Month : October 2012

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Breakfast Eggs Recipes

Grilled Ham, Egg,& Cheese Sandwich

Yesterday I was in rush.  As I was transferring eggs from the basket to the carton, I dropped one on the kitchen counter.  It was lunch time and I had a gently cracked egg.  I had not eaten yet, so I decided to make one of my favorite sandwiches.  Somehow, when egg, cheese and ham are involved, it always tastes good!

Ingredients:
A slice of Rustic Bread
1 egg
1 slice of ham
1 slice of white cheddar cheese
cooking spray

Preparation:
Toast the bread.

In a pan, begin frying the egg in cooking spray.  Add a slice of ham and warm it through on the side of the pan not occupied by the egg.

Flip the egg, and top it with a the cheddar cheese, so it can melt.

Cut the bread in half, place the ham, egg and cheese in between the two slices of bread.

Photo Credit:  Tilly’s Nest

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Chickens Eggs Stories from Our Nest

Welcoming Back the Eggs

Tilly and the girls are finally through their molt.  For a few months, we sat on the sidelines, waiting for the feathers to return and the eggs to become abundant.  This past weekend, it happened.  Seven eggs were laid in one day.  We had not seen that in months.

The chickens love fall.  They love the cooler weather.  They love roosting in the sunshine and taking a nap.  They love snuggling on the roosts at night.  They love going boneless and practicing yoga positions while dust bathing.  They enjoy scratching in the leaves, discovering tiny insects and tasty morsels along the way.

Yesterday, I did not do much more than try to recover from a tummy bug.  I decided after it warmed up a bit that I would love to sit in the Adirondack chair with a warm comfy blanket and spend time with the girls.  They did not seem to mind that I was observing their every move.   Chickens are such happy little things.  They are little hiccups of happiness, that brighten my day and somehow make negative things just melt away.

Photo Credit:  Tilly’s Nest

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Crafts Fall Family Fun Seasons

Make a Mum Chain

A crown fit for a princess

I love making Daisy chains in the summertime. I have fond memories of making them as a child and now I’ve taught my children how to make them. We enjoy fashioning them into necklaces, bracelets, anklets and crowns. Mum chains are a great way to take a break from raking leaves on a fall day or to help celebrate an outing of pumpkin or apple picking. Did you know that Mums (short for Chrysanthemum), are in the same family as the Daisy? Their stems are incredibly similar to Daisies, which helps to explain why they work so well. There are a few ways to make Mum chains. I would like to share how I learned to make them as a little girl.

Giveaways

Giveaway: The Layered Garden

Tilly’s Nest is proud to partner with Timber Press in their newest promotion Garden Outside the Garden!  This past week, I received a copy of The Layered Garden by David Culp to review. I was excited to dig into this book as I love to layer my own gardens to provide year round interest.  I was also incredibly excited to see that he was in Pennsylvania, working in a garden in a zone close to mine on Cape Cod.

I devoured this book.  The details to attention are marvelous as well as the photos and guides on how you can create a garden like his on your very own property.  I loved reading how Mr.Culp began in gardening.  I adored his pearls of wisdom found scattered in the sidebars.  I enjoyed seeing the garden in all times of the year and I could not help but smile at his bantam chickens scavenging in the gardens!  This is a book that I will be spending plenty of time with as the snow falls outside my home this winter and I begin to think about getting out into my own yard.

From now until November 8, 2012 you can visit Timber Press and enter to win your very own copies of The Layered Garden, The Unexpected Houseplant, Keshiki Bonsai, Super-Charged, and The Roots of My Obsession as well as a tote bag and print from Brooke Weeber, the artist of the featured illustrations. For your chance to win this incredible prize package, click here to visit Timber Press and submit your email for entry.

But wait, there is more!  One lucky winner from will receive their very own copy of The Layered Garden to add to their personal library from Tilly’s Nest.

Here is how to enter:
1. Join our website, options are on the right hand side of this page. (1 entry)
2. Visit Timber Press on Facebook and let them know Tilly sent you. (1 entry)
3. Be sure to leave a comment on this post and let me know if you did 1 or 2 or both!

Good Luck!

The Tilly’s Nest Giveaway for a copy of The Layered Garden ends on Saturday, October 27th, noon EST. One entry per person.  Item ships to US mailing addresses only.

Disclosure:  I received a complimentary copy of The Layered Garden from Timber Press, but the opinions that I have expressed in this post are all my own.
This post is linked up to the Clever Chicks Blog Hop.

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Chickens Stories from Our Nest

A Chicken Runs for President

 

I would love to introduce to you my favorite candidate running for office this November.
Lucy lives with her fellow flock, a dog named Marky and a Chicken Mom named Lauren.  She has wonderful credentials and plans to do a much better job than any of the other candidates out there.  Lucy knows the issues and her platform is clear.
Lucy is running on the Scratch ticket.
She is a Barred Plymouth Rock; American Born, with family roots traced all the way back to the Plymouth Plantation.
Sporting a brain the size of a peanut, Lucy feels she has what it takes to take charge.
“I’m smart enough to run a Chicken Tractor, so I’m smart enough to run this country,” says Lucy.
She advocates for those with special needs like herself and her feathered sister, Fern.
Lucy endorses a sunset curfew. She also believes everyone should have access to warm sunshine and a daily dustbath.
“….And if elected,” quotes Lucy, “I will fight for every chicken’s right to ravage the vegetable garden.”
Lauren’s book, Once Upon a FlockLife with my Soulful Chickens, will be published in March, 2013. In the meantime, head on over to Lauren’s blog, Scratch and Peck, to read more about Lucy.  A good place to start is here.
If you would like your very own bumper stick to endorse Lucy for President, please send a self-addressed envelope to Lauren Scheuer-2 Fowler St.-Upton, MA 01568.  I might suggest, asking about the availability before requesting a bumper sticker as supplies are limited.

