Monday, March 5, 2018

Spring is coming!!!

Good morning sweet ladies......just have to say I have missed you much!!! I do keep up on my facebook because it doesn't take the time that doing a blog does....just in case you want to come over. It has been a while......since I have said hello! Life can get so so busy for me. First off I want to apologize fort the photobucket square that is so not nice on my blog. If I want it off I have to pay a lot of money or take all my photos off. I will trying to figure what I can do or start a whole new blog at some time. Just not now in my life....but I am sorry!! 

We still have the coffeehouse and our children and grandchildren that keep us busy. Started my sweet potato slips in January and they will be ready for spring.......been sharing them with some of the old time farmers in town......they remember when they were young doing this with their Momma......love their stories!!!



Our little is learning to be a barista at 4 months of age with her Auntie.......life has been such a gift the last months since she was born. We love her and pray for her precious life!!!!




The coffeehouse keeps me busy baking, making up soups......made egg noodles and a pot of chicken soup when the flu was going around.......they went over well.......serving food......loving on Momma's and their littles.....makes for a busy life....


coming H O M E on the weekends are my sweet gifts from the Lord!! 


Love love love taking care of my chickie girls.... puttsing around the farm......got my greenhouse ready for my plants!!!! Can't wait to bring them home from the market when they are ready!!!


Some weeks back I started getting my seeds planted......learning a lot this year about transplanting. Have regular shop lights at the shop and everything is doing fantastic under them!!! The key this year was to learn about worm castings...... to buy if you are interested here  and learn about worm casting tea go here . I am not kidding this stuff is like pure gold!!!



The Roma plant on the left I had transplanted two weeks ago using worm castings in the soil. I had only so much soil to plant half of all my seedlings. I bought some more seed starting soil and had to get the seedlings transplanted....still waiting on an order for worm castings. The one on the right was when I got transplanted one week later in seed mix without worm castings. It showed me what I needed to know. I am amazed. 


Then I got to thinking what if I could make up some worm casting tea.......I researched and sure enough. So when my castings came in the mail...... I bought what I needed. Now I have done more research and if I really want to do this right I will invest in a bigger air bubbler........but I am more then satisfied on a small scale what I have accomplished so far. On my second batch....went around the farm and put some on my little bushes and trees. 



To make some tea up you will need to drill a hole in the top of 

2 cups of well composted worm castings
2 tablespoons of unsulphured molasses
5 gallon bucket filled with water.....or rain water. 
follow instructions above in link. 

I am going to show some who have asked how I start seeds.


Starting seeds is very simple. I was running out of space and cups and thought I would try using my plastic milk jugs that we go  through in our coffee shop. Turn on side so label is on the bottom. Keep lid on!!!! Starting cutting from the back top of jug "leave about a three inch space that you will not cut" in the back so it can have a flap. 

Fill  milk container half-full with seed transplanting soil. You can add some worm castings if you would like. It really is amazing stuff!!! Pat the soil down a little bit. 

Sprinkle seeds on top. Cover seeds lightly with your soil. Spray with a spray bottle filled with warm water.


IF you want to learn how I do my tomatoes 🍅 seeds go Here



I wrap anything I am starting in plastic bags and put in a warm place. I can used the top of my shop light.....I have also used the top of my refrigerator. Works great. Now wait until it grows. After the plant gets about 2" to 3"tall you can transplant into a small paper cup or I am using the milk jugs and putting space of about 1 1/2" in between seedlings. I think it will work great until I can get everything outside!! 



I have also been knitting for our new grandson (still in his Momma's womb)....still need to make him his hat. His name is Jackston and due in May close to his Momma and Daddy's wedding anniversary!!!!!!! We are so excited!!


The chickie girls are doing so well.......I am sooooo waiting for someone to start sitting and going broody!!!! Been spouting seeds for them......easy easy!!! 



