Farmgirl Friday Blog Hop #165

apronHappy Friday and welcome to the blog hop!  This has been my first full week home in a very long time and I have LOVED it!

We have been outside alot this week cleaning up neglected gardens.  You can read about my first clean up in my flower garden.  Have any of you ever gotten so far behind you thought you’d never “catch up” and then simply had lots of fun trying!?!

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That brings me to my new mantra of I am not behind, I am just starting.  I adopted this last week when I came home and I started fretting over all the gardening stuff I had missed.  I opened up my Indiana book and saw there were still lots and lots of things I could do starting now, so my planting season kicked off this past weekend.

That is why I loved the blog last week from Back to Basics! She shared the 2014 Planting Guide by zone and I have lots and lots and lots of things I can still do!  So rather than focus on “what could have been”, I will look to “what is now and gonna be.”

I have tons of fun stuff going on with the gardens, bees and our remodel which is underway, but are we farmgirls ever “done”?  Do we want to be? We thrive on what’s happening next. I don’t think any of us can imagine being “done” and not having anything else to do!  We have too many interests and things we love.

Let’s come along and blog hop and share all that groovy stuff you are up to this week. Visit over at Deb of Dandelion House (our blog hop founder and hostess primo) and see what she’s been up to.  She has been finding all kinds of bargains lately that are adorable!!!!

So, do a little bragging on yourself, your homestead and your doin’s!  We are so excited you are here.

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!
You don’t have to live on a farm to join this hop!

 Farmgirl is a Condition of the Heart~ MaryJaneButters

Farmgirl Friday Blog Hop #139

apron Happy New Year and welcome to the FIRST blog hop of 2014. I hope your holidays were filled with family, laughter and hugs!  We spent time with family, spent time at the beach (we are still there) and spent time reflecting on 2013 and making some goals for 2014.  More on that in next week’s blog.

I am very excited about 2014 and the many ways that I can continue to unleash my inner farmgirl! How about you?  What will you be cooking, growing, painting, sewing, crafting and raising in 2014? This is the place to share that and more.

So, let’s get the new year started.  If you are new to the blog hop we welcome you!  If you are already a dear friend welcome back! Your hostesses are all anxiously waiting to hear from you so hop over to their blogs and say “Happy New Year!”

Deb of Dandelion House (our blog hop founder and hostess primo)

Heidi of My Simple Country Living  

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!
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 #135

reversiblecookingapronyellow copyWelcome to the Farmgirl Friday Blog Hop and HAPPY THANKSGIVING to each of you!

Are you busy prepping and planning?  If you are you have good company right here on the blog hop.  I will tell you that Thanksgiving is my all time favorite holiday!  Good food, familyvisits and no pressure of some of the stuff that other holidays bring.  I simply LOVE IT!  I have been busy planning my menu– something green, something orange, something yellow, something purple, brined turkey and on and on and on and on.  Making the sides gives me an opportunity to make my favorites and try out new ones.  I have no doubt that I will find some new ones on the hop that will make their way to my table next week.  Check out Deb over at Dandelion House— she shared several recipes from our blog hop that will be perfect for the holiday!

So pull up your comfy chair and a blanket if you feel the same chill in the air that I do, and share your Thanksgiving tips for food and decorating!  And find some great ones to use in your neck of the woods too!

So let’s get hopping (or gobbling)…. 🙂

We are grateful for each of you and grateful for our 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 blessed Thanksgiving!

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! 

 

Soup Night: Pasta Fagioli!

Many of you are aware that I won a GREAT prize package from Storey Publishing. In it was a FABULOUS soup pot, cookbooks, beans, spices and a trivet.  It was amazing!  Look at the picture of all this stuff:

prizeLast week, we had soup night on a chilly night that was just screaming for hot soup.  I made Pasta Fagioli which was based on the Italian Bean and Pasta Soup recipe in the Soup Night Recipe Sampler book from Storey Publishing.  In my prize package, I received the hard copy of this book in full, but I already had the sampler book, so I hit it first for a recipe. I took liberty with the recipe a bit (as I often do), so here are the ingredients that I used.  You will see some slight variations if you compare the two. As with any type of soup, particularly vegetable soups, feel free to add whatever you want!

