Velvet Pumpkin Craft Decoration – Farm Fresh Tuesday (#22)

This week in our Farm Fresh Tuesday Blog Hop, I am featuring a very cool no sew velvet pumpkin craft / decoration tutorial! Bring on Crafting Season with Pumpkin Crafts & Decorations! I don’t know about you, but once October hits, I am so over the garden, the harvesting, the preserving of food. I am super ready to hunker down for the season and get crafting. Usually my craft of choice has been quilting, but for some strange reason, this year I want to do ALL the crafts! I have recently had a go at both a paint & sip place with friends, and I have watched a million videos on paint pouring and just did my first one and both were loads of fun and I want to do more both! I also found this awesome tutorial by Dianne at Hidden Springs Homestead, for these super cute Primitive Pumpkin Heads and I have been having so much fun making them! What is your craft of choice? Would you like to see more crafts on this blog? Drop me a comment or email and let me know! I REALLY want to know!!! Decorating for Fall Decorating for fall is always fun. I am originally from New England, and I so miss all the fall colors and crisp autumn days that they are known for. It can be beautiful here in the PNW as well, but nothing is quite like New England in the fall. This photo shares my favorite pumpkin of all time, the Blue Jarrahdale Pumpkin. So I love incorporating the fall colors into my decorating, and when I saw this post shared on the blog hop, I knew I had to share it! I hope you all make a bunch of these fun velvet pumpkins to decorate…

Fall Yard Decoration Ideas – Farm Fresh Tuesday (#21)

This week in our Farm Fresh Tuesday Blog Hop, I have chosen a blog post to feature, that will knock your socks off with their fall yard decorations! I hope you get inspired to decorate your yard this fall! ideas! First Week of October Not sure how October arrived so quickly, but here it is! We woke up to temps in the 30’s this morning and we had snow in the mountains this weekend. Knowing the cold temps were coming, we did lots of harvesting this weekend! Early Fall Harvest We harvested 3 large containers of grapes, about 2 bushels of peppers, the last of the corn and our pears. I spent yesterday using the steam juicer to make grape juice and got through 2 containers, one more to go. Still have to deal with all the rest though! I plan to dice and slice the peppers and freeze them along with the corn. Then I will can the pears and the grape juice. I still have to harvest and plant our potatoes, and soon I will get our pumpkins and winter squash harvested, hopefully next weekend. Then I can attempt some fall yard decorations around here! Here is a photo of our pumpkin and winter squash harvest a few years ago. This year, we will have a LOT more pumpkins which I am really excited about! This year I planted all kinds of weird pumpkins which you can see a lot of the varieties at the bottom of this post about my favorite pumpkin of all time, the Blue Jarrahdale Pumpkin!   Our Featured Post this Week: My Fall Yard – 2019 Today I chose to feature this post by Frugal Living at the Ranch, because I was so impressed by all of their fall yard decoration…

Sweet Maple Giveaway! – Farm Fresh Tuesday (#20)

This week in our Farm Fresh Tuesday Blog Hop, we will be giving away a copy of the Sweet Maple book and more! Read below to find out how to be entered into the giveway! Happy Fall! Today is the first day of fall, and I am always torn on this day. Very sad to see summer disappear and the end of gardening season. But on the other hand, I am ready to hunker down for a much needed winters rest and work on things that are focused more on the indoors. Preserving all the garden harvest, cooking, quilting, crafting, fires in the fireplace, the fall and winter holidays with family & friends, all things pumpkin, apple and cinnamon flavored, football, Survivor…..these all sound good to me right now! By January, I am itching to be out gardening again, and that is when I start my indoor seeds. If you would like to give that a go next year, see my article Seed Starting 101: Essential Seed Starting Equipment, so that you can start getting yourself organized, or ask for bits and pieces of the needed equipment, as holiday gifts from your loved ones. Or, another more frugal way to start seeds, is winter sowing. This is also a great project to do with kids in the middle of winter! Even if I grew all of my other seeds by direct seeding and winter sowing, I still don’t think I could successfully grow warm season plants like tomatoes and peppers using this method, but I would love to hear from you if you can prove me wrong! Keep in mind I am in the rainy, cool PNW in zone 8b. Start saving your milk jugs now! For more on winter sowing, check out my article Seed…

Fermented Carrots – Farm Fresh Tuesday (#19)

