Farmgirl Friday Blog Hop #242

Happy Friday & Welcome to the Farmgirl Friday Blog Hop!

It has been a busy and fun week. We started with a three day weekend in Cincinnati celebrating my hubby’s birthday AND simply relaxing. After our kitchen project we took some downtime. Even though we were traveling we spent a lot of time sleeping, playing Yahtzee and watching basketball– some of the things we haven’t done much of lately! It was so much fun.

Midweek we had church activities and this is my first full week back to work full-time in a few months. So it has been a good week but it has flown! How about you?

We had some fun blog entries last week. A new one that I noticed and loved was Farm Life in the Italian Mountains. She is living my dream life! Wonderful blog and pictures also.

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Take a little time today and visit Italy with Chandra. Thanks Chandra for posting!

So you may not be in Italy this week but you are probably doing something interesting in your world! Take a few moments and share what you are up to.

This is a blog hop so join in and have a great Friday!



Farmgirl Friday Blog Hop #239

Welcome to the Farmgirl Friday Blog Hop!

We finally got a dusting of snow this week. It has been a mild winter so far. I say that knowing that Feb and March can bring some winter storms so I am not counting us home free yet!

We have been remodeling our kitchen for almost two years now. We are on the back end and almost done! We completed our peninsula last night and it is waiting the granite top. It is due to be installed on Feb. 21! I am beyond excited to see the completion of this soon.

You can see I have already started playing around with what I might want on it. After the top is one I will post pics of the entire thing.

What are you up to? Have you started any seeds yet? I am about 10 days out from starting that. How’s your crafts? Animals? Let’s go to hopping so you can share what you are up to!

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

I am happy to journey with you again this year; so glad you are here.

Farmgirl is a Condition of the Heart – MaryJaneButters

 



Raising Up a New Garden(er)

IMG_20160515_164641183We visited our daughter and family recently with the purpose of setting up a garden for them. They LOVE vegetables (even Arlo who is about to be 2) so having a raised bed makes so much sense for them. And what is more fun than sharing your passion with people you are passionate about?

Mike was in charge of the logistics of building the box — which simply means he got to play with his power tools. 🙂

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And of course being outside in Georgia means it was HOT. Arlo had to break from all the work for a quick dip in his pool while mom sat nearby looking at seed packets.

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Then off to Home Depot we went to load up on planting medium, worm castings and just miscellaneous fun gardening stuff.

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Unloading and dumping was next. Adam and hubby handled the honors.

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A little raking and smoothing action was needed and Arlo was up to the task with his cute blue gardening gloves on.

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We measured off squares with bright string and the planting began. We did a combination of seeds for things like beans, squash, radishes, carrots and cucs. I brought tomato, basil, pepper and eggplant green babies from home.

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And what’s a day in the sunshine without a ride in the garden cart?

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A toddler will be a toddler even with 4 adults around. Arlo enjoyed discovering how to work the hose and was extremely happy when he got squirted and wet— “again”, “again”, “again”, was the song that he sang.

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We all put together a fence with PVC and chicken wire. This will work great to keep bunnies out and maybe quick little hands.

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We did some sprucing up in the back also. It is always nicer to sit or play outside if you have some pretty things to look at also. Laura did a great job of cleaning out a spot under this little tree. We planted some flowers here. IMG_20160516_151325793

We also snuck in some pumpkin seeds. There is a slight drop here and we hope the pumpkins will vine a few inches down; they will have a wide open area for sprawling out then.

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Adam attacked and conquered (for now) the bamboo that was HUGE and spreading in the back.

IMG_20160516_163628131A barrel of herbs and a hanging planter finished us up.

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To end our day in the sun we had to take a couple of family photos right?

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We are all hoping the gardening goes well and they will be eating from their yard in a couple of months!

Happy Unleashing outside today!

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 #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



Farmgirl Friday Blog Hop #218

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Welcome to the Farmgirl Friday Blog Hop!

AND Bonjour!!!

By the time you are reading this I will be on a flight to Quebec.  🙂

Hubby and I are celebrating our 11th anniversary by recreating our honeymoon trip. We will be in Montreal and Quebec City for 8 days. I cannot wait and I know it will be a wonderful time!

Things are blooming at home and pollen is in the air! Maple Hill 101 shared some really pretty spring pictures on last week’s blog hop. If you did not get a chance to look at them, do!

(I think my hubby’s nose will appreciate the still cold weather in Canada to relieve him of his allergy systems.)

I planted some seeds this week; I am hoping to see little green babies when I return.

There will be no Farmgirl Friday Blog Hop next week as we will still be traveling. Link up and share today and we will meet again in two weeks!

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 #216

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Welcome to the Farmgirl Friday Blog Hop!

I am traveling this week. And with a fun and good cause! One, it is a girl’s (and well grandson too) getaway  in Georgia. I get to see all three of my daughters and my sweet Arlo who is 21 months going on 7!  He is such a happy, talkative, active little boy! And whenever I get to spend time with all three daughters it is full of laughter and happiness and is just well special!

On Saturday (tomorrow) we will be walking in breast cancer walk.

