That one time we hatched our own chicks…

I’ve mentioned a few times that I was incubating eggs from some of my hens, well folk, this weekend was their big début!

This was my second clutch of eggs to try to incubate. The first batch stopped growing when we had an all day power outage and I couldn’t keep the incubator warm enough for the developing chicks. That little hiccup was something I had not even thought of happening and I was pretty disappointed. I decided I could try one more time though and I’m pretty pleased that I did. We had 3 of our 8 eggs hatch last Saturday!

How to hatching your own eggs!

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Chopped Asian Peanut Salad with Homemade Peanut Dressing

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Good morning! We had an exciting weekend with our chicks hatching in our incubator! I’m planning on taking pictures and telling you all about their birth story soon. They are the cutest little fluff balls this side of the Mississippi, though I might be a little bias. While you are waiting for a chick post you can enjoy this fabulous Chopped Asian Peanut Salad with Homemade Peanut Dressing. This salad is super versatile and would be awesome with the addition of Chow Mein noodles (you know, those “fried worms” as my dad used to call them), mandarin orange pieces and Continue Reading →


7 Ways to Keep and Cook Asparagus

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Asparagus is one of my all time favorite spring vegetables and I’m sharing 7 Ways to Keep and Cook Asparagus today on the Hobby Farms website. Writing for Hobby Farms is a real treat for me so I’d love if you popped over and checked the article out! Plus, there’s all kind of useful information waiting there for you. Have a great Monday and enjoy some seasonal asparagus!


10 Ways to Make Spring Magical for Kids

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Spring break vacation pictures of families at the beach or at Disneyland were really getting me down this week. We don’t have any vacations planned for this entire year and I was moping a bit about how my kids are totally deprived (we’ve all been there right!). So instead of thinking about things I can’t change,  I decide to focus on all the things that we can do, especially ways to make spring magical for kids. It’s such a fun time of year, even in our own backyard. Here’s a list of 10 things you can do with your kids at home Continue Reading →


Farm and Garden Update: Spring 2015

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Spring is in the air and I thought I’d show you what we are up to in the farm and garden area of life. All of our trees budded so nicely! Our property is exactly next to my in-laws and they share the same lane, so I’ve been driving past this neglected orchard for almost 10 years now. We’ve been wanting to buy it and talking to the owner for at least the last three, so while we were around we would turn on the water and water the trees once in a while but I never really went over Continue Reading →


Healthy Key Lime Pie Smoothie

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Today is the #eatseasonal post for April and I’m so excited to share this Healthy Key Lime Pie Smoothie with you today. This single-serve smoothie only take 4 ingredients and 5 minutes to put together. My family doesn’t really like citrus things even though I love them. I’ve been craving a nice tart dessert for weeks and this smoothie was just the treat I needed. Greek yogurt and half an avocado make it is smooth and extra creamy and the juice and zest from two limes give it just the pucker I was looking for. Limes and avocado are both Continue Reading →


Ingredient Spotlight: Carrots

Ingredient Spotlight: Carrots

This week is full of carrot love and I thought you might as well know a little more about this lovely orange root. It’s funny to me that we think of carrots with spring because they are definitely late summer and fall vegetables, it must be all the bunnies on the brain. That being said, they are such an easy and cheap crop to find all year long and store very well in home root cellars. Enjoy this fun little post that I worked on with Emily from One Lovely Life and go eat some carrots (did you see my Continue Reading →


Kitchen Stories & the Heart of Our Home (+ a giveaway!)

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As most of you know, we are getting ready to build our own home. We call it our forever home because it’s the house we plan to live in for the rest of our days. Not many people build their house with their own two hands, literally doing all the work, and not many people build one house they plan on living in always. Moving to the middle of nowhere two years ago was our first step in this journey. We soft opened our hardware store this past fall, and now it’s time to work on something for our family Continue Reading →


Carrot Cake Recipe Roundup – so much more than cake!

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I loved those carrot cake pancakes yesterday so much that I thought a delicious carrot cake recipe roundup would be just the thing for today. The more research I did the more I realized that delightful carrot cake flavor is perfect not just in cake but in all kinds of things like smoothies, cookies, muffins, waffles, and more! Enjoy this fun recipe collection and get inspired by all things carrot cake.


Whole Grain Carrot Cake Pancakes with Maple Cream Cheese Whipped Cream (naturally sweetened too!)

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I’ve been dreaming of carrot cake for weeks now and have been bugging my dad to send me the recipes he loves. While I’ve been waiting on his reply I’ve been making do with a healthy breakfast version of this delicious spring time treat. Whole Grain Carrot Cake Pancakes with Maple Cream Cheese Whipped Cream are the things Easter brunches are made of. These pancakes are full of spices, just the right amount of carrot, and when you top them with a simple maple sweetened cream cheese and whipped cream mixture you’ll think you are eating cake for breakfast. That’s Continue Reading →