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Archives for 2015

Our Barnyard Geese – Pilgrim & Toulouse


I’ve been gone for a long time (since January to be exact). Every year I struggle through the winter, this year was particularly bad. I lost sight of myself and made some questionable choices with bad results. After spending a few months yo-yoing between depression and anxiety I’m finally getting back to being ‘me’. I have my husband, my daughter, my dog and the dirt to thank for that. I always feel better when I have my hands in the soil, being messy suits me I guess. I have piles of half-started craft and DIY projects, scraps of paper with scribbled recipes and potential blog posts littering my house. I kept getting stuck. Even now I’m having trouble finding words to fill this page. But it will get better, it will get easier. I want to thank the people who sent me emails asking about my whereabouts and saying you missed me. You may never know how much that meant but honestly, truly, from the very bottom of my heart thank you!

A lot has happened around here in the last few months. If you follow me on Facebook or Instagram you might recognize a few of these pics. Today I want to tell you about our geese.

Barnyard Goslings - Pilgrim & Toulouse [Read more…]

Bread Revolution – Review


I already own (and love) the book Peter Reinhart’s Artisan Breads Every Day so I was really excited to get the change to review Bread Revolution: World-Class Baking with Sprouted and Whole Grains, Heirloom Flours, and Fresh Techniques by the same author.


I received the book, oohed and ahhed over the size (impressive), the cover art (you can practically smell the bread) and the quality (not skimping on the paper here). Then I dove in and my eyes began to glaze over….
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11 Potato Soup Recipes


Fill your bowl with one of these hearty soups featuring everyone's favorite tubers

Last winter I wanted fresh, season appropriate salads. This year all I want is a hot steamy bowl of soup, and what better to star as the leading lady than the potato? This collection includes the standard white potato and (my favorite) the sweet potato! Pick up your soup spoon and get ready to dig in. [Read more…]

Why I Don’t Start Onions from Seed


Forget the heat mats & grow lights, get a great onion harvest without starting from seed

We are big onions lovers in this house, each year I devote an entire 4x14ft garden bed to the allium family. One half is fall planted garlic and shallots and the rest is filled with onions come spring time. Last year I had a separate 4×4 bed for leeks, I’m not sure where they’re going this year becuase that bed is supposed to be horseradish but you can bet I’ll find a place for them! [Read more…]

Social Media Run Down


I want you all to know that I love you. It’s an incredible feeling to know that there are people out there, most that I’ll never meet, that come to my little piece of the internet to see what I have to say and look at pictures of my alpacas. I know that life can be crazy and it’s not always easy to keep up with everything. In order to make it easier I thought I’d share all the places you can find me on social media:

Pinterest- Alecia @ Chicken Scratch NY

Visit Alecia @ ChickenScratch NY’s profile on Pinterest.

Out of all the social media outlets this is where I am busiest. I pin all sorts of things, I’m on over 180 boards. BUT a lot of those are group boards and if you decide to follow my entire profile you won’t be automatically signed up for those. I pin all of my posts to my Chicken Scratch NY Board, that’s probably the best place to keep up will all the new things going on here. I’ve been pinning a lot to my Garden and Outside Beautification board lately, it’s full of gorgeous flower gardens and outdoor DIYs. Another board I’ve been getting back to is my #Grow Gourmet Board. If you’re interested in growing your own food it’s the place to be, I’ve got a few other awesome bloggers helping me with it so you’ll get another perspective than just mine. If you’re looking for more seasonal crafting I’ve got a lot for you to see, everything from Valentine’s Day and Spring, to Halloween, Fall and Christmas. I’ve also got oodles of recipe boards; my most popular board is all about Pumpkin Recipes, other favorites include my Desserts Board and my board for Food from the Farm, featuring fresh seasonal ingredients.

Facebook – Chicken Scratch NY

I’m sure you’ve heard by now that Facebook doesn’t show you a third of what you follow. But just case you should be following me 😉 I share all my new posts along with lots of stuff from other bloggers that I love. This month I’m sharing a few of my favorite bloggers garden related pinterest boards. The one thing I love about FB is that I’m not always just talking to my self. It’s the main place where to get to talk to you!

Instagram – AleciaCSNY

I just joined instagram a few months ago. If you’re interested in random pictures of my dog, cats, chickens and whatever I’ve got growing in the garden or cobbling together in the craft room this is a great place to follow me. I’m sadly pretty erratic with my posting but I try to share something a few times a month.

Twitter – AleciaCSNY

Twitter is my blogging kryptonite. I’m really bad at tweeting. I just recently figured out how to get my Instagram pics to share to twitter so if you you don’t use IG but you do use twitter you can see all my random pictures there