Thursday, January 29, 2015

BOOK REVIEW: Clean Slate: A Cookbook and Guide from the editors of Martha Stewart Living

You can't judge a book by its cover, but in this case, the absolutely beautiful cover is just a teaser for tons more eye candy inside this new cookbook. The editors of Martha Stewart Living have hit it out of the ballpark yet again with Clean Slate.: A Cookbook and Guide (Reset your Health, Detox your Body and Feel your Best).

Monday, January 26, 2015

Why Should Eggs Be Stored Pointy End Down?

You've probably heard that eggs should be stored with the pointy end facing downwards, but often wondered why? Or maybe you've not ever heard that and you're reading it here for the first time. Either way, it's the truth. Eggs should be stored pointed end down. But why? Well, I'll explain it to you.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

A Week in Farm Photos - January 18th - 24th

This abnormally warm winter has resulted in lots of rain (and plenty of mud which makes for happy ducks!) and given me plenty of indoor time to spend knitting and work ion my new book (I can't tell you much about it yet, but I can share one of the photos that I've submitted to the art department - yes, it will include recipes!) Enjoy a peek at our muddy week!

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Duck Duck Goose (Chicken Quail Emu) - Egg Identification Chart

Most of you reading this probably raise chickens. And most of you, like I, probably thought that chickens only laid brown or white eggs before you started raising your own flock and discovering breeds like the blue egg-laying Ameraucana or the chocolate brown egg-laying Marans. Many of you may also raise ducks and collect loads of  slightly larger, richer, white and pale mint green duck eggs.

Monday, January 19, 2015

GIVEAWAY: Chick Flic Odor Eliminator

Chick Flic

I am happy to introduce you to our newest sponsor, CHICK Flic® Odor Eliminator. I had the pleasure of speaking on the phone with the owner and founder, John Bower, and operations manager, Pete Uber, last week in great detail about their product Chick Flic which not only reduces ammonia smells in your coop but actually chemically binds with, and eliminates, the ammonia all together!

Saturday, January 17, 2015

A Week in Farm Photos - January 11th - 7th

As the first two weeks of the new year come to a close, I can't believe how fast they went. I'm working hard on my new book which is due out this fall, and in my spare time I've been working with a few new sponsors on some fun giveaways and promotions that we'll be bringing to you later this month, so stay tuned for that.

Here on the farm we did see a few flakes of snow this past week and a bit of an ice storm, but our animals are handling it all just fine. I think the week's highlight for me was the debut of the new purple Heritage Ball Jars!  The days are getting a bit longer, but I'm still taking advantage of the early onset of darkness to spend my evenings relaxing with my knitting. Enjoy my photos and stay warm and happy, my friends!

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Meet the Quackers - The Ducks of Fresh Eggs Daily

The same day we brought home our very first baby chicks back in 2009, we brought home two ducklings as well. We brooded and raised them with our six baby chicks and that was our very first flock. However, I quickly fell in love with the ducks, and our flock expanded. 

Monday, January 12, 2015

Meet the Flockers - The Chickens of Fresh Eggs Daily

Over the years, our flock which started with six hens, has grown to nearly three dozen at times and shrunk to just three at other times. I've hatched, and bought chicks, I've sold and given away some of my hens (and made some really nice families very happy in the process!) - all in pursuit of the 'perfect' flock. For me, that means beautiful, friendly girls who lay gorgeous, delicious eggs. And by jove, six years in, I think I've finally got it! 

Saturday, January 10, 2015

A Week in Farm Photos - January 4th to 10th

This week brought the coldest temperatures yet this winter with lows at night down to 12 degrees, which might not seem cold to you Northern folks, but to us Southern girls, that's pretty darned cold - especially coming off last Sunday which hit 70 degrees! But a little coconut oil to the combs and extra scratch grains and everyone is just fine. I even broke out some of my hand knit socks to keep my feet warm as I did chores!

The highlight of the week was definitely working on a photo shoot for Sloggers (I've shared some of the outtakes here), which involved wearing lots of cute boots ... and even some chicken wrangling! I hope you and yours are staying comfy and warm. Enjoy!

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

GIVEAWAY: Rooster Booster Products

I am excited to bring you this giveaway from our newest sponsor Rooster Booster! You know I'm all about the best care for our chickens, and I also love supporting small family-owned businesses, especially those who practice natural  chicken keeping so this partnership was a no-brainer!

Monday, January 5, 2015

Ginger Lime Thyme Homemade Cough Syrup Recipe

Every winter I get a hacking cough that I believe is brought on by the damp moisture in the air here in Virginia and seems to hang on until spring. I've been to our family physician who prescribes me cough medicine with Codeine and basically says just let it run its course. Other years I just drink RobitussinDM by the bottle full until the cough goes away. This year I decided I was done with conventional cough medicines and would make my own, which let me to this recipe from Reformation Acres where I found the inspiration for my version - Ginger Lime Thyme Homemade Cough Syrup.

Saturday, January 3, 2015

A Week in Farm Photos - December 28th to January 3rd

The holidays are over and now we're looking forward to enjoying the rest of the winter. We're hoping for snow - at least once this winter - but in the meantime, we'll just hope that the mud all freezes solid! It's been such a mucky mess for months. We wish you all joy throughout the coming year. Enjoy these photos from our farm.

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Top Ten Blog Posts of 2014

Each December, I like to go back and make a list of the most-viewed blog posts from the previous year. I find it so interesting which posts end up being the most popular. It's such a roll of the dice when I write a post, not knowing if it will be a runaway success or a dud. I never know when I'm deciding on a topic if you, the readers, will enjoy reading it, share or pin it - so I learn a lot from these lists about what interests YOU and hope it will make the blog better in the coming year.

Saturday, December 27, 2014

A Week in Farm Photos - December 21st to 27th

Much as I love all the preparation, baking and decorating that goes into Christmas,  I admit I'm always glad to have put it behind us each year so I can relax a bit and make plans for the new year. 2015 is shaping up to be even more exciting than 2014, so I hope you all stick around for the ride! 

Of course the animals are oblivious to all the holiday craziness, and I envy them that. They just enjoy each day as much as the last - although everyone did get new toys, extra treats and, of course, lots of holiday love! 

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Merry Christmas from our Coop to Yours

From our coop to yours,