Feb 27

From the Farm Blog Hop… Iceland

From the Farm Blog Hop

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

I’m so happy that you’re here! :)

This week my featured post is from Oak Hill Homestead: Learning from Farming Cultures–Iceland.

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Way back when, Kathi from Oak Hill Homestead spent two years living in Iceland. How cool is that? In this post she shares a little of what she learned, about sheep farming, especially while living there.

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Feb 26

My Week on Wednesday and Garden Planning

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Hello, and welcome to another My Week on Wednesday!

My husband was in Poland this week. And, guess what? It’s springtime there! He saw farmers plowing, and even planting! Here, though, it’s still freaking cold, with temps bottoming out in the single digits, or even colder, most nights. And the days aren’t that much warmer.

It’s really hard to think that spring and gardening season will be here soon… or, like, ever… but it really will be here before we know it. Honest! And, with that cheery thought in mind, I have collected a bunch of garden planning posts from my friends over at the Homestead Bloggers Network, and some of my other favorite bloggers.

Starting Out with Gardening

Is this your first season with a garden? Or maybe you’re looking to expand your garden this year? Or just looking to try something new?

How to Create a New Garden Bed from Northern Homestead — plus a video on how to make a raised bed!

Do not use Weed Control Fabric in the Garden from Northern Homestead

10 Frugal Gardening Tips from Pint Size Farm

8 Things you can do now to Have a Great Spring Garden from SchneiderPeeps

5 Springtime Garden Prep Tips for Healthier Plants from Mom Prepares

Getting Your Garden Ready for Spring, Part 1 & Part 2 from Aqua Berry Bliss

Raised Garden Beds: What to do for Spring? from the Homestead Lady

Square Foot Gardening: Growing Big in Small Spaces from Survival at Home

Square Foot Garden: A Quick and Easy Way to Begin a Garden from Grow a Good Life

photo credit: Grow a Good Life

photo credit: Grow a Good Life

Garden Layouts & Deciding What to Grow

This is my favorite part. It involves graph paper and seed catalogs and hopes and dreams. Sometimes it involves wine.

Choosing Seeds for a Small Garden from Lady Lee’s Home — this is an excellent article for deciding exactly what to plant, especially if you don’t have a lot of room!

Which Crops to Grow from Nature, Nurture, Grow

Garden Planning by What Your Family Eats from Little Mountain Haven

Planning Your Spring Garden from Survival at Home

Garden Planning from Pick to Plenty — There are four excellent parts to this series, so make sure you check them all out!

Planning your Vegetable Garden: Mapping the Garden Beds from Grow a Good Life

Garden Planning Springs to Mind from Little Sprouts Learning

7 Steps for Planning a Vegetable Garden from Lady Lee’s Home

7 Easy Steps to Simplify Your Garden Plan from Homestead Chronicles

photo credit: Homestead Chronicles

photo credit: Homestead Chronicles

Vegetable Garden Planning Made Easy from Taylor-Made Ranch

6 Companion Planting Mistakes from Another Homestead Blog

Companion Planting: Herbs and Vegetables from Herbal Academy of New England

6 Common Gardening Mistakes and How to Avoid or Fix Them from SchneiderPeeps

photo credit: Once Upon a Time in a Bed of Wildflowers

photo credit: Once Upon a Time in a Bed of Wildflowers

Gardens: Not Just For Vegetables

If vegetables aren’t your thing, what about herbs? Or just beautiful flowers? If your space is limited, bee and butterfly friendly plants might make more sense than a lonely tomato and a couple of bean plants!

How to Plan a Medicinal Herb Garden from the Homestead Lady

10 Herbs to Grow in a Natural Remedies Garden from the Nerdy Farm Wife

5 Reasons to Plant Wildflowers from Back to Basics!

Children in the Garden

Gardening can be a wonderful experience for children. They can learn about life, tenderness, what it is to nurture something. There is something magical about eating something they grew themselves. And, of course, they can be used to pull weeds — it’s character building, and who likes to weed, really?

