Farmgirl Friday Blog Hop #194

apronWelcome! April’s weather sure is bringing us a little bit of everything! Whether you are hot or cold, stormy or calm we are glad you are here.

It is amazing how much stuff we share here! Crafts and food and farm life… If you are ever searching for a yummy new recipe check out our Farmgirl Friday Kitchen Pinterest Board. You’ll find over over 400 down home recipes! You’re sure to find something deliciously homemade!!

Another useful resource is the April Meal Plan that Sunnybrook Farm shared last week. WOW the entire month just laid out for you! How easy is that?

I am having “Mimi fun” spending time with my little grandson this week. An added bonus is seeing all of my daughters on this trip and also dog sitting for my oldest who is in Grand Cayman Island! Yep, her hubby won the trip at work for being the “MVP” of 2014. How cool is that?

So let’s get hopping and see what you are up to. Have a great Friday and weekend!

Green Pasta

We all have a favorite foods- those that we consider comfort foods. There is no doubt mine is pasta. When I work late or have an otherwise super busy day my go to meal is veggies and pasta. Last night was one of those nights.pasta and veggies

There is no “real” recipe here. For a day that is busy, something I can do without thinking and just be a little creative with is the ticket!

This pasta started with several cloves of garlic in olive oil, then I layered some flavor on top of that with a sliced leek and some green peppers that I had frozen from our garden. Next came chopped up kale and some extra mushrooms I had hanging out in the fridge from a dish earlier this week. Seeking out more green I grabbed a couple handfuls of spinach. When the pasta was done, it was drained and dumped in the skillet.  Seasoned with a bit of Italian Seasoning and a bunch of freshly ground black pepper was all that was needed. Feta cheese finished it off.

Of course no pasta dish is complete without a glass of red wine. After dinner some tea and the evening was complete.

What is your go to? You know, the dish you just throw together when your planned one just isn’t going to happen.

I hope I inspired you to just open the fridge and throw something together! Adding pasta is a big plus!

Happy Unleashing from your fridge!

FGU

Farmgirl Friday Blog Hop #183

apronWelcome to the Farmgirl Friday Blog Hop — Monday edition. Deb and I were both out this weekend so we are a little behind on posting! But all for a good cause.  🙂

Deb was at The Northeastern Poultry Conference. She had a blast. Be sure to stop by and read all about it! It sounds like a dream weekend for a farmgirl! And she has a giveway going, so that is always fun!

I was taking in beautiful views and sunrises while hubby was at the Woodworking Show this weekend.

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This is hubby’s first woodworking show.  He is in IT so normally it is technology conferences for him. Last year he really started getting into woodworking in his workshop and he has put out a few lovely pieces of furniture.  Look at this table he make for my daughter and husband from barnwood that he reclaimed.

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I am so excited that he took the time and to go to the show. He LOVED it and I don’t think he was sorry that it was not a tech show!

What’s going on in your neck of the woods? We are happy you are here. Join in and tell us what you are up to. Be sure to stop by and say hi!

Deb of Dandelion House (our blog hop founder and hostess primo) and me, Debbie of Farmgirl Unleashed

And the rules…. simple, but here they are:

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!
Be sure to leave a note if you’re new to the hop!
See you on the hop!
You don’t have to live on a farm to join this hop!
 Farmgirl is a Condition of the Heart~ MaryJaneButters 

Farmgirl Friday Christmas Blog Hop #181

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Merry Christmas farmgirl friends! Deb and I are running a little late this week, but not without a good cause! All the Christmas preparations and fun have us in a whirl. Check out Deb’s check list and all that she has been into!

We went to a lovely brass Christmas concert last night and today we are baking cookies and bread. The house smells incredible and out the windows we see sunshine and frost.  I hope that you are mixing in fun and the season spirit into your to do’s.

Blessing to you all this week and into the New Year. We will see you here on the hop in 2015!

