Yummy On The Go Breakfast Ideas For Kids – Farm Fresh Tuesday (#14)

This week in our Farm Fresh Tuesday Blog Hop, our featured posts will share quick easy yummy on the go breakfast ideas for kids, that they will be sure to eat! Breakfast Ideas for Busy Mornings Summer is almost over, and school is coming, if it hasn’t started already in your neck of the woods! That means busy mornings, trying to get the kids out the door, and having them eat a healthy breakfast too. Today we will share some quick healthy recipes to make those mornings easier! Simple breakfast ideas, that you can prepare ahead of time are key! But also having something fun, delicious AND healthy are a bonus! Even picky kids will like these ideas. A Pumpkin Spice Warm Fall Breakfast – Yummy! Before I move on to my featured posts, I just wanted to share with you one of my favorite fall breakfasts, Hearty Pumpkin Spice Steel Cut Oats. This may not be as on the go, or as easy to prepare ahead of time, but try it on those slower days, or on the weekend, and you won’t be disappointed!   Our Featured Posts this Week are: Muffins for Breakfast – Easy On the Go! Your kids will be sure to gobble these up, Cinnamon Roll Muffins from Shannon at Of the Hearth! YUM! So many yummy muffin recipes out there! Use up all that zucchini you have hoards of now and make zucchini muffins, or pumpkin muffins or apple muffins! Muffins are always a treat in kids eyes and are an easy on the go breakfast option. Cinnamon Roll Muffins by Of the Hearth Yogurt Parfait Breakfast-Healthy and a Treat too! Your kids will think you have gone crazy, giving them dessert instead of breakfast! Check out this Yogurt…

How to Use Your Berry Harvest – Farm Fresh Tuesday (#11)

This week in our Farm Fresh Tuesday Blog Hop, our featured posts will give you some great ideas on how to use your berry harvest, and how to go berry picking with your kids! Scroll down to find out more! Tips on Growing Your Own Berries I grow a lot of berries on our homestead. So far, we are growing Raspberries, Strawberries, Blueberries, Blackerries, Honey Berries, and Currants.  So I thought I would share a couple of my own tips on growing berries here, before I share ideas from our featured posts on how to use your berry harvest! Mulching Your Berries   My first tip, is to MULCH! Mulching really really cuts down on weeding and watering! It basically makes your job growing berries, easier! And you will get a bigger berry harvest! Check out my article The Secret to Easy Gardening, NO WEEDING with Mulch! Protect Your Berries from Birds and Deer My second tip, is to protect your most valued crop of berries from birds and deer. We finally had to do this for our blueberry bushes. You can do this by using a simple bird netting. However, when I used that cheap one, be forewarned, the birds can get caught up in it very easily and die. Especially if it is just draped over the pushes. It is best to build a framework over your berries, that supports the netting. This can be made quite simply with PVC or 2×4’s. But if you want to really protect the birds, consider using this Deluxe Bird Barricade Netting which is designed to prevent the birds from getting caught in the netting. Freezing Your Berry Harvest My third tip, is grow as many berries as you can, and FREEZE THEM! It is so easy to…

Planning Dinner from the Garden Harvest – Farm Fresh Tuesday (#9)

Do you need some ideas on what to make for dinner using fresh ingredients from the garden or from your CSA box? Than you are in the right place! Today I will be sharing several ideas to help you in planning dinner from the garden harvest! Meal Planning and Garden Harvest With our first real garden harvest picked just the other day, I was trying to figure out how to use it for dinner. As a result, I was inspired this week to share as my featured articles on today’s blog hop, other recipes shared in our Farm Fresh Tuesday’s blog hop that used farm fresh ingredients in a dinner recipe! Having some recipes using your fresh homegrown veggies in your repertoire, will make summer meal planning simple and easy! Hopefully, the following ideas might help with your meal planning this summer! Be sure to check out ALL the articles shared in our blog hop posts, to find more recipes shared throughout the summer using farm fresh produce. The best places to acquire in season veggies are from your own garden, a CSA box subscription or your local farmers market. Before we get to those featured articles this week, I will share my recipe from the other night using my first real garden harvest this year! Be sure to check out my article about how I track my Garden Harvest Tally each year! Using in Season Ingredients for Dinner Sunday I harvested what I would consider our first real harvest from the garden. This included kale, swiss chard, and our first cucumbers and bell peppers! I brought it all in the house washed it up and started planning dinner from the garden harvest. With all the greens I had, I figured a salad would be a…

Hearty Pumpkin Spice Steel Cut Oats

Now that fall is in the air, it is Pumpkin Spice season! I am a true fan of all things with cinnamon, so I am a die hard Pumpkin Spice fan! It is getting down into the 40’s here at night and we had to pull out the down comforter last night as I just couldn’t get warm! So it’s time to start those chilly mornings off right with a nice hearty warm breakfast. Last week I shared with you how to Preserve your Pumpkin and Winter Squash by Roasting and Freezing. This week, I wanted to share with you one of my favorite ways to use up some of that frozen pumpkin. When the mornings are chilly, there is nothing like a warm bowl of hearty steel cut oats to warm your soul. Add in a little maple syrup, pumpkin spice and some pecans or walnuts, and life is good. This is a whole foods vegetarian recipe that can easily be made vegan/plant based. I hope you enjoy this recipe for Hearty Pumpkin Spice Steel Cut Oats as much as I do! Please pop over to our Amazon Shop to see all of our favorite Homesteading, Gardening and Kitchen tools! You might also be interested in our article 7 Reasons Why You Should Grow Blue Jarrahdale Pumpkins. The Ingredients:   I like Bob’s Red Mill Quick Cooking Steel Cut Oats, as they cook in 7 minutes instead of 20. I am not a morning person to begin with, so anything that makes my morning quick and easy is a good thing! You will also need Pumpkin Puree (to make your own for the freezer, see my post from last week here) and Pumpkin Pie Spice. You can make your own Pumpkin…