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February 29, 2012

Nighttime Rituals

We all have our nighttime rituals.  Most of us wash our faces and brush our teeth.  Some fall asleep while watching TV.  Others find a final escape in a good book or pillow talk before drifting off to dreamland.  Chickens are no different.  They too have bedtime rituals.

It all starts at dusk, with the ever so entertaining, who gets to go into the coop first.  If the Silkies are broody, they are all set.  They are all ready hiding in the nesting boxes.   They do not have to fear the wrath of the bigger girls, jockeying for their favorite places on the roosts.  It always seems that Dolly and Fifi are the last to sneak in under the cover of almost complete darkness.  Goodness knows that if they try to sneak in too early, after a few squawks, they are shooed back out into the run to wait a bit longer.  Finally, once everyone is inside, Tilly always pops out for a quick look to be sure her entire flock is secure for the night.  Sometimes she come completely out into the run for surveillance and other times, she pokes her head out of the coop door.

Most of them have a snack and drink right before bed.  They take sips from the waterer and they peck at the pellets in the feeder.  For chickens, these snacks are essential in forming perfect eggs as they sleep in the night.  Once content, they find a place on the roost.

Just as we have our own bedrooms and beds, the girls have a roosting order.  The Silkies prefer to sleep in the nesting boxes, most likely because they are broody all the time.  It seems like every evening, I scoop them up and place their drowsy bodies onto the available roost.  Last night was no different.

I opened up the coop's nesting box lid and found a Silkie in each box.  Dolly was snuggled in next to Oyster Cracker on the roost closest to her Silkie sisters.   One by one, I scooped up three growling Silkies and gently placed them on a roost all in a row.  Then, it happened.  Dolly hopped off the roost and began to walk around the coop in the darkness.  Guided by the light of the moon, she took a few bites of food and joined her Silkie sisters on their roost.  As I watched my four sweet Silkies, they gently wriggled their bodies side to side moving and squeezing in wing to wing.  I watched as they nestled down to cover their toes with feathers and fluff.  Apparently, not only is snuggling universal but who you wish to snuggle with is universal too.  

February 28, 2012

How To Clean the Chicken Coop

After keeping chickens for a while, you will soon find yourself developing habits that work for you and your flock.  Over time, I have learned to implement a few things.  We view our chickens as our family pets, so we do make extra efforts to spoil them more so than individuals keeping chickens as livestock.  All of these tips are not necessary, but in my opinion, help keep their eggs clean and the girls healthy and happy in their daily lives.  I typically clean the coop every 1-2 weeks, depending on the need and the weather.  The entire process takes me about 15 minutes start to finish.     Here is how I clean the coop for Tilly and the girls.

I like to store all that I need in a 5 gallon bucket.  This keeps everything I need in one place.

 First,  I remove the chickens from the coop and lock them out.  I wear rubberized gardening gloves when I clean the coop.  It can be a messy job.  I remove the roosts and place them in the sunshine.  With a dust pan, I remove all the soiled pine shavings, put them in my 5 gallon bucket and tote them over to the compost bin.  Other times, I toss them into the run for the girls to enjoy, sort and compost for me.  One of the best things I did when I ordered my coop was to pay extra for the industrial grade linoleum flooring.

I typically wipe down the linoleum with a water and white vinegar mixture.  There is always some caked on poop that needs a bit of scrubbing.

Our sponsor, Randall Burkey, sent me a new coop cleaner to try.  I must say that it did a fantastic job!  It is made from all natural ingredients and smells delightful.  Dried on bits, that I typically would have to work at, came off with ease.  I am loving the Happy Hen Coop Cleaner.  I even tried it on the plexiglass windows.  They turned out sparkling clean and streak free.

After the coop is wiped down, I give everything a spray with Manna Pro's Poultry Protector.  I spray the walls, roosts, nesting boxes, ceiling and flooring and then let them dry completely. I have used this product for over a year now and I believe that this is one of the best defenses you can take to prevent mites and lice.

Once the coop is sufficiently dry, using the Pest Pistol filled with food grade diatomaceous earth, I blast all the nooks and crannies, the flooring and the roosts.  Be careful not to inhale the "dust".  It can cause an inflammatory condition of the lungs over time.  You can read about the benefits of using food grade diatomaceous earth here.