Photo Credit/Sketches: Lauren Scheuer

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Main Dishes Recipes Soups

Chili in a Hurry

This week seems to have flown by so very quickly.  I thought that I would share with you a very simple and easy chili recipe that is a real crowd pleaser with my family.  It can simmer for as little as 20 minutes or as long as you like.

 

Ingredients:
1 pound ground beef
1 medium onion- diced
1 tbsp cumin
1 tbsp chili powder
3 cloves garlic-minced
2 16 oz. cans white kidney beans
1 16 oz. can red kidney beans
1 16 oz. can tomato sauce
1 16 oz. can diced tomatoes
1 cup chicken stock
1 cup beef stock
salt and pepper to taste
olive oil
shredded cheddar cheese for topping

Preparation:
Brown the beef, onions and garlic together in a bit of olive oil with salt and pepper, cumin and the chili powder.
If necessary pour off the fat, then add the remainder of the ingredients and simmer on low heat for approximately 30 minutes.
Serve topped with shredded cheddar cheese.

Photo Credit: Tilly’s Nest

 

Chickens Stories from Our Nest

A History Lesson

My parents got divorced when I was sixteen years old.  My mother moved us across the country from the east coast to the west coast.  I had little time to prepare.  I was given 3 days notice to pack the things nearest and dearest to my heart into two 3 feet cubed boxes.  We were moving to California, to live with a man who my mother had only been dating for a few months.  He got a job transfer, I was getting a new life.  Things were not good.

I had been popular in my old school.  I had known everyone since Kindergarten. I was a good student near the top of my class.  I was even in Advance Placement classes.  In California, I knew not a soul.  I felt alone.  I was placed into comparable classes in California, but somehow, it was like being in a foreign country.

My English teacher was a large robust woman with reddish hair.  She was stout and intimidating.  She had her class pets.  I was not one of them.  We worked on reading, writing college essays and practiced learning large vocabulary words for the SATs.  One day, as she called each and every one of us up to retrieve our graded essays, she could not help but praise her favorite students out loud.  It was my turn.  She paused, looked at the paper, and then looked at me.  It felt like the entire room went silent.  In front of the entire class she told me that I was a “terrible writer” and she could not see why I was even placed in her class.  I felt my cheeks flush.  I was mortified.  I felt embarrassed.  I had always been told at my old school that I was a good writer.  I went back to my seat.  I held back the tears.

From that day forward, I stopped writing creatively.  Like a task, I completed my college essay and chose a career with very little writing, medicine.  I dreaded English classes in college, although no one ever complained about my writing and for the most part my grades were very good.  Medicine was perfect.  Rarely were complete sentences written and there were abbreviations for practically everything.  And so it went for 20 years.

A few years ago, I took the plunge and feel in love with 6 little day old chicks.  They awakened my spirit.  I was passionate about them.  I wanted to share with the world how wonderful they were.  I felt like writing again.  I decided the best way was to create an online diary, a blog.  I began to write.  I was fearless.  The words and stories flowed from my fingers onto the pages.  I didn’t care who read my writing.  I was writing for me and my family.

The wounds of that teacher’s sharp tongue have been healed by a giddy, waddling, perky little flock of chickens with nothing but good things and happy little voices to greet me each and every morning.  The chickens helped me to realize that I can’t believe so strongly in what just one person thinks. I am unafraid to be vulnerable. I try to be supportive to those around me.  I always think before I speak about how my words will affect others.   I learn from those chickens everyday.  I can’t help but wonder, how my life, on so many levels, would be different without my flock.

This post is linked up to Homestead Barn Hop and the Clever Chick’s Blog Hop.

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Crafts Family Fun Halloween Holiday

Create a Raven Nest Candy Dish

 

This is my latest creation for HGTV.  I was inspired by nature and the kids just love taking chocolate candy eye balls from under the raven’s watch.  This nest was created from found items in the woods and a trip to the dollar store.  Click here to make a raven’s nest of your own for around $20.  Just in time for Halloween.

Photo Credit:  Tilly’s Nest

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Gardening Tours

Pumpkin Patch Visit

This week all it did was rain, rain and rain.  We have had quite a dismal week.  We spent lots of after school and weekend time inside, playing board games, reading, watching movies and just relaxing a bit.  On Saturday, we did have a bit of sunshine and were able to visit the local pumpkin patch.  I love going to the same pumpkin patch each year.  It has become a family tradition.  Each year, the kids anxiously await and watch for the opening day sign to be posted outside the farm.  I have pictures of us visiting for the last 5 years.  I love to look at these pictures, as the kids themselves seem to  have grown so quickly; like pumpkin vines in fact!