Saturday, December 28, 2013

Ice Storm 2013

Ice Storm 2013 hit Maine with a frigid grip. How did the folks and animals living at Lally Broch Farm handle the storm?

Grab some hot cocoa, pull up a chair, and let me tell you all about it.

Sonja ♥

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Talking Dogs and Snow Preparation

Fenn in the middle of telling me what for.
At least, it appears he is smiling. ♥
Fenn, our resident Siberian husky, is never so happy as when the temperature drops into the single digits and inches of snow blanket the ground. He is not so vocal most of the year, but when the conditions are right and he is stuck inside with me, boy! do I get an earful... 

Come on over to Lally Broch Farm for a visit. 

Sonja ♥





Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Favorite Things Giveaway on Farm Chit Chat!



Favorite Things Giveaway

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Enter for your chance to win these handmade gifts

from the Farm Chit Chat Crew!

A few of us over at Farm Chit Chat thought we would celebrate the season with a little giveaway! This holiday we are sharing a few of our favorite things with you (and will be sending all of the items to one lucky winner).

Lisa Lynn from The Self Sufficient HomeAcre is sharing homemade note cards.
Lesa from Better Hens and Gardens is offering honey from the bees they keep on their farm. 
Marlana from the Handsome Homesteader is sharing a sweet necklace. 
Gretchen from The Backyard Farming Connection will create a custom painting of your favorite farmyard animal. 
Janet from Timber Creek Farm is offering a beautiful sign and egg basket.
Cheryl from Pasture Deficit Disorder is sharing a jar with her favorite quotes. 

All of us bloggers over at Farm Chit chat wish you and yours a wonderful save holiday season! 

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Happy Holidays!

Enter for Your Chance to Win!

the small print:  open to US and Canada residents only
Winner will be announced on December 17th on the Farm Chit Chat blog.
Winner has 48 hours to respond to the announcement email that will be sent.

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Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Emu Dreams

Some people throw themselves into farming, homesteading or whatever you want to call it, acquiring entire herds or flocks of animals in a matter of months. Others, plan every addition meticulously, sometimes years in advance. At Lally Broch Farm, breeding and the addition of animals is often planned years ahead. That is, until someone suggests keeping emus...

Emu Dreams at Lally Broch Farm

Sonja ♥

What is Modern Homesteading?


The modern homesteading movement is both a revolutionary idea and a move back to a simpler lifestyle.  Join me as I launch a new series on planning your backyard homestead.  This week I started by exploring the question: What is Modern Homesteading?  Stop over to the Backyard Farming Connection and read more.

Monday, December 9, 2013

How to Cook with a Wood Stove






How to Cook with a Wood Stove

If you are planning to buy a wood stove and would like to cook on it, or you already have one, read this article about How to Cook with a Wood Stove. Information about choosing and using a wood stove for cooking to help you get started!

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Advent Days 4-7: Snowmen Ice Cream, Grinch Floats, & Loving a Christmas Parade!

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas!
 
 
The last few days have been delicious and fun!  Our advent activities included making Snowmen Ice Cream and Grinch Floats for deserts and the local parade and dinner out with family.  The deserts are both easy but a lot of fun for special holiday treats and our local parade is a family tradition from when I was a little girl.  Come over and visit me at The Egg Basket for our delicious treats and some parade fun!

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Advent Calendar with Activities & my Creamy Hot Cocoa Recipe

The Christmas Countdown Begins...

It's that time of year again!  I can't believe it's been a year since I posted about our Advent calendar last year.  So much has happened but it feels as if the time has passed so quickly.  Things are definitely different this year and, for once, I'm on time with my Christmas Calendar Countdown post!  Come on over to The Egg Basket to read more about it!

Monday, December 2, 2013

Give Thanks for Soup!

Thanksgiving Soup made from your Thanksgiving Leftovers!


 Most of us enjoy having a couple of leftover turkey dinners after the Thanksgiving feast is over. Reheated turkey with gravy, mashed potatoes, stuffing and cranberries taste great and let us re-live Thanksgiving for a day or two (or three!). But what do you do when there isn’t enough left for a full meal for your family? How about a pot of Leftover Thanksgiving Soup?

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Cranberry Jam!







Make Cranberry Jam for holiday gifts!


Pick up some of those yummy berries on sale now that Thanksgiving is over and make a batch of delicious jam! Not sure what to give your friends and family? How about some homemade jam?!
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