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!

Friday, August 31, 2012

Farm Fresy Friday #17

Welcome to Farm Fresh Friday!



this week I've been trying 
to 
"perfect"
the heat in my salsa!

We like things
spicy here at Sall Farm.
How about you?

Batch #1 was pretty good...

but batch #2 fell a little short...

so then I got out a scale and started



weighing my jalepenos...

batch #3 was better
but still wasn't packin'
enough heat for Sall!

I got it just right on batch #4...

11 oz. of jalepenos
is Juuuusssst Right
for Papa Smurf!

Now what am I 
going to do with 50 jars 
of Salsa??

I guess I just started my 
Christmas shopping!

{I had a lot more pictures
to share in this post, but
Blogger isn't letting me upload
this week for what-ever reason!}

Other than salsa,
we're still putting up pickles
as they are still growing
 and we can pick enough 
for around 7 jars every other day!
So it's been pickles and salsa
pickles and salsa,
pickles and salsa,
my kitchen's been a mess 
since the beginning...

sink and counters full
all summer long!!



I guess -  that's what 
a farm kitchen is for right?

Have you been making 
anything fresh in your kitchen?
Please share
(messes too!)


Oh, and I just realized this post will be published
on our 9th wedding anniversary!!
We'll be celebrating in K.C. with daughter 
and grand-daughters!  I'll be back next week
with lots of fresh photos. Hopefully, Blogger
will have this issue resolved by then!


This is a place to share all things FRESH,
 homemade and/or home-grown.
There is no rule that it has to be made by you or grown by you,
just the fact that it was 
hand made or grown by somebody
and not mass-produced or imported from Timmbucktu is good enough for us!!

Want more details? See our Farm Fresh Friday Page at the top of the blog.


Here's how to join in:

  1. Publish your Farm Fresh Friday post on your blog. 
  2. Once it is published, click on the title of the post. This will lead you to the static link for your post. The static link is the page with only that post on it. Copy the url from your browser at the top of the page.
  3. Paste the url into the appropriate inlinkz box in this post.
  4. Type your name in the appropriate inlinkz box in this post.
  5. Click on "Enter"
  6. Please link back to this Farm Fresh Friday post so that your readers can find other posts related to the party!

Sall’s Country Life

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Faith Family and Fellowship

 




The Big Country Celebration
was a HUGE 
Success!!




the little church on the prairie
had a birthday
and they came from far and wide
to honor and to celebrate!

On this special day 
the little church steeple
shared it's place on the prairie
with the Big Top...



the Lord provided a beautiful summer day...


The Bishop traveled all the way from Sioux Falls
to preside over the service....




Such an auspicious occasion!



This little church...

this Congregation...

has survived through
tornadoes, a devastating fire, 
and tough economic times!

The families that gathered under it's roof
 are a testament of unity,
goodwill,
and FAITH!

It was very heart-warming to be a guest...

to be among them...

pride and love was everywhere you looked.




 This congregation of hard-working
farmers, ranchers
and REAL cowboys
(big and small)!





They all came out to pay
tribute to the little 
Church on the prairie...

after the service 
we all gathered under the big tent
for dinner...

every one brought a dish
and that meant about
a half mile of 
awesome,
delicious,
country cooking!!



My plate could have used some
side bars to hold it all!!



If anyone went home hungry...
well,
 they were a more dedicated
dieter than me!

it was truly a day of 
Faith,
Family,
Fellowship....

and fun....





there were sack races....

and tug of war...




I'm pretty sure it was 
a contest of determination
and this side won...




is it any wonder? -
look at the faces on the lead guy
and the anchor girl!!




All of the kids
(and there were a pile of them)
were having such a great time
just being kids!

Some day they will realize they witnessed 
history and hopefully they'll bring their kids
to this great little church!
  



Because I have a pretty good
idea this little church will be here
for another 125 years....




the little cowboys and cowgirls attending this celebration
are being raised on good wholesome values
and will keep their family traditions going strong!






They will turn into farmers and ranchers
and bronco busters
and always remember 
their faith 
and the church 
that instilled that faith
in them!






