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Ways to Dry or Dehydrate Fruits and Veggies

Title "Ways to Dry your fruits in vegetables" written with green and red font on a black background. For pictures showing various dries fruits and vegetables

People who grow gardens each year hope that the garden will supply enough fruits and vegetables to be able to save some for the winter months. Some people choose to can their surplus while others freeze. Have you considered ways to dry/dehydrate fruits and vegetables as an alternative to canning or freezing? Ways to Dry or Dehydrate Fruits and Veggies You can dry food in a number of ways: * Sun Drying * Solar Drying * Oven Drying * Dehydrator Drying To effectively dry food it is … [Read more...]

How to Choose Which Fruits and Veggies to Store

Title "How to Choose fruits and vegetables to store' in white font with a light teal background, 3 pictures on the right side of various fruits a vegetables that can be stored

An overabundance of fruits and vegetables from your garden means you may have a problem. What do you do with all the extras? Some of it you will want to eat right away, some you may want to share with others but some you will probably want to store. Do you know how to choose which fruits and veggies to store and which are best used in another way? How to Choose Which Fruits and Veggies to Store No matter if you’re talking about fruits or vegetables, you want to purchase produce at the … [Read more...]

Freezer Friendly Fruits and Veggies

Various fruits and Vegetables that are freezer friendly

Preparing foods ahead of time makes it possible for you to save money on your grocery bill. You can find fruits and vegetables on sale during the summer and into fall months when they’re in season and cheaper. It helps to know which are freezer friendly fruits and vegetables so you can plan ahead to fill your freezer. Freezer Friendly Fruits and Veggies Not all fruits and vegetables will freeze well fresh from the garden. Fruits can often be frozen without much preparation but the same … [Read more...]

Freeze-Ahead Meals and Sauces

two pictures Red Sauce and Tacos with a wood spoon, freezer meals

Have you ever wished you could fill your freezer with meals that are already prepared and ready to heat and eat? Oh, yeah, those are called TV dinners, but you’re not convinced they’re that healthy or they don’t come in the foods your family likes. You could make your own freeze-ahead meals and sauces. It will take some time but it can be so comforting knowing you have those meals for those evenings you simply don’t want to cook. Freeze-Ahead Meals and Sauces Preparing freeze-ahead … [Read more...]

Charlotte’s Web-Family Movie Night

 The timeless adventures of Wilbur and Charlotte are family favorites of ours.  I love the sweet themes in Charlotte's Web- friendship, positive thinking, love, kindness, etc... It makes a great choice for family movie night, but since sitting in front of a movie silently is not conducive to family bonding I like to add in a few extra activities and a snack to encourage creativity and face to face time.  If you love Charlotte's Web as much as we do consider making it your next … [Read more...]

Finding Nemo Family Movie Night

With Finding Dory's release this summer I thought that it was only right to include the classic Finding Nemo in one of our Family Movie Night's. 13 years ago a sweet little clown fish, his dad, and their goofy blue friend swam into our lives and hearts and have not diminished in popularity at all. He gave me lots of fun ideas to do with my family and then share with you! Movie night doesn't have to mean staring at a TV all night with no interaction, you can make it so much more with a … [Read more...]

Family Movie Night- The Jungle Book

Setting aside a once or twice a month family movie night for your entire family to enjoy together is fun, builds a close bond, and opens the door for deep discussions on developing character and other real life situations. Farmer's Wife Rambles

Setting aside a once or twice a month movie night for your entire family to enjoy together is fun, builds a close bond, and opens the door for deep discussions on developing character and other real life situations. Whether your favorite is the classic animated version or the new high-tech CGI Jungle book it makes a perfect choice for family movie night. But that doesn’t mean you have to just pop everybody in front of movie and have it end there! You can incorporate all kinds of fun themed … [Read more...]

