Fall Salad with Pears and Curried Cashews Recipe – Farm Fresh Tuesday (#24)

This week in our Farm Fresh Tuesday Blog Hop, I am featuring an amazing recipe for a Fall Salad with Pears and Curried Cashews! This sounds sooooo good! Fall Foods = Salads? I know when fall rolls around, that all I crave are warm dishes like soups and stews. But we must remember to eat our veggies! Even though I am a pescatarian (a vegetarian who eats seafood), I still sometimes struggle to get in enough veggies. A hearty salad is just one way to do this. This recipe (scroll down for link to my featured article this week) for a Fall Salad with Pears and Curried Cashews caught my eye in last weeks blog hop, and I have it on my list to give it a go in the next week. Even though it calls for bacon bits, it’s easy to omit them for a veggie/vegan/plant based option. One of my all time favorite hearty salads is this Galicky Kale Salad with Crispy Chick Peas that are seasoned with Indian spices from Minimalistic Baker. So when I saw this salad with the curried cashews, I was instantly interested! Another favorite hearty fall salad of mine, is this Kale Salad I shared in a previous Farm Fresh Tuesday Blog Hop post, Planning Dinner from Your Garden Harvest. Favorite Fall Recipes on the Blog I have shared a couple of other fall favorite recipes here on the blog, including my Hearty Pumpkin Spice Steel Cut Oats. And on another previous Farm Fresh Tuesday Blog Hop post, I shared these Fall Flavored Cupcakes and Muffin Recipes. Our Featured Post this Week: Fall Salad with Pears and Curried Cashews   Curried Cashew Salad with Pears and Grapes from Carol’s Kitchen at Comfort Spring Station. Welcome to our Farm…

Best Gardening Shoes for Women

Are you looking for the best pair of gardening shoes? In this article, I will share my favorite gardening shoes with you. Different gardening shoes are required for different situations, so be sure to check them all out!  Favorite Gardening Shoes The best gardening shoes for women, may be different for different individuals. Maybe you have feet problems and need extra support. Maybe you live in a wet climate and need shoes that keep your feet dry. Maybe you live in a hot climate and need good ventilation in your shoes so that your feet don’t sweat. Or perhaps you just want to clean you gardening shoes really easily! Today I will cover all of the gardening shoes that I have used over the years and then some. Some of these shoes fall into multiple categories, so be sure to read all the way through to find your favorite shoe for your gardening or homesteading needs. Related Article You May Be Interested In: A Mother’s Day Gift Guide for Homesteading Moms Holiday Gift Guide for Gardeners Amazon Prime Day Deals for Homesteaders and Gardeners Our favorite Homesteading & Gardening things in our Amazon Store! Common Characteristics Needed for Most Garden Shoes For most people, garden shoes really should have some of the same characteristics. they should be comfortable they should be easily cleanable they should be easy to slip on and off they should look good they should be supportive they should protect your feet they should be waterproof they should have a good grip they should be of high quality to last a long while Considerations for Choosing the Best Shoe for You In choosing the best gardening shoe for yourself, consider your own gardening efforts. Are you a casual gardener with a small kitchen…

DIY Low Sugar Elderberry Syrup for Cold and Flu – Farm Fresh Tuesday (#23)

This week in our Farm Fresh Tuesday Blog Hop, I am featuring an awesome article on how make your own DIY Low Sugar Elderberry Syrup for Cold and Flu season! Fall is Cold & Flu Season, Are You Prepared? Everyone knows, that fall is the beginning of the cold and flu season. After spending the summer outdoors in the fresh air, all of a sudden we are cooped up indoors sharing all the germs. The kids are back at school, catching all the viruses, colds and what have you, only to bring it home and share the love with their families. Who then bring them to work, and on and on it goes. Blech! Beating Your Cold or Flu with Homeopathic Remedies For the last couple of years, I have been giving my family elderberry supplements and using the homeopathic medication Oscillococcinum at the very first sign of a cold or flu. I have found that they really work, and cut down the duration of illness and the severity of the symptoms. I usually just buy Sambucol Gummies and the Boiron-Oscillococcinum at the grocery store or online, but I have been wanting to learn how to make my own elderberry syrup. We have even planted a couple of elderberry bushes in the last 2 yrs so that hopefully soon I will be able to make this! This is why I chose to feature this weeks article. I also love the idea of it being low sugar. DIY Low Sugar Elderberry Syrup for Cold and Flu, its what every family needs this time of year, so why not make some?     Our Featured Post this Week: DIY Low Sugar Elderberry Syrup for Cold and Flu Low Sugar Elderberry Immune Syrup Recipe at Ridge Haven Homestead Welcome to our Farm…

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…