This year was bitter sweet. With the death of loved ones, the birth of our new grandson just to name a few. But like so many years in the past 54 to name a few lol life will go on. It will move with me, around me, over me or under me but it will move on. I only have one real goal this year as I hit 38 years of marriage and that is to make sure my hubby knows how much I care for him and also for my family.I have learned a lot from our 38 years but have so much more to learn and give. So marriage vows...........family ties..........and laughter to find my goals is my wish for this year.Hope everyone seeks and finds theirs.
With the seed books coming and my mind planting I was wondering if anyone planted Dry beans and what kind. Greenbeans are easy to find in the books but only a few have a few dry beans. I know they are cheap to buy but I would rather grow my own.
Our last growing season was bad like a lot of people around us the heat and not enough rain caused most of our crops to fail. I try to store all that I can, so this year the garden needs to be bigger and my pantry needs filled. Is anyone looking at the seed books?
I'm always looking for new ways to learn. When I ended up with my new phone my oldest daughter Misty got me hooked on podcasts. I'm really not a music fan, but a podcast that teaches me something, well thats better, so I wanted to put out a shout for http://www.chickenthistlefarm.com/ this couple is so cute and funny....raising chickens,pigs and such. I've raised chickens for ever but they take it to a new level. please give them a try and listen to their podcast..you'll be hooked. start at the first one and get to know them from their start to now, worth listenin too.
Only had a few minutes before work to read a few blogs, but boy did I glean. One of the ladies along with http://simplyselfsufficiency.blogspot.com/ brought me the idea of putting celery in with my canned carrots, because as she said most things use them together, Oh how right, plus sometimes my celery gets, well lets just say, it could be bent into a circle, but I don't throw it out I chop it up and put it in a bag in my freezer that says (veggy soup ) nothing goes to waste. One thing over the years while trying to be self sufficient, I learn to throw away nothing..it goes in stock, dehydrated, or frozen until I need it. So the veggy bag works out great. Even when I'm down to just a little bit of the cabbage on the core I trim it off and add it to my bag, might only be a 1/4 cup or so but after a week or so , I open the freezer and out comes the bag, pour it into the chicken pot and dinner here we are.. I also put that little bit of corn left over, or greenbeans , just enough for a bite or two, goes into the freezer bag, it will cook on down and just add more thickness to my pot, so yum yum good. Hope you all have a great day.
Today I'm making ham for my hubby to take to work tomorrow.Next weekend I will be cooking for my family can't wait.
I've been looking for new bloggers, some from here in Indiana, would love to see how their gardens and such are doing throughout the year,plus to have known some of the places they visit... How sweet.... To all during this season let me wish you well and to always be thankful for all we have everyday of the year...
This post was a though after I had went to the blog hop http://deborahjeansdandelionhouse.blogspot.com/2012/10/farmgirl-friday-blog-hop-79.html and found a wonderful site http://littlehomesteadonthehill.blogspot.com/2012/10/pioneer-homes.html The way they were so simple back then, just enough cups for who lived there, maybe 1 or 2 extra, ( me a whole shelf). Simple bowls,( me a bowl for everything). But yet the cooking was full flavored and pleasing to the eye, simple cloth napkins (me, hand me that paper towel) something so small as looking at a few snap shots has opened a site to my soul. To live as simple as this, could I? I'm really not sure. But I am going to try..................I will start with my cups as that seems like what cought my eye first, the last was the simplness of the outhouse, not sure hubby would go for that on a cold morning, but one sure would look good in my side yard next to the chicken house to hold cans of feed and cleaning supplies. Oh, how I love these hops.............to learn and yearn.
Apples !!!! Did you say APPLES!!!! This week my wonderful mother-in-love called to ask me if I wanted apples, she had a few....lol well 2 old washtubs later and I'm still doing apples... I first deyhdrated some, I would show you but they are getting eatten faster then I can dry them. I also done redhot apples and apple sauce, still have a tub to go..............
We started the wood stove last week. So glad we did. It has been in the 30's and 40's alot. I love that it is outside and we only have to load it once a day, for heat and our hot water.
