A couple of months ago, the folks from Lark Crafts sent me two books from their new Homemade Living Series: Keeping Chickens: All You Need to Know to Care for a Happy, Healthy Flock and Canning & Preserving: All You Need to Know to Make Jams, Jellies, Pickles, Chutneys & More.

I instantly fell in love with both books, so I was thrilled when they offered to sponsor a giveaway here. This giveaway is for a copy of both books, signed by the author: the wonderful Ashley English. If you are interested in wholesome, real foods and are looking to become more self-sufficient in terms of the foods you consume, I promise you will just love these books, too.

Keeping Chickens has been extremely useful to me in my first year raising chickens. Ashley English is “spot on” with the perfect mix of information and inspiration. The book covers all stages of raising chickens: from housing to choosing breeds to obtaining the chickens and dealing with their health and wellness. The photos are beautiful and at the back there is a small section with egg recipes: these include classics as well as interesting variations on stand-by dishes with eggs. Even if you don’t ever plan to keep chickens, this book is great for anyone who wants to know more about what it takes to maintain a healthy flock- kids would love it, too.

I would describe myself as a novice canner. I am not yet knowledgeable enough about the process to safely develop my own canning recipes, so I am pleased to have added
Canning and Preserving to my library. This book celebrates the canning movement through photos, stories, and step-by-step tutorials. Author Ashley English is again engaging yet incredibly thorough, and the seasonally organized recipes are lovely (I have adapted one of them below). If you have yet to dive into canning, you definitely want to have this book for reference when you begin; if you are already a seasoned canner, I think this will quickly become one of your new favorite resources.

The recipe below is adapted from Canning and Preserving. It would never have occurred to me to make a chutney out of winter squash before I read this book, but I am so glad that I did. It is sweet, ginger-y and delicious.

You can use butternut squash, red kuri squash, kabocha squash, acorn squash, sweet dumpling squash, or even sugar pie pumpkin in this recipe. I used a combination of acorn and sweet dumpling squashes.

squash chutney

You can vary the spice level to your liking, but if you are canning this recipe, make sure to use the full amount of vinegar and sugar. If you plan to refrigerate the recipe without canning it, you can cut down a bit on these, if you like.

This post is linked to Simple Lives Thursday.

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winter squash chutney

Lark is publishing two more books in the series: Keeping Bees and Home Dairy. These are coming out in March, and I am really looking forward to reading them!

To enter the giveaway for the signed copy of Keeping Chickens and Canning & Preserving, all you have to do is leave me a comment below.

For a second entry, please like Lark Crafts and Healthy Green Kitchen on Facebook, then leave me another comment letting me know that you did/do.

For a third entry, please follow Lark Crafts and me on twitter, then leave me a comment letting me know that you did/do.

That’s it!

I’d love to hear from all readers, of course, but the giveaway is only open to US residents. Thanks and good luck…the giveaway is open through Sunday, January 30th at midnight EST and I’ll use random.org to choose a winner on Monday morning.


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    Toni Anderson-BAckus — January 26, 2011 @ 5:47 pm

    Thanks for t he contest entry!

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    Toni Anderson-BAckus — January 26, 2011 @ 5:48 pm

    I “liked” the crafts page, I already liked Healthy Green Kitchen and I don’t tweet!

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    Shirra — January 26, 2011 @ 5:48 pm

    I am itching to try canning, and I am determined to have chickens one day. These books look great!

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    Shirra — January 26, 2011 @ 5:50 pm

    Just “Liked” Lark Crafts on Facebook! That’s two for me.

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    lizabeth — January 26, 2011 @ 5:51 pm

    i have a backyard flock…would love this book! AND…i have always wanted to try my hand at preserving. thank you for the chance to win both of these lovely books!

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    Shirra — January 26, 2011 @ 5:51 pm

    And now you and Lark Crafts have me on Twitter. Can you tell I’m hoping to win a book?

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    Jennifer — January 26, 2011 @ 6:16 pm

    I am hoping to add backyard chickens to my urban homestead this spring!

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    Keaton Buster — January 26, 2011 @ 6:55 pm

    This looks tasty, I LOVE squash, especially butternut. I’m not too familiar with chutney. What would you recommend pairing or serving this with?

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    Stephanie — January 26, 2011 @ 7:10 pm

    I’m a novice at preserving too and would love to learn more! What a great giveaway!

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    Stephanie — January 26, 2011 @ 7:13 pm

    I liked you both on Facebook

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    Stephanie — January 26, 2011 @ 7:13 pm

    And follow you both on Twitter!

