Meet My Piggies

 

 

I wanted y’all to meet two of the stars of the show here at Tattletail Farm. Meet Lilly and Miss Piggy. Lilly was an unexpected edition, much to my hubby’s surprise, and Miss Pig was added to keep little Lilly company.

 

Poor little Lilly was thrown out of a car on a highway. A good Samaritan picked her up and brought her to a Petsmart. One of the nice workers there went to Tractor Supply to buy pig food, where she met me. She said she didn’t know how to take care of a pig. So, of course, I told her if she couldn’t find a home for her then I would give her one. Well, two days later we were building a pig pen. I don’t know how my sweet hubby puts up with me! Haha!

Kyrah, my middle daughter,  always tells people that if an animal is broken or abused it ends up on our farm! Lol! Well Lilly healed up pretty quickly and has warmed right up to us. She knows how to sit, spin, and beg for treats.

Miss Pig is a little more on the fluffy side and can only manage to sit. But she sits so pretty! Haha! And she has the most adorable under bite that makes her tongue stick out all the time.

I love my piggies!

Glam Decor Around the Farmhouse

 

Hey y’all! I love to decorate! I could spend days in Hobby Lobby or At Home. And Kirklands just makes me smile! I thought I would share just a couple of fun new things I’ve picked up lately to beautify our home. Up top is my fun little pedestal I put by my kitchen sink. I got it from Hobby Lobby. Of course, I don’t buy anything from there if it’s not at least 40% off! The cute little pumpkin soap dispenser was two bucks at Family Dollar! I hardly ever go there and I was just tickled when I found that cute little guy! The flowers are from Aldi… that I bought myself, because I felt like it! Haha!

This cute little container is for puppy treats! I’m pretty sure I picked it up at Tractor Supply. Surprisingly, Tractor Supply has some cute home decor, not a ton, but it’s usually really cute! Oh, and it was on clearance!

 

Then the final thing I want to show you is Betsy! Betsy probably isn’t for everyone but she sure makes me happy! I love all the colors and the textures! My girls and I were at Kirklands having a look around, taking silly snap chats of ourselves,  and there was this one filter that was super crazy colors and looked a lot like Betsy here. Well that did it! I took a picture with the snap chat filter next to Betsy and fell in love with her! I wish I still had that picture! I really feel like the things in your home should make you feel happy and be a reflection of you and I’d like to think these all reflect me a little bit.

Love ya,

Amber

 

Hello From Tattletail Farm

 

Hello peeps!  I have finally decided to start up our little blog again.  I’ve been doing so many fun things here on the farm and decorating our pretty farmhouse!  My friends and fam keep encouraging me to share with y’all, so here we go! My latest project that I’ve worked on turned out so much better than I could have hoped for!  We have this beautiful big front porch and I desperately wanted one of those long antique pews that I’ve seen on other farmhouse blogs and Pinterest! (Love Pinterest!)  But have you seen how much people want to charge for a dusty old pew?  No thank you!  So, I was browsing through the Facebook Marketplace and of course FREE caught my eye!  There was a lady getting rid of an old headboard and a kid’s armoire.  Surprisingly, I was the first to respond!  That never happens!  It was just meant to be!  So I went and picked them up along with a couple other things that were sitting around on her property (The redneck in me couldn’t say no!) and headed home.  Well after lots of research on Pinterest I created this beautiful bench! I am in love!


 

I think our little barn kitties love it just as much as I do. I used Rustoleum Heirloom White and did a matte protective spray to finish it off after I distressed it.  I think she’s a beauty!  If y’all would like me to do a tutorial, let me know.  It looks intimidating but it really wasn’t that hard.  I’m excited to share my crazy projects and all the chaos that is our farm.

Love ya,

Amber

P.S. Here she is all dressed up for Halloween!

Farmhouse Chic Before and Afters

I love to see before and afters of DIY projects.  It’s so awesome to see how something that is not so pretty turns into something fantastic and makes me smile!  These projects were really fun to do.

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After!  So gorgeous!

 

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 This is inside the drawer.  Love it!

