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The snow peas are in.  We try to eat them as fast as they grow but we are woefully falling behind.  We’ve eaten them everyday, sometimes for lunch and dinner.  I even went out this morning and ate some for breakfast!  This is the way it is with a garden, you eat what’s in season.  I remember laughing about Barbara Kingsolver’s stories of endless, unavoidable zucchini in her book, Animal, Vegetable, Miracle.   We’ve tried freezing snow peas in the past and it’s just disappointing so we would rather share them and turn green eating them.   While the garden is in we sacrifice variety for fresh homegrown vegetables.  It’s an easy trade-off.    My son is amazed at the value of a package of seeds.  “So, it only cost $2.00 to buy all the seeds to grow all these plants and all these snow peas?!”  Even though there is some work involved, a vegetable garden really is the ultimate bargain in so many ways.  If you don’t have much space, the book Square Foot Gardening is a wonderful system.  Keep it small and grow only things you love to eat.

Fresh and just barely done.

Here’s a simple favorite with snow peas:

Heat a wok to medium and put a dash of olive oil in it.  Throw in a bunch of snow peas in and toss constantly until they are a bright, uniform green.  Salt lightly or use a dash of Braggs liquid aminos and enjoy!

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Well after three weeks of turning our eggs and hopeful anticipation of many fuzzy chicks to play with, we hatched one.  Yes, you read right, 36 eggs and one baby!  So the children and I used the failure as a science project.  We hypothesized that perhaps the thermometer that came with our new incubator was inaccurate.  We gathered five thermometers from around the farm and put them in the incubator and found that the one we used was 5 degrees too cool.  So we believe that we cooked our chicks.  When we thought we had them at 99.5, they were actually at about 105 degrees.  We can’t figure out how we have one live chick that survived this sauna.  He was our biggest egg which led to more theories.  Here is a picture of “Buddy” as my son named him, I think “Miracle” is more fitting.  He shivers quite a bit and seems to like being right under the heat lamp, hmmm.

Buddy the Wonder Chick

We think his Dad is “Officer” and his Mom is “Triple Time Cuteness:”

Dad, our sweetest rooster named "Officer"

Mom, "Triple Time Cuteness," an Araucana who lays olive green eggs

This weekend we will test our hypothesis by putting a batch of fresh eggs in the incubator with a new, tested thermometer.  So back to waiting anxiously for three more weeks!

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