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    Connie — January 26, 2011 @ 7:28 pm

    cool… wish me luck

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    Rachel @ Mother's Mementos — January 26, 2011 @ 8:04 pm

    I love the idea of making my own chutney and jams! I don’t know about raising chickens though – I’d need more property here in the compact state of Jersey. :)

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    Ginger Lee — January 26, 2011 @ 8:12 pm

    Oh, fun! I’m excited. And so excited to have run across your website, and all the fun cooking and preserving recipes and ideas. Thank you!

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    kate @ the parsley thief — January 26, 2011 @ 8:14 pm

    These books look amazing! I love the graphics & the upcoming titles look equally interesting.
    I would love the canning one & although I don’t have chickens…my mother {who lives on my street} does!
    This post is beautiful Winnie! I love your snow pics :) Had enough yet? Not me…I’m still loving it.
    I will enter this one as many times as I can!

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    Ellen — January 26, 2011 @ 8:17 pm

    wow, this sounds so good. i may have to try a sugarless, refrigerator version!

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    kate @ the parsley thief — January 26, 2011 @ 8:18 pm

    Of course, I already “like” you on facebook :)
    But, I like Lark now too. So, here’s my 2nd entry!

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    kate @ the parsley thief — January 26, 2011 @ 8:20 pm

    3rd entry :)

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    Liz the Chef — January 26, 2011 @ 9:12 pm

    This chutney fascinates me – winter squash, huh?!

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    Lynn — January 26, 2011 @ 9:47 pm

    I have to look for both of these books…I hope to be chicken keeper one day, and I’m getting more interested in canning all the time.
    I love the photos of the chutney in the snow. What a great backdrop.

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    Monet — January 26, 2011 @ 11:02 pm

    What a great giveaway! Ryan and I are looking into buying chickens this Spring, and we would find that book so useful! Your chutney looks and sounds delicious too. Thank you so much for sharing with me tonight…and thanks for your sweetness on my blog…it means so much to me!

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    Kate — January 26, 2011 @ 11:39 pm

    Love the giveaway – I’ve been thinking about both of those topics!

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    Kate — January 26, 2011 @ 11:39 pm

    Both are Facebook liked!

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    Kim — January 26, 2011 @ 11:57 pm

    Oh, I can’t even begin to tell you how applicable this would be to the RGB!!! I grew up with four chickens and have convinced my lovely husband to clear out the corner of our yard so we could add some. So, if we were to get our hands on a copy of this book… well… that’s be awesome. The canning book would be awesome for next spring, too… so we could preserve some of our garden strawberries.

    Keeping my fingers crossed…


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    Kim — January 26, 2011 @ 11:58 pm

    I’ve “liked” you both on Twitter. Healthy Green Kitchen is also one of my page’s favorites.

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    Kim — January 26, 2011 @ 11:58 pm

    And I follow you both on Twitter. :)

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    Kate — January 27, 2011 @ 8:27 am

    I started reading your blog a few weeks ago and find myself looking forward to every new posting! I’ve already made your Chicken, Rutabaga, & Greens Soup twice since you posted it and it was a big hit with friends!!…a perfect antidote to a cold, snowy Missouri winter!

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    Ashlie — January 27, 2011 @ 9:20 am

    I’ve tried my hand at canning a couple of times. My apple butter was a big success. But, I don’t have that much experience or any special canning tools, so I’m always a little nervous that the food will spoil – I’d love to have an easy reference book to consult! Thanks for another great giveaway!

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    kari — January 27, 2011 @ 9:53 am

    They look like fabulous books and I can’t wait to give the chutney recipe a try!

    Thanks so much for offering them. :)

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    kari — January 27, 2011 @ 9:55 am

    I’m now “liking” Lark Crafts and Healthy Green Kitchen on facebook!

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    ellen soucek — January 27, 2011 @ 10:05 am

    Will give the chutney recipe a try! Looks like it has some nice warming spices and lovely colors. Thanks.

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    Andrea — January 27, 2011 @ 10:16 am

    As I started reading this post all I could think was ….. please tell me its a giveaway! Can’t keep chickens thanks to my HOA but the winter squash chutney is right up my alley!

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    Summer — January 27, 2011 @ 10:20 am

    Yeah for giveaways! I’ll have to try the recipe too :)

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    Summer — January 27, 2011 @ 10:21 am

    I ‘liked’ the Lark Crafts page and I already like the Healthy Green Kitchen. Thanks!

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    Lila — January 27, 2011 @ 11:19 am

    I have recently begun to get into canning. I’ve only made one batch of citrus marmalade and am excited to try this recipe. I have a few squash for which I need a reason to use!

