Slow Cooker Italian Potatoes

I don’t mean to bombard this blog with recipes, but during the winter I cook.  A lot. And since I can’t spend much time preparing a meal, my slow cooker is frequently  involved.   I love the fact I can throw food into a cooker, go about my business and have a nice meal or … Read more

Quick and Easy Lasagna

For the most part, living in the country, out of the city lights and noise, is a wonderful dream come true. It does, however, have some disadvantages.  As our area continues to grow by leaps and bounds, the drive to work gets longer and longer.  I leave my house before seven and get home around … Read more

Minding My Own Beeswax

Making beeswax from recycled materials. https://naturalstateflowerfarm.com/2017/07/23/minding-my-own-beeswax/

Making honey is no small feat for a bee.  Foraging bees must first visit many flowers to collect nectar.  Then, it is brought to the hive where a worker bee takes the nectar and places it in one of the openings in the specially prepared comb.   Bees then fan the nectar with their wings to remove as much … Read more

Crunchy, Pumpkin-y Goodness

Pumpkin Spice Granola https://naturalstateflowerfarm.com/2016/11/01/crunchy-pumpkin-y-goodness/

I’ve been on a granola kick lately. I love the crunchy texture in my yogurt and oatmeal (which I eat almost every day), so I go through a lot of granola. It all started when I bought a bag at the Amish store in town.  It was  flavorful and fresh,  but also pricey, so I knew I needed to … Read more

I Hired Some Help This Summer

Greedy Goats at work. https://naturalstateflowerfarm.com/2016/10/28/i-hired-some-help-this-summer/

I have a great view from my back porch.  But I have a slope just past the pool that is a grown up mess. A few trees were removed years ago to give the pool more sun which has allowed wild blackberries and poison ivy to thrive.  It was so grown up, the cows could not/would not … Read more

Bee Update

I haven’t posted much on the bees this summer, but I’m glad to report that all is well. I started the spring with one very strong hive.  This was one of the original hives I started with three years ago.  I decided in early spring to split the hive which means I took several frames … Read more