February Farmgirl This-and-That
My seeds arrived in the post, and I'm dreaming of breaking out the garden tools. A few more months left to go...Do you like my gardening box? I was using a re-purposed vintage soda crate, but missed using it for so many other purposes. I got my dad to build this to my specifics, then I used clippings from magazines to decoupage it and clear coat to seal. I can now carry all my tools with one hand.
Speaking of mail, boy, did my mailbox have tons of sunshine in it the last few weeks! I was so honored to be picked “Farmgirl of the Month” on the Farmgirl Forum for January! I was very touched and elated by all the wonderful wishes, cards, and goodies that farmgirls from all over showered me with. Thank you so very much! Now it’s my turn to pick the FGOTM for February! Oh...such a hard decision! There’s so many wonderful farmgirls worthy of such a special honor! (Find out who I picked on the FGOTM thread on the Farmgirl forum)!
For our January Simpler Life Sisters Farmgirl Chapter get-together, my friend Ali did a presentation on her stay at the Hippocrates Institute and her dedication to a raw food diet. Now a new favorite “after school snack” is dipping romaine lettuce leaves into organic hummus instead of chips or crackers. Ali suggests mixing hummus with guacamole...delicious! I’m also over-the-moon for something I’d not heard of before, Bragg’s Liquid Aminos Seasoning (like a natural soy-sauce replacement, made from Non-GMO soy). I picked mine up at a local organic grocery store, where they mixed a scrumptious salad dressing of oil, lemon, and a few sprays of the Liquid Aminos. We want salads every night!
The "tearoom" is near the kitchen, so supplies stored here are convenient. It's a really sunny room even on the frostiest winter days.
On frosty days, we love our cozy fireplace, but store-bought fire-starters always bothered me with their petroleum smell! Always looking for ways to replace conventional chemical-laden products with something natural or homemade, I’m now making my own. I know Scouts and campers have been doing this for years, but traditionally the starters are made in egg cartons. The organic eggs I get come in plastic containers (great for seed-starting, not fire-starters). I make my version using all-cotton dryer lint, and stuff it in cardboard tubes from toilet paper rolls. I then pour melted leftover wax from used candles inside the tube, let it cool, then flip the tubes over and and pour the wax on the other side. Be very careful melting wax! It’s highly flammable! Soy candle wax melts fast and can splatter, so use extreme caution, and use very low heat. The starters work great, and are economical, since cases of commercial fire-starters are so costly!
Hope I’ve inspired you today! And, here’s wishing you have a very Happy Valentine’s Day! (I can’t wait to mail out the vintage-inspired Valentine’s cards I found)!
Until next time! Farmgirl hugs, Nicole