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Are you tired of hearing about all of our blueberries yet?

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Blueberries

It’s been an abundant year for our blueberries. I have made Blueberry Lime Jam.

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Blueberry Lime Jam

The freezer is full of Blueberry Muffins.

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Blueberry Muffins

I also have numerous loaves of Blueberry Lemon Bread packed away in the freezer.

Lemon Blueberry Bread

Lemon Blueberry Bread

I’ve also canned Blueberry Pie Filling.

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Blueberry Pie Filling

We’ve enjoyed Blueberry Crisp.

Blueberry Crisp with ice cream!

Blueberry Crisp with ice cream!

and I still plan to make a Blueberry Crunch.

Blueberry Crumble

Blueberry Crumble

But what do we do when we still have blueberries? We freeze them!

Blueberries are so easy to freeze, much like freezing strawberries. You just fill a rimmed cookie sheet with blueberries and carefully place them in the freezer.freezing blueberries Allow the blueberries to freeze solid. When they are completely frozen place the blueberries in a freezer bag or container and place back in the freezer.Place the frozen berries into a freezer container. That’s it. You will be able to enjoy them this winter.Frozen blueberries. It’s always nice to enjoy a yummy Blueberry Cobbler in the middle of winter!

Enjoy!

Peach Blueberry Cobbler

I’ve used vodka to make certain things like vanilla extract but did you know you can use it to make a disinfectant as well? This mixture can be used on bathroom surfaces, countertops, tables, appliances, light switches and doorknobs.

The white vinegar and vodka inhibit the growth of germs. The lavender and lemon essential oils are antibacterial and antiseptic.

Ingredients for disinfectant

Ingredients for disinfectant

Vinegar and Vodka Disinfectant

½ cup white vinegar
½ cup vodka
10 drops of lavender essential oil
10 drops lemon essential oil
1 ½ cups water

Pour all the ingredients in to a 24oz spray bottle and shake well. Spray your surfaces and let sit for 10 minutes. Wipe clean.

That’s it, so simple and the smell of the lavender helps relive stress and boost moods so you might actually enjoy cleaning!

Vineagar Vodka Disinfectant

Vineagar Vodka Disinfectant

It works pretty well as a cleaner although I may have to add a little more essential oil, and the hint of vodka is strong so I feel like I’m cleaning my counters with a vodka tonic!

My mom was always ahead of her time. She was cooking with grains before it was even popular. You may remember my post on Warm Farro Cereal.

Warm Farro Cereal

Warm Farro Cereal

Farro is a type of hulled wheat that is typically used in salads, soups and side dishes. It has sort of a nutty flavor. Farro looks very much like a wheat berry.This is a great summer salad when you can take advantage of the garden fresh tomatoes and herbs.  It’s the fresh herbs that really make this dish!fresh herbs You can serve it as a side dish or as a meatless dinner.

Farro Salad with Tomatoes and Corn

1 Cup Farro
2 ears of cooked corn
16 cherry tomatoes, quartered
4 tsp chopped fresh oregano
4 tsp chopped fresh thyme
2 Tbsp chopped fresh chives
¼ cup toasted slivered almonds
2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
4 tsp white wine vinegar
Salt and pepper to taste

Place farro in a small bowl, cover with water and let sit over night. When ready to cook, drain the faro and place in a small pan with water to cover. Bring to a boil and cook for ten minutes, until tender.

Scrape the kernels from the corn.Scrape kernels from the corn. Place the corn and remaining ingredients in a bowl and mix well. When the faro is cooked, drain well and toss in bowl.Add farrow to bowl with other ingredients. Serve at room temperature or chilled.Farro Salad Serves 4-6 depending as whether you are using is as a side dish or the main dish.Farro Salad with Tomatoes and Corn

 

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Our Simple Homestead Blog Hop #12!

We have a new host for the Blog Hop! Please welcome Amy & Kristi from Home & Farm Sense. Amy & Kristin  are wives, mothers of 18, farmers and friends. Kristi writes awesome stories and Amy is into health and essential oils. Check out their blog and welcome them!

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I hope you join us this week for Our Simple Homestead Blog Hop! Thank you for sharing your homesteading, homemaking, and homeschooling posts with us each week! It’s so much fun to read your hints, tips, and happenings! Each week I will feature our most visited post from the week before, which also linked back to the hop, and my weekly favorite. I hope you have fun exploring all the great ideas everyone has shared with us!

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Our Simple Homestead Blog Hop Hosts are:
Tracy @ Our Simple Life
Sandra @ Clearwater Farm,
Kathi @ Oak Hill Homestead,
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and Me! (NancyNancy On The Home Front)

(Remember – If you would like to be featured, be sure to link back to the hop otherwise you will not be featured!)

