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Tuesday

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April 2011

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How to Profit From a Hobby Farm

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Hobby Farms Hobby Farms are springing up all over the country. One of the questions would then be how to profit from a farm such as this? You have several different options as to how best to accomplish this. You need to know the right soil types for the type of farm that you have, as well as what crops you can grow. You also need to decide if this is going to be a poultry or goat hobby farm. Maintaining the land and water goes along with this. You also need to be able to know how to market your hobby farm. The business side of farming On the business side of farming you have to know what you can profit from before you even get started. Some things will profit more than others. Climate, competition, labor requirements, buildings, water, regulations and permits as well as access to water are all going to play important factors in the final decision. One idea would be not to specialize in any one market. Diversity is the key to making a profit from your hobby farm. It will take experimentation to find the right fit for your hobby farm to become profitable. Niches for […]

Thursday

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February 2019

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Why Green Beer Is Associated With St. Patrick’s Day

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St. Patrick’s Day (March 17th) is much more than just an excuse to drink “green” beer.  It is a Christian feast day that is observed by the Catholic, Anglican, Eastern Orthodox, and Lutheran churches.  St. Patrick’s Day commemorates the arrival of Christianity to Ireland and is recognized by the worldwide Irish diaspora as a day to celebrate Irish heritage and culture.  #St. Patrick’s Day celebrations feature the color green and Irish symbols such as shamrocks. The day also has earned a reputation for being a time when people consume mass quantities of beer – an odd reputation for a religious holiday.  However, there is an interesting and little known reason for the association between beer drinking and St. Patrick’s Day.   Many centuries ago, the Church lifted the Lenten restrictions on eating meat and imbibing alcohol on St. Patrick’s Day. While the ultimate reason for the easing of these restrictions is unclear, many believe it was an acknowledgment by the Pope of the harsh living conditions the Irish endured under English rule.  Legend has it that, as the feast day occurs during a time when people have been abstaining from alcohol, there is a greater tendency to overindulge on this […]

Monday

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April 2018

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Dependant on Machines

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For all you busy moms out there, I have found an easy way to prepare #meals ahead of time. We have become #Dependant on Machines. Last year I purchased a 3-bowl Crockpot. This makes it easy for me being a working grandmother helping to raise grandkids. Start the Machines My morning starts with me starting all my machines going when I first get up every morning. Life is easier with the invention of these household machines. First I start the #coffee pots. Yes, that is right. I start one pot of regular super strong coffee for my husband. The second pot of coffee is the less strong decaf coffee just for me. Then I reach over to start the dishwasher that was loaded last night after #supper. Then by this time I have started the #washing machine. Time to prepare #breakfast, so the stove becomes the next on my list of machines to start. Being on a special diet means often making breakfast from scratch. What Meals for Today Next is to decide on the meals we will be eating throughout the day. I often have my meals planned out. For our supper meal of the day, the crockpot is invaluable. […]

Monday

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June 2017

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No Surviving Without These Bug Out Bag Essentials

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No Survival Without These in Your BOB If your home is no longer safe due to a #natural disaster, #terrorist attack, or some form of #social collapse, you will need to evacuate taking a #Bug Out Bag (#BOB) with you to relocate. While relocating, you might need to put up a shelter, as the new location might be miles and miles away and will take a few days to get there. The bag you carry is called a Bug Out Bag and contains essential supplies and information. This kit allows you to evacuate quickly and calmly and can mean saving your life! Prepare a BOB Preparing a BOB and knowing what to put in it is important because you will want to focus on organizing and executing your bug out plan rather than looking for supplies at the last second. Also, you might need to purchase supplies ahead of time. Often we don’t have what we need in case of an emergency. Find out what you need to have while traveling not just stationary. While it may be scary and uncomfortable to discuss disaster situations, we must think of our safety and that of our loved ones above our own […]

Monday

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January 2016

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Canning Sausage Soup Today

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Another one of the soup recipes for canning for the cold winter months, but is good any time of year. This is definitely a comfort food. It is a hearty soup that warms you on a cold winter night. Sausage Soup Directions: Brown the sausage links in a frying pan. Cutting the links in half the lengthwise, then cut up in slices. Place the sausage, garlic, Stop light Sweet Bell Peppers, potatoes, onion and chicken broth in a pot. Pour just enough of the Chicken broth in the pot to barely cover the vegetables the meat, reduce the heat to a simmer. Allow to simmer for about 5 minutes to blend the flavors. Spoon all the ingredients from the pot in to Steilized Quart jars.  Bring the remaining liquid to a low boil before pouring it into the sterilized Quart jars with the potatoes and sausage. Wipe the rims of the jars off. Then place the lid and ring on the jars. Finger tighten these. Place the hot jars into a canner that has hot water already in it. This prevents the hot jars from breaking. Pressure can Quarts for 90 minutes on 10 psi. Serve with any of these: […]

Thursday

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November 2014

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Happy Thanksgiving! Menu?

