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Planting a (Nearly) Chicken-Proof Window Box

Planting a (Nearly) Chicken-Proof Window Box

It can be hard to grow flowers and other plants when you raise chickens, but I have some tips for chicken-proof flower gardening. Learn how to plant a (nearly) chicken-proof window box. Anyone who raises chickens learns quickly that chickens will pretty much destroy all your landscaping and gardens. They love to scratch up roots looking for seeds and bugs and nibble of flowers, vegetables and leaves.  But it's still possible to grow pretty flowers - if you use window boxes!

Warm Bacon and Eggs Breakfast Salad

Here's a warm, citrusy salad recipe from  The Fresh Eggs Daily Cookbook  that you're going to love. Warm Bacon and Eggs Breakfast Salad Bacon, eggs, toast, and orange juice—they’re what breakfast is made of! Transform typical breakfast ingredients into a hearty dinner salad by adding mixed greens and a citrusy dressing. If you have some slightly stale bread on hand, this is the perfect way to use it. The stove-top croutons add a satisfying crunch to this dish. You'll have extra bacon, but when has that ever been a problem? Makes 2 servings. Brown Sugar Maple Bacon  12 slices thick-sliced bacon 2/3 cup firmly packed brown sugar 1/3 cup maple syrup Freshly ground black pepper Homemade Buttered Croutons 3 tablespoons butter 2 cups cubed bread 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt Orange-Ginger Dressing 1 teaspoon grated orange peel 1/3 cup freshly squeezed orange juice 1 tablespoon champagne vinegar 2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil 1/2 teaspoon freshly grated ginger 1/8 teaspoon kosher s

9 Tips for Perfect Deviled Eggs

Your deviled eggs will be Instagram-worthy with these few simple tips. It's deviled egg season and there's nothing more frustrating than trying to get 12 perfectly formed, perfectly peeled egg white halves to fill with your favorite filling. Deviled eggs aren't difficult to make, but to achieve picture perfect deviled eggs, there are a few important things you should keep in mind. 

Lavender Honey Cupcakes with Vanilla Cream Cheese Frosting

Locally grown lavender and locally harvested honey make these cupcakes extra sweet. After visiting Moore Manor Lavender in nearby Newport, Maine to shoot an episode of my TV show Welcome to my Farm  a couple of years ago and talking with Peggy, the owner, about all the ways to use lavender in cooking and baking, I just knew I had to bake something with the culinary lavender I bought while we were there.

Seed Starting Tips for Beginners (and Everyone Else)

Use these simple seed starting tips for a more successful garden this summer. Whether you plan on getting a jump on the growing season by starting seeds indoors or you're planting your seeds right into the ground once the danger of frost has passed, using these simple tips will increase your odds of a higher germination rate and a more bountiful garden.

How Often Should You Collect Eggs from your Chicken Coop?

In addition to feeding your chickens and giving them fresh water daily, you'll also need to collect their eggs. But is once a day enough? You've successfully raised your flock from baby chicks to laying hens. You have experienced the immense joy and sense of satisfaction from collecting your first egg.  And now you're probably wondering, how often should you collect eggs from your chicken coop?

Don't Feed Guacamole to your Chickens!

There are lots of healthy chicken treats you can offer to your flock. However, guacamole isn't one of them. Chickens can ( and will! ) eat almost anything. As omnivores (meaning animals that obtain nutrients and energy from both plant and animal matter), chickens who are offered a wide variety of foods as treats will be happier and lay more nutritious, delicious eggs.

The Secret of How to Peel Fresh Hard-Boiled Eggs

There's a secret to perfectly peeled farm fresh eggs which are notoriously difficult to remove from their shells. Never boil your eggs again! Using my tips, you'll find that there's some "eggy magic" that happens, which makes removing the shells so easy ensuring that your eggs will peel perfectly. Every. Single. Time. I love hard-boiled eggs.  I like to keep a container of them in the fridge to grab throughout the day when I get hungry for a quick, nutritious - and delicious - snack or to make up a batch of deviled eggs. The one downside to farm  fresh eggs is how hard they are to peel.

Two-Ingredient Egg Chaffles

A "chaffle" is a two-ingredient egg and cheese waffle that contains no flour, baking powder or other ingredients, making them perfect for low carb or keto diets. I generally ignore stuff that goes viral on Tiktok or elsewhere on social media because, honestly, by the time I find out about it, it's already passe and the masses have moved onto the next latest and greatest trend. 

Adding Ducks to your Backyard Chicken Flock

Adding some ducks to your backyard chicken flock is as easy as just adding water! Well, not really. But it's not difficult at all, as long as you follow these tips. Since releasing my new cookbook, The Fresh Eggs Daily Cookbook , I've been receiving lots of questions about cooking and baking with duck eggs. I do discuss using duck eggs instead of chicken eggs in the cookbook - and explain how duck eggs are actually better for baking because of their higher fat content. 

The Fresh Eggs Daily Cookbook

The Fresh Eggs Daily Cookbook includes more than 100 fabulous recipes to use eggs in unexpected ways. The Fresh Eggs Daily Cookbook The Fresh Eggs Daily Cookbook  is out in the wild on bookstoreshelves everywhere (finally..... I'm SO excited for you all to see it!). Available at bookstores nationwide and even overseas, you can get a copy wherever you normally buy your books.  Whether you order from one of the larger chains online or your local library or favorite bookstore which can order you a copy if they don't have any on the shelf, I just hope you're as excited about this cookbook as I am! You'll never look at a fried egg the same way again!