Pear tree lane farmhouse

Could there still be something growing in the garden?

Written by Sue, Monday, January 23, 2012                         Rainy, cool, temps. 50's, a beautiful day!
One of the joys of farming, and gardening  here in the South, is having some type of vegetable growing almost year round, turnips with roots are one. Last week while out on my walk, I went by the turnip patch, that's what we here in the south call a place where we plant our turnips.~smile~
After a good washing they are peeled. Do you like to play games when working? I do all the time!Whether I am peeling an apple, orange, or turnip, I try and get it all peeled with just one try! Did I succeed? hummm!! not quite, yet, but I will keep trying! ~smiling~

Here is the one machine I cannot be without, my foodsaver. It does exactly what it says it does, saves your food, from freezer burn, and it keeps food so much longer than regular freezer bags, especially when you buy in bulk.
Labeled and ready for the freezer. 
And what did I do  with all those peels?
Why I shared of course, the chickens love it and come running when I come outside with a pan because they know they will be getting a treat!

Planting, growing, harvesting, and preserving, the fruits of your labor is not only economical, but so gratifying. Even after all of the many years I have been doing this, I still get so excited when I go to the garden and see something growing that dh and I had planted. What's so amazing is that you don't have to have a lot of acreage, just a little place where soil is, even among the flower beds, herbs and veggies love to reside, it makes them feel important, don'tcha know, as Miss Emily from Walton's Mountain would say! ~smile~

Hope you are still
 each day along with me!

Ecclesiastes 3:12,13~ I know that nothing is better for them than to rejoice, and to do good in their lives,and also that every man should eat and drink and enjoy the good of all his labor--- it is the gift of God.

Linking this week with, Amy at Homestead Revival.


Elena said...

Your turnips are beautiful! I am like you. I have been growing things all my life and I still get so excited when I see something growing that I planted:) Thank you so much for your lovely comment on our lamps. I think we will go with the more pastel doily.

Janette@Janette's Sage said...

Well you once again inspired as I am looking out at my small beds in the backyard..and I have no excuse, the weather has been to get out there and get the toilet it is time to take the bull by the horns!!

Anonymous said...

I am not sure I have ever had a turnip. Are they similar to rutabegas? I LOVE my foodsaver also!

Cheryl said...

Can you freeze foods with your food saver machine without other preparation? No need to blanch the food before sealing it in the bags?

As always, Sue, your diligence and hard work is an inspiration. You are a true farm girl!

I love the seeing the chickens scurrying for their snack! :-D

Hugs from Cheryl (who is not much of a farm girl)

Debbie said...

Good morning! I love to read of all you are always up to...your soo diligent and hard working, and yet your heart is sweet and light. : ) I will confess now I have never eaten a therefore have no idea what they taste like, or how to cook them? Can you believe that? haha Have a wonderful day my friend! HUGS!

NanaNor's said...

Hi Sue, Oh how I loved seeing your crop of turnips and of course the peelings going to your chickens. My oldest wants to get some chickens but that is only after we butcher the cow and then build a coop. Unfortunately, they will have to be in a covered run due to the foxes and coyotes in their area-you are blessed not to have to worry about that. Hope you have a wonderful day dear one.
Hugs, Noreen

Vee said...

You don't let any grass grow under your feet. I'm too lazy to do all that you do, but it won't prevent me from knowing that you're doing it right and to congratulate you for same. Love the contrast between the chickens. They are a handsome bunch now let me tell you!

Happy@Home said...

I like to play that same game when I peel apples. So fun to peel the whole apple in one long, curly peel.
I've seen the food saver on QVC and thought it looks like a great way to avoid having to throw away so much food because it has spoiled. Glad to know that it really works.

Paula said...

That's a wonderful idea for preserving them, Sue! I never thought about using a foodsaver...
I think that's sweet that you give your chickies a treat!

Jenni said...

So very cool! As usual, I learned more about the farm life today from my visit with you, Sue! And I just LOVE the pic of those chickens... what is it about chickens?? I think they are so neat... and would love to live where there was room to have some and get fresh eggs...


My Kid's Mom said...

I am so ready to get out and put the garden in! Sadly here in the midwest, it's going to be a while yet.

