Pear tree lane Farmhouse

~Thankful for God's many provisions~

Written by Sue, Thursday, June 13, 2019    partly sunny, a few showers, temps.  divine 70's

I can hardly believe this week is almost gone and that June is flying by. Things are still busy around the farm! I am still preserving our bounty.
My Thankful list for today!

I am so thankful for a break in the extreme temps. and some much needed rain, the flowers are thankful too.

The potatoes have been dug, washed and canned, 21qts. aren't they pretty, and delicious too! Potatoes are a little more work intensive, but soooo worth the effort. I know 21qts. sounds like a lot for two people, but not all are used by Mr P. and I, we share with family.I love doing things for my family!
Our blueberries are ready for picking, today, I will be making blueberry jam, catching up on laundry, and just piddling, do you like to piddle, I find that piddling is fun, and you do get things done.

 

 While picking strawberries at a local farm I saw an old school friend, after talking about the kids, grandkids, we started talking recipes, she gave me this recipe for strawberry pie, I made it yesterday, it passed the taste test with flying colors by Mr P.! He is my official taste tester! I think I went a little overboard with the sauce, just couldn't help my self! As usual, Sue will tweak a recipe to her notion, I made the crust of cinnamon graham crackers, instead of a regular pie crust.

Do you like church cookbooks, I have collected many over the years. Churches have some of the best cooks ever. Last week this friend gifted me with a cookbook published by her church, titled "Come To The Table", don't you just love this title. Even though most folks use the internet for recipes i still enjoy reading and using them.

I find the more I voice thankfulness for my many blessings, the more I become thankful! My list is so long and is still growing, how about yours!😄💗🙏

Love from the farm,
Sue

~Learning to be still~

Written by Sue, Sunday June9, 2019    cloudy, rain, rain temps. 70's Yay!
 Good morning Dear Friends enjoying seeing the earth refreshed with some much needed rain, we were asked in our devotion this morning if our morning devotions had become a dry Bible study rather than a warm visit with our heavenly Father. My answer is this, if we allow ourselves to pause and use the five senses that God has given us there is no way our devotions could become dry, the key is to stop, be still.
I find that in this busy, new tech world we find ourselves running constantly, sometimes in circles, until we are exhausted, with mental and physical overload. If only we would stop, sit still, breath deeply,using those senses, time with our heavenly Father will indeed be warm, intimate, exhilarating and then our mental, physical, but most of all our spiritual strengths are renewed.

Psalm 46:10~ Be still and know that I am God;
I will be exalted among the nations, 
I will be exalted in the earth.
Have a blessed Sunday,
love,
Sue

So, how's your day?

Written by Sue, Saturday, June 8, 2019    showers, showers showers, Yay, temps. 80's
Happy Saturday to all, A gift to me by my sweet birdie friends, because I feed them they rewarded me by dropping a seed! I am so thankful for the rain showers we are getting.

 This has certainly been a busy week here at the farm, here is an example of one of my days...

Yesterday's schedule went something like this,
Morning coffee, devotion on porch, dressed.
picked more squash for mother, I canned 21qts. this week
weeded the garden, an almost daily chore, weeds will grow under any circumstances.

The garlic, was ready to harvest, we gathered it
then placed it on a wire rack to dry,in a cool place, it will be checked in a few days  to see how it is drying, shake more soil off,  in a few weeks we will cut the heads off wipe clean with a cloth, all the soil will be off,  then we store. Given to family and friends.
Do you use garlic,it is so healthy for you and delicious too! garlic is so easy to grow, even if you don't have a vegetable garden it can be planted among the flower beds. It has a lovely flower head the bees love it.

We then picked blackberries,strawberries, and blueberries, aren't they luscious looking, the berries seem to be so much sweeter this year. I am also making my triple berry jam, which happens to be a favorite of my family. These berries make great tasting jams just by themselves, but can you imagine how delicious they are combined together,
I froze some using my food saver, frozen berries can be used in many dishes, muffins, pancakes, cakes, fruit smoothies,or just plain snacking.
We showered, dressed for shopping,
went to grocery store,
dinner at our favorite restaurant,
prepared berries for my triple berry jam.

























I am recuperating today!😉
Enjoy your weekend.
Love ,
Sue



~Summer is here.... ahead of schedule~

Written by Sue, Monday, June 3, 2019     sunny, warm, 80's
Summer weather(hot, humid) has certainly come to Pear Tree Lane, our weekend was spent keeping our gardens and flowers watered. The garlic is ready and will be gathered this week and hung to dry.
When it is hot, with no rain, plants need lots of watering. As does our farm animals and keeping them with fresh water keeps us busy too! They drink twice as much in this type of weather, I do too! ~wink~
 Last Friday we picked our first squash,

and canned them in mason jars, these certainly come in handy during winter. I make squash casseroles, saute them with onions, and make squash pies!
Today, was a little cooler with less humidity, so I took advantage of this, by weeding the garden and flower beds. With no rain the sprinklers were turned on. If I could I would stay outside all day, but hot/humid weather says otherwise.
We picked a half bushel of yellow squash this morning, called mother to see if she wanted them, she did. She also canned hers. She is not only my mother, but my friend, confident, teacher of all things that matter in life.

 this left me with more time to work in my garden. I will can more later this week.


I am making another attempt at growing lavender, it is one of my favorite plants,
 I snipped a few stems, they are drying in a closet.
Finally, this is what you do when you are hot, tired and just needing a break.🌞 This is our son and dil while visiting few weeks ago, and working on the farm,.... in my defense,... They volunteered,(pinky promise)!😉


Tomorrow both Mr P and I have Dr.'s appt. for lab work, as usual this takes time we will run errands when finished.So what is on your to-do list for this week.


💖 from to you,
Sue



~Welcome home~

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.

Sue~

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

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