Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Pumpkin Log Recipe


Oh hello pumpkin log.  I look forward to greeting you every fall.

The smell of pumpkin wafting in the air evokes all the autumn feel goods, while the sprinkling of powdered sugar ignites my love for snow that  will soon be here.

Recently, when I went to make this,  I could not find the recipe in my over crowded recipe basket.  Thank goodness I had it on the blog!  Just in case you misplaced your recipe ;-) I thought I'd share it again...just in time for the holidays.

Whether this is your first time making a pumpkin log or you are a seasoned pro, I hope this pumpkin log recipe finds you cozy!

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Our Fall Garden


In July I shared with you our country garden, flourishing with summer produce.  The plants were neatly planted into raised beds, making for great growth.  The gravel pathways made it easy to meander through the space.  And it was all tucked inside the nostalgic white picket fence.  Can you tell I love the garden?  ;-)


During the harvest season, we enjoyed many garden-to-table meals, along with plenty of cherry tomatoes and peas straight from the vine.  I also preserved some produce through freezing and canning.

Tomatoes, peppers, and zucchini lasted a good while in our garden this year.  I credit most of the success to the good soil prep and the raised beds that weren't full of weeds.

In August, I planted more seeds to be able to enjoy a fall harvest...

The radishes took only a few weeks to mature.

Lettuce seeds quickly grew into beautiful, delicious leaves.

The kale was a flop...for the summer and fall plantings.  Maybe I'll change their place in the garden next year.


The snap peas are still hanging on, even though we've dipped into some cold weather here and there.  They should be ready soon. 

Most everything else has been pulled up and the garden is ready for a long winter nap.

This is my first time having a fall garden and I hope to expand my plantings for next year.

I'm always learning...

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Why Chickens Molt in the Fall Time


Some of the trees are bare and so are the nesting boxes! 

Even other chicken owners that usually sell eggs have covered up their 'fresh eggs for sale' signs.

On my post for Community Chickens, I discuss why fall is a common time for chickens to molt.  Click HERE to read it.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Tomato Pie


What do you do when it's October and you're still harvesting tomatoes?  You make tomato pie.  I used a combination of yellow and red tomatoes for this beauty.



This is a great recipe to use up those last few tomatoes of the season, or any time of year.  I used monterrey jack cheese because that's what I had in the fridge, but feel free to use your favorite cheese for this.  The parsley flakes add great color and flavor to this dish, and is a favorite seasoning I use often in my kitchen.


Easy Tomato Pie

Ingredients:
Single pie crust
4 tomatoes
3/4 cup mayonnaise
1 cup monterrey jack cheese, shredded
salt, pepper, dried parsley flakes

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Place the pie crust in a pie dish and bake for 5 minutes.
Thinly slice the tomatoes.
Mix together mayonnaise and cheese.

After baking the crust, spread a thin layer of the mayo/cheese mixture.
Place tomato slices on, sprinkling with salt, pepper, and parsley.
Spread another thin layer of mayo/cheese mixture on top.
Place another layer of sliced tomatoes with seasoning.
End with spreading the rest of the mayo/cheese mixture on top.
Bake at 350 degrees F for 30 minutes.
Let rest for at least 10 minutes before slicing.

Monday, October 2, 2017

Moving chicks from brooder to outside


With our weather being unseasonably warm, I was able to move the chicks out of the brooder sooner than anticipated.


They are growing strong and changing daily.  Read more about the transition here.

Friday, September 15, 2017

Farm Photo Friday (September 15, 2017)


Welcome to LL Farm's Photo Friday!


There is lots happening around our little farm this time of year.  Grab something warm to drink on this cool morning and join Pumpkin, the cat, and me as we walk around.


The zinnias are still blooming beautifully.
The bees and butterflies have enjoyed them, almost as much as me.


I love the vibrant colors along the fence.


And in a mason jar on the deck.


I also love bringing them inside.  I've already bought zinnia seeds for next year!

And on a side note...see that blue and white tea towel?  I got it this summer when we went to London, England.  I purchased it from a quaint little shop in the Cotswolds, England's beautiful country side.


I picked a whole basket of apples this year from our tree.
I made applesauce and almond apple crisp with these babies...yummy!


The peppers were a flop this summer...hardly any harvest.
I'm glad I left them in the garden though, because they have finally decided to join the garden party.


Yes!  Strawberries in September.
I planted 8 strawberry plants in the Spring, and although not much of a harvest, they are still providing some good snacks.


Because we did raised bed gardening this year, I am able to have a fall garden.  This has me quite excited!
The radishes have already been thinned.


Another round of sugar snap peas are a welcome sight.
I love them raw or lightly sauteed.


Lettuce, kale, and spinach have popped through.
I saved a few onion starts, hoping they would grow.  Yes!! They are.
A fresh garden salad in the fall, yes please!


The weather has been unseasonably cool, but I'm not complaining.  Fall is my absolute favorite season!
When mums and firewood adorn our front porch, it means fall is knocking at the door.


This gas fire table is awesome on our DIY deck.  It's so convenient to have on for just a little while, without the work of having a wood fire.


The ladies have also been enjoying the cool weather.
It's the perfect temperature for a day at the chicken spa!


And, we can't forget the baby chicks, that are now 3 weeks old.
They are growing healthy inside our garage.
This little white crested polish is a hoot to take pictures of...just look at that hair-do!

* In case you missed it - The text that is in bold red throughout this post will take you to other posts about that subject. *

** This weekend is the Country Living Fair in Columbus, Ohio.  I'll be there with my Mom! **
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