We take care of the land...it takes care of us.

We're just a couple of country dwellers......

that love nature, hunting, fishing, gardening, campfires, crafting, cooking, canning, laughter and living!!

Ya just never know what I'll blog about next...

So visit us often!

Thursday, September 30, 2010


We grew Hungarian hot wax peppers for the first time this year.
For some unknown reason it wasn't a great pepper growing kind of year....
We harvested peppers, but only a quarter of what we had last season.
Gardening always keeps you guessing and experimenting....

The Hungarian Hot's were grown with a specific chutney recipe in mind....

Chop, Chop, Chop....

Chop, Chop, Chop some more....

Bowl empty (isn't it fun?)

Add vinegar, mustard, and sugar....
then process...

And you have a wonderful hot and sweet pepper chutney to spread over cream cheese on a cracker!!
We love it....
and it's been a hit with everyone we serve it to!!

Still experimenting with the label.
Having a lot of fun with this one...
What do you think?
Keep it or go with something else?

If everything works right, it will be on the website next year along with the 
Sall Farm pickles.  By the way if you're looking for a great tasting, juicy, crunchy, dill pickle...
check ours out!!
"The best pickle you'll ever try!"

Happy Fall Y'all!!!

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Garnering Nature

Thanks to my fellow blogger, Mary, at Little Red House!
This morning she inspired me with her beautiful post about nature and garnering....
Her pictures captured nature beautifully, and the quote she shared was 
something we should all think about more!
Follow my link to see for yourself.

Max and I drove to the tree-lined road my sister took us to many years ago.
All those years ago, I never thought I'd be living just a few miles from that pretty spot 
she called her "New England Road".

In eastern South Dakota we live surrounded by wide open spaces and fields of grains...
this road is a nice escape from the norm,
especially in the Fall!

Max and I walked and talked and enjoyed a beautiful morning!

Happy Wednesday!

Little Red House

Tuesday, September 28, 2010


With 3 new photo editing programs downloaded, I can barely eat or sleep...
all I want to do is play with pictures on the computer!!!

but, first things first

"Get your work done, then you can play" is what Mother always said.

Salsa was the priority today...
the tomatoes are still ripening and one can never have enough "SAllsa" on the pantry shelves.
23 pints so far, that might make it until Super Bowl time!

Steve installed a door in-between rooms out in our pickle barn.
That meant a saw dusty mess for me to clean up.
That was my second priority today.
Sorry, no pictures. That is a work in progress, and not very impressive YET!
Some day it will be my show-place/guest house....some day!!!

Another gorgeous Fall day here on the farm....
I think my favorite Fall decorations are the quilted runners my mother made.
I love the colors, and they make the house feel all cozy and warm!

My fun began when all my work was finished. 

I love play time!!

Speaking of play time....
the countdown to opening day of  Pheasant Season 2010 has begun.

18 days and counting...

Happy Tuesday!!

Monday, September 27, 2010

Creative juices are overflowing these days.....
Suddenly I'm mad about mosaics and it has inspired me to learn more on the subject of photo editing via my computer!!  This was today's project.
I'll take any and all the advice and coaching I can get, so bring it on!
Wish me luck and send me patience (I am lacking in both categories).
Tune in daily to see my homework!

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Mosaic Monday

Fall is a great time to be in South Dakota....

The weather is at it's best!!

Sunny days and cool evenings, the crops are drying out and the Fall colors are spectacular!

It's Sunday before Mosaic Monday and I just couldn't stop myself.....
here are three Sall Fall / Fall Sall mosaics to enjoy
(I certainly enjoyed making them!)

Prairie Visions......

Night time mosaic Fun on the Farm.....

Happy Mosaic Monday from the Sall's....

And be sure to visit Little Red House to find more must-see mosaics!

Silent Sunday

Shhhhh.....listen.....I'm hearing birds singing, and the quiet hum of my computer, that's it.
36 hours of baby-sitting with 4 children under the age of 5 has me appreciating silence on this beautiful Sunday!
No doors slamming, nobody hollering, nobody yelling "Lisa I need" this or that every 5 minutes. Now I know why mother's are deaf. Haha, they are tuned out for their own sanity!

What a beautiful Fall Sunday this has been.....

The duck hunters left early, so I enjoyed a sleep in! My hubby came home and made me pancakes (a double bonus).

A full day of doing absolutely nothing but rest and relaxation!

Ahhhhh, I must be dreaming....

Hope you are enjoying your day too!

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Duck Season

When this shows up in the front yard, I know it's almost duck season!

Sall purchased his duck stamp today and the gear is coming out of the woodwork....

These decoys are busting out of the bag....

Cold, wet, and foggy conditions are not my cup of tea, especially before dawn!

But, Duck Hunters and their dogs think it just doesn't get any better.

So, rest up Max!  The ducks are calling!

Stay tuned for pictures of the hunters and their bounty....

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Happy Fall

Happy Fall from Sall Farm!!

A short post this day before Fall....
it seems the days are getting shorter, but the list of things to-do stays long.
Sall and I have been busy just making ends meet
(who coined that phrase anyway?)
He resorted to doing a roofing job (something he swore off doing ever again) and I'm baby-sitting and house cleaning. The white collar jobs are far removed from South Hand County.  
Winter is just around the corner and we are wondering why our bags are not packed.  
Somebody forgot to reserve that beach house, and it looks like another winter on the prairie!
Pray for a mild one, my friends!!

Have a happy Wednesday!

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Hunting in Heaven

As hunting season approaches, it makes me miss our sweet Josie!
The sweetest dog I've ever known and the best hunting partner a guy could ever have....She and I were walking partners...she would beg me with her eyes to take her for walks.
But, hunting was her passion and she would start getting antsy this time of year.  Sall would get out the bullets and the shot gun and suddenly I was old news.  

Josie was Max's mentor....
they did everything together.

Most people thought they were Mother and Son, 
but they were just best buds.

She was a loyal and true friend to all of us in this family.

Always at your side in good times and in bad.

Poor Max misses her dearly and is doomed to hanging out with cats now.

I know....a sad ending!

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Honeymooners' Visit

Sall Farm had some great company this last weekend!!

Eric and Rachel have been living too far away in New York City for the last 3 years.  Now that they are living in Kansas City, we are happy because there will be more frequent visits!! YeaHHH!
This trip was accompanied by Rachel's brother Garrett and his lovely bride, Melanie. 
They were recently married in California.
  We were honored that they put Sall Farm on their honeymoon itinerary!!

Another first time visitor on this trip was little Wyatt!!
The last time he visited, it was inside his Mama's belly!

It's mid-September and most of the garden tools have been put away....so we had plenty of time to do fun things and just relax!
We enjoyed a short hike out to the trees (the bugs let us know quickly that we were not welcome in their territory).  There was some cut-throat games of crochet and bocce ball.
Everybody got to shoot the gun....

No moving targets....
Just some old cucumbers!!

Of course, there were tractor rides.....

And plenty of pictures....
Grandpa setting up some of his prize pumpkins with his prize Grand-son....

Wyatt took it all in...and really enjoyed the farm!

Great food was prepared....

And we were fortunate to have wind-free evenings three nights in a row, so the campfires burned and the party went on into the dark of night.
The nearby coyotes kept us all on watch!!

Mel set up her camera for some extra fun!...
We all had a blast making awesome figures in the darkness and capturing them in digital pix.
There were quite the imaginative drawings captured!!!
We all had some good laughs.

Quite the fun bunch, it was sad to see them all leave...
Can't wait to see you all again at the farm...
Until next time.......

"I'll be back for my tractor ride Grandpa!"

Good Night from,