I cleaned out the hen house, Put down a fresh deep layer of shavings. I do love deep layers. When I opened my henhouse this spring I put 10 inches down. The floor has been dry all year. I throw in some scratch from time to time and they keep it stirred up so air is going thru it. Now to see how it does this winter.
I hope everyone else has a nice day and enjoys the barn hop.
I can't believe this but I have 5 hens wanting to sit.......2 are on the same nest. They just started laying 2 months ago, should I let them sit....I had one who should have chicks this week, that was fine but now I have 5 more who won't get off the eggs.. I thought Barnevelders weren't keen on sitting? How do you stop them? I keep taking them off but they go right back. Any ideas?
Hi everyone, boy does it feel good to be back. We have had a lot of changes this summer can't wait to talk about them with you all. Like a lot of other states Indiana, is very dry. The garden all but dried up, watering with this drought would have been very costly and still the yield would not have been there. So I will humble myself on sells at the farmers market and our local orchards.
We did get the steer earlier this spring and a hog just a few weeks ago put into the freezer so looks like meat and taters are whats for supper this winter. Even the fruit trees have dried, I might get some persimmon put up, a few jars of blackberry jelly and pears, but not much more this year. Tomatoes have done OK but still not a good yield..........tighten our belt this winter for sure. I'll be doing basic cooking, which my family loves. I can't forget my chickens, 27 Barnavelders now laying plenty of eggs, and they will be fresh meat also once they are older and I have some chicks running around. Oh my ,how I could rumble on.....but I'll close for now but hope to be back posting on a regular basis pretty soon, night all......
As you can see, my chicks have grown, won't be long and fresh eggs should be coming. This is my 5 month old rooster, Mr Belvedere. His job is to look after the Hens of the house. lol. Around here the rains have been sparse, and the land crunches under our feet. Some of my friends have lost a few of their hens, I'm watching mine as much as the hawks.... I'm getting ready to band them so I can keep track of their eggs and how well they do. I'm keeping the best for selling hatching eggs and chicks, and the rest of my gals as egg layers and meat.
The pen /coop has worked out fine. I put down 3 inches of pine shavings when I first put them in and I throw a hand full of seed mix in once a week, they scratch and keep the floor dry as they turn the shavings, I'll clean it out this fall and it should be just fine all winter.
Hope everyone has a good night ,
Hubby has gone way and above his call of duty on this one. I have looked at chicken houses for months and ran across the one Deborah Jean has posted on her blog,I so love her blog. Her hen house, touched my inter soul, so like hers I will plant my flowers, make it a pretty part of our yard. The flowers are planted and hope in a few weeks color will bloom. Thank you Deborah Jean !! My chicken house as you can tell is hunter green. It has a 3 foot walk in section, where I have easy access to the nesting boxes and the trap door, to let them in and out. I have my tools hanging on the inside wall along with my large metal can to hold chicken feed. The large windows let in plenty of light I hope this will help with laying this winter. I love them because I can walk up and watch the chicks.I will be adding curtains for summer, just across the top for color. I have a metal drum, that I will be painting to catch water off the roof.
The chicks can't seem to decide if they like the house or not. They took a few minutes to come out the first time I raised the trapped door..hubby had to give a little push..lol. Today 10 came out just as I opened it, so they know what to do now. They seem to like it. Hubby will put together a better ramp but for now this will do.
So far the barnevelders have proven to be a calm breed. They stay calm when I'm in the pen, and will come up to me. Can't wait until they start laying and hatch out their little ones. I hope you liked your little visit and I can't wait to visit you hen house.., As for the rest the farm,the raised beds are planted, but looks like I'm getting more tops them root on my radishes, the lettuce is doing good though. The herbs are growing also. More tea coming ! My older hens are laying well, for their age soon the younger ladies will take over and give them a rest.
The flowers are in bloom and the yard is so pretty....My sloggers fit right in, don't you think.
Yesterday we took our freezer beef to the butcher, in 10 days we will have this years meat. Meat we raised from a calf to a 1435 lb steer. We know every drug that was given, none! We know his health history and feel very good about him feeding the family. He was fed on pasture until we brought him into the feeding pen and barn. Where he was given grain and hay until butcher time. To some this might be hard, but to us it has been a way of life for over 50 yrs.
