8/17/09

Welcome to the world, little fuzzy-bottoms...



If you let me, I could get really carried away showing you my 15 new Silkie babies... this is not the final count either because Sadie is now sitting on the 6 eggs she laid on top of poor Clementine while she was busy brooding.



*Sigh*....



I love fuzzy bottoms....



I have a fever, and the only cure is more fuzzy bottoms.



Contrary to what you might think, I haven't been spending ALL my waking hours peeping into the box of peeps in my sewing room... well, most hours, but not all of them. I have managed to do something productive, like.... buy more patterns on eBay! *Squeeeal*

I bought two new chicken patterns- one is for an appliqued apron and the other is for a cute little shelf-sitter. I'm in the process of cutting out the patterns right now, so they're spread out all over my cutting table. I also organized my fabric stash and cleaned off my sewing table.... now that the garden is finished and mowing is slowing down (just a little) I plan on spending the hottest part of the day inside with my sewing machine.


I also made some more grape jelly for Hubby this weekend using the most incredibly easy (and yummy) recipe from my Ball canning book....

Quick Grape Jelly

3 cups of bottled unsweetened grape juice
1 package powdered pectin
4 1/2 cups of sugar
(I actually thought this was a bit much the first time I made it, so I cut it back to 3 cups this time and it was still plenty sweet enough!)

Combine juice and powdered pectin in a large saucepot. Bring to a boil over high heat. Add sugar, stirring until dissolved and return to a boil. Boil hard one minute, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and skim foam if necessary. Ladle into hot jars, leaving ¼-inch headspace. Adjust caps and process 10 minutes in a boiling water canner.



This recipe makes about 4 half-pints, so I doubled the ingredients and came out with nearly 5 pints. Hubby was very happy!


Have a happy Monday, everybody!

55 comments:

  1. Squeal!!!! They are SSSOOOOOO adorable! The only thing that saves me from chick addiction is that I live in town and have a medium-sized yard! Keep the photos coming!
    Blessings,
    Lorilee

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  2. They are adorable! I'm expecting 15 Eastereggers to hatch this weekend. Baby chicks are sooooo cute!

    I would love to see your homemade chicken stuff when you get done. Make sure to share.

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  3. mighty cute but better you than me! our 8 egg layers are plenty thankeweberrymuch. The jelly looks like it is saying "peanut butter come here big fella" or else demanding some hot biscuits and butter! So good to hear from you - and your fuzzy bottoms!

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  4. Oh, what BEAUTIFUL babies!!!
    Congratulations!
    Blessings,
    Pam

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  5. Awwwww all those Silkie babies are adorable!!! TOO cute!!! That grape jelly sounds delicious. Grape jelly is the preferred flavor in our home!! Hope you have a great week Paula!♥

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  6. How very sweet. I love these photos Paula.
    That grape jelly sounds and looks great!
    I am so happy that you have a little time to devote to sewing. That apron and shelf sitter sound precious. Have fun!

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  7. How wonderful Paula! They are all so cute. I love homemade grape jelly. My mom used to make it all of the time! Have fun with your new patterns! blessings,Kathleen

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  8. Oh, Paula, I ♥ these little sweeties!♥♥♥ them! You are surrounded by younguns now---must seem like spring all over.
    My grandmother Fraise used to pick the grapes, wash them and put them in galoon jars, She covered them with water and processed. Then all winter she had juice to make jelly. It was so difficult to store jelly back then. The wax, you know. She always let us have a drink of that natural juice--yummy....Thanks for the memory♥

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  9. What cuties! Chicks and bunnies always make me melt!!!

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  10. They're so precious, I can't blame you for wanting to stare at them! I love fuzzy bottoms too!

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  11. Oh goodness, Paula! They are so cute! You can never post too many pictures of these little cuteys. Starting to look like spring again at your house. (grin) Thank you for sharing with all of us. Winona

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  12. Hi Paula, those little fuzzy bottoms are just so adorable! I would spend all day staring at their fuzzy little bottoms too!
    That grape jelly recipe looks mightly good and easy too! I can't wait to see your homemade items when you are done!
    ~Ann

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  13. I need some more silkies! I like the white ones but your blue / grays are mighty tempting too!Lucky you. And lucky silkie mamas. They love nothing more than bustling around with a little brood of chicks, that is what they know they were born to do.

