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!

Farmgirl Friday Blog Hop #207

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Hi there and welcome to the Farmgirl Friday Blog Hop! I know it seems like a monthly hop instead of a weekly but Deb and I have been busy just like ya’ll with fall chores and wrapping up summer stuff. We rushed to cover tomatoes last week before the hard freeze and we were successful in saving them and buying ourselves another 10 days on the vine for them!

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Yesterday was my birthday and look at this lovely place hubby took me to for lunch.

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It is Stream Cliff Herb Farm and Winery. Their history dates back to 1821. They are Indiana’s oldest herb farm.

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It was beautiful, peaceful and oh so yummy. Best news is that it is only about 20 minutes from us so we will frequent again (and again…).

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The added bonus was their Bourbon Bread Pudding! We split it after lunch and we pretty much licked the bowl clean. It was amazing!

Later hubby made me spaghetti and meatballs, baked a cake and we just hung out at home (which was wonderful!)

Deb has been busy cooking up some fall fare. Her Apple Stuffed Acorn Squash with Craisins looks amazing. Some of our squash will finds its way to this! Be sure to visit and check it out! 

What have you been doing to enjoy fall, your kitchen or your garden? What things have to go on to prep for the colder months ahead?

Deb and I are looking forward to connecting again here this week. Thanks for stopping!

 

First Fall Dinner!

I have been creating dishes with tomatoes, squash, zucchini, cucumbers, peppers, beans and basil for several weeks now. As much as I love all that, I must admit that the taste buds have been craving some fall flavors. I teased them with a sweet potato last week, but that is about all I have ventured into so far thjs fall.

Yesterday however was a very cool, cloudy day. I had jeans on, a long sleeve shirt and even had to shut the windows to get the chill out.  Football was also on the schedule to watch last night. And then it all came together. Thanks to daughter Rachael and a late text message she sent me for a over the top Acorn Squash Recipe from Guy Fieri, I was on my way to releasing fall in my kitchen!

You halve and hollow out the acorn squash ,add a bit of olive oil, S&P and they are ready for roasting. One of the first things I loved about this recipe is that you use the seeds also. While the squash is roasting, you roast the seeds to sprinkle on top at the end. These roasted up beautifully.

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In the meantime, you prep your filling. It is a delectable mix of cabbage, peppers, onions, garlic, mushrooms and seasonings. (don’t forget to get the full recipe here) I did make a couple of tweaks– I added 1 tsp of fennel, because I really love fennel with cabbage. I also sauteed the cabbage a bit longer. I wanted it to caramelize a bit— it was totally worth the extra time!

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This cabbage mixture is so good! Hubby said we need to have it as a side with many things. This would go great with sausage or pork chops; or with veggies like sweet potatoes and green beans. It was delish! I am really happy that we had some of the filling left over–it may be lunch today!

You fill the squash up, add some goat cheese and the roasted seeds and pop it under the broiler for a few.

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Hit it with a bit of parsley on the way to the table and it is FANTASTIC!

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Today I am back to green beans, basil and tomatoes. BUT NO complaints here! I love these things and will love them in the coming months when I am tiring of fall cuisine and need to open up my summer taste buds.

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Happy Unleashing your taste buds today. What’s for dinner?

FGU

 

 

 

 

For the LOVE of Tomatoes and Bacon!

Those of you that know me, know that I don’t eat meat often. As a matter of fact I rarely buy it and save my indulgences on eating it to when I am out and it is being served. It is not that I don’t like it, we just don’t get along very well. So, I keep it to special occasions. Last night was one of those!

Is there anything better than a bacon and tomato sandwich when the tomatoes have just been picked and there are five types?

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And how about if you have some field greens and fresh basil to top it off with?

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And how about if the bacon comes from a local farmer that you just bought hours earlier?

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And how about if the bread is freshly baked by your hubby?

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And how about if you eat pickles with it that you just made a few days earlier from cucumbers in your garden?

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And how about if you have a pot of Cream of Tomato soup (also from the garden tomatoes) simmering on the stove to accompany it?

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Can you smell it? Can you taste it? It was perfection… plain and simple.

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A bacon and tomato sandwich is simply a rite of passage from summer to fall for me. As I transition into 100% fall status this will be repeated with those last tomatoes that are begging to be used in a splendid way!

What’s your favorite indulge from your late summer harvest?

Happy Unleashing!

