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!

 

Birds, Bees, Gardens and the Dog

pretty treeWe (hubby, Jasmine and I) trekked out to the snow covered gardens, beehives and bird feeders today under blue skies. It is so beautiful and at the same time cold! Jasmine did not mind. Her favorite thing to do is to visit the bees and gardens. Her second favorite thing to do is to bark at all the birds on the feeders, so this was about the perfect afternoon geteaway for her! She led the way!

garden walk

to the garden

First the bees. It is waaaayyyy too cold to open the hive and check on them. But we did know that the snow had blown closed their opening. That is not good for their exiting for cleansing flights and it is not good for airflow so our first stop was there to open that up for them

Beehives

Hives with Snow Blockage

Hive blocked

Clearing

We got their entrance open. We also noticed dead bees in the snow. That however is not a distressing sign. I had a session leader at Bee School tell us that when he sees dead bees in the snow he rejoices because he knows there is life in the hive. A bee’s life cycle is short and seeing dead bees indicates that life is continuing on in the hive. Let’s hope so!

dead bees

Bee Hives Mar2015

Up to the gardens we went. It was so beautiful. I had to pinch myself to make sure that YES this is really where I live! Jasmine knows this route and again she was in the lead.

garden walk 2

Garden Walk

There’s one of my scarepeeps!

Ms Scarecrow

And another friend!

My Garden 2

The gardens under the snow appear peaceful and sleeping. I know there is much happening under that snow and deep in the soil however. Life continues!

Covered Over

 

buried garden

A view back at our lovely snow covered home.

View from Garden

Jasmine enjoying the snow and sunshine!

Tree and Jazz

fence

We began to head back.

Garden and Dog

Next the bird feeders! Jasmine led the way.

Jazz and Birds

Feeding Birds

I love feeding the birds!

Bird Love

It was a wonderful walk and great to get outside and see how everything was faring under the blanket of white

It was time to head back in; Jasmine again led the way.

back home

Did you get to enjoy some beauty today where ever you are?

FGU

Eating Seasonally- Between Seasons

Tomato PieEating seasonally is not a new concept; at one time in our history (probably your grandma’s) that is what folks did.  The ability to bring food in from South America or other far away places did not exist so you ate what was in your garden, your neighbors garden or things you could pick up on your Sunday visit to the farmer’s  market.  I remember driving to the markets on Sundays with my parents.  It was so awesome and the day usually ended with ice cream which made it even better! (I am digressing!)

Over the years, I will totally admit that I have gotten used to eating whatever I want, whenever I want it.  There are no lack of stores to accommodate and no lack of recipes to be had! So, weekly I have done my menus and shopped for whatever I needed.

The last year however I have tried to merge our eating into eating seasonally.  Between gardening and the CSA and farmers markets I can get plenty of in season food. Currently we are eating a lot of potatoes, cabbage, greens, squash and green beans.  I have found lots of uses for these foods and have enjoyed the fact that they are just picked and then on my table.  I love how these foods represent the fall and just simply feel like fall!

BUT, we are also in between seasons in southern Indiana and I still have tomatoes coming in (happily).  I used to think I was not a tomato fan– they were OK on some things, but I wasn’t really into them.  HOWEVER, that has changed since growing our own and having 6 different kinds to choose from.  They are FANTASTIC and that is an understatement.  I have canned many, used many and they are still presenting themselves on our very gangling tomato vines at this point.

This tomato pie just looked fantastic when I located on ChewNibbleNosh the other day.  The pictures on the site and the recipe just looked too good to pass up.  So, with summer gardens winding down, I decided to pick what was left and made this flaky, gooshy, creamy, tomatoey, yumminess!  (I know there are lots of made up words there…).

Don’t let the picture fool you.  This is NOT pizza.  The crust is a biscuit type crust that you fold over the tomatoes at the edge and the cheesy yummy stuff is a mixture of cheese, herbs and mayo.  Yes, it is heaven.  I followed the recipe to a tee except for the cheese.  I did not have what was called for so I used a mixture of fresh mozzarella that I shredded and Jarlsberg that I shredded as well.  The oregano and basil were fresh from our garden as well since the herbs are still hanging out too.

After baking we let it sit for about 20 minutes and it came out perfect.

Tomato Pie Slice

 

If you have tomatoes in your end of summer garden, try this.  If you don’t, I would recommend that you wait until next year when you pick your first ones.  Either way, it is worth it and worth the wait if you have to!

How are you eating seasonally now?  In between seasons or totally into fall?

Happy unleashing today!