My Week on Wednesday… May 21

My Week on Wednesday // Once Upon a Time in a Bed of Wildflowers

 

Hello and welcome to another My Week on Wednesday where I take a few moments to share what I’ve been doing over the week. I share some of the blogs I’ve visited, and some of the things that I have learned.

We have been working hard on our gardens this past week, as I try to squeeze in a few more bee-and butterfly-friendly plants. A friend of mine had milkweed, so now I have some of that in my garden, plus more mint (I admit it, I might have a problem), and also catmint, which is one of my absolute favorites!

The Boy found a Michael Pollan tomato plant, which we had to add to our garden, too!

Michael Pollan tomato // Once Upon a Time in a Bed of Wildflowers

If you will recall, the Boy has recently become a big Michael Pollan fan; he read the young reader’s edition of The Omnivore’s Dilemma (affiliate link) and wrote a post for me: Food Rules from a Fourth Grader.

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We don’t have a lot of space in our gardens, so this Companion Planting Shortcut is a big help to us. As is Succession Planting for Vegetable Gardens… you have to squeeze in what you can, when you can! Also, because we don’t get a lot of sun in our gardens, this great resource for us: 8 Medicinal Herbs for the Shade Garden. I already have several of these… but, maybe I could squeeze in one more! Continuing on the medicinal theme… Joybilee Farms shares 10 Hardy Medicinal Herbs For Your Homestead.

And I should have chickens because… they are useful! Read about 5 Ways to Put Your Chickens to Work For You. Sadly, the article doesn’t mention anything about chickens doing dishes, or folding and putting away clothes. But you can’t have everything. Yes, I am back on my I-Want-Chickens kick. When we visited my friend (see her wonderful homestead!) she gave us some eggs. I am actually happy with the place where we normally get our eggs–the chickens run around outside eating bugs and doing chicken things–but her eggs were AMAZING. I want some spoiled little, here-have-some-organic-melon chickens too!

The Pixie and Elsa at Blue Moon Bend Farm & Creamery // Once Upon a Time in a Bed of Wildflowers

And a goat. Not really. I know I don’t have room for a goat! But aren’t they cute? We had a wonderful visit to Blue Moon Bend Farm & Creamery over the weekend, and the Pixie made friends with a goat named Elsa!

Look for more posts about local, sustainable farms later on in the summer!

 

 

 

And on to Tasty & Delicious…

Chewy Ginger Thin Cookies. They are paleo and sweetened with dates and will probably be showing up in the kids’ lunches before too long!

English Muffin Bread. I love English Muffins. I do not love all the crap they put in the ones you can buy at the store. And this looks delicious–and easy!

Strawberry Coconut Popsicles. My kids are always begging for popscicles. They will be so happy when I give them these!

And, while this isn’t technically a recipe, How to Can Homemade Soup. I’ll admit it, sometimes I really want to just pop open a can of soup at lunchtime. Problem solved. 🙂

Now, before we wrap this week up… Gentlemen Homesteading Consultant shares a post that every dog owner needs to read — How to Clean a Dog Sprayed by a Skunk. Trust me, you’re just going to want to get the stuff and keep it on hand… just in case your dog thinks it might be fun to go play with a skunk!

 Finally, approximately daily, I post quotes on my Facebook Page. The quote with the most likes, shares, and comments will become the Quote of the Week.

And soooo… your Quote of the Week:

Quote of the Week // Once Upon a Time in a Bed of Wildflowers

 

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

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6 Responses to My Week on Wednesday… May 21

  1. Thanks for including me! And yes! You need chickens. 😉

  2. Kathie says:

    Thanks so much for including my post on canning homemade soup! I can’t wait to check out the rest.

    • onceuponatimeinabedofwildflowers says:

      Thanks so much for writing it! I’m all excited to get a pressure canner and make soup! 🙂

  3. Jennifer says:

    I have been meaning to get to Blue Moon Bend Creamery! Life is so crazy busy I keep forgetting :-/ I love the link on the medicinal herbs for the shade garden, my back bed gets only 4 hours of direct sunlight a day, and I have been having a hard time trying to decide what to put there!

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