Farm News, Poison Oak, and a Very Easy Recipe for Chicken Salad

These last few weeks have been eventful.  With the help of our neighbor, our garden looks much better.  Our laying hens have gotten really big (and it is very apparent now that we have TONS of roosters)!! Sean even “processed” one of our meat chickens last week.

Although I realize that our “farm-grown” chickens are MUCH healthier than those from the grocery store, I think it is going to take me a while to warm up to the idea of eating our chickens.  I was raised by parents who only cooked at home twice per year; when you order from a menu, it doesn’t really occur to you that you are eating a real animal.  (I know that sounds strange, but it is a totally different experience when you “know” the food you are eating!) In any case, Sean and Joshua said that the chicken was very tender and good!  Matthew and I are avoiding chicken–except for Chick-fil-a.

The goat babies are growing very fast! Danny, our first baby,  remains a socialite.  He thinks that the whole world visits the goat barn to see him!  He loves to butt his head against his admirers or sit on their laps. On the other hand, Bunny, the little girl, is almost impossible to catch!  She continues to shy away from us!



Sadly, I have had to avoid my goats!  Sean put in around 50 posts and 500 feet of fence which opened up their area.  It is “goat heaven” since the area is wooded and contains lots of types of trees and vines.  Unfortunately, my goats’ favorite snack is POISON OAK!

As a result, I am currently recovering from a poison oak rash that started out small on my back but then grew and began to move around to various parts of my body!  Poison oak is miserable. Although I have a “routine” consisting of washing in Tecnu, alcohol, Dawn, and Zanfel,  stopping the rash seemed impossible.

The poison oak reminds me of something that God has been showing me lately.  He has been trying to teach me the importance of my thoughts!   The Bible says in II Corinthians 10:5, “We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. New International Version (NIV- bolded by me).”

He has been teaching me that, when I allow negative thoughts into my mind, they begin to spread like a poison oak rash.  One small thought can avalanche into a life full of misery and negative thinking!

Although it takes practice, I’ve been working to try to catch negative thoughts and change them to “faith” thoughts! I challenge you this week to do the same!

On a positive note, our blueberry bushes are producing lots of beautiful berries.  As a result, I am putting them in almost everything I cook!

I want to share an easy chicken salad recipe with blueberries and apples that my family loves!  You know I don’t cook, so I bought a rotisserie chicken from the grocery store (I know that seems bad since we have 79 chickens outside).  If you love to cook, bake your own chicken for this recipe!

Easy, Healthy, Chicken Salad


  • 1 rotisserie chicken
  • 1/2 cup of blueberries
  • 2 apples
  • Mayonnaise (put in as much or as little as you like; use light mayonnaise to make the recipe healthier).


  1. Pull chicken from bone. Discard skin and cut the chicken into pieces.
  2. Peel apples and cut into small pieces. Combine with chicken.
  3. Add blueberries to the chicken and apples.
  4. Add Mayonnaise to suit your taste.
  5. Mix everything until fully coated with Mayonnaise.

P.S.  Sean bought me a new shirt to celebrate my goat babies.  I could have never worn this t-shirt while my Mama was alive because she did not allow me to say (or wear) the word “butt.”  She considered it a “bad word!”  LOL!!

The shirt is so true, however!!  My goat babies (kids) LOVE to butt!  Danny will play for hours, butting you with his cute little head!  The shirt says, “My kids are buttheads” a beautiful gift from Tractor Supply!!! LOL!!



Thanks for reading!

Love ya!


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