Pressure Cooked Chicken Corn Noodle Soup

Pressure Cooked Chicken Corn Noodle Soup

Recently one of my children was sick, so I thought it was a good opportunity to try making pressure cooked chicken corn noodle soup in my instant pot. Previously, I’ve made chicken corn noodle soup from scratch on the stove top. I think originally I looked up some recipes online to get started, and I’m sure I got the idea to use thyme to flavor it from one or more of those.  But now I can basically throw most of it together from memory. It’s not something I make often, but…

Our First Experience Incubating Hatching Eggs

Our First Experience Incubating Hatching Eggs

So about two and a half weeks ago, I decided to dive into my first experience incubating hatching eggs. I had stumbled onto a Facebook page for selling rare chicken breeds and hatching eggs. Then someone offered a sale/discount on her eggs. I wanted some! Particularly since these were hatching eggs from Cream Legbar chickens. I had recently had an interest in obtaining this breed, but they are expensive. Female chicks can cost $20 a piece. *This post contains affiliate links/ads.  I may receive compensation if you choose to click…

Pressure Cooker Taco Chicken Wings

Pressure Cooker Taco Chicken Wings

So I’m bringing you another tasty chicken wing recipe that I cooked in my instant pot! This one was so delicious! You’ve got to try Pressure Cooker Taco Chicken Wings! I cooked them very similarly to the ones I made in Seafood Spiced Pressure Cooker Chicken Wings. But I used a completely different flavor profile. My husband says he likes both, but I actually preferred this one. *This post contains affiliate links/ads so I may receive compensation if you choose to click on them and make a purchase. But it won’t affect your cost….

New Additions To Our Backyard Flock

New Additions To Our Backyard Flock

Our backyard flock had some new additions this week! I’d been telling my husband I was having chicken withdrawal symptoms and needed to buy new birds. 🙂 It’s so addicting! So many kinds, just not enough space! Last April we got our first birds at a poultry swap. We ended up getting about 15 birds total originally between the swap, Craigslist, and Tractor Supply. However, we sold some and experienced some losses as well. We also bought a few more birds. But now we were down to five birds total,…

Our First Attempt At A Chicken Water Heater

Our First Attempt At A Chicken Water Heater

So this is our first winter raising our little chicken flock. Of course this brings new challenges with the cold weather. Obviously, the basics don’t change. But our handy little PVC pipe watering system with the nipple spouts wasn’t going to be the best option during winter. We were concerned about it freezing and breaking down. We had talked about wrapping it with heat tape, but my husband decided it was better to drain it and try something else. Me and my research, had discovered some other ideas on good old…

Chicken Egg Excitement At Our House

Chicken Egg Excitement At Our House

Woo hoo! Celebrate! We got our first chicken egg today! This is definitely cause for excitement for any backyard chicken owner! This morning I went out, and peeked in the nest boxes. I was proud to see our first little brown egg! We have been getting a bit impatient with the girls, thinking it’s time to see a little something happening around here. I have been stating that our chickens must be dysfunctional the last couple weeks.  And I have been analyzing them, looking for signs that indicate they might…

Chicken Coop Video Tour

Chicken Coop Video Tour

Last week I shared how our DIY chicken coop was built. My husband did a fabulous job on it. When the project was still in the discussion phase, I made a stipulation that, “it had to be a cute chicken house!” I think he met my mandate pretty well on that point! In fact, I have a little video walk-through that shows what a great little piece of architecture he built. I think it helps you visualize the coop design much better than just pictures.

The Benefits of Having Chickens

The Benefits of Having Chickens

So our new project this year is raising chickens in our backyard! We have a couple main reasons for trying this, as well as some other benefits we are hoping for. One of the big ones is because we want to produce healthier meat and eggs for our consumption. It started with knowing my husband has some cholesterol and heart issues in his genetics that we hope to beat by improving his diet. As a nurse, I believe a healthy diet and exercise can do so much for everyone, but…