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Giveaway: Louise's Country Closet Prize Package

I have been a fan of the small business, Louise's Country Closet for many years. I first met Mandy and Brenda a few years ago when poor Dolly suffered a terrible pecking from the girls when she was broody. Immediately they came to Dolly's rescue and sent me some of their saddles to sample. I was hooked and immediately added a few assorted sizes to my chicken first aid kit. Dolly made a full recovery and every now and then, I have to put the saddle back on her.

The saddles hold up well. Wash beautifully and can be reused over and over again.

Advantages to using Hen Saddles
1. Cost effective. You don't need to have a hospital for your chicken to recover.
2. Speeds up recovery. Out of sight, out of mind. The chickens stop picking.
3. Keeps your girls comfortable with overzealous roosters.
4. Ensures that your hen keeps her place in the pecking order.
5. Helps decrease your anxiety about your poor hen's injuries.
6. Keeps them warm during the Wwinter months when their backs are bare.

But that is not all, Louise's Country Closet also sells chicken diaper for those who keep house chickens inside full time or temporarily. They all sell lots of other fabulous merchandise too. Go check them out!

Today's Giveaway is for:

One Butterfly Saddle- covers the back and the wings
One Regular Saddle- covers the back
One Chicken Diaper- covers the bum
and a Keep Calm and Love Chickens Keychain

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Down Home Blog Hop~Number 102 + Acorn Mason Jar Candle

We spend as much time as we can outside, until finally the weather becomes raw, cold, and snowy. The acorns are abundant right now and the kids and I always love to collect a few to turn into crafts. As we gathered the acorns, we were plopping them into a found Mason jar in the garage, then it dawned on me- How pretty would a jar, turned candle, look filled with acorns?

I'm not sure if you have discovered this spray paint, but it remains see-through and just applies a sheen. It's called Tint-IT by Design Master and it comes in oodles of colors. Just a quick single coat does the job.

Once the paint dried, we filled it the jar with acorns, a glass votive holder, and candle.
If you'd like to make one, head on over to my post for HGTV Gardens for the entire tutorial.

As you are reading this, I'm getting ready to hop on a plane to the Country Living Fair in Atlanta, GA to go and chat about chickens. If you're in the area, I'd love to meet you! So head on by. I'll see you when I return. Enjoy this week's party!

Photo Credit: Tilly's Nest

Giveaway: Two Country Living Fair Weekend Passes

Join me next weekend as I chat about chickens at the Atlanta Country Living Fair on Saturday, October 25th. The fair is held in Stone Mountain Park just outside of Atlanta from October 24-26th. If you have never been to a Country Living Fair, you should definitely put that on you to-do list.

There are awesome live demonstrations, talks, crafting, cooking, and vendors galore and all things country. Plus, it's always fun to meet the amazing staff behind the magazine. At this fair, you can also meet the Beekman Boys and Cari Cucksey too!

Here's the best part, I'm giving away two weekend passes to the fair! Click below to enter. Good luck and I can't wait to see you at the fair.

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Photos by Tilly's Nest from the Rhinebeck, NY Country Living Fair. Prize retail value $40 each.

Down Home Blog Hop~ Number 101 + Mini Pumpkin Lanterns

It's hard to believe that Halloween will be here in just about two weeks! Where has this year gone? A few weeks ago when I was hanging out at our local craft store looking for inspiration, I discovered that all the metal gardening hooks and planters were on sale for fifty percent off. Of course, I love a good bargain and I scooped up a few of these darling miniature shepherd's hooks. Surely, they were versatile for use in my crafting adventures and also in the garden.

My next stop was food shopping at Whole Foods. Outside there was a plethora of pumpkins. Of course if you know me, I am an addict of all things pumpkin- fancy gourds, white, greens, pinks, cinderellas, warty and all. I'll take one of each! I scooped up a few of these little cuties and got carving with the kids.

In no time, we had crafted a few carved friends to greet this year's trick or treaters.
For the full tutorial, please take a peek at my post over on HGTV Gardens.

Good morning friends!  Welcome to this week's hop. I'm so glad you are joining us again this week! I can't wait to see what has kept you busy.

Photo Credits: Tilly's Nest

Saying Goodbye To Autumn

This past week we said goodbye to Autumn one of our Silkie Bantams. She died unexpectedly.

Early last Thursday morning, I opened up the coop and found all of the girls happy, giddy, and excited to greet the cool fresh morning air. Then later around 10 am. I saw Autumn laying in the corner of the run. She was not moving. Dolly was near, seemingly curious about her sister and friend.