I have been sprouting alfalfa, wheat, lentils and quinoa. Staggering them so every other day they get fresh sprouts!!!! It isn't hard to do ......just need a large mouth jar or containers especially for sprouting. Mesh lids or cheesecloth/a canning jar wide mouth lid ring works great too!!! Fill jar with water and let seeds soak for 8-10 hours. Rinse and allow water to drain out. Everyday two times fill jar with water and rinse....draining water out each time. Place jar on it's side in a slightly sunny spot. Watch little life happen!!!! Your girlies will love you!!! You are giving them good food and it only takes a few minutes each day!!!




Well......this is a little update on what is happening.....today I am quilting and making some hen quilt patches and sheep and can't wait to get into my craft room to start...it is a fun day......just know you are so thought of so many times!!!

Please leave a comment if you still follow. I know it is a wonder if anyone still does....and I so understand!!! 

Hugs and God bless your day!!!!!!

Linda













Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Good morning sweet ladies,

So nice to be back on my blog......it is quiet.....which is a new new new for our H O M E......getting used to it now that our Tressy is married, but the tree is lit.......and the sun will be rising real soon. Eating my favorite breakfast........pie and a cup of milk. Now I am set! Just got off from FaceTiming our little.......she is so sweet in the mornings so her Momma calls so we can have some sweet time together......one of my favorite things to start my day. 

I know the post are few and far between......so much has happened in the last few months..... so I got up really early this morning......so I can journal some things that have been going on with PFFarm. 

We have a new little in our family. 
Christmas time was wonderful.......having her added to our family during this time of year....made it all the more special!!!


I had this idea for pictures or Christmas......I knitted her a hat and mittens........I needed a bag so I used some of the burlap we had from her Momma's wedding.......made a tag.........tied a red checked ribbon around the top.......stuffed the bag with a lot of pillows and set her inside....with her little ornament and stuffed puppy (we keep it here at Grammies).....it will always be the grands!!! So fun to shoot these pics......there is such a sweet manner about her. We had quite a few giggles when she did a face plant in the cluster fiberfill......when she came up it there were patches glued to her face......then she started slipping down the backside to the inside of the bag......her Momma and I both went after her......made some sweet memories!!! We love her so much and thank the Lord for her allllll the time!!



A few weeks back we had some baby lambs over at my farm friend's farm......she is the sweetest farm woman......last year I made her mittens with sheep on them.....


this year I made a cowl to match the gloves........


when we drove to her farm we drove by Peace Creek


lots of memories have been made here!!!! It is a favorite place for us.

We got to her farm.......Willow has a boy and so does Aspen.....we were hoping for girls so she could build her flock. 

 Willow and her little boy......he was a big baby!!!


Aspen had just had her baby boy......so cute!!!!! Miss having them on the farm, but after the babies are weaned the girls will come back.

God bless each of you....I have missed you......please follow me on facebook.....it is the easiest place for me to journal daily!!!!!! 

Merry CHRISTmas!!!

Linda 







Wednesday, October 18, 2017

A sad day on the farm!!!

Good morning sweets..........sad day on the farm!! This last weekend we went to stay with a friend on her sweet little hobby farm.......it was wonderful!!! Morning came and she was in the kitchen......smells permeating her beautiful home......and she was fixing us breakfast. Spoiling us......which she does often!!! She loves Jesus with her whole heart.....and loves people!!! She wants to build tiny houses.......like me......that will be fun if it ever happens!


She made us Swiss Eggs.....oh num!!!! She gave "us" the recipe.........

"Ladies: my grandfather was born in Switzerland and his mom used to make these eggs on special occasions. It is eggs poached in cream with grated Swiss cheese on top. You heat the cream, turn down the heat, and break the eggs into the cream. Put on the lid and let it cook for a bit, depending on how soft you like your eggs. Take the lid off and add the grated Swiss cheese. Put lid back on long enough to melt the cheese. It is served on toast with the leftover goodness spooned over the top. Salt and pepper to taste. ENJOY!" Suzanne 

She forgot to say she put in crumbly bacon in the cream, also.....that made it sooooo good!!



