Farmgirl Friday Blog Hop #225

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Welcome to the Farmgirl Friday Blog Hop!

This week has been a fun week of planting and working on our kitchen. Never a dull moment but that is how I like it!

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Gardening makes me dream of tomatoes and squash and the Sunny Italian Stew Recipe from Claudia at Avalon Media last week hit the spot! She said it was inspired by her time in Italy as a child and it looks wonderful! Be sure to check it out!

Tips for Gardening with a One Year Old was also delightful! Since we just came back from playing in the dirt with our daughter’s family (which includes an almost 2 year old) it seemed to be perfect timing for this read. Thank you Frugal Mama for sharing!

What are you up to? Late spring is full of action isn’t it?

Time to hop!

Welcome to all and thank you for joining!

It would not be a hop if you did not join in. 🙂

Here’s some simple guidelines!

  1. Write a post about your farmgirl lifestyle and brag a little about your farmgirl talents while your at it! Share what being a farmgirl means to you. Include lots of photos of your farm, crafts, animals,  quilts, home decor projects and thrifty make overs, your backyard garden, chicken coop, recipes, studio or workshop. You get the idea!
  2. Leave your entry in the  Linky tools space to your  Farmgirl Friday post.
  3. Please include the Farmgirl Friday button ( or link back here ) in your post and remember to share this hop with all of your blogging friends!
  4. Enter up to three entries per hop

Thank you for joining and sharing and visiting each other!

Farmgirl is a Condition of the Heart – MaryJaneButters



First Green Babies Hit the Ground!

The rain gave us a break this week which meant some of my green babies got in the ground!

This batch had been hardening off and I imagine they were excited to get in the back of Ms. Tupelo to ride back to their garden home.

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These were truly the strongest bunch of plants I have ever had. They all looked awesome as they went in.

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I plant so many varieties of tomatoes that I decided to color code them with tie wraps this year. Early in year I can recall my layout. Later in the year when it is a tomato jungle out there, it becomes more difficult to distinguish. The difference between a Green Zebra and Purple Cherokee is obvious but 5 different Romas can become challenging as they all start to intertwine with one another.

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I also am planting eggplant this year. I hope they do well. I am looking forward to Eggplant Parmesan from these and my tomatoes.

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Bottom line is that these first green babies are happy to be in and this farmgirl was even happier to get some soil under the nails and sunshine!

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Happy Unleashing!

FGU

Farmgirl Friday Blog Hop #224

FGF LogoV2Welcome to the Farmgirl Friday Blog Hop!

Well we are back from Georgia. We had so much fun visiting our family, building a raised bed, cleaning out some other areas around the house and planting in them and of course spending time with our rockstar of a grandson!

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A blog will be forthcoming on our outside fun!

All our entries on our little blog hop here as so awesome on a weekly basis. One of the blogs I love to read are the ones titled “Homestead Hack” and then it can be on a variety of topics. We all love hacks so I always check those out. Last week, a simple yet effective way to dice tomatoes and not have juice dripping down your cabinets was great! And the best thing about it was, as all hacks, you probably have what you need laying around your house. Thank you Taylor for sharing! (I am going to make you head over there for the hack instead of spoiling it for you).

Let’s get going on this week’s shall we? Brag on what you are up to this week. Here are some guidelines if you are new here.

Welcome to all and thank you for joining!

It would not be a hop if you did not join in. 🙂

Here’s some simple guidelines!

  1. Write a post about your farmgirl lifestyle and brag a little about your farmgirl talents while your at it! Share what being a farmgirl means to you. Include lots of photos of your farm, crafts, animals,  quilts, home decor projects and thrifty make overs, your backyard garden, chicken coop, recipes, studio or workshop. You get the idea!
  2. Leave your entry in the  Linky tools space to your  Farmgirl Friday post.
  3. Please include the Farmgirl Friday button ( or link back here ) in your post and remember to share this hop with all of your blogging friends!
  4. Enter up to three entries per hop

Thank you for joining and sharing and visiting each other!

Farmgirl is a Condition of the Heart – MaryJaneButters



Farmgirl Friday Blog Hop #223

FGF LogoV2Welcome to the Farmgirl Friday Blog Hop!

We are heading to Georgia to visit our daughter #2 and her family, do some dog sitting and more visiting with daughter #1. D#3 couldn’t make it on this trip, so next time for her.

 

DSCN2982We are building a raised bed for D2 and her family. I cannot wait to get my little grandson in the dirt with me! The raised bed is part of their Christmas present. They all LOVE veggies (including little Arlo) and we thought teaching them all how to grow some of their own would be fun. We got them hand tools and gloves and stuff for Christmas. This weekend we will build the bed. I have a few green babies that I am taking and we will be planting some seeds.

DSCN2979We will do the square foot gardening method which is easy and what got me hooked on gardening a few years ago. Low on weeds and high on success. These 2 pictures are from my first try a few years ago (2012).  It got me obsessed with gardening and I am hoping to bring them the same thrill. Wish us all fun in the sun and soil!

