Flannel Jammies Farm

...praising God on our 1/5 acre of suburbia

Monday, April 25, 2011


There are so many gifts that have nothing to do with what I have, and everything to do with what He gave.  There are no photos vibrant enough to enhance the list.  There are no real words this side of heaven to describe the joy.

102.  God's love to me, a blemished lamb

103.  God's plan throughout time for my good

104.  The sweet, small whispers throughout my day, guiding me, teaching me

105.  The Word, true and ageless

106.  The moments of clarity and illumination in study, quietly gifted to me by the Holy Spirit

107.  Jesus, coming as a tiny human to save an entire world

108.  Jesus, walking among the broken and flawed, teaching and sharing and healing and loving

109.  Jesus, the Man, accused, humiliated, rejected, tortured, crushed beneath the sin of the world, yet obedient until death

110.  Jesus, the King, risen, glorious, coming again for me

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Easter Heart Cry

  I want to know Christ 
and experience the mighty power 
that raised Him from the dead. 
I want to suffer with Him, 
sharing in His death, 
so that one way or another 
I will experience the resurrection from the dead!  
I don’t mean to say 
that I have already achieved these things 
or that I have already reached perfection. 
But I press on to possess that perfection 
for which Christ Jesus 
first possessed me. 
Philippians 3:10-12

Saturday, April 23, 2011

How Does Your Garden Grow?

A quick Spring update - - The vegetable garden is mostly in and we are blessed with green growth and the feel of rich earth in our hands. 

Our first tomato of the season!
Goat with heirloom tomatoes and onions
Cilantro and tomatoes
Black Cherry and Red Pear tomatoes with lettuces and Swiss Chard
Here are a few shots of our other Spring beds...
My favorite Iris
Bee and Butterfly border outside veggie garden
Hyacinth in the daylily
Daisy and Bee Balm
Vegetable garden inside the fence
Gerbera Daisy... a gift from Trista
Vinca Vine, or Periwinkle
Outrageous Azalea
Turtles chatting under the crape myrtle
Front porch bed
Birdy Chapel
Wishing you and yours a blessed and joyful Easter
from Flannel Jammies Farm!

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

What to do with radishes...

We've had an especially good harvest of radishes this season.  We succession planted Easter Egg Radish seeds, and we've been enjoying them in salads and we've cooked the radish tops with kale, Swiss chard, and spinach for a lovely side dish of greens.  But still there are radishes in the garden. 

I recently read a blog post by Tracey at Life in Sugar Hollow about something she'd discovered: radish butter.  What a crazy idea!!!  And I was growing these beautiful red, purple, magenta, and white radishes right outside!  I used this same recipe from The Splendid Table, except I substituted Earth Balance sticks for the dairy butter.

It looks creamy and delicious and I can't wait for supper!!!!

Monday, April 18, 2011

The Sweetest Gift...

Today I am thankful for, above all else, my husband.  He has been my love, my life, my support, my guide, my standard these many years.  His heart is great and tender and filled with the love of Christ.  He is pure gifting from the Lord, and I am so very grateful.
101.  Tom, on his birthday.  I love you, my sweetness.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Growing and Eating REALLY Local

My family and I feel strongly about buying local, eating local.  Fresher and healthier food, organically grown by farmers we've met.  Supporting with our dollar 'votes' small local farmers.  Taking it one step further, what could be more local than our own garden?  Over the last 10 years at this little suburban house on 1/5 acre, we've gardened year round, stepping right outside our door for a fresh salad or veggies for the grill or the perfect herbal compliment.  Nutritious and delicious.

Some (ok, most) of my friends think I'm a little strange.  I mean, we live in the middle of a bustling city center.  I'm forty-something in overalls, giddy over increasing worm population in the compost, trying repeatedly to get them to try grilled eggplant or zucchini pastries.  Some have asked questions: what do you grow? how do you grow all those varieties? do you really eat what you grow? 

Here we go:
This is the garden for 2011.
Tomatoes: Brandywine, Mountain Pride, Lemon Boy, Early Girl, Super Sweet 100 (2), Pineapple Hawaiian, Green Zebra, Cherokee Green, Mortgage Lifter, Red Pear, and Black Cherry.  Not on the plan are Better Bush and another Lemon Boy (grown upside down) and a Cherokee Purple.

