Saturday, January 7, 2017

The Crud



When you turn into a walking snot ball you have "The Crud" You cough up mucus and your nose runs constantly therefor the use of the word "crud".
You go to the office and you cough and blow your nose for an hour and a coworker asks "what's wrong with you?" Yo respond, "I have the crud".

That describes me perfectly!

I have had the crud since the first weekend of December.
I came down with it while we were in Las Vegas for my 50th birthday celebration.
The pipeliner had bought tickets for a favorite singer of mine way back in August, the month of my 50th birthday.
We were so excited to get away after the busy summer and fall, and then I get sick the first night there!
I came home and laid on the couch for about a week.
I  gave in and went to the doctor.
I finally started to feel better.
Then the grandson brought home a cold from pre-school.

We all caught that!

I had to sell my tickets to the Bears/Packers game
(Another birthday present from the pipeliner)
because I was to sick to go.

The week of Christmas I made my way back to the Dr. again!

I sure didn't get a lot of decorating done this year
or shopping for that matter.

We finally ventured out on New Years Day.
As I strapped the grandson into his car seat he looked at me 
and said
"Grandma I don't feel good".
Those words started round 3 of another bout with the crud!


I am not kidding you,
80% of my facebook friends have had the crud!

My mom has it.
The pipeliner has it.
The daughter and her husband have it.
The grandson is finally getting over it.

I am still stuck with it!

We have been through 5 boxes of kleenex.
A couple of bags of Halls.
(The pipeliner found Sucrets on his last trip to the drug store,
those things are the bomb!)
A whole bottle of hand soap.

I have ate oranges and apples,
Drank a couple of gallons of tea.

We have sanitized about every inch of the house!


The pipeliner finally decided we need some sun and warmth to get rid of this crud!

He booked us a trip to Florida!

28 more days until we go!

I sure hope I am better by then!

Liz







Monday, January 2, 2017

Fresh is the Word

At the beginning of every new year I like to think of a word 
that I can use as a focus for the next 12 months.

Last year was goals.
I achieved quite a few,
and am still working towards more.

This year the word is FRESH!


There are a lot of things in my life that I want to "fresh"-en up.

My first one would have to be the journey I walk with God.
A new year lets me take a fresh look at my spiritual life.
To read by Bible with a renewed vigor.
I found a wonderful prayer journal that I have downloaded.
I can't think of a better way to begin my mornings,
fresh with the Lords word.






Another thing I would like to keep fresh is my home!
With 2 dogs and a 4 year old running around,
the house tends to get dirty and cluttered fast.
I was under the weather for most of December
and my poor house really suffered for that!

 I have downloaded and printed some great cleaning lists that make keeping a home fresh and clean really simple!



Fresh Foods

I usually try to keep my eating habits pretty healthy
but again that is something that has kind of gone down hill over the last few months.
More and more processed foods have made their way into my diet.
We subscribed to a food delivery service earlier in the year.
All of your meals are delivered to your door fresh,
the only thing you have to do is prepare them.
I really liked that most veggies came from organic farms.
The only thing I didn't like was the price tag!

I have found some great recipes online and in my cookbooks that are made with lots of fresh vegetables and fruits.

Januarys suppers are already planned out.
Healthy & fresh!




My fitness routine has become stale and boring.
Time to reFRESH that too!

Lets face it if you don't continue to change up your exercise routine
it becomes hard to stick to it.
Also your body becomes accustomed to the same thing over and over.
Time to add a fresh plan to challenge my 50 year old body.



Sleep is huge on my list for this year!
I think that is how I ended up getting sick.
My body had not been getting the required amount of sleep.
I got worn down and so did my immune system.
I am trying for at least 7 hours a night!



Plain and simple I need to plant and harvest more fresh veggies for next year!


I have so many ideas for my fresh cut flower business.
Now just to get them all down on paper.
Make a fresh plan for an even bigger season!


Fresh ideas for my blog!

Last year I just felt like I had nothing new or exciting to blog about.
This year I have a weekly calendar to jot down all the things I want to write about.
Plus I added a new blog for my fresh cut flower business.

There is always something to write about in there!

Even though 2016 was a pretty good year,
I am ready for a fresh start for 2017!


Happy New Years!
May 2017 bring you a fresh start too!

Liz

























Friday, October 21, 2016

Crusty Bread

This is the first Friday in a long time that the smell of baking bread hasn't filled the house with its wonderful aroma!

I usually have the oven going by 6 in the morning trying to get as many loaves baked as I can.

A week ago Saturday was the last Farmers Market for the season.

Time to take a break from bread baking!

I thought I would share this super simple recipe for my crusty bread.


I have been making  jalapeno/cheddar and asiago/garlic loaves.
There are so many different add ins you can use.
But these two have been great sellers for me.

You will never believe how simple they are to make!
Ready?