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  14. Aww...what sweet little babies, Paula! I just love reading about your life. I'm so envious!

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  15. Babies with fuzzy bottoms *squeal*! So sweet! Jelly looks wonderful, too!

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  16. Those little fuzzy-bottomed baby chicks are ADORABLE! Thanks for the sweet pictures!

    Have fun sewing up your goodies! I look forward to seeing what you've made with your shelf critter and your apron! You have such a fabulous life!

    That grape jelly looks delicious! :)

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  17. THEY ARE ABSOLUTELY ADORABLE.

    I made jam yesterday as well, blackberry pineapple zucchini jam. YUM YUM!

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  18. I just bought me some silkies!! I gots a Blue rooster and a white hen. She hasn't layed any eggs yet, though. But the man I bought them from has offered me a splash hen and a white rooster, too. I want them, but I have too many chickens. I need to get rid of a few. Most of my chickens are mixed or plain yard birds. I wanna get into pures for showin' now.

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  19. I almost forgot. I had an abundance of jalapenos this year, so I made pepper jelly. It was my first jelly, and it turned out pretty good. Love it with some cream cheese on a ritz cracker!!

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  20. OH how cute they are, Paula! I can tell how much you love your furry animals!

    I want to try the grape jelly! I've never made any. Thanks for sharing your recipe!

    Have a great day!
    Tammy

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  21. Ahh, they are precious, Paula.
    How could you not love them? lol
    The grape jelly sounds delicious and easy.

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  22. Fuzzybutts! Everyone should have 10 or 15 of them! They are terribly cute. I have to say that I got so spoiled when I was a kid because of my grandmother. She made homemade jellies and jams and I refused to eat store bought for many, many years. Homemade is so much better than store bought. I love that you sew. I am not really fond of sewing so I love that others like to do it.

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  23. WELCOME to the world fuzzybottoms!
    I totally get you Paula. TOTALLY.
    *Iunderstand* your LOVE.

    Have FUN sewin! Oh; and I get that too. lol Can hardly wait to see pictures okay!!!

    I'm off to read you more.
    smoochy holykisses,
    L

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  24. They are the cutest bird babies ever!! It's amazing how quickly they grow....and grow!!
    The grape jelly looks yummy! I've been busy doing the same kind of thing....the jewel tones jellies shine so pretty in the sunshine!!
    Go back to peeping into the box!!

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  25. Paula, they are sooo cute!! LOL on the fever...I LOVE that SNL episode!!
    Can't wait to see more fuzzy bottoms and some sewing projects too!
    :) Tracey

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  26. Oh, I forgot to say thanks for sharing the jelly recipe...I will have to give it a try!
    Tracey

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  27. I agree! You can never have enough fuzzy bottoms around.
    Those are some cuties!

    I need to start taking time to sew more around here.Can't wait to see what you make.

    Have a great day.
    Pam

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  28. Good morning Paula...these little sweethearts are just beautiful and I want them sooo bad!!!

    MMM..your grape jelly looks lovely!

    :)Doreen

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  29. Just precious!! I think I love fuzzy little bottoms too!!! Sounds like a good hatch too!

    What fun watching them grow up!!

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  30. Those peeps are darling! No wonder you are addicted!

    And your jelly looks yummy. I'm looking forward to seeing the apron and the shelf-sitter!

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  31. Love the peeps!!!
    Thanks also for the recipe!!!hughugs

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  32. Your babies are soooo adorable! I like your idea of hot outside=stay inside. I need some help - my granddaughter has become hooked on "little house on the prairie" and wants a laura ingall night hat and gown. It should be simple enough but. Do you have any ideas? Maybe I could find a pattern/maybe not. Oh, and I've got until early september so no pressure, right?

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  33. I love your fuzzy bottoms!

    My March chicks are just starting to lay!

    Hurray!