FGU

 

Here Comes the Fall Garden!

As promised, I began my transition into fall yesterday on Oct. 1.  I am not 100% official yet, but have made some necessary moves in the right direction.  This morning for example, I am drinking hot apple cider tea. It is wonderfully “fallish”.

I do still have tomatoes, zucchini, green beans, yellow squash, beets and peppers… BUT the pumpkins are looking good and they are prepping for their appearance in a pie on Thanksgiving. AND we have begun to prep our fall garden!

Hubby has spent the last couple days clearing a new area at BSA (Big Sky Acres) for our fall and winter growing.  This area is closer to our house and will allow us easier access in the snow. Last year it was quite a trek to the gardens once the snow and ice hit. This bed he is prepping is 75 x 45. We are going to use low tunnels for the first time! Another Farmgirl Passage for me! I am SO excited.

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Each tunnel will house a 3 ft. x 20 ft. area of plants. There will be approximately 4 ft. between beds. We will use electrical conduit and frost cloth held down by bricks to enclose the spaces. Last year I used the same frost cloth in our garden for spinach, arugula and kale. It worked great in our area and we were still harvesting in January in the snow. It was incredible to eat so fresh in the dead of winter (even when we were snowed in!)

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We are really thrilled about expanding and using hoops to build low tunnels. I am hoping that I can grow broccoli, cabbage and cauliflower in the tunnels along with spinach and greens. In the spring (March) I will use the tunnels to get an early start on spring veggies. I have not done that before either. I have started summer crops in the pole barn and then planted in June, but planting in the ground in March and harvesting some greens, brussel sprouts and peas in May sounds really exciting! My ultimate goal is to be gardening year around. (can you tell that Eliot Coleman is my hero and who I want to be when I grow up?)

I have been hardening off our fall green babies and they are ready to hit the dirt! (literally) They are so cute…

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Seeds are selected for other things that will be growing like spinach, kale, lettuce, fava beans and a sundry of other yummy veggies!

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It was really fun out there last evening and watching my hubby prep this area. He is so good at prepping my gardens and he gets so happy working outside! Jasmine is enjoying hanging out in our new area also.You can see the first strip I will be planting later today. Isn’t it so pretty? (and hubby is not bad either :-))

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I will keep you posted as these get built out and hopefully down the road I will share some pictures of veggies getting picked in the snow!

Do any of you use low tunnels and garden all four seasons? Advice or tips are appreciated! (and begged for actually).

Happy Unleashing,

FGU

 

 

It is Fall, But I am Stuck in Summer

pumpkinsTomorrow is the first day of fall- 9/23. Fall seems to be in the air. With evening temps hitting the 40’s and daytime highs being in the 70’s it feels more and more like it every day. Driving over the weekend I saw tree leaves turning beautiful colors and pumpkins and mums sitting on front porches. I see scarecrows outside and feel the breezes outside and pouring in through our windows. I love fall and the change of seasons here in Indiana.

As much as I love fall, I confess that I am not quite there yet. I still have summer in my blood and tomatoes, cucumbers, summer squash, peppers and green beans on the vines.

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I really need to harvest my basil and get it dried, frozen and whipped into pesto before too many cool nights take it away. I have so much summer squash still to pick and feast on AND I am NOT tired of it yet. We have so many green beans that we are eating them daily, BUT I am NOT tired of them yet. I have canned over 100 lbs of tomatoes and still have double that left to do AND I am NOT tired of it yet. So it is summer still in my garden and soul but it is fall on my thermometer.

I am planning my fall garden and I have my green babies ready to go into the ground. I have cover crop seed ready to go. I am about ready to pick our pumpkins. I have a list with tons of fall gardening activities on it, but I am still in summer. I still am grilling out dinner, I am still basking in the sunshine on my deck and I am still savoring every bite of tomato that I pick and turn into a sandwich. But the clock is ticking for fall activities. I will soon lose my precious 10 hours of daylight each day that my green babies need as the days are getting shorter. I know that I need to kick into fall but I am stuck in summer still.

I think I will allow myself to bask in summer for the rest of the month.  I will enjoy my summer gardens to the last precious thing that I pick in the next 10 days or so. I will begin to work the ground that my fall crops will go into, but I will still enjoy my summertime moments that remain. On October 1 I think I will transition over. My scarecrows will come out, I will get some mums to decorate the front porch, place my pumpkins out for decor and will take down my “Summertime is here” signs. But for today, it is 58 degrees, BUT the sun is out and I am going to go pick some green beans and tomatoes.