 

 

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My sweet girl helping sand

 

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Look how gross the cushion was!  Ewww

 

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I forgot to take pics of it all assembled..oops!

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And here is the finished project! I love the upholstery!

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Look at the cute red handle!

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I also did another aqua colored chair to match the other one.

So I’ve listed these babies on Facebook and KSL classifieds.  Hopefully I can sell them on my own.  But, I’ve contacted a consignment shop in Farmington called Consign and Design and have emailed her pictures of all my stuff and am still waiting to hear back from her.  So wish me luck and let me know if you are interested! 🙂

Introducing Farmhouse Chic!

One of my favorite hobbies is refinishing furniture.  Just about every piece of furniture in our home has been repainted or refurbished in some way by me.  I love how every piece has a story.  I wish that I could sit down with them and just listen to where they’ve been and what they’ve seen.  We have an old antique piano that is over a hundred years old!  Think of all the music and joy it has brought over the years!  Cody’s sweet Grandma has given me several things that I just cherish!  An old tea set from when she was a girl, quilts that her mother made from her dresses growing up, and a set of dining room chairs that have been repainted at least eight times!  (I counted when I stripped them down and repainted them!)

Well every time I refinish a piece my family and friends always say that I should go into business.  I’ve always kind of shrugged it off and said “…maybe one day.”  Well, I guess “one day”  is here!  I’ve decided to start with a couple of pieces and post them on facebook and see what happens.  I will probably post some things on KSL ( a local classifieds section online).  I’ve even talked to a consignment shop in Gardener Village that has a darling little place that is interested in my furniture.  It would be so fun to have my stuff there but they take a huge chunk of the sale.  So I will try to do it on my own first and see what happens.

I’m hoping that some people will like what I do and maybe have me refinish some things for them! I’ve already had one person ask about a bid!  So fun!  I think this little side job will be a fun creative outlet and I’m excited to start experimenting with paint!  There are a bunch of things I’ve wanted to try but my house can only hold so much stuff!  So bring on the paint!

Here are some fun pieces that I’ve done around our little homestead.

 

 

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A Darling Tea Table

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A Fun Pedestal Kitchen Table That We Use in Our Living Room

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My Latest Treasure… Old Dresser into a TV Stand

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Grandma’s Chairs

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Old Kitchen Chair Looking Shabby and Fabulous!

 

 

Salsa!

I am so happy with all of the salsa that we have put up this year.  It is soooo much work.  And not my favorite thing to do.  But there is such a satisfaction of seeing rows of bottles filled with my hard work.  Our garden did really well this year so I was able to do a bunch of salsa, spaghetti sauce, and diced tomatoes.

I found this awesome recipe at Belle Adorn.  I’ve tweaked it a bit this year and really love the results.

Yummy  Salsa

30 tomatoes peeled and chopped( Or don’t peel them :))
2 green bell peppers
2 red bell peppers
10 cups chopped onions
10 cloves garlic
4-5 yellow banana pepper or 1 cup chopped jalapenos
1/2-3/4 cup sugar
2 cups vinegar ( or lime juice, that’s what I use)
8 teaspoons pickling salt
2 teaspoons black pepper
2 large cans tomato paste

Chopped cilantro if  you want( love it!)

 

So instead of the bell peppers I used my Anaheim chili peppers that I grew in my garden.  And of course, you can add more or less jalapenos depending on how spicy you like it.  Your salsa will get hotter the longer it sits on the shelf, so keep that in mind.  I also really like the flavor that the lime juice adds.

So, make sure you have a HUGE pot.  Oh, and a food processor.  I got one for Christmas this year and it has changed my life!  I had to hand chop everything last year!  I actually don’t peel my tomatoes, I figure everything is getting chopped and cooked and you really can’t tell the difference.  So why make the extra effort.

Also after I put my tomatoes in the food processor Cody suggested I strain them so that there is not so much liquid.  It was a great idea!  It makes it so much thicker and I don’t have to cook it down as long.  I use the strained tomato juice and cook it down into tomato paste.  Super easy!

 

So, chop, chop, chop and put everything into your pot.  Then let it let it simmer on the stove for 1 1/2- 2 hours.

