Tomato Cheese Powder – Farm Fresh Tuesday (#40)

This week in our Farm Fresh Tuesday Blog Hop, I am featuring an article that has introduced me to an AMAZING concoction! Tomato cheese powder! Scroll down for a link to the article! Home Grown Tomatoes Are My Favorite! If you have been reading my blog for any length of time, or if you follow me on Facebook or Instagram, you might have realized by now that I LOVE me some tomatoes! I grow far too many every year, and use them throughout the year in many different forms. Cheese Is My Favorite! Cheese is also one of my very favorite foods, and thankfully, it goes really well with tomatoes! I usually enjoy the two together in forms of pasta, pizza, bruschetta, cheese and tomato sandwiches……and now I have found a new way to enjoy them, and I cannot wait to make it this year, tomato cheese powder! Other articles you may be interested in: Seed Starting 101: Planting Tomato Seed Benefits to Freezing Your Tomato Harvest Free Tomato Plants From Cuttings Our favorite homesteading and gardening tools in our Amazon Store! Dehydrated Tomato Plus Cheese = Tomato Cheese Powder Simply put, tomato cheese powder is exactly what is sounds like. You use tomato powder from dehydrated tomatoes, and parmesan cheese, and blend them together! Oh my word, how have I not heard of this before??? I will for sure be making this very shortly. I still have frozen tomatoes in my freezer that I need to make into sauce, and now I know I will also be dehydrating some to make this! Stay tuned for my update to this post when I make it hopefully in the next week or two! Tomato Cheese Powder Variants I am already starting to imagine a couple of variants. Add in…

Homestead Favorite Smoothie Recipes – Farm Fresh Tuesday (#39)

This week in our Farm Fresh Tuesday Blog Hop, I am sharing some homestead favorite smoothie recipes, and featuring an article with a delicious spinach smoothie recipe! Smoothies for Health How are you doing with your fruit and vegetable servings per day? I know a lot of people struggle with getting in your recommended 5 plus servings a day. Our homestead favorite smoothie recipes are an easy way to get all those fruit and veggies in. Smoothies are also usually packed with super food which include lots of nutrition, vitamins and minerals that many of us are lacking. So trying to get one smoothie in every day is a great way to meet lots of your body’s needs. Other articles you may be interested in: How to Freeze Your Berry Harvest How to Use Your Berry Harvest Yummy On the Go Breakfast Ideas for Kids Our favorite homesteading and gardening tools in our Amazon Store! Smoothies for Kids Many smoothies are super yummy, and kids won’t even know that they are eating something good for them! Since everything is blended together, they won’t even know what is in them most of the time. Throw some blueberries in and turn it a fun shade of purple and your kids will be hooked! Some fun smoothie ideas for kids: Chocolate, peanut butter and banana: add a cup of milk (dairy, almond, soy…your choice!) 1 tbsn peanut butter, 1 scoop chocolate flavored protein powder and a banana! Purple mixed berry smoothie: add a cup of water or juice, add 1 cup of berries, 1 banana (sneak in a handful of greens if you can, they blend right in!) Pink strawberry banana smoothie: add a cup of water, juice or milk, add 1 cup of strawberries…

Using Hay and Straw in the Garden – Farm Fresh Tuesday (#38)

This week in our Farm Fresh Tuesday Blog Hop, I am featuring an article on different ways to use hay or straw in the garden! Using Hay or Straw for Mulch I have been using straw for mulch in the garden for years and I love it. It insulates over the winter, it suppresses weeds and decomposes quickly, feeding the soil. Yes, sometimes I do have a few weed seeds germinate from the straw, but when this happens, they are super easy to pull out, unlike the clover or buttercup or crab grass that would probably be growing there in its place! Now hay may have more weed seeds in it, so be careful. But if you get it at the right price, it may still be worth it. See our featured article down below for more info on the differences between hay and straw. Remember, any place that you have bare earth, other wise known as dirt, exposed; it is an invitation for weeds to grow there. Whether that dirt is bare in a garden bed or a path, cover it up and you will have less weeds!   Back to Eden No Till Gardening with Straw I use a no till method of gardening called Back to Eden gardening, or Lasagna Gardening, for all of my gardening, vegetable, flower and fruit gardens. I use the arborist wood chips when I can get them, and hope to transition to this method everywhere eventually. But in the mean time, I use straw when I am short on the wood chips. For more information on Back to Eden gardening, no till gardening and/or lasagna gardening, see my other article on The Secret to Easy Gardening, Use Mulch for No Weeding. Sourcing Straw or Hay for Use in the Garden Straw…