So on with my story.......we left the chickens in their coop......something got in which now we think was a "Herd of Raccoons"!!!!!!!!! Our big coop had a window where I had patched it with a small piece of fine mesh piece of screen. Something opened it and so the size of a window pane was big enough to get in........all my big older chickens (about 20 plus) my 3 ducks and 4 Guineas and about 3 roos.......all gone......except for two of the Guineas......literaly allllll gone! Like they had vanished!! I had noticed outside some Guinea feathers......and then saw the window pane....opened the door.....and this is what I found. JUST FEATHERS! No bones.....bodies.....nothing. I was sick to my stomach. We couldn't believe they were all gone.....just like that!!!! 


We checked the new chickens and they were fine the other night. We didn't think that anything could get in.......well last night they climbed over the chicken wire that we had put on the gate area and  they got in.....whatever it was got 10 of my newwwww hens........ugh!!!!! Couldn't believe it. The way we built the doorway we had to put chicken wire on a certain way because it was the sheep's shed not a coop. From the gate up to way high we put on chicken wire......we should have secured it at the very top......tonight we will when we get home from the coffeehouse!! Thinking maybe to build the gate with new wood all the way to the top.....if I can do that I will. Whoever is getting them got my pet Chicky Girl.......sad.......3 of the Wyandotte's .....some Olive Eggers.......so thankful they didn't get the Mr. Roo Wyandotte. So hard on a farm sometimes.....but that is farm life!!!!!

That is my woo today! I think it is time to get my get my chicken catalog and order me some new chickens........that would make a sweet day!!! 

Taste and see that the LORD is good; blessed is the one who takes
refuge in HIM Psalm 34:8


Hugs to your day!!!
me

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Family Life!

Hello sweet ladies.........oh my oh my oh my.......life can become a blur... know I am not the only one.......and it can change in a moment.....thankfully I trust the Lord with my day!!!! The coffeehouse is doing well......the kids are back for school so that is keeping us busy!! 


Tressa is married.....to a very sweet young man!! Life has changed for all.......the wedding was beautiful! We made a lot of the decorations.....



Tress did her own bouquet and her attendants....we saved peonies from Grandma Jo's flowers that she had planted 40 years ago on our farm.....we kept them in the refrigerator until her wedding. It was special for Tressa to use them in her wedding. Friends helped with the preparation of the food and lots helped with setting up.......we decorated and built 18 farm tables.....they turned out so pretty! 



After 45 years of having children in our home....and then one day you come home to empty was an adjustment?! I am learning the new new!! 



Our youngest daughter and her sweet man just had are new grand baby girl!!! Number 12 for us now...... thankful to the Lord for His Gifts!!! Our family loves babies.......going to be fun during the holidays!!! I wish they didn't live so far. 


For those of you who would like to hear.......Auntie is doing well......we made a quilt together last CHRISTmas.....she was angry about life and she had always been a quilter......I had been praying about something for her to do with me......saw the pieces of a quilt I had started.....it was just perfect for us to finish up!!!!




It was the very thing that gave her purpose.......we kept loving her... giving her lots of hugs.....it has been a challenge and very hard......but well worth it. Now she is adorable.......she is so kind to  us!! We share Jesus.....but she is not interested.....won't quit planting little seeds and love her for Him. Please pray with us....she will be 90 October 27th......we will celebrate her birthday.....she says she doesn't like to celebrate......but she really does!!!



We have been slowly working on the farm when time allows. Have some new chickens on the farm. Barred Rock, Buff Orpington, Maran and some Wyandotte's. Think Mr. Roos comb is so beautiful!!! I am enjoying gathering the eggs.....a friend brought me two dozen of her beautiful eggs......


I just had to fill a gallon jar with hers and some of mine......a favorite  picture!!!!



