10 Reasons Why I Don’t Have Backyard Chickens

10 Reasons Why I Don’t Have Backyard Chickens: BrownThumbMama.com

Image credit It’s become quite chic to have chickens in your city backyard. There are clubs, activist groups (some places forbid livestock within city limits), and all sorts of discussions online. Several people have asked me if I would like to keep chickens, and to their surprise, I always answer… 

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Crisp, Refreshing Watermelon Limeade

Watermelon Limeade: BrownThumbMama.com

This is the perfect drink for a picnic! It’s cool, refreshing, and not too sweet. Ingredients: 8 cups cubed watermelon, seeds removed (I used half of a seedless watermelon) 1 cup fresh-squeezed lime juice 1/2 cup sugar Working a little at a time, puree the watermelon in a blender until… 

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Keeping Bees in the City: The First 30 Days

Keeping Bees in the City: BrownThumbMama.com

The conversation goes something like this: “You have BEES? In your BACKYARD?” Then I get the questions, all in one long breath: “Whatiftheystingthekids! Whatiftheygetinthepool! Whywouldyoudothat?” Well, it’s been a month now, and I am happy as a clam that I have bees in my backyard.  Hubby is still unconvinced. Some… 

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Relaxing Lavender Foot Cream

Relaxing Lavender Foot Cream: BrownThumbMama.com

Am I the only one who dreads the beginning of summer? Not because of the hot weather, but because it’s time to wear sandals. I wear boots all winter, and unlike most of the ladies at work, I’m not going in for a spa pedicure every couple of weeks. It… 

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Apple-Mint Jelly with Fresh Mint

Apple-Mint Jelly with Fresh Mint: BrownThumbMama.com

A few years after I got married, Grandma had me come over so I could learn how to make jelly. Hubby especially likes her Apple-Mint Jelly, so that was on the top of my list. I was surprised to find that she used peppermint flavoring from the store, since mint… 

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