Have a great week my friends
and remember
"to have faith".

Lisa















Saturday, August 25, 2012

It's All Her Fault




Happy Saturday Dear Friends!


I have something new to share with you today....


a learning experience for me...

a therapy session for my sister...

and (hopefully) rewarding to all of us!!


You see....

my dear sister and I have started 

A NEW BLOG!!

Together,
we are attempting to 
"preserve"
all of the Old family recipes...

(it may be the weather
or maybe just all the vinegar I've been inhaling)

anyway, I've coerced big sister into finally acting
on the cookbook she's always wanted to do.

She's agreed to co-administer a blog with me...

and together we are going to put
together our passions for 
cooking and photography,
throw in what we know...
which is house-keeping,
and intersperse it with
memorabilia from the family archives!!

And, unlike our hard-working fore-mothers,
we will keep it simple,light-hearted
and FUN!!

We have pie-eyed dreams of 
a published cookbook,
but won't waste any time waiting
for $$$ deals!!

So,
please check it out!

I'm indebted to my sister for
taking such good care of me
(baby-sitting your little sister on date-nights 
was not cool!)


It's 40 years later,
I still call her if I need a good laugh
or I need a shoulder to cry on.

This project will be so much fun...
(if she can get over her fear of sharing recipes)

Our new blog is called
"Pickles and Petunias"


As usual,
 she's 10 steps ahead of me
and has already done a couple of posts!! 

PLEASE VISIT!!

I whole-heartedly hope you will hit our follow button!

and
of course,
we want your input
in comments too!!!!!!!

are you ready to 
check it out?

Here's a link
click
right



Have a super weekend!
Lisa












Friday, August 24, 2012

Farm Fresh Friday #16



                 Welcome to Farm Fresh Friday!




My stovetop has been full all week!

the counter has had a mish-mash of 
garden-fresh veggies
spread out everywhere,

the record player's been spinning
Michael Murphy...

chop, chop, chop...


for two weeks now
I'm singing "She'll be riding Wildfire"
and making salsa and relish!!

I don't know what it is about that album...
it just makes me happy 
and reminds me of carefree
summers in Iowa!



As long as there is some good music
playing - I am productive in the kitchen!

The vegetables keep coming
so I hope my old record player
doesn't give out on me now!!

This week we dug potatoes...



canteloupe are ripening faster than we
can eat, which is a good thing for 
friends!



We've done one batch of pepper relish
so far....

Can you say "HHHHHot"?




Chop, Chop, Chop...

it's my life story these days!
and it looks like I'm tied to 
this kitchen for awhile
by the looks of the tomato patch...




I'm almost looking forward
to another paint job,
just to get out of this kitchen!!!



How about you?

Are you drowning in vinegar...

up to your neck in veggies?

Are you collecting seeds
for next year's flower beds?

Have you journaled your mistakes - 
made notes for next year?

Are you making hand-made gifts
with home-made products?

I want to hear about it!!!!!!!!


This is a place to share all things FRESH,
 homemade and/or home-grown.
There is no rule that it has to be made by you or grown by you,
just the fact that it was 
hand made or grown by somebody
and not mass-produced or imported from Timmbucktu is good enough for us!!

Want more details? See our Farm Fresh Friday Page at the top of the blog.


Here's how to join in:

  1. Publish your Farm Fresh Friday post on your blog. 
  2. Once it is published, click on the title of the post. This will lead you to the static link for your post. The static link is the page with only that post on it. Copy the url from your browser at the top of the page.
  3. Paste the url into the appropriate inlinkz box in this post.
  4. Type your name in the appropriate inlinkz box in this post.
  5. Click on "Enter"
  6. Please link back to this Farm Fresh Friday post so that your readers can find other posts related to the party!

Sall’s Country Life

Thursday, August 23, 2012

A BIG Country Celebration



A big anniversary celebration
is planned for this weekend....

this little church on the prairie
will be celebrating it's 
125th year
of serving parishioners
from the Hand Country and Buffalo County area.


