We are having fun with our business kitchen. Installing a commercial kitchen is way more complicated than you could imagine. Just the number of sink basins you are required to have is ridiculous. We have to have a tiny handwashing sink. There is a large, plastic utility sink in the closet for the mop. Who puts a mop in the sink anyway? We don't. Then you have to have a beast for your main sink with three water basin compartments and a slanted piece where you don't put water. It is huge.
So we have all of these required pieces because David wants to can a lot of our produce and sell it to customers. We can make pickles without one per cottage laws here in Texas but to do anything else, we must have a commercial sink.
We have a small refrigerator but we will get a new, bigger one later. We did get a commercial stove/oven so now I can bake and sell which is something I have always wanted to do. The room is really starting to shape up in our commercial kitchen area.
Good Monday morning! I have been awake for hours thanks to the idiotic time change. It is now 6:30am and light enough to go feed my chickens so I will do that and report back.
It is 51° F. outside but it feels like 32 when you forget your jacket and go out to feed the chickens! I also took a walk all the way up the hill and I feel frozen. The girls are doing great. I had to add some wood shavings to the nesting boxes as some were almost empty and others had poo in them. I just cleaned them all on Saturday.
Mike Nahass came out today and finished the commercial kitchen by putting up stainless steel backsplashes and installing more cabinets and counters. Our commercial kitchen looks pretty good! Now we need to get licensed to be a commercial kitchen.
I went out to gather eggs at 5:30pm. I got 15 eggs, with four of them being blue.
Today is Election Day! I love politics and I cannot wait for the election results this evening.
I have been up since just after 5am when I woke up starving. I need to put on some decent clothes and go feed the chickens. Then we have a full day of work and checking on election day goings on. Yesterday in downtown San Antonio, they boarded up a lot of businesses because they are afraid of riots tonight and tomorrow. This is just crazy.
I got 15 eggs this afternoon at collection time. Three of them were blue. I could not figure out how to make labels for the egg cartons on the computer so I guess I will have to hand write on them. Ridiculous.
We made a pork roast on the Traeger today for tonight's dinner. I roasted potatoes, winter squash, mushrooms, carrots, and bell peppers to go with it. Then we watched the sad election returns until almost 2am, or at least I did. I cannot believe our country is going so far from the freedoms we once had.
Because of fraudulent votes, this was the worst election return and day in my lifetime. It is sad that one party knew they would lose so they orchestrated such evil. Elections will never be the same, that is if we are allowed to have them again. I read comments on Facebook and people are gloating about it. The United States should be ashamed but many of the people are proud that they put one over on us all. They will soon see their freedoms gone but it will be too late. Of course, Facebook and Twitter have been and continue to censor comments that go against their political party. I certainly won't be posting anything on either platform, unless related to business.
Good morning. Not really...I got about four hours of sleep and now the country has to go to the supreme Court to find out who the president will be because of all of the fraudulent mail in ballots. What a crock.
Today, the chickens are 27 weeks old. I believe all of them are laying now except for the rooster, the missing hen from several months ago, and the guineas. I now get between 14 and 16 eggs per day with three or four blue ones each day.
Today, we opened the business at 11am so people could sleep in late after staying up late for sad election results. I wish I had just gone to bed at a normal hour.
The team is taking down our greenhouse. I walked into Jay's production building and no one was there. David has them taking down the greenhouse as it is falling. They will fix it up taller by changing some of the design. That will be good.
Nahass was here this morning, working on the commercial kitchen again today. This time, he put kick plates on some of the cabinets.
I got 16 eggs today with three blue ones. I tried making labels for the cartons so I can sell my eggs, but have had no success. I thought making labels on the computer would be easy but it is not for me.
Today, the electricians started putting extra plugs in all four of the buildings so there would be enough for computers, cameras, printers, and so many other things that use electricity when you have to do modern business.
I was told by the electrician working in my store that in the morning he would do my area first thing as it is important for me to be able to work and take payment in the store.
