Monday, January 1, 2018

New year

Good morning everyone. As I write this I am with my Husband Joel down in our basement. He is working on fixing some drawers that don't work well. I set up a small desk in here to visit thankful to be done out side for the morning.
    Here on Brier Patch Farm we have had a stretch of freezing weather. The temps here have barely been above -10 degrees F. Most days have had a windchill of -40, so we have been inside more than we would like, and fighting to have the cars start.

     With the cold comes new chores, the furnace needs tended more often, the animals all got extra bedding, and some extra grain daily. We lost a guinea and one quail due to the cold. But as I am watering the animals in the -18 morning I can't help thinking that We are almost done. It is January 1st today. We have three months till March. Now in Minnesota January tense to be the coldest month of the year, and March tense to be the snowiest. But spring is coming, in three months I can start to look forward to some days getting above 30 instead of heat waves of 0. 😃

       With the new year comes looking at the plans for a new year. I am not talking about the losing weight, and other normal resolutions that are usually abandoned a week later.  Don't get me wrong I still have some weight that I want to lose. But I want to plan for the Brier Patch. I am looking at the goats wondering if the extra fat is just for winter or if there will be some kids this summer. Making plans in case this is another kid less summer. I am also looking forward to my quail starting to lay so I can start hatching some. Maybe even get enough for selling and/or butchering.

      I am also looking at the new catalogs. I want to get some new chickens sense mine are all over two years. Sense I haven't had many people wanting eggs last year I am planing on having a rooster so I can hatch out my own. I just need to figure out what breed I want.
       I am also looking in my seed catalog and thinking. I need to figure out where my left over seeds and the ones I saved last year are. I know I got them in the basement but where? It is still filled with some things I haven't unpacked.

  There are also plans for the farm, we need to plan on where we are headed and how we will get there. Along with what needs to be done. We are planning new fences and fixing of old. along with wanting to one day replace our old barn to one that will meet the farms needs.

How about you? Do you have any thoughts on what you want your year to bring?

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Homemade Lipton onion soup mix

I use  Onion soup mix in just about everything. I love using it in soup, roast and other recipes.
But to tell you the truth I hated paying $3 or more for a box with two small packets in them. So I went on a search and found many different ways of making the same mix. So this is my version having tested others. 

    First you'll need all of your spices, measuring cups and spoons. Along with a bowl, spoon and a air tight container. I use a glass jar.

       measure out all the spices into your bowl, or you could just put in your jar.

                                             Then mix well.

Then put into your container. After closing it I always give it an extra shake.

                 Then label. When you go to use this mix 5 Tablespoons is equal to one packet.

                        Onion soup mix

       3/4 cup Dried Minced Onion
      1/3 cup Beef Bouillon powder
     4 tsp onion powder
      1/4 tsp celery salt
      1/4 tsp Paprika
     1/4 tsp Black pepper
    1/4 tsp Parsley Flakes
    1/4 tsp Sugar

   1. Combined ingredients
  2. Mix well and store in air tight container
When recipe calls for one packet of Lipton onion soup, use 5 Tablespoons of this mixture.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

We are in!!

In October Joel was finally done making our counter tops. 

He made them from old doors we got my Uncles old farm house.
Once they were done and the kitchen cleaned up we started on the flooring. It took two days (he still had to go to work) for us to get the kitchen, Living room and dinning room done. Total of 6 hours. 
We finished on Friday night and enlisted the kids to help up wash the walls, along with sweeping and mopping the first floor. 

      That Saturday we moved in. I posted on my facebook page that we where moving with silent hopes to get some help. But with it being last minute and last weekend of bow hunting I didn't really count on any help. That was till my Dad called to see when we were starting. He was able to come for a few hours and help. Her-ray!! That meant I didn't have to carry all the furniture with Joel. 
   About an hour after that my Sister in law's Dad showed up to also help. We had all the furniture moved in that Day.

My mother in law had Mahala so it was just us five for lunch, Or linner sense we didn't eat till 3 o'clock. We didn't have my Stove hooked up so Joel ran to town for some food. He even brought Ice cream home, The kids were thrilled. 

Our goal was to have all the beds moved in and set up for the night. Mahala's brother's were kind enough to do hers for her. 

Harold tried to sneak a tablet break after his bed was done, and everyone else was busy.

Ethan was the first to have his room all set for the night. He was thrilled and proud to get the old dresser from Joel's Grandfather's. 

I was able to even get our bed made up though I am still setting up our room. 
We were able to sleep in out new house for the fist time that night. But it took us a week to get everything moved from the trailer house right next door. Now it is either all put away or in the Basement. 

Monday, October 2, 2017

What I've been up to

    Well September flew by for me. Did anyone else feel like they missed a month?
With Joel's help I was able to get the garden almost completely emptied before I left for a week.
This year I did something I have never done my whole married life. I went on a vacation with out Joel. Joel and I have gone to nearby places off and on alone before, but this was the first time I went with out him or the kids. 
I went with my parents to Idaho to celebrate my Grandmother's 91st birthday. I haven't been out to Idaho sense the year before I got married. That was 15 years ago. Joel and I went out to Billings Mt for her 80th birthday. But with four kids in school and our farm there wasn't away for everyone to come with.

