From The Farm Blog Hop!

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Welcome back to the From the Farm Blog Hop! On to the blog hop - here are the favorite posts from last weeks hop: An InLinkz Link-up Let's get into the hop now! Congratulations! If you're a Favorite, please feel free to grab our button and display it proudly on your blog! Keep scrolling to enter this week’s party! Now, on to this week's party: 1. Link up to three of your best gardening or homesteading tips, … [Continue reading]

Blog Vacation

Kauai Beach

It's been another 2 1/2 years now that I've blogged regularly here twice a week without taking a blog vacation (time sure flies); but, now it's time for a short vacation from blogging.  I anticipate continuing again starting in early August.    The From The Farm and Simple Saturdays Blog Hops will continue on Fridays and Saturdays, I just won't be doing a post on Mondays and Wednesdays like … [Continue reading]

Fresh Cucumber and Onion Salad

Fresh Cucumber Salad - via Better Hens and Gardens

When we have cucumbers and onions coming out of the garden, this is practically a staple in our refrigerator.  Although it's quite simple, it's very refreshing and tastes a little like a "new pickle" to me.      When the cucumbers and onions are first sliced and go into the sugar, water, vinegar and dill mixture, they are firm and hard.  But, as they marinade, they soften while still retaining some … [Continue reading]

Garden Goodness!

Garden Goodness Recipes - via Better Hens and Gardens

It's time for garden harvesting! Let's get cooking, shall we? We would love to see how YOU are using those garden goodies in your recipes! The From the Farm hosts are compiling a recipe ebook of our favorites, and you are invited to join in! Share your garden goodness recipes with us! Add up to 10 (ten) of your recipes, featuring your garden fresh favorites for possible inclusion in our ebook. An InLinkz Link-up  Warmly,Your … [Continue reading]

Sun-Dried Tomato Dip

Sun Dried Tomato Dip - via Better Hens and Gardens

We always use tomatoes from the garden to make our own sun-dried tomatoes, and this is a terrific dip for using those tomatoes.  It's one of my favorite dips for chips - but it's also good with crackers and veggies.  It's quick to make and the taste is light-years ahead of grocery store dips.        … [Continue reading]

Tequila Lime Grilled Chicken

Grilled Tequila Lime Chicken - via Better Hens and Gardens

  The flavors that are used to marinade these chicken breasts before being grilled just scream summer to me - tequila, lime, orange, chipotle and jalapeno chili!  And the chicken turns out so moist and flavorful (not too spicy) coming off the grill.  It's the perfect recipe for grilling out on a beautiful summer day.  It's wonderful paired with grilled corn on the cob, cool summer salads, and watermelon or … [Continue reading]

1st Honey Harvest 2014

How Honey's Harvested - via Better Hens and Gardens

We harvested the first Bramblestone Farm honey for 2014 last weekend, and it looks like it's going to be another good year.  We pulled 36 frames from the hives for extraction already, and there's a lot more where that came from. We used the same process this year as we did last year, except we had help from a young aspiring beekeeper (Charlie).  She's a natural with the bees, and it's nice to have a young helper who is … [Continue reading]

Making Goat Milk Butter (with a KitchenAid mixer)

Making Goat Butter with a Kitchenaid Mixer - via Better Hens and Gardens

I've read that you need a cream separator and butter churn to make goat milk butter, but we've come up with a method that doesn't require either of those pieces of equipment.  Instead, we manually separate the cream from the goat milk and use a KitchenAid mixer to churn the butter. It takes a few days, but the cream in the goat milk does separate and rise to the top of the jars we use for storing the milk; so we just spoon … [Continue reading]

Getting Started With Chickens

Getting Started with Chickens = via Better Hens and Gardens

We've kept chickens for quite a few years now, and have raised many baby chicks and tried a number of different breeds.  So, I have a few suggestions for anyone just getting started with poultry: What to Start With You can start with eggs, day-old chicks,  or pullets.  Hatcheries offer eggs and day-old chicks from many breeds, but pullets are usually only available in the egg layer breeds (leghorns, black … [Continue reading]

Compost = Garden Gold!

Garden Gold - Compost! - via Better Hens and Gardens

The chickens and goats on Bramblestone Farm create one of the main ingredients for growing great produce. Composted animal bedding makes an incredible difference in garden productivity, especially since we fertilize naturally rather than chemically.  I learned about natural vegetable production early - it was the way my grandfather, who’d grown up farming, raised vegetables every summer to feed … [Continue reading]