What do you need:

  • 1 pound of Fall Soup Blend Beans (these were in my prize package; you can use anotherdry bean of your choosing)
  • 10 C of Veggie Stock (here is my recipe for that; I had some in the freezer) (approx amount)
  • 1/2 C Olive Oil
  • 2 med. onions, chopped
  • 4-5 carrots, chopped
  • 2 stalks celery, chopped
  • 1 small bunch Kale, chopped
  • 5 large garlic cloves, smashed and chopped
  • 1/4 C chopped fresh Italian Parsley
  • 1 tsp. fresh rosemary
  • 1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 – 2 pieces of Parmigiano-Reggiano rind (save these for soups and sauces!)
  • 3/4 pound of small pasta (I used Ditalini)
  • Fresh parmigiano for serving

Here we go:

Bring beans and enough veggie stock to cover them to a boil and boil for a couple of minutes. Remove from heat and let stand for a couple of hours. You can save this liquid for later. BUT since I used mixed beans, there were some dark beans in there and the liquid turned almost black.  Not too appetizing for Fagioli, so I did not save it.  You make your own call here. 🙂

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Heat the oil in a heavy pot; add the onions and a bit of the salt.  Stir occasionally and cook for about 8 minutes; just until they start to turn a little brown.  Then add the carrots and celery and saute for 5 minutes.

Add the beans, parsley, rosemary, kale, salt and pepper and veggie stock to cover and the cheese rind. Simmer until beans are tender.  This could take anywhere from 1 1/2 – 2 1/2 hours.   Check them occasionally and add veggie stock (or water) as needed.

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In a separate pot, bring water to boil for the pasta.  Cook the pasta according to the directions. Do not cook this in the soup; keep it separate.

To serve, ladle soup in a bowl and then add a spoonful (or 2) to the top of the soup.  Crack a little black pepper on and grate a little fresh parm on the top.

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What are your favorite soups for cool temps? Let me know if you try this one or any of the ones from the Soup Night Cookbook!

Happy Unleashing your Soup Pot!

Farmgirl Friday Blog Hop #128

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Welcome to the Farmgirl Friday Blog Hop!

We are very much in between seasons here in southern Indiana.  One evening I will be cuddled up in flannels and blankets and the next day I am in sunshine and 85 degrees.  I am getting food from both summer gardens and fall gardens, so one day it is soup with squash and potatoes and the next day it is Tomato Pie!   I love, love, love this time of year.  It keeps me guessing, but one thing I know for sure is that cool temps, colorful leaves and eventually snow (yeah!) will arrive.  I am enjoying the warm air, sunshine, tomatoes and cucumbers while I still can and savoring the fall temps and flavors when they manifest!  How about you?  Living in 100% fall weather yet?  What do you love, love, love about this time of year?

So much to enjoy on last week’s blog hop.  Since I am looking forward to one day being a chicken mom myself, I loved 5 Common Mistakes First’Time Chicken Keepers Make on Fresh Eggs Daily.  I have a feeling that I will make more than 5 mistakes when that time arrives, but knowing the top ones may help me steer clear of one or two.  In the meantime, I have Gus the Rooster sitting on top of my weather vane on my now COMPLETED Pole Barn, for chicken inspiration!  Thanks Fresh Eggs Daily and Lisa for a great blog that you shared here.

So whether you are sitting in warm or cool weather today, it is time to blog hop!  Are you ready?

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!  I am going to venture into the badge earning process; it looks like lots of fun!

 

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Everyone that plays in the dirt, craft room, kitchen, farmyard (and pole barn) are welcome– whether you have seen frost this year or not!  So get ready to hop and link up!

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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Edamame

I have bought edamame frozen and at a restaurant before so I thought I knew its characteristics very well. But this week, when we got a surprise of edamame in our CSA bag, I was excited and then surprised when I saw it and read the blurb our coordinator emailed us. 

It was still on its stems which were really stiff and the pods were really FUZZY! They are actually baby soybeans so I guess it is like baby fuzz that my girls had when they were born. 🙂

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Then I read in the email that you must boil these before you eat them.  In raw form they can be toxic to both people and animals.  Boiling for 5 minutes takes care of that.

So I snipped them off, rinsed them, boiled them for 5 minutes and then lightly salted them. 

Afterwards it was so fun to pop them out and eat them.  I must say they were FAR better than any frozen ones I have purchased or any that I have ordered in a restaurant before.  They were oh so good! 

I love trying new veggies from the CSA and even though edamame was not totally new to me, the experience was!

Try anything new lately?