I love looking through all the entries on our hop. Recipes, animals, animal babies, health tips, pretty pictures and more! How about you? Did you get a chance to look through the link ups from last week? How about this adorable basket from scraps?

This is so beautiful and looks like fun! What a great way to use up some of those many, many bins of scraps I continue to save. Thank you Farmgirl Freckles for sharing!

Let’s get hopping! Brag on what you are up to this week. Here are some guidelines if you are new here.

Welcome to all and thank you for joining!

It would not be a hop if you did not join in. 🙂

Here’s some simple guidelines!

  1. Write a post about your farmgirl lifestyle and brag a little about your farmgirl talents while your at it! Share what being a farmgirl means to you. Include lots of photos of your farm, crafts, animals,  quilts, home decor projects and thrifty make overs, your backyard garden, chicken coop, recipes, studio or workshop. You get the idea!
  2. Leave your entry in the  Linky tools space to your  Farmgirl Friday post.
  3. Please include the Farmgirl Friday button ( or link back here ) in your post and remember to share this hop with all of your blogging friends!
  4. Enter up to three entries per hop

Thank you for joining and sharing and visiting each other!

Farmgirl is a Condition of the Heart – MaryJaneButters



Sunroom is Complete!

I know it seems like forever since I shared with you that we were adding a sunroom. But these things take time and life moves on and continues as you are trying to complete these home projects. We finally got carpet two weeks ago, hubby put in baseboards on Saturday and this week we added furniture. It has become our peaceful, escape, lower the blood pressure, happy hour and tea time place.

Here are some pictures of its journey:

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Drywall and paint. We had 3 wonderful men build out the room and thankfully drywall it, so we did not have to mud it ourselves– been there, done that and it is not my favorite thing.

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Electricity is always hubby’s thing.

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I add the light fixtures after he wires.

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The windows and wood are simply beautiful. We got the wood, which is Poplar, from a saw mill near us. They also did our wood floors for the kitchen and our butcher block counter tops (which are on order). We love the knots and variations in the coloring.

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Our paint’s name is Hearts of Palm. I love that!

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We built our room over our deck.

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So pretty. I am thrilled with it! The deck is a new addition since we moved here in 2012 also.

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And now this week it finally has carpet, baseboards and furniture. It was a two year birth, but we are now loving life in it!

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And my favorite spot! I love colorful pillows. It is inviting isn’t it?

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So, if you can’t find me, you know where to look!

Happy Unleashing!

FGU

Derby Week Fun!

IMG_20160503_081931550There is no better place to wear red boots than Dawn at the Downs at Churchill Downs during Derby Week. We headed to Louisville Monday night and started with a supreme view from our room!

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In the morning we were up bright and early so we could be at The Downs by 7 am for breakfast and to watch the horses workout.

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Seating in Millionaires Row is quite special! We can dream for the morning can’t we?

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The breakfast is always great and then you step outside to see the beautiful horses workout. Before the Oaks and Derby horses take to the track it is preened for them – I mean they are royalty this week!

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The horses are so pretty. There is something really special about getting this up close look at them working out. It is something you don’t get to see on Oaks or Derby day. It is peaceful and just surreal really.

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Later we returned for some racing action.

We love seeing horses walking in the paddocks.

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I won two of the four races I bet on. 🙂 I went home up $5.00. That is pretty good for this novice! Here is the horse that won me $12.80!

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And what is a day at the races without a signature drink. I had the Lilly (Oaks drink) and Mike had the Julep (Derby drink).

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Walking the grounds is breathtaking. All the roses are in bloom.

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So big question moving into Saturday, is who will be first to cross the finish?

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Happy Unleashing to your Derby Weekend!

FGU

Farmgirl Friday Blog Hop #222

FGF LogoV2Welcome to Farmgirl Friday Blog Hop!

It has been a fun week here since it is Derby week. I will posting a blog later on some Derby Week Fun that we have had. In between it has been rainy but today is gorgeous so I am looking forward to heading outside later and playing in the dirt!

Have you ever made seed bombs? If not Maple Hill Farm shared a great tutorial on making these. They look like so much fun!

Thanks for sharing every week.  I continue to learn and learn and be inspired.

So let’s getting hopping!

Here’s some simple guidelines!

  1. Write a post about your farmgirl lifestyle and brag a little about your farmgirl talents while your at it! Share what being a farmgirl means to you. Include lots of photos of your farm, crafts, animals,  quilts, home decor projects and thrifty make overs, your backyard garden, chicken coop, recipes, studio or workshop. You get the idea!
  2. Leave your entry in the  Linky tools space to your  Farmgirl Friday post.
  3. Please include the Farmgirl Friday button ( or link back here ) in your post and remember to share this hop with all of your blogging friends!
  4. Enter up to three entries per hop

Thank you for joining and sharing and visiting each other!

