Farmgirl Friday Blog Hop #241

Happy Friday and Happy Farmgirl Friday Blog Hop!

It is a beautiful day in the neighborhood! We have 70’s today and I will enjoy because storms are coming tonight and we see 20’s and 30’s again over the weekend. February weather always leaves you guessing!

I planted my first green babies this week. That makes me giddy!

We also finished our kitchen!

This has been a 2 year project. We totally gutted it, hubby made most of the cabinets, we moved doors and windows and well it has taken us awhile. BUT Tuesday we got the last of the countertops! I will have to share some before and after pics in an upcoming blog. It is wonderful and was worth the work. 90% of the time the work was fun to do together. And we have survived a couple of these kitchen remodels now so our marriage must be rock solid!

OK— last week there were several great entries on the hop. BUT how can you resist chocolate chip cookies that someone has made THREE times in a week. Oh yes they must be good and we all must try these! Thank you Tami from A Creative Homemaker for sharing!

Let’s get hopping shall we? Have a great weekend whatever you do!

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 #240

Welcome to the Farmgirl Friday Blog Hop!

Spring is coming! Tulips popping through are a good sign.

I bought organic compost this morning and I am ready to start seeds this weekend. Does it feel like spring this morning in your neck of the woods?

Let’s get to the hop!

What are you up to?  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 #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 #238

Welcome to the Farmgirl Friday Blog Hop!

Welcome back to our friends here and welcome to all that are new! I can’t wait to see what you are up to.

Last week I shared that I was doing an inventory of seeds. Inventory = order more seeds (of course). I got them all this week! I am very, very excited. In a couple of weeks some of these will get their start under the grow lights.

Last week on the hop EmmaFrancisathome shared her meal plan.  I love meal planning and using ingredients on hand and only buying what is missing. Less waste and a plan after a busy day is ALWAYS helpful. Check out her menus; plus she has a link to previous week’s plans. Thanks for sharing your blog!

Let’s get to it! Please join the 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 so glad you are here.



Farmgirl Friday Blog Hop #237

Welcome to the Farmgirl Friday Blog Hop!

If you garden like I do, this is the time of year that you are leafing through seed catalogs and surfing the web for seeds and well more seeds! I have finished up my seed inventory and have marked the items I need more of. Next step is sitting down with some tea and catalogs!

Yes that is a spreadsheet in Excel. You can’t take the geek out of a gal!

What are you busy with this week? Brag a bit (or a lot!) on yourself and share your blog and pictures!

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; so glad you are here.

Farmgirl is a Condition of the Heart – MaryJaneButters



Tomato Love & Favs

I will admit it. My FAVORITE thing to grow is tomatoes. I grow about 90 tomato plants each year in my garden. I am dreaming about tomatoes and cannot wait to start my babies again. You may call that obsessive or perhaps addictive and well, you would be right.

I have grown a number of tomatoes over the last 3 summers. Some were a disappointment and some I bring back for an encore each year.

I love growing roma tomatoes. Below are Granadero from Johnny’s. Along with San Marzano from High Mowing these two are my favorites for canning – whole, sauced, soup, pizza sauce and roasted. I will even halve these and freeze them. My garden would not be complete without them.

For little cherry type tomatoes I love Yellow Pear and Sakura. I have learned that I do not need more than 2 of each of these plants. They are prolific and give us more tomatoes for salads than we can eat and share.  Yellow Pear do crack but we have not found that to be a deterrent. The Sakura are red and crack resistant and oh so sweet.

Below are Brandywine. I love they way they taste. I never get many from a plant, but I will continue to grow them.

One of my all time favs are my Purple Cherokees. I typically pick them fairly green and let them ripen in the house. If I leave them on the vine until they are purple, the bugs seem to find them. AND the bugs love them as much as me! So I grab first. I share these with my friends and they come back for more.

