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Oct 7, 2019

Independence Days Challenge, Autumn Fun Decor

Independence Days Challenge-
Here's a sum up of recent goings on here!
1. Plant Something-
Wrong time of year for here. The weather changed so fast I didn't have time to plant bulbs, maybe next year.

2. Harvest Something-
Picked the small amount of baby pumpkins (not enough sun), eggs (about 1-2 per day), last of the basil. It's supposed to be 25 degrees Wednesday morning!

Last week got the baby zucchinis, tomatoes, bell peppers, jalapenos, and Gypsy peppers. Dave put the garden to bed for the winter.  The hens love having more space!

3. Preserve/Store Something-
I made pesto (finally!) this weekend to freeze. In the next couple of weeks I'll thaw my Chokecherries and Service berries and make syrups. Today I made Rosie Daley's Pesto (Oprah's former chef) today, enough for 7 small jars to freeze. Great for pasta or smeared on a roasting chicken! I used Romano instead of Parmesan since that's what we had. The whole house smells great!

4. Manage Reserves- Get a Good Deal/Barter/Stock Up/Prep-
Got a 1/2 price garage door tuneup, fixed some balance issues. I got some  new cord slacks at Eddie Bauer outlet a while back, for $10.00 with coupon, stored for winter, wearing them now!  Got new tires for my 11 year old Mazda, runs great, did research and got $150.00 off with a coupon compared to everyone else in town. Great traction!

5. Eat the Food- Try New Foods/Recipe-
Tried this again, a bit high on the butter, but nice! Mary's Apple Cake  I didn't bother making it with rows of apples, just laid them out, sorry no pic.

6. Build Community Food Systems-
Not this year, never made it to the farmer's market. Not selling eggs at this point.

7. Recycle/Re-Use- 
Donating some things to charity, will re-use existing items in upcoming bathroom re-do. Light fixture, towel bar, etc. Our corn stalks are out in front of the house, very Autumn-y! I bought some Twining's Extra Strong English Breakfast tea. Sadly they don't wrap them in individual foil pouches. After wracking my brain I found I had this almost empty glass container. I washed it, filled it, and printed a little label I made, glue stuck it on. On the counter ready for winter! I also re-used this tin to take the same tea to work in my drawer, as I drink tea every morning-

(sorry blurry)

Got a great deal on a comforter a few months back, stored it and got it out, since it's so cold. Got a fun little Hygge book on eBay for a couple bucks, just delivered-

8. Skill Up-
Dave and learned ALL about different kinds of toilets, since we need a new one. Once our flooring is here we'll buy one.

9. Regenerate What is Lost/Salvage Something-
We will start, hopefully, our bath remodel in the next month, waiting on flooring to arrive. May have to change plans on that as it slowing the process. We have a couple of back up plans for the flooring if needed. We're going thru a locally owned shop, used them before, just a matter of get the inventory in. They do great work, more selections that big box stores, nice people.

Autumn Fun Decor-
This is the time of year ,especially with our recent really cold weather, that I like to bring some nature inside. Here's a look at some of our fun fall decor mostly thrifted! Pretty soon it will be time to put up some scary Halloween stuff !

Dining room shelf, new truck from Home Depot!

Kitchen window

Front entryway

Love my new owls!
Our 5 little pumpkins we grew!


Rain said...

I love your fall decor Nancy, especially the little pumpkins and the pumpkin sign!! I have that Hygge book too and a few others, cozy and comfy is my lifestyle, always has been, now I have a name for it! :)

Nancy @ Little Homestead In Boise said...

Thanks, me too. Have the fuzzy small blankets on the couch

Laura Smith said...

Stopping by from the farm fresh hop! You have such cute fall decorations, I like the prairie life sign! You are definitely having winter weather where you are compared to Texas. We were excited for 64 degrees this morning!

Goatldi said...

Great post!

Love Fall decor as it uses my favorite color palette.

Pesto recipe can be found where?

Nancy @ Little Homestead In Boise said...

Thanks and I got that embroidered sign at a thrift store! 25 tomorrow morning!

Nancy @ Little Homestead In Boise said...

Click on the link under # 3 or you can google it, thanks!

Goatldi said...


Nancy @ Little Homestead In Boise said...

No worries and I think I need to change the color of the links so it stands out a little bit more

Sharon@LaurelhurstCraftsman said...

The pesto looks delicious. We've tried for years to grow basil but it just doesn't do well in our garden. Cute decor too.

Nancy @ Little Homestead In Boise said...

Thanks, it does better in a plastic pot on my deck with some shade. Used to cook in full sun

Lisa L Lombardo said...

What a great challenge, Nancy! I love the autumn decor! Thanks so much for sharing on Farm Fresh Tuesdays!

Nancy @ Little Homestead In Boise said...

thanks Lisa I've always liked doing this Challenge and it was inspired by Independence days book on the left side bar of my blog. I would have responded sooner but your comment went into the spam folder

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