Hello from the HillTop! Did you ever feel like you've heard a saying for so long that there is no way it could be true? Funny enough, the saying is typically true. The last few years I've heard that chickens are gateway livestock. I thought, meh, I grew up on a farm, there is no … Continue reading That’s Quack-tastic!
Hello from the cold tundra that is our HillTop! This is one of those winters that is a blessing and a curse. Western Pennsylvania is known for snow this time of year, but this year the Farmer's Almanac has our area on a light snow in combination for a winter style slush-rain mix. Frozen egg … Continue reading Winter Planning
Hello from the HillTop! Here we are, a New Year, which brings new plans, new goals, and new hope. It amazes me how fast 2019 came and went. So fast that I looked up and I'm ashamed to admit, I didn't not commit to this blog outlet of mine near the amount that I had … Continue reading Back to Basics
Good morning from the Hilltop. As I began my day today, I tried to determine what I was going to eat. Today is a day I'm home with my son. After making sure my daughter got on the bus for the day and the little man was playing, I began the thought process of what … Continue reading Consider Canning This Year
Being a farm kid growing up, we had a variety of animals on the farm. One animal we had a variety of times over the years were rabbits. They were a friendly, easy pets that were great for kids to learn the importance of carrying for animals. Our daughter had a "pet" rabbit in her … Continue reading Two Bunnies… Seven Bunnies… How Many More?
The start of a new year always brings resolutions and ways to make changes for the better. Most people look to make changes in the realms of weight, finances, and relationships. Many people think about where they want to be by the end of the year, and put goals in sight, then plans in place … Continue reading Planning for the New Year
I came from a family that valued family time above all else. My dad was a dairy farmer and it made for long days that left little time for family. Sundays were honored and saved for family because dad was able to carve out more time for family. Because of the value of family, we … Continue reading Jellies for a Year
I've heard for a few years now, chickens are gateway livestock. Once you get a few layers you'll keep expanding into others. I can honestly say, we did not buy a different type of animal. We did, however, move into the realm of meat chickens. My husband spear headed this project, and I helped and … Continue reading Trials and Tribulations of Meat Chickens
I enjoy gardening. Personally, I deal with anxiety and depression, gardening has become a strong, stable point helping to keeping my anxiety at bay. Beyond that, gardening has also helped me to keep costs down for our groceries, while providing healthy food for my family. While gardening these last few years, I've watched and learned … Continue reading What Gardening Teaches Children
Hello from the HillTop! Every so often, I'd like to introduce you to our flock. For several reasons, one as mentioned this blog is more a stress reliever for myself then anything. With that, by telling you about each of the flock members I hope to have a way to remember them when they are … Continue reading HillTop Highlight – Rapunzel the Wyandotte