Here at Blackberry Brambles, the plans have been made for the new coop, you can check it out on the (cottage coop )tab across the top of my page. After the snow we had this past week I'm not sure if my garlic is ok or not. Guess I will see in a few months, I planted it last fall but it was coming up pretty good. The trees are budding and flowers are up. I did pick up a few more seeds yesterday, lots of flowers to go around my coop, and to put into the flower beds around my yard. The moles were really bad last year, what do you do to get rid of them? They ate a lot of my bulbs, I will have to replant most of my yard. Wish the chickens ate them like they do bugs,lol.
I've been reading "Barnyard in your Backyard", This a is a great book lots of info on the raising of basic barnyard animals. Learning a lot. I'll be sharing some on here, I got it from the library but will be getting one for myself, If you know of a good book let me know, I like ones that have plans, tips on everyday life. Thanks for your visit and have a great day.
We had the prettiest snow this morning, I had to go out and take pictures. The clothes line was something to see, how did it form a ball around the whole small wire like that? The one of the tire swing just made tears come to my eyes, as I was taking the picture I thought of how my little ones once played there. The sub is now peeking through and all is melting, but for awhile we had a winter wonderland !
As the storms ran there course, Henryville just a few miles away, lost friends family and town, Please keep everyone this storm left behind in your prayers. It was horrible..............prayers to every town and state it hit.................
When we started our yard planing we wanted a yard not only pretty, but one to help feed us. I try really hard to put things in that I know we will eat, To grow something that we wouldn't eat or enjoy is just as wasteful of our space. My goal is to add all our veggies and fruits into the landscape. So when I seen the blueberry / rashberry bushes I couldn't just leave them in the store, they needed my yard.. lol I'll plant them out soon. Now we will have cherries,blackberries,blueberries, and rasberries. The jelly should be plentyful along with pies and muffins. I thank God, for his goodness............
this layout also has flowers around the trees, and flowerbeds with herbs and flowers for my tea...
Well this weekend brought, the new chicks. They are growing nicely. I did lose 2, not sure why, but to get the rest through is my goal.
The weather is sunny today, so working on the raised beds some, still slow with one hand but, I can get it done. Would like to plant them over the weekend if I can. I remind myself that we want to grow all our food that we can this year. I was watching the video from http://theredeemedgardener.blogspot.com/2012/02/back-to-eden-gardening-gods-way.html If you haven't visited Clints blog you should, I have learned so much from it. Anyway I am now looking for woodchips, to help my garden and beds.Lord willing I will have all my beds ready to go.
I got 72 plant pots started with another 72 to go of those, then the big potted plants that stay on the porch. I just pray, I can keep up with it all.
Three more weeks and the steer will be in the freezer, then the garden veggies, and the fruit from the bushes and trees. What is everyone planting,are you doing anything new, I am, I'm trying a friend of mines 9 week bean, they have been in her family for years dating back past her great granddad, I'm excited !!! She says they are very good so we will see. Hope everyone had a wonderful day.
My Barnevelder chicks have arrived!!!!! all 26 I have been waiting like a mother hen, thought this day would never come. I know some women love flowers and candy, but to get this girls heart you need an edge like this. They were hatched on Feb 15, 2012 all 26 are doing great. I'm really excited about these chicks unlike the barnyard chicks, these will become breeding stock, for us. I'm keeping records on cost, egg production, meat and loss of chicks. They will still free range but not like the barn chicks, they will be under more supervision at first.
These are my new chick wellies..hee hee. I always wore my hubbies but now along with my new chicks I have my own boots. I like these, they are "sloggers". I don't think I will have to worry about hubby wearing them...................................I hope everyone has a wonderful night.
Today the simple living challenge (http://blog.kanelstrand.com ) is talking about planning and organization . This is something I rely on for just about everything. I'm one of those ladies that carry her life in her purse......as you can see. I carry my planner book, checkbook, Dave Ramsey envelope system, and a bank bag, which i use for receipts for the month, and oh yes my brush that didn't make it out of the bag, I do keep a book ready to read and keep space for my laptop when needed. As for the organization, I have been reorganizing the house, going through one room at a time. cleaning ,pitching and praying I can keep it that way. This to help with my daily cleaning by making me less to dust, clean and put away, Now something that came to me on this blog as I was writing. Where besides my brush, is my lady like things.....hum........no mirror, makeup,not even a sweet smelling perfume so where did my woman hood go??????? So as I look at myself, hum..... other things need to be worked on also.
