Farmgirl Friday Blog Hop #233

FGF LogoV2Welcome back to the Farmgirl Friday Blog Hop! I was slammed at my day job last Friday so unfortunately blog hop did not happen. BUT we are back this week and we are in AUGUST!

Wow I cannot believe it. I love this time of year. This is when, for me, the hard work from spring planting comes to fruition and we have more food than we can eat. Preserving and sharing it begins!

Pickles were on the agenda this morning. Early this morning I picked over 11 pounds of cucumbers!

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The smaller ones got scrubbed and 8 pounds found themselves waiting to be pickled.

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This is an easy and delicious recipe that I have used for the last three years. It is from DIY Natural and it is amazing.

I hope you are having an amazing summer. I know for many of you this is the time of year that your children are either headed back to school or you may be gearing up for a new homeschooling year. Cheers to a great school year!

So, let’s hop! I am sure you have been doing much over the last couple of weeks, so start your bragging on yourself!

 



Farmgirl Friday Blog Hop #231

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Welcome to the Farmgirl Friday Blog Hop!

You may be coming off a long weekend like we are. I love having the extra day from work to work in the garden and do other things around here. We are busy in the garden and busy in the kitchen with our remodel still going. Hubby got the sink out this week and by end of the weekend the new sink cabinet that he is building and our new apron sink should be in! Yipee!! For now we are using paper plates and cups and cooking on the grill. We have a sink in the basement but we figure the less dishes we make the better for a few days.

Last week I loved reading the blog on Hibiscus. I have Hibiscus and yet I buy tea with Hibiscus. Michelle from Seeking Joyful Simplicity shared a tea recipe and more on Hibiscus.

And who doesn’t like to put something old to good use. Lyn from Repurposed for Life showed us the new life her couch has received and boy is it pretty!

There were so many good link ups last week on the hop! Keep ’em coming as I love reading them.

Let’s blog hop!

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! It is not a hop without you.

Farmgirl is a Condition of the Heart – MaryJaneButters



Farmgirl Friday Blog Hop #230

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Happy Farmgirl Friday Blog Hop #230

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Happy 4th of July Weekend!

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Plans for picnics, BBQs and fireworks dance in my head. My cousin’s family has moved nearby (1 hour away) YIPEE! AND we will be spending some quality family time with them this weekend.

And yes gardening and lots of it this weekend. With a long weekend away from the day job that leaves much time for playing outside and getting a great farmgirl manicure.

Did you see the beautiful crafts made from blue bottles last week on the blog hop?

This was just one of the beautiful pictures and fun things that Lyn shared. I must admit however that these chimes were my favorite. Thanks to Lyn from sharing from Repurposed For Life.

Enjoy your 4th of July. But be sure to stop by and link up your blog to show off your farmgirl skills!

Farmgirl is a Condition of the Heart – MaryJaneButters



Farmgirl Friday Blog Hop #229

FGF LogoV2Here we are again at the Farmgirl Friday Blog Hop! So glad you stopped by.

I love this time of year – mostly because I am obsessed with my veggie gardens. The potatoes blossomed this week—

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The beans are about ready to pop on our first planting of them—

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And the Malabar Spinach is about big enough to toss in a salad!

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I cannot wait to head out every day to see what is happening. And I love to head here also to see what ya’ll are doing.

Last week Ginger Dawn shared a poem titled “She Let Go“.  I have read this numerous times in the last week. I think we are all so busy and that makes this such a great message. If you did not read it, take a few moments by yourself and read it and let it resonate with you. I love it and we all need to stop, breath and let go over and over and over again in our lives. Enjoy reading it and thank you Ginger for sharing. Please note also that the artwork is by Ginger herself and it is beautiful.

So like I said we all are busy. So take a moment and brag on what you are doing this week.

Visit some other posts while you are at it. Thank you for joining. It is not a hop without you. Let’s get hopping!

Farmgirl is a Condition of the Heart – MaryJaneButters

 



Who Let the Birds Out?

IMG_20160608_132634706I had a great time last week helping my farmgirl pal Liz out at Nightfall Farm move her chicks out to their new digs in the field. It was a true “right of passage” for me in my long line of “rights” since moving to Indiana. This was one of my most fun and delightful experiences.

Liz and Nate raise animals and they have a meat CSA in our area you can join plus they sell at farmers’ markets, restaurants and direct.  Their animals are well cared for, fed wonderful things and you just feel good buying from them. We first met them when we bought our turkey from them last Thanksgiving.  We had our second introduction at the Small Farm Conference that we went to in February. Both Nate and Liz led and shared in sessions there.

Liz and I have become friends since then and she knows we are in the process of becoming farmers. She is always more than happy to listen, brainstorm and YES share her mucky jobs with me if I am willing. So when she called and said she needed help moving 200 chicks I was in!

Now…when I say “help” I use that term loosely as I had no idea what I was in for or what to do. But Liz is a great (and patient) teacher. She had another friend helping (that knew what she was doing) so in a few hours we were successful.

The first trick is simply scooping them up one at a time (well Liz can do two at a time) and placing them carefully in a temporary tub so that we can transport them across the farm.

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During the day we moved 200+ chicks from their enclosed home in the barn to their clover fields homes outside right next door to their “cousins.” They settled in quickly- but then who wouldn’t with an all you can eat buffet and endless happy hour?

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Cleaning out their old home is next. That takes some real farmgirl muscles. It was HARD work! Many of you already know this from experience.

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During the day I was fortunate to also meet their very happy and friendly pigs and to see their glee at getting sprayed midday. They were more exited about the hose than their lunch!

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And look at these gorgeous sheep!

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IMG_20160608_140330226They all look like they have it rough huh? All their animals have spectacular surroundings, lots to munch on and tons of nurturing and care. If you are in Indiana, look them up!

Thank you Liz for sharing your day with me and all that I learned! We will see what you ping me for next time; I am anxiously waiting.

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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



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 #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



Farmgirl Friday Blog Hop #219

FGF LogoWelcome back to the Farmgirl Friday Blog Hop!

After a week off the blog hop and two weeks away from blogging I am happy to be here with you again. We had a wonderful vacation in Quebec and Montreal!

From the fabulous food and tea—

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The beautiful churches (this is the Basilica of Notre Dame)—

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The views of Quebec City—

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To just having fun dressing up and going out—

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It was a wonderful trip and 11th anniversary celebration!

I have not been up to much here at the farm, but we did get our farm number which is exciting and will now allow us to work with the USDA and others on grants and assistance. This weekend holds a long task list and a bit of catching up.

Is it spring yet for you? Our friends in Colorado are expecting a winter storm! I am sure they are hoping for springtime soon.

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