Fall Chicken Culling

Which Chickens to Cull via Better Hens and Gardens

It's hard to believe, but Fall is almost here again and it's time to think about culling chickens to make room for the pullets that hatched in the spring.  Fall is the traditional time for culling (reducing flock size) because we don’t want to support non-productive birds through the winter, and we can look forward to homegrown chicken dinners all winter long.  The birds to consider culling are any excess roosters, … [Continue reading]

Giveaway & Review – Homestead Cooking with Carol: Bountiful Make-Ahead Meals

Homestead Cooking with Carol via Better Hens and Gardens

I'm excited to see that this book is out in the print version and that 3 of them are being given away! I really enjoyed this book for although it has recipes, it's more a guide on how to take the harvest (big or small), and preserve it in ways that make it easy to produce quick, wholesome meals all year-long.  Although our grandmothers or great-grandmothers (and those before them) knew all about doing this, the … [Continue reading]

Simple Saturdays Blog Hop #36!

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  Welcome to Simple Saturdays Blog Hop This blog hop is brought to you by a group of wonderful co-hosts committed to the Simple way of Life and learning to be Self Reliant in all they do.  Simple Saturdays Blog Hop is a way for each of us to share the various ways we are learning to be more Self Reliant in our homes and on our land. This is all about building community, learning new skills and growing more … [Continue reading]

From The Farm Blog Hop!

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Welcome back to the From the Farm Blog Hop! On to the blog hop - here are the favorite posts from last weeks hop: An InLinkz Link-up Let's get into the hop now! Congratulations! If you're a Favorite, please feel free to grab our button and display it proudly on your blog! Keep scrolling to enter this week’s party! Now, on to this week's party: 1. Link up to three of your best gardening or homesteading tips, … [Continue reading]

New Goat Addition – Calligraphy

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The Buttin'Heads dairy goat farm recently announced that they were dispersing most of the herd, after over 23 years of breeding Nigerian Dwarf goats. That was a sad thing to hear, particularly since their herd competes successfully at the National level and is located in Ohio.  Still, I've admired their goats for a long time, so I inquired as to whether any of those being dispersed were also … [Continue reading]

Fresh Cucumber and Onion Salad

Fresh Cucumber Salad - via Better Hens and Gardens

When we have cucumbers and onions coming out of the garden, this is practically a staple in our refrigerator.  Although it's quite simple, it's very refreshing and tastes a little like a "new pickle" to me.      When the cucumbers and onions are first sliced and go into the sugar, water, vinegar and dill mixture, they are firm and hard.  But, as they marinade, they soften while still retaining some … [Continue reading]

Sun-Dried Tomato Dip

Sun Dried Tomato Dip - via Better Hens and Gardens

We always use tomatoes from the garden to make our own sun-dried tomatoes, and this is a terrific dip for using those tomatoes.  It's one of my favorite dips for chips - but it's also good with crackers and veggies.  It's quick to make and the taste is light-years ahead of grocery store dips.        … [Continue reading]

Tequila Lime Grilled Chicken

Grilled Tequila Lime Chicken - via Better Hens and Gardens

  The flavors that are used to marinade these chicken breasts before being grilled just scream summer to me - tequila, lime, orange, chipotle and jalapeno chili!  And the chicken turns out so moist and flavorful (not too spicy) coming off the grill.  It's the perfect recipe for grilling out on a beautiful summer day.  It's wonderful paired with grilled corn on the cob, cool summer salads, and watermelon or … [Continue reading]

1st Honey Harvest 2014

How Honey's Harvested - via Better Hens and Gardens

We harvested the first Bramblestone Farm honey for 2014 last weekend, and it looks like it's going to be another good year.  We pulled 36 frames from the hives for extraction already, and there's a lot more where that came from. We used the same process this year as we did last year, except we had help from a young aspiring beekeeper (Charlie).  She's a natural with the bees, and it's nice to have a young helper who is … [Continue reading]

Making Goat Milk Butter (with a KitchenAid mixer)

Making Goat Butter with a Kitchenaid Mixer - via Better Hens and Gardens

I've read that you need a cream separator and butter churn to make goat milk butter, but we've come up with a method that doesn't require either of those pieces of equipment.  Instead, we manually separate the cream from the goat milk and use a KitchenAid mixer to churn the butter. It takes a few days, but the cream in the goat milk does separate and rise to the top of the jars we use for storing the milk; so we just spoon … [Continue reading]