Sit a Spell

This is one of my new sitting places. For those of you who have been reading my blog for a while, you know I love my shady sitting places.

The rose bush is beautiful this year! It makes the entire yard such a happy place. It blooms right on time every year.

Today is a HARD day. My sweet Julie’s birthday. She would have been 24. It’s so hard to me to think she has been gone from us for 4 years. Sometimes it feels like forever and sometimes it feels like just this morning.

I don’t talk much about her passing on here. It’s just too hard. But today I felt like I could mention it. God is good! All the time!

I hope you all have a good day. God bless!

Happy Thursday

Good morning everyone! I hope you have all had a good week so far.

Dave and the three older kids came over Sunday to ride their bikes. Dave, Daniel and Sam now have electric bikes. Dave is working on building Katie one. They had a great time.

I have a new tool. It is a Cosori dehydrator. It is SO quiet. I used my birthday money to help me purchase it. I am dehydrating peppers I put in the freezer last summer. I think this will be so helpful for preserving our harvest this year.

Isn’t it pretty!

That’s about all for today. I have tons of work to get done in the garden. So I better get started.

God bless!

Rhubarb Pie

Hello everyone! I hope you have all had a good week. Our rhubarb is doing very well this year.

One of the first things I like to make with rhubarb is pie.

The recipe I use is very old. I have used this recipe for at least 40 years. I’m not sure where it originally came from but the woman’s name is at the bottom. I do not know her but I sure do love her recipe.

Into the oven it goes!

Easy to make and delicious to eat!

God bless!

Spring Update

Good morning everyone! I hope everyone is having a great weekend. I thought it was time to do a little update on what’s been going on here at the farm. Katie and I had a fun day recently. We went to the greenhouse then came home and planted some carrots, radishes and beets. It was a great day.

Also got planted some lettuce and kale in these beds. Cabbage and broccoli in the inground garden.

Celebrated this handsome boy’s 7th birthday! He wants you to see his shirt that Grace and I got him for his birthday. It has lots of his favorite airplanes on it. He loves airplanes!

We combined Easter, my birthday and Dave’s birthday into one big celebration! We had SO much good food!

The seedlings are getting their first outdoor time today. They seem to be enjoying it.

Daniel and his dad recently built this electric bike for Daniel. Dave built one for himself last year. Now they can have so much fun riding together. Just look at that happy face!

I guess that’s about all for now. Gotta lots of things to do today. God bless!

New Project

Good afternoon everyone! I wanted to share with you all mine and Dave’s latest project. First a trip to our local feed store to purchase some pallets. Amazing what will fit in Jess’s van!

Next some measuring and cutting.

We had some trouble with one chainsaw so we had to get out another one but we finally got it cut and put together.

Just look at this beauty! This water tank will hold a lot of rain water and it is so close to the garden. We will be able to put a hose on it and run the water right to the garden. So much easier. No more carrying water up to the garden from the rain barrels at the house. I am so happy!

Thank you, Dave, for your hard work getting this installed!

God bless ❤

First Greenhouse Trip

I took this sweet boy for his first greenhouse trip this week. We had so much fun! So many questions ❤ He is holding the plant he picked out for his Mom.

I asked him what is favorite part of the trip was. He said “meeting new people”!

I think he was the highlight of the day for the people at the greenhouse. He talked to everyone we met! One of the workers even followed us to car to tell him bye. This is one of the many reasons I love living here in Floyd!

God bless!

Warmer Days

Good morning everyone! I hope you are all having a great week. We have been having some really nice days here!

I have been working on getting the garden ready. It takes me quite a while to get it all cleaned up.

Both gardens are cleaned up now and ready to go. Dave is coming over Sunday to burn off the fence line. Then it will be time to start putting down mulch again. I love this time of year!

I spent some time with this handsome young man the the other day! Just look at how big he is getting!

I’ve been interested in trying square foot gardening in one of my raised beds. They sell these little templates on Amazon and other places but I decided to try to make me one instead of paying money for it. I think it turned out nice and am looking forward to trying it out this spring.

I helped Dave put up these shelves in the boys room last weekend. They look really nice. I was amazed though at how much building supplies cost now!

Look at these carrots! Katie and I planted our little carrot bed last spring. We ate carrots during the summer and fall. I just decided to leave whatever was left in the bed until spring. I have went up often and gathered carrots from the bed during the winter and was impressed with how well they were keeping. The other day I decided to go pull them and get the bed ready for spring planting. I was amazed to find that most of them were still good. I cleaned them up, shredded them and had 7 and 1/2 pints to put in the freezer!

We are starting to see signs of spring! I post a picture of these flower every year. We always look forward to seeing them!

I also hung clothes out on the line for the first time this year. They smell SO good!

Grace took these pictures the other day while on one of her walks.

Enjoy your day and God bless!

Canning Rampicante Squash

We have been using our rampicante squash to make delicious squash soup. I have been keeping it in a box in the dining room and it has kept well there but I decided to try canning it today. First I peeled it and cut it in chunks. Then I blanched it and put it in jars.

I followed the directions in the Ball canning book and pressured canned it for 90 minutes.

I canned 5 qts and left one huge squash to eat fresh later. I think it looks really pretty in the jar! We look forward to many pots of squash soup!

God bless!

Hot Chocolate For One

Recipe from

2 tbsp. Sugar, 1 cup milk, dash salt, 1/4 tsp vanilla, 2 tbsp hershey cocoa. Mix sugar, cocoa,and salt in large mug. Heat milk until hot in microwave, 1- 1/2 min. Gradually add milk to hot cocoa mixture. Stir in vanilla.

I use 1/4 cup french vanilla coffee creamer and 3/4 cup milk and eliminate the vanilla and the dash of salt.

Easy Peel Boiled Eggs

Good morning everyone!

I have found the absolute best way to easy peel farm fresh eggs. I got the idea from Kevin at Living Traditions Homestead.

Drop your clean eggs in BOILING water. Let them boil 20 minutes. Remove from boiling water and immediately put them in ICE water. Let them cool. Then peel. I just peeled an entire dozen in no time and all of them peeled easy.