One easy way to preserve vegetables from the garden, is by fermenting them. Today our featured post will teach you how to make fermented carrots! The Benefits of Fermented Foods Fermenting foods seems to be all the rage right now, and for good reason. Fermented foods increase and add good gut bacteria, or probiotics, into your system. Latest studies are saying that your immune system, is based in your guts. So it is essential to keep that good bacteria level high, to ward off everything from the common cold or virus, to things like auto immune diseases, cancer and more. So eat all the fermented things! Your body will be happy you did! Fermenting Foods is EASY! Fermenting foods is also one of the easiest ways to preserve food from your garden! Especially vegetables that you either have to pickle with a water bath canner, or pressure can. If you are not quite up to pressure canning, and you have made all the pickles that you can stand to eat, ferment those veggies! Crispy vegetables are great fermented, as they keep their crunch. Things like carrots, radish, cabbage, turnips, beans, peppers and more! Doing a large jar with a good mix of veggies is a great way to start and looks so pretty! So check out our featured post below, to see just how easy it is and then make it part of your food preservation practice! Our Featured Post this Week: Fermented Carrots   Fermented Carrots by Jennifer at The Everyday Farmhouse   Welcome to our Farm Fresh Tuesday Blog Hop! An exciting announcement from our Farm Fresh Tuesday Blog Hop Hosts! A SPECIAL EDITION of the Farm Fresh Tuesdays Blog Hop! Next week, we hope you will join in the fun! With the start of Autumn falling on…

All American Apple Pie – Farm Fresh Tuesday (#18)

Fall is in the air and that mean apples! Today our featured post is all about good ol’ American Apple Pie! Fall = Apple Season Be sure to check out my post on Tips on How to Prune Your Apple Trees, it includes a handy dandy video! Apples are just coming into season, and if you grow them on your homestead, you need lots of different ways to preserve them! A few great ways to preserve those apples are by making cider, juice, apple sauce, apple butter, apple pie filling, dehydrated apples. Apple Preservation Last week our featured posts also included fall flavored treats, and I shared two of my favorite tools for preserving apples. I will share them again here in case you missed it. If you grow apple trees and have a ton of apples to harvest, you really must have both of these items on your homestead. One item is a steam juicer and the other is this smaller table top apple press. Both items are great for apples, but can also be used for grapes and berries as well! Our Featured Post this Week: All American Apple Pie Easy All-American Apple Pie by Kristie at Love My Little Cottage   Welcome to our Farm Fresh Tuesday Blog Hop! Thank you for visiting our Farm Fresh Tuesday Blog Hop! I have teamed up with some other awesome homesteading bloggers to host this awesome blog hop! Each Tuesday this blog hop opens for you to share your posts on gardening, herbalism, crafts, homesteading, food preservation. Feel free to share your in season gardening and homesteading posts with us and please feel free to share this blog hop where ever you like! There is a link down below for you to click on to share your posts! To…

Fall Flavored Cupcakes and Muffins – Farm Fresh Tuesday (#17)

Welcome to September and pumpkin spice season! This week in our Farm Fresh Tuesday Blog Hop, our featured posts feature fall flavored cupcakes and muffins! Fall = Pumpkin Spice Season Either you love it or you hate it! September hits, and all things pumpkin spice, cinnamon, and apple hit the shelves! I personally love it, as those are 3 of my most favorite flavors. So this week, I am featuring a couple of posts that share recipes for cupcakes or muffins that feature these fall flavors. Be sure to check out my post on 7 Reasons Why You Should Grow Blue Jarrahdale Pumpkins! Preserve Your Own Pumpkins for Using in Recipes Please check out my article on How to Preserve Your Pumpkins and Winter Squash by Roasting and Freezing. I use these packets of frozen pumpkin and squash puree in place of canned store bought product, for all of my pumpkin dessert recipes, including pie, muffins, quick breads, cookies and more! I also use them in curries, smoothies, soups and my favorite Pumpkin Spice Steel Cut Oats Recipe. Fall is also Apple Season If apples are more your thing over pumpkins, I wanted to share two of my favorite tools for preserving apples. First, I love this steam juicer. Slice your apples in half, throw them in the top part of this 3 part contraption. The bottom part boils water and steams the fruit, the middle section collects the juice. When all is said and done, you have applesauce in the top section and juice in the middle section, so you can preserve the apples two ways in one go! Then use the apple sauce to make wonderful fall flavored desserts such as muffins, quick breads, cookies and more! The steam juicer also works great for grapes, berries and cranberries! I…