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Tuesday, September 9, 2014
|This fireplace is in what we are going to make the living room.|
|This is the back side of that fireplace |
which opens up in to what we are going to use as the dining room.
|This is the left side of the fireplace in the dining room.|
|This is the right side of the fireplace in |
the dining room looking in to the living room.
|This is looking at the dining room fireplace.|
On the left was a closet and on the right was a little hallway that led
you in to the living room.
It also had a little closet.
|This is when we started opening it up.|
We have a plan.
|This is the same wall as the above picture but on the living room side.|
Look at that old wallpaper.
Notice the fireplace in the living room?
|Back on the dining room side.|
|See how we have opened the right side. You can see the closet is |
gone and opened up in to the living room.
This is what it looked like once we got everything opened up
and all the stuff off the fireplaces.
Look at that 120 year old brick!
Then we had to make some decisions.
We were told by professionals that
the fireplaces were not safe.
Notice the chimney.
So we started from the chimney down
taking this beautiful fireplace down.
It was kind of sad because this was the focal point
of the living room and dining room.
I said I was not going to show any projects in the farmhouse
until I could show you the finished product but this was such a
big thing, I decided to go ahead and show you this!
We were sad about this but it had to be.
We have plans for another fireplace and now that
we made the decision..................................
We are excited!
And just so you know.......
Those 2 fireplaces are not the only ones.
We do have another one in the breakfast room!
It will look different when we get through with it
but hopefully we will not have to tear it down.
We are making progress on the farm house and will be showing more soon!
Did I tell you we are in love with our farmhouse?
Therefore if any man be in Christ,
he is a new creature: old things
are passed away; behold, all things are become new.
2 Corinthians 5:17
Thursday, August 14, 2014
What does okra have to do with a blessed life?
Because we are fed and prepared for the winter.
I cooked this along with some cornbread
so it would be ready when we
got in from working at the farm.
We sliced some tomatoes and cucumbers
out of the garden!
I had enough okra to put up in the freezer!
I love to have okra ready to fry in the winter.
"Sweet Hunter's" Granny taught me how to freeze okra.
Cut up. Roll in cornmeal.
Put on cookie sheet and heat through until lightly brown.
Cool and put in freezer bags!
This is the field of sunflowers that I planted
behind my garden for "Sweet Hunter"!
Do you love it?
We go to the farm every night and clean up
what the carpenters have messed up!
It's so exciting seeing all the changes.
I will be blogging more about it but I hate to show you just the mess
and not the finished projects.
So when something gets completed, you will see it!
Awwww! Look at this sunflower!
We have sheds, campers & a trailer behind the house that, like everything else
at the farm, was full of stuff!!!
We have a guy cleaning it all up for us.
When he took down one of the campers, I noticed this cast iron bath tub.
I bet they don't put cast iron tubs in campers now! lol
Anyway, I thought to myself......
Wouldn't that be perfect to water my goats in!
Light bulb moment!
So we are keeping it!
While he is cleaning up, we are finding all kinds of stuff!
These jars are gold to me since I can a lot in the summer!
This is a tool shed that was full.
It's a great place to put my jars that he is finding.
Some women love shoes & shopping!
I love jars and barns!!!
Remember my fence?
And my fence post driver?
Well I LOVE that thing!
I was able to finish putting up my fence posts and my fencing
for my sugar snap peas for my fall garden!
I replanted my yellow squash so we will have some in the fall!
It's looking great!
This is why we are so blessed!
Look at our girls!
3 are my daughters and 2 are my granddaughters!
See the one in the middle?
Our newest grandson is due Sept. 4!
Please help us pray for Mommy & baby!
3 more weeks!!!!!
Sweet Hunter loves his sunflowers!
So do I!
We are busy but we are so blessed!
Thank you Lord!
God be Merciful unto us,
and Bless us;
and cause HIS face
to Shine upon us;
Sunday, August 3, 2014
|This fence is what I worked on this past weekend.|
This is where my green beans were planted.
I used fence posts and twine.
I also planted more squash this past weekend.
I love having it in the freezer in the winter.
I blanch cut up squash and freeze for casseroles
and I also freeze some for fried squash.
In this picture you see my last row of white half runners.
I didn't even stake these up and they are doing good.
To the left you can see I still have some squash growing.
Here you can see my bell pepper plants.
They are doing really well.
I flash freeze my bell peppers and put in a zip loc bag
so I can just reach in and get what I need when I am cooking.
We are so blessed with tomatoes.
I love them any way I can get them.
I have made homemade soup for the winter.
Tomorrow I am making salsa.
And of course....tomato sandwiches.
"Sweet Hunter's" Granny taught me most of
what I know about freezing and canning.
Here is how she taught me to do the squash so it will be ready to fry in the winter
and it is so good!
Slice and bread with cornmeal just like you were going to fry it.
Very lightly grease a cookie sheet and then put squash on it in
oven 450 degrees. Watch it very close. You want it lightly browned but not cooked through.
Turn over and brown the other side. Set out and cool.
Place in freezer bags and it is ready to fry in the winter!
I planted "Sweet Hunter" a field of sunflowers!
Our first bloom!!!!
I had several cucumbers come up on there own and
I was wanting some more cucumbers so this is good.
I have about 20 plants but they
have just about played out and I am not ready for this bountiful
supply to end!
This is why I love my garden!!!
And that's why
Sometimes I just want to praise YOU.
Sometimes just to speak YOUR name.
Oh Sometimes I just want to thank YOU,
without asking YOU for a single thing.
Oh sometimes I lift my hands to YOU.
And sometimes all I do is cry.
Everything that I have I owe to YOU,
And Calvary's the reason why.
Wednesday, July 30, 2014
Since we bought the farm, we haven't even had time to
ride around the land much at all.
So we hopped in the gator and went for a long ride.
Sweet Hunter was looking for deer and turkey signs
and I was looking for flowers!
This is just one tree!
I thought the sky was just gorgeous!
These are purple.
Not sure if you can see them good.
Fields full of these!
This is on the back side of the land.
You can clearly see a deer trail to the river.
Here is a closer look!
Sweet Hunter is excited!
Along the banks of the river is lots and lots of cane growing.
This is my very favorite!
We have lots of this!
Looks just like a face in the middle.
I was told this was Passion Flower!
And he answered and said unto them, I tell you that,
if these should hold their peace,
the stones would immediately cry out.