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The Chicken Coop – Then and Now

I LOVE my chicken coop! I bought it from here.  I had them create a coop that was 8′ x 4′ x 6′ high, and had them add an external nesting box, 3 windows, 1 clean out door, 1 door i can walk through, and 1 small door for the chickens on the opposite side. I think it came out pretty good, although I would change one thing. I would remove 1 of the windows and make the clean out door as big as possible.

They came to my house and had it semi-assemble and then completely assembled it there. They were pretty fast setting it up! It was a father and son team. It was so endearing.

Mr. Wonderful and I just had to paint it ourselves. It really transformed it into something spectacular!!


Here is the painted and installed coop right in the middle of our back yard, with my beautiful model, Honey. You’re probably asking, why would you put it in the middle of your yard?!, as did some folks did. Well, I have a couple of reasons. One, our city requires us to have it 20 feet from the property lines, so that didn’t leave me with much option, and two, I’m planning on having two separated runs connected to the coop. They’ll be able to graze on one run, while the other is out of bounds growing food for us. That’s the plan anyways.


Front of the coop


Back of the coop


This is the first time I let the chickens out of the coop to graze. They loved it and now complain when I don’t let them out! Sheesh. So I try to let them out for a couple of hours after I get home from work. I don’t want them out when I’m not there because we have tons of haws around our area.

This area will become my vegetable garden, segregated from the rest of our yard by the black fencing we bought at the big box store. I really wished they sold them in white, but they will do just fine. You can see the pink out line of string I used to figure out where my beds will be. It will be glooooorious!



Inside the garden area.

I’ve placed some potted trees around the coop to help shade the girls during the day. I’m still debating on what kind of permanent trees I want around the coop. I’m thinking a big avocado tree around the front, to help shade the top of the coop from the hot afternoon sun.


Front of the coop and Honey making sure the girls are doing ok.



Any suggestion on the type of tree/plant to shade the coop?



Arroz Caldo Soup

This filipino comfort food is one of my favorites! It reminds me of when I was a little girl and it would be cold and rainy outside. My mom would cook this soup especially if anyone was sick in the house.

I did alter the traditional recipe to include more veggies and not so typical for my family is adding a hard boiled egg. It’s soooo good! I think Mr. Wonderful and I tried the hard boiled egg version on Guam when I was back home for vacation. So, we stuck with the egg. I find it makes the soup heartier and more satisfying. Enjoy!

1 1/2 lbs chicken, cubed
1 cup carrots, cubed
1 cup celery, diced
1 cup onions, diced
1/4 cup ginger, diced
1 cup rice, uncooked
2 Tbsp Garlic powder
2 quarts chicken broth
Salt and pepper
Hard boiled eggs

Fried minced garlic
Fish Sauce

1) In a large pot on medium high heat, brown the chicken, about 6-8 minutes. Season with salt and pepper (S&P).

2) Remove from pot. Add celery, carrots, and onions and brown for about 3 minutes or until the onions are almost translucent and season with S&P.

3) Add the ginger, rice and garlic powder and stir until well coated and cook for about 30 seconds. Season with S&P.

4) Add the broth and bring to a boil and cook for about 15 minutes, or until the rice is cooked and starts to break.  Stir every few minutes. It will look like you will need more rice, but when the rice gets cooked it will soak up a lot of the broth and make the soup thicker.

5) Make sure you taste and season with more S&P if needed.

Garnish with fried garlic, scallions. Serve with lemon wedges and fish sauce.


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