Friday, August 28, 2015

Green Beans (To Can or Freeze)

It is amazing to watch green beans grow from a simple little seed that was planted in the Spring.

The green leaves...

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Pears (Home Canning)

My parents recently gave me a whole 'lotta pears.

I had no idea what I was going to do with them.

Knowing I didn't want them to go to waste, I got out my handy dandy Ball Blue Book Guide to Preserving  to see how to can them.

If you missed my post on Home Canning (How To Get Started) click HERE.

This was my first time canning pears, and I must say it was fairly easy.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Zucchini Pickles (Home Canning)

Just when you thought I was done sharing zucchini recipes...

Back when our zucchini plants were on overdrive, I truly did enjoy coming up with all kinds of ways to use them.  Making zucchini pickles is another way to enjoy zucchini throughout the year, just like the zucchini bread that I made and froze to eat later.

If you like the taste of a bread and butter pickle, I hope you try this...

Zucchini Pickles
(they taste like bread and butter pickles)

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Garden Fresh Salsa (Home Canning)

Is there anything better than Garden Fresh Salsa?

I do love it fresh from the garden, but...

I also want to enjoy it long after the garden season.

So what do I do year after year?

I can salsa!

Monday, August 24, 2015

Home Canning (How To Get Started)

Home canning is making a strong come back from what was once thought of as a dying art!

People, like you and me, are wanting to know where our food comes from.  
Many are gathering produce from their own garden, a family or friend's garden, a farmer's market, or a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture).

We want to know what goes into our food.
We don't want harmful additives and preservatives in our food.

For this weeks blog posts, I am going to be talking about home canning.

Friday, August 21, 2015

Farm Photo Friday (8-21-2015)

Welcome to Farm Photo Friday!

I hope you enjoy these pictures.

Ginger is upset that I put some tomatoes in her window sitting area.

We canned some tomatoes.

Hard at work.

The last gathering...
we sold the alpacas.

The cow's new friend...

She is a good listener...
see how she has her head tilted as if to listen better.

Recent rains have made the creek have that soothing bubbling sound.

If only I had more time to sit and listen...

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Thursday, August 20, 2015

How To Clean And Store Farm Fresh Eggs

If you are backyard chicken keeper or have access to farm fresh eggs, you may be interested in my latest article that I wrote for Community Chickens.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Fried Green Tomatoes

When those first green tomatoes appear I have to control myself...

I want to make fried green tomatoes, but...

 I also want to let those tomatoes get ripe!
What's a woman to do?

Monday, August 17, 2015

Farm Animal Decor and a GIVE AWAY

I think I have always decorated with some type of farm animal.

I have rooster figurines from family members.

I have a sheep picture with a Bible verse.

I have framed pictures of my chickens.

But, one thing that I didn't have was a cow picture.

It is something that I have wanted to add to my decor for some time now, but...

have you priced 'cow art' lately?

There are some beautiful ones available, but they cost a lot of moola! (pun intended ;-)

We added a cow to our farm a couple months ago, and I have been trying to get some good pictures of her.  My plan was to have an enlargement made like I did my baby chic photo.  I would frame it and create my own art.

Something better happened!

I partnered with Canvas Pop to receive a free 16 x 20 canvas print for a  review on my blog.

Canvas art is something that is so appealing to me.

How the picture wraps around is so beautiful.

Look how the tree branches and grass seamlessly wrap around the sides.

I chose this picture because it shows the adorable 'heart' on the cow's head and the colors in the background.  Didn't she do a good job of posing?

Canvas Pop did such an amazing job of capturing the vibrant colors of the tree, the grass, the flowers and the cow.  I love it!

The tough part was deciding where to put it...

Our mud room is painted a soothing shade of green that goes well with the greens in the canvas print.
This room is definitely used a lot, but lacks being pretty.

Adding this print is the first step to giving this room some character.

Now the best part!

Canvas Pop is offering one of my readers a FREE 16 x 20 canvas print
with a 0.75 inch frame, and FREE shipping!  That's over an $80 value!
(It will be made with your own picture that you e-mail them.)

To enter for a chance to win, simply leave a comment on this post.
This give away will be open until August 25, 2015.
(Make sure to check back to see if you won.)

But wait, that's not it...
EVERY one of my readers can receive a 35% discount at Canvas Pop.
This offer expires November 1, 2015.

They offer more than just canvas prints.
Just think of the possibilities for the upcoming holiday season.

Click HERE to go to the Canvas Pop website, follow the instructions, and at check out enter the code LLFARM35 to receive your 35% discount.

You can read my full disclosure here.

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Friday, August 14, 2015

Farm Photo Friday - Nature Pictures (8-14-2015)

Welcome to Farm Photo Friday!

For these pictures, I thought it would be neat to look a little closer at nature...

A beautiful rainbow above the barn.

butterflies and bees sharing a flower.

"Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better."                                                                                      - Albert Einstein
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