Creating a Magical Children’s Garden from Little Mountain Haven

Garden Design with Children from Hobby Farms

Lessons Learned in the Garden as a Kid from A Cow Named Georgia

 

photo credit: The 104 Homestead

photo credit: The 104 Homestead

Special Needs Gardens

So what happens if you don’t own your own land? Or your yard is too shady? Or maybe you’re just a brand-new beginner, and haven’t a clue what you’re doing? No fear! You can still have your garden, and eat from it, too!

Growing Food Without Owning a Speck of Land from Northern Homestead

Growing Food on Paved Areas from Franger Farm

Small Space Gardening from The 104 Homestead

Gardening in NYC from Little Blog on the Homestead

Planning a Vegetable Garden in the Shade from The 104 Homestead

A Quick Guide to Shade Tolerant Vegetables from Franger Farm

5 Easy-to-Grow Vegetables from Weed ‘em and Reap

Community Supported Agriculture from Little Blog on the Homestead –Okay, this isn’t a post about gardening. Maybe your special need is that you actually hate gardening. It happens. You can still have beautiful fresh fruits and vegetables — and support local farmers while you do it!

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Feb 24

Preserving Cherries with Whiskey

The easiest way to preserve cherries -- with whiskey! Via Once Upon a Time in a Bed of Wildflowers

 

This summer, just when I had thought I had canned, dehydrated, frozen, and made jam out of a season’s worth of cherries, I found a huge basket of cherries at the Public Market. Cheap.

Real cheap. Like the kind of cheap where I expected half the basket to be rotten.

And since I really love cherries, and don’t think you can ever have enough frozen cherries… I bought the basket.

The only problem (if you want to call it a problem) was that almost none of the cherries were rotten. They were just right. They were perfect. They were going to spoil if I didn’t do something with them right then.

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I set the kids to work pitting cherries, and began lining my dehydrator trays. I froze more cherries. Except this was like the never-ending basket of cherries!

I didn’t have the ambition to can any more cherries or make jam. And no one could stomach another bowl of fresh cherries by this point.

But I was not, and I mean not going to waste these beautiful cherries! So… enter the age-old, time-honored, lazy girl’s way of preserving fruit.

Yup. Pour alcohol over it. :) How to preserve cherries with whiskey

How to Preserve Cherries with Whiskey

What you need:

Rinsed cherries, there is no need to pit them

Clean canning jars, with rings and lids; since there is no canning (i.e. no worries about a seal failing) involved here, it’s fine to reuse squeaky clean lids for this

Irish Whiskey, at least 80 proof

Organic sugar, technically optional (but please don’t leave it out; trust me)

How to Preserve Cherries with Whiskey

What you do:

Loosely pack the cherries into jars — I used pint jars

Pour whiskey over the cherries to cover — each jar took about 1 cup of whiskey

Add 2 teaspoons to 2 tablespoons of sugar to each jar — normally I go light with sugar, but don’t go too light. I thought my 2 teaspoon jar was no where near sweet enough, and wound up adding another tablespoon of sugar to it when I opened it. This sort of works, but it’s best to just add enough sugar right off the bat!

Screw down the lids, and give the jars a gentle shake. Make sure the whiskey is covering all the cherries. Add more, if necessary.

Leave the jars on the counter for a couple of days, and give them a gentle shake at least once a day.

Then move them to the cupboard and wait for a few months. They will be ready to give as gifts at Christmastime.

Enjoy the cherries right out of the jar, or add a couple (maybe with a drizzle of the sweetened, cherry-flavored whiskey) to ice cream — for adults only, of course! And the whiskey, itself, makes an excellent drink.

How to Preserve Cherries in Whiskey

I tried this with both light and dark sweet cherries, and while they both tasted delightful, the dark cherries definitely created a more attractive finished product!

Have you ever preserved fruit in alcohol?

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Feb 20

From the Farm Blog Hop… Fantastic Homemade Hair Products

From the Farm Blog Hop

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

I’m so happy that you’re here! :)

This week my featured post is from Natural Alternative Therapies: 11 Fantastic Natural Hair Products.

