in support of farmers and discussed how they could be part of the solution to our problems.

Tonight I got to go to our local Weston A. Price Foundation chapter meeting and listen to Dr. Sue McCreadie and Angelle Batten, of NourishMD, talk about gut health and how “The Way to a Healthier, Happier Child is Through the Tummy”. They did a great job and I came away with lots of new tidbits of information!

I’m still busy working on my e-course and hope to launch it in June and I have an e-book simmering on the back burner, just waiting for me to get to it! I also have a few reviews that I need to get done for my blog here, so if I get a bit review heavy the next week or so it’s because I owe these people a review in a decent time frame and have been severely lacking!

Well that’s all the fun stuff! What’s going on with you?

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About Donielle

Donielle is an amateur herbalist and natural momma to two littles (with another babe in heaven) after dealing with being less than fertile. She has a passion for nourishing nutrition, natural living, and spreading the word on how food truly affects our health.


  1. I am so jealous you got chickens! I so want chickens, but my development just wouldn’t allow it. Of course, they let cats run rampant and barky dogs drive me bananas, but no chickens. :-(

    I’m anxious to hear more about your eCourse!!

    donielle Reply:

    @Musings of a Housewife, Ours doesn’t either, shhhhhh! :-) But our development is still quite new and we don’t have any direct neighbors. Yet.

  2. I’m jealous of your chickens too! My husband won’t let me visit the feed store since he discovered they carry chicks. We had our phone and internet turned off so we definitely can’t afford chickens just yet! (someday). I keep threatening him, telling him I’ll get a rooster to battle it out with the neighborhood barking dogs. I don’t think he believes me.

    I’m jealous of your tilled garden too, we dug a 2x25ft trench 3 feet deep last Saturday for swiss chard and we’re STILL very sore! Our spring planting schedule is starting to fall behind.

    donielle Reply:

    @Alexis, I hand dug a lot of my garden last year and when I finally made my husband get out there and help me, he took two shovel fulls and found a tiller for $25 on craigslist. :-) Not pretty by any means, but it works!

  3. When your chickens start laying colored eggs, be sure to post a picture!

    That is so cool that you got to see Michael Pollan. I read The Botany of Desire last month and am now working through The Omnivore’s Dilemma. Such good information! I’m working hard on getting rid of processed foods at our house. I think we’ve only had cold cereal once in the last two weeks. Progress!

    donielle Reply:

    @Joanna @ Starving Student Survivor, You bet! Should make for an easy Easter next year too. :-)

    and Pollan was really good. I’ve skimmed his books (ugh – never have time to really read anymore!) but didn’t quite know what to expect.

  4. I’m jealous about the chicks too. I am pretty sure if I had chicks my dogs would eat them, so not sure if that would be a good idea even if the city I live in did allow it! I don’t think my dogs would eat a goat, though – I really want a goat :)

    I love the idea of living “off the grid”. I am going to try planting a garden again this year and hopefully more will grow than just a pumpkin. Anyone have any tips? The weeds took over last year and it was a mess. But I am not giving up…


  5. so fun! we didn’t get chickens yet and now not sure if we will – but I’m glad I can watch you raise them via the interwebs! haha :)

    donielle Reply:

    @jodi, Or come and play with them sometime! (Todd now wants to get ducks :-) he saw the baby ones at TSC and won’t stop talking about them!)

  6. Aracuna chickens are so fun! My parents always raised chickens, and for a few years they raised these chickens which laid pretty bluish eggs. We loved them! I hope to raise chickens like my parents, too. Someday. I think it’s great that you’re doing that!

  7. chickens are sooo much fun! you will have a great time with them!!! and if you need ideas for a tractor, I’ll send ya pics of the one my hubby built…it fits 7 girls just right and is very easy to move around…

    donielle Reply:

    @heather harris, I would love pictures!! donielle at naturallyknockedup dot com

    heather harris Reply:

    @donielle, http://www.dimesavindiva.com/2010/04/my-girls.html
    Let me know if you have any questions…or need other ideas 😉 I could show you our turkey pen :)

  8. I have to chime in on my jealousy over your chickens! It is one of the first things I want to get when we move out to our “farm” (currently just an empty piece of land in the middle of nowhere – I might be of retirement age before we ever move out there!) I hope you will post some pics as they grow!

  9. We are chicken rebels!!! haha. We initially brought home 6 (supposedly not allowed in our tiny city that almost can’t be called city)… we’ve since added 3 more for a total of 9 happy little pullets chirping in my sons bedroom!

    They are so much fun! But after 2 weeks, son is ready to move them somewhere else. I can’t wait for the egg laying to begin.

    We opted for larger breeds that lay 4-6 eggs/week… but chose them based on cuteness. We bought a pretty blue andalusian that I’m starting to think is a miniature, even though it wasn’t labeled as such. She’s tiny!

    Have fun with your chicks!

  10. Dawn Norman says:

    Donielle, I saw you at the meeting last night, just didn’t introduce myself. There were so many people there and it was FANTASTIC!!! It was my first time and I was there until late talking and had gotten there early also. I can’t wait for next month.

    We’ll be getting our chickens soon also. I’m wondering what you are feeding your young chicks and where you got your feed?

  11. Fun post. Love the chickens. Love them. The photo of the horses at your mom’s….breathtaking.
    Leaving your sister at a gas station/restaurant? Sounds movie-esque :o) Can’t wait for you courses and e-book!

  12. funny! We just got our first round of chicks, hopefully all pullets and no cockerels. We started with 4 (just two of us looking to eat their eggs), but lost one. My son is getting tired of them chirping at night and keeping him awake 😛 Looking forward to being able to keep them outside…

  13. Our neighbor has chickens and ducks–they are wonderful–perfect neighbors. Duck eggs are delicious. Good luck with your little cuties

  14. Hi Donielle, i followed you here from food renegade and kellys site. Love your spot! I also WANT chickens so badly–still trying to talk my husband into it! I have a parrot who lays eggs a few months a year, but dont think i am appealed by that! lol–I signed up for your feed, and thought your readers might like an article i Just did on natural and nutrition alterations that create big changes in pms, menstruation and possibly fertility. The article is located here: http://amoderatelife.blogspot.com/2010/04/how-to-make-that-time-of-month-just.html

    Please share it with them, if you feel it is appropriate–and I do hope you come and visit me at my spot.

    Take care and enjoy raising those baby chicks! they will become like kids to you! :) Alex