Friday, January 5, 2018

Farm Photo Friday (January 5, 2018)


Welcome to the first Farm Photo Friday of 2018!


It has been extremely cold, yet beautiful!


I love winter and snow!  The sparkling snow can make even the ordinary look exquisite.


Although beautiful, the frigid temps and wind chills have meant extra care for our farm animals, and all are doing fine. 




The chickens have a cozy coop, plenty of straw, food, water, and even some wood ash for dust bathing.




I usually have at least one barn cat 'help' me with the morning chores.




The creek is frozen and covered with snow.
Sometimes my body wishes it was younger so I could go ice skating, like I did when I was a kid.
I have fond memories of skating on ponds and creeks with my brother and cousins.


We have enjoyed some of our garden harvest this winter...


...and plenty of farm-to-table and woods-to-table meals.

Stay cozy friends, and enjoy the beauty that everyday offers!


Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Easy Homemade Electrolytes For Chickens


Brr, it's cold! 

Many have been experiencing extremely cold temperatures along with wind chills recently.  For us chicken keepers, that means extra care for our flock.

Frostbite or other illnesses can happen this time of year when the temperatures are so frigid and combined with moisture/dampness.  And although the summer heat is the most common reason a chicken may need to re-hydrate, this cold weather may also cause reason to re-balance the loss of minerals or simply give a chicken the boost it may need.



Electrolyte drinks can help a chicken when needed.  There is no need to run to the pet or feed store to buy some...with ingredients you most likely have on hand, you can make your own.  To get the easy homemade electrolyte recipe and learn more about using electrolytes, click HERE.

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Home Made Eggnog


I am sooooooooo excited to share this with you!


Home Made Eggnog y'all!
Home.Made.Eggnog.


Rich aaaaand thick...  this stuff is good!

My Dad and I are the only ones in our family that like eggnog, so I guess that's why I have only been exposed to the stuff you buy in a carton.  Now, don't get me wrong, the stuff in the carton is good, but I was curious...

...curious to know what homemade eggnog tasted like.  So I looked up some recipes, found ones that were fairly simple to make, tweaked just a tad, and BAM!  Homemade egg not is good   great   fabulous   OUTSTANDING!

Our ladies (also known as chickens to some people) have finally started laying eggs again, so I thank them for their part in this recipe.


Although not necessary, I used fresh nutmeg for this and may I just add...it smells amazing!


Because this recipe makes one quart, of course I put it in a mason jar.  Ahem, this will make a neat little gift. ;-)



















Home Made Eggnog
6 egg yolks
1/2 cup sugar
2 cups milk
1 cup heavy cream
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

1.  In a medium bowl, whisk the egg yolks and sugar together.
2.  In a saucepan, over medium-high heat, combine the milk, cream, and nutmeg.  Stirring often, bring the mixture to a simmer.  Do not boil.
3.  Mix a big spoonful of the hot milk mixture into the egg mixture.  Repeat a couple more times to  temper the eggs.
4.  Once tempered, pour the egg mixture into the the milk mixture that is left in the saucepan.
5.  Continually whisk for a few minutes, heating through. 
6.  Remove from heat and stir in the vanilla.
7.  Pour the eggnog into a covered container and refrigerate until chilled.  It will thicken as it cools.
8.  Serve with a sprinkling of nutmeg on top, if desired.


* Also shared at CommunityChickens.com *


Monday, December 18, 2017

Christmas Mantel 2017


And the stockings were hung by the chimney with care.


Although my Christmas mantle is simple this year, there is exciting news...


I hung Christmas stockings on the mantel for the first time...


...and they haven't caught fire yet!


Even without a fire, it is a cozy little spot that we all enjoy!

Merry Christmas!



You may also like:

2016 Christmas Mantel

2015 Christmas Mantel

2014 Christmas Mantel

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Winter Planning With Chickens


Although just a dusting, the snow seemed to make everything more beautiful!  I don't think the little chickens shared my enthusiasm though.  Just look at them talking about 'that white stuff'.  Funny girls!

Before the snow fell this year, we did some preparation for our flock.  Click HERE to read my article at Community Chickens.

Monday, November 27, 2017

Adventures in Raising Turkeys and Thanksgiving in New York City


Did the title make you turn your head and say "what?!?!?"

It guess it proves that my husband is right... You can take the girl out of the country, but you can't take the country out of the girl!

While recently traveling home from New York City, I received an e-mail pertaining to my 2015 article about raising turkeys for our holiday meal.  I had to chuckle when I thought about what I had just experienced...Thanksgiving dinner at Hard Rock cafe in New York City!

For the first time in my life, I didn't celebrate Thanksgiving at a family table.  This year we were in New York for the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.  No homemade food, and certainly no homegrown turkey this year.


We did however have a traditional American Thanksgiving meal of turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, green beans, cranberry sauce, and pie.

It was delicious!  And fun!  YOLO! (You Only Live Once)


You can read about our turkey experience HERE.  It was a challenge, to say the least, raising that turkey for a true farm to table experience.  An adventure that included a crazy turkey and a cow friend.

Life is an adventure...do something today that makes you laugh!
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