10 Ways to Create a Fabulous Family Movie Night

Whether you do it weekly or monthly Family Movie Night can become one of you and your children’s favorite activities. Sweet and fun nights cuddled up on the couch watching family favorites, animated classics, new movies you have never seen before. Making memories and sharing laughs over bowls of salty buttery popcorn.  Here are 10 ways to help make sure that Family Movie Nights are memorable as well as some good family movies to get you started with. 10 Ways to Create a Fabulous Family … [Read more...]

Cotton Candy Scented Recipe For Playdough

Do you need something fun to do with the kiddos? This easy cotton candy scented recipe for playdough is just the thing! - Farmer's Wife Rambles

Do you need something fun to do with the kiddos? I have the perfect solution! Cotton Candy Scented Playdough! My kids have always been overly excited about playdough and I love them for that. First of all, this recipe for playdough is super easy, which makes my life that much easier. And the kids also enjoyed playing with it. I think playdough takes us back to a simpler time in life when we don’t have to worry about all the hard stuff. Sometimes even I sit down and play with them using … [Read more...]

Teaching Shapes – DIY Shape Car Garage

Teaching Shapes - DIY Shape Car Garage

Are you in the process of trying to teach shapes to your little ones? A cool approach that I’ve done with my boys in the past is known as a Shape Car Garage. Here’s how you easily make this shape car garage, seriously the hardest part is finding the right box. Teaching Shapes - DIY Shape Car Garage Supplies Cardboard Box (preferably small) Markers Toy Cars Directions Open up the box or cut an opening in a box. Make parking spaces in the box, just like you’d see … [Read more...]

15 Freezer Meals For Busy Households

15 Freezer Meals For Busy Households - Farmer's Wife Rambles

Earlier I talked about how to organize a freezer meal swap group and a few factors you need to take into account.  Today we are going to discuss some meals that work well for freezer swap meals.  These meals have all been tried and passed the test.  Just because a meal tastes amazing the first time doesn't mean that it actually freezes and re-heats well.  Perhaps your noodles get mushy because the meal had to much liquid once it thawed or maybe your chicken is dry … [Read more...]

How To Organize A Freezer Meal Swap

How To Organize A Freezer Meal Swap - Farmer's Wife Rambles

How To Organize A Freezer Meal Swap   I belong to the local MOPS group and one of them recently suggested putting together a freezer meal swap.  10-12 of us were on board with the idea.  I don't know about you but most some nights I love not having to put much thought into dinner.  Having 10 meals in the freezer waiting to be cooked and making my life easier takes a huge stress load off of my shoulders.  Plus I also know that on one of the many nights my husband will … [Read more...]

Busy Bag Activity ~ Pom Pom Sorting Fun

Busy bag Activity Pom Pom Sorting

Busy Bag Activity ~ Pom Pom Sorting Fun I love creating fun activities for my boys to participate in. If you have several little children at home and need to find a way to occupy them, then this busy bag activity is for you. If you’re ready to introduce your kids to some fun, then dive in! #1. Gathering the Materials This busy bag might require some thought beforehand. What I mean by that is you need a container for the “Pom Pom Sorting” Busy Bag. You can really use anything you … [Read more...]

Busy Bag Activity ~ Highway Shapes

Highway Busy Bag Activity

Busy Bag Activity ~ Highway Shapes How many of you have boys that seem to be bored a lot? I came across this awesome Busy Bag Activity and had to adapt it for my own kids (a shout out to Cody and Chelsea Groves Blog for the inspiration). As a mom of all boys, it’s my duty to find them things to do that will last more than 5 seconds. For this activity bag, you will want to find “highway” shaped cards because the purpose of this activity bag is making car roads out of shapes. … [Read more...]

How To Make Your Own Dehydrated Potatoes ~ Fresh Potatoes All Year Long

Dehydrated Potatoes

You had to expect something like dehydrated potatoes coming from a potato farmer's wife  :) Why Dehydrate Potatoes As a potato farmers wife you would think that I always have potatoes on hand...uhh wrong. Cory is only mediocre about bringing them to me from the seed cellar when I ask. It's kind of like the old saying about a mechanics car is always broke down, during the winter he has to check the seed cellar everyday but for whatever reason potatoes don't always make it to my … [Read more...]