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Amy Conley

My Journey into Hobby Farming By Amy Conley, Conley Farm I am a stay-at-home mom turned hobby farmer. My husband and I raise three boys in the beautiful countryside of Central New York. Our small farm includes chickens and goats. We are venturing into other animals, and I hope to share my ...

The Trick to Peeling Fresh Hard Boiled Eggs

Until recently, I have had such a difficult time peeling hard boiled eggs that were fresh from our chickens. It was almost impossible to peel them without getting half the white with the shell. I have tried every method and was unsuccessful. I read that you could salt the water or put white ...

Orange Cranberry Zucchini Chocolate Chip Bread

The name says it all, Orange Zucchini Cranberry Chocolate Chip Bread. I love trying different variations of zucchini bread. I have my “go to” zucchini bread recipe and then I alter it to the flavor I want. I love taking zucchini out of the freezer all winter long to make breads. Even if ...

Butchering Homegrown Chickens

We decided this past year we would raise meat chickens. We raised meat chickens before but this time we tried to do it the right way, if there is such a thing. We have read a lot of Joel Salatin’s books and he has some great ideas on raising meat chickens on pasture. It was our goal to raise ...

Frustrations of a First-Time Milker – Year 2

It is said to be the year of the Goat. It was the year of four baby goats and two goat mamas on our farm. Last year, Ginger had one baby and it was my first time milking. There were many problems that came along with it. She had me so frustrated at times.This year I tried to stay calm and go ...

Our Amish Neighbors

A few years ago, I was out doing yard work and a van pulled into the driveway. I always wonder who is stopping especially if I don’t recognize them. A man got out with a straw hat and a beard. He was a pleasant gentleman asking if we were looking to sell our farm. I laughed a little and told ...

Our House Duck

My duck adventure began a couple years ago when we decided it would be nice to have some ducks for our pond. They could keep it clean for us. We saw they had Rouen ducks for sale at the local farm store so we thought that would be a good breed for us. A heavy weight duck that we could butcher ...

Learning About Essential Oils

I have learned so many lessons as a mom and a hobby farmer. When you immerse yourself into something, it is amazing how much you can learn and about things you wish you knew years ago. I have been on this soap-making journey since the fall. I have learned about the benefits of goat’s milk in ...

Never Thought I Would Cook With Lard

As I was eating a lard biscuit that I had made for dinner, I was saying to my husband, “I never thought I would be cooking with lard.” His response was, “You never thought you would be doing a lot of things that you are doing now.” He was so right. A few years back, I would have ...

Pumpkin Muffins a Healthy Snack

Just because Thanksgiving was a few months ago doesn’t mean you should give up on cooking with pumpkin. It is so delicious and full of fiber and vitamins. Sometimes I find it hard to find out of season so I try to stock up on canned pumpkin when it is on sale and in season.My boys are always ...

Working Out on the Farm

It is the New Year and we all know that everyone has the resolution of getting healthy. I have been on this mission over the last three years, but I must admit this was my hardest holiday season since eating healthier. I think I ate more cookies in the last month than I've eaten in the last ...

The Benefits of Goat Milk Soap

Over the last several months I have been making goat milk soap. I have so much milk that I really needed to do something with it, and I wasn’t thrilled with my cheese-making efforts. Soap was the most logical next step. I never really considered myself crafty, but making soap is more like ...

Eating Healthy on the Farm

I grew up in a generation of fast food, junk food, my mother cooking everything with butter, just an unhealthy existence. My parents have been overweight most of my life, and I refuse to be in that position. I thought I was eating healthy, except for my urge to have ice cream every night for ...

Adventures in Goat Milk

This year I decided to become a blogger because my friends like to hear about my adventures. Once spring hit and I realized how much more work we had to do with baby animals, a new sheep herd, a pig, a larger garden, not to mention my mommy duties, my blogs have been few and far between. Now ...

Zucchini Brownies

We are in mid-summer, and the zucchini is plentiful in my garden. I like to let it get big so I can make all kinds of goodies. My family loves zucchini bread, muffins and relish. I freeze a lot of it so we can enjoy it all year long. By far, their favorite zucchini dessert is brownies. I came ...

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