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Take a Peek Inside Chip and Joanna Gaines' Magnolia Market at the Silos

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

It's been awhile since I've written, but I hope you'll forgive me when you read this post! Although there isn't a single chicken to be found anywhere, I think it's got a nice, farmhouse vibe going on nonetheless. And after all, there's more to life than chickens..not much, but a little, teeny bit more, right?

Take a Peek at our Week - Sept 3rd to 9th

Saturday, September 9, 2017


This week we got a lot of rain (nothing compared to what the Southern part of the country already got and will be getting due to the hurricanes battering that area, but enough to keep us inside), which meant some home cooking in the shape of homemade marinara sauce and a delicious pizza. I also did some work on my next book since the deadline is edging ever closer, and got a few articles written that were due to the magazine editors I work with. 

Easy Homegrown Homemade Tomato Sauce

Tuesday, September 5, 2017


Let me preface this by saying that I'm not really a fan of tomato sauce. I'm much more apt to just drizzle a bowl of pasta with some olive oil, salt, pepper, and a sprinkle of freshly grated Parmesan cheese. But when tomato season arrives, and we have lush, green basil growing, along with fragrant thyme, plus onions and garlic recently harvested from our own garden, I can't help but cook up a batch of this easy tomato sauce.

Take a Peek at Our Week - August 27th to September 2nd

Saturday, September 2, 2017


As the temperatures dip ever closer to the freezing mark, it's clear that summer is nearing an end, at least up here in Maine. While we might complain about the cold and snow at times, I'm thankful that wildfires, hurricanes and tornadoes aren't things that we are faced with - and our hearts go out to all those affected in any way by Hurricane Harvey.

Ducks Molt Too!

Tuesday, August 29, 2017


When you raise chickens, you become accustomed to a flock of molting chickens each fall. The shorter days signal to their bodies to drop their old, broken feathers and grow in a nice new set before winter arrives to help them stay warm. It's easy to spot a molting chicken. She will have bare spots starting at her head and neck and moving down her body, with sharp quills poking through. With ducks, its not as obvious, with your only sign often being a run full of feathers. But ducks molt too!

Take a Peek at our Week - August 20th - 26th

Saturday, August 26, 2017

We've just started picking ripe tomatoes from the garden, but already I can tell that fall is in the air. The nights are cooling down to near 40 degrees, so I potted some of my smaller basil plants and brought them inside and clipped others and have them in water on the kitchen windowsill. My basil always is the first to succumb to the cold, and I'm not quite ready to give up my caprese salads for lunch yet!

How Will the Eclipse Impact my Chickens and Ducks?

Sunday, August 20, 2017


Never has a single event prompted so many questions from readers as the impending solar eclipse which will occur on Monday, August 21st, 2017. Mainly, chicken keepers have been worried about how the eclipse will affect their flock, concerned about their chickens possibly going blind from staring up at the sun, and to a lesser extent, curious about whether their chickens will not lay on that day or go to roost during the eclipse.

Take a Peek at our Week - August 13th - 19th

Saturday, August 19, 2017


As some of you know, I spent last weekend in California doing a Fall Chick Days tour at Tractor Supply stores in Gilroy and Turlock which was sponsored by my friends at Manna Pro. It was a great trip - my first time in California! - but I was happy to come home. The garden is still producing tons of veggies (our tomatoes have finally started to ripen and no one loves sun-ripened tomato sandwich more than I do!), but egg production has ground to a virtual halt due to the shorter days and a few girls who already have started molting. 

Herbs for Hens: Basil

Tuesday, August 15, 2017


Basil is one of my favorite herbs to grow. Not only is it easy to start from seed, seedling or plant cutting, it smells so good when you brush past the plant! I love making homemade pesto and layering fresh basil leaves with slices of tomato picked from the garden and fresh mozzarella. A drizzle of balsamic vinegar and olive oil ....I could eat that for lunch every day all summer long! 

Take a Peek at our Week - August 6th to 12th

Saturday, August 12, 2017


The summer is flying by! I can't believe that we already are seeing molting chickens and the leaves changing color! We've got all kinds of pumpkins and squash in the garden and even a little watermelon. We've harvested lots of potatoes and the girls are enjoying a daily ration of lettuce, spinach, kale and other leafy greens from the garden. 

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