I opened up the run door and scooped up Autumn. She was lifeless. I dusted her off. The flock was curious too. She was of good weight and her feathers were gorgeous. Fluffy, shiny, everyone was perfectly in place. Her eyes were clear. It was as if she had just went to sleep. There were no signs of her cause of death. She was 4 years old. She lived an almost average life for a hen. She had stopped laying eggs about a year ago.

I decided to bury her in the shade garden near the hostas and the blue hydrangeas. I dug a hole- a very deep hole about two and a half feet deep. I didn't want any predators to dig her up. I placed her into the hole and said a prayer for her and thanked her for her beautiful eggs, her spunky attitude, and for being such a sweet girl. Next year, I will place a hosta where we buried her.

Autumn Leafhead (can you tell the kids named her) was one of those girls who didn't prefer human contact. She much preferred to be with those like her. Little did she know, or us for that fact, that she touched all of our hearts. She will be greatly missed.

Photo Credit: Tilly's Nest

Giveaway: Wonderbag + Butternut Squash and Carrot Curry Soup

Every once in a while, you come across a new product that can revolutionize the way we cook.

A few weeks ago, I received a Wonderbag in the mail. I was thrilled. The Wonderbag promised slow cooker results without any need for electricity or gas. Oh my goodness, as a family that uses our crock pot a few times a week in the winter, I had to try it!

The Wonderbag was created out of necessity by a woman, named Sarah Collins. Her vision was a simple one. Sarah wanted to ease the social, economic and environment challenges that come with bringing food to the family, especially places like Rwanda, Mexico, Turkey, Somaliland, and Nigeria. She has started a movement and has been able to get 650,000 bags into the hands of those in need. Now, for every bag purchased in the US, a Wonderbag will be donated to a family in Africa. Sarah's goal is, 1,000,000 Wonderbags around the world. You can read more about the global benefits here.

Here's how the Wonderbag works. Bring your recipe to a boil on the stove. Once it simmers, remove it from the stove and place it in the bag. Pull the string tight and allow it to cook. That's it! The best part is that all of your favorite crock-pot recipes will work with the Wonderbag. The Wonderbag will also act as a cooler too. I think this Wonderbag will be great for those times when we lose power due to storms.

For the past few weeks, I've made soups and stews and recipes from their website. Each and every time, I am amazed and in awe that this bag cooked me and my family dinner. Today I'm sharing one of my original soup recipes and proud to giveaway a Wonderbag to one of you!

Butternut Squash and Carrot Curry Soup

1 butternut squash-peeled and cubed 
4 large carrots-peeled and cut into 1 inch pieces
1 large onion- diced
2 large cloves of garlic- minced
2 tablespoons of butter
2 tablespoons of olive oil
1 tablespoon curry powder
1/2 tablespoon cumin
1 tablespoon dried coriander
Pinch of red pepper flakes
6 cups of chicken stock

In a soup pot of your choice, saute the onions and garlic in the olive oil and butter until translucent.

Next add the squash, carrots, coriander, curry powder, cumin, butter, salt and pepper and cook for approximately 5 minutes.

Add the chicken stock and simmer for 5 minutes on the stove.

In the meantime, prepare the Wonderbag. Open it up. For us, we leave it right on the kitchen table.

Remove your soup pot from the stove and place it right in the Wonderbag.

Leave it right there on the table until dinner time. That's it!
This soup is actually done in 2 hours of cooking time, but can remain in the bag for up to 12 hours.

To finish the soup, puree the soup with an immersion blender and enjoy.

"A portable, non-electric slow cooker with the power to change the world. 
Buy 1 on Amazon and 1 is donated to a family in Africa. Powerless is Powerful."
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Disclosure: I received a complimentary Wonderbag, but the opinions and experiences are all of my own. I received no financial incentive to write these lovely thoughts.

Down Home Blog Hop~Number 100 + DIY Freshly Fallen Leaf Wreath

Happy fall everyone!  The leaves have certainly began to fall here. They are so beautiful! I especially love the sugar maple leaves- so many colors packed into just one leaf! This year, I could not let that beauty go to waste, instead I turned them into a creative wreath for the door.

While still fresh, we collected a bunch of gorgeous leaves. Then we strung them together.

We attached them to a wire wreath frame and decked out the door.

If you'd like to make this easy, low cost wreath for your door, then head on over to HGTV Gardens for the full step-by-step photographed guide.

Happy 100th blog hop to us!  I can't believe we finally made it and I'm so glad you all convinced me to bring back the blog hop. Thank you to for linking up each and every week. Sometimes taking a peek at your blogs is all I need to get me over the Wednesday hump.