Happy Unleashing your Season (whatever it may be!)

FGU

Farmgirl Friday Blog Hop #133

DSCN3546Happy Fall!  I feel like with the time change it has really hit me that autumn is here and Thanksgiving is around the corner.  I LOVE Thanksgiving.  It is my favorite of all holidays. I am finding myself in a total nest mode this week! Shortly I will transition to holiday mode and I will be baking, cooking, crafting, sewing and decorating.  For now, I will take just getting things in order around here.

Speaking of getting things in order makes me think of renovations and remodels since we are in the midst of those too. That explains why I was so taken by this AWESOME idea from Dawna at Prairie Girl. 

Look at this fantabulous decorating idea she and her hubby had in a room they are renovating!  Is this not the best?  It makes me want to go out to the pole barn and find a ladder, a wall and transform it to be as cute as this!

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What is happening with you this week?  Are you nesting or trying something new?  Are you geared up already for holidays or are you in a mood for tea and a magazine or book?  Whatever you are up to, share it with us on this week’s blog hop!

YOU DO NOT HAVE TO BE A MEMBER OF THE FARMGIRL SISTERHOOD to join the FARMGIRL/BOY FRIDAY BLOG HOP.  But why would you not want to be? I feel like I have “found my people” here! 🙂 

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So let’s get going!

Who are your hostesses? Be sure to visit them and see what they are up to.  Say “hello” while you are there!”

Deb of Dandelion House (our blog hop founder and hostess primo)
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! If you haven’t clicked that follow button yet, please join us and be sure to stop by our FACEBOOK page and like us there too!

As always, thank you for your continued participation and welcome to our new friends and followers! Wishing you all a wonderful weekend! See you on the hop!

PS. This is a blog hop, so please share it with your friends by copying the code at the bottom of this post and including it into your weekly entry! 

Farmgirl Friday Blog Hop #132

DSCN3586Happy Friday and Happy Halloween (so I am one day late on that one!).  Hope you and your family all had a safe holiday yesterday. Some areas (mine) have trick or treat tonight because of weather last evening.  Whatever your celebration entailed I hope you enjoyed! Just like my shirt says, Life is Good!  (especially when dirt and boots are involved).

I love reading all the blogs right now; full of food and crafts.  Looking out my windows at colored leaves and dampness, they just make me feel very homey and put me in a nesting mood (which I love).  I have been cooking with the fall bounty and trying to preserve what is left from summer.  Many of you are doing the same.

Like the yummy GREEN TOMATOES on last weeks blog hop from Green Harvest.    That blog made me so sorry that all my tomatoes were done and gone!  I so wanted a bunch of green ones to whip this up in. Does this look GREAT?

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What is cooking in your kitchen? The blog hop is a perfect place to share what you are up to during this season. So grab your keyboard and cameras and let us get a view into your world today!

YOU DO NOT HAVE TO BE A MEMBER OF THE FARMGIRL SISTERHOOD to join the FARMGIRL/BOY FRIDAY BLOG HOP.  BUT with all the cool stuff ya’ll do I would highly recommend it!  Earning badges for doing stuff that we are doing!  It’s like scouts for grownups.  How fun is that???  I just love being a part of the Farmgirl Sisterhood.  Finding MJs Farm  is helping me discover and embrace all the things I love!  

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So if you love to play in the dirt, in the kitchen, in your craft room, with your animals or where ever you do your farmgirl thing come on and join the fun!

So, who are your hostesses? Be sure to visit them and see what they are up to.  Say “hello” while you are there!”

Deb of Dandelion House (our blog hop founder and hostess primo)
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! If you haven’t clicked that follow button yet, please join us and be sure to stop by our FACEBOOK page and like us there too!

As always, thank you for your continued participation and welcome to our new friends and followers! Wishing you all a wonderful weekend! See you on the hop!

PS. This is a blog hop, so please share it with your friends by copying the code at the bottom of this post and including it into your weekly entry! 

Fall Birthday Day Trip

DSCN3540I love having a birthday in the fall!  It is such a beautiful time of year, weather is great and the season just screams for a day trip.  Being in Indiana, we ventured to Brown County and Nashville Indiana for a day to celebrate my birthday and the fall.  Brown Country has parks and trails gallore.  And Nashville is a wonderful craft filled town with rows of shops and yummy places to grab a bite or treat.