Next, I turn to the nesting boxes and spoil my girls with one of my favorite products, The Nesting Box Blend.  My flock goes crazy for this.  I sprinkle about a tablespoon in each nesting box.  I think it makes them lay better and keeps pests away too.  I like to think of it as egg laying aromatherapy.

Next, I replace the removable piece of wood I made to keep the girls from scratching the pine shavings out of the nesting boxes. I also place a brick in front of the coop door, as the girls take pleasure in scratching out the pine shaving from the coop.  This has helped. Plus, I think it acts as a nail file.

Finally, utilizing the 5 gallon bucket, clean pine shavings are added back into the coop.  All the while, the girls stand outside waiting with anticipation.  They cannot wait to return inside.  Sometimes, they even knock on the coop door.  I love that, because I know that getting back into the clean coop makes them happy.

As soon as they can, the broody girls return to their favorite nesting boxes, while my handy work is inspected by Sunshine and the rest of the gang.

Photo Credits:  Tilly's Nest

February 27, 2012

Rhode Island Flower Show 2012

I was so excited to to make the hour long trip to Rhode Island for this wonderful annual flower show.  This show always helps me get over the Winter hump to Spring.  This year's theme was Simple Pleasures.

Woodland Retreat
Simple garden trellises save room by growing vertically

Herbs and lettuce take up little to no space at all.

Fido's doghouse has a green roof!
Every year the sand sculptors wow the crowds.

Breast Cancer Awareness Garden

Garden whimsy flying a kite

Woodland fairy garden.

Classic New England gardening shed

The only thing that would have made it better, would have been some backyard chickens tucked away in one of the gardens.  To me, they are the simplest pleasure you can add to your garden.

Photo Credit:  Tilly's Nest

February 25, 2012


Fifi is broody for the very first time.  She just celebrated her first birthday.  She has been in the nesting box for 3 days now and has plucked out all of her chest feathers. She is so adorable.  She has not quite realized that other girls are laying warm eggs in the boxes next to her.  My older, professional broody girls, Dolly, Feathers and Autumn, can roll fresh eggs from another box to their box, secretly stealing other's eggs to make a clutch of their own.  I just love it when she lets out a quiet low growl when I open the nesting box to check for eggs.

Photo Credit:  Tilly's Nest

February 24, 2012

Cabbage Pinata

I love to make a cabbage pinata about once a month for the girls during the winter.  They can't resist as it dangles, twirls and just calls out to be pecked. Initially, they are fearful of this newcomer, but by the end of the day, I always find it pecked with holes.  For my flock of eight, an entire cabbage lasts about 2-3 days.

Here is what you will need:

1 fresh head of cabbage
1 ball of twine
1 pair of scissors
a place to attach it in your run.


Cut a piece of string about 6 feet long.  It is important to keep the string in one long piece to prevent your flock from trying to eat it when the cabbage is gone.  Sometimes, they finish the cabbage when you are out.  This helps ensure the safety of your flock.

Wrap the string completely around the middle of the cabbage and tie it together once.

Flip over the cabbage and thread the two loose pieces of string underneath of the existing string.

Tie those two pieces of string together and make a knot. 

It is that simple.  Now you are ready to take it out to your flock to enjoy.  You can tie off the loose ends together to hang it on an existing hook or chain or  try looping the string through a support beam in the run.

It's the simple things in life that are the most extraordinary.
~Paulo Coelho
Photo Credit:  Tilly's Nest

February 22, 2012

On the Mend: A Dolly Update and Giveaway

Last week, I had discovered a terrible injury underneath Dolly's right wing.  It was about the size of a 50 cent piece, and covered in pus.  Immediately I sprang into action.  I improvised a hen saver and purchased Vetericyn based upon many fellow chicken keepers' advice.

Early each morning, I have been catching her in the coop, applying the Vetericyn, checking the position of the hen saver and letting her go about her day.  This has been the routine for the past six days.  Today, when I inspected her wound, the scab was hanging off.  I gently removed the large hardened crusty piece only to reveal beautiful healthy skin and new pin feathers.   Her need for the Vetericyn was done.  She has made a full recovery.  To prevent the other girls from picking at her new feathers, I will have her wear the hen saver until the feathers return completely.

A few days ago, a new friend, who makes hen savers, reached out to me.  They are beautiful and much better made than the one that I happened to throw together.  She offered to donate one for Dolly.  As I explored her website, I could not resist.  I ordered three more so I would have a complete set, one in each size.  These will be the newest addition to my Chicken First Aid Kit.  This morning I caught Dolly and we had a little fashion show.  I tried the two smallest ones on her bantam frame.  The smallest size fit her perfectly.  I think her favorite part is the notch for her tail.

