Monday, August 25, 2014

Jaely And The Farm

Hello sweets,

we have been on a mini road trip.....visiting coffeehouses......and learning more about owning a shop! Right as we left the farm we stopped at a restaurant.....this was in the parking place......sweeeeet!!!!! My husband was talking to the owner.......he had had this truck since 1955 and it was adorable!!!!! Asked if he wanted to sell.......no was the answer! Don't blame him a bit......he said it was his baby! He was a cute little man, that had taken care of his truck.......in my dreams! 


We have our car full of gift items.......and we are getting to see the mountains......and my heart is full!  We will be so busy when we open the shop and now was the time to go. 


While we were gone we had our precious adopted family watch the farm........look who loves Birch! Jaely's Momma took this pic so we could see Jaely working. She thinks she owns the farm. She runs from one end of it to the other.......with a kitten hanging from one arm......adorableness!!!!! She loves the Big Girl chicken house!!!!!!! She loves gathering the eggs........loves all the baby chicks when their Momma's hatch a new baby! 


They will soon have their own farm........I think she is going to love it. Just had to share these pic's, thought they turned out adorable! 

I will share more pic's later.........love the mountains........it's as close to home as I can get......thankful! My girl is loving it.......want to go back home to Alaska some day! I need to start saving my pennies......well maybe more then pennies! 

Hugs and God bless! 

Linda



Thursday, August 21, 2014

Auction.......Old Ford Truck.......Dreamin'

Hello sweet ladies.....again!

Yesterday I went to a farmer's farm......he was working inside a shed and cleaning it out. I noticed these........



chairs sitting along the side of the shed.......doesn't hurt to ask right? Sold!!!!!!! To me.....aren't they adorable? I will strip them and repaint. They are in excellent condition, but the paint job needs redone! I really like old chairs better than knew ones. They are always more sturdy and better built it seems. I will use these in the children's section of the coffeehouse! 


I am going to an auction!!!!!!!!! I have been waiting for a month for this to happen. This kind of truck is one of my favorite kinds........is it adorable or what? I have always liked old trucks....a lot better than new ones. A friend of ours (who is a mechanic) said that for it's age it is in real good condition. Won't be hard to get it going....he says. Has a new engine that was put in 7 years ago.......ekkkkk!!!! I will bid........but only so high! We just had our 40th anniversary......some want diamonds.....I want a truck! Want to paint it a lighter turquoise color......with a Prairie Flower Farm decal that I could put on the side. Whatcha think? Cute? Think of all the flowers I can put in the back......drive around town and sell them! "A dreamer", as my daughter Tress calls me!!!!! Dreams do come true......hope this one does! I will let you know!


I know I have been so vague about the coffeehouse. I kind of feel like until we sign the papers we are still in waiting mode, but we are moving ahead. We have a date set.....but walking with the Lord in faith we leave that in His care. It has been a precious walk. Jesus has shown Himself over and over. It is wonderful to be able to completely intrust your life to Him........so with that.....keep praying if you would and we will keep you posted. The college kids are ready......we see them on the street.....church and the market! They are praying also! 


Hugs and God bless your day!!!!!!

Linda

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Enjoying the SUMMER.....and YOU?

Hi sweets!!!!!!!! 

This looks like soup base to me!

God has been providing so much produce! It has been a full summer!!!!!! How about you? A lot has been going on...... pulling me in one direction and then another. I have so enjoyed my garden. Love going out in the early cool mornings. My tomatoes are really turning red fast.....like faster then I can keep up.....one day at a time...right? The garden is exploding.....all at the same time it seems. Anyone relate?   I will be canning the soup base we use for our winter soups, pastas, pizza sauce and salsa today or tomorrow. It was cool this morning when I went to pick......suppose to be hot again today. No rain in the forecast until Monday......oh how we need rain for our crops. The soybeans especially! Please pray with. Thank you!!!! All the farmers are in need. 


Lately I have continued to work on products to sell in the fall. Trusting we will be buying the market, I want to be ready. I have been working on these little snow while it is 100 outside. I so enjoy drawing these little snowmen's faces. I just love to use my hands......does anyone have a favorite craft they enjoy doing? 

I would love to hear from you!!!!!!! I know I haven't been blogging as much, but it would be nice to see who is still readying. Even if it is a little hello!

Blessings to each of you! God has been good....leading us each step of the way in our new adventure! Can't wait until all the meetings are over.....and we can sign on the dotted line. We just keep trusting.....a good place to be! 

Hugs to your day, 

Linda

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Farming, living and moving ahead with Jesus at the Lead!

Good morning sweets.........


went out to check on the girls and see how Birch was treating them. He is actually doing really well. Thankful for that......babies in the spring! Can't wait! Can you see how big sweet pea is getting.......her face is the sweetest! 


I have 3 Mommas who allllllll share the same nest. I always have to lift each one out to check if I have any babies under them........look who fell out from one of their wings.....pure sweetness don't you think? I brought it in the house and gave to Tress. We think it looks like a penguin! Don't you? Love it!!!!!


Farming and gardening have takin quit a bit of my time this summer......but I love it! We got another 1/2" rain yesterday.....that will help the corn and soybeans that are growing beautifully! As if we aren't excited for our first crop of corn.......exciting times around the farm this time of year!


We have tons of busy little honey bees working in our garden. Every flower on every plant has at least one or two inside. Notice the pollen all over it's legs and back? So interesting to watch!

Well, I am off to the college cafeteria to see what we can do to help with the last bit of catering. We will be leaving the cafe and it will be hard for us we are sure.....keep praying.....things are moving fast on the coffeehouse.....we are squealing! Haven't signed the papers.....but it is looking so good! The Lord is showing us step by step how to trust Him....it is so worth following Him!

Keep praying please!
Thank you!

Hugs from the farm and God bless you!!!

Linda



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