Farmgirl is a Condition of the Heart – MaryJaneButters



Farmgirl Friday Blog Hop #221

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Welcome to the Farmgirl Friday Blog Hop!

Beautiful skies here today but much, much rain is coming in so I don’t think it will be a gardening weekend (much to my dismay).

I love starting green babies and I am obsessed with tomatoes so I really enjoyed reading “How to Start Heirloom Tomatoes from Seed” from The Modern Day Settler. 

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Aren’t they just beautiful?? I love, love, love varieties on the tomato front. I cannot wait to sink my teeth into my first tomato of the season (still several weeks off…). Thanks for sharing on the hop some great tips and pictures!

IMG_20160426_165528002I couldn’t resist and popped a couple of our tomato plants in large pots on the deck this week. It is too early for ground here, but I could bring a pot in if I had to. And these darn things are jumping out of their starter pots and getting blooms. They are itching for the garden!

IMG_20160427_201640974So this weekend without the garden, means more work in the kitchen!

Yipee. Hubby is getting the shelving in that he has been crafting. It is so pretty! I could not resist and grabbed a couple of things to pop on the top shelf after it was done! The rest will get into day and tomorrow.

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What are you up to? Ready to join the hop and brag a little about what is going on with you?

Let’s get hopping! AND be sure to visit the others!

Here’s some simple guidelines!

  1. Write a post about your farmgirl lifestyle and brag a little about your farmgirl talents while your at it! Share what being a farmgirl means to you. Include lots of photos of your farm, crafts, animals,  quilts, home decor projects and thrifty make overs, your backyard garden, chicken coop, recipes, studio or workshop. You get the idea!
  2. Leave your entry in the  Linky tools space to your  Farmgirl Friday post.
  3. Please include the Farmgirl Friday button ( or link back here ) in your post and remember to share this hop with all of your blogging friends!
  4. Enter up to three entries per hop

Thank you for joining and sharing!

Farmgirl is a Condition of the Heart – MaryJaneButters

 



Tomatoes are Rocking! (early)

Previously I shared with you that I changed up a couple things this year with my green babies (who doesn’t like to experiment right?).

Hubby built a beautiful (and very functional) grown shelf-

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I bought a system of trays that are sturdy, domed (until sprouting) and bottom waterers-

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Well my little green babies popped up in a matter of 48 hours! They have been going strong, strong, strong.

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The addition of cinnamon has seriously stomped out the ground gnats and damping off. And I have been adding a bit of fish emulsion to the water every other week. That does make for some interesting smells in the basement. 🙂

The broccoli and cabbages got planted about 1 week ago. Perfect timing for them.

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The first tomato plants that I started have been jumping out of their pots. You can see that I have already transplanted many to 4″ pots.

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You can also see these are strong stems that have many leaves. Below are blossoms.

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We are in 6a so it is too soon for me to put them in the garden. I do not tempt fate out there and my last frost date is still 2 1/2 weeks away. I typically wait a week or so after that before planting so I don’t get any surprises.

BUT I could not resist grabbing a couple of these guys and putting them in large pots on the deck. I can bring them in if the weather does snap. It was so exciting to see them outside in these large pots.

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Then it stormed… I mean wind and hard, hard rain, multiple times last evening and overnight. It was so bad that Jasmine our pup slept on the floor in our room. She was a nervous, pacing doggie.

But my over-sized (I mean that in a good way) green babies weathered (ha ha) the storm and were looking good this morning!

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I planted some herb and flower seeds in pots yesterday too. I hope they did not wash or splash away. Only time will tell me their fate. But for my tomato teenagers, they seem to be A-OK!

Are you jumping the gun on planting anything? It is hard to resist isn’t it?

Happy Unleashing!

FGU

Farmgirl Friday Blog Hop #220

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Welcome to the Farmgirl Friday Blog Hop!

What are you up to? I finally got to start planting outside. I added the broccoli green babies to our garden this week. They are so cute!

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Thanks to each of you for participating every week. Last week Farmgirl Freckles shared her recipe for Rosemary Gardeners Scrub! Oh wow does this look fantastic. I love making scrubs and with gardening season in full swing, this is something I must make! Is looks like it feels wonderful and it is so pretty!

Let’s get hopping!

Here’s some simple guidelines!

  1. Write a post about your farmgirl lifestyle and brag a little about your farmgirl talents while your at it! Share what being a farmgirl means to you. Include lots of photos of your farm, crafts, animals,  quilts, home decor projects and thrifty make overs, your backyard garden, chicken coop, recipes, studio or workshop. You get the idea!
  2. Leave your entry in the  Linky tools space to your  Farmgirl Friday post.
  3. Please include the Farmgirl Friday button ( or link back here ) in your post and remember to share this hop with all of your blogging friends!
  4. Enter up to three entries per hop

Thank you for joining and sharing!

Farmgirl is a Condition of the Heart – MaryJaneButters