Monthly Archives: February 2015

The Advantages of Roosters

I’m often asked if a rooster is required in the coop for hens to lay eggs. The answer is no. Hens will lay eggs without a rooster around to do what roosters do, but don’t expect baby chicks. Roosters aren’t just unnecessary … Continue reading

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The 411 On Chicken Dust Baths

For those who free range their chickens, the sight of the birds rolling around in the dirt, lounging about in the dust before shaking themselves clean with a spectacular, plumage-rustling display, is a familiar one. At first glance, it might seem like … Continue reading

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Vegan Pumpkin Pie Recipe

I’m not sure the hallmark of a good vegan recipe is necessarily its ability to fool people into thinking it isn’t vegan. That said, this vegan pumpkin pie is so good it will fool people. No eggs, butter or milk … Continue reading

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Slow Cooker Brisket with Garden Vegetables

Brisket is a breast cut of beef from the meat found over the ribs. Usually cut into two portions, the outer cut is called the “first” or “flat” but and the inner cut called the “point.” The flat cut is … Continue reading

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Rosemary-Lemon All-Purpose Cleaner

Keeping the house clean is a never-ending chore. One of the basic tools in the fight against dirt is the all-purpose spray, but looking at the label on some commercial products, it can be discouraging to find a long list … Continue reading

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Hanukkah Rugelach Recipe

Yiddish for “little twists,” rugelach has its roots in the Jewish communities of Eastern Europe. With a buttery, crescent-shaped dough wrapped around sweet filling, the traditional Jewish pastry is enjoyed all year long, but is often associated with Hanukkah. As … Continue reading

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Why Do Chickens Fight?

While we might like to think that chickens raised in a caring environment are always going to get along, anyone who has spent time with a flock of any size can confirm the sad truth. Chickens fight. In a coop … Continue reading

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Parsley Latkes Recipe

The tradition of frying food in oil during Hanukkah commemorates the miracle of the Menorah, when a day’s worth of lamp oil stayed lit for eight days. Among the best known foods celebrating the Festival of Lights is the latke. … Continue reading

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DIY Lavendar Dryer Sachets

Looking for an alternative for dryer sheets? If not, perhaps you should. Although they imbue a pleasant scent to laundry, they may not be all they’re cracked up to be. That fresh scent is often achieved through a cocktail of … Continue reading

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Hack No More: Homemade Natural Cough Drops

It can be argued that the value of cough drops may have as much to do with the act of sucking on the lozenge as with what it contains. Sucking on a cough drop promotes the flow of saliva in … Continue reading

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