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  1. INGREDIENTS 2 cups all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon baking soda 1/2 teaspoon baking powder 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg 1/2 teaspoon salt 2 large eggs 1 cup sugar 1/3 cup brown sugar 1/2 cup vegetable or canola oil 1/4 cup milk 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1-1/2 cups grated carrots (about 2 carrots) 1/2 cup raisins 1/2 cup chopped walnuts Cream Cheese Frosting INSTRUCTIONS Preheat oven to 350°F. Prepare muffin tins with paper liners (18 cups in all). In a small bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt; set aside. In bowl of a standing mixer with a paddle attachment, beat together eggs, sugar, brown sugar, oil, milk, and vanilla on medium speed until light in color and thickened in texture, about 2 minutes. Turn off motor. Add flour mixture and combine on low speed until just incorporated. Remove bowl from mixer and stir in carrots, raisins, and walnuts by hand. Fill muffin cups two-thirds full. Bake cupcakes until brown and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, about 25 minutes. When done, remove cupcakes from pan to a wire rack. Let cool to room temperature. When cool, top each cupcake with Cream Cheese Frosting. CREAM CHEESE FROSTING INGREDIENTS 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened 1 cup confectioners' sugar 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract INSTRUCTIONS In the bowl of a standing mixer with whisk attachment, combine all ingredients until smooth. Yield: 1-½ cups. YIELD: 18 cupcakes PREPARATION TIME 40 Minutes TOTAL TIME 1 Hour Source: The Old Farmer's Almanac
  2. Show Off Your Critters!

    Let's see some of your animals!
  3. How Do I Harvest Royal Jelly?

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  4. Grocery stores are over run with people panic buying and hoarding things like toilet paper. State by state, governments are shutting down places people tend to gather such as bars, casinos, restaurants, libraries, etc. Schools are closing across the nation. How are you handling this? What, if any, preparations are you making to get through this unprecedented time?
  5. Random Chat

    We have something like this on the more local section of the forums, and I thought maybe we could do it here too. This is an ongoing section for just random chat, tell the gang what you're up to, that kind of thing. Kind of like you'd get at the local diner counter, only in cyber space.
  6. When selecting the right chicken breed or breeds it can be challenging especially when selecting breeds that do well in certain climates. Most chicken breeds are both cold and heat hardy however there are certain breeds that will do better in warmer climates than colder and vice versa. The USDA provides an excellent map for our regions and states based on temperatures and plant hardiness zones which is a good reference to look at when considering breeds. See the rest of the article here.
  7. Poultry Chat

    An open ended discussion thread about poultry.
  8. Amazon Book Deal Of The Day

    This will be a "slow burn" as far as topics go, but the idea just struck me so we'll give it a whirl. I'm going to add books to this list that are related to the subject matter here. I get a lot of e mails on discounted e-books, some as low as .99, and it seems a waste not to let others know about them. So as I see the good deals, I'll post them here and then all you have to do is go snag them. But you have to act fast, since many of the deals are only good for a day or two. So check back often!
  9. The Potato Hole

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  10. How's everyone doing with the "social distancing"? Has your state pretty much shut everything down yet?
  11. Love having some unusual birds in your chicken coop? Then we've found the chicken breed for you. This rare Indonesian chicken is completely black, on the outside as well as on the inside. If you have a thing for exotic looking chickens, you need to meet the Ayam Cemani. This Indonesian chicken is a rare breed, but you won't mistake it for any other. It's completely black, featuring feathers with a metallic sheen. Its skin is even black, they have black feathers and a black beak, and roosters have a black comb. But even more unusual? All of its internal organs and bones are black, too. Read more about these birds here.
  12. Learning to notice goat symptoms is a science and an art. The science part comes to things that are quantitative, such as normal goat temperature. Other things come more into an art such as your favorite doe just giving you a look that isn’t normal for her. Those that learn to read goat symptoms will be able to catch things early, when the task of turning them back around to wellness is more likely to succeed with less time and resources than goat symptoms that are missed or not caught for several hours. Here are some common things that I watch for when I go out to my herd. If I notice a goat that is “off feed” or picking at their hay or grain, I start running questions through my head. Did she consume something toxic or get bit or stung? Is there a fever indicating infection or illness or is she hypothermic? Is something broken or bruised or causing pain? Is it metabolic such as pregnancy toxemia or ketosis? Learn more here.
  13. Goat Chat

    Just a random thread for open discussion about your goats. Something new you're doing? Have some new ones on the way? Let's hear about it!
  14. A newly discovered fossil bird could be the earliest known ancestor of every chicken on the planet. Living just before the asteroid strike that wiped out giant dinosaurs, the unique fossil, from about 67 million years ago, gives a glimpse into the dawn of modern birds. Birds are descended from dinosaurs, but precisely when they evolved into birds like the ones alive today has been difficult to answer. This is due to a lack of fossil data. The newly discovered - and well-preserved - fossil skull should help fill in some of the gaps. "This is a unique specimen: we've been calling it the 'wonderchicken'," said Dr Daniel Field of the University of Cambridge. "It's the only nearly complete skull of a modern bird that we have, so far, from the age of dinosaurs and it's able to tell us quite a lot about the early evolutionary history of birds." See the rest of the article here.
  15. "It's Written On Goats' Faces"

    See more with picture examples here.
  16. Emergency survival and preparation is a hot topic right now. You’ll find many articles online regarding what foods should be on your survival items list. Some are better for long-term storage while others have a shorter shelf life. Combined, they cover a lot of your survival food needs. For your most prepared pantry, focus on a combination of short-term and long-term survival foods. Lean on nutritional value and grow what you can. A little planning can prepare you for even the smallest disasters. See what foods are best for short or long term storage by CLICKING HERE
  17. A History Of Geese As Guard Animals

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  19. See the rest here. Anyone here like to forage for wild edibles?
  20. Which Bee Is Best For You?

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  21. The wood burners of the past have been much-improved and refined with better efficiencies for producing heat. There are modern versions of the old potbellied stove that are both stylish and capable of heating a large area. Add-on wood furnaces can be adapted to existing fuel oil and propane furnaces providing an optional or dual form of heating. In more recent years, the popularity of outdoor wood-fired boilers (OWBs) has increased substantially for people who have access to wood and are looking to replace traditional heating methods. How do OWBs work? Wood-burning hydronic heaters – also called outdoor wood-fired boilers or furnaces – are residential or small commercial wood-fired water heaters that are located outdoors away from the space being heated. Typically, a water jacket surrounds the furnace’s firebox heat exchanger and heated water is circulated to the home or other structure through insulated underground pipes. Once the heated water is brought into the building, it can be designed to work with existing heating systems. Water-to-air or water-to-water heat exchangers or direct water circulation conveys the heat generated into forced air furnaces, radiant baseboard or radiant floor heat. OWBs have the ability to heat multiple buildings from one furnace. Garages, workshops, greenhouses, barns and even swimming pools or hot tubs can be heated with OWBs. Read more about OWB's here.