Walking on Sunshine... said...

Okay, don't faint, but I've never had a turnip!! Strange, I know. Love your fancy machine! Your freezer must be something to see! Full of wonderful delicious things from your garden. Hope you're having a nice day! I love your new photo that shows up when you leave comments!! Very pretty!

Julie Harward said...

Hi Sue, thank you for your kind comment, means a lot to me. I love turnips and parsnips so much..this is such a good way to preserve them! Nothing is as good as food straight from the garden! :D

GardenofDaisies said...

Hi Sue, your turnips look great! I love to mash turnips and rutabegas in with carrots or potatoes... YUM! So delicious that way! Your food saver looks like it would really be handy!

no spring chicken said...

Just look at you. That's fabulous!!
I am so looking forward to spring... The showers have been teasing us, I don't think the May flowers are coming... yet.

Blessings, Debbie

M.K. said...

Hi Sue,

I'm glad you mentioned the food saver product because it's good to know it actually works. I do know that regular freezer storage bags can only fight off freezer burn for a short time and a lot of food goes to waste. I'll have to look into a food saver. That is toooo cute that the chickens like the turnip peels, I never would have guessed that.

Also, I love your blog profile photo, very pretty.
God bless you friend, many hugs
~ Michele

Trish said...

Sue, what I am savoring is your wonderful posts!lol!
They always inspire me so much!
blessings to you...Trish

Janette@Janette's Sage said...

It isn't letting me get to your "Just being Silly" post and I needed the laugh...I wanted to post a silly post also today

Doniene said...

Nothing better than home grown!! I don't always comment, but I always "savor" your musings about your "journey"!


Farm Girl said...

I would really love one of those little machines. Where did you get yours?
I think that is what I enjoy about gardening all of the surprises around every corner.
Those turnips made me hungry, I like them better raw. Weird I know but I love that taste, and really with just the dirt wiped off. :) I must be lacking something.
Have a lovely day.

Southwest Arkie said...

Almost time to plant onions- your post makes me long for spring.

Susan B said...

Hi Sue,
I loved your post, especially hearing about your chickens. My parents raised chickens, and my mom would sell eggs. She would also do the same thing! I love reading your posts!

Enjoy the rest of your week, my friend. :)

Tammy ~ Country Girl at Home ~ said...

Hi Sue,

Your food saver looks awesome! I would love to have one of those around here! I am also trying to convince my hubby to get chickens. Think I almost have it done. :)

Wanted to let you know that our family thanks your grandson, Will, for his service to our country, and we thank all your family for the sacrifice as well! My brother served for awhile as well, so we know what's involved!


Karen said...

oh girl..when all my kids were home and we all had such busy schedules..the most valued and beloved item in my house was my food saver.. I would spend a day precookin meals and packaging everything individually so that if I child had to run out the door, and had not eatten..never fail.. pull out a foodsaved meal.. it was awesome.. you go girlfriend.. grow that good stuff.. I love it..

Patrice said...

I heard once that an old wives' tale said that if you could peel something in one long peel, and you threw it out your window, it would form the initial of your true love. I like those silly old sayings. Imagine the poor woman who does that, her chicken eat it before she can see it, and she never knows who that is. Silly!:)

Would you consider being one of the interviews for the interviews for the Barn Chicks who Blog section of my blog? Please look at some of the other interviews and let me know if you would consider sharing your farm and blog with my readers.
Thanks, Patrice

Here are three delightful interviews:

Howdy! I'm Ruth Ann said...

Hi Sue! Thank you so much for visiting my blog and for your sweet comment! Just blessed my heart! I can see that you are one busy farmgirl!! Your farmhouse is so beautiful! And so is your family! You are blessed and I can see that you are a blessing to everyone around you! Have a wonderful day darlin'!
Aunt Ruthie
Sugar Pie Farmhouse

The farmer and his friends
Thank you so much for coming by, please come and visit anytime.

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This blog is dedicated to my dear family who live many miles away, and to you dear ladies , who have a heart for keeping the home fires burning. You, who love and cherish your family, and have a desire to create a home that says "Welcome, you are loved and cared for."

My desire is that when you leave that you will be encouraged and know that you too are loved.



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