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Today is our Thanksgiving Day. We are planning for family and friends to start showing up around lunch time today and will stay with us all day. Some people may even stay all night with us. This morning my husband has the yard and porch all set up and ready for the over flow of people we are expecting to start showing up. I am very excited and buzzing around making sure everything it ready.   Yesterday I started cooking so I can just enjoy everyone’s company today. What I am adding to our Thanksgiving Day Feast? 1 Baked Ham, sliced 1 Roasted Turkey (15 lbs) with dressing 1 large bowl of Collards 1 large bowl of Turnips greens with the roots 1 Lemon Pound Cake 1 Chocolate Cake with Peanut Butter Icing 2 Egg Custard pies Fresh Kumquats, Tangerines, Apples and Bananas 1 plater of sliced onions, tomatoes, pickles 1 saucer with homemade Cranberry Sauce 4 Jugs of Sweet Tea The coffee Pot will be working over time today too. I just hope someone brings paper plates so we don’t have a lot of dishes to wash. What are your plans for today? After eating our midday meal, we […]

Saturday

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August 2014

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Adding to our Herd of Horses

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This morning our house in in a rush to to get their +breakfast finished and all the animals feed too. Why do you ask? We are planning on adding two more female +horses to our farm this afternoon.   My husband and daughter are checking the the fencing to reassure it is secure. They are inspecting the horse trailer to make sure it is safe to use to transport the two new horses.   Everyone is so excited. We already have a +Cremello Quarter horse (Pictured above) and a Tennessee Walking Horse. The two horses that we are adding to the farm are Buckskin Quarter #horses.   http://sunnysidelane.org Photo is the property of Teresa Fikes This post is copyrighted. Plagiarism is punishable by law and I will proscute the person doing it.

Wednesday

30

July 2014

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6 Top Heirloom Tomatoes

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Many people who have tasted an heirloom tomato would agree it was the most delicious tomato they had ever eaten. These tomatoes are grown from tomato seeds that have been saved and passed through countless generations to persons or families. Tomato heirloom seeds have created some of the most flavorful and high producing tomatoes that continue to amaze and excite people all over the world. These are 6 Top Heirloom Tomatoes that are very popular. Brandywine heirloom tomatoes is one of the most well-known heirloom tomatoes. Many experts classify it as the most delicious tomatoes that can be found. These tomatoes are large and red, weighing around 2 pounds each. Their production is plentiful and they continue to produce more and more tomatoes once they begin. Brandywine heirloom seeds date back to the late 1800s. These tomatoes become ripe after 85 days from transplanting. Gold Rush Currant heirloom tomatoes grow in clusters of small tangerine colored fruits that are very juicy and sweet. They also produce in copious amounts consistently and are ready to be picked 80 days after transplanting. Yellow or brightly colored tomatoes are also considered to be sweeter than red tomatoes. The Super Snow White heirloom tomatoes […]

Monday

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June 2014

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Hobby Farm Life Ramblings

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Hobby Farm Life Ramblings for June 23rd. This is my account of things we had done so far on Sunnyside Lane Hobby Farm. During the Winter we added Horse manure to the garden plot. Yellow Straight Neck Squash have gone crazy. My goal was 52 qts for the year. I made that, gave away several buckets full to kids, my mother, and friends. We are still canning Squash today and will need to pick it again tomorrow. We planted Country Gentleman White corn, but it didn’t do well. I just discovered some of the ears have Smut on them. We had to burn them. We do plan to plant more for a second garden later. Did get some cornsilk to dry for my medicine cabinet. Stan went crazy on planting all the seeds I gathered and didn’t realize he had planted okra. It is not even a foot tall and is trying to bloom on us.Don’t think it is gonna do good either. Our Cabbage Collards are doing fine. I planted them thick and we have been eating what we thin out. I have even managed to can a few qts of them. Our Tomatoes are just beginning to make, […]

Sunday

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April 2014

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Part 1: Rescue Tennessee Walking Horses

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My husband and I have just added one #Tennessee Walking #Horse and one quarter horse that are rescue to our Hobby Farm. The one that is a #Tennessee #Walking Horse is Red with a Strawberry Blonde Maine and Tail. He is a senior horse at the age of 19 years. His previous owner told us that he was a show horse but once he was injured they could not afford to keep him. Since he was a Gelding they could not even breed him to earn any money. We were told over a year ago, this once beautiful horse got loose and darted out in front of a car that was pulling into the parking area. No human was hurt, but this beautiful thoroughbred Tennessee Walker was on the ground with a shattered knee. This horse was going to cost them a lot in Veterinarian Bills in the hopes he would heal properly and once again have the high stepping gait he once had. They backed off on his food to remove any extra weight he had in the hopes of the knee healing the way it should. The efforts were fruitless. Scar tissue developed and the Veterinarian told them he […]

Saturday

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March 2014

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Canning Chicken Stock

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After purchasing several 10 lbs bags of chicken thigh quarters last week, I have a lot of Chicken Stock. However, I don’t have a lot of room in my freezer. My idea is to can some of the stock to use during the winter months and for other dishes that call for chicken sotck. I have never done pressure canning before so this is a first time for me. I decided to visit grandma lynda on youtube to see how she does hers. Please watch along with me here:

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