FREE Mulch!!

Well, its that time of year again.  The leaves are falling and they are EVERYWHERE!  We didn’t Rake up Our leaves until We moved to Hidden Truth Farm.   We have come to realize the value of Our leaves as We need mulch on Our little farm.  Now We try to re-purpose most everything including Our leaves for mulch.  This is the best time of the year to maximize on covering Our plants, even those in the greenhouse.  They all need a little blanket of leaves as mulch to keep them warm & cozy.

Brian & I spent the weekend gathering Our leaves.  It was a bit of a challenge I’ll admit as We had to compete with the wind.  I think We picked the windiest weekend to collect leaves.   The job is done!  Now Our plants benefit from a blanket of fresh leaves to keep them nice & warm.   We also put plastic on the greenhouse to protect the plants from these cold cold nights.  During the day We are still having to use a fan to keep them cool since it is getting between 80 ~ 100 degrees inside the greenhouse during the day.  We don’t want to burn up Our next croft of goodies with the increased heat inside the greenhouse.

As you can see we had a lot of leaves on the property and honestly there were so many we couldn’t get them all up.  But we picked up enough to add quite a bit to Our compost for the garden which will be turned over in January.  This will give the bugs and whatever else wants to root around in the compost pile time to help reduce it all into a rich organic nutrient fertilizer for next years crop.

Fall is going to turn into winter before We know it.  Always trying to stay ahead of the seasons so We can have Our crops ready to roll out.  Every season allows for the opportunity to plant & store Your delicious return.  Winter crops are no exception!  If You love the dark leafy green veggies, winter is a great month to plant and harvest those delicious vegetables.   The soil needs to be ready as cold weather doesn’t allow for error.

Happy planting Everyone!

~ Angela


Saltine Cracker Brittle

This weekend I was at Kerr Lake with My Love & his fishing club.  I needed to come up with something for these guys to snack on while getting their fishing gear together for the 2 day tournament.  I have found pure goodness with this treat!!  This recipe is something inexpensive to make & oh so Delicious.  You probably have all the ingredients in your pantry.

Ingredients

About 40  saltine crackers enough to line your Cookie Sheet.
1 cup unsalted butter
1 cup packed brown sugar
2 cups Semi-Sweet Chocolate Mini Morsels
3/4 cup chopped pecans (optional)

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Line your cookie sheet with aluminum foil then add the saltine crackers.

In a microwavable bowl melt 2 sticks of butter for 2 minutes.  Then add brown sugar cook for another 2 minutes, stir often.  Pour over crackers.  Place in 350 degree oven & cook for 17 ~ 20 minutes.  This will bubble but don’t burn.

Remove from oven & sprinkle chocolate chips over the top and let sit a couple of minutes to melt, then spread crackers with the melted chocolate.  Top with 3/4 cup chopped pecans if desired.

Place in refrigerator for 1 hour to chill, once completely cool, break into pieces.  I stored individual servings in containers for the guys to take out on the lake.
TIP: Spoon the butter & brown sugar mixture onto the saltine crackers to make the mixture cover evenly. The butter may separate, that’s OK. Pour what’s left on the crackers.
Huge Thanks to tablespoon.com


~ Angela, Enjoy

Re-Purposed Metal Artwork

We purchased this metal artwork at a flea market in Charlotte while visiting one of Our favorite families, The Clark’s.  What an AWESOME find.   We picked up this piece for $20.00, added some lace to the back of the frame.   It was an easy project (because We did it together).   Measured out the lace and got to work with the hot glue gun.   Brian had some excess black chain from yet another project in the shop.   He used 2 screws to attach the chain to the metal frame and  2 small hooks to the inside of the window frame.   Once complete We placed it in Our bedroom window to give Us a little privacy without blocking the whole window.  Boom!  Done.  ~ Angela ~