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Today I am starting a new series, that I originally saw on Erica Strauss’s blog NWEdible called 5 Things Friday. Every Friday I will aim to post about 5 of my favorite things that week. I will try to post one thing for each of these categories: Homestead Garden, Homestead Critters, Homestead Kitchen, Homesteader Entertainment and Personal a thing from my Homesteader life. These may be handy gadgets, recipe’s, quotes or moments in time. I hope you will all share some of your Friday Favorites with me as well.
This week, my 5 Things Friday favorite gardening item is this Japanese pruning saw that I learned about from Paul Gautschi in the Back to Eden gardening film (which is another favorite of mine, if you haven’t seen it, you MUST!!!!!). It works so well, pruning the fruit trees has been so easy. It cuts through like butter! And a tip from Paul, who is a master arborist, never use loppers to prune. He swears by this saw and a good pair of pruners! That is all you need. See my article How to Prune your Apple Trees on the Homestead
This week, my 5 Things Friday favorite critter item, is our glorious eggs! The birds have really starting laying up a storm, and the pretty colors just get me every time. Unfortunately, our two olive eggers are still slacking except for the one huge double yolker that one of them laid in this photo, but I think everybody else is donating to the cause. Which means we have enough to keep our egg customers happy!
My 5 Things Favorite Kitchen item, is something my oldest received as a wedding shower gift recently, and then I just had to have one for myself. It is the Ninja Chopper. It minces up those onions into the tiniest bits in just a few seconds! Makes food prep a breeze!
My 5 Things Favorite entertainment things this week, was watching the Olympics. I loved watching all of the skiing, snowboarding and figure skating. I think my favorite was when Shaun White won his 3rd gold medal, but that may have been last week….doh!
My 5 Things Friday favorite personal thing, was taking an impromptu weekend trip this past holiday weekend with my darling hubby and my youngest. The focus was to look at Oregon State University with the kiddo, which we all LOVED, but we enjoyed checking out the Corvallis area as well as Portland and Newport also. Of course we had to stop at Voodoo Doughnuts in Portland. And the next day the weather was a mess, with snow, rain, sleet, sun and wind, but it was worth it. The waves on the Pacific Ocean were awesome that day, and we warmed up with a wonderful bowl of chowder at The Chowder Bowl.