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Okay, don’t tell anyone, but I’m sort of vain about my hair — but I wasn’t always. For a long time I used to really hate my hair, and all the (toxic!) shampoos, conditioners, and other products i used could never make it quite right. Then two things happened: one, I found a stylist who actually knew how to look at my hair and my lifestyle and come up with a haircut that looked great on me and my hair, and two, I switched away from all those chemical-laden products and went all natural!

This post has a great list of easy, inexpensive, natural hair care products! :)

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Feb 13

From the Farm Blog Hop… Apple Lentil Crumble

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

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This week my featured post is from In the Wild Kitchen: Apple Lentil Crumble.

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Thought One: That looks so delicious!

Reads Title: Um… lentils… and apples…? Really?

Reads Recipe: Wow! That sounds soooooo delicious!

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Feb 12

My Week on Wednesday and Pancake Day

My Week on Wednesday and Pancake Day // Once Upon a Time in a Bed of WildflowersHello, and welcome to another My Week on Wednesday! We are all about pancakes today!

Next Wednesday (February 18, 2015) marks the beginning of Lent, which for many Christians is the reflective, penitentive season before Easter: growing up we used to talk about, “giving things up for Lent.” Ideas like, “I’m going to be nice to my brother,” were big, as we things like giving up candy.

To this day, my brother usually gives up beer.

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Now, you’re not going to find me doing anything crazy like giving up alcohol or chocolate, or even going to church to get ashes on my forehead.

Also you won’t find me writing an edition of My Week on Wednesday next week. But only because the kids are on Winter Break, and I’ll be too busy playing Monopoly, doing puzzles, and having a Star Wars Marathon. We might even go crazy and give The-Dessert-Which-Must-Not-Be-Named another go. ;)

But you will find me making pancakes for dinner the night before.

You may have heard of Shrove Tuesday, which basically means “Confession Tuesday,” and seems like an unduly solemn way to kick off a season of solemnity. I am sure you have also heard of Mardi Grais, or Fat Tuesday, which is the exact opposite of solemn.

And, if you’re of Irish descent (or from anywhere in the UK, Australia, or Canada) you have probably heard of Pancake Day. The idea behind Pancake Day is that, since during the Lenten Fast you cannot eat rich foods, including eggs, milk, and sugar, you need to used them all up before it begins.

In other words, gorge yourself on pancakes.

It’s an extra special treat for my kids, as my husband — who generally will eat just about anything — firmly believes that pancakes are suitable only for meals served before noon. This rule does not apply on Pancake Day. (Well, it might, but I ignore it.)

So I gathered up a bunch of really awesome pancake recipes from myself, my friends over at the Homestead Bloggers Network, and some of my other favorite bloggers.

Pancake Day (a roundup of pancake posts) via Once Upon a Time in a Bed of Wildflowers

Gluten-free Pancakes

So you can have your pancakes and eat them, too!

Gluten Free Pancake Bread Recipe from Spring Mountain Living

Coconut Flour Pancakes from Little Owl Crunchy Mama

Easiest, Fluffiest Buttermilk Pancakes from Raia’s Recipes. Yes, gluten-free. Though you would never know it!

Soaked and Soured Pancake Recipes

Why go to all the trouble of soaking the batter, or using a sourdough starter? It’s not actually all that much trouble, and it makes the food easier to digest, and aids in nutrient absorption. Many people who think they are sensitive to gluten can, in fact, eat grains so long as they have been properly prepared. For more information, be sure to check out one of my all-time favorite books, Nourishing Traditions.

Easy Sourdough Pancake Recipe from The Easy Homestead

Traditional Sourdough Pancakes from Nourished Kitchen

Little Whole Wheat Apple Pancakes from Northern Homestead

Soaked Chocolate Chip Pancakes from Nourishing Gourmet

Soaked Spelt Pancakes from Whistle Pig Hollow — This one is my all-time favorite pancake recipe — just like Grandma used to make!

