Saturday, November 24, 2012

Farmers Market totes

I wanted to share with everyone a new tote we have made from donated bird seed bags. This one is smaller than the others and really cute!

Visit our Etsy site to see all of them!

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Life on the farm - Our Thanksgiving 2012

Everything for our small Thanksgiving dinner here is ready to pop in the oven. We don't plan guests - not even the kids... just the 2 of us and that's just fine with us.

We are having a small roasted turkey about 10 lbs which should last us several days and it's seasoned in the roaster pan in the refrigerator... Roasted, not Cajun fried like John usually does. We couldn't justify $50 of oil alone

for just us this year and just one small turkey.

And we are having homemade dressing. I learned how to make dressing just a couple of years ago... seriously! Before, either I bought it from a restaurant, talked someone else into making it or relied on ... stove top.

Before Johns mother died she walked me through it over the phone the night before Thanksgiving 2 years ago... and it turned out quite well even the first time. Now I am comfortable with it and have my own twists..(olive oil when you saute the veggies instead of butter, whole grain bread and cornbread for the stuffing)..as she encouraged me to play with it. My, how I miss that woman! And as I was putting it together this evening I could hear her say.. "Yes I think you've got the hang of it!" Well Mom...we'll see when I finish cooking it tomorrow....

Then we're just having baked sweet potatoes instead of the sweet potato casserole. More nutritious and less sugar!
And I'll make some giblet gravy....

That's it! Simple dinner for simple people.... that should sustain us for several days.....

If we are not on much tomorrow we'd like to wish each and every one of you a wonderful Thanksgiving. Please stay safe if you are traveling.

We'll delay Thursday Trivia night until next week so everyone can enjoy their Thanksgiving!

And for those who live outside of the US.... take care where ever you are!

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Farm Sunday - Fully Loaded

Good morning! I got up early not by choice but because Chuckie Papillion INSISTED. Was nice to walk out to the food plot while the dew was still set as Chuckie did his morning duties.

Was probably a good thing to get up this early. I got a
jump start on tasks and plan to spend a good part of the morning updating inventory on the Etsy site with the Farmers Market Totes getting ready for the holiday season.

We'll be headed out to the pasture later to shred and mow again and move more mulch up to the food plot.

Our local co-op has been dumping mulch at the Rural-living.com farm and told us a couple of weeks ago to tell them when to stop. I replied "NEVER" ... we have the room, the place to dump it is an easy access (when it's not raining) and it saves them $ not to drive to the dump with it. I'll take 100 loads or more.... Excited to get out there to see how many more they brought us.

Then it's back in to cut and roll feed bags and add to the inventory. I've said it before but it's worth saying again... living in a rural community is awesome when it comes to recycling. Folks bring in their empties and know to put them in the back of the farm suburban that I park in front of my 9-5. By the end of the week it gets quite full and I bet we have 50-60 or more new bags to cut and roll.

So we have a full day folks. I am not sure how much time we'll have to share today....in the mean time if your interested please look at http://www.etsy.com/shop/RuralLivingShop

Life on the farm - Mulch one scoop at a time

WOW they really are dropping off a lot of mulch! This is only about 1/2 of it. I moved about 3-4 scoops before I took this picture and didn't make a dent in it! WHOA HO!

Out to spread it on top of the garden.

For those interested..... i

t's free and you get it by just asking the trucks that have the tree chippers behind them. There are utility companies and private industry...just watch as you are driving around. Sometimes they are good to do it, other times they won't but persistence pays off in the long run. Keep asking, looking...

You can use the "new" chips on top of your garden or in flowerbeds. Let it sit for a while and it turns into great compost. 3-6 months of sitting and you can incorporate it into your soil.

If you are local Jackson County and want to get some scoops when the landfill is closed..(where it has been dumped for years and is amazing...) just call us.... There is plenty to share and more to come I am sure...

We managed to get mulch on the garden....1 big shovel scoop at a time. Took a while but worked up a good calorie burn and pulled a few weeds while I was at it. Looks very nice.

Now, to cook dinner (smoked ham, fresh bok choy cabbage, fresh beans and fresh zucchini from the garden) and bag up essential oils for delivery tomorrow. Then head into bag room to cut and roll and add to inventory.

John needs to swap out the manifold on Baby Girl and possibly the coil .... so it will be later in the week before we can shred.


There is a gentleman in town who is an "expert" when it comes to vintage tractors and has many to rob parts off of. We may get him out this week to run Baby Girl... He is so good... he was chosen to help several high school kids restore old tractors who then won major scholarship money at some national vintage tractor shows.

I'll try to dig out those videos we posted last spring of the tractor show here. He is the one who put that together....

What's happening at your place tonight?