Author / Melissa

Stories from Our Nest Travel

Explore: Visiting Porto, Portugal

Last week, I took a trip with a few of my girlfriends to Porto, Portugal. I had never been to Portugal and when the opportunity arouse, I could not resist saying yes!  I was curious about what I would see in Portugal and began doing research along with my girlfriends.  There were a few things on the list that I definitely wanted to see. I wanted to see historical places, churches, taste local food, absorb the culture, sights, sounds and smells. I also wanted to visit the cafe and bookstore that J.K. Rowling frequented while teaching English in Porto to school children while writing Harry Potter

Findings Gardening Stories from Our Nest Tours

Spring Awakenings: Delights of the Season

Spring is my favorite season. I know I say that all the time, but I absolutely love it. Perhaps, it’s because of the new life that it promises, new chances and new beginnings. The air is crisp and clean and filled with song birds with swirl breezes filled with hints of early blooms around my head.  Lots of wonderful springy thing are happening around here. 

Chickens Stories from Our Nest

It Doesn’t Get Easier: Saying Goodbye to Lucy

I didn’t expect to find Lucy dead on the floor of the coop as I went in that bright sunny afternoon the Friday before Easter. I had just seen her in the morning and she and I had our usually interaction.  As I was busying myself tidying up the coop, Lucy was my constant companion, chatting away with her deep voice sharing all chicken things with me.  She’d come in and out, nuzzle near for a quick pat on the back. To and fro, she has been my daily escort for years. As a result, we had developed a little ritual that I looked forward to every morning.

Breakfast Chickens Main Dishes Recipes

How to Make Perfectly Fried Eggs

Spring is here and the eggs are abundant. We have eggs coming out of our ears!  So many eggs, that I find myself giving away cartons to friends and family.  One of my favorite, easy and simple ways to enjoy some of those eggs is to fry them up.  I love fried eggs.  Over medium is my favorite preparation.  I usually don’t give much thought to frying eggs, but today, I thought I’d share just how I make fried eggs.  It’s super simple and fun, plus delicious!

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Spring’s Promises Arrive

I’ve always loved birds. The intrigue and the lure of their world has always called to me, even in my dreams. As a little girl, I can remember having the most amazing dreams about flying. I was just high enough that when I would soar over the crowds, no one could reach me with their upward stretching arms. Now as part of spring’s promises, it’s hard to miss their singing. Because their songs start early, perched in the bushes and tree outside my bedroom window. Even more, I like to think that the birds are announcing spring’s arrival, just as regal trumpets would announce the arrival of royalty.

Desserts Eggs Recipes

Bake It: Tilly’s Tornado Cake

One of my favorite things about social media is learning about new recipes. A couple of months ago, a recipe for something called a Tornado Cake, came across my feed. As I researched it further, I discovered that there are so many different versions and edits to this recipe. As I read over the recipes, I realized that they were all essentially the same. Certainly, the cake sounded SO delicious that I was practically drooling. I had to make it!

Giveaways

Heated Poultry Waterer Giveaway from Premier 1 Supplies

Over the last few years, I’ve become acquainted with the products offered by Premier 1 Supplies. They are such a wonderful resource for me at the Mother Earth News Fairs and I was very excited when the opportunity came to try their new heated poultry waterer. Tending to frozen waterers in the winter is one of the things that chicken keepers struggle with the most. As I am sure you can guess, I am excited to try out this new waterer.

Giveaways

3 Pound Tub of Chubby Mealworms Giveaway

Over the years it’s been so great getting to connect with amazing companies that support backyard chicken owners. Chubby Mealworms has been a dear friend to Tilly’s Nest and have been sharing their awesome products with my flock for over 3 years. We look forward to getting their packages in the mail and think you can see why. I cannot tell you how BIG this tub of mealworms is. Today I am excited to announce that one of you will win a 3 pound tub of mealworms in our Chubby Mealworms Giveaway.

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Maker Fun: Felt Heart Handwarmers Craft

If you are like me, you are no stranger to cold hands in the wintertime.  Despite wearing my mittens and gloves my hands just have the most difficult time warming up.  I’ve also have been known from time to time to dash out to the chicken coop forgetting my gloves.  One way that I try and fight the cold weather is by carrying these darling felt heart handwarmers in my coat pockets.  They are so simple to make. With some felt, dried lavender and rice, you too can make these.  I think they make a perfect gift for Valentine’s Day. You can even try stitching on messages of love if you are handy with a needle.