Not Quite Pancakes

Einkorn Flour Waffles from Naturally Loriel — Okay, maybe they’re not at all pancakes, but I do so love a good waffle!

Kartoffelpuffer from Northern Homestead — That would be “potato pancake” for those of you who do not speak German. And even if you don’t speak German, you should really try saying it … Kartoffelpuffer… it’s all kinds of fun.

German Potato Pancakes from One Acre Vintage Homestead

Whole Grain Kaiserschmaarrn from Northern Homestead

Oven Crepes from The 104 Homestead — Two delicious recipes here!

Even More Pancake Recipes

Premade Pancake Mix from The Homesteading Hippy

Easy Peasy Pumpkin Pancakes from Mom Prepares

Brown Butter Pear Spiced Pancakes from A Cookie Named Desire — These look too good to be true!

29 Best Pancake Recipes from The Nourished Life

And what would pancakes be without syrup? Be sure to check out My Week on Wednesday from a couple week ago: Syrup Season!

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Feb 07

My Week on Wednesday and Valentine’s Day

My Week on Wednesday and Valentine's Day Ideas // Once Upon a Time in a Bed of Wildflowers

So… first things first.

It is Saturday.

You’re not going crazy… though it’s more than likely that I am.

But, for a number of reasons, some of which were completely out of my control, and some of which that had been in my control, but escaped, I decided to postpone My Week on Wednesday until Saturday.

To tell the truth, if I had had any sense at all, I would have skipped this week all together, and just picked it up next Wednesday.

But I wanted to write about Valentines. And, though I’m all about last minute things… that was cutting it a little too fine. I mean, Valentine’s Day is already only a week away!

So I gathered up a bunch of really awesome Valentine’s Day posts from myself, my friends over at the Homestead Bloggers Network, and some of my other favorite bloggers.

My Week on Wednesday and Valentine's Day // Once Upon a Time in a Bed of Wildflowers

Valentines & Chocolate

They go hand in hand, right?

Homemade Chocolate Recipes for Decadent Herbal Chocolates from Herbal Academy of New England

Easy Flourless Chocolate Cake from The Sour Path is the Sweetest

Healthy Chocolate Pudding for Valentine’s Day from Herbal Academy of New England

Homemade Chocolate Caramel-Covered Marshmallows with Sea Salt from Michelle K. Norris

Naturally Red Velvet Cupcakes from Gutsy By Nature — also grain-free, dairy-free, and nut-free

Coconut Almond Joy Bites from Hullabaloo Homestead

Cherry Chocolate Chunk Ice Cream from Once Upon a Time in a Bed of Wildflowers

Divine Hot Chocolate with Red Wine from Once Upon a Time in a Bed of Wildflowers

photo credit: Spring Mountain Living

photo credit: Spring Mountain Living

Romantic Valentine’s Ideas

What you need for dates, romantic gifts, and intimate moments

10 Fun and Frugal Romantic Dates for Valentine’s Day from the Untrained Housewife

Create your own Special Valentine’s Day Menu Card from the Untrained Housewife

Homestead Valentines: Simple Ways to Say I Love You from Spring Mountain Living

50 Perfect Date Ideas from Little Blog on the Homestead

Muscle Relaxing Massage Oil from Simple Life Mom

Rose Vanilla Massage Oil from Herbal Academy of New England

The Sexy Secret in your Kitchen from LittleOwlCrunchyMama

Love it up with Herbal Aphrodisiac Recipes from Herbal Academy of New England

More Sweet Treats for Valentine’s Day

Turkish Rice Pudding with Rose Water from Once Upon a Time in a Bed of Wildflowers

Gluten-free, Vegan, Raw Strawberry Cheesecake from Unconventional Baker

Easy, homemade Valentines from PicMonkey // Once Upon a Time in a Bed of Wildflowers

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Valentine’s Day Ideas for Kids

Homemade Valentines using PicMonkey from Once Upon a Time in a Bed of Wildflowers

DIY Valentine’s Day Mailbox from the Untrained Housewife

12 Repurposed Valentine’s Day Crafts for Kids from Mom Prepares

Free Farm Valentines from City Girl Farming Blog

Valentine’s Day Crafts

Made With Love: Free Printable Valentine’s Day Labels from Bean & Bee — Plus a great list of Valentine’s Gifts to put them on!

