Saturday, June 28, 2008

Getting Ready for the 4th......

Dearest Readers,


It is hard to believe that it is almost July!  We have been much occupied here at Honey Hill Farm.  One of the summer festivities we enjoy immensely is celebrating the Fourth of July! 


Normally, we would have a large gathering of family and friends out here on the farm.  We would have a BBQ, lots of fun games for the children (complete with prizes), face painting, volleyball, soccer, swimming and fishing in the pond.  I usually give a guided tour of our dear old Victorian home.  Later, it would be time to watch the fireworks.  From our hill we can see 5 different cities shoot off their beautiful fireworks....oooohhh......ahhhhh!


This year will be a little different though, as most of our family will be attending a wedding back east.  So, it will be a very quiet gathering of folks, oooohhhhing and ahhhhing together! 


No matter, I will still put up my decorations both inside and out! 


This simple wreath (I use over and over) is adorned with an old bunting woven through some seasonal flowers.  It ties in nicely with all the colors of the flowers that are blooming in our yard, but is boldly patriotic!


A small frame (from the discount store) sits in the middle with a glittering vintage postcard (from clipart) proudly proclaiming a Happy 4th!  This is easy to do and you can re-use the frame for other holidays!


Tomorrow I will bring you a few photographs of my entryway, brimming with patriotic pride.


Yours kindredly,


Shan


Tuesday, June 17, 2008

I Have Been Tagged....

Dearest Readers,


I have been "tagged" by Kim from Forget-Me-Not Homestead. Here are her questions.


What where you doing 10 years ago?


I was busy being a Wife and Mother to Dearest and the Darlings.  We also had just begun an addition to our home...it took 6 years to finish!


List 5 things on your TO DO list....(for tomorrow)


1.  Start dinner in crock pot


2. Clean bathrooms


3. Take Darling Girl to Dr. appointment


4. Cut-out fabric for 3 aprons


5. Harvest strawberries from garden


What are your 3 favorite snacks?


Nuts, chocolate & apple slices with cheddar cheese


If you were a billionaire what would you do?


I would help my family anyway I could and then start a foundation to help those in need.  What a blessing to help others....just think about it!!


Places I have lived......


Colorado native!!!


Now it is your turn!  If you would like to answer these questions, please leave me a note in the comments so that I may stop by and visit your blog!


Yours kindredly,


Shan


Sunday, June 8, 2008

Strawberry Boxes.....

Dearest Readers,


Now that summer is underway, we at Honey Hill Farm have been enjoying the fruits of our labors.....



Here is a beautiful bowl of strawberries harvested this morning.  I will be making homemade Strawberry Shortcake for our dessert this evening.


What is that you say Dear Reader?  How did they manage to harvest so many beautiful strawberries?  Well have a look at what Dearest built for our garden......


These wonderful Strawberry Boxes! He created this pattern himself using scrap lumber and bird netting.  These are just the ticket to keep those hungry birds and squirrels at bay.  And to make it easy to harvest.......they open.......with a hinged lid and prop stick!



Dearest can make just about anything!!!  Isn't he grand!  Next he is making a beautiful dual compost box.  If a compost box can be beautiful? I will certainly post a photograph of the project. 


If you have any questions for Dearest about the boxes, he would be happy to answer them.


Yours kindredly,


Shan

Monday, June 2, 2008

Frugal Monday.....

Dearest Readers,


As today was a Monday and the beginning of June, I took the time to pay all of our bills and plan my menu for the month.  Whilst I have reduced our monthly bills just about as far as possible, I had a bit of wiggle room in regards to my menu for June and the cost to feed my family. 


I am browsing all of my wonderful cookbooks and will be replacing my old cool weather menu with my warm weather concoctions!  Instead of Tacos for Mexico Night, we will spice things up with a delicious Taco Salad.  My heavier Italian dishes will be replaced with refreshing Pasta Salads, full of fresh garden veggies direct from the local Farmer's Market and later this summer, from our own garden. (Drop me a note in the comments if you would like me to share the recipes that I find....I never know what to include on my blog!)


Our family tends to eat much less meat during the mean season of summer, preferring cool salads and grilled vegetables.  If I am careful and save my pennies, I should be able to take the money saved and begin to stock not only my freezer but also my pantry for next fall and winter.


I also will be canning like a mad woman this year.  We ran out of strawberry jam and Dearest is just heartsick....he loves his jam!  Pickles and relish are staples in this house and we will need a multitude of pantry space to keep my family happy!  I will also be making anything and everything one can make out of a tomato!  It will be time well spent when I can "shop" for my dinner in December from produce "put-up" in June.  Not to mention the delightful homemade Christmas gifts, that will be lovingly tucked away in my pantry!


This is the time of year that one can truly make a difference in the budget for their home.  By planning carefully and diligently, it is possible to feed your family well and save at the same time, thereby insuring that your family will be well fed during the cooler months.  It is just too late to plan once the first snowflakes start falling.


Well goodness, I hope I don't sound like Chicken Little!  Just a gentle reminder that the bounty of summer can be stretched to bless our families come winter.


Yours ever kindredly,


Shan


The photo above was taken in my kitchen.  On my receipt hook I have a ration stamp from WWI.  What a reminder to be frugal and wise with our provision!