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

 



Farmgirl Friday Blog Hop #235

Welcome to Farmgirl Friday Blog Hop! 

And Happy New Year!

We are about TWO weeks into the new year. Are you a resolution maker? Do you like to kick start the new year with a new habit or do you like to try something new?

Since I love to cook, I have been looking in my cookbooks and Pinterest for new recipes to try out. I have made some new soups, tried new things with spaghetti squash and made my own enchilada sauce this week instead of using a bottled one when making enchiladas. OK– they were delicious!

What about you? Is there something new you want to attempt in 2017? Something you want to brag about doing? This is the place!

Brag about your cooking, farming skills, gardening, crafting, sewing, painting and whatever else you do to connect with your inner farmgirl. It can be a new endeavor for 2017 or one that you have mastered!

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

I am happy to journey with you again this year! Here’s to a lot of fun and a lot of sharing in 2017.

Farmgirl is a Condition of the Heart – MaryJaneButters


Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

December was a wonderful roller coaster ride of so many fun things.

It started the 1st of December with a “mimi only” visit to my cutie pie of a grandson. I was so happy to be there early in December and see him decorate the tree and play gingerbread house with him on our date nite.

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On that trip I also got to catch up with a dear friend that I don’t see often enough and have a dinner date with my oldest daughter. It was such a great trip for visiting and laughing.

THEN off to Universal with my daughter and her hubby. Yep no kids – an adult only trip to Universal, Islands of Adventure, Disney and Epcot. It was so much fun. I thought it might be a one shot deal, but now I am thinking visiting Orlando before Christmas every year might be a really good thing to do!

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Then Christmas! We spend it in Atlanta with all the kiddos and their families. We have not all gotten together on Christmas for 5 years! I was in heaven. Here is our beautiful group photo on our ugly Christmas sweater Christmas Eve.

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We went to concerts over the holiday and saw lite and tree displays in a variety of places. We had friends over for desserts and drinks. We truly took some breaks to enjoy the holiday season.

We were then back home for New Year’s Eve. My mom and dad visited for a few days, we had a New Year’s Eve party with family and friends which was so much fun! We ate yummy food and laughed a lot. We watched a lot of football and slept. It was all good!

Christmas decorations are down as of yesterday and we are 9 days into 2017! I for one embrace the new year with all of it’s uncertainties and challenges, but mostly because of my family and friends that I have in my life – that love and support is constant and the holidays remind me of that.

So Happy New Year to you. I hope that it brings you much love and laughter, peace and joy and something in the way of a new challenge that will brighten your life.

Happy New Year!

FGU

 

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



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

 



Country Roads, Take Me Home

If you ever have or do live in a large city you know that traffic can grind on you. After many, many years in Atlanta traffic got the best of me. Even now when I visit I cannot believe the number of cars and the number of lanes of traffic. It doesn’t matter that I lived it for 20+ years, I will never be able to get my head around it.

Recently when we were driving to and from church, I snapped some pictures of our “commute” now. I really love driving in the country. And although our church is 50+ miles up the road, the drive is so pleasant that I don’t mind it. And it takes about an hour. Now compare driving 50 miles in an hour to 12 miles in an hour and you will see why I don’t mind this. It is relaxing and pretty.

Come take a ride with me. I see this view every time we drive north of us.

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This little church is so cute. You can see the steeple well in advance; especially when the skies are blue.

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The farms on the drive are so lovely. I like to imagine what they are up to at the moment we are passing. We notice new calves or goats that are out and about. We see a farm that has ostriches and one that raises bison. The first shot below is an herb farm and winery, Streamcliff Farms. It is where I spent my birthday lunch if you recall pictures from that. It is one of my favorite local spots.

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I also love seeing these random storage for Doritos out here. The trucks pull in and out picking up boxes and boxes of chips. It seems that it is in the middle of no where. Whenever I see a Doritos truck I wonder if it has stopped here.

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I have a “thing” for small cemeteries. This is one of many we pass by.

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And what would a ride in the country be without seeing your local junk yard? I think we pass at least three on the way to church.

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The open road is the best. No bright red brake lights staring at me and not moving. Just road and sky.

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Soon we have arrived. I am in a happy mood rather than stressed. The hour passes serenely and we have seen really pretty stuff once again. I love my new commute.

How about you? What kind of commute do you have? Do you enjoy it?

Happy driving!

FGU

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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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

 

Family Fun!

IMG_20160112_212631480I shared with you our focus on family, us and friends in the new year. We are two weeks in and so far have made some good progress. I don’t suspect all year will be this smooth as we get back into our daily routines, but every baby step counts right!

Typically when we leave our annual Florida trip we have lots and lots of flip charts and post-its on all that we are going to “do.” We seem to just love being “human doings”. We leave Florida and beeline it home because we have MUCH to do! While we were in Florida we found out that one of our daughters could visit us but it was the weekend that we were set to leave. So, we extended out stay for 2 nights and said “come on down!”. We had lots of fun eating, frolicking on the beach, playing games and doing puzzles. It was  wonderfully relaxing and joyful visit.