Valentine’s Love Poppet from The Untrained Housewife

Heart-Shaped Rag Rugs from Joybilee Farm

Super Cute Valentine’s Day Rag Wreath from Cottage Making Mommy

DIY Cloth Gift Bags from A Return to Simplicity

photo credit: Mother of a Hubbard

photo credit: Mother of a Hubbard

Valentine’s Day in the Garden

Sometimes the best gifts come from Mother Nature.

How to Grow your own Valentine Roses from Pint Size Farm

Say “I Love You” with Seeds from Mother of a Hubbard

Valentine Love for Wildlife: How to Create Birdseed Ornaments from Garden Delights

Last Minute Valentine Gift Ideas from Spring Mountain Living

And now…

Quote of the Week

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Thank you for joining me for My Week on WednesdayTell me, what did you do this week? I’d love to hear!

Also, if you haven’t already, be sure to come visit me on Facebookhang out with me on Google+ and follow me on Pintrest and Twitter

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Feb 06

From the Farm Blog Hop… What to do with Lemons

From the Farm Blog Hop

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

I’m so happy that you’re here! :)

This week my featured post is from Strangers & Pilgrims: What to Make and Do with Lemons.

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

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I love lemons. I like to have a bowl of them sitting on the table for purely aesthetic purposes… though I also like to add a slice of lemon to my water, and many of my husband’s best dishes call for a lemon. But lemons have so many more uses than those! From Lemonade to Marmalade; from cleaning products to health and beauty products, if you love lemons this post is for you! :)

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Dawn @ Oh Sweet Mercy

Honey @ Honey’s Life

Karen @ Blue Yonder Urban Farms

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Feb 03

Quick, Easy, Homemade Valentines

Homemade Valentines Cover1aIt’s almost Valentine’s Day… and if you are the parent of grade-school or preschool age kids that probably means Valentine’s Day parties at school.

Yay!

High fructose corn syrup, food dye… and boxed Valentines cards.

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Now, I’m sure you know that I have very strong objections to the first two… and as for the boxed Valentine’s Day cards.

I just don’t like them.

There’s nothing really wrong with them… except that they are usually comprised of characters my kids aren’t interested in, from movies they haven’t seen (largely because they’re not out on DVD or streamable on Netflix or Amazon yet).

Or blatantly inappropriate. Come on… Twilight? Really? Without railing against Twilight as teen and preteen literature (maybe I’ll write that post someday…), let me just say that if your kids are in the boxed Valentine stage of life, they are waaay to young to be “into” Twilight.

So, no boxed cards.

On the other hand… I might have something of a lazy streak. Which means that you can better believe that I am not going to be the mom who is up until one in the morning cutting, gluing, and hand lettering a doily Valentine for each of my kids’ classmates.

But with the help of a printer with ink in it, some card stock, and PicMonkey, I can whip out some cute, homemade Valentines in no time! PicMonkey is free — you don’t even have to sign up! — or you can upgrade to PicMonkey Royale for even more options!

Easy Homemade Valentines using PicMonkey

To help you get you started, this is one example that I made.

Sample Valentines from PicMonkey

 

To make this bunch of Valentines, I used the “collage” feature. In order to make a collage, PicMonkey asks you to upload a picture. I’m not sure if there’s any way around this, but I just pick some random picture to make it happy. You don’t have to use it!

I chose the “square deal” layout, and then went to the bottom to change the size to 1500 x 1875. There’s a lock/unlock button there that allows you to change the settings. This fits beautifully on an 8 1/2 x 11 piece of paper.

Then look under “swatches” for your background pattern. This one came out of the Sweethearts category. Once you have picked out your background, click “edit” at the top to open it in editor. Here is where you add your cute little animals and words!