What did I find out? I missed my family, Both the ones I went to see and those I left behind. I love the scenery and would have loved to stay.  
Growing up I had always planned to move to Montana. I wanted to have a ranch and have the mountains in the distance. I loved it then and still do. But I am glad that my kids get the chance to know there grandparents, cousins, aunts and uncles. I can't say I ever did sense I only seen them a week or two in a year.  

I stayed at my parents house the day before we left sense we started out at 4 am. We traveled 13 hours before stopping the night. (Did I mention that we drove?) Then we had another 7 hour drive the next morning.  I hadn't done this sense I was a kid. Even now I don't want to sit in the car long enough to go to town let alone another long drive, so why do I want to go out again?

But I will treasure this picture of my Grandmother, Mother and I. 

Monday, July 31, 2017

Catching up

Hi all,
   Its been a busy summer. Ethan was hired by our church to mow the lawn and the small country cemetery.  What does that mean? I have been driving him to our church down the road and then to the cemetery just a little further in the opposite direction. I don't mind this so much but it does mean I had to really learn how to drive the truck and a trailer.  He laughs at me but I have been getting better at turning the trailer around. 😃
    We also had a bumble bee swarm decide that my tack room was great for a hive. They built it between a saddle and blanket.  So I asked around and found out that one of  my old English teacher's was a bee keeper. He came and move them for me and we are talking of his helping me get started with bees next spring. Which has been something Joel and I have wanted to do for a long time.
We also had hired some one to come and tile some rooms in the house. This is the master bath, the whole master bedroom and Bath is tiled. Along with our other bathrooms, back porch and the foyer. We also bought the lament flooring for the rest of the house but are waiting to put it down.
When the tile was done the company that installed out solar panels came out. They have been working on them for three weeks now but should be all done tomorrow.
Then my father and his neighbor ( a distant relative of mine) have been cutting our hay. They do this on shares and are even going to buy our share this time sense we want to use up our older stuff.
My garden is growing full blast. brought in my first three ripe tomatoes so far along with canning some green beans. The corn was worrying me a bit. we have had some storms go through that had pushed some over but thankfully they straightened again.
The goats have been enjoying the trees the most I believe. I think maybe they have less bugs up there. This one was almost to the fence line. 
Thanks for stopping by. 

Thursday, June 22, 2017

June 22

Well the week is almost over and by have we had a busy time of it. Last weekend 
Both my nephew and Joel's cousin had their Graduation parties. 
Also my two middle boys returned home from a trip to my Grandmother in Idaho with my parents. We also had these little guys hatch. I had eight to begin with but two had bad legs and never made it and then my kids Cat had killed all but these two. 

     These are little quail, I had bought a dozen last year and after that we just love them. These are what they look like as adults. I have them in an old unused Rabbit hutch.
Then this guy has been showing up every day. The kids think its fun to see him walking around the fields. 

Buckaroo has been enjoying the nice green pasture. He has really been loving the half down trees.
The girls have been enjoying their pasture. I can barely see them in some of the brush. 

We have also been working in the gardens every day.

All this work these pour guys are just worn out. 
Eris has claimed Mahala's barbie castle as her own. 

Friday, May 19, 2017

Just one of those days

        Well I have been having one of those days. I feel about ready to sit down and cry, so instead I am writing. As i am sitting her typing this post I have a to do list that is growing and time is ticking to when my kids will be home.
         This morning  when I got up and looked right out the window; I found some chickens loose. They have been penned up this whole week sense my garden is getting put in. They seem to think it is there own salad bar. I went out right after getting the kids up for school and found that something had pulled some of the wire open and now the chickens were slowly escaping. After I got it closed again I checked to see how all the chickens were. I'll be honest I don't know if anyone is missing sense I found no bodies and only some feathers that could be normal or left. through out the morning I have worked to get all but one chicken and a guinea back in the coop.

       As I was doing chores I found that my girl goats had found  a way into our bucks pen. I was able to get them back and fix the fence. Then made three trips over to the church. It was our week to clean but for some reason it didn't want to let me in. After three calls to try and get in I have just gave up.

  I have been trying to get everything done this week. We have been working on redoing my strawberry patch, getting almost my whole garden in and trying to get everything ready for a birthday party. You see Joel had his birthday on the 17th and William will have his on June 6th. William will be gone with My parents and Harold as they go to Idaho to visit my Grandmother. So we plan on doing his and Joel's birthday together and this weekend is the only time to do it. So all the things I have been trying to do today and my whole list is growing and the time is shrinking. 😁

  I will also be gone all day tomorrow as my three older sisters and I are spending the day with my Mom. We have plans to go to a garden in St. Cloud and to some green houses along with lunch. I am not sure what else we are going to be doing. Well that is how things are going for me. This is life and though I am stressed out often I love it. Hope you enjoyed the pictures.