Time Management on the Homestead – Farm Fresh Tuesday (#37)

This week in our Farm Fresh Tuesday Blog Hop, I am featuring an article full of ideas on how to get better at time management on the homestead. This is something I am sure we all struggle with, so read on for some valuable tips! Using a Planner to Better Manage Your Time One easy way to be more effective with your time management on the homestead, is to use a planner. I love my Day Designer Planner. It allows me to empty my brain of my plans, appointments and “to do lists” onto paper, which actually gives me time to work on things instead of fretting over what needs to get done. A little bit about how I use my planner. Each page has a To Do List on the right side of the page, and an hourly schedule on the left side of the page. I like to color code my to do list. Gardening stuff in green, Blogging stuff in purple, Household stuff in red, etc. Than I just carve out time blocks for those categories, in the hourly schedule. If I have a lot of blogging stuff to do that day, maybe the morning is marked Blogging in purple. After lunch, I might put an hour of Gardening in green and 2 hours of Household in red. I love how each page has a Top 3 section at the top, to help you prioritize things that MUST get done that day. There are also slots at the top to mark down if anything is due, your dinner plan, dollars and a don’t forget area. There is also a big section at the bottom for miscellaneous notes, and a smaller section for Daily Gratitude. This is the best laid out daily planner I have…

Grow More Food with Fall and Winter Crops – Farm Fresh Tuesday (#36)

This week in our Farm Fresh Tuesday Blog Hop, I am featuring an article about how to grow more food with cool season crops. To live a fully self sufficient lifestyle, you must grow more food with fall and winter crops! Year Round Vegetable Gardening for More Food If you are a homesteader, and you want to live a self sufficient lifestyle, than you must consider how to grow more food with fall and winter crops. When most folks think about having a vegetable garden, it is just a one season garden. They prepare for the garden in spring, plant it when temperatures warm up typically by June 1st, and then it is over and done with when the chilly temps of fall set in. If you are trying to live a more self sustainable lifestyle, as many homesteaders strive to do, don’t fall into this trap! Everyone can grow food in those cooler seasons as well as the summer, and if you do so, you will have more fresh food for your family. This is an excellent book on year round vegetable gardening The Year Round Vegetable Gardener by Niki Jabour. The Winter Harvest Handbook by Eliot Coleman is another must have book for gardening for food in the winter. Cold Season Crops vs Warm Season Crops Many beginner gardeners, are not aware that some crops prefer to be grown or started in the cooler seasons, and don’t fare as well when planted in the summer heat. Often times, the summer heat will cause these crops to bolt, or go to seed. On the other hand, some crops prefer growing in the warm season, and don’t fare well if the temperature goes below 50 degrees Fahrenheit, such as tomatoes and peppers. Cold Season…

Spaghetti Squash and Cauliflower Alfredo Casserole – Farm Fresh Tuesday (#35)

This week in our Farm Fresh Tuesday Blog Hop, I am featuring a yummy recipe for spaghetti squash cauliflower alfredo sauce casserole….putting this on my must make soon list! Winter Squash: One of the Easiest Vegetables to Grow! If you are new to vegetable gardening, winter squash is one of the easiest things that you can grow. It is also easy to store for a long time, in a cool dark place. It is also a food where you get a lot of bang for your buck. Spaghetti squash is one of those winter squashes! And it is always good to have a couple recipes on hand for how to use it, so that you don’t grow tired of it quickly. And who doesn’t love alfredo sauce? I hope you enjoy this recipe that I have chosen to feature this week! It has another added benefit of being low carb and keto friendly! I know I will be trying this very soon. 🙂 Our Featured Post this Week: Spaghetti Squash and Cauliflower Alfredo Casserole Spaghetti Squash and Cauliflower Alfredo Casserole from My Slices of Life Welcome to our Farm Fresh Tuesday Blog Hop! Please Share Your Posts in Our 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 and more! Feel free to share your in season 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 and more info on all the rules as well…