Posted by Neil & Jean @ 12:02 PM EST
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30 Jan · Wed 2013
Only 59 more days till Spring.... ahh! Yes, that doesn't sound so long at all. The sun is shining midst the cold air bringing happiness to my day. I long for that warm feeling that only a bright sunny day can give. I am a firm believer that too many cloudy days start to make people feel just like the day looks. The birds are chirping outside my window right now and it just feels good! The hoop house is growing beautifully despite the cold and snow that surrounds it outside. The spinach's should be just about ready to cut along with the chard... oh yum! After I am done writing this that is my destination along with green house. I am excited about getting all the seeds started for this summers bounty in the fields... oh the dirt... that beautiful dirt that I long to dig into!
Posted by Neil & Jean @ 12:02 PM EST
18 Jan · Fri 2013
Resolutions, Getting Rid of the Winter Blahs, Get Together Ideas and Yummy Winter Time Soup Recipes!
This word, 'Resolutions' is on most peoples minds in the new year. Why do we think about this only at the New Year? Many of us take time to reflect on what transpired over the last twelve months of our lives... a time to think on what we would like to continue doing and what we want to stop doing... a time to dream and imagine what the next twelve months will hold for us. New Years Resolutions are a common thing and many of us are looking to make some... be it little or large. My 'resolutions' this year are too be more faithful in praying for others, being kind in all situations and reorganizing my office and keeping it that way! I did a series on Organization this past summer and I think I need to turn back to the office one! That is the space that seems to get the best of me! I have so many things to keep straight and it just seems I don't have enough space... haha... a whole room just isn't enough eh? Well, this week I am gutting the room... I am going to clean out the file cabinets and purge, purge, purge! Another goal that I want to implement is that of The 3/50 Project (www.the350project.net) that I mentioned in my previous blog. I do a lot of shopping & trading with my co-vendors at my markets, but I want to support the small local businesses in my community a bit more this year. [Read More]
Posted by Neil & Jean @ 03:34 PM EST
31 Dec · Mon 2012
Local is an important thing to many people, not just to the businesses but also to the consumer. I remember when I was a young girl growing up in Windsor, Ontario and going to 'town' with my grandma... the little downtown and the "five & dime" shops. I remember the 'big' store downtown where grandma use to do a lot of the domestic shopping... it had a little cafe in there that we would always get a bite to eat... my favorite- french fries and gravy, yeah that's a Canadian thing! Well anyway, I use to love to go to the little hardware store that she would by her canning jars and lids at, the Chinese food restaurant that we would patronize on grandpa's pay day... memories of a small town... a lot of children in today's society won't know that as a regular experience. It will more likely be a 'vacation' memory. So many of us want to know who grew those tomatoes, or who raised that sheep to produce the fiber that made those lovely mittens, or shake the hand with the farmer that milked that cow that you now can get fresh raw milk from. It is a good feeling to 'know your farmer'... it is good feeling to talk to Mary when you purchase that jar of cherry preserves she made... it is rewarding to hand your hard earned money over to a person that worked hard to provide you with something essential. It is a win-win situation for all involved.
Posted by Neil & Jean @ 08:34 PM EST
26 Dec · Wed 2012
Its cold, its blowing, there's snow on the ground, ice on the windshields and us summer lovers need to keep looking for things to keep us occupied until we can dig in the dirt. Now that all the holiday hustle and bustle is over, we are getting ready for our New Years Eve parties, lets think food... cookies particularly today! Forget the resolutions and enjoy life... like a wise one once wrote, "Life is short, eat desert first!" The gyms and the weight loss programs are gonna be there next week... so just have some good, homemade fun with friends you enjoy being around!
What could be more fun than gathering together with a group of our close friends and family when you include cookies and lunch? Well of course the getting ready for it... making the invitations, decorating the tables, preparing the food and baking those pretty cookies. Not to mention buying just the right containers for your guests to package up all your love in!
Posted by Neil & Jean @ 01:18 PM EST
06 Oct · Sat 2012
The Season of Autumn...
This is Neil's and most of the children's favorite season... I like it too, but I am all about Spring and Summer. I do love Autumn for the harvest though... the smell and crunch of the leaves under foot... the caa-caa of the Blue Jays feasting on the sunflowers in the front garden... the sound of the wind whistling through the leaves still hanging onto the branches... not quite ready to sail away...watching our can shelves, freezers and root cellars start to fill up to over flowing... Oh the bounty of Autumn, how thankful are we! The children enjoy the slower pace that Autumn leans into... once the fields are plowed and all that is left is the hoop house and animal care duties, life seems to take on a slower pace... more relaxed and peaceful. Now the boys and Neil are in full swing of making firewood to both heat our home and to sell at market. I love to hear the chainsaws roaring and the smack of the axe. I get to start using the cook stove again now... oh that smell of wood burning so close lends to a feeling more cozy than words can describe. I love our cook stove... it reminds me of when we would go way up North into Canada to visit my dad's folks. They didn't have electricity or indoor plumbing until I was about 12 years old... I loved the smell that rose into the upstairs when grandma was frying up fresh eggs and bacon for breakfast... covered and cozy under her quilts... not really wanting to venture out into the cold... the heat would start to move slowly through the old farm house upstairs and then I would jump out of bed and quick get dressed and run downstairs. Everyone else was always up and moving long before I. It was a happy feeling... a cozy, homey feeling that I had there. Now I have a cook stove of my own and although I only use it in the cold months, I can't think of doing without it. [Read More]
Posted by Neil & Jean @ 09:24 PM EDT
07 Sep · Fri 2012
More on Organization: Weekly Schedule At A Glance, Focused Event Days~ Errand and Desk Days, More Yummy Market Fresh Recipes!
