Strawberry Hanging Basket!

Grow some strawberries easily in a hanging basket! May is such a fun time of year! The temperatures are starting to warm up, and garden prep is in full swing! We start to dream of fresh vegetables, and delicious strawberries! Over the last few years we have really found a love for different types of container gardening. From 5 gallon buckets to grow bags, we have quite the variety in our garden. Although we do have a large raised bed garden as well, the plants in our containers always seem to do so much better! There are a few plants that we found quickly we don’t have a ton of space for, and one of those plants is strawberries. We absolutely loved the idea of fresh grown ...

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Make-Ahead Duck Egg Omelets!

A quick and easy make-ahead breakfast! Spring is a busy time on the farm! Between gardening, cleaning, building, and incubating new flock friends, we are on the move quite a bit. During the Spring the chickens and ducks really ramp up their egg-laying! We have eggs both, duck and chicken, just about everywhere in the coop!  Duckie and Brownie Our ducks are excellent layers. We currently have 2 ducks that are laying, and recently added 3 more ducks to the flock. Duckie and Brownie believe that they rule the flock, and you better not get in the way of their treats!  Duckie, a White Crested Duck, was hand-raised by us, and has a big personality. Brownie, a Khaki Campbell duck, ...

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Perfect Pickled Eggs!

A Sweeter Take on Pickled Eggs! Today we are talking about pickled eggs. Wait, don't go! Poor pickled eggs sometimes don’t get any respect! With the proper recipe, pickled eggs can be such a great treat. We started making pickled eggs a few years ago when the chickens started laying a ton of eggs in the Spring. We tried a few different recipes, and some did not taste good at all. Some recipes had too much vinegar, and others just tasted plain yucky. We were determined to find the perfect recipe! As I usually end up doing I started to combine my favorite ingredients and make my own recipe. This recipe we finally found we just loved is actually called “Perfect Pickled Eggs” in my ...

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Ice Cream – From Bananas?!

Learn How To Make a Cool Treats Using Bananas! A quick scoop of ice cream is such a tasty treat. Ever get that taste for ice cream and realize you have no ice cream in your freezer? AH! Don’t worry though there is a quick treat you can make to satisfy your craving and all you need is bananas. Yes, bananas! Banana ice cream is the perfect treat! Banana ice cream is not a new recipe and there are many different ways to create your own banana ice cream! We are sharing our favorite way to make banana ice cream. Supplies Needed To get started all you need is 3-4 ripe bananas, 1-2 tablespoons of heavy whipping cream, a food processor (or blender), an ice cream maker (we are using our ...

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Tips for 3D Printed Cookie Cutters and Stamps!

Here are a few of our favorite tips! When we aren't busy with the farm, we are in the workshop creating fun 3D printed cookie cutters and stamps! A lot of our inspiration for the cookie cutters comes from our farm adventures. Here are some of our favorite tips for using 3D printed cookie cutters and stamps! Start with a Good Recipe and Keep it Cold! To get a good impression of your stamp into your cookie dough, you need to use a good rollout cookie recipe. There are many, many options out there for good recipes. The traditional Wilton Roll-Out Cookie recipe is a great start. The biggest tip is to make sure that whatever recipe you use, you chill the dough before cutting out your ...

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Vintage Inspired Bunny Cake!

A Traditional Bunny Cake, Fun and Easy to Make! Spring is such a fun time. Lots of gardening, hatching chicks on the farm, and baking for special spring get-togethers. After a long winter, it's fun to find fresh, fun desserts to make for your family and friends. A cake that immediately comes to mind when I think of Spring and Easter is the traditional bunny cake! This easy-to-make bunny cake was created and popular in the 1970s and continues to be a cake that many still make today. The original cake was decorated using shredded coconut. There are now many different variations of this cake. My Grandma and Mom both have their own special ways of making a bunny cake, and here is how I ...

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Little Peep Meringues!

Make these super cute and delicious treats! Meringues are such a fun and easy treat to make. The perfect delicate sweet treat. We especially like to make meringues in the Spring. There are many different versions of meringues from vanilla to chocolate to even mint. Meringues make the perfect vehicle for trying different extracts for flavoring. Simple Ingredients The ingredients needed to make meringues are so very simple and very easy to find around the house. You will need: 3 Large Egg Whites, at room temperature. Be sure the eggs are large in size. Since we have a lot of bantams on the farm, we sometimes have to use an extra egg. ½ teaspoon vanilla extract⅛ teaspoon ...

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Inside the Nest Episode 4 – Back to Scratch!

Spend some quality time in the kitchen! Over the last 6 or 7 years, we have really made a goal to make as much as we can from home. This includes learning tips and recipes for some of our favorite foods made from scratch. We did a lot of research in vintage books, discovering for ourselves these great vintage ways. Yes, it's more work, but it is such a great feeling when you have made something from scratch, the "old-fashioned way"! Not only has this been a cost-saver, but it's healthier for us. We know what exactly is going into the food we make with no artificial ingredients. Our grocery list is kept to the basics. Now don't get us wrong, we have the occasional treat from the store ...

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Kitchen Scrap Gardening!

Tips For Regrowing Some Kitchen Scraps! More and more we are looking for ways to save money, especially in the kitchen! Whether it's a recipe that goes a bit farther or trying different ingredients to fit into your budget, being frugal in the kitchen doesn't mean boring, not-so-tasty meals! One step you can take is to regrow some of your favorite ingredients! Yep, that's right, kitchen scrap gardening! There are actually a lot of different options when it comes to items you can actually regrow. Let's take a look at some that grow quickly and easily! Green Onions Green Onions are so very easy to grow and are our personal favorite. When cutting your green onions for a recipe leave ...

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Mason Jar Hydroponics

A Wonderful Start To Growing Hydroponically! Gardening is such a fun adventure, whether you have a giant garden in your backyard or a few small plants in your kitchen windowsill, nothing is better than something you have grown yourself. All you need is some soil, plant nutrients, and seeds, and you are good to go! I've always loved the journey of growing, from flower to herbs, and everything in between. Throughout the years I've tried many types of gardening. Square foot gardening, container gardening, Lasagna gardening, you name it, I've tried it! One method I've always been fascinated with is hydroponics. The idea of growing with just water is just so very interesting. There are ...

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