If you want to keep up with Prairie Flower Farm facebook you can go here and would love to have you sign up and follow. I have missed blogging and missed each of you....but keeping the coffeehouse going is a full time job.........now with an empty nest I am hoping to have some more time to keep up PFFarm!! 

Would love to hear from you and what is going on in your life.....it has been some time I know......but I haven't forgotten you!! 

Hugs to your day........God bless each of you!!

Linda











Monday, September 19, 2016

Today....... It Was A Quiet Day On Our Farm!

Hello sweet ladies.......it has been some time......in fact it feels like forever. I have been on hold for quite a few months......in fact ever since my Auntie has moved here. It has been 7 months now and I am just now feeling like I have my life back. With the 


coffeehouse which we can't believe we have now had it for 2 years. Where has the time gone? We took it very slow when we started running the shop.....not adding to much to our daily regular....lately it seems like our time has allowed us to to start adding more to our menu. Baking is one of our favorite things and I have been pinning many recipes to my Pinterest. Broadway Market Food . We have been baking scones, cute little bundt muffins, other pastries. Two new sandwiches.....wish you could come and eat at our table. 


Our garden has kept us busy also........lots of rain and lots of tomatoes.......so thankful......I have been able to put up gallons for the winter.  The zinnias have been so colorful and beautiful this year. Everything around the farm has been green. 


Last weekend we worked on the Milk House coop.....it needed a new window for the winter......All Ready!!!!!! Have 14 pullets and a few of them are giving us "little eggs".  Makes my day when I go to see who else is leaving me a gift. 

Today I started going through boxes......the ones from when we started remodeling last winter. Feeling good about all I got accomplished. Love my Monday's when I get to stay home. I can get so much done if not interrupted  You know what I mean? Then I thought how nice it would be to get my sewing machine back up and running. I set it on my new little galvanized table......cute!!!!!!!! 



I was ready to start a little project. There is an elderly gentlemen that has come into the coffeehouse since we first got the shop. At first he was a little "unique".......but now......he thinks we are okay........ I think. Anyway he volunteers  out at our Refuge and loves wildlife.....so do we. It is a beautiful place to go.....lots of birds migrate out there and Tress has enjoyed watching them come and go. The birds and coffee has given them some common ground.....fun to watch the two of them....the old and the young.....in action. The two of them bless our lives! Anyway.He wants to get different pinecones and freeze them so he can plant the seeds later. Can't wait to watch what he does. It was such a enjoyable time sitting at my machine.....need to do it more often!


 Our friend wanted a burlap bag sewn up. I said not a problem.....I would love to make him one. 


 He wanted a 12"x12" bag to put the cones in.......ask if I had fun sitting at my machine......when I start sewing just calms my nerves. For some I know it doesn't do that, but for me......it is my therapy!

So this brought you a little up to date all who follow on my blog. So sorry that I haven't been consistent. Market.......Auntie.......just been way to hard to keep up with everything......so miss blogging though. Please please please write if you have a minute and let me know how you all are.......I do do Facebook but I know some of you don't get on there.......hugs to you!!!

Been praying much for our world and our country. Ladies......that is one thing we can do.....and He says it makes a difference! We so need it. Something is happening and happening fast. Thankful the Lord has all things in control!!


What would we do if we didn't know that!!


Hugs and much love sent your way,


Linda 



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Sunday, April 17, 2016

Hello Sweets!!!!!!!




Hello sweet ladies.......I have missed blogging. I know I keep saying that, but it is true!!!


oh my.......I am not sure where to begin.......one thing for sure.....you have been missed......by me. I know lots of you follow my Prairie Flower Farm Fb......and I am thankful that I can stay in touch with you there. It seems to be easier for me to at least put up a little post then over here on my blog. The last time I wrote was way back in Nov.......between Nov and Dec. We sold the flower part of the Coffeehouse. It has made our life so much simpler. The coffeehouse keeps us so busy as is and the food has been keeping us very busy also. It is a better fit for us....we seem more calm, which has been much needed. 


