Just in time for summer recipes like egg, tuna or chicken salad and BLTs, I wanted to share with you a brilliant way to make your own homemade mayonnaise. Fast and easy, this recipe will knock your socks off. Trust me. It's so simple and literally takes about three minutes. All you need is a mason jar and an immersion blender....and fresh eggs of course!
This week Virginia (and lots of other places all over the country) suffered through heat indices well over 100 degrees and high humidity. What made it even worse for us here was that I was out of town, so all the farm chores fell to my husband in addition to his 'day job'. But he did an awesome job of making sure everyone had plenty of cool water in the morning before he left for work, and then cooling treats and fresh water when he got home each afternoon. He even had four broodies to deal with! But I came back home to greet everyone doing just fine, and even our gardens pulled through the difficult weather. Enjoy this peek at our week. And stay cool!
This week I had the pleasure of hosting Justin Rhodes, his family and film crew at our farm to film a segment for the upcoming Permaculture Chickens DVD due to come out this fall. They arrived at sun-up to capture morning chores on film and take advantage of the beautiful morning light, then we moved to the herb garden to chat about the benefits of using herbs in chicken keeping. Even the ducks got in on the action, maybe hoping for a sequel (Permaculture Ducks?!?!). The film crew even brought a drone and had it flying around capturing images and some of the action! The day ended with a Q&A session as I sat and answered some of the questions fans had sent in. Enjoy this peek at the photo shoot. And pre-order the Permaculture Chickens DVD at a 20% discount HERE.
Of course you want your chickens to be as happy as possible and you might wonder exactly what they need for happiness? The rules of thumb are just that - rules of thumb - more is always better of course, but here's a handy chart to pin or bookmark listing the essentials your backyard chickens need.
It might not technically be summer yet according to the calendar, but you couldn't prove it by the weather we had this past week in Virginia. Four days in a row in the mid-90s with heat indices near 100 degrees. The heat and humidity is just as hard on the animals, if not harder, than it is on us, so we made sure everyone had plenty of shade, cool water and tasty treats.
In between filling water buckets for the animals, I started knitting a new pair of socks and made some delicious blueberry ice cream. Despite, or maybe because of, the heat, our herb garden is flourishing and our berries bushes will soon be laden with juicy berries. I can't wait.
To try and beat the heat, we enjoyed a pitcher of homemade mojitos on the back patio last night because as we all know, mint naturally cools the body down. (p.s. the key to the perfect mojito is to add fresh mint leaves to your simple syrup as it's cooling.) Enjoy this peek at our week.
I love using repurposed items and turning something rusty and dented into something wonderful. This easy DIY project uses vintage metal match boxes that can be found at antique shops, yard sales or on amazon HERE for just a few dollars. I found two match boxes that were nearly identical, and would work perfectly to turn into a pair of matching grit and egg shell dispensers for my chickens.
You might have heard chatter lately that I'll be appearing on the new reality tv show Coop Dreams which will be airing this summer on Discovery's Destination America channel. Well, it's true - I was approached by the producers last winter, and unlike a few other reality shows that have been tossed my way, this show just smacked of good, clean (well except for some chicken poop and horse manure!) family fun.
After chatting back and forth with the producer for several months, my involvement was confirmed and contracts signed. So I flew to Indiana last Wednesday and just got back from filming an episode! Of course I wanted to share a sneak peek with you all!