Jul 03

From the Farm Blog Hop… July 3

From the Farm Blog Hop

Happy Friday! And happy From the Farm Blog Hop day!!!

I hope you’ve all had a wonderful week and I can’t wait to see what you have to share with us!!!

 

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Tessa @ The Homestead Lady 
Brandon @ Lone Star Farmstead 
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Jul 01

Eat Your Weeds!

Eat Your Weeds! A guide to finding and using weeds, flowers, and other wild edibles. A My Week on Wednesday post from Once Upon a Time in a Bed of Wildflowers

The plants we think of as food usually come from grocery store shelves, or better yet, from tables at farmers’ markets. Or even better, from our neatly planted gardens. My point being, that the plants we intend to eat are usually lined up in a row, neat and ordered.

But what if I told you that many of those irritating weeds popping up, uninvited, in your garden are actually food? And that that there are actually many, many more edibles hiding in the fields, and woods, or even in your garden but disguised as flowers? This is totally true and I am going to tell you about some of them.

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Before We Begin… Some Safety Information

    • Be absolutely sure that the plant you are about to eat is, in fact, edible. If you have any doubt whatsoever, do not eat the plant! And remember that some edibles look quite a lot like plants that are poisonous… so be sure you do your research. Invest in a good book —  this one comes highly recommended. An even better idea is to find someone who really knows about the plants in your specific area and to study with them.
    • Forage carefully. Be absolutely certain that the weeds you intend to eat have not been sprayed with any chemical poisons. You should also avoid plants along roadways because they tend to be covered in dust and exhaust fumes.
    • Forage responsibly. Make sure that foraging is allowed in the area you are in. Some parks are fine with it, some are not. And never forage on private property without the express permission of the owner! Also, do not take more than you need — remember many of these wild edibles are food for animals, as well–and never take all the plants from an area.

What is a Weed? // Once Upon a Time in a Bed of Wildflowers

Eat your weeds

Lawn Weeds you can Eat: Edibles Among the Grass from Mom Prepares

Food at Your Feet: Make a Wild Edibles Salad from Live The Old Way

Broadleaf Plantain: Food and Medicine Beneath Your Feet from Mom Prepares

Purslane: Is it a Weed or Source of Food? from Grow a Good Life

Chickweed in Your Salad and Medicine Cabinet from Mom Prepares

Foraging for Miner’s Lettuce from Grow Forage Cook Ferment

Lamb’s Quarters: Foraging for Spring Greens from Live The Old Way

Curly Dock from Oak Hill Homestead

Foraging in Spring: Garlic Mustard from Aquaberry Bliss

Growing and Foraging for Lemon Balm from Grow Forage Cook Ferment

Eat Your Weeds! Once Upon a Time in a Bed of Wildflowers

Ramps and Garlic Mustard Frittata from Yearning and Learning

Strawberry Knotweed Crisp from One Acre Farm

Lamb’s Quarters Chip Dip from Live The Old Way

Lamb’s Quarters Poppers from Little *Big* Harvest

Purslane Tacos from Little *Big* Harvest

Pickled Cat’s Ear Buds from Little Fall Creek

Sauteed Wild Mustard Greens with Dock, Garlic, and Onions from Little Fall Creek

Wild Greens with Polenta and Chutney Vinaigrette from Little Fall Creek

DIY Greens Supplement Powder from Joybilee Farm

Seventeen Ways to Use Wild Greens from They’re Not Our Goats

Eat Your Weeds! A guide to finding and using weeds, flowers, and other wild edibles. A My Week on Wednesday post from Once Upon a Time in a Bed of Wildflowers

Eat Your Flowers

Hedgerow Jelly from Pixie’s Pocket

Floral Honey with Violets and Lilacs from Jenny From the Garden

Wildcraft Infusion: Calming Red Clover, Lavender, Lemon from YogurtHydro

The Marvels of Queen Anne’s Lace – from Mom Prepares

Foraging: Pineapple Weed (Wild Chamomile) from YogurtHydro

Pineapple Weed Tea from Montana Homesteader

Lucky You! Wild, Edible Clovers are Abundant from Aquaberry Bliss

A Family Herb: Violet Plant from Herbal Academy of New England

Dandelions

Dandelion Flower Infusion from Pixie’s Pocket

How to Make Dandelion Tea, Jelly, and Syrup from Montana Homesteader

Dandelion Pesto from Yearning and Learning

Foraging for Dandelions from Grow Forage Cook Ferment

Rhubarb Dandelion Pie from Montana Homesteader

Dandelion Sourdough Pancakes from Montana Homesteader

For even more about dandelions, be sure to check out: My Week on Wednesday and Dandelions!

