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.
Depending on where you buy your feed, you might get accurate information about what you should be feeding your chickens at various points in their life - or you might not. I remember being horrified early on, after having been told that Flock Raiser was perfect for our growing mixed flock of chickens and ducks and bringing home a bag, to find that it would have been perfect had we been planning on EATING our flock!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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)...
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.
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.