In March we got our first round of 4 baby chicks and I have been (impatiently) waiting for them to start laying (well 3 of them..... one ended up being a rooster). It's so exciting to think about the day you go out to the coop to discover an egg! But I had no clue what to expect from these ladies since I am a new chicken owner. CHICKEN NEWBIE TIP: If you are new to backyard chickens please check out The Chicken Chicks blog. She is so knowledgeable, has great advice and ... Read More about Signs Your Chicken Is Ready To Start Laying
My son recently turned 6 and like many kids wanted a Star Wars themed birthday party. I found tons of ideas on Pinterest (or course)! But it was a little overwhelming to decide. Hopefully this post will help make your next Star Wars party go a littler easier. Star Wars Party Favors There are many cute Star Wars favor ideas. My favorite was the bubble wand lightsaber idea from The Contemplative Creative. They were very easy to make and the kids loved them! Tip: Make sure to use ... Read More about Star Wars Party With Lightsaber Party Favors
We are a very patriotic family and love a good 4th of July party. My husband served in the Navy for 20 years and that alone will give any family great pride for our country. But both of our families are extremely patriotic as well and we were both influenced by that growing up. We also try very hard to instill that in our son. He learned to salute the flag at a very early age and his favorite part of school is saying the Pledge of Allegiance. We are having a few neighbors over ... Read More about 4th of July Party – Patriotic Food and Decor Ideas
One of the challenges I faced after getting our baby chicks is the issue of having a chick brooder heat lamp inside our home. They can be quite dangerous. My neighbors use their garage but we do not have a garage (or a barn) so our only option is keeping the chick brooder inside. And even in a garage or barn, the heat lamp can be quite dangerous! I spent many hours researching alternative options. If you know you are going to be raising baby chicks every spring there are a few good ... Read More about Chick Brooder Heat lamp Alternative
I came across this recipe a few weeks ago on the NY Times cooking website. We love it! It's a simple recipe that is packed with flavor. You saute the Brussels sprouts in the drippings from the sausage (I also recommend trying them sauteed in bacon grease too - AMAZING!). Tossing the Brussels sprouts and Italian sausage with red onion (pickled with red wine vinegar) helps keep the flavor of the dish light and not too rich. This recipe is great for a quick weeknight dinner! If you ... Read More about Brussels Sprouts and Italian Sausage
The other day I wanted to do something different for lunch (different for my family at least!). I was going through my pantry and fridge and realized that I had everything to make a delicious batch of sheet pan nachos. I think I made this weekly when I was in college. The only thing that takes time while prepping is browning the meat so it's very easy to whip up as an appetizer or snack for hungry tummies. ... Read More about Sheet Pan Nachos
We are a family that loves hot and crispy chicken tenders. Everyone does right?? The crunch, the salt, and all the dips. Be still my heart. :) And the trendy air fryer has made it easier to get a lovely fried chicken tender without all of the grease and fat. ... Read More about Air Fryer Chicken Tenders
For some, the Coronavirus pandemic is creating chaos and boredom from being stuck at home. (Believe me - I get that!!) But for others, it is inspiring creativity, family time and some form of homesteading. One of the biggest trends right now is backyard chickens and DIY chicken coops. ... Read More about Backyard Chicken Coops – Free plans!
I am obsessed with English muffins. I love making ANY hot sandwich with them but they are also amazing with plain ol' butter or some cream cheese. There's nothing like smelling an English muffin cooking in the toaster. Simply heaven. But I'm also trying to lose a bit of weight. Enter 90 Second Bread..... ... Read More about Low Carb Keto 90 Second Bread
This delicious sweet beer bread recipe uses only 6 ingredients - and all kitchen staples! ... Read More about Sweet Beer Bread – No yeast!