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    Lila — January 27, 2011 @ 11:20 am

    I’m now a fan of Healthy Green Kitchen on FB!

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    kaela — January 27, 2011 @ 11:24 am

    Oh, Ashley, canning the controversial squash! Love it. I really have got to get this book; it’s been on my list for ages.

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    uncanny kitchen — January 27, 2011 @ 11:26 am

    ooh..just started following your blog and a giveaway already! Love the recipe for the chutney so will definitely add it to my winter canning list (which seems to be growing at an alarming rate!). Thanks for the information about Lark Crafts. I “liked” Healthy Green Kitchen and Lark Crafts on FB and am looking forward to following along with both.

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    Syscokid — January 27, 2011 @ 11:39 am

    Got a couple of acorn squash just ready to try this.

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    Syscokid — January 27, 2011 @ 11:40 am

    Just did the FB thing

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    Jodi — January 27, 2011 @ 12:19 pm

    Both books look very interesting. I’m especially interested in Keeping Chickens.

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    Christine — January 27, 2011 @ 1:13 pm

    This is really interesting! I live in a condo, so I don’t think that I will be allowed to raise chickens, but I’m interested in canning! The only time I’ve canned something was when I made applesauce at my parent’s house and I didn’t screw the lids on tightly enough, so when I immersed them in the water, they came off! haha. I have skills.

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    Andrea — January 27, 2011 @ 1:41 pm

    oh these would be so great!

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    Kara — January 27, 2011 @ 3:36 pm

    Both books look great!

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    kitblu — January 27, 2011 @ 5:27 pm

    I’m from Canada so cannot enter contest.

    Some people in my city want to keep chickens and some were keeping them illegally. When one person went public, a neighbour complained. She was forced to get rid of the hens. (Notice that there was no complaint until a neighbour learned about it.) A group petitioned the city to study the issue and recommend whether chickens could be incorporated into an urban environment, as they are in other, and even larger, cities.

    City council declined as they have more important matters to consider. I ask: more important than safe and convenient, not to mention less expensive (in this difficult economy), food?

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    Martha — January 27, 2011 @ 7:46 pm

    I really want to incorporate some hens into my little farm – hopefully this is the year for it!

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    Fallon — January 28, 2011 @ 2:30 am

    I enjoy reading your blog!

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    Fallon — January 28, 2011 @ 2:30 am

    I liked you on twitter!

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    Betsy — January 28, 2011 @ 6:17 am

    What great books!! I’d love to have them in my collection :)

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    Betsy — January 28, 2011 @ 6:38 am

    Like you both on Facebook

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    Betsy — January 28, 2011 @ 6:38 am

    Following you both on Twitter

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    alison — January 28, 2011 @ 8:00 am

    Wow! These books look terrific…a modern approach on timeless arts. If I don’t win, I’ll buy them for sure. But it would be so nice to win! ;-) Also very excited about the upcoming beekeeping book (I already know more than I ever dreamed I’d need to know about dairy!). Hadn’t heard of @larkcrafts before but started following them on twitter after reading this post. Sounds like a GREAT resource for all the things I love!

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    Alicia @culinarybliss — January 28, 2011 @ 8:23 am

    YUM! I hadn’t thought of a squash chutney! Sounds so good.

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    Amy Hanridge — January 28, 2011 @ 8:42 am

    I’d love to try canning!

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    heather — January 28, 2011 @ 10:06 am

    This chutney, I feel, wouldn’t last long in our refrigerator. We have a kabocha squash half leftover with no set purpose … until now! I love that it’s spiced with those warm, exotic Indian-type flavors. I can imagine having that on warm naan with some yogurt-braised lamb or chicken. A definite winner!



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    heather — January 28, 2011 @ 10:07 am

    A fan of Lark Crafts + HGK on Facebook.

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    heather — January 28, 2011 @ 10:08 am

    Following Lark Crafts + HGK on Twitter, too.

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    Liz — January 28, 2011 @ 11:38 am

    Awesome! My partner and I just started canning together last weekend, and we could definitely use a basic guidebook! Maybe chickens will be our next project….

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    Biz — January 28, 2011 @ 4:36 pm

    I actually love canning – its a dying art I think! I bought all my canning supplies at a garage sale for $20 bucks – boxes of jars and all! :D

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    Trish — January 28, 2011 @ 6:10 pm

    sounds fantastic! and a great recipe to do in winter – usually I am dripping with sweat as I can

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    vtkitchen — January 28, 2011 @ 7:32 pm

    wow, what a great idea. i never would have thought to make chutney out of winter squash either. how was it, sweet? this would be so awesome with homemade soda bread. yum! and some French cheese.

