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 #215

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Welcome to the Farmgirl Friday Blog Hop!

It feels like spring! Warmer temps, rain and mud! I bet many of you can relate to the new mani and the jean look. 🙂 I am in seventh heaven to be honest!

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Gratefulness was the them of Ginger’s post last week on Five Random Things that Make Me Happy. I really love the card her hubby made her! Beautiful!

And the Cute Repurposed Denim Fabric Baskets from Taylor Made were adorable! Maybe my jeans above need repurposing!

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I am certain that ya’ll are busy, busy, busy! Anyone as dirty as me? 🙂

Let’s get hopping so we can share!

Brag a bit on yourself and on your great farmgirl skills and passions! With spring around the corner I know you are up to lots of fun and creative things.

Please share what you are up to! I have much to learn from you!

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 Friday Blog Hop #213

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I am so excited!! I am starting seeds this weekend on my new grow shelves that hubby is putting together for me.

IMG_20160213_154306747Lights are being added as I type here and by the end of the weekend I will have some lovely little green babies just waiting to pop! Do you have spring fever too?

Last week I loved reading (and dreaming while reading) A Miniature Orchard, by Dogwood Lane Rambles. We have no fruit trees and we fantasize about having them. I loved seeing the photos in this blog and the terrific looking soil they have!

Did you have a favorite?

Let’s get to the hop!

Brag a bit on yourself and on your great farmgirl skills and passions!

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 #212

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Welcome to the Farmgirl Friday Blog Hop!

We have went from snow and ice to 60 degrees this week. I love having a week where I am sandwiched between snow (which I really love) and the 60’s which I love because that tells me spring gardening is almost upon us! For those of you that don’t get to enjoy snow, I post some pictures earlier this week.

Last week was a myriad of blog posts. A couple favorites for me were Beekeeping and Neighbors from Eight AcresWe are beekeepers so a bee blog will always get my attention. We are also fairly new beekeepers and there is much to learn. This blog post is excellent for those considering bees. It has some good tips in it. Thank you Eight Acres for sharing!

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Another fav was I Feel Spaetzle from Ginger Dawn. Being from German heritage it was fun to read her blog, see the pics and totally relate to not only the process of making spaetzle, but remembering the yumminess of it! Thank for sharing Ginger!

And so many more. If you haven’t had a chance to read them, do! Lots of good nuggets in there.

What are you doing this week? You may be crafting, cooking, baking, gardening, caring for your flock or a hundred other things we farmgirls do. Whether you live on a huge working farm or live in the city or suburbs or an apartment–share what the farmgirl in you is doing this week!

Let’s get to the hop!

Here are 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!

Don’t be shy! This newbie farmgirl learns soooo much from all of you! Please round up your best of the week and share it here! Enjoy reading what your farmgirl friends are up to also! Have a great week.



Farmgirl Friday Blog Hop #211

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Deb has graciously allowed me to continue on as the Farmgirl Friday Blog Hop hostess! We have had so much fun sharing in the previous 210 blog hops, let’s keep it going shall we? Do you like the new logo? I think she is darn cute!

A little update on my end— last week when Deb was posting that I would be hosting this moving forward, hubby and I were in a medical facility waiting for a CT Scan. 🙁

He had doubled over in pain that morning at the gym and the scan revealed he had a KIDNEY STONE! YIKES! For those of you that have experienced this my sympathy is with you. I have never seen such pain in a man; and to see it in a man that never even takes a Tylenol was a little disconcerting for me to say the least.

Good news is that he passed it on Monday night. The little sucker looked like a dry black bean. My hubby loves Mexican food so we have had some laughs over the fact that only he would have a kidney stone that looked like this. We are very grateful that this was short lived and over!

So I have been dreaming of gardening. We have our cold frames that have kept us in greens all winter so far. BUT spring is around the corner and lots to be done. We got some shelving for our little green babies and oh the catalogs… who can resist??? I love saving seeds but the downside is that I don’t need to order seeds! What’s a farmgirl to do? Order more seeds of course!