Well yesterday hubby and I stayed gone all day so I couldn't post my after pictures, so here they are today: I have cleaned each drawer,everything off the top, and all the cabinets have been organised, now just to put out a few things and I will be done........ so glad this area is done it took the longest and it will be the hardest accept my closet..we won't go there.....
so now I go to the next room.............the family room........... I hope everyone had a wonderful week...and thank you for your comments..now I can come into a nice clean work area where I will enjoy to be. The family will be helping to keep it clean, they are to put their own dishes in the dishwasher and clean up their on glasses, that will help alot.
This pledge has me looking at me..more then the home even though that too will be worked on. I am going through my home,then yard and garden and making it mine............you see I tend to the "feel" of our home. If our home is cluttered, unruly, not a pleasant place to be in, then in truth this is my fault. My hubby works,like me but he works the outside, cattle,fences, mowing hay farm life...me I manage the home, now the good side......this girl wants a warm soft welcome, come in take your shoes off atmosphere , I want to breath when I come in from work, maybe a cup of tea before I start dinner, unlike now. So the declutter begins with even a more important out come, my well being. So first the room that makes me smile most...my kitchen.......so before
I had asked just this morning on how to do this, and along came my 16 yr old daughter and told me, mom go to picnik.com thats want I use............our children....
Today the sun is shininge we are to have warm temps. What a day this should be.
If my arm was healed I would be out moving some dirt !!
This is hard not to go digging.
The picture at the side is what stays on my kitchen table year round except for the eggs,lol. I love these colors and use them all thur the kitchen. Now that I can do pics better I will show more of my kitchen, just remember, it will not always be so cleaned up, because I have a working kitchen, always feeding and cleaning so there will be dishes sometimes and canning supplies. Whats on your table ?
I couldn't write a post without showing the gals and guys. This was yesterday, they were enjoying all the trimmings off the veggies I trimmed. I do love them. Everyone enjoy your day............
My chicken invite I love days like this, today is the day I order my new chicks to come and live on the farm. I want to raise more chicks and sell eggs to help with the bills on the farm. I get plenty of eggs for our use, but only a few extra dozen to sell, and to tell the truth they don't get sold they are bartered with good friends and family. I need to raise more for freezing and canning also. I have to have enough to butcher to feed us from year to year. I remember my grandpa George going out early in the morning and fetching a fresh bird for our supper that day. I would love to be crafty enough to do freshly each day, but I need to learn that.
The chicks.... There are so many to chose from, but my heart goes to Marans, for their beautiful egg color and the fact that I really have just fell in love with them, because of their struggle to survive, those will have to wait though because I really don't want to buy them from a main hatchery, I would like to get them from a farm who has cared for and knows of them. The hatcheries like McMurry have breeds yes but my heart says stay with a farm breeder on this one. So if you know of anyone please let me know.
Now back to my breeds for here on the farm. Wyandotte, The Plymouth Rock, Sussex, and Rhode Island Reds are my favorites, these over the past years have been gentle and have done well on the production, and I will need a good brooder which with these have also been very good, there is always a mommy in the making out in the coop. So by tomorrow morning my order will be going in for these. I have hopes of filling all our meat needs from our own farm this year and I can't wait. So that is my preparedness for today but the week isn't over and I hope to do much more. Thank you for your visit and come back often with your tea..............
This weekend I ran low on blackberry jelly, I always put extra berries into the freezer for pies an cobblers, and for times like this. So new jelly was made and the pantry will last till new berries come on.. I put up 24 pints last year, thinking 2 weeks per jar, well the family likes it on not only peanut butter but ice cream....so short I ran. I've been going over the things that I canned last year and came up short on a few things if I want to hit my goal of all food items except staples being made or raised by us, or from area growers. We have been fatting a steer, for this years meat. It will be ready in about 4 weeks for butcher. i would like to dry some of it,have any of you done this? Well I know this is short, but hubby wants to watch Daniel Boone. hubby time...