A couple years ago I started also ordering from Seeds from Italy. I wish I could have located a picture today but I could not. You will have to take my word that some of these tomatoes are 3 + pounds, very meaty with few seeds. They paste and sauce really well. I have ordered Pomodoro Ace and Pomodoro Red Pear. I will continue to plant these in my garden. I will warn you that these plants grow and grow and grow (they are indeterminate). My rows are 4 feet apart and I cannot walk through these after they get going.

I tried the Indigo Rose last year and found them to be so-so. They are really pretty as they are purple and green and about 2 – 3 inches. But I felt they looked better than they tasted. I will add one of these in the garden this year but not more than that. The verdict is still out on whether they will be a returning plant each year.

I also planted, after many recommendations, Green Zebras last year. Yum and yum! BUT I planted way too many; these babies put out a BUNCH of tomatoes. Two plants will get planted this year. These will be a returning plant year after year; pretty and yummy is a combo you have to go with!

I will try a couple new ones this year simply because I cannot resist!

My most favorite tomato however is the one that I can slice

And add to a sandwich. Oh my mouth is watering! I can’t wait to repeat this picture in July!

Do you have a favorite tomato that you grow? I would love to know what you would have my try to add to my garden.

Happy Unleashing!

FGU

Farmgirl Friday Blog Hop #236

Welcome to the Farmgirl Friday Blog Hop!

If you are returning, welcome back. If you are new, I am so excited you have stopped by. I have been dreaming of spring and summer gardening all week. I LOVE all my seed catalogs. How about you?

I have also been doing some germination tests on my seeds to see what it is I REALLY need to order. I have very little seed control over myself so I am TRYING. If you have never done a seed germination test, it is easy- here’s a “how to.”

Last week on the hop there was the most beautiful piano table! Did you see it? If not you must check this out from Repurposed For Life. Isn’t it gorgeous?

What have you been up to this week. Please share a blog or two!!!

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; so glad you are here.

Farmgirl is a Condition of the Heart – MaryJaneButters



Are My Seeds Still Good?

If you are like me, there is so much joy experienced in planning your spring garden in January and February when it is cold outside.

I love to bring in my seed carton (yes it is a bit on the large side) and I start the inventory of my seeds.

I really get excited to see them all again and I get really excited about browsing through my seed catalogs and wondering what to order for the coming season.

I am a bit of a “seedaholic” and can find myself ordering (and spending) more than needed on seeds each season. I have been attempting to save seeds and use previous year’s seeds.

When I see the dates on seed packs and I wonder how accurate it is. I debate if I can use something past that expiration date. For example, last year I planted pepper seeds from the previous year and they did not germinate. BUT on the opposite end of the spectrum I have a huge bag of pension green beans and have been planting from that bag for four years and I always have more beans than I even hope for.

Or maybe you have started saving seeds like me. I don’t have confidence in this area yet so I wonder if they are really good or not after I save them.

An easy way to test your seeds is to conduct a little germination test. It sounds complex but is so simple. So, if you are like me and looking at all those seeds from previous years wondering if you can plant them try this:

Pick some seeds out you would like to test. I chose a favorite tomato seed and some pepper seeds I saved myself. Like I said, I had trouble germinating peppers last year from older seeds plus I saved these myself, so I needed a little confidence builder on these before I plant them.

Dampen a paper towel and then lay out some seeds. I use 10 seeds per paper towel. That way the math is easy for me– if 2 fail I have an 80% germination rate. You can use more seeds (I just find the math more complex then) but use at least 10.

Fold the towel and pop it in a ziploc bag. Be sure to attach the seed packet somehow so you know what is what in there.

Place the bags in a warm place. I chose our sunroom on a chair that is near our heater in there. The heater doesn’t really get hot it just warms the room at a constant temperature. Then you wait about a week (7 – 10 days is good).

After 6 days my tomato seeds look like this:

My pepper seeds are not germinated yet.

BUT peppers can take 2 – 3 weeks so I am not concerned about these at this point. I will keep an eye on them.

Do you check your seeds for viability? Do you buy new each year? Do you save your own seeds from year to year?

Hope this was helpful if you didn’t know how to check your seeds.

Happy Unleashing today!

FGU

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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