Happy New Year!

A healthy and happy 2018 to all of you.  We hope you have all enjoyed your Christmas holidays as much as we have.  Our holiday was filled with family, food and fun and it’s hard to put it behind and get back to normal living.

Our Christmas pajamas were a big hit.  We started off Christmas morning with some pictures showing off how lovely we looked.

My beautiful girls on Christmas morning!

We roasted one turkey and deep fried another with all the fixins. Between that, the snacks, cheesecake, pumpkin pie and candies we were well fed. Everyone was thrilled with their gifts and we spent hours working on Hot Wheels tracks  and LEGO sets.

Andrew pulled Sarah’s name and her gift was this.

Sarah and her bathtub shelf made by Andrew.

Zac and Sarah do not have a bathtub in their house, only a shower. This year we are installing a bathtub the week after Christmas. The shelf Andrew made has a place for a candle, a glass of wine and a place to hold your book or kindle.

Needless to say the old shower unit was removed with no problem. However the entire bathroom floor under the brick was rotted and so all the flooring and joists were removed.

Sophie and I carried all the old brick flooring out and piled it up. We may do a small patio with it.

We are in the process of putting it all back together. New tub, vanity, commode, mirror, closet, flooring and lights. More pictures to come as we make progress.

Sophie and I also took some trips to Michael’s and Hobby Lobby.  She taught herself to arm knit using a video on the internet.

Sophie arm knitting.

We also picked up a lovely pattern from Hobby Lobby for a blanket using Eternal Bliss by Yarn Bee and size 50 circular knitting needles.  She finished it today. It is beautiful.

I can’t wait to make one myself. I looked on the Hobby Lobby website and they are out of stock in most of the colors. I signed up to receive emails when the colors I want are back in stock.

So day two of 2018 is in the books. Many more exciting and busy days ahead for Passion Flower  Farm, and we hope for you too.

 

Barbara

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Cyber Monday

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend and that you were able to enjoy your family and friends like I did. Much of my holiday was spend holding sick grandbabies. They were so pitiful and I loved every minute of them needing to be held, cuddled and spoiled.

Due to their illnesses we decided not to drive to Hillsville, Virginia for our annual Christmas tree hunt. Instead on Saturday we went to the Farmers Market and bought our trees there.  A beautiful Frazier fir cost $50.  They wrapped it and tied it to the van for us. Couldn’t have been easier. It was still exciting for the kiddos, minus the hour long car trip.  Taz had $5 and had his heart set on buying fruit with it. He walked away with a beautiful bag of apples and couldn’t have been prouder.

On Sunday Steve was sick so my dad , Zac, Sarah and the babies attended church. It was also Steve’s birthday – happy 60th! We had soups made from our leftover turkey (turkey noodle) and I used our leftover mashed potatoes to make potato soup. It is such  a simple recipe. A large box of chicken broth into my crockpot. All the leftover mashed potatoes added on high. Stir until smooth. About 1/2 hour before serving add 1 cup of whole milk and  1 cup of shredded cheese.  Easy peasy and so delicious.

While it was Cooking I worked on the kiddos bedroom – started adding furniture back.

It feels good to put things back

I spent today – Cyber Monday finishing my Christmas shopping – but I have so many projects I still want to make. Knitting like crazy. Making washcloths, dish cloths, cowls and ponchos for Taz and Breezy. Soap is next on my agenda. Hope to start that before the week is out. Also painting, painting and more painting. Can’t forget the Christmas decorating either.

But, instead of that I worked on my steps 15,448 today and looked  at my beautiful Bradford pear trees.

I hope you are all doing well too. Even though Thanksgiving is over I am grateful for everything.

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Barbara

 

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September Give Away

Three winners have been chosen for my September give away! I am in the process of contacting these winners and will announce their names once they have given me permission.

I am working hard on an October give away. Details will be coming soon!

Thanks again for reading.

Barbara

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Chicken & Dumplings and a Busy Day

It’s 10 a.m. and  I am sitting thinking of everything I need to do yet today. So far I took my dad to the North Carolina DMV to get his NC driver’s license. He passed his test and has his temporary license and has registered to vote and became an organ donor, all in less than 30 minutes. It definitely is smart to make an appointment instead of just dropping in. Continue reading

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Give Away!

Yes – I am ready to do a give away. On my blog is an area where you can subscribe to Passion Flower Farm  via email.  Starting today, September 15, 2017 through September 30, 2017, anyone that signs up to receive my newest blog posts through email will be entered into a drawing for a dish cloth and a wash cloth. I will choose 3 winners on September 31 who will each receive a hand knit wash cloth and dish cloth like this Continue reading

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Good morning from the farm!

My phone dinged at 5 am this morning – my oldest son, Zac, is a paramedic and was texting me from work. That’s the same as an alarm to me. I got up, put two loaves of bread in the oven (one beautiful, one warped) and started the coffee (took my dad’s job). So happy because this morning I opened up my first container of pumpkin spice creamer. Yum! Continue reading

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