Thursday, May 10, 2018

Encouraging Hearts & Home 3-10-18


Welcome to Encouraging Hearts & Home

Happy Thursday to all of you!  What a beautiful morning we are having here in Northeast Kansas!  I wish you all a wonderful week, and a blessed day!  Go get inspired, and be Encouraged!


The Encouraging Hearts & Home Bloggers:


Join your Encouraging Hearts & Home Co-Hosts each week for encouragement and support for your heart & your home. We hope to provide a space that builds each other up and lends a helping hand along the way. With all the negativity in the world, let's shine a positive light!

Anne at Learning TableLinda at Apron Strings & Other Things

Amy at A Nest in the Rocks





The most clicked post from last week's Blog Hop was:




***Each week, our co-hosts will each choose 10 of our favorite links, along with the most clicked link, and pin them to our Encouraging Hearts & Home Pinterest board. 



 Join us each Thursday! Link up your family-friendly blog posts and find encouragement for your heart & home!

How to Link Up:



  • Use the form below to share your posts this week, and maybe you'll discover some new ideas from all the fabulous links!




  • Please share only your family friendly posts with us!




  • Please only link up images that you have the rights to use.




  • By linking up, you agree that if your blog post is selected to be featured on any of our hosts' blogs, we can use an image from your post with a link back to your post.











  • Other nice things you can do:




  • Visit a few other bloggers and show them your support. We all love getting comments, and who knows what inspiration you may find? Be sure to share the love--that's what a blog hop is all about!



  • If you are interested in co-hosting, contact Anne at anne@mylearningtable.com






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    Thursday, May 3, 2018

    Encouraging Hearts & Home 4-3-18


    Welcome to Encouraging Hearts & Home


    Well, we missed out on that one!  Whew.  My heart is happy today because Kansas did NOT get hit as hard as expected with the Spring weather Forecast predicted for us!  Praise God!!!!  We have had some nice rain, and it appears to be continuing for awhile!  Although I am sad that I don't have more seed in the ground, I am happy that I still have my home and garden to tend!  Take care , and go be inspired!

    The Encouraging Hearts & Home Bloggers:


    Join your Encouraging Hearts & Home Co-Hosts each week for encouragement and support for your heart & your home. We hope to provide a space that builds each other up and lends a helping hand along the way. With all the negativity in the world, let's shine a positive light!

    Anne at Learning TableLinda at Apron Strings & Other Things

    Amy at A Nest in the Rocks





    The most clicked post from last week's Blog Hop was:




    ***Each week, our co-hosts will each choose 10 of our favorite links, along with the most clicked link, and pin them to our Encouraging Hearts & Home Pinterest board. 



     Join us each Thursday! Link up your family-friendly blog posts and find encouragement for your heart & home!

    How to Link Up:











  • Use the form below to share your posts this week, and maybe you'll discover some new ideas from all the fabulous links!

















  • Please share only your family friendly posts with us!











  • Please only link up images that you have the rights to use.











  • By linking up, you agree that if your blog post is selected to be featured on any of our hosts' blogs, we can use an image from your post with a link back to your post.












  • Other nice things you can do:











  • Visit a few other bloggers and show them your support. We all love getting comments, and who knows what inspiration you may find? Be sure to share the love--that's what a blog hop is all about!











  • If you are interested in co-hosting, contact Anne at anne@mylearningtable.com
















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    Wednesday, April 18, 2018

    Encouraging Hearts & Home 3-19-18


    Welcome to Encouraging Hearts & Home


    Hello Winter.... I mean Summer... now wait...this is Supposed to be Spring?  Wow.... I think that someone is playing with the thermostat?  I mean really?  My poor family has been hit hard this past week.  I took a fall, my son got a head cold, the middle child got the cold and now stomach,  I'm dealing with stomach issues, and now the Farmer has a SERIOUS "Man Cold".  I'm going to turn this frown upside down and go read some great articles from some great people....you all take care!

    The Encouraging Hearts & Home Bloggers:


    Join your Encouraging Hearts & Home Co-Hosts each week for encouragement and support for your heart & your home. We hope to provide a space that builds each other up and lends a helping hand along the way. With all the negativity in the world, let's shine a positive light!

    Anne at Learning TableLinda at Apron Strings & Other Things

    Amy at A Nest in the Rocks







    ***Each week, our co-hosts will each choose 10 of our favorite links, along with the most clicked link, and pin them to our Encouraging Hearts & Home Pinterest board. 