MERRY CHRISTMAS AND LOTS OF HUGS!
DEB AND (ME)- DEBBIE  ( aka Farmgirl Unleashed)  

Remodel Survival Through Christmas

DSCN0329For those of your that have lived through a remodel you know that being in the middle of one at the holidays can be a bit challenging.  If you are doing it yourself, another layer of challenge is added.

A few years back, we were remodeling our dining room at our former home. It had been going on for months. As a matter of fact, the wallpaper alone was approaching 6 months in the removal process. It was a grass textured wall paper with other layers underneath. It had me in check mate and the holiday was fast on its way.

I think more than the fact that it wouldn’t be complete was the fact that I was hating this room a lot at this point since the wallpaper and I could not come to an understanding.

So what’s a girl to do?

Go with it. I decided that if I couldn’t beat it then I would join it and make the room the tackiest room ever! So out came every roll of wrapping paper I could find and the decorating began.

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As I started covering the wallpaper with wrapping paper my spirits lifted. I felt like I was in control for just a bit.  I added garland and then decided to not remove my ladder and tools, but include them into the decor!

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A friend of mine popped in as I was doing this and she did question my mental health for a bit, but then understood (I think)…

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We all loved the new look for Christmas, and it made me forget about the remodel that was seemingly taking over my life. The cheery look also brought a lot of laughs from all who visited.

We even took a holiday picture of Jasmine here.

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Have you ever done something a little extreme to regain your sanity in a seemingly impossible situation?

Happy Unleashing your creative side!

FGU

 

 

 

 

Tradition: Holiday Throwdown

We have lots of traditions at the holidays.  One of those is our family cooking throwdown over New Years. We get together with our girls and their significant others each year right after Christmas and through the New Year. We often go somewhere “beachy” although this year we will be at one of their houses due to scheduling challenges for travel. During our trip we select a night and a theme and each of the 4 couples compete for the coveted Throwdown Champ award. The prizes vary between puzzles (we always do a puzzle together on this trip), a game or something that someone has donated as a prize.

There are 8 of us so we crowd into a small kitchen where eight of us cook simultaneously

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We have competed with pasta, pizza, sliders and appetizers. We have eaten well during these competitions!

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We have had awesome foods like the year our Italian competitor made a KILLER vodka sauce for their pasta. We have had the not so good beer cheese dip that ended up a weird consistency.

We have had fun more than anything though...

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We cast ballots in the voting booth (the bathroom) and we vote on taste, visual appeal and originality.

So we like to eat so we have incorporated that hobby into a fun, holiday tradition. Let another Holiday Throwdown begin!!!

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What are some of your holiday traditions?

Happy Unleashing during the Holidays!

FGU

Farmgirl Friday Blog Hop #179

apronHello and welcome to December! It is cold, but not snowy here currently. Fall decorations are down and chopping a Christmas Tree down this weekend is on the agenda. We are reading about what the small, local towns around us do for the holidays and deciding how we can fit in all the light displays, concerts, plays and other fun things. We are heading to my mom and dad’s tomorrow to get their Christmas decorations down from their attic. I have been looking at Etsy, Pinterest and other DIY sites for really cool, make it yourself Christmas gifts. PJ’s are waiting to be sewn. Hubby and I spent a fun filled evening last night with cheese and crackers and wine doing a bit of online shopping for goodies.

Coming off of a great trip seeing all the kids and spending Thanksgiving with our first grandson was supreme! We cooked and ate and played and enjoyed. It has also just made me reflect on how blessed we are. We have a lovely life with great health. Others around us are not so fortunate and each day I thank God for our health and the ability to do and enjoy what we have.

So it is busy, but filled with holiday fun. What are you enjoying and doing? What are you busy with? Do you go over the top with decorating and baking for the holidays or keep it simple? Glad you took time to join us today; share what you are up to!

Be sure to stop by Deb’s she is highlighting a beautiful box and sharing a little power tool envy! I love power tools! How about you?