Quick and Creamy Broccoli Soup

Who doesn't love broccoli soup? I know we do! This is a quick and easy recipe that I am sure
you will use time and again. We use it year round, lunch and dinner.  It is so versatile. From
a beautiful tea time luncheon, to a comforting dinner on a cold evening, this broccoli soup
is a keeper.


2 c. chopped fresh broccoli, or 1 (10 oz.) pkg. frozen chopped broccoli
1 can (14 oz.) chicken broth
1 can (10 3/4 oz.) cream of mushroom soup (I use cream of chicken)
1 1/2 c. milk
2 tbsp. butter or margarine
1/8 t. pepper
1 c. shredded cheddar cheese

Cook broccoli in chicken broth in a large saucepan. Add mushroom (or cream of chicken) soup,
milk, margarine and pepper. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until thoroughly heated.
Add cheese. Serve immediately. 
We like to garnish the top with additional shredded cheese!
Yield: about 4 cups.

One added note. This freezes well, so you can double the recipe and freeze some.
Hope you like it!


We got a baby bunny for Easter! Now what? A.K.A. Bringing Home Bunny

 Easter is over, and you are now the proud owner of an Easter bunny that should live to be around ten years old! Notice, I said you are 
a proud owner of a bunny, not your child.
That cute, little ball of fur is going to need as much love, care and attention as any other pet.
I am going to give you a quick run down of the most important things to learn about your new bunny, and show you the products that I use to care for my sweet bunnies.

Give-a-Way from Rainbow Mealworms

We are so excited to be announcing a give-a-way from our new sponsor Rainbow Mealworms! There will be five ways to enter this give-a-way, and there will be three winners! What will you win? 

Rainbow Mealworms has generously agreed to give this chicken sampler pack to three lucky winners!
Want to learn about the benefits of feeding your flock live mealworms? Click here

Can't wait to see if you win? In addition to the give-a-way, Rainbow Mealworms is
generously given followers of Happy Days Farm a 10% discount on their entire order! 
Just use the code: HappyDays10

Whole Oats versus Rolled Oats

Have you ever stood in Tractor Supply, staring at the bag of oats, and wondered which to buy?
First of all, a grain kernel is also called a groat.

Easy Meatloaf Monday

Did someone say meatloaf?  Everyone knows how to make meatloaf, right?
Here is an easy recipe you might want to try.  I have been making it for years.
My momma taught me how. If momma made it, it's got to be good. Wouldn't
you agree?

Helping a weak chick!

 This little lady is my sweet Bella. She is a precious little hen, and has been special since she was 2 days old. I didn't pick her when I went to the farm store that day. The man who owns the store was holding her saying she was basically dead. She had been trampled by the others because she was too weak to stand up. He was about to toss her when he asked if I wanted to take her for free. He said she would be dead in about an hour, but I could try. I have a soft spot for injured or 'special' animals.  I have two rescue bunnies, a blind cat, guineas without toes, have nursed baby blue birds, squirrels, and now a tiny little chick. I am not sure if she had wry neck, or if she was just really injured from being trampled, but she stayed on that basket you see in the photo, with her little neck stretched out for about three days before I saw any real signs of life. I forced her to eat a little with a dropper, and I dropped some water on the tip of her beak. She stayed with me constantly. As you can tell the first few images were at my office.  Slowly, she began to improve. I would scramble an egg every day to give her some extra protein.  But, what appears to have made the biggest difference in her little life, was a combination of chick feed, in which I added a little warm water to create mash, and a dropper of Poly-Vi-Sol. Now, I have since learned that the treatment for wry neck can be adding Vitamin E, which the Poly-Vi-Sol has. However, since I didn't know for sure that this was what she had, I assume the vitamins either treated that, or strengthened her enough for her to begin eating on her own after a week.

Re-Purposing a Wooden Crate into a Nesting Box

There are lots of times, when we find the hens fighting over a single nesting box. We picked up a really nice wooden crate at a antique store, and decided to re-purpose it into an extra nesting box. The only other purchase we made was some burlap material and brass thumb tacks. 

Step 1: We measured and cut material for four sides, and the bottom.
Step 2: Using the thumb tacks and a hammer, we secured them to the sides.
Step 3: We measured the front opening, and added several inches to create front curtain.
Step 4: Then we added gathers and nailed front curtain into place- used twine as tie backs.
Finally, we added some pine shavings and nesting box herbs.
 With our hot, southern summers, the girls will appreciate a private box that is not in the roosting area, which tends to get very hot during the day.

If you want to learn more about reasons to use nesting box curtains, as well as some design ideas, 
make sure to visit:

Here are some of the products we used in this project.
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