Eat Your Weeds! Once Upon a Time in a Bed of Wildflowers

Stinging Nettles

Have you ever wandered through a patch of stinging nettles? I haven’t. Or maybe I have, but I’m immune to the sting. But, regardless, I know plenty of people who have been stung by stinging nettles… and they, and you, are probably wondering why on earth anyone would want to eat the things?

Well, for one thing they are full of nutrients. I have heard it said that anything spinach can do, nettles can do better. And the other thing you need to remember is that once you cook them or prepare then in a couple of other ways the sting goes away… so you won’t feel like you’re eating live bumblebees to get those nutrients!

The Superpowers of Stinging Nettles from Little Fall Creek

7 Ways to Prepare and Eat Nettles from Mom Prepares

Stinging Nettle Chips from Yearning and Learning

Nettle Sorbet & Nettle Pesto from G&G

Nettle Ravioli from Honest Food

Nettle Lemon Balm Cupcakes from Cordial Wildcrafted Consumables

More Wild Edibles to Try

Four Wild Winter Teas from One Acre Farm

10 Common Wild Edibles Found (Almost) Everywhere from Homestead Dreamer

10 Wild Plants You Can Eat from Survival at Home

10 More Wild Plants You Can Eat from Survival at Home

Even More Wild Plants You Can Eat from Survival at Home

5 Ways to Eat Wild Edibles from Joybilee Farm

12 Native Plants for Food and Medicine from One Acre Farm

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Jun 26

From the Farm Blog Hop… June 26

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Hey! It’s Friday!!!

Now, to tell you the truth, I only became aware of this fact about two hours ago. No. Seriously.

The kids’ last day of school was Wednesday… yesterday was not actually spent in a first-day-of-the-holidays stupor, but doing regular Thursday things — like going to the Public Market — and the boy had a Theory of Jazz class where they didn’t let him take out his clarinet but made him (gasp and shudder) singIt was SO good for him!!! (He actually has an amazing voice… but it’s like pulling teeth to get him to use it for something other than yelling at his sister!)

So, anyway, there I was wondering what picture I’m going to use for the Blog Hop tomorrow… and then suddenly I realized that it WAS “tomorrow”! And actually has been “tomorrow” all freaking day. Sigh…

Great start to summer, huh?

Last Day of School // From the Farm Blog Hop // Once Upon a Time in a Bed of Wildflowers

Awww… see how they’ve grown!!!
I suddenly have the feeling that it wasn’t just Thursday that I somehow misplaced…

And now… (finally)…

It’s time for another round of From The Farm where we love to see your ideas on how to garden, homestead, or any DIY tips and tricks. Last Week’s Top 5 Favorites, as chosen by YOU:

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Tessa @ The Homestead Lady 
Brandon @ Lone Star Farmstead 
Rick @ Our Stoney Acres 
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Jun 19

From the Farm Blog Hop… June 19

From the Farm Blog Hop

Happy Friday!  And happy From the Farm Blog Hop Day!

I hope you have all had a wonderful week… and I can’t wait to see what you’ll be sharing with us today!

We are having a CRAZY week around here. It’s the last full week of school and we are packing as much fun into it as possible. Monday was the talent show, Tuesday was Field Day, Wednesday was Breakfast and the last Assembly of the year, yesterday was the School Picnic and the Bake Sale. (And I had to do something with all those yummy strawberries I bought!)

Deep breath. The only thing I have to do today is finish this post and then herd a pack of First Graders to the Art Museum for their last art class of the year!!!

Are your kids out of school yet?

Kitten in the Strawberries

Here is Isis stealing strawberries. No, she doesn’t eat them. Hey, at least she wasn’t trying to nap on them!

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Jun 12

From the Farm Blog Hop… June 12

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Happy Friday!  And happy From the Farm Blog Hop Day!

I hope you have all had a wonderful week… and I can’t wait to see what you’ll be sharing with us today!

From the Farm Blog Hop // Once Upon a Time in a Bed of Wildflowers

Here is Isis “helping” me unpack from my most recent trip to the Public Market. I believe she is sitting on my tomatoes… my beautiful fresh, local, greenhouse grown tomatoes. We are getting tons of greens, too, and it is finally strawberry season!

What’s growing in your garden? What fresh, local produce are you able to purchase in your area?

