Sunday, November 29, 2009

Fare thee well, November!

Ah, it's been a while! :)
Hope everyone had a nice holiday! We traveled up to SC for the day to visit my Grandmother and relatives. It was a good time of fellowship~ I'm looking forward to the upcoming weeks of cool weather..better excuses for homemade bread and COMFORTING soup!

Sweet Potatoes--Last of the harvest

My brother joining us...

I'm so glad they produced..we let this section go "wild" so I wasn't sure what to expect!


"Thou hast planted them, yea, they have taken root:

they grow, yea, they bring forth fruit" Jeremiah 12:2a

My sister holding a basket of small potatoes
(I really like her crocheted sweater--
We're working on a new project soon! )
I am holding the 2nd basket of potatoes~
We harvested about 13-14 lbs total--I hear smaller potatoes have better flavor (heh)
Well, we'll see!
Nearby pasture...
We were driving home to the cottage, and I couldn't help but capture this serene moment!


My Mother moved our antique sewing machine into the living room..(from the parlour)

I love the warm light shining through.


I think these were literally our last days of nice weather. What better time than to hang laundry while we still can :)


We've been raking leaves and collecting pecans..
(My Father and brother are in the background.)
My Mother enjoying the cool rain from the kitchen window...

"Provideth her meat in the summer, and gathereth her food in the harvest"

Proverbs 6:8


Meg said...

Smaller produce can pack quite a punch in regards to flavor. Where I live the soil is rocky and turns to clay after 10 inches below the surface - my potatoes and carrots are stubby and gnarled! But the flavor - I don't have to add brown sugar to the carrots, and we get citrus produce year 'round.

Anonymous said...

Hi- Just wanted to let you know i found your blog through the Down to Earth forum and I've absolutely fallen in love with your blog, lifestyle and beautiful photos. Thank you for taking the time to write it, i really enjoy reading it!!

Jilly :)

AJ from TX said...

Hello Mia!
Thanks for the wonderful pictures! When it rains, we hang our clothes on make shift clotheslines either on the porch or out in the barn. I like your plaid skirt...cold weather colors. :) A small bowl of homemade soup, a baked sweet potato, and a slice of warm homemade bread makes a delicious and comforting winter meal. You and your sister are both becoming very good seamstress's. I can't to see what you're up to next. ;)
Wishing you clear skies, warm fires, and a house full of love.

Jenna said...

Hello Mia!
I enjoyed the update!!

Your sisters sweater is lovely:) Does she have a pattern? I would love to make sweaters as well as improve my crocheting skills...I just finished a baby afgan and need a new project!!


Denita said...

I am in LOVE with your sister's sweater! Did you or your sis make it? If so, could you share the pattern with me...? They would make wonderful gifts!

Keep up the good work, dear Sister! Your life and your faith are a shining beacon in a world whose pains grow ever greater, as we speed toward the Return of our True King. May every day of your life be one great song of praise to Him after another! :-)

Kendra Logan said...

What a wonderful and encouraging post! I hope the rest of your holiday season is just as enjoyable.


Shelley said...

Hello dear Mia,again a very lovely post....blessings

Mia said...

Thank you, ladies!!
Jenna and Denita, yes she crocheted it about a year ago. The pattern is called "Raglan Hoodie" from the Learn to Crochet magazine (feb 2006) published by Better homes and Gardens.

In Christ,

Lindsay said...

I'm glad you and your family had a good Thanksgiving, Mia! Your sister's sweater is so pretty!! I love it. :) I also love the picture of the pasture. How pretty!!

~ Blessings,

Hosanna said...

Wonderful photos.... what kind of camera do you use?
We got some small sweet potatoes, from a friend. I made a pie with them, and it was great!
We planted regular white potatoes this year, and all we harvested was some tiny ones - about 1-2 inches in diameter. I canned them!

Mia said...

Thank you, Lindsay!!
How encouraging! Now I look forward to putting up the potatoes (I think I'll freeze them..not sure) I use a sony cybershot dsl w5. It's not the highest quality, but it's been accidentally dropped many times, & has stood up to the test!!


Emily said...

Such lovely photos! How wonderful your sweet potatoes look! Your photos are once again so beautiful! I love the inspiration I get when I visit your blog! Hope you had a blessed Thanksgiving!

Regan Family Farm said...

Mia~Do tell your sweet momma that I am just a teensy bit jealous of the kitchen counter placed in front of that beautiful window...:)
Mrs. Regan

Cinnamon said...

Love your posts every single time :-) So comforting and feminine~

I have a question though. How do you freeze sweet potatoes?


Kelsey Anne Hoppman said...

Wonderful post Mia! My Mom and I both enjoyed looking at the pictures together. :)
When our family used to live in NH, we had a window right above the sink. I would love it if, when I have a home someday, there will be a window in the kitchen. :)

Lora K. said...

Are those collard or mustard greens you are collecting? Can you tell me how to prepare them? Gene and I both grew up eating them, but I have never cooked any. He loves them and I would love to be able to make some for him.

Also, we found a wonderful recipe for sweet potatoes, maple syrup and granny smith apples; if you'd like it let me know and I'll be happy to send it to you.

Thank you for being such an encouraging example to my young ladies. We often talk about what we see on your blog.


Anonymous said...

Ah! Another beautiful post Mia!
I enjoyed your photos!
Your sister sweater is lovely!
The skirt she is wearing, did she or you make that too?
I had a lovely neighbor, years ago when we where in the Military, Who would cook up a mess of collards, and I could smell the lovely smells coming from her kitchen from across the hall in out Apartment building, in Germany. Everytime, I would have to go over to her home to see what she was cooking. she would always dish up some for me to taste! I too, would like a recipe for collards or mustard greens. I sure wish I would have asked my neighbor for her recipes for thos collard.
Many Blessing to you and your lovely family!
Rhonda, from The northland of Minnesota.

Beck's Bounty said...

Inspiring and lovely.
Thank you.


sarah in the woods said...

Some lovely pictures as always. I like that blue sweater too!

Bb Vawser said...

My Mother has been to your blog many times and I now just found it. It really encourages me! Thank you! I see that you live in Georgia...I am from Georgia and have recently married and moved out to Idaho with my wonderful husband. { we have only been happily married for almost 8 months...that recent. :)}
Looking at your blog makes me homesick and out comes from my heart this longing to be back home to be a big sister. If only I had been more of what you are to your family. I love how you dress and live your life. My husband and I, and actually my family back home and my new inlaws, have a lot of the same beliefs that you and your family have. Like those of Father oriented leadership in the family, modest dress, courtship and betrothal { that is what my husband and I did-courtship and betrothal and I have to say that it was wonderful!} etc.. I love your blog! Thank you for being an encouragement to others! May God Bless you!
From your new found blog follower,

Stephanie Ann said...

Those photos are wonderful, especially the one of your mother. Your weather looks lovely, we've been having nothing but rain here. Great post.

graceful_maidenhood said...

I delight in glimpsing your life! I must agree with everyone, that kitchen sink window is lovely! I hope that you really enjoy your time to 'simplify'. You will probably find that you like it much better on the whole. Our family has done that from time to time and we make sure we have two or three good books handy to start it all out. We take turns reading as a family by candelight as we all work on handcrafts. The play is a GREAT idea! Us kids love to put them on for Mom and Dad so I know you all will enjoy it. Looking forward to your post the 15th. ~Sara

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Beautiful pictures.