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The not quite finished patriotic porch!

Written by Sue, Monday evening, June 15, 2015      very hot and dry, temps. 101 today

In between weeding, gathering veggies, and canning, I have been busy cleaning and decorating the porch, for Memorial Day, Flag Day, and now Independence Day ! Maybe by July 4th. I will have it finished. LOL Anyhoo...

Last weekend we had two Navy seamen visiting the farm, the one stretched out on the swing is our grandson,Will, they come every few weeks scouting, and camping out on  the hunting land. It is always nice when they come by the farmhouse for refreshments, talk, and just plain ole` porch sitting.This is how "country folks" enjoy a late summer evening, (notice Mr P already has his pj's on) ~smile~

I usually send them home with goodies,.. this trip, I made a ten layer chocolate cake,

chocolate chip cookies and some jam.Did you know that Country cookies are not uniformed, just  like us, God made each of us unique and special!

This is what I have thus far completed, I need to hang the sheers, sew the patriotic pillows, etc.

I must get those curtains up by the weekend, but folks it is so hot here 101 today 104 predicted for tomorrow, Don't think I could stay on a ladder in that kind of heat. ~smile~

I made Bread & Butter pickles today, I was so pleased with how they came out! I find it so amazing that in a matter of a few hours veggies can go from this,

To this.... I have two kinds of Bread & Butter recipes, one done the old fashioned way, the other is a recipe that my niece gave me, so delicious, quick and easy, they are called Bread and Butter freezer pickles! Oh my I was so amazed at the taste! Tomorrow I will be making sweet and dill relish, that's the plan.~grin~

That's about all for now from the farmhouse, stay tuned something is always brewing around here.
Lots of love,
Linking up with Stephanie at Roses of Inspiration, thank you Stephanie for hosting, I am looking forward to making new friends!


Cranberry Morning June 15, 2015 at 11:23 PM  

Ah, I love bread and butter pickles. Doesn't it give you a sense of satisfaction to see those beautiful jars of pickles! Your porch looks so inviting!

Mylittle cottage June 15, 2015 at 11:37 PM  

Thanks very much for visiting Mrs Sue,you have a lovely blog!Loves from Holland

Debbie June 15, 2015 at 11:39 PM  

I LOVE your porch! Soo warm and inviting. 4th of July is sneaking up on me this year...time goes by so fast. I absolutely love bread and butter pickles! On sandwiches of almost any kind, hamburgers, salads, or all by themselves...soo good. How wonderful to have jars and jars of homemade ones at your finger tips! Enjoy your week Sue!

Parlor Room Ponderings June 16, 2015 at 1:40 AM  

I love your porch! It's beautiful! Makes me want to visit and sit in the rocker with a cold glass of lemonade and chat!! Who knows?! Blessings, Diane

Faye Henry June 16, 2015 at 8:25 AM  

I loved your post and can't imagine pickling already.. Here in Eastern Canada our cucumbers are just beginning to grow.. We have had a late Spring but come August the pickles will be made. smile.. God bless..

Vee June 16, 2015 at 8:59 AM  

When I think PORCH, I always think of yours! What a beautiful job, Sue. It is warm and inviting! I can not imagine the temps you're experiencing. It would do me in. It's amazing that you get anything accomplished!

Stephanie June 16, 2015 at 9:37 AM  

Oh Sue, what a stunning porch! I could spend all day in one of those rocking chairs while enjoying a good book on a hot summers day :)

And those pickles...YUM! My son and I love Bread and Butter pickles and often I will find my little one "sneaking" into the fridge to munch on some pickles :)

Thank you so much for sharing with Roses of Inspiration - it's a joy to have you at the party. Hugs and blessings!

Cheryl June 16, 2015 at 11:59 AM  

Your porch is a wonderfully welcoming place...although I don't imagine it sees much gathering on these 100+ degree days! Cake, cookies (chocolate chips are my favorite), and pickles are just a sampling of the lovely things that come from your kitchen and your heart, Sue!

Stay cool! (Those curtains will wait!) :D


Debbie June 16, 2015 at 1:02 PM  

WOnderful job with that great porch. I'm still waiting on mine! So glad you get to see so much of your grandson. I'll bet his friends are a little jealous. Don't worry about the Mr's jammies, I see people in the grocery store in theirs all the time! Happy summer!

Lindsey Vanek June 16, 2015 at 2:57 PM  

I am utterly in LOVE with that front porch :) What a beautiful post!

Happyone June 16, 2015 at 4:28 PM  

Oh I'd so love to visit on that porch with you and eat some of your delicious foods. : )
I LOVE your porch.
My porch doesn't even compare to yours but I still enjoy sitting out there. : )

Mrs.Rabe June 16, 2015 at 5:42 PM  

I love your porch! What a wonderful place to sit and visit!

I would not want those temperatures, though we were close a few days last week and with humidity! We stayed in the pool at my parents house!

Thank you for inspiring us with your lovely porch.


happywonderer.com June 16, 2015 at 8:07 PM  

Love love love your inviting porch! How nice to have your special visitors enjoy time at your place. Your patriotic scene is shaping up nicely. Now I want a cookie and some pickles and I'm not pregnant!

Scrappy quilter June 17, 2015 at 7:06 PM  

Bread & Butter pickles...my mouth is watering. They are my favorite pickles especially when they are homemade. Wonderful post.

Lea June 18, 2015 at 9:42 PM  

Oh, I love, love your porch, so warm and inviting! I can't wait to get back to doing some decorating as it's all been on hold for about a year because of the new house construction.

Your cake, your cookies, and the pickles are so delicious looking. You always bring a smile to my face with your sweet posts.

Conniecrafter June 18, 2015 at 10:32 PM  

Oh my I just love your long porch, it is just gorgeous!!

Christine June 19, 2015 at 1:02 PM  

I love visiting The Farm!
Your porch is magazine worthy. And the ten layer cake, well that is out of the world.

Stephanie June 22, 2015 at 5:10 PM  

Hey lovely lady! Just popping in to say this was featured at this week's Roses of Inspiration. Thank you so much for sharing...have a beautiful week! Hugs!

bj June 23, 2015 at 1:49 PM  

Your porch is just gorgeous....I love all you've done.

Polly June 23, 2015 at 6:36 PM  

Hello, i've just found your site. I love your porch, I could sit there for hours, and eat some of that delicious looking chocolate cake!

Linda June 24, 2015 at 4:29 PM  

Ms Sue, I have a question. I noticed all the beautiful ferns on your porch. I've tried to have them and then never look like yours...and the water runs from the pots and gets all over the porch railing and floor. How do you do it??? :) Do you have to water everyday?

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