I haven’t been keeping up well with blogging this spring … too many things sapping my creative energies up, but I don’t want more time to go by without documenting all the beautiful and interesting things going on here at our little family homestead! Lots of veggies and plants started again this year … I may have gone a little overboard with dry bean seed planting when I first heard there might be a food/meat shortage and I was anticipating possibly stocking up and/or selling plants to others in need of rations! But thankfully that doesn’t appear to be an issue (at least not at the moment…). If the growing season goes well, we’ll have an abundance of dry beans available in the fall!
This is a bit of a “photo dump” of things happening around here…
This year I think a lot of people are looking at a very different, unique Easter time. On a church related blog that I run, we’re sharing items that some of us ladies make and sell in an effort to not only connect with each other in support but also to provide some “pretty things” made locally to fill those Easter baskets or bring some cheer to someone. Below are some images of the chalk painted jars with flowers and lotion bars I’ve been making over this past year, as well as botanical print cards from drawings I did. If you are “local” and are interested in either of these items, please fill out the contact form and let me know 🙂
You can find her online and at a variety of art shows in the Twin Cities area (when of course we’re not all being quarantined!!!) For now, please take a moment to check out her lovely website and remember if you order today, you get free shipping 🙂
who we are
vintage modern designs…
lydeen is an eclectic line of jewelry, with a deep love for vintage. combining antique components with new, brings a new purpose and unique beauty to a finished piece that otherwise wouldn’t exist.
i follow my heart to create something that touches yours, and i give all the credit for my inspiration to the Lord, the original creative One. He has put this passion into my heart and without Him guiding me, this expression of my passion wouldn’t exist.💛 i hope my designs bring you joy.
I keep going back to this recipe from Wellness Mama when I want to make Elderberry Syrup for our family. I’ve used this recipe many times, and just this past fall I purchased some tiny silicone ice tray/muffin pans to pour the syrup in, then froze them into little mini elderberry ice cubes. After they froze, I popped them out and put them in freezer bags, in the freezer. When we are ill or I think we might become ill, I pull out the bag, pop a few cubes in our tea pot, add hot water and we sip on it as elderberry tea.
We got the elderberries from our friends last year who grow them. I dried them in our dehydrator and put them in a jar for storage. This year we are planting our own bushes to give it a try here at Medley Acres. Thankfully all our kids seem to enjoy drinking the syrup or tea, as elderberries are very beneficial at helping to ward off and fight colds and flu.
Our family chiropractor, Dr. Gartzke at River Falls Spine • Chiropractic and Wellness Center in River Falls, WI has the following information to share regarding keeping ourselves healthy during times of sickness and disease. While we obviously have to abide by social and community regulations, we can also do some things to keep our bodies as healthy as possible, which includes eating right, exercising, resting and seeing your family chiropractor as regularly as you can.
Eating poorly can make you ill, and eating poorly while ill can drag an illness into extra days or longer. Read on for more about coronavirus and chiropractic care, and eating right to strengthen immunity. Article from Chiropractic Economics
Coronavirus (COVID-19) is rapidly spreading across the U.S. and the world, and Americans are being advised by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) to remain vigilant and take precautions such as regular hand washing and hand sanitizing, avoiding unnecessary contact and gatherings, and for personal protection, maintaining a healthy diet and strong immune system.
Chiropractic care focuses on the central nervous system that regulates virtually every bodily function, including the immune system. The nervous system must communicate with the rest of the body, which is where coronavirus and chiropractic care cross paths as chiropractic comes in to remove nerve blockages via spinal misalignment.
Every autumn I fall in love with pumpkins all over again. They have to be the cutest thing that grows on a vine. I love the round shape and the mostly smooth texture. I love all of the shades of orange, yellow, white and green. And even better, I like eating chocolate chip pumpkin cookies.
These fabric pumpkins have all the best qualities of real pumpkins as far as cuteness goes. And they take very little supplies and time to make. You could easily make these with your kids or even better have a neighborhood craft day with your favorite mama’s. Who is bringing the apple cider and pumpkin cookies?
