Homestead Monthly: December 2015 {Farmhouse kitchen makeover and snow-bound chickens!}

Homestead Monthly: December 2015 - Snow-Covered Chickens, Farmhouse Kitchen Makeover, Garden-Planning and more Kale! | Whole-Fed Homestead

Farmhouse Kitchen Makeover
We’re in the thick of it as we speak! In the middle of December we started the big kitchen cabinet makeover- our cabinets weren’t terrible, but the yellow-tinged maple didn’t really do anything for us, and I had dreams of white kitchen cabinets.

We’re no strangers to big projects and hard work, but holy moly is painting cabinets painfully slow and life-disrupting. Everything (EVERYTHING!!) from the cupboards is in the dining room, there’s not a clear flat surface anywhere, and cooking anything on the stove top that may splatter and affect the cupboard surfaces is strictly prohibited.

It’s been crockpot dinners, hot dogs, canned fish and salads. I know it’s only been two weeks, but I’m ready for my kitchen back!

Homestead Monthly: December 2015 - Snow-Covered Chickens, Farmhouse Kitchen Makeover, Garden-Planning and more Kale! | Whole-Fed Homestead

I can’t wait to show off our sparkling new cupboards with the antique-ish new hardware we picked out! We also have plans to build a custom barn wood vent hood, put in some chunky rustic wood shelves with these cast-iron honeycomb shelf brackets, and add antique tin ceiling tiles. We’re also planning on upgrading our 20-year-old clunker of a range for something shiny and powerful!

Kale is Like the Energizer Bunny
I know that last month I told you that we finished up the kale harvest… but that stuff just kept growing! The start of winter here was very mild, so we had a couple extra weeks of kale. And not only that, but because of the cooler weather, it grew in the most-stunning shades of pink and purple, almost unbelievable. Just one of the many reasons I love this vegetable so much!

purple pink scarlet kale; Homestead Monthly: December 2015 - Snow-Covered Chickens, Farmhouse Kitchen Makeover, Garden-Planning and more Kale! | Whole-Fed Homestead    scarlet kale harvesting; Homestead Monthly: December 2015 - Snow-Covered Chickens, Farmhouse Kitchen Makeover, Garden-Planning and more Kale! | Whole-Fed Homestead

And my sweet rooster was right there to help me harvest the last crop (and snack on some too!).

Snow-Bound Chickens
The girls were also spoiled this year with a mild, mostly snow-less December. We often have snow for the whole month, so they got in a few extra weeks of free-ranging and stretching their legs this year.

Bolivar in snow; Homestead Monthly: December 2015 - Snow-Covered Chickens, Farmhouse Kitchen Makeover, Garden-Planning and more Kale! | Whole-Fed Homestead

Well, it finally snowed this last week in December, much to all of our dismay.

The chickens are still excited to get out of the coop in the morning… only there is nowhere to go because they won’t really walk in snow. It’s a pretty funny sight when we let them out for the day: they all walk the 20 yards (on the shoveled path) to the duck house and commandeer it for the day. They just file right in and sit there all day, and all of them just barely fit. Poor ducks.

Bolivar isn’t welcome in the duck house either (per Otto, the other rooster), so he comes to hang out on the porch all day, and I wave at him out the window every time I walk by, and feed him sunflower seeds and kitchen scraps.

Garden-Planning… or Dreaming of Dirt and Sun and anything Green
Post-holidays marks one of my favorite times of the year: garden planning! There’s nothing better than sitting down with my bins of seeds and hot apple cider on a cold snowy day, and dreaming about the warm weather to come. Actually, it’s all business. There are spreadsheets, plastic baggies, and permanent markers involved. Serious, serious stuff.

I will inventory my seeds, pick out which varieties I will plant this year, and order any new ones that I “just have to have.” Once that is settled they get organized into two groups: those that need to be started early in the house under the grow lights, and those that will go directly into the ground when the time comes.

I’ve picked up more new and rare varieties of seeds than ever before this year, so I am EXTRA excited about gardening and trying some new things! For the rarest of rare seeds, check out the Rare Vegetable Seed Consortium.

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