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, September 28, 2012

Farm Fresh Friday Finale 2012


Welcome to our last 
Farm Fresh Friday post
for 2012...

as I mentioned in the beginning,
I would run this blog hop
from May through September

here it is the end of September already,
where did the time go??





There is so much I love about summer...

gardening, warm air, green grass...

and all the fresh fruit and veggies
that we enjoy all season long!!

Thanks for all of your participation
this season, 
it was a fun way to get together
and share the season's splendors
and show off the fruits
of all of our hard labors!!

Cool weather and a couple of hard frosts
have put our garden to an end...

the pumpkins are scattered
about the front porch...
the potatoes, squash, onions
are stashed in a cool dry place,
the canned goods are put away 
in a cupboard (or two)!

The last thing yet to do is get some
apples!!

The trees did not produce good apples 
this year, so it was tough finding
anybody with excess (good) apples!

We don't have any picture perfect 
apple orchards nearby so I did a little 
surfing on the Web and found this
beautiful painting from an artist 
in Illinois,
check out her etsy shop
I put the link under the picture!

teacher, musician, and artist from Illinois

I could spend a day 
having fun at a good ol' fashioned
apple festival, couldn't you?

I just about gave up looking
for apples
when a friend showed up with 
a 5 gallon bucket of them!!
AND
He also let me use his apple peeler!!




I was still knee deep in tomatoes
so we traded apples for tomatoes
and we were both happy!




I dehydrated some tomatoes,
not sure what I'll do with them,
but I always like a challenge!




http://theapplebinfarmmarket.com/products
Ulsterpark, NY

I found this pic on the internet...

got to make me one of those cute 
farm fresh signs!!






Today I spread out my 
"farm fresh" apples on the counter
and went to peelin'....






this apple peeler was the real deal!

I've tried them before, and found
them to be complicated and didn't
peel right!




But this machine rocked!!




I stuffed them in quart jars 
and made up one of my favorite recipes
for apple pie filling...

Sugar, cornstarch, cinnamon, water, and honey
pour the hot gooey syrup over the apples in the jar...

when you're ready to make apple pie,
just buymake your crust 
and pour in one quart jar
of this deluxe mix
and everyone will 
think you just peeled your own apples
and spent hours making a homemade pie!
(don't forget to splash a little flour on your face:)





another great way to use this
home-canned apple recipe
is for making apple crisp....

Keep checking 
I'll post these recipes there
sometime next week!!

That was my "farm fresh"
project for the week...
It's off to Kansas City again
 for a weekend
of hauling and moving our daughter,
and hopefully we'll have some time
to check out the great City Market
while we're there!!

Here are some fresh fall foliage
pictures I took while the apples
were cooking today...
enjoy,
and have a great fall!!















































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!

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Thursday, September 27, 2012

Season Opener


Happy Thursday!




The season's lack of color is getting 
me a little down here!  Our drought has
made things go from brown to gray very fast!





Luckily there are a few deep ponds
in the area so wildlife can survive!

Enjoy it for a few days my fowl friends....







Duck season starts Saturday morning!











Honk if you love
Sall's Country Life!!

Have a great day,
Lisa

Linking up with Nancy and Lisa
for Rural Thursday!

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Days Of Gold



The night air is chilly...

time to relocate
those sweatshirts,

Fall is in the air...




the morning time
is the best time
to get out
and enjoy
some
golden opportunities....












the days are getting shorter...




I hope you are
enjoying some 
nice harvest weather!

Hugs,
Lisa









Monday, September 24, 2012

The Cream of the Crop


Wouldn't if be fun to own
a Barn Chalk Board??

the neighbors I visited last week
give their grand-kids 
some chalk and tell
them to go out to the barn
and HAVE FUN!!



The old barn wood has lost
all of it's paint...
now it's weathered black patina
is perfect for chalk art!!


This is the barn I spoke of...

the one I've been wanting to stop and 
photograph for many years,
but I'm always rushing to and from
town and never take the time!

Last week the proprietors
were out in the yard, so I stopped 
in and got the low down 
on the old gray barn.

They told me it used to be a Creamery in town,
and was relocated to the spot where it is now!




This intrigued me even more,
as my dad was a cheese maker
at the Wessington Spring's Creamery!

I never knew there was an older
creamery than the brick building
he worked in from 1965 until 1978.




The old brick creamery was my childhood hang-out!
I spent countless hours there waiting after school,
waiting for the pool to open in the summer,
always waiting!!
Dad knew I was bored stiff,
so he would go get some turtle wax
and tell me to go out to his truck
and have fun!!

{Wax on...Wax off...
I could have been the karate kid!}


Back to the barn!
I tried finding more info on it,
but didn't have any luck...
Please feel free to comment if you
know more about this old creamery!!

I enjoyed photographing the old relic
and had even more fun with the photos
in Photoshop...
a tweak here and a tweak there,
add a little more age
with a texture
and
Voila!!




This old creamery/barn is a real beauty!






it's weathered wood
has aged into a piece of art!






the old red gate acts like a pointer
to it's 
place of rest on the prairie...







This one's a real charmer
maybe,
the cream of the crop!!

I wonder what the kids
of it's era were doing
to pass the time?

Have a great week!
Lisa

I'm sharing with
Mary for Mosaic Monday
and
Tricia Hays for Barn Charm
and 
Kim Klassen 
for texture Tuesday...
stop by if you 
want to pass some time with us!











Friday, September 21, 2012

Farm Fresh Friday #20


Welcome to
Farm Fresh Friday!

 FRESH veggie season
is coming to an end here on the prairie...






Tuesday morning,
EARLY morning
(around 1:30 a.m.)
the temps dropped below freezing....

when we went out to the garden
around 7 a.m.
there was 
FROST
on the pumpkins!!





We took precautions 
and put sheets over some of 
the tomato and pepper plants
and luckily
the frost
was not severe enough to harm them!

So we were pardoned
by Mother Nature herself
and granted one more week
of gardening...

We have several jalapeno
plants still loaded with peppers
so we decided to make
some chipolte!!

Sall experimented Saturday...

On the smoker,
was a slab of baby back ribs
and jalapenos....





We bought a small package
of fresh raspberries...

he cooked the raspberries, a little vinegar,
some sugar, and a few chipoltes
real slow until he got just 
the right thickness

this sauce is wonderful drizzled
over a half of jalapeno pepper
filled with cream cheese and topped with a chunk of bacon...
Bake the filled peppers until the bacon is cooked,
then drizzle the raspberry chipolte sauce over the top
mmmm, spicy - sweet - salty - 
all melded together with cream cheese...
it's fantastic!!

While Sall was smoking ribs and peppers
and watching football,
I was busy decorating with 
the pumpkins and gourds 
we purchased from the 
roadside melon stand.

When you're ready to start
your Fall Decorating,
the first place to stop
is Larson's Melon Stand!!




They have everything you need 
for a proper
Fall country display!




Pumpkins GALORE....






Gourds of all sizes and colors....






I love shopping for unusual pumpkins
and I always have to buy gourds
for my indoor and outdoor decoration...





This year we went all the way
to Mitchell (home of the world's only corn palace)
and stopped at one of the city's garden centers

 They had some beautiful
colored corn
just like you find
in the artwork covering
the Corn Palace!





the mums were colorful too....





 picking out the
perfect pumpkin
from rows of home-grown
South Dakota pumpkins
is no easy task
and 
should not be taken lightly!
  




Some would say
I take my fall decorating
too seriously...

but, those loafers
just don't appreciate
fall like I do!






Happy Pumpkin Hunting!







Please share whatever you're
harvesting with us this week!!


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!


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