Louises' Country Closet has generously agreed to provide one of our readers with a $10 gift certificate to their store. So take a peek at their website, say hello to them from Tilly and the girls on Facebook and leave a comment below to enter.  One winner will be randomly selected from the comments below.  You must leave a comment on this post to enter.

The sense of community, love and support in our chicken community at large never ceases to amaze me.  We are a diverse group from all over the world sharing and experiencing the joy that chickens bring into our lives. We feel so blessed and fortunate to be part of the chicken family at large.  From Tilly, Dolly and the girls, we thank you from the very bottom of our hearts.

This giveaway will end Wednesday, February 29, 2012 at 11:59pm East Coast Time.

Photo Credits:  Tilly's Nest

February 21, 2012

Spring Shopping with our Sponsors

Spring is right around the corner and today, I wanted to share some lovely items from our sponsors that make me think of Spring and spending time outside with my backyard flock.

Decorating with chickens seems to come naturally for most chicken owners.  Hobby Hill Farm is always adding lovely items to please any chicken or animal lover in your life.  Here are some of my newest faves.

Chicken Lazy Susan~
We love to have get togethers as the weather warms up.  I love keeping a couple of lazy susans on the large table.  Having a lazy susan at both ends helps to keep condiments, dressing, seasonings and the like in one easy to find place.  It also keeps things handy, organized and within everyone's reach.

Chicken Hat~
As days get longer and warmer, I find myself outside.  I wear a ball cap when I am out and about and working in the yard. I always keep one in the car.  Plus this one is a real conversation starter.  Did I mention that it is customizable?

Rooster Pillow~
This is such a lovely embroidered pillow.  I love the colors and the vibrant rooster.  It would be sweet placed on your couch, chair or bed.  It would also make a lovely "coop" warming gift for a friend.
Twelve years ago, new egg cartons for backyard chicken owners did not exist.  With a vision and dedication, specializes in delivering unique cartons, at affordable prices in smaller quantities. Today, they no longer just sell egg cartons.  They carry a wide range of chicken supplies and resources for all chicken keepers.

Vintage Style Egg Cartons~
I am in love with these.  As an avid antique collector, these bring back fond memories and serve as a unique and simple way to present your eggs to your customers, family and friends.  Not only will they be talking about your eggs, but this carton is sure to start a few conversations for sure!
Quail Egg Basket~
Do you keep bantam chickens?  As you know, their eggs tend to be smaller than those from standard breeds.  Here is a great product and a tip.  Yes, it is a quail egg basket, but it's size is perfect for keeping your bantam sized eggs safe during harvesting.

Incredible Poultry Powder~
Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth (FGDE) is sometimes hard to find but oh so wonderful.  FGDE has many uses.  Try adding it to clean bedding to prevent pests. Add it to your flock's dust bathing areas to help rid them of poultry lice, mites and fleas.  Combine it with their feed (2%) and let it help keep your flock's digestive tract healthy.  Who knew that fossils could be so powerful?!

Manna Pro
One of the things that I love about Manna Pro is that they are continually listening and striving to meet the needs of their customers. Here are some new and favorite products.

Water Protector~ 
Manna Pro Water Protector provides a unique blend of enzymes that stop film, residue and natural contaminants from affecting the taste and quality of your poultry’s water. It is an all-natural solution for keeping your flock’s water supply safe and clean. The best part is that you can use it in metal, plastic or glass waterers.

Chick Stick~
As baby chicks rapidly grow, they love getting into trouble and mischief.  When the chicks are a few weeks old, why not introduce them to this hanging treat?  It is sure to bust their boredom and provide you and them with a fantastic source of entertainment.  Be sure they have access to chick grit when you share this treat with them.

Harvest Delight Poultry Treat~
My girls go crazy for this treat.  I love to toss a couple of handfuls into the run after lunch for them to enjoy. This snack contains a wonderful assortment of dried fruits and vegetables as well as peanuts, flax and sunflower seeds and nutritional pellets.  It is a treat packed with protein, vitamins and minerals that your flock will love.

Bainbridge Farm Goods
I love discovering new garden decorations.  Bainbridge Farm Goods makes lovely aluminum signs to accent your gardens and your animal's homes.