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    Melissa — January 28, 2011 @ 8:56 pm

    I have been wondering what I can can now that its cold out, squash chutney is a great idea!

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    Ms Pink — January 29, 2011 @ 1:06 pm

    Fun! I love canning and never thought about canning squash but I have a butternut sitting here on the counter so I think I’ll try it!

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    jaime sauve — January 29, 2011 @ 5:11 pm

    I LOVE your blog!!!!

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    jaime sauve — January 29, 2011 @ 5:12 pm

    I like healthy green kitchen on facebook.

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    Kim - Liv Life — January 29, 2011 @ 10:42 pm

    Loving your photos of the jars! We haven’t seen snow in years and my daughter says she’s really love a day to play!
    I’m also a novice canner, I’ve only tried a couple of times. I’m inspired to try again this summer!

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    Urwhatu8 — January 30, 2011 @ 9:08 am

    Can’t wait to try this recipe!

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    Bethesda Locavore — January 30, 2011 @ 1:40 pm

    How cool! I have been thinking a lot about the whole backyard chicken thing, wondering if I can pull it off in my tiny yard.

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    Wehaf — January 30, 2011 @ 3:06 pm

    These books sound great; I’d love to have both of them!

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    Bama Girl — January 30, 2011 @ 8:16 pm

    Just found your website and so timely for me! I just ordered my first pressure canner so this giveaway would be a great chance for me to get started canning and preserving!

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    Leekfixer — January 30, 2011 @ 8:43 pm

    The chutney recipe sounds delicious. Would be good on toast with home made bacon ;)

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    Robin — January 30, 2011 @ 10:15 pm

    I would love to raise my own eggs – I mean chickens!

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    Kita — January 30, 2011 @ 11:16 pm

    I’m 15 minutes too late to be entered to win these awesome looking books but I wanted to comment anyway. My uncle just recently started raising his own chicken and I really want to show him this post now so that he can check out this recourse. I also have recently been interested in learning how to can things so these both look like winners. Not to mention, I am a fan of interesting graphic design and the covers both nabbed my attention immediatly!
    Congrats to the winner!

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    Heather Steed — January 31, 2011 @ 11:39 am

    Great giveaway. Nice site, it’s my first time visiting and I’ll definitely be back!!

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    jane — February 1, 2011 @ 5:50 am

    Love this blog…thanks the great recipes

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    Carolyn Binder — February 1, 2011 @ 4:17 pm

    Chickens and preserving…two of my very favorite things! Both so rewarding in so many ways. Your photos are beautiful, Winnie!


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    Jennifer — February 1, 2011 @ 10:40 pm

    Greetings, This is the first year on my homestead. Chickens and a good garden are planned for spring, so this is egg-celent timing!

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    Jennifer — February 1, 2011 @ 10:45 pm

    I Liked Lara’s Crafts!

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    Jennifer — February 1, 2011 @ 10:47 pm

    I’m following Lark’s Crafts on Twitter!

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    Jennifer — February 1, 2011 @ 10:46 pm

    I liked Healthy Green Kitchen!

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    Jennifer — February 1, 2011 @ 10:48 pm

    I’m following Healthy Green Kitchen on twitter!

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    Jamie Berg — February 9, 2011 @ 11:44 am

    Enjoy the discovery of Healthy Green Kitchen and my family is already applauding the few recipes I’ve tried. Thank you.

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    Kim — February 25, 2011 @ 4:06 pm

    I love Canning! Would love to win the giveaway. :)

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    Kim at Rustic Garden Bistro — June 19, 2011 @ 1:14 pm

    Hey Winnie –

    Just checking in to let you know we checked this book out from the local libary. We read through every page of it. Then we went down to the local feed store to order 8 chicks – we pick them up next Friday. They’ll live in a brooder in our house until they’re ready to go outside. Mr. RGBistro is building them a custom coop. :-)

    Look forward to hearing more of your chicken stories, and perhaps trading notes!


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    Tammy Clark — August 6, 2013 @ 7:45 am

    Thanks for the tips and entry

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    Robin La Frenier — October 1, 2013 @ 11:26 am

    I love this recipe. I plan on making a ton of this to give to family and friends. I have always wondered if you could can squash and this recipe fills the ticket to the tee! Thank you for sharing with me.

    I am going to try and find the book you are talking about also. When I was a child my father raised chickens and I have always wanted to do that for my family.

    Again, thank you so much for the recipe. I am excited to try this out!