Bee Mine — In Overlays I used two Buggles bees, one flipped; a Doodly Heart, also flipped; Brudmo Jiggler font; and red color choice “d40000.”

Owl Always Love You — In overlays I used a Cutimals owl** and a Doodly Heart; Dead Hardy font**; and red color choice “b40008″ and green color choice “156000.” 

Have a Sweet Valentine’s Day — In overlays I used a Doodly Heart ; Brushtip Travis font ** ; and red color choice “b40008″.

I’d Pick You Any Day — In overlays I used Graphic Blooms; Mission Script font, and red color choice “d40000.”

Note: ** indicates a PicMonkey Royale upgrade.

Easy, homemade Valentines from PicMonkey // Once Upon a Time in a Bed of Wildflowers

 

Then I saved them, copied them into a Word document, and hit “print.” And had the Pixie cut them out.

PicMonkey has plenty of fun options to play around with.

Valentines for Older Kids

Here are some the Boy created… though he swears he’s “not participating in Valentine’s Day” this year.

Homemade Valentines for Older Kids // Once Upon a Time in a Bed of Wildflowers

And if you feel like your Valentines need envelopes, check out how to make your own from Homespun Seasonal Living.

Here’s an idea for a bookmark, too. Which I think is awesome because I love books, and also because I can pretend that the Valentine will be put to some use, and not thrown out immediately.

Bookmark Valentine // Once Upon a Time in a Bed of Wildflowers

And, now that we’ve got the Valentines figured out, let’s find out what teachers really wish you knew about Valentine’s Day and classroom parties.

Tips from Teachers 

These are tips from real live teachers who just want Party Day to run smoothly.

Follow the teacher’s directions. I always ask for cards in a specific order, by a specific date, so the kids can pass them out independently during breaks in our day. It saves time on Party Day. ~ Kristen, kindergarten

If we’re frosting cookies, your child *will* get frosting in her hair. I’m sorry. No… I’m not really sorry: Messy is magnificent. ~ Juli, preschool

If you’re sending in a Valentine’s craft for the class to complete, please make sure the kids can complete it independently — and without any extra supplies like paint brushes or hot glue guns! And doesn’t need adult supervision. ~ Kim, 3rd grade

Please don’t be the parent who comes in to do a project and it’s one of those pre-cut, out-of-the-box, only one right way to do it kind of project. ~ Juli, preschool

Remember what you signed up for, and send in that. ~ Kim, 3rd grade

Not everyone has to send in cupcakes; strawberries are red, too. ~ Anne, 1st grade

Don’t make your kindergartner write their classmate’s names on every single Valentine. Writing their own name 20 to 40 times is plenty! ~ Meave, kindergarten

Are you a teacher? Do you have any party tips you wish parents knew? Please feel free to leave them in the comments (with the grade you teach!) and I’ll add them in! 

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Jan 30

From the Farm Blog Hop… Roasted Sweet Potato Soup

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

I’m so happy that you’re here! :)

This week I am featuring this delicious-looking Sweet and Savory Roasted Sweet Potato Soup from Urban Naturale. 

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

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Growing up sweet potatoes were not one of the vegetables that made it to the dinner table very often — which was too bad because, aside from being really good for you, they are delicious! Now I serve them baked, and in soups, stews, and as side dishes quite often… though I don’t think I have ever blended them into a soup quite like this one. I can’t wait to try it out! :)

 

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Heather @ The Homesteading Hippy

Krystyna @ Spring Mountain Living

Karen Lyn @ Lil’ Suburban Homestead

Tessa @ The Homestead Lady

Connie@ Urban Overalls

Dawn @ Oh Sweet Mercy

Honey @ Honey’s Life

Lee @ Lady Lee’s Home

Karen @ Blue Yonder Urban Farms

 Brandon @ Lone Star Farmstead

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Christine @ Once Upon A Time in A Bed of Wildflowers (that’s ME!)

 

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