Randall Burkey Company
This company has been in business since 1947.  They have a fantastic inventory of many chicken keeping supplies and accessories.  They also sell coops, baby chicks, hatching eggs and game birds.

Happy Hen Treats Mealworm Frenzy~
My girls love these.  If there is one treat that helps me to lure them back into their run, this would be it.  It truly is a frenzy when the girls realize that I am coming across the yard with dried meal worms.

This is the most amazing product that heals wounds and prevents infection very quickly in poultry and other animals.  Just this past week, I have seen it's miraculous results on our sweet Silkie, Dolly. This is something that everyone needs to keep in their poultry first aid kit.

Chicken Camera~
Have you ever wanted to share your chickens over the Internet?  Have you ever wondered what they are up to when you are not around?  You might just want to add a chicken camera to your coop and run and enjoy tuning into your flock when your heart desires.  There are a few to choose from that are sure to meet just about anyone's needs.

 Happy Shopping!

Photo Credits:  Our sponsors

February 19, 2012

Egg Eating: Prevention and Treatment

A freshly eaten egg

Egg Eating, a form of cannibalism, is a terrible habit that some chicken develop over time.  It can start for numerous reasons including nutritional deficiencies, curiosity and boredom.  Chickens are very smart and it does not take long for them to realize that not only do eggs taste good but they are a great source of protein. It is important when keeping a backyard flock that you are aware of this potential problem and take steps in your flock's living area and life to help prevent this problem from ever beginning.

Here are some helpful tips to help prevent your flock from starting this behavior:

1.  Feed your flock a layer feed containing at least 16% protein
2.  Limit the treats and kitchen scraps that you feed your flock.
3.  Share high protein treats with your flock including dried meal worms, sunflower seeds and plain yogurt (no artificial ingredients or sweeteners)
4.  Keep nesting boxes up off the ground.  This helps keep the eggs out of sight and out of mind.
5.  Harvest your eggs at least 2-3 times per day.
6.  Provide your flock with free access to oyster shells or recycled eggshells to help form thicker eggshells.
7.  Be sure the eggs have a soft place to land in the nesting box.
8.  Be sure to provide plenty of fresh water, some chicken start eating eggs when water is scarce.
9.  Be sure the chickens have plenty of space and if you are able to safely, allow free-ranging.
10.  Never feed your chickens eggs that still look like eggs or shells.  Do not be tempted to toss a cracked eggs into the run for the chickens to devour.  You can feed your chickens scrambled eggs or crush the eggshells into small unrecognizable pieces.
11.  Keep nesting boxes dark.
12.  Be sure you have at least one nesting box per 4 laying hens.

If the egg eating behavior has already begun, it is important that most of the above suggestions have been implemented.  In addition, you can try these added measures to try and treat the problem:

1.  If you know which chicken is guilty, then remove them from the flock immediately.  Others will learn the behavior from them.  If they continue to eat eggs, try rehoming them, sometimes a change of scenery can stop a bad habit.
2.  According to the University of Florida, filling a dish with milk and allowing chickens to drink it decreased the egg eating behavior.
3.  The University of Florida also suggests beating an egg into a creamy consistency, stir in 2 teaspoons of black pepper and pour it on the coop floor.  The taste will stop hens from eating their eggs.
4.  Create slanted nesting boxes that allow freshly laid eggs to roll down into a secret collection area that the chickens cannot access.
5.  Try adding golf balls to the nesting boxes.
6.  Clean up every bit of the broken egg.  Leave no traces behind.  Change out any bedding that has egg on it.
7.  Try filling an empty egg shell with mustard.  The chickens will not enjoy the taste.  Interestingly, hot sauce does not work on birds, they can't taste it.
8.  Try pinless peepers.
9.  Try adding distractions, such as a hanging ball of cabbage.
10.  Be sure you actually have a hen eating your eggs, it is not uncommon in certain areas for snakes to enter chicken coops and swallow whole eggs.

I think there comes a time in most flocks, for whatever reason, an egg cracks and a curious chicken decides to indulge.  This happened once to our flock when we were on vacation.  My guess, is that the eggs were not being harvested enough during the day.  Upon our return during the following few days, we went out checking for eggs religiously every few hours.  Luckily, this single measure alone stopped their behavior.  Since then, no one has eaten any eggs, well that is, except for us.


