Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Easy Blueberry Jam

"I shared with you my 4-Ingredient Strawberry Apricot Jam recipe last week and today I’ll show you a quick and easy Blueberry Jam recipe. Again no food preservatives, pectin or any other artificial flavors and colors are needed… just 3 ingredients!"

Monday, August 18, 2014

Mini Frittatas

"The ladies have been laying well the past month – I’m regularly getting 8-9 eggs per day.  Since we were having six people over for Sunday supper I thought I’d make something with the eggs for an appetizer. My first idea was to make a frittata and cut it into small squares, but then decided to go buy a mini-muffin pan and make it a little fancier."

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Coccidiosis - An Unfortunate but Common Problem

"This season, I have had an overwhelming amount of questions about Coccidiosis, cocci as it's commonly called.  I also spoke with our state veterinarian and several trusted breeder friends who agreed that this was the worst season in years of cocci outbreaks.  There have been rampant strains, likely due to the wet winter and hot, humid summer.  I wrote this blog post to provide a one-stop shop of information that breaks it down to the basics of what it is, how to do your best to avoid an outbreak, and treatment.  It is likely that all chicken keepers, breeders, hobbyists who do this for long enough, will eventually deal with a bout of cocci.  It's always best to be prepared."

Saturday, August 16, 2014

International Can-It-Forward Day Live Webcast!

Are They Feeling the Heat? Cool Their Feet!

"We get blazing hot summers here in Central California. Even in the mountains we go over 100F. I'm not the first to talk about ways to keep your flock cool, there are many ways. The important thing to remember is to do these things. Our chickens, and other animals, don't have the convenience of air conditioning. Chickens can die from heat stroke very easy. Put weather in the 90's coupled with no shade, no water and no relief and you have a sure way to lose members of your flock and/or see a huge decrease in egg laying.

I found a lot of ways to keep my flock cool. Cool or frozen treats consisting of fruit and veggies, misters, frozen bottles and jugs of water for them lay against, ice or frozen water bottles in their water containers and so on. This year, I got a little frustrated with some of the flock because nothing I did seem to really help them especially the darker feathered birds."


Friday, August 15, 2014

Brine Cured Dilly Beans

"Brine curing doesn’t have to be done in your fridge, you can use a crock or glass bowl on your counter. This is how people made pickles in the old days. They didn’t have refrigeration and canning wasn’t common until the early 1900′s. A large crock was kept in a cool place and pickles were dipped out for meals and more veggies were added as the harvest allowed. Many people these days are interested in learning to preserve their own food to save money and become more self reliant. Who knows, someday we might need to relearn the skills our ancestors took for granted."


Thursday, August 14, 2014

Ball Canning International Can-It-Forward Day and Giveaway!

Contest is at the bottom!
It's no secret that we can every year. We have a large garden and we can almost everything. Tomatoes, pickles, jams, jellies, relish.. you name it! We have 100+ Ball canning jars that we use every year so we were excited to be given this opportunity to share some of their products with you.

This year International Can-It-Forward day will be hosted by the judge of Bravo’s Top Chef Hugh Acheson. On August 16th there will be a Live Webcast. Some of the events of the day include: