Sunday, July 27, 2014

S u m m e r 's Are Always Full!!!!!!!!!

Hello sweets.......it seems like forever since I have put up a post...sorry........today is the day!!!!!! I have missed journaling and talking with you, with all the baby chicks hatching.....(I think I am up to about 30 chicks of every size)......the garden growing.......Momma Guinea with new babies......Momma Ducks with 3 sets of babies.......a house guest, canning sand hill plum jam, keeping animals safe from the heat.......family time.....grandkid's time.....and pursuing the coffeehouse......all that to say.......life has kept us so so busy this summer, but it has been exciting! 



One of the teenage chicks escaped out of the Milk House fence.......I was sitting on the deck.....so had to take a pic of her as she snuck around the corner. She is so pretty!


Potatoes are ready......we have been cutting them into 1/2" pieces, boiling them and green beans. Then we drain the water and add butter and fresh minced garlic!  


When I am in the garden the horses are close by. 

Some of our family who live by us invited us to come pick Sand Hill Plums on their pasture. It was filled with huge plums. So beautiful to see!!!!!! It's like they are free gifts!!!!!! Straight from God!


Sand Hill Plum Jam tastes so good. 


have three cages for the different age chicks. I take them from their mommas a day after they have hatched and put them in a box in the house under a lamp. This year I let only one mom sit on her babies and raise them inside a cage. I wish I had lots more cages, I would let more Moms raise her own babies. 


This is what it looks like when I am picking green beans......the birds are always singing when I am working. Peaceful time for me.  


Momma Guinea had her 15 little ones.......all safe tucked in a
box cage I made to keep my Mom's and babies from harm. Last year all the babies she had did not make it and we lost every one of them. I have heard that Momma Guineas are not good mommas. This time they will be raised inside until they are big enough to be set free. 


Birch has been in one pen and the girls have been separated from him in another pen. Birch must have sensed the girls were in heat.......he knocked part of my gate down......and jumped through the hole. When I came out to the pen I noticed the huge hole......only one thing could have happened.......... it will be fun to have some baby lambs this spring. 

On top of everything else we have been pursuing the coffeehouse and God has been leading us all the way. Different things will come up and we just know that He is in control. Somethings have been really falling into place this last week. We asked for prayer on PFF Facebook and that day the Lord opened the door so huge that we all stood in awe! We knew He answered!!!!! God is soooooo precious!!!!!!! I know many of you have prayed for us and we thank you so so much. You are such precious ladies! As soon as I know anything more, I will let you know. We are waiting on some important information right now and should know soon!!!!! Ekkkkkkk! Tressa and I are beside ourselves!!!!!!

Please be praying for our world........people need Jesus! He came, He died and He came to save!!!!! Ask God to help you share the good news!!!!!!! 


Blessings and may the Lord Bless Your SONday! 





Monday, June 30, 2014

We have a winner!



How are all you sweet ladies? 

Hope you are enjoying your summer!!!!!!!


We have been getting a lot of rain here on the farm!!!!!! It has been wonderful for my garden. Everything is green, the tomatoes are starting to grow.......I noticed that the beans are soon to be going from the flower to beans. They are about 1" long.....little, but it won't take long for them to grow big!!!!! 


I want to give a big huge thank you to all who signed up for the Good For You Everyday Meals Cookbook!!!!!!! It is definitely summer thyme......gardens are starting to have lots of produce available for healthy cooking! There are recipes that you could make up that everyone would love to eat out of this cookbook. 

 The winner for our party will find lots of good recipes to fix up for her family!!!!!! Hope she has a garden!!!!



Good for You Everyday Cookbook

For those of you who would like to buy a cookbook, you can go HERE!

We have a winner......for the giveaway.....and her name is.......


Anne Robinson
her blog is called.......Phamily Blog
So excited for you  Anne!!!!


Thank you everyone for being a part of Prairie Flower Farm. I so love Gooseberry Patch and all the love they put in everyday life....... the way they care about those who follow them is precious! They thank you for coming to the party also! Until the next party.......



Hugs and God bless you!!!!!!!!

Linda 

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Mile-High Biscuits Recipe....totally the best recipe evaaaaa!!!!!!

Hello sweet ladies........

We have two more days for the Gooseberry Patch and Prairie Flower Farm Party. I have one more recipe from the 


Good-for-You Everyday Meals


Oh my........f you make these biscuits you will never want to use another recipe evvveeeaaa! There is NO sugar in this recipe and it is so good......course I have to put some new freshly made Strawberry/Rhubarb on it. I have 13 new rhubarb plants I transplanted and had to sneak a few stalks from each to make it!

Mile-High Biscuits

2 c. all-purpose flour (I use unbleached, better)
4 t. baking powder
1/4 t. baking soda
3/4 t. salt
5 T. chilled butter, diced
1 c. buttermilk

Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a food processor; add butter. Pulse just until mixture resembles course crumbs. Transfer mixture to a large bowl; add buttermilk. Stir until moisture begins to hold together. Turn out onto a lightly floured surface. Working quickly, knead until most of the dough sticks together. Pat out dough into a circle 1/2 inch thick. Cut with a biscuit cutter, quickly re-gather dough until about 8 biscuits are cut. Arrange biscuits in a parchment paper-lined 13"x9" baking pan. Set pan on center oven rack. Bake at 450 degrees for about 10 minutes, until lightly golden. Serve warm. Makes about 8 servings. I used a jelly 1/2 pt. size to cut mine and I got more!!


Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt in food processor.


Add chopped butter to food processor. 


pulse


Mix in bowl until mixture begins to hold together.


I use a jelly jar to cut out my biscuits. Don't the biscuits look so pretty? When the recipe says to pat into circle and make the dough 1/2" thick.......do as it says!!!!!!!!!! This will make them nice and high and fluffy inside. This is now my favorite recipe!!!!!!!! 

Thanking Gooseberry Patch for this cookbook!!!!!!! 

We have today and tomorrow for you to be able to come and sign upfor the Party!!!!!!!!!!!!! Click Here and sign up!!!!!


It has been busy on the farm, with all the rain everything is growing wonderful!!!!!! Which means I am in the garden.......a lot! Planting and watching things grow......love it! Yesterday my sweet man helped me get up a fence for the Scarlett Runner Beans. He said that he would get some clamps to hook the running wire to the t-post....and I said......"oh, I will take care of it"!....red checked ribbon....is what I used......right.....I like....it a lot!!!!  It matches the color of the flowers. I love farm life and making things pretty!


Another thing that is keeping me busy...... is all the little ones that are hatching on the farm. Five Momma Hens are sitting. Ask if I like..........YES! I will be helping little families start their own little chicky farms! 


Sweetness!!!!!


Momma Blue is quite happy!!!!! Lots of little baby fuzzy feet Cochin chicks. They are so healthy and fat! 


I will leave you with this precious verse. It keeps me going just to  know that HE......the God of the Heavens.......His steadfast love endures forever......for every one of us! What a wonderful truth!!!

Well, how all is going well at your home.......know that you are all in my prayers. 

Hugs and God bless you,

Linda






Monday, June 23, 2014

Another Recipe~~~~Mom's Fruit Smoothies

Hello sweet ladies........time for another recipe from the 


Good-for-You Everyday Meals Cookbook.....

for Gooseberry Patch and Prairie Flower Farm Party!!!!!!!

The party began June 19 and will end June 28th! 


My sweet man has been farming outside and it has been real warm and muggy because of all the rain we have been receiving! We are so thankful to the Lord for His provisions! Thought this would be a nummy treat for him today! So Easy to make and most always have the ingredients on hand in your kitchen.

Mom's Fruit Smoothies

1 1/2 c. frozen peaches or strawberries
1 ripe banana, sliced
8 oz. container non fat vanilla yogurt. 

