Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Growing Sprouts in Your Home

If you are living in a place with 4 seasons like me, you are probably bored by now... especially if you are a farmer or gardener at heart! If the snow is in your way, try to garden inside! Kids and I had a fun time growing some microgreens/sprouts. And here is how to do it very cheap - actually almost for free...

You will need:

package of sprouts seeds (preferably organic non-GMO)
Used salad box
Soil
Water


Some salad boxes already have holes on the bottom, but if they don't, just use a sharp stick, such as skewer or a tooth pick and heat it up above a flame... then melt the holes into the plastic box to create drainage. 


Fill it up 3/4 with organically fertilized soil (I used soil from the garden mixed with soil from my worm box - great stuff ;-) - You can use any soil you have at hand but adding some natural fertilizer is a bonus for your plants. 


Now it's ready for the seeds.


Spread the seeds evenly in rather bigger amount. Sprouts thrive in a big crowd ;-)


... and cover them with little bit of soil.


Next spray water... don't be shy, they like really moist soil.


You should see this in about 5 days! Kids love this indoor gardening project.. it's short, they get to dig in a dirt for a bit, and the result comes pretty quick. I like to seed new ones every 5-7 days for continuous harvest - so I have 2 boxes going at the same time... 


...and look how yummy it looks in your chicken sandwich! ;-) Now think about it - you grew it yourself in your home... isn't it the best? When you know where your food comes from... when you know how your food was taken care of? ... no middle man here... ;-)


Some helpful links for you - you can make your own worm box... look at my post 
And you could make your yummy homemade bread by clicking here Homemade Bread

Enjoy growing your food with love and have a wonderful rest of the week!

Monika

Wednesday, February 04, 2015

Snowstorm at The Little Backyard Farm

Couple of days ago, it was snowing all day here at The Little Backyard Farm. I must admit that I like when it snows and I can look outside and see the scenery changing. -- Of course if I had to drive somewhere, that would be a different story. --


I thought I would show you some shots from this magical day... during and after the snowstorm... 


...Winter is for farmers what summer is for teachers...

--- When the winter winds are cold,
and the sheep are in their fold...
for my cozy home and heart...
thank you Father God above ---


Even during the winter months... the stillness in my garden gives me a certain peace... it warms my heart and heals my soul...


-- Do you wanna build a snowman? --


And that's all dear friends... I will go ahead and make myself a cup of hot coffee... and you don't forget:"Some people are worth melting for!" Warm hugs to you all and have a great rest of the week!


Saturday, January 31, 2015

Mulled Wine Recipe



I have a recipe for you that will keep you warm during these cold winter evenings... I remember my parents used to drink it during winter town markets back in Czech Republic... and I also remember my Czech friends here in the US making it during winter parties. 

Mulled Wine has been around for a very long time. There are many ways to prepare it - and here is mine :-)

I use my favorite red wine made with organic grapes... in California.


Put 1 cinnamon stick and 3 whole cloves into the pot with 1 cup of red wine.

Bring the wine to a slight boil, until you see a yellow foam and then simmer for about 4 minutes.


Pour it into a glass that can handle really hot liquid. I like to sweeten it with a teaspoon of honey but you can also use 2 teaspoons of sugar.


Decorate your glass with a slice of orange and you can also put one inside the glass.


Enjoy dear friends... and cheers!



Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Make Time...


Hello everyone! I hope that you are having a great month of January! Things have been very busy around our Little Backyard Farm and I am glad that we have been able to take few family walks with the kids, despite the cold temperatures.


We all might start having those winter blues and they are not pretty - kids are getting antsy and crabby and let's admit it - so do we. Try to get yourselves and the kids outside as much as possible!


And generally this is not only about the mood... it is also about family time. Times are busy and we get caught up in life, work, and technology. Make some time for the kids and bring your phone along only to snap pictures...


Make memories...


Notice the small things... that are really the big things...


Kids don't remember their best day of television...


... so go outside and do something you all will remember!

I hope you all have a great time making memories...

~ Monika ~

Friday, January 09, 2015

New Year's Blessings

There is a switch in our minds that gets turned on by the sounds of fireworks on the New Year's Eve. Have you noticed that? I start thinking about all the things that I didn't get to do last year and I am starting to set all different kinds of resolutions for myself for the next year. I take out my notebook and start writing down plans and pointers to get me on the right track. But then as most of the previous years, life happens and I forget about the plans (I did however stick with couple resolutions in the past... just to keep it real) I fall into the same old routine and the same old habbits. Why should this year be different?


Most likely it will not be different and therefor I decided to focus on different part of it all. I decided to count my blessings. Every year we experience ups and downs and we tend to remember the major events that happen to us. But I decided that I don't want to forget even the smallest things... the cutest things my kids say to me... dates with my husband... accomplishments big or small... traveling memories...


To keep a track of it all, I made this blessing jar. I will write my blessings on pieces of paper and I will place them into the jar. At the end of the year... or when life gets tough, I will read them. Because God is good and I don't want to forget!

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Thanksgiving Table Centerpiece

I have been busy with my Etsy shop orders and neglected my blog for a while and I am sorry about that ;-) Since I love this little place of ideas sharing, food growing, and meals cooking, I am back and hopefully my new plan for this blog will bring everyone more inspiration than ever before.

We are all in our Thanksgiving week preparations just about now and if you need last minute decoration idea, you came to the right place! You can have kids help you with this one or you don't have to, but I had them work on most of it ;-) Put them to work for you, if you can - my advice anyway...



First cut out leaf patterns from construction paper. You can add some fabric, burlap, or felt leaves if you wish. Write on them things that everyone in your family is thankful for - some of my kids words make me laugh but they are truly thankful for those things (like my daughter's love for Hello Kitty was true). Punch a hole on one side to be able to hang them up.


Fill a vase or large jar (how lucky that I found this large Mason Jar on garage sale - my all time favorite) with rocks. Even candy corn, dry corn, or sand will work.


Bring sticks from the outside. Best are those with bunch of small branches coming out of them for fun display of leaves. Place them in the vase, pushing them down into the rocks for stability.


Now tie a burlap fabric or a large ribbon around the mouth of the jar and hang up the leaves. I save the leaves from year to year and kids add new leaves with new things they are thankful for. They love looking back at what they loved and thanked for in the previous years. And so do I!




Monday, October 06, 2014

Announcing my new Etsy Shop and Give Away

I am beyond excited to finally open my new Etsy Shop!!! I have been thinking about this for so long but it was never a good time. In life we often plan but God thinks differently, right? So He finally decided it was time for me to make it happen... ;-) You can see the link in my side bar, so feel free to come and take a look if there is anything that you might like for yourself or someone you know! I also make things to order so don't hesitate to convo me and I will be happy to fulfill your wish.


As a part of the celebration, I am hosting a Give Away on my Instagram Account, so please come and participate. You never know, you might just be the random winner of these goodies! The Give Away is open till Tuesday night. Click here to get to the photo. Good Luck!