With temperatures forecast into the 90's today, I thought it would be a good day to serve up this Confetti Ice Wreath to our chickens. It's not only an excellent way to help your chickens cool down in the summer, it's also a great way to use up leftover fruits and vegetables.
Several weeks ago, a young farmer named Forrest Pritchard contacted me and asked if I would be willing to review a book he had just written. He told me that he farms his family's land in the Shenandoah Valley in Virginia and sells meat and produce at the local farmers market. And that he had written a book chronicling how he saved his family's farm.
It's spring! Temperatures are holding steady in the 70s-80s by day and 50s by night. We are spending as much time as we can outside enjoying all our animals, the blooming flowers and the emerging berries and herbs. If only it could be spring year round!
Thank you for joining us today at our kickoff of our new blog hop name, format, and best of all, NEW CO-HOSTS! For those of you who don't know, this blog hop was previously called the Farm Girl Friday Blog Fest, but nowwe want to welcome you to participate in a bigger and better blog hop than before!
Meet Annie. She's an Australorp, which means she has the tendency to go broody (sit on eggs until they hatch instead of laying her daily egg and hopping right back out of the nesting box). Australorps are known for their broody nature and Annie, true to her breed, goes broody quite often.
In fact, she helped me write my article on Breaking a Broody Hen last spring because we didn't have room for any more chicks and I wouldn't let her sit on infertile eggs. But she really wanted to be a Mom. So I promised her that this spring, if we could coordinate our schedules, I would let her sit on some fertile eggs. We did, and she did...and now Annie has five brand new baby chicks!
This quick, easy soup which is a twist on a traditional meatball soup makes for a healthy, hearty meal any time of the year. The substitution of shrimp for chopped hamburg makes a light soup perfect for cool spring evenings. Since I just picked the first dill from our garden today, I will be making this tonight to serve alongside some homemade bread.
Herbs play a large part in our chicken-keeping as well as my home cooking. Over the years, I have been enlarging our herb garden and growing more varieties of culinary herbs to use fresh all summer and also dry for use over the winter.
Until recently, I had been drying the herbs on cooling racks on the kitchen counter. Then I saw a cool drying rack on Pinterest used for drying flowers and a light bulb went off. Keep reading to learn how to make my tiered herb drying rack using old picture frames.