My Hate/Love affair with Pinterest

A few months ago a crazy very dear friend of mine turned me onto Pinterest.  My life was changed forever!!  I became a Pinterest junkie, or as my husband so lovingly (?) calls me “A real Pinhead”.  I spent every waking moment pinning things I just had to do.  It got so bad I was actually repining my own pins!  My boards were filled with double, triple, quadruple pins.  Friends were threatening to unfriend me on Facebook because unbeknownst to me I was sending everything there.  At one point my family was ready to hold an intervention.  I knew I had a problem when I was buying soda (we never drink the stuff at our house, nasty, nasty) just so I could have the empty bottles.  I started saving everything!  Really do I need 300 empty toilet paper rolls and an entire box of dryer lint???  Well yes I do thank…

My Herb Garden

I love my gardens.  I can get lost in my gardens. This is my Herb Garden I love to grow herbs more then anything else.  They are very forgiving.  They don’t seem to require a lot of care.  Perfect for me. The best part about growing herbs is that I can use them for everything.  From Teas to cooking and baking to feeding my chickens and keeping their coop smelling great!  I think my favorite herb right now is my Comfrey.  It works wonders in my compost bin and my chickens love it.  It’s a very hardy perennial that is rich in protein and minerals. My Comfrey Another favorite herb of mine is my Lovage plant.  It was given to me years ago by my sister and I have moved it with me to 3 different homes.  I think we have both finally made our last move,  finding our place…

Strawberry-Rhubarb Pie

When strawberry season hits you can bet I will be making a few of my families favorite pie.  Strawberry-Rhubarb! I usually try to make one or two to freeze for another day but that never seems to happen in our house.  It’s just that good. So I thought I’d share it with you too! Pastry for 2, 10″ pie crust 1 3/4 cups sugar 3/4 cup all purpose flour 1/2 teaspoon grated orange peel (makes the pie extra yummy) 3 cups of sliced fresh rhubarb and 3 cups sliced strawberries 3 tablespoons of unsalted butter Heat oven to 425 degrees.  Slice fresh strawberries and rhubarb into about 1/2″ pieces.  Let rest in a strainer, over a bowl to catch that yummy juice while you prepare the pastry. I do this because I find that the fresh strawberries can make the pie a bit too runny.  Sift together the flour, sugar and…

Meet and Greet

Time to meet the Hippie Chicks The twins… Henny and Penny.  They are a little camera shy!! Tito. My grandson named this one. Raquel(As in Welch) because she’s so pretty!! Fricassee Aerial.  My granddaughter named her. Clara from The Nutcracker Fluffy Butt (No explanation needed)! Gertie My girls are 3 months old now and I’m anxiously waiting for them to start laying eggs and earning their keep!!  I have 3 Barred Rock.  They are very friendly, cold hardy ( I live in New England!) and supposedly good layers. I also have 3 RI Reds that are also loving, great layers and very hardy. The last 3 I’m not sure what they are. I wasn’t there when we got them but my guess would be White Leghorns? Although RaqueI has some brownish red colors mixed in so I’m clueless on what breed she is. Oh and I can’t forget this one…..…

Hello World!

Welcome to The Hippie Chicks! I’ve been a homemaker for a very long time and I’ve made a lot of mistakes along the way but I’ve also learned a few things.  My husband and I recently purchased a new home in Connecticut. It is a 1800 reproduction Colonial on 6 acres of land with 2 barns.  So now we think we are farmers! We planted a huge garden and got chickens (I don’t know the first thing about chickens but hey- nothing ventured, nothing gained right?). Then I started to make my own laundry detergent, and fabric softener, and soap!! Then I started to can and pickle our homegrown veggies, and make my own jams. So now it just makes sense that I start this blog to share with you some of these things. I hope you have as much fun with this as I do and if I can…