I've been slowly changing things here on the farm, for me to be prepared in my food storage means a lot. Our area floods about every year and 1/2. Last time we were watered in 21 days, I'm glad I store extra food for times like this, my goal is to have a total 3 acres that will give us food and make us money. So this is my first move this year, seeds. To some it might not sound like a lot but to me they are like gold. What makes these fit into my preparedness is that they are ( heirloom) seeds meaning that I can save seed from year to year. Most seeds from the stores you can not, they will not germinate , heirloom seed will grow again year after year. I not only save money, by not re buying but I also have safe food for my family. As I hear more on the news how food is contaminated I want to do all I can to keep my family safe. This year I will be growing not only my garden for food but put out 2 extra plants just for seed to save and share, because unless I share to help other families I wouldn't be a good steward of Gods gifts. When I can or freeze my bounty I will also share with my family or those in need. My list of seed
tomatoes, carrots , beans,watermelons,radishes,turnips,beets,lettuce,spinach,cucumbers,zucchini,corn and taters.
After everyone is gone in the morning I do enjoy my tea. Sitting at the kitchen table looking out onto the porch, the fence post with my bird feeder looks so alone until you see, the kitty on the step looking in and realize she is ready for food herself....smart birds..
This morning I am drinking Jasmin tea. I did not know all the benefits this tea might bring, now mind you I know nothing about teas I'm just learning, but this is something I found. Thought you might get a kick out of it and learn a little something too. Again I know nothing, so take this as you will.
15 Reasons You Will Feel Young By Drinking Jasmine Tea
Posted on October 4, 2010, 12:04 pm, by admin, under Feel Younger, Jasmine Tea Benefits.
Do you want to obtain a new lease on life? Then you need go no further than your local grocery or health food store and pick up a package of jasmine tea. This flavored tea is blended with green tea, and offers a variety of benefits that keep you feeling young and healthy. Jasmine tea benefits, then, can be enumerated, as follows:
1.The catechins in the green tea are antioxidants that step in to prevent such diseases and conditions as cardiovascular disease and cancer.
2.The properties in the tea not only aid in burning fat but also give you the energy to exercise for longer durations—very good for weight loss.
3.Studies suggest that if you drink several cups a day, you will prolong your life.
4.Research also shows that the tea is helpful in eliminating cancers of all types, such as leukemia and cancers of the colon, breast, prostrate, ovaries, lungs, and esophagus.
5.The scented aroma is helpful in reducing the affects of stress.
6.Theanine, which is contained in the green tea of the mix, has been shown to enhance the thinking process.
7.Studies have found that jasmine tea also acts as an anti-depressant and reduces depressive symptoms related to menopause, paranoia and post-natal conditions.
8.The tea also cleanses the arteries of cholesterol.
9.Also, jasmine tea has been found to help those suffering from diabetes. Certain compounds (theaflavins and EGCG) help in keeping blood sugar levels in check.
10.The tea has anti-inflammatory properties, which helps in reducing the incidence of rheumatoid arthritis.
11.Jasmine tea also prevents bad breath and tooth decay.
12.Antigens are found in the tea that build up the body’s defense against disease.
13.Joint and muscle pain subside when drinking green tea with jasmine.
14.The tea helps alleviate back pain as well.
15.Scientific research suggests that the ingredients contained in jasmine-flavored green tea make it healthier than drinking water. Therefore, drinking iced jasmine tea after a workout is exceptionally beneficial.
I'm getting ready to order my new chicks. Last season I didn't have any chickens that wanted to set so I thought I would restock, just not sure what I want. Today I did find out something new about eggs so I thought I would share , this is from .... http://shop.gabbardhatchingeggs.com/
...The blastoderm will have one of two appearances...the first will be a small cloudy ring, much resembling a “bullseye”….about the size of a small pencil eraser…This is a fertile egg...the second will resemble a “sharp white dot“...this is an infertile egg...easy as pie! :)
I wasn't sure how to tell this so I'm glad I found it .... hope everyone has a good night.
This is my first hop and to tell the truth I have no clue if I did everything right or not, but here goes.
Things are quiet on the farm, that is unless you step onto the back porch, then it comes to life.