Make sure that you have sterilized your bottles and your lids.  I usually just toss the bottles into the dishwasher and they are all ready when I need them.  Fill your jars and put your lids on and put them in your water bath canner.  Start timing it when it gets all steamy for about 20 minutes.

Then after they cool, admire the fruits of your labor and pat yourself on the back every time you open a fresh can of salsa in the dead of winter.

 

A Bun In The Oven!

Literally a Bun in the Oven! Haha! I am talking about an awesome artisan bread baking in the oven. So yummy! I was chatting it up with Cody’s cousin’s cute wife, Jinger and she was interested in my whole food approach that I am trying to implement on our homestead. Basically I try to not have processed junk in the house. I make lots of things from scratch. This includes bread. I found an awesome no-knead artisan bread on Theitaliandishblog.com that I love. I also make honey whole wheat and french bread. I’ll post those recipes eventually.This recipe is so great because you mix everything together and then you can stick it in the fridge and just take out a bit of dough when you want a fresh loaf of bread.

 

This is what you need:

  • 3 cups lukewarm water
  • 1-1/2 tablespoons granulated fast acting (instant) yeast (Iuse SAF yeast)
  • 1-1/2 tablespoons kosher or other coarse salt
  • 6-1/2 cups unsifted, unbleached all purpose white flour ( I substituted 2 of the cups for wheat flour.. still amazing)

Just mix it all together, cover it loosely and then let it rise for 2 hours on the counter.  Then you can cut off a chunk and let it sit on your pan  for a half hour or toss it in the fridge.  You can let it sit in the fridge for a couple of days and just pull out what you need whenever. The longer it sits in the fridge, the more it takes on a sourdough taste.   Which is awesome because I can never get sourdough to work for me.  It can stay in there for up to 14 days.   Again, just let it sit for a half hour and then bake. Oh, and make sure you take a sharp knife and put some little slices in the top.  It helps release gases while rising, and it makes you look like a pro!

When you bake it, fill up a pan of water and put it on the bottom rack of your oven.  This will give your bread that thick crusty crust.  Yumm!

Put your pan of water in and then bake at 450 degrees for 30 – 35 minutes.  Or until you have a gorgeous golden brown loaf.  The website I got it from says that it makes four, 1 pound loaves.  But I usually make two, 2 pound loaves because I have super hungry kiddos.

Unfortunately I forgot to take pictures of my beautiful loaf before half of it got devoured.  Oops!  It was soooo good though and it made the house smell amazing.  So, I dare you to try this recipe!  Your family will thank you for it!

Guts and Glory…ish

So I thought I would share my outlook on the whole meat chicken thing.  I’m really happy that I have healthy chicken to feed my family.  And there is such a sense of satisfaction knowing that when we sit down at the table most of it was provided by our hard work and the Lord’s blessings.  I think that I have really grown as a person through all of our homesteading endeavors.  And I’ve tried to push myself to do things that are hard and it feels good to know that I’ve overcome things.  Like, the whole “chickens scare the living daylights out of me” fear.  Totally conquered it.. yay me!

When Cody asked me to help with the chicken butchering, I took a deep breath and tried not to barf.  I successfully skinned and gutted three chickens.  I even cut the feet off of one of them.  I was really proud of me.  Well, after we cleaned up the mess I kept thinking of chicken guts and ripping lungs out of their body cavities.  Eew!  Sorry, kinda gross.   Then every time I closed my eyes I would see murdered chickens!

So the other night I have this dream.  I am milking Leila the goat in our little milking shed and I look over and Cody is skinning Puck the goat!  My sweet baby boy buck was murdered and Cody looked at me like, “What’s your problem?” I remember screaming in my dream and woke up all sweaty and scared.  Plus I was really ticked at Cody and kinda wanted to kick him in his sleep.

Things that I have learned from the whole ordeal…

  • I shouldn’t push myself too hard.
  • I am a caregiver, not a killer.
  • I don’t mind chopping up the chicken once it looks like a rotisserie chicken, but I can’t kill one and gut it!

So, Cody has agreed that he will do the dirty work and I will put things in plastic bags and freeze them and cook them.  I think that’s a fair deal.