I’m going to steal an idea from one of my new favorite blogs, northcarolinacharm.com, which says to tell five things you’re lovin’….of course it’s supposed to be done of Friday, but I’m late (no shock there!). ☺ In honor of my life, I’m going to focus on five loves that involve keeping it real!
Evenings are crazy at our house, especially now that the light is lasting longer! Between homework, ball, farming, and just having fun together, we’re not interested in spending a lot of time cooking dinner! Our hot dogs are the perfect solution for this problem, because they are ready-to-eat, free of anything gross, and delicious! I cook mine from frozen, just popping out the number I want, heat up in a pot of water, and serve! Bush’s vegetarian baked beans are the perfect side (no mystery pork in my beans!) for this yummy dinner. Note: Our hot dogs are huge; pictured is only half a hot dog!
We are blessed to have a lot more time together than some families. I work around the kids’ school schedules, which allows me to be in the carpool line and hang out with them at home in the afternoons. Shawn’s schedule isn’t always so flexible, but he is AMAZING at finding quality time with the boys. This picture was taken one morning, before school, as he and Blake were flying a model airplane. I heart this picture.
Where’s Eli? We are not morning people and were still inside getting ready! 😉
Our pigs are really pastured….I mean REALLY pastured. ☺ Frankly, they are spoiled rotten, because they have access to the entire farm! Here they are, enjoying some leftover pecans from last season, along with some roots, bugs, grass….who knows? It makes me happy…until they make it into my yard and I have to chase them away from my flowers! ☺
I found the best cleaning tip on Pinterest this week!!! I can’t find the pin now, so apparently I didn’t save it, but it was so easy! Sprinkle baking soda on the grout, spray with hydrogen peroxide, let bubble for a minute or so, brush with a stiff bristled tooth brush, and wipe clean.
Look at my before and after shots! Amazing!
The below picture is a trick I learned by mistake! My youngest son opened my sister’s face wash and left it on its side, so it ran down our tub. When I discovered it and rinsed it off, that part of the tub was sparkling white! We have a very old tub, that is missing the smooth part of the porcelain, so I have an awful time getting it white. Not anymore! I buy a bunch of the Walmart version of Neutrogena’s face wash, let it sit in our tub overnight (or all day) and rinse off! I failed to take an after picture, but it sure does shine! ☺
I have been introduced to a community of women who are enriching my life! I already mentioned Christina, whose blog led me to the “5 on Friday.” Left, is Jean, our Animal Welfare Approved egg producer! She takes care of her adult son, disabled in a car accident, watches her grand kids, manages a house, and gathers her pastured chicken eggs hourly….yes, hourly. She is an example of strength, grace, & motherly devotion..and she will make you laugh! (We don’t make her sell her eggs outside; she also sells at the Locust Farmer’s Market!)
Lindy Sellers is a blogger from Stanfield, and I’m still not sure how it took me this long to meet her! She teaches her own children, makes a ridiculous amount of delicious jam, bakes fresh breads, manages a blog, podcasts, and writes for a local newspaper, all with the charm of a southern belle! Nicole and I are now addicted to her vanilla bean-blueberry & rosemary-peach jams!
Sara, of Le Savon, walked in our doors as a customer but we quickly snatched her up as a vendor! ☺ I’ve dreamed of making lard soap for awhile; she had the expertise of soap making and the desire to try lard; so a partnership arose! Her knowledge of oils, herbs, and scents is just amazing, and her soaps are always a hit!
It takes me waaay to long to complete a post; I don’t know how others do it! ☺ -Jenny