Homesteading

Adding A Third Chicken Coop

A year goes by and you realize you are putting in a third chicken coop on the homestead. Chicken Math. It's real. We now have 15 hens and 1 rooster. The numbers slide up and down. We have lost a few to Bald Eagles, but then we adopt ones in that need new homes. Of… Continue reading Adding A Third Chicken Coop

Homesteading

Raising Chicks (and other fowl) Without Heat Lamps

I am scared of heat lamps. It's a slightly irrational fear, but based in truth. I have known far too many cases of chicken coops and barns burning down from heat lamps that fell. Every year something happens. It is horrifying to read about it. When we got our first baby ducklings we picked up… Continue reading Raising Chicks (and other fowl) Without Heat Lamps

Gardening · Homesteading

April: Garden Tasks and Planning

I find it interesting how many people say in April "I wanted a garden, but I missed the time to plant" and I am....no you haven't. In growing zones 7 to 8, we won't cross the last frost date till in April (for us it is April 15th). We have so much time left, if… Continue reading April: Garden Tasks and Planning

Recipes

Bread Baking: Bread Machine Mix

Make a single batch, or fill up a number of mason jars. Just grab, add the liquids and bread is on its way. It's nice sandwich bread, or serve it in chunks with a late winter soup. Bread Machine Mix Ingredients: 450 grams all-purpose or bread flour 2 Tbsp granulated sugar 1 Tbsp dry milk… Continue reading Bread Baking: Bread Machine Mix

Recipes

Spiced Baked Oatmeal

I originally made this recipe for my previous blog, Gazing In, a good 9 years ago. Kirk had mentioned he'd love this oatmeal again the other day. I went and got the recipe and was shocked at how much sugar was in it. So I reduced it considerably and found it was just perfect this… Continue reading Spiced Baked Oatmeal