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What’s your favorite thing to grow? I am asked this and I say tomatoes! And then I say green beans! And then I say peppers! And then I say squash! And then I say lettuce, beets, carrots, radishes, peas, pumpkins, kale…. well you get the idea. How can you say what is your favorite? That is like saying who your favorite child is or chicken or goat is… really???? Who can do that?

I am looking for a CO-HOST! Who would love to do this with me? Please leave a comment or PM me on FB. I am wanting desperately to partner with 1 or 2 or 3 other farmgirls to host this. It is fun and easy. Please consider and let me know if you might like to do this. I want to highlight favorites again on a weekly basis. It would be fun to have a couple of us doing that. And giveaways are a part of 2016! I love a giveaway don’t you?

So let’s get hopping!

To refresh, this is easy! Here are 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!

Don’t be shy! This newbie farmgirl learns soooo much from all of you! Please round up your best of the week and share it here!

Thank you for your support!



Brunch Inspiration- MJFarm Magazine

IMG_20160123_123049121The latest edition of MaryJanesFarm Magazine has some FANTABULOUS brunch recipes. We tried one this past weekend with a little twist due to stuff we had on hand.

This recipe is for Baked Egg Gallettes and they were fantastic!

The crust is wonderfully soft. It is not like a pie crust; the texture is softer (more like a bread). It uses whole wheat flour and was yummy!

The spread inside is a mixture of cream cheese, herbs and spinach. I was out of spinach but had just picked some swiss chard from our cold frame so I substituted that.

IMG_20160123_112929018_HDRThe recipe calls for the inside to be stuffed with roasted veggies. That would be fantastic! I happen to have ratatouille leftovers on hand so I used those. Be creative is my motto while in the kitchen. Fold up the crust and crack an egg!

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It all worked beautifully together and was a supreme brunch dish!IMG_20160123_120341150

 

 

I have tried to find the recipe online or on MaryJanesFarm pinterest board but it is not yet posted that I can find. Go out and get the magazine for this and other delicious brunch recipes!IMG_20160123_120705713

I love breakfast. How about you? Do you have a favorite?

FGU

 

Farmgirl Friday Blog Hop #210

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Welcome to Farmgirl Friday Blog Hop and welcome to December! Can you believe that it is December? Are you crafting, baking and fitting in some relax and enjoy time as well???

Deb is crafting! She is sharing such cute Canning Jar Lid ornaments with us today! You MUST head over and check them out!

AND congrats to Daisy of  Maple Hill Farm Blogspot! She won the note card giveaway! Way to go Daisy!

We are slimming down the Christmas decorating since we are kitchen remodeling- there are only so many hours in the day, right? We did get our tree however this week and I have a couple of Christmas favs around the house.

This weekend I am tiling in prep for the stove and that will be all the decoration I need if I am cooking up a storm on Christmas eve! Send good vibes out this way for that. 🙂

Deb did mention that we are still eating fresh tomatoes here! Can you believe it? She hinted about wanting a quiche recipe that I made this week. Well, I must confess that it is not my own, but it is AMAZING and you can get it here!  I did sub out the arugula for mizuna. I have them both growing in my cold frame and picked the wrong one so I used what I had. It was sooooo good!

Take a break from your holiday prep and share what you are up to!

Thanks, as always for joining in!

Farmgirl Friday Blog Hop #208 and Happy Halloween!

apronFall is official with the coming of Halloween and turning back of the clocks this weekend. I will once again be tempted daily to put the jammies on at 5pm as the darkness approaches. Does the early darkness get to you too?

Deb’s been busy with company and viewing the most incredible fall landscapes out east. Be sure to stop by to see her pretty pictures.

We have been busy trying to extend our season (since it has been a slow one) and we are now reaping our summer harvest and canning in our kitchen that is really torn up. 

Looking outside today it truly looks like a fall day – clouds in the air, some trees still with colors and others have now dropped their leaves. I can tell that November is approaching. I truly love this time of year!