Sunday August 26th 
the celebration will begin
with a 10:30 a.m. Mass
Following the service there will be a potluck dinner,
Following the meal, the celebration will include
games, displays, and some surprises.

The Miller Press did a nice story
on the history of the church,
if you're interested please
follow this link...



All are invited to this event.
Organizers are asking for any photos
or historical items be brought to the event to share.

Sall and I will be there!  Sall Construction installed 
St. Placidus' first ever bathroom last fall!
(that got us a special invitation:)
I think it was all part of the big plan
leading up to a big celebration...

It will be a fun afternoon,
a tent will be set up in the church yard
and hopefully nice weather will grace the day!

Hmmm, better put on my thinking cap
 for a potluck dish....
Potato Salad??
Cucumber Salad??
mmmm, I'm already tasting all 
those great church lady recipes....

and feeling full already!



linking with Nancy and Lisa
for Rural Thursday
(thanks for hosting ladies!)


Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Some Late Night Barn Storming



I got so involved 
in making "Sallsa" today
I forgot 
to post my 
Barn Charm submission!

I took this photo
Sunday Morning....




We both decided early morning
drives in the country
are priceless!!

the country air smelled like hay, 
the pheasants were hiding in the ditches...

Sall met one farmer on the corner,
while they gabbed 
I walked toward this old barn
and snapped 79 photos!

Here it is with a texture from Kim Klassen
and some editing in ipiccy.com

Sweet Dreams!
Lisa

Join Tricia at "Bluff Area Daily"
to see all of the Barn Charm submissions!



Painting Flowers


I like to dream,
don't you?





I have about as many dreams
as there are flowers in the fields....

oh yes...

FIELDS  of  dreams!






today I'm painting flowers,


because one of those dreams
is to be a painter...







a painter from France...








My canvas is outdoors


beside my villa...








My paintings are worth millions...


and I give them away in exchange
 for a smile or a nice gesture!










You deserve one of my paintings!

Thank you for stopping by!



Sending out sunshine and 
Hugs,
Lisa




Monday, August 20, 2012

Back In The Saddle



"You can't turn back the clock.
But you can wind it up again."
     --Bonnie Pruden





A little "alone" time was needed....

time is a valuable commodity these days,

I try to spend it wisely,
no matter what I do
there's never enough time!

Sigh...







I hope you'll
continue the journey
with me...





The road can be mighty lonely sometimes.

Hugs,
Lisa




Thursday, August 16, 2012

Roland's Relish



Coffee on the front porch?

maybe if there were 3 of me!

It all sounded like a great idea....

I filled my cup and got it to my
favorite spot,
then...
I had to get the camera
to capture this rare moment...




a few more glorious shots
of the morning glories...

then...




I noticed these sitting on the porch...





then I remembered Sall's work clothes
in the washing machine,
another load to fold laying on the couch...
breakfast dishes to wash,
after I do last night's dinner dishes of course...
then I can get some quart jars washed
for today's pickle session...
got to go to the garden for dill yet,
oh brother, need to water things out here!
and what about these weeds????
now...
what did I come out here for??
oh yeah, DILL!

Do your mornings 
start off leisurely like mine:)???




Packing Pickles
and 
canning
is the routine these days....


Uncle Roland's Relish
was Tuesday's agenda....

this sweet veggie relish
is a favorite at our house!




onions,
peppers,
carrots,
cucumbers,
green tomatoes...

chop, chop, chop....




aren't food processors wonderful?...


my uncle's old recipe says to "grind" the vegetables
I remember using Grandma's old hand grinder...


cranking the handle was a 
good workout!...






I still use that old grinder on certain things!

But, the food processor
speeds up the process today...





a good hour or so later,
I had all the veggies chopped and 
ready to set for three hours
ahhh, time to
have that cup of coffee!

Want to join me on the porch?





 I'll tell you about
all the wacky ideas I come up
with when I'm weeding my flowers....


Pickles and Petunias
are on my mind these days
hmmm....




Thanks for stopping by today!!





Have a Great Day!!
Lisa


linking with
Lisa and Nancy
for Rural Thursday
see you in the country!