Here is what you need to get started.
Fabric: Choose solids or simple prints. Use Scraps from your stash, or fat quarters. If purchasing yardage you will need the following amounts for each size. This amount will make two of…
We’re finally able to get out into the wet wet fields to pick some pumpkins! We had hoped to offer “pick your own” but we’re afraid everyone is going to get stuck in the mud while picking their pumpkins! So for now, we’re picking and putting them at the bottom of our driveway at the self serve stand.
Most of our pumpkins were grown from seed at our house from Baker Creek Heirloom seeds. They are all considered delicious eating/baking, even the wee ones!
Visit our driveway stand at 1988 County Road YY • Baldwin
Little pumpkins are 3 for $1. Large pumpkins are $3 each. Special “bulk pricing” for friends with large families 🙂 (ie – if you have more than 4 kiddos, we’ll make you a deal so you can carve pumpkins with your kids and still afford to buy groceries for the week!)
We have 4 varieties of pumpkins:
Slate, blue-grey, 6- to 10-lb pumpkins of superb quality. Their shape is flat, ribbed, and very decorative; also a good keeper. Popular in Australia, an excellent variety. One of the more tasty varieties for a variety of savory dishes and is excellent for a year-round supply of squash, as these will often keep well over 12 months!
Jack Be Little Squash
This tiny, cute pumpkin weighs just 8 ounces; flat and ribbed. These are highly popular and a top-selling fall crop. The flesh is good to eat, and the skin is bright orange. This type of squash may have been developed in the Orient, as pumpkins of this type are offered to the ‘Spirits’ by many in Thailand, where they come in 4 or 5 colors.
Conneticut Field Pumpkin
The heirloom pumpkin of the New England settlers and Indians, several hundred years old. Golden fruit weigh about 20 lbs each. This is a truly old variety; can be used for pies; the traditional American pumpkin.
Last Year’s Aldi Pumpkin
Of course I have no idea what kind of pumpkin we bought last year but we got it at Aldi and saved some of the seeds, and they came up just fine this year!
Our daughter has developed a knack for taking pictures around our place so I decided to make a page just for her photos. I told her I’d like to upload some to shutterfly to have them printed out for her to sell when we have a little shop on the property someday… the look on her face when I said that was priceless…
Here’s a little sampling, and a link to the new page here.
This year we decided to try planting a pumpkin patch for pick your own pumpkins this fall, along with a zinnia patch, sunflower patch and sweet corn. We also planted a large number of heirloom tomatoes, cucumbers, herbs and perennials from seed that we hope to be able to sell later in the summer as well.
Dan invested in a few more tractor/farm implements, including a planter and a plow, and has prepared and planted the 5+ acres we had previously leased to a local farmer… we now have fields of timothy, clover, and switchgrass for cover crops/habitat, and we’re adding our garden fields of pumpkins, sunflowers, and raspberries. Its finally dry enough in the fields to be able to get out and do some planting! We’re hoping for a long fall to make the growing season long enough to make all farmers’ plantings worthwhile this year…
Here are some pictures from the homestead over the past couple of weeks (including today!). Many of the photos are courtesy of our daughter Eva.
grasses in the field
sunlight and field
zach and miriam in dad’s clover field
nibbling on clover
eva hanging out in the dirt
dan roto tiling the pumpkin row
team work getting the seeds planted
miriam putting in the seed
pumpkin seed – grow!
dad and zach getting the technique down
getting rocks out of field
checking out what is growing
raspberries – wild
snowy river the rooster
gretel who needs a hoof trim
heidi the goat
lane of grapes
dan’s planter coming home
our wild asparagus
wild asparagus – kids LOVE it
local second hand shop find – pottery bird feeder
jen harvesting nettle
basket of nettle
only half a jar to go
mr wolf “the bee guy” at his hives on our property
bee guy – putting up solar fence to keep the BEAR out