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Jun 11

26 Strawberry Recipes, plus Ways to Preserve Strawberries and Growing Tips

26 Amazing Strawberry Recipes, plus preserving ideas and growing tips: The Ultimate Strawberry Round Up from Once Upon a Time in a Bed of Wildflowers

Around here strawberry season is short–if we’re lucky, maybe, it lasts for four weeks–so there is a lot of strawberry goodness that needs to be squeezed into that short time! It’s the time when I dust off my dehydrator, and bust out my canning equipment. And, yes, there are days when we have strawberry shortcake for supper. 

(Hey, if you can have pancakes for supper, why not strawberry shortcake?)

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So in order to help you squeeze as much strawberry goodness out of the season as possible, I have collected a bunch of strawberry recipes, plus preserving ideas and growing tips, from my friends over at the Homestead Bloggers Network, and some of my other favorite bloggers.

Strawberry Desserts

Rich Strawberry Shortcake with Cream Cheese Filling from Richly Rooted

Gluten-free Strawberry Shortcake from Raia’s Recipes

Fresh Naturally-Sweetened Strawberry Pie from The Humbled Homemaker

Strawberry Rhubarb Pie from Fresh Eggs Daily

Strawberry Knotweed Crisp from One Acre Farm

Raw Strawberry Cheesecake from Unconventional Baker — This one is gluten-free, too, as well as free from dairy, eggs, and refined sugar. And it’s Paleo AND Vegan. Impressive!

26 Amazing Strawberry Recipes, plus preserving ideas and growing tips: The Ultimate Strawberry Round Up from Once Upon a Time in a Bed of Wildflowers

Strawberry Ice Cream & Other Cold Strawberries 

Strawberry Lemonade Ice Cream from Delicious Obsessions — This one is dairy-free and paleo and sounds absolutely delightful!

Strawberry & Cherry Kefir Ice Cream from Untrained Houeswife

Strawberry Frozen Yogurt from One Acre Farm

Homemade Strawberry Coconut Popsicles from Naturally Loriel

Chocolate Dipped Vegan Strawberry Yogurt Pops from Unconventional Baker

Drinks: Sip Your Strawberries 

Strawberry Lime Daiquiri Smoothie from Naturally Loriel — And here was me telling my husband that I don’t really like mixed drinks because I find them cloying and full of questionable ingredients. This one, on the other hand, is full of fruit and other wholesome ingredients. As written, this smoothie/slushy recipe is alcohol-free… but I’m pretty sure you can handle adding your own rum if you like!

Strawberry Milk from Richly Rooted

Maca Peach Strawberry Smoothie from Herbal Academy of New England

Looking for a way to use strawberries this season? Check out these 26 amazing strawberry recipes collected by Once Upon a Time in a Bed of Wildflowers -- plus preserving ideas and growing tips, too!

Strawberries: Salads & Snacks

Strawberry Beet Green Salad with Strawberry Dressing from The Homestead Lady — Let me explain… This. Dressing. Is. Absolutely. Amazing. I found the recipe last year, and our entire family fell in love with it. I think we ate all ate at least one salad every single day throughout strawberry season. It was THAT good. Obviously it’s delightful on the beet green salad, but you are going to want to use liberally on pretty much every green you can find.

Lentil and Strawberry Salad with Pepper-Crusted Tuna from Healthy Delicious

Strawberry, Avocado & Hemp Seed Kale Salad from Herbal Academy of New England

Strawberry Apple Granola from Raia’s Recipes

Strawberry Oat Bars from Grace, Garden, and Homestead

Strawberry Jam (and Syrup!)

How to Make Strawberry Syrup (and 7 fun ways to use it this summer) from Farm Girl Inspirations

How to Make Strawberry… Syrup? from Homesteading on Grace — Sometimes when you are planning on making Jam, you get syrup instead. And that’s fine, too! Besides, it would be fabulous on Homemade Ice Cream!

Strawberry Jam from Simply Canning — This recipe doesn’t use any commercial pectin!

