The Right Tools…Butchering


While butchering chickens and meat chickens don’t require a lot, if any, extra tools, butchering pigs, deer and elk do! My husband was doing it, butchering animals without the proper tools, he did so without complaining, even though it took three times longer. He is fabulous at ‘jury-rigging’ things, but sometimes there just isn’t a substitute for the right tool! In comes his birthday and his birthday gift which has been FABULOUS for getting those animals into the freezer quicker. There are larger and smaller options, but we went with the medium one from Outdoor Edge. I love that it comes in a great case so that if we put it away it’s safe! ūüôā

Happy Birthday!


If you’re wondering where to get this kit or one similar…Amazon, where else?¬† Here is an affiliate link to help you get there quickly…

Outdoor Edge WP-2 Wild Pak Field-to-Freezer Game Processing Set (8-Piece)


American Guinea Hogs

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American Guinea Hogs–For Sale!!


We have 17 little piglets that are ready to join your farm and eventually your table! ¬†However, they’re a smaller breed so you could even have them as a pet.

Here is our daughter laughing her head off because the stinkin’ pig jumped out of the laundry basket straight into her arms!


According to the American Guinea Hog Association, “The American Guinea Hog is the ideal sustainable heritage farm pig, known for its moderate size,¬†excellent foraging abilities, friendly temperament, excellently flavored meat and indispensable lard. ¬†While the American Guinea Hog is smaller than industrial hog breeds, it is a good-sized farm pig¬†providing a nice, well-marbled carcass.”

$75 for one little piggie

$140 for two little piggies

$200 for three little piggies

Contact us for pick-up information–located in Northern Idaho




Our Menagerie of Animals

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Alright, menagerie isn’t quite the correct word because “A menagerie is a collection of captive animals, frequently exotic, kept for display; or the place where such a collection is kept, a precursor to the modern zoological garden.” ¬†We are not housing exotic animals, but maybe our house is exotic? ¬†Anyway, here are our current animal residents.

Ruby, beautiful, playful Ruby.


Jo-Jo and her kitten crew


The Sheep. ¬†Yes, they’re sheep. ¬†Katahdin sheep who have hair¬†and not wool. ¬†These are our ‘lawn mowers’ who help keep the grass and thus the defensible space under control.


The Pigs. ¬†Papa Pig, two mom pigs, Ham & Bacon, my two favorites. ¬†They are obnoxiously out all the time, we’ve been working and working on keeping them in…I’m sure we’ll do a you-tube video of attempt #76 soon.


Chickens…laying chickens.


Chickens…meat chickens. ¬†Cornish X, nice fat fryer chickens.


Lonely Duck, our other ducks were not fast enough and have been hurt by aerial birds. ¬†Soon we’ll try and boost up our flock. ¬†Ducks like being around other ducks, safety in numbers etc. ¬†They will stick around chickens, but they prefer water and ducks!


Well, I think that’s it unless you count the neighbor boys.

Every animal has a reason, even the cats.

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Wild Fires

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We are not from around here…we are from the Western parts of Oregon and Washington. ¬†Two places where you never have to pray for rain, you just have to wait a couple minutes. ¬†A place where a country home with moss instead of grass is not uncommon. ¬†A place of gray skies, cozy fires, a deep appreciation for every sun filled sky and lament for days over 80*.

The biggest difference between where we lived and grew up and Northern Idaho is just that…rain. ¬†Rain and wild fires due often to a lack of rain. ¬†I won’t lie, it’s different to hear, ‘I hope we get some good rain.’ ¬†And that’s in the month of April! ¬†Thankfully this year was much, much better in the rain department and the whole west is not on fire.

However, five days ago a blaze was found in the forest 11 miles from our house. ¬†Eleven miles. ¬†I don’t know when the freak out or when to stay calm, I’m not from here! ¬†Watching the local FB sites has helped. ¬†They had the blaze contained at 80% the next day! ¬†And then the next day it looked like 64* outside when it was just smoke, the wind had reduced containment to 15%. ¬†Do I now panic? ¬†What do I take with me, what do I leave, when do I start packing? I don’t know.


The fire is being taken care of by a team out of Montana as well as local help.  They have base camp set up two miles from our house, tents, trailers, honey buckets and everything.



*Photos by our County Sheriff

Do you live in a fire area?