Lately {on the farm}

I feel like I’m not really posting as much as I have in the past and I am trying to figure out why.  Part of it is that we are in a pretty major transition around here, Mr. Taylor is traveling a crazy amount lately, and we are trying to get our heads around it all.  It promises to be exciting and wonderful but right now, it is just a bit like living in limbo.

I am trying to be okay with limbo, and it is a growing experience for me I think.  I have spent a lot of time reassessing my priorities, how I spend my time and where I want to go from here.  I have found that I am drawn lately to staying close to home and close to family.  I am also dreaming of traveling far and wide- quite the opposites, no?  I feel like right now my drive to “accomplish” to “be seen” to “go somewhere” has diminished and my desire to live in this moment right here, fully embrace the life right in front of me and make the most of it is at the top of my priority list.  I am looking forward to summer on the farm with those I love doing the things I love.  I have spent more time than I normally do in the gardens this spring, staying on top of the planting and the weeding and the maintenance and looking forward to my Dad’s visit a week from today, planning projects to work on with him.  Where I once got excited about “working” on my photography I am now excited about simply documenting our wonderful simple life with my camera.  Life is filled with unexpected and amazing changes, don’t you think?

I thought I would share a bit of what we have been doing this spring.

 

 

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The hummingbirds have returned and I never tire of seeing them visit the feeder throughout the day.  They seem to visit often while we are eating dinner and I’m sure the boys have already tired of finding me gazing out the window over the dining table during our meal…  I believe our hummingbirds are Rufus hummingbirds and it seems we have three- one male and two females.

 

 

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{the hive sits in the upper pasture by the blackberries}

 

We have also added a bee hive to the farm this spring!  Bees are something I have wanted to add for quite some time, but was nervous about not knowing what I was doing, thus killing the bees.  I took the plunge after seeing a few fabulous friends doing it and knowing that I have endless resources if I need help.  I worked with the Beez Neez in Snohomish, WA and honestly they have been absolutely wonderful.  They are so helpful and there whenever I have a question.  I am surprised at how comfortable I am with the girls and how much I love just watching them come and go.

 

bees

{I waxed the frames before putting them in the hive}

 

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{the girls seem happy here}

 

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{yes, I look a bit silly, but feel much safer- I like my eyes just as they are}

 

I also want to share a recipe with you- although calling it a recipe really doesn’t seem right, seeing that it was really just a throwing of things I had on-hand into a pot and slow cooking it for the day.  That being said, it was really good and the boys loved it- so that should count for something, right?

pasta

 

The following is what I did- you can alter it to whatever you have on hand.  While I don’t always have fresh tomatoes, I always have canned so those would work as well.

 

5-6 vine ripened tomatoes, coarsely  chopped

5 cloves of garlic, diced

1/4 cup olive oil

1 cup water

1 tsp salt

 

Put it all in a pot and simmer for the afternoon.

 

I fire-roasted a yellow and a red pepper on the stove (see this post) and then chopped them up and added them to the tomato mix.

 

If you want to add meat, which I did:

1 large onion, chopped

1 lb.  ground beef

1 Tbsp dried oregano

1 Tbsp dried basil

1 Tbsp dried thyme

1 tsp garlic salt

salt and pepper

An hour before you want to serve it, brown one chopped onion with 1 lb ground beef.  When the beef is partially cooked, add the spices and mix well.  Finish browning the beef and then add it all to the simmering sauce.

 

Cook your pasta just before you want to eat, toss it together with your sauce, top with lots of freshly grated parmesan cheese and serve!  We add a salad and a baguette and call it dinner~

 

 

 

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7 Responses to Lately {on the farm}

  1. no one could argue that your priorities are right where they should be – enjoy this season and the daily, simple blessings that will be there for you

  2. Melissa says:

    Love your idea to enjoy the moment. I have such a hard time doing this as always seem to be striving for that next task or goal. I also totally understand your need/want to be home but yet also travel far and wide. I am exactly the same way! Jealous that you have bees.

  3. kimberly says:

    Thank you ladies- I know both of you are on similar paths and totally “get it”~ I’m grateful to be in such great company~

  4. Pamela says:

    this is a constant struggle for me too…i’m always thinking about what’s next. good for you! you live a blessed life my friend..xo

  5. Jen says:

    I really like your “lately on the farm” posts. I can live vicariously through you!

  6. Cat says:

    I am with you in spirit in so many ways mon amie. I have been struggling to post on my blog and more inclined to snap a photo with the phone to catch a moment than to tote around my camera and take time to perfect the craft.

    Hope that I a visit to my neighborhood beckons soon. Your room is ready!

    xx

  7. I know you are happiest when spring time visits the Pacific Northwest! It’s here and everything on your farm looks so wonderful. Bee Hives!!! Oh my, they look wonderful…Educate us all because I know nothing on how to go about something like this. You are so brave.

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