Strawberry Freezer Jam from Farm Girl Inspirations

How to Make Classic Strawberry Jam from Frugal Chicken

Honey Sweetened Strawberry Vanilla Jam from Homespun Seasonal Living

Strawberry Mango Mojito Jam from Pixie’s Pocket

Ways to Preserve Strawberries, plus growing tips and 26 amazing strawberry recipes from Once Upon a Time in a Bed of Wildflowers

Preserving Strawberries

5 Ways to Preserve Strawberries from Homespun Seasonal Living

How to Freeze Strawberries from Grace, Garden, and Homestead

Canning Strawberries from The Homesteading Hippy

Strawberries — Dehydrated from Simplicity for Julia

Drying Strawberry Tops from Pixie’s Pocket — I kid you not, this is one of the best ideas EVER. For one thing, it turns something you would normally throw away into food. Plus you get to be a little less picky (read faster) when you are taking the tops off your strawberries to make one of these other delightful recipes. And, when you are all finished, you can use them to make a delightful, fruity tea. Yummy! *** sips strawberry top tea***

Products I have, love, and recommend for preserving strawberries and everything else:

 

Tips for Growing Strawberries, plus 26 recipes AND preserving ideas from Once Upon a Time in a Bed of Wildflowers

Growing Strawberries

Tiered Whiskey Barrel Strawberry Planter from Untrained Housewife

How to Grow Strawberries and Asparagus in the Same Bed from Joybilee Farm — Permaculture at it’s best!

Grow Chives for the Best Strawberries from Tenth Acre Farm

Get a Ton of Organic Strawberries from Whole Lifestyle Nutrition

Grow the Best Strawberries:Storey’s Country Wisdom Bulletin – This little book, pamphlet really, is inexpensive and contains everything you need to know about growing strawberries.  

Need more strawberry recipes? Check these out!

20 Fabulous & Delicious Strawberry Recipes from Untrained Housewife

25 Delicious Ways to Enjoy Strawberries from Nancy on the Home Front

Strawberry Patch of Posts from Strangers & Pilgrims on Earth

100+ Berry Recipes to Sweeten Your Summer from Richly Rooted — This list includes strawberries, of course, but lots of other berry recipes, too!

What’s your favorite way to use strawberries?

26 Amazing Strawberry Recipes, plus preserving ideas and growing tips: The Ultimate Strawberry Round Up from Once Upon a Time in a Bed of Wildflowers

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Jun 05

From the Farm Blog Hop… June 5

From the Farm Blog Hop

Happy Friday!  And happy From the Farm Blog Hop Day!

I hope you have all had a wonderful week… and I can’t wait to see what you’ll be sharing with us today!

From the Farm Blog Hop // Once Upon a Time in a Bed of Wildflowers

I am pretty happy to say that I have had an excellent week. Since we last hung out, my husband has returned from his extended trip to Europe. Why, then, am I sharing another picture of Luna here instead of a German castle or something? That is an excellent question, actually….

Also I have been having fun with my gardens… all that green stuff behind Luna is thyme and oregano. And some weeds, of course. And I actually had time to write a blog post! I am thrilled!!!

And now…

It’s time for another round of From The Farm where we love to see your ideas on how to garden, homestead, or any DIY tips and tricks. Last Week’s Top 5 Favorites, as chosen by YOU:

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Tessa @ The Homestead Lady 
Brandon @ Lone Star Farmstead 
Rick @ Our Stoney Acres 
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Jun 03

9 Dinner Ideas (for when you don’t know What to Make for Dinner)

You know that feeling you get when you have NO idea what to make for dinner? Here are 9 suggestions! Via Once Upon a Time in a Bed of Wildflowers

You know that feeling you get when it is getting on toward dinner time and you have NO idea what you’re going to make? Sometimes it’s a failure in creativity. Or motivation. Or maybe just grocery shopping.

Or, maybe, it was because you got a phone call from the school telling you that your kid fell off a stationary bike (that he wasn’t supposed to be on) and off the stage (that he wasn’t supposed to be on either) and that you needed to come and take him to Urgent Care to have his head stapled back together. Yeah. That happened. It was a while ago now, but it happened.

This is when the drive-thru window, or the take out menus start calling your name.

Ignore them. They are not healthy or frugal choices. You can (almost always) do better!

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And here are some ideas to get you started:

Beans & Rice — This is the very top of my “go to” list. It really is quick, easy, and frugal… plus we almost always have all of the ingredients kicking around. Rice takes about 20 minutes to cook, and by the time that’s done everything else is ready and waiting. Dinner is on the table in less than a half-hour–and that includes the time it takes to find the counter and wash the frying pan!

Toodles: The Tuna Noodle NOT Casserole – Besides being quick and easy, Toodles is plain, simple comfort food. So often the thought “I don’t know what to make for dinner” is really just a version of “I don’t want to cook.” And I’ll admit that this isn’t exactly like having your mom come over and cook for you… but it’s a lot like her home cooking… sans the cream of mushroom soup! I always keep a couple of cans of tuna fish on hand just for this recipe.

