Mostly Homemade Mondays - Week 124 + URBAN HOMESTEAD MEAL PLAN!

Before we get into this week's meal plan and blog hop, I want to tell you about our day on Saturday, and give a shout out to Dan and Michelle from Simplify, Live, Love and their kids.

The story: A neighbor contacted us on Thursday, asking us to take 6 chicks and 2 ducks. Apparently her daughter, on a whim, bought them from a local store that sells chicks and ducklings because she thought they were 'cute'. This daughter gave no forethought to the fact that these are living creatures and require care, and would eventually grow up to be adult birds.

The birds were about 3-4 weeks old (we think - the daughter didn't remember when she bought them) and hadn't been outside, and were kept in plastic totes in their basement. The totes were covered with baby gates and lattice, then blankets. They had no access to natural light or fresh air, and very little access to food and water.

The 2 ducklings appeared to be healthy, albeit a bit stressed. The chicks looked very stressed, and their feathers were coming in patchy.

Initially, John and I wanted to turn around and run. We couldn't take these birds per our city ordinance, but decided to see if Michelle and her family would be interested. They live on a farm about 50 minutes from us. Without hesitation, Michelle said, "Yep. We'll take them. We wanted to expand our flock anyway."

So, we carted those poor birds from that nasty basement out to Michelle's kick ass farm. After greeting Michelle, I told her she didn't have to take these birds. They weren't her responsibility, and I could find an alternative home for them. I didn't even know what breed they were. (She thinks they might be Cornish Cross meat birds.)

But, she and Dan and their four kiddos were ready and excited to check these birds out, and immediately provided them with more space, fresh air, food and water than they ever got in that basement from their previous owner. When Michelle and her oldest daughter set down a few containers of food and water, the chirping and quacking immediately stopped. As we peered into their new nest, they were all gobbling up the food and water like they'd not eaten in days. It was bittersweet, indeed.

This family restored my trust in humanity. Just hours before I was seriously disappointed in my fellow humans.

I ask you this, friends: DO NOT BUY CHICKS, DUCKLINGS, OR BUNNIES this spring without giving serious, logical thought to how you will care for them. Chickens and ducks can live to be 10 years old, even though they stop laying after 4 or 5 years. Rabbits can live even longer and can require expensive veterinary care. Living creatures are NOT appropriate Easter basket gifts. Chicks, ducks, and bunnies depend on YOU for their care for the duration of their lives. 

She includes an update on the birds :) 

Are you ready for this week's meal plan and blog hop? Remember, in the meal plan some items are bolded, which indicates a homegrown or local item from our urban homestead. We have leftovers for lunch, and we rarely have desserts. Many times on weekends our lunches include eggs from the ladies. 
  • Monday - Mozzarella chicken with tomatoes and parmesan over pasta
  • Tuesday - Chipotle lime chicken fajitas with all those fajita toppings
  • Wednesday - Grilled, peach-glazed ham steak (didn't make this last week), skillet cornbread
  • Thursday - Ham and cheese omelet 
  • Friday - Homemade pizza (didn't make this last week). Here's our dough recipe
  • Saturday - BBQ'd pork ribs and a veggie from the freezer.
  • Sunday - Family dinner. We'll hash out a menu via text. 
Anyway, on to the party:

Mostly Homemade Mondays is a series for people that are on a journey to better living, via healthier eating and a more natural lifestyle. We realize that there are different paths that we all take to get to that place, and this bloghop celebrates that. Whether you’re a seasoned raw foodist who has banned all things unnatural, or a rookie who is starting out by cutting out junk food, we’d love to hear from you! Link up with your favorite recipes, projects, crafts, or rants and raves.

The Hosts:

Homemade Mondays will open every Monday. You have until Thursday to make your submissions. We will share our favorite posts on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and shout it from the rooftops.
  • Link up. Use the submission form below to add your blog posts to our gallery below. You can add as many links as you’d like, as long as they’re on topic. 
  • What’s eligible? Recipes, crafts, DIY projects, gardening, fitness, green ideas or just plain old advice. We’re pretty open.
  • Tell us about yourselves. Leave a comment telling us a little about your site and what you’ve shared. Of course this isn’t mandatory, but it’s a good way to stand out.
  • Link back. Share the love by adding a link back to this party with your readers so they can see all of these great ideas as well.
  • Follow our Pinterest board. Remember to check out our Mostly Homemade Mondays Pinterest board where we're pinning some of our favorite posts from the week.
Here was our favorite post from last week: 

A special thanks to Raia's Recipes for linking up 70+ Gluten Free Cabbage and Potato Recipes to Mostly Homemade Mondays! Feel free to grab this "I've Been Featured" button and share the great news with your readers, family, and friends: 
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