Nacho came out and built two raised garden beds in front of the store so we can plant flowers and have nice displays for our customers. He got them both finished by 5pm. They look nice. As soon as we get them filled with soil, I will begin planting.
We will soon put some herb gardens by the side of the store. I am thinking about putting in a small fish pond for the children who visit to enjoy looking at, but not to go swimming in. There will always be that one child, right?
The chickens are doing nicely. I collected 16 eggs and for the first time, five of them were blue! That was pretty exciting.
Well, here it is Friday afternoon at 2:30pm. The electrician failed to deliver on his promise that my area would be first to be finished today. He is putting plugs in all over the store and other buildings but he did not work in my area while I was gone. I spent most of the day in San Antonio with David getting results of testing so he had plenty of time to get it done.
David's test results were better than I had hoped for. Now he has to have more tests in December.
So I am back at the house working. I will be glad when all of this is over with. Putting in enough plugs should have been done when the building was being put together over in Uvalde.
It is warm outside now, in the 80s but the day started out in the 60s with fog again. We left the farm at 9:15am and by the time we hit San Antonio after 10am, there was still some fog.
Then we went to a soil place in Lytle and ordered ten yards of soil to be delivered tomorrow. Some of this will be for the raised garden beds that Nacho put in by the store. Nacho will be coming back next week on Tuesday and Wednesday to do more.
The commercial kitchen is looking good. We continue to get commercial kitchen supplies in so we can start using it.
This morning started off with some delicious eggs for breakfast and then quickly got nasty...I had to go out and clean the chicken coop. I scraped poo and then raked up poo and shoveled it into barrels for composting for the garden. I emptied out the 20 nesting boxes and filled them with fresh wood shavings. After those fun two hours were up, I showered and got dressed.
David ordered some maids off of Amazon to come clean the house as an early birthday gift. I can barely keep up with laundry and dishes after working all day so the house was pretty bad. It looks much better but all of these maid services in San Antonio have stupid rules like if something is on the floor, we won't pick it up so we won't vacuum there or if something is on a table, we won't move it so we won't dust there. What? So I cleaned a lot of spaces myself after they left. I paid nearly $250 for services that they halfway did. It is like this every time he calls someone. I need a local cleaning lady coming in for a few hours a day for three days a week who will do whatever needs to be cleaned. What is wrong with people?
Then I went shopping to buy food and supplies for the trip. We are staying in a condo so we are bringing some food and snacks. We also stopped by Tractor Supply and got chicken feed and rabbit feed. Hey, David thinks one of the girl bunnies is pregnant. We will see...
Around 3pm, the dirt that we ordered yesterday arrived. Ten yards really isn't that much. I thought it would be a whole lot. David had him dump it in two places. One by the store and the other, close to the house where an herb garden will be going in.
I am glad that the commercial kitchen is finished and now we can start growing things to process in there.
Happy Sunday! Long ago, back in 1975 when we moved from New York to El Paso, our family stayed at the Mesa Inn in El Paso for three weeks, waiting for my parents to buy a house and then for our furniture to arrive so we could move in. During that time, we ate a lot of breakfasts in the Mesa Inn Restaurant. German pancakes were on the menu so we tried them since we had no idea what they were. They were so delicious and fluffy. I looked up how to make them on YouTube and found a good recipe.
So this morning, I made German pancakes for breakfast. It came out incredible, just like what I had so long ago at the Mesa Inn. It was so easy so I will be using this recipe again and again. I like it because you use six eggs for one pancake that serves four.
We went to church and then I had to pack for our upcoming trip to the coast. I hate packing. It is a lot of work. It took me about four hours to fold laundry, figure out what to take for both David and me and then to actually pack it all.
We watched a very weird movie that none of us had heard of. The DVD was in our den but none of us remembers buying it from 2019, Knives Out. It was a pretty good Who Done It movie.
I got 15 eggs, including three blue this afternoon. We finished off the evening watching more Lost In Space episodes. Now we are in season two so they are in color.
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