     Join us each Thursday! Link up your family-friendly blog posts and find encouragement for your heart & home!

    How to Link Up:







  • Use the form below to share your posts this week, and maybe you'll discover some new ideas from all the fabulous links!










  • Please share only your family friendly posts with us!







  • Please only link up images that you have the rights to use.







  • By linking up, you agree that if your blog post is selected to be featured on any of our hosts' blogs, we can use an image from your post with a link back to your post.









  • Other nice things you can do:







  • Visit a few other bloggers and show them your support. We all love getting comments, and who knows what inspiration you may find? Be sure to share the love--that's what a blog hop is all about!







  • If you are interested in co-hosting, contact Anne at anne@mylearningtable.com













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    Freezing Extra Eggs


    Well, now that the days are getting longer and the chickens are laying again, what do you do with all the eggs?  If you're like our family, you are so extremely excited that you start cooking up all of your favorite egg-related recipes and devoured them in no time flat.  Eventually, you begin to back off the egg recipe and your refrigerator gets taken over.  You then can choose to give, sell, or trade your eggs in the local community.  We do all of the above!  And another thing we do is freeze them!  Just like your produce in the garden, you'll want to find ways to preserve those eggs!  There are several ways to do this, but today we are going to talk about freezing your eggs!


    There are 3 different options on how you can choose to freeze them.  One is to leave them whole, one is to separate the yolk from the whites, and finally, you can scramble them together!  I have experimented with all 3!  And my suggestion to you is to do the same thing!  Experiment and see what you feel will give you the end product you desire!  

    From my personal experience, they don't fry up well as a single egg, however they do just great scrambled!  Especially if  you add some yummy veggies and cheese!  For baking, I rather doubt you can even tell the difference in the end product.  I will admit that the egg does tend to look different, and the yolk tends to pop out more.  This is why many people suggest breaking it before freezing!  And then of course if you separate the whites from the yolk, you will be able to make different recipes.  The whites freeze up fantastic, that's why you can buy them in the store that way!




    Freezing them is as easy as cracking them open into an ice cube tray.  Here you can see I have a larger, more flexible cube tray that I am using.  I did this so that I would have no trouble fitting an entire duck egg into one compartment.  Remember:  I am "The Inquisitive Farmwife" and for me experimenting and trying new things is just what I do!  And yes, you absolutely CAN freeze duck eggs just the same as you can chicken!  Once the egg is frozen, just place into freezer bags.  I choose to place mine in bags according to not only duck or chicken, but yolks, whites, and mixed.  This made it easy for recipe time!  Label and stick back in the freezer, and that's it!  It's really that easy!  No need to add any salt until you cook them!  We have kept eggs in the freezer for up to one year, but I would suggest sticking to the 3-6 month time frame to keep them from getting stale or freezer burn taste.  

    I sure hope this simple little tad-bit of egg knowledge has you inspired to try something new, use up what you have, and save them for the dreaded winter months when fresh is hard to come by!




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    Thursday, April 12, 2018

    Encouraging Hearts and Home 4/12/18


    Welcome to Encouraging Hearts & Home

    Well, the first day of spring has officially come and gone.  Weather here in Kansas is quite typical for us.  You know... the whole... "if you don't like the weather, just wait as it will change" thing.  Totally happening here!  It's gorgeous out, hot even!  And in two days we are forecasted to have rain, snow, and wind.  So as badly as we want to start planting our fields, putting plants in the garden, and digging up some yummy greens, it's just not quite time yet!  So for now, you can plant yourself a little garden indoors.  You can keep it there or move it to your patio when weather allows.  Because I KNOW you've been eyeballing plants at the nurseries and big box stores!

    Join your Encouraging Hearts & Home Co-Hosts each week for encouragement and support for your heart & your home. We hope to provide a space that builds each other up and lends a helping hand along the way. With all the negativity in the world, let's shine a positive light!

    Anne at Learning TableLinda at Apron Strings & Other Things

    Amy at A Nest in the Rocks







    ***Each week, our co-hosts will each choose 10 of our favorite links, along with the most clicked link, and pin them to our Encouraging Hearts & Home Pinterest board. 



     Join us each Thursday! Link up your family-friendly blog posts and find encouragement for your heart & home!

    How to Link Up:






  • Use the form below to share your posts this week, and maybe you'll discover some new ideas from all the fabulous links!











  • Please share only your family friendly posts with us!











  • Please only link up images that you have the rights to use.