Black Angus has been on this farm for over 50 yrs. Right now they are eating and soaking up a little sun. I don't think there will be much sun, rain and chance of snow for tonight. Our cattle are fed on pasture and our hay. We don't use meds or anything on them unless for some reason a vet needs to be called.
I can hear the chickens in the coop, all their doors are open so in an hour or two they will be in the side yard in front of the barn eating and just plain running. Sounds like I'm getting an egg or two, from the sound of things. I have a mixture of chickens from Brown Leghorns, buffs, Barred Standard Plymouth Rocks ,and Rhode Island Reds. I don't think there is anything I like to watch more then them.
The garden is still resting but in a few months things will be hopping even there, I have all the seeds ordered and so far it looks like the blackberry plants I planted last spring are doing just fine. The other plants and shrubs look good too. I'm making a side yard garden/ landscape area for me. It has 3 raised beds, small 8x10 garden plot. strawberries, cherries, blackberries. Then flowers, rose of sharon,lilac, mock orange, flowering almond and baby breath. I'm ready for spring.......
Hope I did all right on my hop, everyone have a wonderful day.
This is what my oldest got me into,lol I can't wait to have it done I figure in a year or two that I might get it done, with her help, she is very good at it, Have I mentioned how proud I am of my first born lady. I am also working on my Christmas gifts already , I know WHAT....but I want them all homemade this year so each month I will try to get one done, I can't say what because of ,well my daughter might see this blog, so on things that aren't hers i will show as I get them done.. Hee Hee. I am also working on my outdoor landscape that will do on the side of the house last year I planted 15 blackberry, 5 Rose of Sharon and a pink dogwood, this year I have a hedge to plant and a garden to design into the land scape. I don't want to mow the whole side yard, so I want it pretty. What kind of plans do you guys have. Oh and I got my seed ordered............ have a good day.
Last night brought in sleet and rain, so that ended up as ice this morning. Hubby worked out in it and I tell ya, why on earth people think they can go 55 on ice is beyond me. What are these people thinking? Hubby made it home and is now sleeping which means a quiet day for me, I'm going to work on my needle work that my daughter got me into. lol I'll post a pic later. I have been working on my kitchen, I'm kind of slow but I will get it lined out.. well maybe. I hope everyone has a wonderful day, I know I will as long as I stay inside.
This is it with my flower seeds from last year , my heirloom veggie seeds, my honey, and my basket of funnels ans spoons. Still have a long way to go. The drawers have spices,in one and the other is empty as for the cabinet in the bottom.not sure yet what I will put in it. Now to grow and stock all my bottles and baskets, first thing is learning teas, I do love tea. Everyone have a wonderful day.
After I found Catherines blog http://stillroomherbs.blogspot.com/I will never think the same about herbs, I had planted my first herb bed last spring and it went pretty good. Now i want to move forward and learn more. Catherine has a sweet spirit, I have never meet her in person, but somethings you can't hide. Hope you get a chance to check her site and look at her own still room. Please check her blog and look at hers. I'll be posting mine after I get it finished, but this is where mine is going.
The Still Room The still room is a distillery room found in most great houses, castles or large establishments throughout Europe dating back at least to medieval times. The lady of the house was in charge of the room, where medicines were prepared, cosmetics and many home cleaning products created, and home-brewed beer or wine was often made. Herbs from the kitchen garden and surrounding countryside were processed into what today we call essential oils, and infused or distilled, or brewed (etc.) as required to make rose water, lavender water, peppermint based ointments, soaps, furniture polishes and a wide variety of medicines.  It was a working room: part science lab, part infirmary and part kitchen. In later years, as doctors & apothecaries became more widely spread and the products of the still room became commercially available, the still room became increasingly an adjunct of the kitchen. The use of still room devolved to making only jams, jellies, home-brewed beverages and as a store room for perishables such as cakes.
Originally, the still room was a very important part of the household, run by the lady of the house, and used to teach her daughters and wards some of the skills needed to run their own homes in order to make them more marriageable by having those skills. As practical skills fell out fashion for high born women, the still room became the province first of poor dependent relations, then of housekeepers or cooks. The still room was later staffed by the still room maid.