Wednesdays Ramblings ~ Hobby Farm Home

I picked up a copy of the March/April 2009 Hobby Farm Home magazine and was flipping through it last night. Big sigh. Am sharing some things I really like from it ~

Page 8 ~ Hobby-farm real estate around the country. I soooo would love this house and make it into a B&B!

History in the Making $340,000…historic, 3-story limestone house in Scandia, Kansas. Farmstead that was settled in 1868 with a house that was built in 1900 by a blacksmith, Charles H. Herrman, a native of Sweden. 15 rooms with 8 bedrooms and 4-1/2 baths ~ 3 bedrooms on 3rd floor with private baths. A dairy barn, corn crib and carriage house are situated alongside the house on 11 acres.


Page 10 ~ From the General Store ~

Eggstra Seating An Egg Gathering Stool is an old-fashioned milking stool that traditionally performed double-duty by securing eggs from the hen house in the specially designed holes. You can find it at Victorian Trading Company. Or just make one yourself out of scrap lumber. 🙂


Page 17 ~ Country Fare ~

Soup Spoons ~ Jonathan’s Lazy Spoons. Unique spoons, spatulas and ladles, handcrafted from cherry wood, have notched handles, so they can rest securely on the side of the pan, rather then taking up space on the counter or stove.

They’re found at Jonathan's Wild Cherry Spoons.


Page 18 ~ Country Fare ~

No-Towel Drying ~ Ditch the towel and don a pair of Grab & Dry Gloves. Made from highly absorbent terrycloth, the gloves have a soft, waterproof lining to keep hands dry and stretch to fit most hands.


Page 22 ~ Mad about Maple

Granny’s Maple Puddings (looks like Yorkshire Pudding with maple syurp! OMGosh! I’ve gotta try this recipe!)

6 oz Flour
generous pinch of salt
2 Eggs
1-3/4 cups Milk
1 bottle pure maple syrup
sour cream


Break the eggs into a bowl and beat well. Whisk in flour, salt and milk to make a very smooth batter of pouring consistency. Set aside for at least 15 minutes.

Meanwhile, take a metal muffin tin and pour a tiny amount of light vegetable oil (less then a teaspoon) into the base of each individual muffin. Heat the oven to 400F and pop the muffin tin in to heat up the oil.

When the oil is hot, give the batter a quick stir and then fill each muffin place with batter to almost full.

Hurry the tin back into the oven for 35-45 minutes-try not to open the oven door for the first 30 minutes, but check on them after that. Muffin trays vary in size, and your cooking time will vary accordingly. They should come out of the oven when they’re golden brown and risen.

Serve hot with pure maple syrup and sour cream. Serves 6 (two puddings per person).

Chicks in the City by Cherie Langlois ~ page 50.

Article on raising chickens in the suburbs/city.

Love it…as I’ve been mulling over the idea of getting 3 laying hens for fresh eggs. There is enough room in the backyard for them…and they can eat the buggies in my garden during the summer. I just want 3 hens, no bubbas as I don’t want to subject the neighbors to crowing at all hours…although if their stupid dogs can bark all night long, I don’t know why I should care about a rooster crowing.

Page 102 ~

10 Good Reasons to Keep Chickens
1 ~ Scratching…Watching chickens as they scratch around in the dirt looking for morsels is very soothing.
2 ~ Roosting…Every evening at dusk, the flock makes its way tot he coop to huddle together for the night.
3 ~ Crowing…The day hasn’t officially started until a rooster announces its arrival.
4 ~ Motherhood…Hens are wonderful mothers and tenderly take care of their babies.
5 ~ Snuggling…Hand-raised chickens can be affectionate pets that snuggle in your lap for petting.
6 ~ Baby Chicks…Few things are as cute and innocent-fun to hold-as a baby chick.
7 ~ Gallant Roosters…Roosters are the epitome of chivalry, calling the hens to partake in their food discoveries and refusing to eat until the ladies have arrive.
8 ~ Pest Control…Free-roaming chickens spend the whole day working to keep down the bug population.
9 ~ The Shuffle Dance…It’s fun to watch roosters do this special cha-cha to impress their hens.
10 ~ Fresh Eggs…Nothing tastes better than fresh eggs!


Page 104 ~ Planting on Your PC

This sorta caught my eye…you can have a free 30-day trial, and if you like it, $25/year.

Garden Planning Tool ~ lets you plan out your garden online…enables backyard gardeners of all levels to easily design the perfect fruit and vegetable garden. It’s easy to draw out your garden plan and decide how best to plant it. The planning tool clearly shows how much space plants require and how to group them for maximum success, removing the need to look up planting distances and crop families. Will even send email reminders for planting seeds or transplanting seedlings; can be tailored to your climate zone which helps calculate frost dates and planting times.

7 thoughts on “Wednesdays Ramblings ~ Hobby Farm Home

  1. Little bit of everything here lol. If I had $340,000, I’d buy that place too!

    Cuddling with chickens…that is a different concept.

    “What did you do last night?”

    “Cuddle with my chickens…” heehee


  2. Until I saw where that house is located I was ready to be the old lady sitting in the rocking chair, BUT KANSAS ! Michelle — didn’t I take you to Nebraska enough times to get the part of the country out of your system !!
    Love Mom

  3. Points #1,4,5,6… and after they done egg-laying, will you be eating them? Who will be executing, gutting and plucking them? Who will feel like cooking them? Will you really be able to chew and swallow your little pets?

    Points #3,7,9… roosters are not very friendly to those who feed them. Indeed, they can be quite mean ole beggars.

    Point #8… chooks attract rats and the likes of stoats, ferrets and weasels. These rodents and mustelids scare the living daylights out of the chooks (the ones they haven’t killed) and stop them laying for days at a time. Think a little more comprehensively about pest control.

    Point #10… chooks need to eat green leafy veggies to get enough iron for their egg yolks to be that lovely deep yellow and as good for you as the romantic literature tries to persuade you. They’ll love your veggie garden but you’ll just get the left-overs, not them, if you want them to be free ranging. Oh, and mind all the chook poo you’ll get on your shoes and risk trampling through the house.

    Hehehe, have I put you off? Point #2… huddling in the chookhouse. Nice for the chooks, but I think the novelty will wear off very quickly if you intended to try it yourself.


  4. No…you haven’t put me off.

    I had planned on 3 laying hens…no roosters. Mean buggers. Almost as mean as geese.

    Very valid points…but you’re talking to someone who has raised pigs, ducks, geese, and dogs.

    I’ve step in much poo.

    Haven eaten one of our four 4-H pigs when I was in high school…I think I can eat a chicken as an adult. Besides, once they were through laying, I’d just keep them as they can possibly live until 14 years of age. I figure you’d have to kill them young for eating.

    In 4-H, when you raise animals, you have to follow through from birth to death, ie: to the slaughter house you go to watch the process from slaughter to the table.

    Point 10 and the garden…that is what I will post about soon.


  5. Hello,

    I am trying to find the Jan/Feb issue of the Hobby Farm Home magazine. If you have this issue and would be willing to part with it I would be interested in purchasing from you.

    Thanks so much for your consideration and great post on the current issue!


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