Everyone that knows me knows I love to create schedules, make lists and have multiple day planners & calenders. I love everything about organization. Over the years I realized that I inherited this trait from my mother... who I may say has even the labels of her spice jars and canned goods all facing in the same direction and to size... they even might be alphabetized- I've never dared look. Her cupboards are immaculate and she never has dust. Mind you, it is just her and my dad and she only had me! I am glad that I have this trait thanks to her... even though I never realized it while I was growing up. It has only been since I have had a home of my own and my family have I realized all the important things she taught me... or at least tried to! My 'other' mom, is also extremely organized~ she's actually the one who introduced me to The Flylady program. She has helped me tremendously in many area's, especially with sewing 'stuff'. Her material/craft closet is also immaculate and completely organized right up to type's of fabrics and colors. Her craft stuff is always tidy and in it's place! What wonderful examples I have been blessed with! Anyway, back to schedules & lists... [Read More]
Tags: days~ event market organization: schedule focused yummy weekly days errand on more recipes! at glance a desk fresh
Posted by Neil & Jean @ 09:39 AM EDT
06 Sep · Thu 2012
More Organizational Tips: Learning The Walk Through, The Family Room and Upstairs Hallway, and More Yummy Market Fresh Recipes!
I think the Family Room in a home should speak loudly about the lady of the house. It should be a reflection of her personality and what she loves... for me, it's the cottage garden, the perfect blue, summer sky and coziness of soft summer hues exploding throughout the room, flower blossoms and of course dragonflies! My family room speaks all this and I love sitting in my rocking chair with a warm cup of coffee with a good gardening magazine or some inspirational piece... throw in a little boy ready to cuddle, and it's even better. The family room is the cozy spot of the home where each member can curl up with a good book & where we can share & talk about stuff. The family room is often referred to as the living room in decorating mags (I am not referring to the Formal Living room here)... but it is more than that. [Read More]
Tags: market the fresh upstairs family tips: room yummy through recipes! learning walk organizational and hallway more
Posted by Neil & Jean @ 08:50 AM EDT
04 Sep · Tue 2012
More on Organization: Working on Menu Planning & Grocery Lists, The Organized Home Makers 10 Commandments (adapted from the FlyLady!) and More Yummy Market Fresh Recipes!
I don't mind cooking, it's not my favorite thing to do, but we gotta eat right? Taylor is the one who is in love with being in the kitchen. It's funny though... she firsts loves to bake~ that is my least favorite; she likes to cook and I don't mind, especially with garden fresh goodies; she doesn't mind canning, but I love it and we are both OK with yeast baking stuff~ although I will say, I like that a bit more than her... but neither one of us can make a pie crust to save our lives~ honestly... we just have never been able to master that! Taylor would be happy to sit in a rocking chair with a pile of cookbooks and cooking mag's where I would be there with my gardening ones! We balance each other out I guess...
Anyway lets head into the last of this series on Organization with Menu Planning and Grocery Lists... be sure to check out my blog spots & web site for lots of great photo's to go along with the post! [Read More]
Tags: yummy working organization: & fresh the makers grocery lists more recipes! 10 menu on home organized (adapted from market planning flylady!) commandments
Posted by Neil & Jean @ 09:59 AM EDT
18 Aug · Sat 2012
What's a Foodshed you ask? Most people who call themselves Localvore's, Foodies or the like will probably be familiar with this term, but for those of you who are not, here is a brief description and how you can make or find one! *Though it may be unfamiliar, the term "foodshed" was used almost 80 years ago in a book entitled How Great Cities Are Fed (Hedden, 1929) to describe the flow of food from producer to consumer. Seven decades later, the term was used to describe a food system that connected local producers with local consumers (Kloppenburg et al., 1996). In this project, the general definition of a foodshed is a geographic area that supplies a population center with food. However, the Mapping Local Food Systems Project focused specifically on potential local foodsheds, areas of nearby land that could theoretically provide part or all of a city's food needs (Peters, 2007).
*Used from Cornell University web site, 2012 [Read More]
Posted by Neil & Jean @ 07:16 PM EDT
15 Aug · Wed 2012
Flowers are bursting open everywhere and the fledglings are leaving the nest... young robins are hopping all over the garden eating creepy crawlies and enjoying being out of the nest... glorious, glorious summer! The fields are starting to bear and the harvest will soon be coming on heavily... that means 'puttin' up time is just around the corner. Of course we've been busy with rhubarb and now strawberries are ripe for the pickin' and that means the yummiest jam of all... Strawberries scare me though... that is growing them. They are really the only 'garden' fruit I don't grow. The runners and weeding they require have never tempted me... until this year! I think I have figured a way to keep them... I will blog more on this next week, so keep watching. Today we'll stick with more herb stuff and of course some garden junque too! Enjoy and thanks for comin' over! [Read More]
Posted by Neil & Jean @ 10:02 PM EDT