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Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Chocolate Fruit Dip

My boys are all on a health kick of late. With one being pre-med, the second body building, and the third running cross country, we are consuming a huge amount of fruit and vegetables.  They asked me not to fix desserts.  I must admit it was killing my sweet tooth!  Something had to be done.  I mean, a girl has GOT to have chocolate, right?

I found this chocolate fruit dip on Pinterest and just had to share it.
It's smooth, cool and a great treat to beat the summer heat!  They didn't feel guilty because of the fruit and I got to have chocolate. It was a win, win. ;)
Recipe here.

Proverbs 7:2
Keep my commandments and live,
and my teaching as the apple of your eye.

Friday, July 17, 2015

Knockout Roses Down for the Count

Here on the farm, Knockout Roses are front and center.  Both our fenced flower garden and the vegetable garden are full of them.  Both entrances have them too.  Many of them are 5 to 6 feet tall.  They have been beautiful...
until now.

The dreaded disease Rose Rosette, aptly called Witch's Broom, has taken hold.  When this happens, there is no treatment and no hope.  {sigh!}
Knockouts are dying all over the place and ours have not been spared.

The symptoms first show as heavily budded shoots that are reddish brown in color.  The flowers don't open all the way but are still pretty.  If you look closely however, (and this is the tell-tale sign) the stems are thick with tiny thorns.  Trust me they are wicked!

This started last summer and went by mostly unnoticed.
This year however, those large very thorny branches died leaving them like this...

and then this...

Looks like something a goolish witch in a fairy tale might sweep with, doesn't it?

The only treatment is to remove them completely, stumps and all, and not replant because the dreaded disease is in the roots.

So this winter, we will remove them from the farm ~ all 28 of them. :(

Psalm 1:1
Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked...

Friday, July 3, 2015

Happy 4th!

Hope you enjoy some porch time
like we are...

Friday, June 12, 2015

Summer Rain

Gentle summer rain fell on the farm today.

You would think I would be sick of moisture
since last month we got a record breaking 20 inches
when our normal is 2!
However, after the rain stopped,
the temperatures heated up 
and the farm dried up fast.
Our gardens & our farm animals 
haven't been very happy.

Today everyone seems glad for the misting morning.

The rooster is guiding his girls around the yard,

S-Squared Atticus - Jacob Sheep Ram

The Jacob Sheep are grazing,

and the cat is on the prowl.

Despite the general disrepair that 
the weather brought to the gardens,
there are some sunshiney spots~
the daylilies and daisies have started their bloom.

And the purple clematis on the birdhouse
has never looked better.

As for the bees,
they are mostly working inside today
tending to housework,
which is exactly what I am doing too
while I enjoy the summer rain.

All the ways of the Lord
are loving and faithful.
Psalm 25:10


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