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When we left Florida, instead of driving straight home, we made another stop to visit our other daughters and grandson. I know this might seem logical and natural to you, but most of the time we head straight back. I mean we have lots and lots to accomplish! (I hope you are catching my sarcasm).

It was great to take the time to eat a meal (prepared wonderfully by my eldest!) and to see everyone’s smiling faces. The images don’t capture all the fun we had but that was because I kept forgetting to take pictures because we were enjoying the time so much. (not a bad thing!)

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Last night we quit working at a reasonable time and shared a nice dinner at home and some basketball followed up by reading and tea.

Tonight dinner with friends. Sunday, volunteering a bit a church.

We are still busy, keeping commitments and moving forward with things here at our home, but we are just trying to filter better and be OK with taking a break. So far no lighting has stuck and the world is still spinning so I think we are good!

How’s 2016 treating you so far?

Happy Friday!

FGU

 

 

 

 

My Gardening- Bragging & Confessing

I love gardening. I love my little green baby starters. I love watching my plants grow. I love harvesting and eating from what I have grown AND I love sharing pictures of my garden with ya’ll. I love to brag on the growth, on organic methods and on the yumminess. I love to brag on how much I have that is growing and my spreadsheets and how I organize it all. And don’t we all love for others to think we have it all together in whatever it is we do???IMG_20150529_200515781

But true confession is that my gardens don’t look like Organic Gardening Magazine’s or Eliot Coleman’s. Confession that many times when I take Ms. Tupelo for a ride out back ALL I do is weed- and I am talking 5 to 6 hours at a time and when I walk away there is as much crabgrass and stuff left as what I removed. Confession is that I try to get pictures that show gorgeous, but anyone can see that my gardens– although laid out perfectly are also filled with stuff that I did not plant or invite in.

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I know from reading, school and others that straw is great, mulch is wonderful, herbicidal vinegar works and ground cover is multifunction awesomeness.  I also know that in my reality mulching or straw on an acre is expensive and more than I can manage to do. I am not steady enough with herbicidal vinegar to keep it off the stuff I want to keep so the gravel drive is the only safe zone for that. And I will be using white clover this year with my tomatoes, but those are my starters and when they go in they already have some growth on them. The other gardens all start from seed. By the time the plants are established enough to broadcast clover, the grass has claimed the ground.

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So what’s a farmgirl like me to do? To use a quote we are all familiar with “change the things I can and accept the things that I cannot”.  Honestly the grass around my corn is not disturbing my corn. It is growing fast and furious. The weeds that got taller than my tomatoes last year were not aesthetically pleasing but I received 300 pounds of produce from them so I think again it bothered me more than them. Does that mean I don’t try? Does that mean I don’t continue to try to widen the space and make it clean for my growing cucs and greenbeans? Of course not. I change the things I can. BUT I have learned to accept that I my gardens will not be photographed for a magazine. I also have come to accept that the gardens I lust over from magazines are either 1) smaller than mine, 2) have a staff to assist, 3) don’t have a full time job outside of carrying for their garden or 4) are just way better than me at control and upkeep. I am good with all of that.

So let me share with you all my lovely green stuff– some edible and invited and some not so much. I hope you enjoy your garden as it comes and quit comparing yours to the magazines or neighbors. Gardening is to be enjoyed so enjoy!

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My Pension Green Beans

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My Corn

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Beneficial Insect Mix

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A Volunteer Tomato (one of many; I think a San Mazano)
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Potatoes – 3 types. They are controlling the weeds solo at this point.

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Sweet Potatoes

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Italian Basil

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Greens of various types
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AND of course my grass and weeds!

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Enjoy your gardening! Remember the goal! To produce nutritious food for you and your family, to reduce stress, to get your Vitamin D, to exercise and for whatever else motivates you. Enjoy the green and all that is growing!

Happy Unleashing,

FGU

Farmgirl Friday Blog Hop #195

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Welcome back to the Farmgirl Friday Blog Hop. Deb and I have been busy, busy and I KNOW all of you have been too. Spring is such a favorite time of year and it is full of all kinds of fun things to experience and do.

Deb has finally thawed and her raised beds are cleaned up and ready for action! Visit here and take a peak. They are gorgeous!

I have had so much fun in my garden this week. The ground finally got to workable condition and bed #1 is sown!

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I will be sharing details next week on this.

Since we are in southern Indiana another major focus is Derby. We have been having some Derby fun ourselves. Check out the balloon race, Dawn at the Downs and Thurby.

What have you been up to? I know each of you is up to your own farmgirl fun! We are glad you are here and anxious to see your talents shared.

Don’t forget to visit Deb and take a peak at her wonderful flower beds!

Let’s get hopping!