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Since the house is in remodel mode, my interior fall decor is not out, but I have added a couple fun things to look at right outside.

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I must try the canning the Seasoned Tomato sauce from Grow a Good Life that was shared last week. I still have ALOT of tomatoes this will get added to the repertoire.

And I am always a sucker for Mac and Cheese so I MUST try the Mac and Cheese with a kick. Thanks to My Maple Hill Farm for sharing. 

What are you up to? Halloween activities this weekend with family? Fall sightseeing like Deb? Stop by and share. We love reading!

Canning While Remodeling

Our kitchen is in major disarray. No cabinets remain except the one that is holding up the sink. No cabinets mean no counters. The stove gets moved around on a daily basis, so it could be anywhere at any given time.

With the garden slow to produce this summer I have not had to figure out how to preserve and can food. That was a little blessing in disguise, but as I shared recently, we did all that we could to extend our season and the fruits of our bounty are now here and awaiting attention.

With the assistance of a couple carts on wheels from the basement I put together a nice area to can in.

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The long cart is actually longer than my previous counter so I had an added luxury here of space. After I set up everything, I was on a roll.

First came the whole tomatoes. This is just the first round of many to come and it felt so good to be canning after a long summer’s wait. I love the clickity clack of the canner as it comes and stays on a boil.

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I am not sure if it is the late harvest or what the cause, but the tomatoes peeled beautifully this year. Better than years past. Blanching and ice water is my typical process (sometimes I roast them), but the skins literally slid off for me making the process fast. Before I knew it I was done smashing whole tomatoes into jars and they were hanging out in the canner.

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Seven pints came out looking good.

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With that under my belt and my rolling carts working so well, I decided to tackle the tomatillos. We have already had several harvests of these. For those of you that grow these you know that quantity is never an issue! They are pretty prolific. Previously I roasted them with jalapenos and garlic, pureed with some cilantro and we ate it right away and then froze a bunch too. With the canner hot and ready I decided to can this round of them. I still roasted the jalapenos, but not the tomatillos.

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I simmered onions, jalenpenos, tomatillos, red peppers and lots of seasonings. And I mean lots– I thought the cumin said TBL when it actually said tsp in the recipe. Good thing we like it!

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It turned out beautifully- I got 8 1/2 pints and 1 full pint. It smelled so fantastic. I can’t wait to dump some on top of a burrito or quesadilla or eggs.

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I still had a little time left and the canner was still hot and available. I made some terrific chunky Italian tomato sauce and threw it in as well. That produced 7 jars as well I still have a ways to go on the preserving, but I made a good dent! I froze some peppers and put the basil in the dehydrator. All in all and great day! Since my pantry is a bit cluttered right now, I cooled my jars on my currently empty shelves in the dining room area.

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The day gave me hope that even with a kitchen torn up I could figure out how to do this. When our contractor came last night he asked me if it was ok to work. He said his mom did not like movement in the house on canning days. 🙂

Do you like canning? Freezing? Just eating it fresh?

Happy Unleashing!
FGU

Farmgirl Friday Blog Hop #206

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Welcome to the Farmgirl Friday Blog Hop! I cannot believe it is September! We are in 90 degree weather to which I say “whew!” and “yipee”. Yipee is because my 80 tomato plants need some more hot weather!! So bring it on.

The basil also loves it hot and I am busy making and freezing pesto this week. I adore basil and to have pesto in the winter is so amazing. I wish you could smell the garlic and basil…

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We are also busy putting in our cold frames and low tunnels.

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Deb is up to her eyeballs in blooms! And they are so pretty. She has a sample of a bridal bouquet up on her blog. Please stop by, look at the pretty colors and say hi. She is turned into a real Flower Farmer this summer!!!

I am sure your kitchen smells as good as mine (although maybe not so messy as we are in a DYI remodel). How are your gardens? Do you garden for fall or are you over it! 🙂

It is time to blog hop! Share what you are up to and HAPPY LABOR DAY!!