Weasel Farms, Weasel Reads

The Small-Scale Poultry Flock

by Harvey Ussery When I joined my husband's family, I knew I was getting into a totally new experience: these are people who have dinner-table conversations about compost, Johnson grass, and sheep bloat. His parents bought this land as their retirement home, but have turned it into a working small-scale farm that provides all of… Continue reading The Small-Scale Poultry Flock

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The Year of Experimental Gardening, Part 1

I have loved gardening since I can remember. When I was little my dad would plant a yearly vegetable garden; I remember eating apples from our backyard tree while watching him till up the dirt in the spring. As a teenager, I kept a garden for several years and had reasonable success with tomatoes, beets,… Continue reading The Year of Experimental Gardening, Part 1

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After Virtue

by Alasdair MacIntyre¬† I read this book at the tail-end of a philosophy kick a few years ago. For three semesters, I audited philosophy classes at my alma mater (which, fun fact, offers one free audited class per semester to alumni!). I sat in on Intro to Philosophy, Medieval Philosophy, and Modern Philosophy. These classes… Continue reading After Virtue

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The Fall of Mousetopia

There are some beautiful things about living on a farm. Like peaceful, pastoral scenes every day: And amazing sunsets nearly every night: And little hidden gems all over the place waiting to be discovered: HOWEVER. There are also some messy, gross, and downright disgusting things that come with farming. Like sheep poop pellets ... And… Continue reading The Fall of Mousetopia

Weasel Eats

Spiced Mixed Nuts

In my search for good snacks on this ketogenic eating experiment (to replace the crunchy, starchy things I love but my body doesn't), I kept thinking that mixed nuts would be a good alternative. Or a trail-mix type thing, without the typical sugary dried fruit and chocolate chips and M&Ms. However, a store-bought trail mix… Continue reading Spiced Mixed Nuts

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Baked Apples

And now it's time for one of the simplest, most delicious ketogenic desserts one can eat. Every baked apple recipe I have found online calls for sugar and/or brown sugar. I don't know why, because unless you're using Granny Smith apples, they are plenty sweet already. Especially if you're not used to eating tons of… Continue reading Baked Apples

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The Chrysanthemum and the Sword

by Ruth Benedict My husband insisted I read this book. He read it years ago, and it either created or enhanced (I'm not sure which) his fascination with Japanese culture ~ and rightly so. Written in 1946 by "one of the most eminent anthropologists of the twentieth century" (according to the back cover bio),¬†The Chrysanthemum… Continue reading The Chrysanthemum and the Sword