Photo Credit:  Tilly's Nest

This post is linked up to Homestead Revival's Homestead Barn Hop.

February 18, 2012

Book Review: Free Range Chicken Gardens

A little over a week ago, I was sent a copy of Free Range Chicken Gardens to review by the publisher, Timber Press. I was so excited and could not wait to dive into this book that involved two of my favorite hobbies, gardening and chickens.

This book is wonderful. Right from the start it is clear that the author, Jessi Bloom, loves her flock and is not only incredibly knowledgeable about chickens but also about her full-time landscaping profession. She share tips and tidbits along the way that help to steer newbies away from potential pitfalls. The book covers all the bases and could easily be a place for people to start off when they are considering adding a flock to their landscape. She covers it all.

Landscape design/planting suggestions
Protecting plants and gardens from the flock
Growing worms for your flock
Poisonous Plants
Creating chicken tractor and coops
Urban and Rural chicken gardens
Introducing a dog to a flock of chickens
Chickens relating to other livestock, game birds, and bees.
Health Issues

Things I love about the book:

It is thorough and innovative.
It gives ideas and examples along the way and makes it "real" by sharing personal vignettes.
It has gorgeous photos (photographer Kate Baldwin)
It has several blueprints.
It covers yards and spaces of various sizes.

Where my opinion differs:

Feeding and encouraging your chickens to eat slugs.

This book is well-written and would be a true asset to every chicken owner. Even if you never plan on creating a garden oasis, in your backyard, you would be remiss if you did not purchase this book. If you keep a flock in your yard, large or small, this book will help you optimize your set-up for healthy happy chickens.

This book has now become one of my favorite chicken books. Thank you Timber Press!

I have not received any compensation for my review other than a copy of this book.

Photo Credit: Tilly's Nest

February 17, 2012

Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

Yesterday, my daughter and I decided to bake some cookies.  We baked up a batch of these moist and chewy oatmeal raisin cookies.  My husband claims that these are the best cookies that I make.  I just might have to agree, so I thought that I would share these with you today.  I think the secret is using fresh eggs from the girls.

Oatmeal Raisin Cookies
~makes 2 dozen

2 cups of flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup butter at room temperature
1 cup sugar
1 cup dark brown sugar-packed firmly
2 large eggs
3 cups of non-instant oats
1 1/2 cups of raisins


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

In a separate bowl, mix together the flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt and set aside.

In a mixing bowl, add the butter, eggs, sugar and brown sugar.  On low mixer setting combine until well blended.  Increase the mixer speed to high and "cream" the ingredients until the mixture becomes fluffy and lightens in color a bit.

Slowly stir in the flour mixture until the flour is no longer visible.  Do not over mix.  Stir in oats and raisins on low until evenly incorporated.

Grease a cookie sheet and spoon about 2 tablespoons of dough onto the cookie sheet to form the cookies.

Bake for 11-13 minutes until bottoms are golden brown and the tops are still slightly moist.  

Allow to cool for 2 minutes on cookie sheet before transferring to a wire cooling rack.

Craving more great recipes.  Click here for over 40 more from Tilly's Nest.

This recipe has been adapted from the original.

Photo Credit:  Tilly's Nest


February 15, 2012

Hen Apron

Yesterday afternoon, I visited with the girls as they enjoyed some sunflower treats in the run.  I have not seen too much of Dolly as she has been broody for the past couple of weeks.  She typically hides in a zen-like trance in the right nesting box.  I check on her twice a day.  She never minds feeling my hands taking the warm and toasty eggs from underneath of her.  She seems to understand that soon enough, someone else will lay another egg for her to rest upon.

Last week, Dottie Speckles was rehomed due to her mean and bullying ways.  It did not matter that Dolly raised her since the time she was day old chick.  Dolly meant nothing to Dottie Speckles.  Dolly kept her distance, yet Dottie Speckles would rush at her, Dolly would cower and be pecked incessantly until Dottie Speckles turned her attention to someone else.  It never occurred to me to examine Dolly, from what I could see, she was still a sweet little ball of fluff.

Yesterday, when I lifted up the nesting box lid, my eyes were met with horror.  Dolly was incredibly relaxed.  Her wings were spread out to her sides covering two large Buff Orpington eggs.  She had a large wound on her back hidden by her wing.  Dottie Speckles has pecked a spot underneath Dolly's right wing to pieces.  Feathers were missing, the skin was hard and gooey pus was speckled here and there.  I quickly grabbed her from the nesting box and inspected her closely.  I felt so terrible.  I felt as though I had let her down, disappointed her.  She is a one of my favorites and such a good girl.  I gently lifted her into my arms and went into the house.

