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Five fun things about living at The Frugal Farm

5. People look at you crazy when you start talking about irrigation. Or cutting hay. Or barns. Need I go on?

4. You go to the county fair solely to look at the livestock--because you actually have a place to put it.

3. You know that real farmers laugh when they hear you live on five acres ("that's a backyard!" they say) yet your family refers to you as "the farm cousins."

2. Less concrete surrounding you means cooler temperatures in the summer.

1. Sometimes you get to drive a TRACTOR!

tractor

(do you have to ask? I drove the tractor last night!)

Fruits of my labor

Today I ate the first tomatoes of the season. They were warm from the sun, and had that perfect tomato flavor. Sure, they were cherry tomatoes, but tomatoes nonetheless.

I went out to the garden to get some onions for dinner and picked the first 4 ripe cherry tomatoes. That was enough for me and each of the girls to eat one (Frugalboy isn't a fan of raw tomatoes), but after I washed them and ate one, I decided that since I had done most of the garden work, I didn't have to share this time. So I didn't.

There will be lots more cherry tomatoes for the girls to eat this summer. The first ones were the fruits of my labor.

2008/06/25 You talkin' sMac (& cheese) with me?

This homemade version of Mac and Cheese doesn't go over as well with my kids as the blue-box version, but the grown-ups love it and I'm sure it is healthier.

I cook some pasta, usually about 8 oz in a fun shape. While it is cooking, I made a cheese sauce. There are a lot of ways to make a white sauce, but my favorite proportions for a cheese sauce came from a book called First Meals (I don't have the new version in the link but the old one still has a lot of great recipes in it. Time intensive, but delicious).  read more »

2008/06/20 Breakfast A lot of eggs in a puffy baked pancake

I found this recipe through the eggs article on Frugal Upstate last week and made it this morning. It was a hit with everyone, and a good way to use up a lot of eggs. I have about 6 dozen eggs right now, and I have for several weeks. Those chickens are laying faster than we can eat and we are getting a little tired of eggs. We ate this with strawberry jam and powdered sugar. I'll have to make something else to go with it next time, as we ate it all and I'm sure some people wished they would have had more.

Call it coincidence, call it a miracle....

Call it what you want, but after being plagued with headaches since I found out I am pregnant, I have found a cure.

I get regular migraine headaches. Usually they are menstrual migraines, but if I don't get enough sleep for too many nights in a row, I will also get one. It wasn't until a couple years ago that I was really able to manage them. I take either an OTC remedy (Excedrin Migraine) or a prescription, depending on the severity, and often drinking a cold caffeinated drink helps get rid of them, too.  read more »


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