Friday, June 24, 2011

Around The Little White House Farm

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You might have all ready noticed but last week I changed the name of the blog.  I had all intentions of talking about it last week but got a little distracted with the garden.  ~smile~ 

This change has been floating around in my brain for a while and last week I finally decided that it was time.  At first, I went with The Little White House Homestead.  It is a dream of ours to have a homestead one day but then I felt it was too premature to call us a homestead.  We are a long way away from self-sustainability.  However, my kids and even friends tell us that we have a “farm in the city” so I thought The Little White House Farm would be a good name. 

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So back to the update…we’ve been very busy on our farm.  ~smile~  I always wonder when I’m busy in the garden and then with the canning how those with bigger gardens get it all done.  I am working from early morning to late at night, falling into bed exhausted, and then waking early again to begin the process over.  And I’m serious…if you have a big garden, how do you do it?  I remember my grandma doing this when I was a girl.  Her gardens were huge.  I haven’t a clue how she did it.  But my grandma is the most energetic person I know, even in her nineties. 

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My mom and dad gave us some tomatoes and I was able to get six pints of salsa from it.  We’ve all ready knocked out one pint of the salsa.  It is a new recipe and is so good.  I imagine within the next week or two, I will be repeating the process with tomatoes from our garden. 

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Temperatures here have been so incredibly hot.  Our thermometer showed over 100 degrees everyday for a few weeks.  One day, we got up to 109 degrees…in June!  And we went without rain for about 4 or more weeks.  We were classified as in a severe drought.  Keeping the garden alive in the midst of the heat and lack of rain has been a tough every day job.  However, this week, God sent us some rain and some cooler temperatures.  I don’t know if I’ve ever been happier to see rain in all of my years.


On Wednesday, which was a beautiful rainy day, David and I celebrated our fifteenth wedding anniversary.  Fifteen years with my best friend and the man who still makes me get butterflies in my tummy when he looks at me…

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The days have started heating up again and I am thankful that we have this lovely pool to swim and play in.  The kiddos love to splash around and play.

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The lifeguard {me} sits close by and catches a few rays while shelling peas or dried black beans or braiding onions…just doing whatever the garden has left to be done for the day.  Of course the sweet iced tea is close by at all times and the lifeguard is known to run in for a round of popsicles from the freezer.  She’s even known to run and jump in the pool when the work is done.  ~smile~

That’s what is going on around our little farm {in the city}.  I have more posts coming soon on the city chicks, the garden, and homeschooling.  I hope you have a wonderful weekend! 


  1. lly classify that you have a little homestead. Oh what an inspiration you've been to me. I love your chicken photo:)

    Busy garden days are the best of summer. I'm not really sure what folks without a garden do in the summer. Do you? I love your days spent by the pool drinking tea, shelling peas and watching children play.

    I've never canned salsa, but hope to try this year too if time permits.

    Love you friend!

    It's been good catching up!

  2. I had a friend on facebook who is all ready bored with summer. (She is a teacher.) My first thought was, "She must not have a garden". :) Actually, she is just a teacher who loves her job but...she doesn't have a garden either. The garden does keep us very busy during the summer.

    I forgot to tell you but I've been using your method of making sweet tea and it is PERFECT! David and I are really loving our sweet tea now that we know the method to making it well.

    The salsa recipe we used is the recipe for House Salsa in the Ball Book of Home Preserving. It is very, very good.

  3. By the way, white house mom is me, Adriane. :) Disqus all ready had the name "Adriane" used.

  4. thelittlegrayhouseJune 24, 2011 at 1:43 PM

    I am SOOOO jealous that you have tomatoes already! I have about 18 big green ones on one of my plants and just a few smaller green ones on the others. (Sigh) waiting for them to ripen. I did can 14 quarts of squash I bought at the farmer's market last week. I can't get yellow squash to grow so I just buy it from those lucky farmers who can. And you are right, I have no idea what other people do in the summer.

  5. Gardening fills the summer days for sure. Looks like you all are having a GREAT summer! Love the new name!

  6. I can't grow squash either because of the squash borer worm. I have pulled my yellow squash out this year but still have the zucchini in. All I've gotten are two tiny zucs. I have tried organic methods and even pulled out a little Sevin dust this year (much to my chagrin). I still have not been able to grow anything but a large plant with blooms and squash that just withers away. I'm about to give up and buy it at the farmer's market too.

  7. Thanks, Lecia!


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