In a large mixing bowl, whisk together flour, salt and yeast.  Add water and mix until a shaggy mixture forms.  Cover bowl with plastic wrap and set aside for 12 - 18 hours.  Overnight works great.  Heat oven to 450 degrees.  When the oven has reached 450 degrees place a cast iron pot with a lid in the oven and heat the pot for 30 minutes.  Meanwhile, pour dough onto a heavily floured surface and shape into a ball.  Cover with plastic wrap and let set while the pot is heating.  Remove hot pot from the oven and drop in the dough.  Cover and return to oven for 30 minutes.  After 30 minutes remove the lid and bake an additional 15 minutes.  Remove bread from oven and place on a cooling rack to cool. 

How easy is that?

I have been stirring in 1/3 cup shredded cheese and a half of a jalapeno,
or 1/3 cup shredded asiago cheese and 1 clove of garlic minced to the mix before adding the water. 





My counters are full of bowls of dough the night before baking day.



This is the pot I use to bake my bread.


It is a Red Le Creuset pot I received as a Christmas present from my son years ago.

I love this pot for everything! 
It is  especially great for making this bread.




I ordered some of these cute little Le Creuset pots for making bread bowls.
Aren't they the cutest?

I think they will be a great seller for the few craft shows I signed up for during the winter.

I had one loaf of jalapeno/cheddar bread that didn't sell at the last market.
I brought it home, cut it into chunks, tossed it with olive oil then broiled it in the oven for a couple of minutes.

It made delicious croutons to top a bowl of chili with!

I hope you find this crusty bread recipe as easy and as tasty as we do!

(I am adding a link to the blog where I first discovered crusty bread.
She has some great instructional pictures)

Liz





Monday, October 17, 2016

Back in the Swing of Things

Wow, almost 3 months since I have even attempted to write an entry!

I do try to get online and at least read some of my favorites in blog land.

But this summer sure has been an exceptionally busy one around here.

I read other bloggers entries, 
they seem to be just as busy as myself.

I wonder how they do it all, 
then have time to blog about it?

Something I am trying to work on!

Most of my summer seemed to be consumed with my new business,
flower farming.


I did quite a few vases of flowers for others.



My main focus of getting the word about my flowers came through a couple of local farmers markets.


The bouquets went fast most mornings.
As well as flowers I sold my homemade noodles and crusty breads.

The flowers and bread also did well at our local county fair.



We got a new addition to the farm!


Lilly the goat!

She was a 50th birthday present from the pipeliner.
Another project I would like to take on is making my own goats milk products.
I am still doing more research before this project starts.

We also had a wedding!


The daughter was married on October 1st.

I did all of the flowers for her wedding.





The weekend after the wedding was one of the biggest festivals I have taken on yet.
The foot traffic can be as many as 10,000 people!


No fresh cut flowers, something I need to plan better for next year.

But I sold out of all my bouquets of broom corn and pumpkins on a stick.


As well as 20 loaves of crusty bread!
What a busy day!

This big guy sure has grown into such a great helper!


I can hardly believe that he has started pre-school this fall!

This week is the first week that I wont have to think about getting anything ready for the farmers market. We had the season ending market on Saturday.
Now is the time to sit back and look over all of my notes that I took over the summer.
Figure out what didn't work,
expand on the things that did work.

Begin writing my business plan for next year.

I think all of that can wait for a week or two.

For now I am just going to relax for a little bit


Enjoy the view around me
and recharge!

Liz



















Tuesday, July 26, 2016

My Summer Job

I have had the idea in the back of my head ever since we moved to this property.
Starting my own flower farm!

When we moved here the back 3 acres were so overgrown with brush, volunteer trees and weeds!

The pipeliner spent a weekend clearing everything out!

This spring we purchased this beauty!


The perfect size for me to operate.

The pipeliner started tilling rows for me to plant.



Now these rows are filled with flowers!




Let me tell you its not as easy as the pictures look!

After planting almost 35 rows of zinnias we had a hard rain!
The soil turned to concrete!
The farmer across the road had the same problem with his cornfield.
He had the use of a rotary hoe to take the crust off his soil.
I tried with my little make shift hoe, a weed edger.
It didn't work so well, and I ended up reseeding the whole thing!

I have been selling bouquets of zinnias and sunflowers at the local farmers market.


The sunflowers are always my favorite.



Along with the flowers I sell my homemade noodles.


I call them Lizzys oodles of noodles!

To this I have added some kind of snickerdoodles.
This past week was snickerdoodle cupcakes.


So we have oodles of noodles & snickerdoodles.
( it is now a running joke with the customers and a good draw to my booth)

The biggest seller of baked goods is this crusty bread.


Asiago & Garlic, Cheddar & Jalapeno

My weeks are pretty busy!
I try to make a batch of noodles everyday.
Friday are baking day, for Saturdays market.

Then there is the upkeep of the gardens.
With all of the rain we have had lately weeding has become an issue and tiresome!

I am not sure where I am taking the whole flower farm thing.
I would like to do a u-pick section next year.
Nothing better than people coming to the farm to pick their own bouquets.
Florist have become quite interested in buying from flower farms.
I may try to market to some of them.
Locally grown flowers are becoming the new trend.

Who wouldn't want a vase full of these beauties delivered to their door?


For now though the Farmers Market keeps me busy enough!

Lots of things to think about this upcoming winter.
I do know this is something I really want to do!


Look for more posts on my new adventure.


Liz