The house is in a state of remodeling chaos.  We are living out of 3 rooms, enjoying microwave cooking and instant coffee.  Doors are taped shut.  Rooms are barricaded off with sheets of plastic.  We are undergoing a remodel.  Thank Goodness, my husband was home.  As he held sweet Dolly, I fetched some Q Tips, a paper plate and Blu-Kote.  As Blu-Kote stains everything, I sprayed it on the plate and with the Q Tips cleaned her back.  In no time, her wound was a lovely shade of iridescent purple.  I placed her back inside of the run and everyone was curious.  The curiosity lead to pecking.  She was running in fear.  I needed to do more.  I scooped her up for my hubby to hold once more.

I ran inside and disregarded the sheet rock dust,  wet joint compound and taped doors.  I was in stealth Mommy mode.   I ran down cellar to fetch my sewing machine, some fabric, thread and Velcro.  Time was of the essence.  I speedily searched and found a pattern for a hen apron online (Thank you Back to Basic Living!).   I eyeballed it and went for it.  I did my best and cut it out free handed.  I needed elastic but I did not have any.  Then it dawned on me.  I cut apart an old Halloween costume and retrieved a small piece of elastic.  In about 10 minutes, I had created the apron.  It was definitely a prototype but it was going to have to do for now.

I had to wait a while for Dolly to return to the nesting box.  Once she did, I grabbed her and put it on.  She obliged.  She wriggled her wings and the saver seemed to just slink into position.  The wound was covered.  I put her back in the coop and she ran into the run.  Everyone noticed the apron and everyone was terrified!  She would move closer and they would as a collective flock, shimmy away.  Dolly stood taller and tried to intimidate them.  When she shook her wings, they ran.  It was such a sight to see; silly chickens.

I watched for a while and then determined that my quick handy work seemed to be staying put.  Once the girls tucked in for bed, I peeked in with a flashlight.  Dolly was on the roost with the rest of the girls snuggled in for the night between Tilly and Sunshine.  The crisis seemed to be averted.

This morning, everyone popped out into the run a little before 7am.  Dolly came right out wearing her hen saver and she enjoyed scratching in the run with the rest of the girls.  No one seemed to fear her new wardrobe.  For now, all seems to be well.  Thanks to some great advice from my Facebook fans, I am off to pick up some Vetericyn.  

I will apply that to the wound once I get it.  I have added vitamins and electrolytes to the water and I have been sharing some yummy, high in protein, meal worms with the girls.   I will keep the hen saver on her to keep the others from picking.  I am hoping that she makes a full recovery.  This has served as a reminder. Bullies can do so much more than emotional damage.  Their actions can be downright scarring.

Photo Credits:  Tilly's Nest

February 14, 2012

Valentines' Day

Spread kindness, hold hands, smile, love 
and share gifts from the heart.

Photo Credit:  Tilly' Nest

February 13, 2012

Winner: Celebrating Chick Days & An Award

Thank you so much everyone for entering our giveaway. As always, your response was incredibly enthusiastic and made for a very fun contest! A big thank you to our sponsor, Manna Pro, for generously sponsoring this giveaway. One winner was selected from all of the entries using a random number generator. So without further adieu,  one lucky person is about to experience chick fever!


Please email with your mailing address.

Thank you all so very much for entering our giveaway.

On another sweet, note, Tilly's Nest was awarded the Versatile Blogger Award from the The Redeemed Gardener.  Thank you so very much for honoring us. 

 Here are the rules for the award:
1. Add the award to your blog.
2. Thank the blogger who gave it to you.
3. Mention seven random things about yourself. (see below)
4. List the rules.
5. Award to 15 bloggers.
6. Inform each of those 15 by leaving a comment on their blog.

Seven random things about me:
1.  I love gardening in the rain.
2.  I hate scary movies.
3.  I love caramel and peanut butter.
4.  I met my husband in a nursing home.
5.  I talk with my hands.
6.  I am starting to learn the art of keeping bees.
7.  I hate working out.

There are so many wonderful blog out there, but the 15 that I would like to mention today are:

I hope you enjoy visiting them all as much as I do! ~Melissa

Photo Credit:  Tilly's Nest