    Laura

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  34. Your so productive....how AWESOME!!!! Those fuzzy bottoms are adorable!!! I can't wait to see what you create in your sewing room!!

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  35. AH!!!!! They are so darn sweet! I can almost hear their tiny little peeps.
    I grew up with chicks in a box under a heat lamp, usually in the kitchen, and so miss those days. Someday I aspire to be a farm girl again....

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  36. How do you stand it? SO SO CUTE!!! And I got a kick out of your, "I've got a fever..." quote. I actually bought a Cowbell T-shirt for my SIL for his last birthday. Funny stuff! : )

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  37. fuzzy bottoms are adorable and jelly looks delicious!
    http://randommusingsfrommypov.com

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  38. Paula,
    Oh, I love those fuzzy bottom little chicks. They are so adorable. I would love to have a lot of chicks. Your grape jelly looks so delicious. I would love to have some with hot biscuits and butter.

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  39. Those fuzzy little bottoms are so sweet!!!!

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  40. Oh they are sure cute.
    I am going to try my hand at the grape jelly.
    Thanks for sharing

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  41. OH OH OH OH they are so adorable!!! I wish I could put my hand through the screen and touch them... hold them. They are so cute!

    Thanks for the grape jelly recipe going to put it on the list to make this week. Take Care :)

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  42. Hello dear Paula! How nice to visit and see those cute little fuzzies still warming the pages of your blog! They are darling.

    Aren't those patterns just addicting? Oh my, if only I sewed one tenth of the patterns I have, I could open a small store! LOL But I really plan to get going here now that these lovely cool temperatures seem to bring on sewing fever.

    So nice to visit with you again.

    Blessings,
    Lea

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  43. What cute fuzzy bottoms! Love the the little chicks. My hens have just started to lay their eggs. Thanks for sharing the jelly recipe.

    Irma :)

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  44. Oh Paula, Those fuzzy bottoms make me faint, they're so cute! I know I'd be holding those babies up to my face all day!!
    Love, Debra

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  45. Congratulations and welcome to the new world fuzzy bottoms!! Paula the grape jelly looks wonderful and easy. I am going to try that!!

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  46. I just stumbled on your blog...I wantd to say hi. My daughter keeps chickens for her 4 h project and she loves Slikies! We hatched a few, and we also have Cochin and americaunas.
    there are some photos of them on my blog...
    Please stop by

    www.frujensen.bolgspot.com

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  47. Your fuzzy bottoms are SO cute! I want some fuzzy bottoms of my own.
    I have made that same grape jelly from that same canning book. Love it! Wish I had some grapes growing on the farm to make jelly from.

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  48. Oh how sweet--love them! Too cute! Stop over for a visit! :)

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  49. Cute little fuzzy bottoms! Just wanted to say that I love your farm - the photo in a recent post is almost "painting-like". The way the fence line runs up the hill and the sunset. It's beautiful! I know you enjoy living there!

    Your jelly looks so good - I put up only plum this year, but alot of it. I was hoping to do some peach preserves, but the time got away from me. I guess I could still do it, but we've just been too busy! Enjoy your weekend!

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  50. Those silkies are just so adorable! Nothing beats fuzzy bottoms! They are so snuggly and cute :) Congratulations and thanks for sharing. Hopefully I will have a better chicken year this year!

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  51. Awwwwww, the fuzzy bottoms are so cute! I just want to hold and cuddle them. Your jars of jelly look really nice too. I hope you post pictures of your homemade chicken stuff.

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  52. This is my kind of blog, I love chickens, and have new babys from spring, they get picked on by the older chickens really bad, dont know how to help them.
    I am going to make grape jelly today, my grapes are ready to harvest.
    Jenny

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  53. Good morning Paula!
    Just wanted to say hi and drop by the shed to see more fuzzy bottoms!
    Smoochy holykisses my friend!
    Lea

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  54. Oh. My. Gosh. They are such little heartbreakers!! I've had 2 broody hens trying to decide if they are gonna sit and stay or get up and wander off for FOUR weeks now!! Gah! Good thing there's always plenty of eggs, but this is stressful on me.

    Oh, did you make some jam too? hahaha! Nice work!

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