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My youngest daughter has been involved in volunteering for cancer walks since college sorority days. When she took her current job she found herself again involved in a breast cancer walk. It benefits there local community – specifically those suffering with breast cancer. So it will be a weekend of powerful stories, tears, laughter and will be extremely special to share this with all of my daughters.

I have also been busy planning for spring. I have green babies under the lights and they are growing hourly!

Last weeks favorite was easy for me. Taylor had me POTATO as I LOVE everything potato. As a matter of fact we used the last of our potatoes this week (in honor of St. Paddy’s day) and that makes me a little melancholy…

BUT Taylor’s recipe for Leftover Mashed Potato Cakes will get me to dart to the store to get some more! They look so yummy!

What have you been up to? Please link up below to your blog so you can brag on your farmgirl doings! I am away from home, but I will be checking (because I simply cannot resist!).

So, 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



Brown County Getaway

IMG_20160220_173101400My hubby’s birthday was this week. We decided to start celebrating over the weekend. We wanted to stay nearby, but we also wanted to get away. In Indiana we have lots of choices for that kind of getaway. We headed for Brown County!

Our first stop was the Brown County Winery. They really had some fabulous dry wines and we tasted and bought some for later enjoyment.

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Since it was a weekend trip we decided to visit one of many state parks and stay in the lodge. What a great choice we made! We headed to Brown County and stayed at the Abe Martin Lodge.

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Hubby always asks for an “Ocean View” no matter where we stay. We had to wait a bit for our room (we were early and went exploring). When we entered our room, we indeed did have an “Ocean View” in Indiana! That’s pretty special huh?

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One incredibly awesome thing was that although it is still February, last weekend was amazing and in the 60’s and even peaked 70 degrees for a bit! WOW! Much of our time was spent outdoors hiking- 10 miles worth. We did split it into two walks, but it was just spectacular. Hubby certainly enjoyed himself.

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Some trees had come down during a storm the day before. The path was blocked but all of us still found ways to get through.

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Afterwards we hit the hot tub. AND look at this indoor water park! What a great family getaway if you are ever this way.

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That evening we headed into Nashville (Indiana) and had great pizza and beer at Big Woods Brewery and Pizza. It is one of our favorite locations and well… we had to find a place with the Indiana vs. Purdue basketball game on. We had a great view of the game and great food! Added bonus is the IU won so that made the birthday boy very happy!

The next morning we found this lovely church to attend. The view from the sanctuary was like a dream. It was so pristine and beautiful.

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We highly recommend visiting Brown County, Indiana. There is so much to do for all ages. You will not be disappointed!

Do you have a favorite, nearby getaway?

FGU

My Favorite Things – Light of Day Organic Tea

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We all have those things that are our favorites. I was introduced to Light of Day Organics tea about 2 years ago while on vacation. I was hooked! I have ordered it via the web ever since. I am not a coffee drinker but I do consider myself a tea snob. I love good tea and will seek it out and pay for it. This is one of my favorites.

Light of Day Organics is Michigan’s only tea farm. On our trip to Michigan in July we visited and it was everything (and more) that I hoped it would be.

As you approach you see their certifications. These are folks committed to organics and local. Thebulk of their teas are grown on their Biodynamic farm and are certified by the National Organic Program and by Demeter.

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The founding director is inspiring as she founded this out of her own passionate journey in health and holistic well being for others and for herself. You can read her full story.

We had fun tasting tea, learning about the different types of tea, seeing how they are produced and then simply took in the surroundings wandering around. There are special places to seat and sip on your tea.

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The gardens are beautiful and inviting.

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Who wouldn’t want tea from here (or her own tea farm) after seeing this beauty?

And she has a Kubota which is my absolute favorite.

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Visit them on the web and experience their beautiful teas and story. If you are in Michigan they are just west of Traverse City and so worth the trip. This is NOT a paid endorsement of any kind; I just love their stuff and wanted to share the beauty with you.

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I am going to go steep a cup of tea and visualize the pretty flowers that went into it.

Happy Unleashing in your tea pot!

FGU

 

Farmgirl Friday Blog Hop #203

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Welcome to the Farmgirl Friday Blog Hop!

I think you are probably busy with summer like me. We have traveled, gardened, dealt with flood waters and storms and today we kicked off our kitchen remodel! More on that to come in the following weeks.

On the travel side, we just returned from the National Cherry Festival in Traverse City Michigan.

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It was so much fun! And we brought back some yummy cherries that hubby used to bake a tart with last night! WOW!

And how about this “Chairy Drill Team” at the festival (get the play on words?) They were so fun!

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I will share some pictures from our Michigan adventures next week! We were celebrating our 10 year anniversary and we had a LOT of fun!

Deb is up to her eyeballs in colorful blooms! Well, at least up to her knees. If you want to see some of her great flowers check out her new page on Instagram! We have actually both started dappling a bit in Instagram and you can find me there as well. Stop by and say hi!

What you are doing this week? Harvesting, planting, preserving? Maybe you are at a fair showing animals. Or perhaps you are sipping on some ice tea about now. Whatever it is we are glad you are here!

Let’s start hopping!