The most clicked on post last week: Simply Finding The Real You, written by Tracy of Our simple Homestead!finding-the-real-you

My featured post:
Lemon Ice Cream written by Lori from LL Farm.lemon ice cream main picture

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  If you were featured be sure to pick up your, “Our Simple Homestead” button. We look forward to seeing what you have to share this week!  If you would like to be featured in the future, be sure to link back to the hop. We love to read encouraging posts about homesteading. Please stop by to congratulate the featured bloggers this week. If you were featured, grab a button to display proudly on your blog.

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I have been growing garlic every year for a while now. I have great luck with it and manage to grow enough to just about last us all year! You can read about planting garlic here. I usually plant my garlic in early September. It then has time to establish itself before the cold weather sets in.

In the spring the garlic is one of the first crops to peek through the hay.

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Garlic

I keep an eye on it and when the garlic scapes form I cut them off.

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Garlic Scapes

I’ve used the scapes to make garlic scape pickles, garlic scape pesto and even garlic scape scampi! Yes we love our scapes and we love our garlic.

In August I keep an eye on the garlic, when the tops start to turn brown it is time to harvest. Like last year I was concerned because the stalks seems skinny and I wondered how big the bulbs would be. I did not have to be concerned because as soon as I pulled the stalks I was pleased. The bulbs were all good sized!Nice size garlic bulbs.

After I brushed off all the dirt I set up the garlic in out garage on an old window screen. I will let it dry for a few days before I braid it.

Garlic drying

Garlic drying

Once the garlic in braided I will hang it to dry in our garage.

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Garlic bulbs braided together.

I think our garage will smell like garlic for a while!

As summer comes to an end, it can be easy to let the remaining time left in the season pass you by. This year, take advantage of summer’s end. Here are 20 things to do before summer ends and the hustle & bustle of summer begins.

Have an End-of-Summer Picnic
There’s no better way to end summer than by having one last picnic with friends or family. Plan a great meal, pick a great location, and make it a large-scale end of summer party. Provide some activities and games to really mark the occasion and capture the spirit of the season.

Take One Last Swim
The tail-end of summer is the perfect time to go swimming. As the heat starts to simmer and the weather begins to change, get out in the crisp air and into the cool water. Going for one last swim before the end of the summer may be just the thing to get you exhilarated and ready for the months that lie ahead.

Go On a Weekend Road Trip
Find yourself still wanting to take a trip but you don’t have the time or the resources to take another vacation? Why not take a simple weekend road trip. Go somewhere that’s close enough to home to get there and back with plenty of time to explore, but far enough away to make it feel like a genuine getaway.

Go Camping
The end of summer is the perfect time to get out into the woods and sleep under the stars. If you’ve already gone camping this summer, maybe try a new camping spot that you’ve never been to before. The change of scenery and quiet of nature will be just the thing to charge up your batteries for fall.Hiker in Tatra Mountains

Make Some Home Upgrades
Before fall comes and you get too busy, take the opportunity to make some simple, inexpensive home upgrades. Install soft-close drawer slides, repaint some rooms, get some new appliances, or switch out your old blinds for interior shutters or blackout shades like these. Your down time may be shrinking as summer ends, but there’s still time to make some small changes in your home that will make a big difference in the long run.

Do Some End-of-Summer Cleaning
Spring cleaning is great, but your home may need some extra cleaning even more at the end of a busy summer. Take some time to do some heavy duty cleaning and get your house ready for fall and winter.

Get a Check-Up
If it’s been awhile since you’ve had a medical check-up, the end of summer is a perfect time to get it done. Make an appointment while you still have less on your mind and the time to pay the doctor a visit.

Get Your Yard Ready For Fall
There are plenty of things you can do to make sure your yard stays healthy through the fall. Lawn maintenance, for example, should happen in the fall so that your lawn can keep a strong root system for spring. Aerating may also be a good idea. Or get your garden ready for fall planting.Garden

Get Ready For the Holidays
Once summer ends, the holidays can really sneak up on you. The last few weeks of summer might be a great time to make as many holiday preparations as you can. Start planning for thanksgiving with family. Get your decorations organized so they’re ready to be put up when the time comes. While the majority of holiday preparation has to wait until the holidays are closer, there’s still plenty you can do now to make the holiday season easier when it comes.

Organize Your Garage
If you don’t stay on top of it, the garage can become a cluttered place. By the end of summer, your garage may be suffering from all the traffic it’s been getting. Now may be a good time to re-organize your garage so it serves its purpose for the rest of the year.Carton boxes in the garage

Get a Tan (While You Still Can)
Never quite get around to getting that summer tan you wanted? No problem. There’s still enough time to get out in the sun and get a tan that will last you into the fall. Make a conscious effort to spend more time outdoors and participate in some outdoor recreational activities. By the time fall and winter roll around, you’ll be prepared with the sun in your skin and summer in your heart.

Guest post by author: Andy Andersen

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