Caring for Chickens in Extreme Weather

Iowa in WinterWinter in Iowa

Lessons from the Polar Vortex

There’s nothing like an extreme weather event to get you rethinking your chicken-keeping practices.

The polar vortex event that hit the Midwest in late January sure had me rethinking mine. I spent a week trying to keep my small flock of chickens alive during record low temperatures and insanely wicked wind chills. Fortunately, we all survived. And I learned a… Continue reading

A Frugal Homesteading Giveaway!

A Frugal Homesteading Giveaway!

Frugal Homesteader Giveaway

Would you like to live more frugally?

Homesteading, whether on a rural farm or in an urban townhouse, is about living a more self-sufficient, sustainable lifestyle. And knowing how to save money is one of the keys for homesteading success.

I’ve previously shared some of my favorite tips for saving money by recycling stuff you… Continue reading

Meet the New Girl: Bernice

There’s a new girl in the flock!

New Hampshire Red hen

Bernice

Those of you who follow my Facebook page may have seen my post announcing the addition of a new chicken to the Counting My Hens flock. Bernice came home with me on Monday. This is her story.

Background

Bernice came… Continue reading

Cucumbers Prepared Five Ways

Cucumbers and More Cucumbers

As many gardeners have come to learn, one cucumber plant can go a long way. Are you harvesting a lot of cucumbers from your garden this time of year? Maybe you are getting a bunch in your weekly CSA box. If you are looking for more creative ways to use cucumbers than just slicing them into a… Continue reading

The Best Coleslaw Recipe

Best coleslaw recipe

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Coleslaw is one of those dishes that seems to be on every summer potluck menu. And since I have a knack for growing big, beautiful heads of cabbage, I’m usually the one bringing coleslaw to my summer… Continue reading

Quinoa and Vegetable Stew

quinoa and vegetable stew

Quinoa and Vegetable Stew

It’s that time of year. The 2017 garden is well underway. In fact, we’ve been eating spinach and lettuce out of the garden since March. But I have plenty of leftovers from the 2016 garden remaining in my freezer and pantry. And I’m still working on the tomatoes… Continue reading