Peppers: Cubanelle (3), Bell Boy (3), Jalapeno, Anaheim, Banana.

Yellow Crookneck Squash and Zucchini.

Eggplant: Nubia and Nadia.
Cucumber:  Pickling and Diva.

Asparagus.  Joy Choi.  Easter Egg Radish.  Onions.

Earlier plantings included kale, Swiss Chard, lettuces, onions and spinach.  We've been enjoying salads, sauteed greens, kale and bean soup, and orzo with lemon and greens for much of the late Winter/early Spring.  Tonight we had a beautiful salad of oak leaf and red leaf lettuces, Swiss chard, spinach, radish and chives (with the addition of carrots not from our garden) to accompany the supper pasta and locally baked 6-grain bread.  YUM!

Herbs:  Cilantro, Basil, Chives, Dill, Sage, Rosemary, Thyme, Mint, Lemon Balm, Lemon Grass, Borage.

These are mostly grown in raised beds, 4' x 4' and 2' x 4', built by my sweet husband.  Scarlett keeps watch over the progress.
We've been making compost for a year now and spread our first batch on the garden this Spring. (Thank you, Cathy, for the composter!)  We try to companion plant and intersperse borage and marigold and complimentary herbs.  We have a bee and butterfly bed just on the other side of the fence from the veggies: bee balm, vitex, black-eyed Susan, butterfly bush, lamb's ear, daisy, purple coneflower, sedum.  We've created a National Wildlife Federation Wildlife Habitat on our little plot of suburbia.

I am so thankful for a little piece of earth to till, for riotous varieties of seeds and seedlings, for just picked goodness. 

Then God said, "I've given you
      every sort of seed-bearing plant on Earth
   And every kind of fruit-bearing tree,
      given them to you for food.
   To all animals and all birds,
      everything that moves and breathes,
   I give whatever grows out of the ground for food."
      And there it was.

 God looked over everything he had made;
      it was so good, so very good!
   It was evening, it was morning—
   Day Six.
Genesis 1:29-31

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Live in the Light

Arise, shine;
For your light has come! 
And the glory of the LORD is risen upon you. 
Isaiah 60:1

Monday, April 11, 2011

Gifts for Counting...

91.  the book of Isaiah, filled with promises and hope and springs of water for the thirsty

92.  warming sunshine

93.  Mountain Pride and Lemon Boy and Brandywine tomato plants

94.  healing and strength enough for each day

95.  Trista's muffins

96.  Robert's phone call on a Sunday afternoon

97.  quiet answers to prayer cries in the middle of the night

98.  reliable power for cooking, for heating, for cooling, for washing... for the extravagance of comfort

99.  photo memories

100.  always Tom

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Quiet Moments at Work...

The sweetness of it surprises me.  God's great faithfulness, providing an opportunity to work in a creative and inspiring place.  I'm so very thankful...


Monday, April 4, 2011

Just Seven Gifts...

Today, it's hard, counting gifts.  I feel so broken.  Flailing, wild-eyed, in need of rest and healing.

It shows on my face.  It pours out in my words. 

Just Seven Gifts?  And Ann provides a sweet and lovely mini journal to write them in?  Can I stop struggling in His arms long enough to count them today?  Can His quiet voice and song of Love still me?

If I but ask...

1.  Time with a son and his wife, full of life and gentleness and artistry
2.  New additions to the gardens, planted and watered

3.  Tom's unfailing love

4.  Good words from doctors treating my mother

5.  Sunshine and warmth and the blessed hope of Spring
6.  Overalls, too big with frayed hems

7.  His arms around me, holding me still, shushing my struggles, calling me to His rest

Friday, April 1, 2011

A Visit from the Granddogs...

Our sweet granddogs, Pickle and Guinness, are visiting for the weekend.  What a blessing it is to have these furry ones in our home, bringing us love and laughter.  They are having a great time with us and our precious Scarlett, but it can be tiring!  Sometimes, a quick nap is just what's needed...
Enjoy your weekend!