Author: Cheri

Creamy Italian Salad

Every once in a while I have to make something in a pinch, like for an impromptu family gathering or a funeral luncheon.  Sometimes I have no idea what I’m going to make until I’m in the grocery store looking…

Bee Fun Friday!

Two special announcements today!  The first is that our two new bee hives arrived this week.  The pick up and transfer went well, and the day after their arrival I inspected both of them and was able to find the…

Spring Hive Inspection

Ahhh, spring has arrived!  Flowers are starting to open up, trees are budding, and the bees are buzzing!  A few weeks ago we went out to our only surviving hive and removed the insulated cover and sugar feeder remains (mountain…

Wing Clipping

“Dang, foiled again.” …is probably what my hens are muttering today.  Three of them were letting themselves in and out of the chicken run every day by flying over the gate.  I guess the grass really is greener on the…

Spill-proof Chicken Waterer

If you have any experience at all with raising chicks in a brooder, you are probably familiar with the messes the little darlings make — spilled food, spilled water, dust everywhere, etc.  I don’t claim to have all the solutions,…

New Camera! And Homemade Chocolate Shell Topping

After posting a teaser about this announcement on Facebook a couple weeks ago, we spiraled into a series of technical difficulties that delayed this post for WAY too long.  I probably grew a few extra gray hairs, too.  Anyhow, I’m…

Chick Pen Grand Tour

The chicks are here!  A few days ago, we picked up some super-cute chicks and we didn’t even need any good pick-up lines.  We brought them back to the crib…literally.  No need to go buy some fancy shmancy brooding thingy…

Winter Corn Harvest…sort of…

Yes, it’s still winter.  Still very snowy.  Still very cold.  And I’m elbow-deep in corn.  Last summer, our corn did fantastic, but we had a bag full of corn that was too ripe for eating, so I decided to just…

Trips & Treasures

Usually February is a real drag.  I’m growing tired of the snow and cold, I’m feeling the effects of having little to no sunshine, and watching the ceiling for signs of ice dam leakage.  But this year, two long trips…

Winter Hive Inspection

Winter hive inspections can be a little dicey for a couple of reasons.  You never know when you’re going to get the opportunity because of the weather.  It has to be warm enough (40 degrees or higher) or the bees…

Tailgate Sandwiches

The first time I had one of these sandwiches, I was at my grandparents’ house and had just finished up some yard work I was helping them with.  Grandma invited me to have lunch with them and she served up…

Easy Automatic Chicken Feeder

It’s official.  We have outgrown our small, homemade chicken feeder.  It has served us (and our hens) well, but it’s time to upgrade to something bigger.  If you would like simple instructions for the ice cream bucket version, click HERE.…