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Indian-Spiced Split Peas – Technically this one isn’t last-minute; it’s cooked in the crock pot, so it takes all day. On the other hand, the prep time is almost nothing, and it is hot and waiting for you when you come in at the end of the day. Plus it makes enough for an army, even if that army consists of growing children, so there are leftovers for longer than anyone wants to eat them. But it freezes well!  Another awesome thing about this dish is that it uses “throwaway” greens — I wrote it for radish tops, but it is also delicious with carrot tops. Of course spinach, kale, and other greens work well too. Or you can just leave out the greens altogether and have a salad or something. Be sure to check out this post for other great crock pot recipes, because there is nothing like having dinner already made at the end of the day!

Roast Chicken — This recipe calls for making a potato stuffing and roasting the vegetables with the chicken. And all of that is delicious, but it is even quicker and easier to pop the naked, unstuffed chicken into the oven with a couple of potatoes for baking. Cook up your favorite frozen veggie and it’s all done in less than an hour with very little effort on your part. And don’t forget to save the carcass for making bone broth. Once that is done, you can feed yourself for a week!

Do you know that feeling when you have NO idea what you're going to make for dinner? Here are 9 ideas and none of them involve a take-out menu! Via Once Upon a Time in a Bed of Wildflowers

Soup. It’s What’s for Dinner.

Cock-a-Leekie Soup — This soup is made with that fabulous bone broth from our roasted chicken, but doesn’t actually have any chicken in it. And, sure, not everyone has leeks floating around in their refrigerator. But you can always skip the leeks, fry up a couple of extra onions and call it potato soup. Leave out the prunes and grate some cheese to sprinkle on top and you have a great meal!

Endless Pot of Soup – Bone broth to the rescue again! Just take a quart or two of broth and start throwing things into it: leftover chicken or ground beef, frozen veggies, leftover potatoes or rice… really just about anything you have!  This is quick and an excellent way to make sure you are not wasting food. And why is it endless? Because this can go on all week, or even longer! Just keep adding to it! For example the soup we had for dinner the other day started out with leftover chicken, potatoes, corn, and carrots. At some point I added rice, some sauteed mushrooms, and spinach. Then I added more corn and a jar of tomatoes. Bonus: Every time you bring the whole pot to a rolling boil it stops being a leftover and becomes a whole new meal again … so you could literally eat this same soup for weeks without food poisoning yourself!

Make Breakfast for Dinner.

Scrambled Eggs — I remember once when my neighbor–who was a brand-new bride at the time–came popped her head into my kitchen while I was scrambling eggs for dinner. “You can do that?” she asked in tones of horrified fascination. Yup. And I highly recommend it! If you toss in some leftover veggies and grate some cheese over it, you have a complete meal!

pancakes

Pancakes — This is my favorite pancake recipe… but if you haven’t thought far ahead you can always use sprouted flour instead; it gets you to the same healthy place. Add plenty of butter, and choose apple sauce or fruit instead of syrup for a more healthy, more dinner-like meal. Be sure to check out this post for even more pancake recipes!

When All Else Fails…

Popcorn — I firmly stand by the notion that air-popped popcorn, with plenty of butter, coconut oil, and salt is practically a superfood. If you add a bowl of fruit, or maybe a glass of wine (come on, you just agreed that popcorn was a suitable supper, of course you need a glass of wine) you’re golden. And if you’re harboring any doubts to the suitability of this, just remember, your other option was a drive-through window. Just make sure you are NOT using microwave popcorn. If you don’t have an air-popper, check out this recipe on how to make stove top popcorn!

And… there you have it. What do you like to make for dinner when you are completely out of ideas? 

Quote of the Week

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May 29

From the Farm Blog Hop… May 29

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Happy Friday!  And happy From the Farm Blog Hop Day!

I can’t wait to see what you’ll be sharing with us this week!

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May 22

From the Farm Blog Hop… May 21

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Happy Friday!  And happy From the Farm Blog Hop Day!

I hope you have all had a fabulous week and I can’t wait to see what you’ll be sharing with us! :)

This is how my week began.

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And it sort of went downhill from there. My Week on Wednesday didn’t happen again.

My husband has been traveling for business now for almost seven weeks, and single parenting is not really my thing, and things are sliding. I know they are… and I’m not really going to apologize for that because the one thing that is not sliding is me paying attention to and taking care of my kids.

So I would like to give a shout-out to all those single parents out there — you are awesome! And, especially on this Memorial Day weekend, all the husbands and wives who are pulling single-parent duty while their spouses are away serving our country. There are not enough words to say thank you for everything that you do.

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Brandon @ Lone Star Farmstead 
Rick @ Our Stoney Acres 
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