Peaches & Cream

Saturday we added (6) new additions to the family. We added in (5) new Sebrights and (2) Golden necks. Henrietta is in love with her new siblings! Needless to say, they are all spoiled lol.

Who knew chickens loved watching T.V.?

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Update on the Homestead

There has been much going on lately which is the reasoning for the silence. Friday we acquired (10) baby Swedish Mix Ducks.

We also acquired (1) Silver Seabright Hatchling and (1) Egg.

Aside from taking care of the new additions, I have been harvesting strawberry seeds amongst other seeds, and one of our many gardens continues to thrive!

We also converted a 15 Gallon plastic bin/tub we had gotten from Wal-Mart into our Sweet Potato Container. ☺️

It has been crazy lately, but the craziness is well worth it in the end. Now here’s a cute picture to end the post. Have a wonderful Sunday Folks! ❤️

Harvesting Dandelions

Most people see dandelions as a pesky weed that has to be rid of because they spread like wildfire. In truth, dandelions are 100% edible and have some pretty amazing benefits to the human body. On my homestead, I have a field specifically for dandelions so I can harvest them as needed. Some popular items I make include: Dandelion Oil, Dandelion Jelly, Dandelion Salve and Dandelion Scrubs.

Dandelions can have a tart taste, but when seasoned properly, the tartness is unnoticeable. I like to take adult blooms and fry them after being coated in a light batter. I call them “Dandelion Bites” and my son loves them. Dandelions are a great source of vitamins, aid in calcium for your bones and can be used to soothe back pain and sore muscles. Who knew those tiny yellow “weeds” could have such amazing benefits? Mother Nature always knows best.

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One thing I definitely recommend, as with anything freshly picked, is to wash the blooms before use. You never know what creepy crawlies could be hiding out. Happy Dandelion Harvesting! ❤

Homemade Dandelion Oil

What you will need:

  • 1 cup. Fresh Dandelion Blossoms (adult blooms perferably; must be enough to fill jar).
  • Olive Oil
  • 8oz jar.
  • Cookie Sheet

Instructions:  Harvest 1 cup freshly picked blossoms. Make sure to rinse them well. Spread them on a cookie sheet and let them sit outside in the afternoon/evening sun and over night.  Take dried blossoms and fill 8oz jar, then take the Olive oil and cover the blossoms completely. Close lid and place jar back outside (or near a window that gets good sun). Let the jar sit for 2-6 weeks. Once ready, take the jar and strain the mixture into a pot. Pour oil  back into the jar. Close lid tightly and give a good shake. All done!

 

A Time for Healing

Life works in mysterious ways. Many things happen that we often cannot begin to fathom. Things that make us question who we are, our future, how we will make it from the current day to the next and more. How we decide to handle such situations shows our true strength. Today has been that day for me.

This morning, I received news that a close friend of mine lost her sweet baby boy; he was 16 weeks old. My heart shattered and even now, hours later, the pain still lingers. The loss of a loved one is never easy. There are so many questions that go unanswered and the grief can become overwhelming. It is in these times where we really need to hold on to the good memories and know that in time everything will be ok even though the world around you seems to be falling apart.

Alone I sat, a million “What If…” questions running through my mind, but my grandmothers still soft voice reminded me, “Things happen for a reason. Always remember there is a light at the end of the tunnel. If you can do this, you will never get lost.” And that folks was my breaking point. I bawled my eyes out. I probably looked insane to the others in the park, but who cares. Sometimes we all need a good cry.

To those who have ever lost a loved one, I applaud you for your strength. Continue to be strong and know you are loved. Know that one day you will meet your loved one again, but until that time, remember to embrace this crazy adventure we call life. We only get one and only we can decide how our stories will be told.

 

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Morning Bliss

31950156_10156252446266904_7538884385894825984_nMorning time on the homestead is a busy one, but my favorite time nonetheless. It allows me to get the needed morning chores done, and still gives me a little time to myself as the kids remain peacefully asleep. If I’m lucky, I might even get to enjoy a fresh cup of coffee. A vary rare treat indeed.

My children are my world. I have two sons my oldest, Redmond, who turns the Big 3 in September and my youngest, Sawyer, who is 7 months old. Then there are my two sprightly girls who are my fur babies. Pictured is Harley. She is a full blooded Black German Shepherd and the greatest friend a woman could ask for. She helps me maintain and protect the homestead. When I first found her, the lady (whom I am now close friends with) was originally going to keep her due to hair loss and a few other medical issues at the time, but I ensured her that I knew what to do and now 8 months later, she remains to have a perfect health. Harley has been with me through thick and thin and it is a joy to watch her grow. We even share the same birthday! Whoever thinks they need diamonds to be happy has clearly never owned a German Shepherd. I couldn’t ask for a more loyal companion.

With that being said here is little Addie. Addie is a full blooded Queensland Heeler a.k.a.  Australian Cattle Dog. She is my other loveable fur baby, but she too means business. She is learning to work with the livestock and loves it. She and Harley are quite the team and it is fun to watch them learn from one another as they go about their work here on the homestead. It makes me excited to see what the future holds.

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Container Gardening for the Soul

Container Gardening is super beneficial to those with limited space when it comes to growing various plants. Before moving to our new location, I remember having tons of pots and buckets stocked with different plants which took up our apartment patio. Now we live in the open country, and though I have a regular ground garden, I still find myself container gardening  tomatoes, potatoes and a whole list of other produce. Why? Because it’s Easy!

Pictured are Scallions a.k.a. Green Onions. I use these quite religiously in my home. I bought a bundle of these at a local farmers market for around $1.00 after moving. Thanks to being able to grow these both indoor and out, I have yet to buy anymore. I love it and I truly believe gardening is good for the soul.

 

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Here’s a list of my Top Ten Favorite Container Produce:

  1. Tomatoes                                                                tomato-food-nutrition-plant-161554.jpeg
  2. Potatoes
  3. Carrots
  4. Peas/Beans
  5. Onions
  6. Cucumbers
  7. Peppers
  8. Cabbage
  9. Broccoli
  10. Strawberries

 

I grow my herbs in my raised bed gardens, but often I will also grow some in small containers for, “Just in Case” purposes. You can never go wrong when it comes to having herbs.  What are some of your favorites?

 

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