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They Hatched! Mama Hen & her Chicks

They Hatched!  Mama Hen & her Chicks

“He will cover you with his pinions, and under his wings you will find refuge” –Psalm 92:4

In my last post I shared about searching for eggs in the hay, discovering a hen with a nest, and deciding to let her try and hatch her eggs. The next day, I peeked under her feathers and found the black eyes of a fluffy, yellow chick peering back at me! How exciting! They were actually hatching! The thought of it made me walk around with a smile on my face all day. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on March 11, 2017 in Farm Life

 

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Egg Hunts–Not Just for Easter Anymore!

Egg Hunts–Not Just for Easter Anymore!

“The only thing that ever sat its way to success was a hen”–Sarah Brownimag0094

My mom grew up on a farm and would tell me about how one of her childhood jobs was to climb up into the hay in the barn and find the eggs that the chickens hid there. Having mice and snakes surprise her was sometimes just too much and she would quietly refuse to perform her egg-collecting duties.  But eventually a mother hen would come proudly strutting along with her chicks in tow and Mom’s neglect would be discovered. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on February 25, 2017 in Farm Life

 

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No More Dry Turkey: How to have a moist, mouth-watering bird on Thanksgiving Day

No More Dry Turkey: How to have a moist, mouth-watering bird on Thanksgiving Day

“That’s the ultimate goal of most turkey recipes: to create a great skin and stuffing to hide the fact that turkey meat, in its cooked state, is dry and flavorless. Does it have to be that way? No.”
—Alton Brown

Everyone knows that the traditional main course to eat on Thanksgiving is a turkey.  But I didn’t grow up that way because my dad hates turkey. We enjoyed a ham, instead.  Why does he despise all things turkey?  Because it often is so dry and hard to swallow.  Turkeys can cost a lot of money to buy, especially if you get one that’s been raised organically or the like, so it’s a shame when it comes out of the oven just being okay.   Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on November 13, 2016 in Farm Life, Nutrition

 

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Why I Love Square Foot Gardening

Why I Love Square Foot Gardening

In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt.
–Margaret Atwood

When we first moved to our acreage, a friend gave me a pile of books to peruse, and one of them was The All New Square Foot Gardening Book, by Mel Bartholomew.  I read it.  It made sense.  We built our square foot garden. So what’s so different about this method than the standard garden, and why is it so great?  Good questions! Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on April 10, 2016 in Farm Life

 

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Of Rooster Dude and Ninja Chicken

Of Rooster Dude and Ninja Chicken

Three things are stately in their tread;
four are stately in their stride
:

the lion, which is mightiest among beasts
and does not turn back before any;
the strutting rooster, the he-goat,
and a king whose army is with him.

–Prov. 30:29-31–

In our first batch of chickens, we had 4 roosters. Our poor hens soon became frazzled with so much attention, so when butchering time came for the meat chickens, 3 roosters got cut (literally). Only Rooster Dude remained, king of the hens, and quite handsome, indeed.

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Posted by on March 8, 2015 in Farm Life

 

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Starting Your Own Sweet Potato Slips

Starting Your Own Sweet Potato Slips

“The wise gardener anticipates June in January.”  –Unknown

We had such success last year with our sweet potatoes (see Sweet Potato Surprise) that we decided to try them again this year.  But this time, we wanted to grow even the slips ourselves.  After some internet research, we had a plan. Molly even decided to make it into a 4-H project, so we documented it well. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on October 26, 2014 in Farm Life

 

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Growing Greens

Growing Greens

“Life expectancy would grow by leaps and bounds if green vegetables smelled as good as bacon.”
Doug Larson

When we expanded our garden this year, I knew I wanted a greens bed. When I read about important vitamins and minerals, almost every article says, ‘Found in dark, leafy greens.” And buying organic greens in the store isn’t cheap for a family of six, so I was excited to see what we could do on our own.

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Posted by on August 31, 2014 in Farm Life

 

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