 

 

The weather was perfect for our venture and we started by hiking and just taking in the view.  Leaves are turning and falling from the trees.  I could not have written a better script than what was given to us that day.  Simply beautiful.

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On our hike we stumbled upon this great outdoor amphitheater.  We must look up to see what goes on here.  Isn’t it lovely?

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We went into Nashville then for an afternoon of browsing and shopping.  Nashville is what I like to refer to as an artsy town.  There is so much creative energy flowing.  It inspires a “non shopper” like me to shop and gives me oodles of ideas to try at home.  Here is hubby with his new found friend. that welcomed him into her shop to view (and buy) her wares!

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The shops show off their merchandise inside and out.  Isn’t this so cute?  It makes you want every single item on your porch at home!  I will show you pics of my selections at the end of my day when I unpacked at home! (so keep reading)

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On the way home, we stopped to buy pumpkins.  This barn was awesome.  You can also pick your own pumpkins here.  We were a little late to do that, so we just got some that were already on display.

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The real surprise however were the alpacas that they have!  Aren’t they wonderful?

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We headed back home and it was so fun to unpack my goodies that we had gotten.  Since I have a new found love for chickens, but we don’t have any yet, I have been finding other ways to enjoy them.  (Remember Gus the Rooster on my pole barn?).  Take a look at these cuties for my kitchen:

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BUT the craftiness doesn’t stop in Nashville.  I received awesome gifts from my daughters for our gardens.  Look at these great veggie markers from spoons, corks and hemp.  I love them and cannot wait to put them outside.

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Also for our garden are number markers.  I have 7 beds currently and I am starting to get them confused!  Here are a couple of the bed markers so I can keep them straight.  How great are these?  What wonderful gifts for my gardens and me!

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And what would a day trip be without a visit to Life is Good and a new T shirt?  Look at the PERFECT one that I found!

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Appropriate for our muddy cool weather are the great MUCKS that hubby got me!  I cannot wait to slosh around in the dirt with these babies!

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So happy birthday to me!

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And Happy FALL to ALL!  Thank you for reading and sharing in my fun day!

 

 

 

Farmgirl Friday Blog Hop #130

We are smack in the middle of fall here in Indiana.  Cooler days and even cooler nights.  No frost yet, but you can feel it coming!  SO many fun things to do in the fall!  Festivals, pumpkin picking, apple picking, mums and jumping in leaves.  Last evening we went to see Dracula at Actors Theater in Louisville.  That was such an entertaining yet creepy play to see this time of year.  I was definitely seeing things in the fog driving home late!

We are also trying to extend our gardening into late fall and attempting to over winter some things also.  First try on this (like everything); only time will tell how it goes.  Do any of you extend your gardening? IF so, share today on the blog hop.  I have little to no knowledge in this area and would love to glean whatever I can from all of your expertise!

Speaking of fun fall things, Michelle had the cutest Halloween Decorations last week that she shared on the blog hop.  How great are these??  Check out all of her ideas on her blog!  Thanks for sharing from your blog Michelle’s Little Piece of Heaven!

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 So are you ready to share your great fall farmgirl happenings?

YOU DO NOT HAVE TO BE A MEMBER OF THE FARMGIRL SISTERHOOD to join the FARMGIRL/BOY FRIDAY BLOG HOP although I highly recommend you check it out if you like the idea of earning badges for all the fun farmgirl activities you already do, and the new ones you will try your hand at in the future!  I love being a part of the Farmgirl Sisterhood and finding MJs Farm helped me and is helping me discover and embrace all the things I love!  

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Everyone that plays in the dirt, craft room, kitchen, farmyard (and pole barn) are welcome– whether you are in cool fall days, warm late summer days or already seeing some snow!

So, who are your hostesses? Be sure to visit them and say “hello!”

Here are some rules:
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~

Be sure to leave a note if you’re new to the hop! If you haven’t clicked that follow button yet, please join us and be sure to stop by our FACEBOOK page and like us there too!

As always, thank you for your continued participation and welcome to our new friends and followers! Wishing you all a wonderful weekend! See you on the hop!

PS. This is a blog hop, so please share it with your friends by copying the code at the bottom of this post and including it into your weekly entry! 

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