Elderberry Cold/Flu Syrup

Online Introductory Herbal Course

This past year, I received my certification from the Herbal Academy of New England. Along with this class, I received a booklet containing some great recipes for natural remedies. One of these remedies is the Elderberry Cold/Flu Syrup.

The Power of Pumpkin

This time of year we are surrounded by pumpkin. From pumpkin milkshakes, lattes, ravioli, soups, you name it, they will add pumpkin to it! But most people do not understand that the pumpkin is an extremely healthy food. In fact, pumpkin is on the list of one of the healthiest foods in the world.

Guineas Come Back Home

This past Mother's Day, one of our blue cochin hens hatched three little guinea eggs. They were
three orphaned eggs. Two of them found in a flower bed close to the chicken yard, and one
found alone in another bed beside the house. They weren't in a nest, but almost uncaringly
deposited as decoys or throw aways.  I say this, because the momma did indeed have a nest, which was in a carefully chosen hiding place far from these little orphan eggs. We had a broody hen at the time, so we gingerly placed the eggs in the nesting box underneath the surrogate mom. For more information on this, see The Trial on our blog. Twenty eight days later, these three little ones emerged into the world at which time I removed them from the nest and carried them to the house to place in a brooder box.
 

Fresh Eggs Daily Autographed Book Give-a-Way



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After reading many resource books about keeping chickens, Fresh Eggs Daily was a wonderful change. This book was beautifully written and photographed by author Lisa Steele. As an avid follower of her blog www.fresh-eggs-daily.com, we were thrilled when it was announced that her book was heading into its third printing!

Moss Mountain Farm



This past weekend Brittany and I had the opportunity to attend the Heritage Poultry workshop at P. Allen Smith's Moss Mountain Farm in Roland, Arkansas.  The farm is located about thirty minutes outside Little Rock and well worth the visit! We have regularly watched Allen's PBS shows and visiting the farm and meeting Allen made it all come to life! Moss Mountain Farm is picturesque, and as we leisurely toured and and lingered in the gardens, poultry palace and lawns,  I envisioned life as it would have been hundreds of years ago on an authentic working farm or plantation.

Easy Egg Salad

This is going to be a busy week at work, which means we will have to eat
at the desk! Brittany requested an egg salad sandwich, so this morning, before work,
I quickly prepared a batch for us.

This recipe is really easy and requires only five ingredients:
Eggs
Mayonnaise (we love Duke's)
Apple Cider Vinegar
Salt
Pepper

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