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Crafts Easter Family Fun

Dye Eggs Naturally

dye eggs naturally with spices and herbs Tilly's Nest

Every year the kids and I decorate eggs for Easter. Some years, we use the traditional dyeing kits. They’re always great fun and I love the way my kids wriggle up their noses at the colorful dishes filled with white vinegar. In years past, we have also tried our hand at using sharpies, decorating with pysansky techniques and even making natural ones like these. I made these beautiful eggs with ordinary ingredients from my kitchen pantry. Using white shelled eggs as my base, I was able to dye eggs naturally with herbs and spices. I love the way they turned out.

Chickens Crafts Holiday Seasons

Simple Thanksgiving Table Placesettings

 

Thanksgiving is almost upon us. Each year, I like to provide our guests with their own little table placesetting  to take home with them. Sometimes, I tuck my guest’s names into the table placesettings. Last year, I made sweet personalized dessert cups each filled with a gourd and succulents.  Other times, I gather things from nature. This year I thought it would be sweet to add some feathers to the miniature arrangements.

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How To Add Herbs to the Coop

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Fresh herbs and flowers dry along side mini-potatoes and garlic on vintage flower bulb drying trays.

Like most chicken keepers, I love spending time in the garden. Each year I plant and grow plenty of herbs for the family and the chickens.  In the summer, the girls enjoy nibbling on the fresh herbs. However, as the season begins to come to a close, we harvest what remains in the garden before the first frost. We then dry the herbs prior to future use. We use a few different techniques to dry the herbs and flowers based on their moisture content. Once dried, we use the herbs in cooking and also in the chicken coop!  Adding a sprinkle of dried chicken-safe herbs to the coop helps keep insects, mice, and parasites away. Plus I think it soothes the girls during their egg laying. To learn how to add herbs to the chicken coop read on.