Combine frozen fruit, banana and yogurt into a blender. Process until smooth; pour into tall glasses. Makes 3 serving. 

My sweet man likes anything he drinks really cold, so I added some ice to his. 

He loveddddddd it! 


I also put all my ingredients in my food processor. It works great if that is all you have. 

This would be a wonderful smoothie for your children on a 
hot summer day!

If you haven't signed up for the party yet, please go here to see the rules and sign up please!! 



It has been busy here on the farm......lots of little ones hatching!!!!!! This is my sweet Blue Momma Cochin!!!!!! So far we have 9 little ones! I will show you some more pics and another recipe soon! I get so excited when the Lord blesses our farm with life!!!!!!!


Blessings from the farm!!!!!


Linda





Thursday, June 19, 2014

Good-for-You Everyday Meals Giveaway Party!

Okay sweet ladies........are you ready for another Gooseberry Patch and Prairie Flower Farm Party? It's that time again..... one of my favorite things to do is share another Gooseberry Patch's new cookbook and what is in inside it!!!! 



Party starts today June 19 and ends June 28th! 
 Contents:

Off to a Fresh Start
Hearty Soups & Fresh Baked Breads
Garden-Fresh Sides & Salads
Chicken, Pork & Beef Mains
Fish & Vegetable Mains
Healthy Snacks & Desserts
A Homemade Pantry


My sweet man, Tressa and I eat a lot of fresh fruit and veggies during the summer. It gets so hot here in Kansas and we like to eat lite. We find ourselves farming, gardening and canning and don't feel like much heavy food during the day. This recipe will be a favorite for us from now on!  You must try it!






Sweet Fruit Salsa

was going to be a new favorite for summer.......
we just knew it!!!!!!! So when I was skimming through
Good-for-Upi Everyday Meals, I knew I had to try this recipe!

When you read the recipe you will see why it is soooo good!!!!!!


You are going to need: a pt. of strawberries, 
1 green apple and 1 mango....


2 T. orange marmalade, 1 t. ground ginger and 1 t. dried mint 

Another substitution is 2 T. apricot preserves (or any other kind of jam you might have on hand) and drop the ginger and mint. 

Here is the nummy recipe!

Sweet Fruit Salsa

1 pt. strawberries, hulled and finely diced
1 green apple, cored and finely diced
1 mango, peeled, cored and finely diced
2 T. orange marmalade
1 sp. ground ginger
1 t. dried mint

Combine all ingredients in a serving bowl; mix gently. Cover and keep chilled up to 3 days. Makes 8 servings, or about 4 cups. 

Isn't that so easy? It takes a little time to cut the fruit, but it is so good and soooo worth the cutting!

The recipe said to eat the salsa with cinnamon pita chips. I didn't have any pita...... so I used some flour tortillas and made my own chips. 

Baked Flour Tortillas

5 large flour tortillas
5 T. melted butter
2 T. cinnamon sugar

Cut tortillas into 3" pieces. Lay squares on a cookie sheet. Brush melted butter on one side of square. Sprinkle squares with cinnamon sugar. 
Bake in a preheated oven at 350 for 8 to 10 minutes. 

Allow to cool approximately 15 minutes. Serve with 
chilled fruit mixture. 

Now you can try it.........and tell me what do you think? 

I will be drawing one of you sweet ladies who will receive the
Good for You Everyday Meals Cookbook!


So let's start the party!

Vote 1
leave me a comment here on my blog, tell me something that you love to do or cook during the summer!

vote 2 
Leave a love note over at
tell them a little something! Please let me know
you did.
vote 3 

Leave a note over at 
Please let me know you did. 

Thank you so much for being a part of our party, can't wait to see who comes!!!!!!! Wish I could have a real one......like in real ladies....I would serve this to you! Someday! 

If you do not have a blog to sign up, please feel free to sign up at my email address!!!!!!

prairie flower farm at g mail dot net

Put "Good for You" in the subject line please!

