The Fort

The boys have wanted a fort for quite sometime, and these past few weeks their dream came true. I am amazed at what my dad can engineer all by himself. Using a lot of stuff that we already had (telephone poles, pallets, windows, and tin) as well as a few bought items (plywood). It took a couple of Saturdays and nights after work to get it done, but the end product is fabulous! Two-stories of handmade awesomeness. The boys have padlocked the door, so only they may enter, decorated with chairs, a table they made, and a rug. Upstairs, they have drug cots up to sleep in once it ever gets cool enough. On days they spend in there, you can see them hauling a cooler full of ice and drinks with them.

It is a special thing built by all, engineered by dad, wished for by the boys, and where imagination runs rampant. It is “The Fort.”




















Tutorial Perfect for Decorating Brown Eggs

Easter is right around the corner. I can practically hear the Easter Bunny’s hops in the distance Fun fact: I dressed up as the Easter Bunny for several years for a local group. I feel that I have a closer bond with the real Easter Bunny, now. Anyways, back to Easter shenanigans.

My family’s tradition is to color Easter eggs on Saturday evening with normal dye. We are all given strict instructions to only take a certain amount of eggs; however, every once in a while, there is a miscount. The creative juices get going, and our math skills waiver. Things happen, you know?

Easter is the one time where we buy eggs. Our chickens graciously provide an abundance of eggs to our family and others. We will use a couple of their eggs for dying, but they are all brown, and the colors aren’t as vibrant. So, we buy big white eggs from the store. I did get a head start on the egg decorating this year, and thought I would share what I did with you.

I didn’t use any dye, just a bit of Mod Podge and a napkin. There is so many things you can do with this, and perhaps you will try it too. It was ideal for my home grown brown eggs for sure! Without any more waiting, here is the Non-dyed, Mod Podge Easter Egg.


  • Paint brush
  • Modge Podge or equal parts craft glue and water mixed together
  • Egg
  • Napkin or paper (the napkin works best with its flexibility)supplies


  • If you are taking your egg straight from the fridge, it will probably sweat a bit, so be sure to dry it off well.bunny
  • Cut your napkin into whatever pieces you want to put on your egg.
  • Next, brush a bit of Mod Podge onto the egg. Not a lot at all. Take your piece of napkin and lay on top of it. Brush another layer of Mod Podge on top of the napkin. glue egg
  • While we are letting it dry, let’s talk about some egg statistics:


As of December 2014…

  • There are about 306 million layers.
  • They averaged 79.9 eggs per 100 hens
  • Iowa is the top producer of eggs
  • There are around 175 egg producing companies that have flocks of 75,000 hens or more and these represent 99% of all layers in America.
  • 66 egg producing companies have over 1 million layers which represents 87% of total egg production.
  • 16.6 million hens are cage-free and organic producing layers.

Instructions Cont.:

  • If it is dry, then you have a completed egg. Enjoy! Come back to the blog on Friday for more facts about eggs. They are certainly interesting.eggegg doen