How to Fry the Perfect Egg and Care for your Cast Iron Skillet

December 5, 2017

There are only two things you need to fry the perfect egg - fresh eggs and a well-seasoned cast iron skillet. One without the other and you're going to end up with an eggy mess that's stuck to your pan. Frying an egg isn't difficult, but there are a few things you should know.

Take a Peek at my Week - Nov 26 to Dec 2

December 2, 2017

This was an exciting week! Not only did I completely sell out of Coop Confetti, boxes AND packing material (no worries, I have more of everything already on order!) plus give away all the chicken bookmarks I had due to an overwhelming response to  Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday in my Etsy shop, I finally got my advance copy of my new kids book Let's Hatch Chicks! It's even more adorable than I had imagined and I can't wait for copies to start shipping out to everyone who has pre-ordered from Amazon or ordered a signed copy from my shop.

A friend sent me a gorgeous handmade wooden rolling pin, so I'm all ready to get started on some Christmas cookies (as soon as the Littles start laying eggs for us!) and really get the holiday spirit going. Although I really want to wait until there's snow on the ground to go get our tree and drag out the Christmas decorations. We haven't had any snow yet, but there's heavy frost on the ground each morning now when we get up. 

Other than that, I had a couple of articles to write before I leave for my trip next Friday, so I got those submitted, and I worked a bit more on my next book which will be out next fall. My deadline for that is December 15th, so I'm getting down to the wire. But it's going to be an awesome book, so I can't wait to share more about that in the coming months. I'm also working on a few other BIG announcements that I should be making soon - hopefully right after I get back from New York - so stay tuned! In the meantime, take a peek at our week!

Do Chickens have a Sense of Taste?

November 28, 2017

You don't have to raise chickens long to notice that they will eat almost anything. Bring them a bowl of kitchen scraps and you'll watch as they quickly devour all your vegetable trimmings, meat scraps, soft and squishy fruit, stale cereal and rice scraped from the bottom of the pot. But watch a little closer and you'll notice that your chickens will gravitate to certain treats more than others. So that begs the question - can chickens taste their food?

Take a Peek at our Week - Nov 19th - 25th

November 25, 2017

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday. The short week meant a busy few days leading up to the big day, but then a relaxing day or so afterwards. We didn't host Thanksgiving, so it was nice to be able to just bake a pumpkin cheesecake and bring it along with a bottle of wine to our friends house where we indulged in a delicious traditional Thanksgiving dinner - with Indian pudding, roasted chestnuts and all! 

I was content to spend time this week with the girls, our dogs and my husband, and am looking forward to packaging up a lot of signed copies of my books and bags of Coop Confetti that sold during my Black Friday/Small Business Saturday sales yesterday and today!  Enjoy this peek at my week!

Pumpkin Spice Swirl Cheesecake with Candied Walnuts

November 23, 2017

Far easier to make than it looks, this elegant pumpkin spice cheesecake is perfect for the holidays. I originally found the recipe in a magazine (for the life of me I can't remember which one) about fifteen years ago. After it was a big hit one Thanksgiving, I started making it a holiday tradition.  It's nice because you can make it up to two days in advance and keep it refrigerated until you're ready to serve.

Chickens are Omnivores, not Vegetarians

November 21, 2017

From the Merriam-Webster dictionary:
  An animal or person that eats both plants and animals as their main food.

Take a Peek at Our Week - Nov 12th to 18th

November 18, 2017

Winter is taking it's time to arrive here in Maine. Sure, it's cold, but not terribly frigid, and so far we've only gotten a dusting of snow. At least I have had time to harvest more herbs - I love hanging them right in the coop for my chickens to nibble on and also provide a bit of mouse protection. Mice supposedly don't like the scent of mint or pine, so adding a few evergreen boughs is something I also do each winter. I also did a bit of baking this week. Pound cake and cookies were on menu this week for dessert! Enjoy this peek at our week.

Homemade Herbal Frostbite Salve for Chickens

November 16, 2017

This all-natural herbal salve can be used to prevent and treat frostbite in your flock, as well as treat any minor topical cuts or scrapes on your chickens (our yourself!). It's very soft, so it's easy to gently smear on damaged skin without injuring it more.

How to Winterize your Chicken Coop

November 14, 2017

Chickens do far better in the cold than you might imagine, but there are still a few simple things you can do to winterize your chicken coop and make it more comfortable for your flock. As the temperatures drop below freezing, a few modifications to your coop will help it stay warmer through the winter months (and no, I'm not talking about adding heat!)
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