Homemade Lemon Curd

September 30, 2012

I am always on the look out for easy, delicious recipes using our fresh eggs.  I love lemon curd, and of course anything homemade with fresh eggs is going to taste the best. I had never tried making curd before, but was surprised that the technique is very similar to making Hollandaise sauce in that you use a double boiler and there are just four basic ingredients. And the neat thing is that you can use lemons, limes, grapefruit or oranges for a bit of variety or depending on what you have on hand - using the same basic recipe.

A Week in Farm Photos - Sept 23rd -29th

September 29, 2012

The ten best photos from the previous week around our farm. Enjoy!

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Nest Eggs

September 25, 2012

As the days grow shorter and the chill of autumn is in the air, the nesting instinct grows stronger. Nesting. It literally means creating a safe and comfy place for those you love. 

Make your own Homemade Apple Cider Vinegar

September 23, 2012

Did you know that you can make your own apple cider vinegar pretty easily and very inexpensively, with just some apple peels and cores and water...and a bit of patience? I didn't know either until I started doing a bit of research.

A Week in Farm Photos - Sept 16th - 22nd

September 22, 2012

Shhh.....listen to this week's photos, I hope each one 'speaks' to you!

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Signs of Fall on the Farm

September 21, 2012

We know it's fall by looking at the calendar, but here in southeastern Virginia it can go either way temperature-wise. Sometimes the heat of summer continues well into October, while other years it's like Mother Nature flipped a switch and we are dragging out our heavy sweaters and turning on the heat just after Labor Day.

Canning 101: Easy Raspberry Jam my First Foray into Preserves

September 18, 2012

Learning how to can and make preserves had been on my bucket list for ages.  So I finally worked up the nerve this past month to gave it a whirl. Much to my surprise, it's a lot easier than I thought and SO satisfying to see the finished product and hear those jar tops pop.  

A Week in Farm Pictures - Sept 9th - 15th

September 15, 2012

No words necessary...

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Feather Loss in Chickens - Causes and Prevention Methods

September 12, 2012

It seems that most of the time our run is littered with feathers.  Sometimes it looks like a giant pillow fight went on.  Other times I literally do a headcount to be sure all our chickens and ducks are accounted for because it looks like a mass predator attack occurred.  But in reality, it is just a normal cycle of feather growth, loss and renewal.

How to Grow your Own Garlic (it's easy!)

September 11, 2012

I had been wanting to try growing my own garlic for some time. Not only do I cook regularly with fresh garlic and we eat a lot of it ourselves, I also supplement our chickens' diet with fresh minced garlic as well as add whole cloves to their water.  So we go through quite a bit of garlic.

A Week in Pictures - Sept 2 through 8th

September 8, 2012

Home of the new weekly 'A Farm Photo Speaks a Thousand Words' series.

 Here are my best 10,000 words for this past week:

Apple Treats for Chickens

September 6, 2012

It's apple season! Local apples are plentiful at farmer's markets, in the grocery store and if you're lucky, on the trees on your property. We feed our horses the apples from our trees when we can and store-bought apples other times of the year, and when we have extras, I like to treat the chickens with fun apple treats.

Getting to the Root of It - Feeding Root Vegetables to your Chickens

September 3, 2012

Autumn is the season for root vegetables. I love growing things underground because they are the one crop the rabbits don't eat from our garden and they are largely protected from insect damage also.

A Week in Farm Pictures - Aug 26th to Sept 1st

September 1, 2012

Sometimes a picture does speak a thousand words, especially when it's a farm photo. Here are my best 10,000 words from the past week to kick off a new weekly post entitled "A Farm Photo Speaks a Thousand Words".

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