Happy New Year! All I can say is, what a difference a year makes! This past year has been a whirlwind for me. So many exciting changes and accomplishments that I could never have foreseen.
Thursday, December 27, 2012
The feed store (correctly) recommended it for our mixed flock, but (incorrectly) recommended it to a mixed one-day-to-be-LAYING flock. With 20% protein, it would have put weight, on the ducks especially, way too fast and could also have caused them to start laying too soon.
Monday, December 24, 2012
Saturday, December 22, 2012
Nothing really inspired me to create my own wreath until Yvette sent me a photo of a star-shaped wreath several days ago. There were no instructions included and no link back to the source, but I put my creative juices to work and came up with this easy rustic star-shaped wreath made out of metal coat hangers.
Friday, December 21, 2012
So with three days until Christmas, you have all your shopping done, gifts are wrapped and under the tree and all of a sudden you realize - you forgot to get a gift for the cat!
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
As many of you know, I enjoy adapting ideas I see online and elsewhere for the enjoyment of our chickens. I have seen several versions of birdseed wreaths for wild birds on Pinterest HERE, HERE and HERE and decided to make my own chicken version.
Monday, December 17, 2012
Saturday, December 15, 2012
Friday, December 14, 2012
I love making rolled cookies around the holidays. These cookies are so festive with the green and red filling, and the sprinkle of powdered sugar looks like snow.
These easy thumbprint cookies are made even more delicious and more personal using homemade raspberry jam and mint jelly in the centers, but store bought can certainly be substituted.
The recipe doesn't call for any eggs, but I manage to employ an egg in the making of the indentations that will be ultimately filled with delectable jam and jelly.
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Expecting a frost any night now, I already picked most of the herbs lingering in our garden and have them drying for use this winter, but I wanted to try making some mint jelly with the last of our mint.
Monday, December 10, 2012
EGG FACT AND FICTION
|~eggs naturally come in many colors besides brown or white~|
- The color of an egg's shell is dictated by a hen's breed and genes. A hen lays the same color egg her whole life.
- The color of the yolk is dictated by a hen's diet. Foods containing xanthophyll such as corn, marigolds and alfalfa help make egg yolks a vibrant orange color.
Saturday, December 8, 2012
Hard to believe that Christmas is a mere few weeks away. The temperatures here in Virginia have been swinging wildly between the low 40s to the high 70s by day and then dipping down below freezing occasionally at night.
Lo and behold, as I opened box after box, I realized that we had received an early Christmas present from our generous sponsor Manna Pro!
Thursday, December 6, 2012
You all know by now that I am always looking for fun, easy crafty ideas, especially those that our chickens can enjoy. Well, Yvette recently saw a similar rake decorated with buttons and thought we could turn that into some sort of Fresh Eggs Daily craft. Well, sure we could! Here is our version of the Rake Christmas Tree.
Tuesday, December 4, 2012
There are probably as many ways to make an egg sandwich as there are people who make them. But in my opinion, there is only one way to make the perfect egg sandwich. And here it is (absolutely no substitutions allowed)...
Monday, December 3, 2012
Fun, creative, healthy treats can help beat the winter blahs and alleviate boredom in your run. Besides being easy to make, edible garlands keep your chickens busy during the winter when they are confined to the coop or run without much to entertain them.
Saturday, December 1, 2012
Fall is in full swing here in Virginia. I can't believe it's December already, in fact. The days have been gorgeously sunny and clear and the nights cool and crisp. The warm yellows, oranges and browns of the autumn leaves mix with a bit of remaining green grass and are accented on chilly mornings with a bit of frost.