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20+ Ways to (Accidentally) Kill your Chickens

20+ Ways to (Accidentally) Kill your Chickens

Raising a flock of backyard chickens isn't difficult as long as you avoid these common pitfalls that can kill your chickens. My grandmother raised chickens almost her entire life and she always used to say that if a chicken could get stuck in it or under it or drown in it, they would. And also, everything wants to eat chicken. While it's true that it's important to ensure your chicken area is free from hazards, it's not hard to keep your chickens alive as long as you avoid these common ways to accidentally kill your chickens

Lemony Egg Salad Sandwiches with Basil Walnut Pesto and Avocado

Egg salad sandwiches are the perfect lunch when you have extra hard-boiled eggs. I love to add avocado and pesto to my lemony egg salad sandwich recipe to make it extra special.   I love plain hard-boiled eggs as  a quick lunchtime snack, but when I have a little extra time, this is my go-to egg salad recipe.  You can absolutely eat it right from the bowl, or sandwich it with some homemade basil walnut pesto (recipe below) sliced avocado, and leafy greens between two slices of bread for a more hearty lunch. Lemony Egg Salad Sandwiches with Basil Walnut Pesto and Avocado Makes 2 sandwiches. 4 hard cooked eggs, cooled and peeled 1/4 cup mayonnaise ( homemade or store bought)  Juice from half a lemon (about 1 tablespoon) Zest from half a lemon (about 1/2 tablespoon), reserve some for garnish 1/4 cup diced celery 1 tablespoon sliced scallions 4 slices of bread (I like to use whole wheat or multi-grain) Basil walnut pesto Avocado, thinly sliced  Leafy greens (such as spinach, lettuce, or c

Deviled Eggs with "Caviar" and Creme Fraiche

These upscale-looking deviled eggs use balsamic pearls as the “caviar” on top that pop with a burst of flavor in each bite.  My deviled eggs only look expensive. By substituting balsamic pearls for caviar, I've turned them into a more budget-friendly appetizer that still looks so elegant and is sure to wow.

How to Build a Chick Brooder Box From One Sheet of Plywood

Everything a mother hen needs in this functional and roomy chick brooder box built from just one sheet of plywood. Spring is just around the corner, and that means chick season is almost upon us!  Your new baby chicks will need a nice safe, secure place to spend the first few weeks of their life, and I've got the plans for this super economical Brooder Box designed by Kelsey from Green Willow Homestead .

Double Chocolate Chunk Marzipan Cookies with Pecans

Give your basic chocolate chip cookies a "glow up" by adding chunks of white chocolate, pecans, and  marzipan. If you're tired of your basic chocolate chip cookie recipe, you might just want to give this one a try!  To my standard recipe, I've added white chocolate chunks, chopped pecans and chunks of marzipan.

How Much Does it Cost to Get Started Raising Backyard Chickens?

Thinking about getting started with a small flock of backyard chickens? Here's how much you can expect to spend. You might be considering getting started with backyard chickens and wonder exactly how much it will cost you to get started.  In the past, I've talked about whether raising your own chickens for eggs is economical or not, but today I thought I would outline the typical start-up costs for a small backyard flock of 5 or 6 chickens.

Why Do my Hard-Boiled Eggs Have a Green Ring around the Yolk?

That greenish-gray ring around an egg yolk is not attractive, but what is it, and is it safe to eat? One of the most common questions I get about cooking eggs is about the green ring around the yolk that sometimes happens when eggs are hard boiled. It's certainly not pretty, and not something you want to see when you're making hard-boiled eggs, deviled eggs , or egg salad, but what exactly is it?  What causes the green ring?  And is it safe to eat?

Creamy Orange Posset

Orange posset is a simple dessert requiring no baking and only a few ingredients, but it packs a beautiful punch of flavor. I could be wrong, but I'm guessing that you have never heard of posset. I never had until I recently stumbled across an Instagram reel and saw how simple it was to make. 

What Do Backyard Geese Eat in the Winter?

When grass is scarce, backyard geese need alternative food sources to thrive. As long as geese are given access to fresh grass , they can live very happily on all the grass and weeds they can eat.  But what happens when snow covers the ground or all the grass is dead?

Scandinavian Glögg Spiced Mulled Wine

Glögg is a traditional Scandinavian spiced mulled wine that is typically enjoyed during the long, cold winter evenings. Glögg, or gløgg, is a spiced mulled wine that is enjoyed in the Nordic countries of Finland, Norway, Denmark, Iceland and Sweden, but is especially popular in Sweden. 

How to Poach the Perfect Egg

Are you slightly intimidated by the idea of poaching eggs? It can be tricky, but I have a couple of tricks up my sleeve that will have you poaching eggs like a pro in no time. Poached eggs can be a delicious meal on their own, but they're also the foundation of my favorite breakfast dish - Eggs Benedict.  But that's certainly not the only recipe that calls for a poached egg, so it's a good technique to have in your repertoire.