Our family took a few days off after CHRISTmas and over the New Year.....while all the college kids went back home for vacation.....we went on a a mini vacation. Off  to go see the mountains in Colorado. It was so beautiful, the mountains were covered of snow.....top to bottom.......we soooo enjoyed ourselves! While we were gone we had some remodeling done at the shop.......we had the kitchen enlarged. It was really little and now we have more room and are more efficient with our time. Adding some new foods to the menu.


 One new recipe was this Almond Biscotti. It is super easy to make and a sweet gift for any kind of occasion. 

Go here for the recipe......it is so so nummy!!! 



When we got back from our mini vaca, my sweet man and I put up  a unit that we used at the International Quilt market years back to replace where the flower fridge was. I decorated with a Winter theme!  I never cared for the flower fridge......looks prettier when you look in the window to the shop and when you enter I think. Everyone loves it.......little ones run in the front door to be able to sit at it......couples who are on dates use it.....Bible studies are done....it is pretty! So many men and women look at it to see how it is made......want to build one at their home for outside sitting. It's been a fun place for sure and would be super easy to build!


We have been working on remodeling our farm house. It is taking longer......but we are getting what we can done in the time that we have. I am so excited that now it is getting warmer and hopefully we will be getting all the new windows in. Her is a little area in our bedroom...I brought back all the hooks from the back porch of our old farm. Just a little place to hang my special necklaces. Simple.....but so what I like!!!


February was calmer for us.......we didn't have to do the Valentine flowers.......but we are selling succulents and cactus in the shop. They are very popular and we do well with the college girls wanting something sweet for their dorm rooms. We noticed our life being a lot more calm. 


Little did we know that March of 2016 our life would again change.......my Auntie (my Momma's sister) would need a place to live. She got very ill and ended up in the hospital in California. We had three days to get ready to fly out and bring her back. Of course we had to go to the ocean........two different times......it was so wonderful to see it again. I so miss the water......and the mountains but the Lord blessed us so!! We drove back....she didn't want to fly.....we enjoyed traveling. We are now trying to get her settled......she is 88.....we have her back to health for which we are thankful. She has always lived in Cali......farm life has become an adventure!! 


A blessing for me was a Momma Hen had 7 little ones......brings a lot of joy to the farm......another Momma Hen was laying on......


three fertile duck eggs.......


three hatched.....Momma Hen is quite happy with her babies.......we gave all the babies to a family with 6 children......they are having a wonderful time for sure!!!  My Auntie loved them! I brought them into the house and put them by her chair......on the floor......I hadn't seen her so happy!!! She is learning to love Jesus.....at the age of 88. She loves us......and our family. Never met any one like our family......she thinks we have a huge family. She has never really had one......we are showing her a new family that loves the Lord. Please pray for us.........the Lord is pursing her.....we pray!!! 


Spring has sprung! New life on the farm!!!! My favorite time of the year......watching things sprout is such a precious thing to me.....love seeing.....what the Lord created.....happen before my eyes. We received 1" so far from a rain last night. OH MY......the Lord came through. We have been watching the wheat stress.....this will help us so much. 


A few weeks back we packed Auntie and the car up to go visit a Prairie Flower farm girl's farm......it was a delightful time. She has bees, pigs.......baby pigs......and chickens so far on her farm. I loved the pigs......my sweet man will neverrrr let me have some.....but they are fun to watch. Auntie loved Suzanne!! She is meeting lots of people that love her. 

So glad I had some time to say hello......we are on a mini vacation doing a wedding. Auntie is staying with a girl from the college on the farm......being a care giver day after day is very hard. You have to take some time away......we are with our girl and son in love.......very very sweet time!

Hugs and God bless each of you, would love to hear how
you are all doing!!!!! Love you bunches!!!


Linda