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

Counting Chickens in Kauai

Counting Chickens in KauaiKauai, Hawaii’s “garden isle,” boasts natural wonders like few have ever seen – dramatic cliffs, gaping chasms, and a mountaintop crater that is the rainiest place in the world. Kauai’s lush forests and valleys hold rare plant species found nowhere else on the planet. And wildlife abounds.

Okay, nature lovers, don’t get too excited… Continue reading

Wildfire Prevention: How You Can Help


It’s wildfire season in many areas of the country.

Have you seen the devastating images on the web or on the news? The ones of burning wilderness, smoldering homes, and injured animals?

Counting My Chickens hit the road last month for an eight-state western adventure. Our travels took us to Yellowstone, Grand Teton, and Theodore Roosevelt National Parks… Continue reading

Get Outdoors and Discover the Forest!

Discover the Forest

Discover the Forest

The ninth annual National Get Outdoors Day is Saturday, June 11. While those of you who garden – like me – likely spend a lot of time outdoors already, National Get Outdoors Day is a great excuse to get out of the garden and go explore the world –… Continue reading

The Chopped Challenge Dinner Party: A Fun Winter Diversion

The Chopped Challenge Dinner Party

The topic of today’s blog post has nothing to do with chickens or gardening. Let’s face it, it’s January in Iowa and there’s nothing much going on outside. Instead, I am writing about a fun winter diversion that all of you foodies and slightly-competitive home cooks out there… Continue reading

My Top Five Blog Posts of 2015 (and a tribute to my mom)

A tribute to my mom

2015 was a year of highs and lows, the lowest of lows coming the day after Christmas when my mother passed away following a long battle with breast cancer. Mom was the woman who taught me my love of gardening, cooking, crafting, and birds (although not necessarily chickens, of which she had enough as a young girl helping to care for her own mother’s flock)… Continue reading