  • By linking up, you agree that if your blog post is selected to be featured on any of our hosts' blogs, we can use an image from your post with a link back to your post.











  • Other nice things you can do:






  • Visit a few other bloggers and show them your support. We all love getting comments, and who knows what inspiration you may find? Be sure to share the love--that's what a blog hop is all about!











  • If you are interested in co-hosting, contact Anne at anne@mylearningtable.com








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    Making Fairy Gardens

    Have you ever thought about making a "Mini Garden"  or a  "Tiny Garden"  or maybe a "Fairy Garden"?  We did, and what a fun and exciting time we had!  

    There really isn't much to putting together one of these special gardens.  You just choose all the wonderful things that you like, and put it together!

    First thing you will need is a base.  Some sort of planter.  We used several of the old basin tubs, and an old crock bowl.  There is no rule as to what you use.  Just something that can hold all the dirt or sand, or whatever base medium that you choose.

    Next you will want to decide what types of flowers, herbs, succulents, or other plants that you want to use.  It is best to try to stick with ones that like the same amount of water and sunlight.  This is only to your advantage when it comes to the care of the garden!

    And then the fun part.  Start gathering various rocks, trinkets, broken glass, special items that hold memories, little miniature houses, just whatever you feel makes your little garden yours!  

    Finally, it's time to create!  Remember to add depth and various layers to your little wonderland.  Take your time placing your items in different locations.  Have fun coming up with different ideas!  This isn't something you want to rush!  Relax, take some time for yourself, let your creative juices flow!  Think about how the plants will grow and what it might look like a few weeks, and then again a few months from today!

    Below are some sample ideas that we came up with!


    An herb garden, complete with crazy hared ladies, a fire pit, water fountain, and lighting!  This is a fun piece to place in a window seal and harvest all through the growing season!  Don't worry, Mavis and Betty don't mind!



    Here is a farm scene with animals, a pitchfork, apples, and butterfly!  Not many plants, so not much in the way of watering!  Great way to decorate and have fun without the commitment of plant or animal care!



    This young fisherman decided to stick with succulents.  He even added a pond complete with tiny fish and along the pond edge you will see a fishing pole!  In the background you notice the adorable bait and tackle store!



    Let's not forget about the dry abandoned dessert!  It's an oasis of its own!  Complete with all cacti, rocks, and later a layer of sand is added to make the final touch to the scene!   Look close and you will see the handmade hut, some laundry lines, a bench, and tiny pots line the sidewalk.  


    Let us know what yours looks like!  Post pictures on the Facebook page for all to enjoy!





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    Thursday, April 5, 2018

    Encouraging Hearts and Home 4/5/18


    Welcome to Encouraging Hearts & Home

    Hello Everyone!  April is HERE!  Yes, warmer weather is on it's way .... right?  When I was a child, I grew up with the little saying: "April Showers bring May Flowers."  Hmm, I wonder what April Snow brings?  At least that is what we are seeing here in NE Kansas!   We got snow on April 1st with more predicted to come soon.  I'm happy that my fruit trees haven't started flowering, and that my greenhouse is functional!  What things are  you happy for today?


    The Encouraging Hearts & Home Bloggers:


    Join your Encouraging Hearts & Home Co-Hosts each week for encouragement and support for your heart & your home. We hope to provide a space that builds each other up and lends a helping hand along the way. With all the negativity in the world, let's shine a positive light!

    Anne at Learning TableLinda at Apron Strings & Other Things

    Amy at A Nest in the Rocks





    The most clicked post from last week's Blog Hop was:




    ***Each week, our co-hosts will each choose 10 of our favorite links, along with the most clicked link, and pin them to our Encouraging Hearts & Home Pinterest board. 



     Join us each Thursday! Link up your family-friendly blog posts and find encouragement for your heart & home!

    How to Link Up:






  • Use the form below to share your posts this week, and maybe you'll discover some new ideas from all the fabulous links!









  • Please share only your family friendly posts with us!






  • Please only link up images that you have the rights to use.






  • By linking up, you agree that if your blog post is selected to be featured on any of our hosts' blogs, we can use an image from your post with a link back to your post.









  • Other nice things you can do:






  • Visit a few other bloggers and show them your support. We all love getting comments, and who knows what inspiration you may find? Be sure to share the love--that's what a blog hop is all about!






  • If you are interested in co-hosting, contact Anne at anne@mylearningtable.com













  • Come Join me on Social Media: