Egg Avocado Toast with Fresh Herbs

August 7, 2018

Let me just preface this by saying I know I'm really late to the avocado toast game. Like really really late. I get that. Like my 70ish year old Mom eats avocado toast. And she's not even on Pinterest. So I apologize for not being more on trend here, but I just had to share! And since I'm going to be in LA new week which is like the epicenter of all things avocado, I thought sharing this recipe today was apropos!

Take a Peek at Our Week - July 29 to Aug 4

August 4, 2018

This week the heat and humidity continued (hello August!), so it was watermelon for everyone! Our berry bushes are still producing, so we've been picking and freezing as many berries as we can, egg production is still good, and the Littles are growing up (waaayyyy too fast!). 

I spent some time trying to reclaim the vegetable garden this week (as the condition of my fingernails will attest to!) and got a good portion weeded. There's still a lot of work to do, but at least you can see our tomato plants, pumpkin and sweet potato vines and corn now! And boy, did I feel "farmer-ish" this week! Welcome to summer in Maine! Enjoy this peek at our week.

DIY Chicken Coop Gel Hand Sanitizer Dispenser

July 31, 2018

While we may not want to believe it of our adorable fluffy butts in the backyard, salmonella can be transmitted from your backyard chickens to you and your family if proper precautions aren't taken.

Good practice is to assume that all chickens carry the salmonella bacteria. It actually is pretty common even in backyard chickens.  Healthy chickens can carry the bacteria in their intestines and not show symptoms, and even healthy humans can come in contact with salmonella and not become sickened.

Take a Peek at my Week - July 22 to 28

July 28, 2018

This was a glorious week here in Maine. Summer is in full swing. We have berries both wild and cultivated to pick, garlic to harvest, peas and other garden veggies coming up and of course lots of Littles growing up healthy and happy! I visited a local lavender farm with a friend this week and was excited to welcome News Center Maine to our farm to do a live segment one morning, but other than that, it was just a relaxing week at home. There was also a lot of plaid and gingham involved this week. Enjoy this peek at our week!

How to Plant a Strawberry Rhubarb Garden

July 24, 2018

I have always wanted a strawberry patch of my very own! So finally, after living here in Maine for almost three years, I decided it was time to plant strawberries. I knew I wanted it to be a raised bed to keep the strawberries elevated a bit to deter the snowshoe rabbits, toads, snakes and of course the chickens who all love to nibble on the sweet ripe fruit. 

Take a Peek at our Week - July 15 to 21

July 21, 2018

Ooops, I did it again! Since we had such a dismal hatch a week or so ago during the sudden heatwave, I just might have gotten some more chicks! I mean what was I to do?  I still had two broodies and really, really wanted some of the Ice Cream Bars (half Cream Legbar and half Isbar) from My Pet Chicken...

So yesterday morning, a peeping box arrived for me at the post office. Six active, healthy Littles. So that brings us up to a total of eight laying hens, one rooster, seven 7-week olds, one 2-week old, six day old chicks, plus eight ducks, four 7-week old ducklings, two dogs, a cat and a partridge in a pear tree.  

Just kidding about the partridge, although I did see a bunch of baby partridge in the driveway this morning on my way to Gray, Maine! They were cute. That's the first time I've seen partridge chicks.  After that chance encounter, I drive almost 2 hours south to spend a wonderful day at the Gray Public Library today participating in their Summer Author Series. 

I donated a copy of each of my books to the library director and was asked to sign a quilt square for a raffle they're having to raise money for the library. Other square have been signed by Tabitha and Stephen King, Tess Gerritsen, and other Maine authors, so that's pretty exciting! 

In other news this week, we started harvesting rhubarb, peas, wild blueberries and raspberries, and garlic as well. Despite having seriously neglected our garden, it's actually doing pretty well!  Enjoy this peek at our week.

The Rise of Natural Chicken Keeping

July 19, 2018

When we first started raising chickens back in 2009, I knew that I wanted to raise them naturally. That meant without using any chemicals or commercials medications - after all, we would be eating their eggs.

The whole point of starting a backyard flock (besides the fact that chickens make AWESOME pets and are super fun to watch and they love to sit on your lap!), was to know where our food was coming from and to know that it was as healthy as possible.

Why Do Chickens Bob Their Heads When They Walk?

July 17, 2018

Chickens, as well as pigeons, doves, cranes, magpie and quail among other birds, appear to bob their heads when they walk.

Some theories as to why they do this are to keep their balance or to provide depth perception, but most scientists agree that the real reason for why chickens bob their head when they walk is to maintain an acute sense of their surroundings.

Take a Peek at my Week - July 8 to 14

July 14, 2018

This week brought relief from the oppressive heat and humidity and Maine is back to being a great place to live! The days have been in the high 70s to low 80s and and the nights have been perfect for sleeping, in the 50s.
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