Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Stories From The Good 'Ol Days

stories from the good 'ol days
Home made chicken and noodles.

I am blessed to have my parents (both in their 70's) still teaching me things...with words and actions.

Recently, my Mom told stories about the good 'ol days when she was a little girl and when she and my Dad were first married...

My Dad talked about things that he learned from his Grandma back in the good 'ol days...

To read about these stories and to learn what they taught us click  HERE to read my recent post at Community Chickens (a website from Mother Earth News and Grit magazines).

Monday, September 28, 2015

Apple Crisp With Almonds

The smell of cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger dance with the apples as they put on a beautiful production for my nose (and kitchen).  They perform Apple Crisp With Almonds...a fall favorite!

Apple Crisp has always been a favorite of mine...all year round.

Friday, September 25, 2015

Farm Photo Friday (September 25, 2015)

Good morning sunshine.

Welcome to Farm Photo Friday!

It's been a while, so I have lots of pictures to share...
(I got a new cell phone and have been taking morning pictures with it this week.)

If you make it to the end, I promise you won't be sorry!
It's a special little something just for YOU.

Buckeye and Ocean were waiting patiently this morning for their breakfast.

(I must say that I am loving having a cow on our little farm.)

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

End Of The Garden Season Soup

End Of The Garden Season Soup is more of an idea than a recipe...

Our garden is in it's final days of glory...

          a few tomatoes are still ripening...

                        an eggplant is ready to be picked here and there...

The freezer is stocked with some garden goodness...

            green beans...

                         shredded zucchini...


Monday, September 21, 2015

A September Morning Harvest

It's almost fall...my absolute favorite season!

The heat of the day has been slowly going away, turning a little cooler, with slight breezes...a much appreciated change for me.

Having the windows open brings a sense of calmness to me and to our house.  Breathing in that fresh air and feeling the cool breezes slide in is good for my soul and the soul of our home.  The house doesn't have to work so hard to keep everything cool, it can actually relax for a while, before it starts working hard in the winter months to keep everything snugly warm.

Sleeping with the windows open brings back memories of a simple childhood.  The singing of the crickets and other insects lull me off to sleep.  Waking up chilled is a pleasant welcome this time of year.

Friday, September 18, 2015

How To Make A Bandanna Pumpkin

Last year, when I was a new blogger I shared how to make bandanna pumpkins.

Since I have gained many awesome readers and followers in this past year, I thought you might enjoy this post pulled from my archive.

Bandanna Pumpkins

Do you have some bandannas stuffed in a drawer somewhere?  If not, don't worry...I picked some up at Hobby Lobby for 99 cents each.  I was surprised at all the different styles and colors available in bandannas.  I decided to stick to the traditional bandanna pattern and chose two shades of blue for my pumpkins.  I did my fall fireplace mantel this year in blue and cream (you can see that post here), and wanted to stick to that color scheme.

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Death and a New Friend

Recently on a Farm Photo Friday, I shared this adorable picture of our turkey and calf hanging out together.  (Notice how the calf has her ear perked up, as if listening to the turkey)

Living on a homestead is so rewarding to me...      

         the garden...

                 the animals...

                              even the unending projects...

...I truly feel blessed to be living this life.

It is a joy to watch everything blossom and grow.

The animals are entertaining to watch.

They relate to each other in ways I didn't know possible.

When Mr. Turkey lost Mrs. Turkey, he became sad...angry...even violent.

But then, an unexpected animal came along that helped Mr. Turkey through his emotions.

If you would like to read the story of how a death brought the two unlikely souls together, click HERE.  It is the most recent post that I wrote for Community Chickens, a website brought to us from Grit and Mother Earth News magazines.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

The Grape Arbor (Spring through Summer)

Do you remember back in the Spring when we did our DIY grape arbor?
You can read about it HERE.

This is what it looks like now, after a few months of growing time.

Monday, September 14, 2015

Baked Apples Slices (made in the microwave)

Two years ago we planted a couple apple trees.

This was the first year that we had a harvest from one of those trees.

Hold on to your seats...

                      this is exciting news...

                                    we picked...

                                                  7 apples!

It's a start, right?

So looking forward to more and more apples...year after year.

Friday, September 11, 2015

The Recipe Calls For Buttermilk But You Don't Have Any...

We've all been there...

You have the perfect recipe that you want to make...

Oh, it sound so delicious.

You think you have everything on hand...

But, wait a minute...

                    ...there's no buttermilk!

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

DIY Fall Art (using scrap book materials)

I like creating little pieces of  'art' for my seasonal decorating.

Adding little punches here and there, without spending a lot of money...that's my style.

I recently purchased a 12x12 frame for half off the original price.
That's the only investment I have in this project.  And I will use this frame over and over again, making it well worth the $10 that I paid for it.  ;-)

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

How I Freeze Green Beans

I recently did a post on how to can green beans titled Green Beans (to can or freeze).

I admitted that I now freeze green beans, but I did not tell you how I freeze them.

I am a bit of a rebel...I don't blanch the beans before freezing them.

The method I use is soooo easy!
This is the second year that I have done it this way, proving that it's safe ;-)

Friday, September 4, 2015

Fall Home Tour 2015

Welcome to my Fall home tour!

I am so excited to be sharing my home with you during my favorite season.

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars (made with pretzels)

Do you like the combination of chocolate and peanut butter?

How 'bout the salty bite of a pretzel?

Then we should be best friends!

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Transforming a cheap plain candle

Candles come in all different sizes, colors, scents, and prices.

One of my favorite candles is...
an ivory colored, inexpensive, no scent candle.

That's right no scent.

I like having a candle (or two or three) in the kitchen.
I also like having a candle as a centerpiece on the kitchen table or in the living room.
Having a lit candle adds such ambiance to any space.

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