>Update on 2010 Goals

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>At the beginning of the year, I listed a few food related goals that we have for 2010. Now that we are 5 months into the year I thought I’d do another update.

Cut down on sweets.

This goes well in stages. At the moment I can smell the chocolate pudding that Kiki just finished making. Boy does it smell good! She did use Sucanat for the sweetener but it is still a sweetener. Sometimes I notice that I think, oh it’s Sucanat or it’s honey so it’s good for us. But the reality is we still need to cut down on sweeteners. We’ll continue to work on this one.

Increase my chicken flock so we can meet all of our egg needs.

I added a couple of year old hens to our flock of 5 so we now have 7. With the new hens, we get 5-7 eggs a day. I do use eggs quite a bit so the amount we are getting sometimes meets our needs but not completely so I’m still buying free range eggs from another lady (6 dozen a month). We are going to be adding 10 day old Buff Orpington females the week of May 17th. They will start laying sometime Octoberish. At that point we should have a fair amount of eggs.

In this post that I did updating our goals I mentioned we were also going to add meat chickens. That idea kind of took on a life of it’s own. We planned out how many chickens we should order to fill our freezer until we could process more chickens next year, then we added a few more to accommodate for any losses. Then I told a few people what we were doing and that I might have some spare chickens. Well… I guess that people other than us like the idea of clean raised and processed chickens. At this point we are ordering chickens for us and many others. We already have 25 cockerels that are about 8 weeks old (they are a heritage breed so will be ready around 16ish weeks) that fell in my lap. And when our layer order comes we’ll also be getting another 75 various varieties for meat. And just to keep things really interesting we’ll also be getting 10 Khaki Campbell ducks for eggs and meat.

Have a garden.

This plan is in process. Currently I have a few early things in the ground and some stuff started inside. Our last frost date is June 8 so it’s not quite gardening season here yet. Plus it keeps snowing and freezing. The challenge is being patient to wait for the weather.

Eat food that gives us the most nutritional bang for our buck.

I’m still trying to focus on broths, organ meats, and lacto fermented things. Plus we’ve been adding in some frozen seafood. Meal planning helps with this but sometimes I’ll forget to serve the lacto-fermented veggie or drink. With the weather warming up (slowly) I think it will be easier to drink the water kefir and kombucha.

Daily fermented cod liver/butter oil.

Not doing good here. During the winter it seemed easier for me to remember. I really need to work on this one.

Joe and I would like to continue with the weight loss we have started.

I like this one. My weight loss has been very slow but fairly steady. We started getting ‘serious’ about eating real foods about the end of June last year. Since that time I’ve lost 28 pounds. I haven’t ‘dieted’ to lose this weight. We eat things like beef, butter, coconut oil and drink real milk. I don’t go to a gym but do get a fair amount of exercise lately working on getting the soil ready in the garden and tending those chickens I mentioned before. The problem with my weight loss is the clothes that used to fit don’t. I might have to break down and go shopping.

Joe has lost a few more pounds too. He was very vague about how much last time I asked him but I can tell that it is happening.

Are you sticking with any food related goals that you had for the year? Have you added any new goals?
Millie Copper
Millie Copper is a Wyoming wife and mama. After reading Nourishing Traditions in early 2009, her family began transforming their diet to whole, unprocessed, nutrient dense foods—a little at a time while stretching their food dollars. Millie is passionate to share how, with a little creativity, anyone can transition to a real foods diet without overwhelming their food budget. Millie began blogging in late 2009 and has amassed a collection of frugal recipes and methods. Her specialties include cooking with wild game and creating “Stretchy Beans”. Discovering a love of writing, she has penned four books focusing on healthy eating on a budget and is trying her hand at fiction writing. Learn more at MillieCopper.com.


  1. motherhen68

    >I see in your side bar you're going to raise silver wing wyndotte for meat. Let me know how big they dress out. This is what we're going to get for dual purpose. Also, when you process them, update us on your blog. I'm going to need inspiration and help when it's time to do ours!

    Good for you on the weight loss and goals. Seems like things are working out great.

  2. Millie

    >Hi motherhen!
    Yes! I do have SLW cockerels for meat. They are 8 weeks old now. I'm planning on processing some at 12 weeks for Cornish Game Hen size (I heard they should be delicious) and the rest at 18 weeks for roaster size. I'll keep you updated. I do post most of my chicken stuff on my family blog (there is a link in the sidebar) and try to put pics of the chickens on every few weeks.

    I need inspiration myself for processing. I'm not looking forward to it but there are not alot of options where I live for cleanly raised and processed poultry. I guess I'm a chicken farmer by default 🙂

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