We so appreciate you taking time to sign up! 

Hugs from the farm........

I will be back with another new recipe from the Good-for-You Everyday Meals (click on name and if you would like to order now).


Linda



Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Raspberry/Jalapeno Jam Recipe

Hello sweets!!!!!!! Are you having a wonderful summer? We are so busy we find ourselves coming and going. 


The girls are busy here on the farm! Two Mommas are sitting in the same nest. That is the second pair that has done that this year! I also have 2 Momma Ducks sitting on eggs......they are busy around here!!!!! Love every minute of it!

I have also been making jam as the produce grows.  Yesterday I made 21 half pints and 3 pints of Raspberry/Jalapeno Jam! Ask if it is good...........yes!!!!! Best I think I have ever made and it is the same recipe! It is so so easy too. I have the recipe for you here so you can try it! NUM!!!! I was so excited to find raspberries for 99 cents......so I bought 10 of them! Wish I would have bought more! They are delicious!!!! 




Raspberry Jalapeno Jam

1 cup fresh or frozen raspberries
1/2 cup chopped green bell pepper
1/4 cups chopped jalapeno pepper
3 cups white sugar
3/4 cup apple cider vinegar
6 fluid ounce container liquid pectin

Serilize jars and lids by immersing into boiling water for
at least 5 minutes. In a saucepan, combine the raspberries,
bell pepper, and jalapeno peppers with the sugar and
cider vinegar. Bring the mixture to a boil over medium heat
and boil rapidly for 1 minute. Remove from heat and let
stand for 5 minutes

Stir in the liquid pectin. Pour jam into sterilized jars and
seal. Store in a cool dark place. Refrigerate after opening.

Hope your day is sweet. Please take some time to pray for our World everyday! Life is happening right before our eyes!!!!! I keep looking for Jesus to come! The things going on just in our country is like I have never seen before. Breaks my heart......but God is in control! That is our hope! Thankful I know Him as Savior. If you do not, please ask me how you can know for sure you will go to Heaven!!!!!! If you would rather email me go here.......
prairie flower farm at g mail dot com

Love you and God bless your day,

Linda

P.S. would love to know how you are!!!!!!

Friday, June 13, 2014

Some Of My Blueberries Are READY!


Good morning sweets!!!!!! How is your day going? I have been working out in my craft barn and craft room in my home for two days. I am getting things organized and it feels so good to have junk out the door and on the burn pile! While I was taking some bags out I walked by my blueberries!!!!!! Ekkkkkk! Look at what I found!!!!


I hadn't checked them since I had come back from our mini vacation!!!!!!! Look! Six ripe plumpy (not a word.....but I like it) blueberries that taste so like ones I would pick in Alaska! I didn't get enough to make our Best Blueberry Muffins.....but that will just take time! So I shared them with my sweet man and Tress! 



The Best Blueberry Muffins

1/3 c. oil
1 c. sugar
2 eggs
2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 c. milk
2 1/2 c. fresh or frozen blueberries
2 c. flour
1 tsp. vanilla
1/4 tsp. salt

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Prepare muffin cups with paper cups or grease them. In medium sized bowl beat oil and sugar, then add eggs one at a time, beating after each addition. Beat in vanilla, baking powder, salt and then milk. Fold in flour, then blueberries. Spoon into muffin cups. Make the topping: I use my food processor. 1/2 cup flour, 1/3 cup sugar, 1/2 tea cinnamon and 3 tbl. soften butter. Blend until into crumbs. Sprinkle the top of each muffin with topping. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes. This recipe was given to me by a special friend... It is the best!

Hope you enjoy the recipe! Well, back to work......listening to 1 Peter on my kindle. Biblegateway audio is so wonderful.......just filling my soul with the TRUTH of HIS WORD! I need it to give me direction and keep me safe everyday of my life! 

Hugs to you and God bless your day, 

Linda