Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Planning your Garden- Shade Tolerant Plants

Despite what the weather has brought us the last few days, I am thoroughly convinced that spring and warmer weather are still right around the corner.  Using rainy, colder days to plan your garden can make that time much more productive once spring finally arrives. 

Since our garden is surrounded by pine trees, we have to really plan the space to make the best use of it. This is a good chart I found to help plan the shady spots of the vegetable garden.  I hope it helps you out as well!

Happy Gardening!

Monday, April 21, 2014

Homemade Ginger Ale from One Ash Farm Recipes

There is no doubt about it, Ginger is one of my favorite herbs.  
Not only do I enjoy the taste, it's medicinal qualities are amazing.  

Ginger is well known for it's ability to help relieve nausea and or an upset tummy. 
 It also is a terrific anti-inflammatory,  anti-microbial, pain reliever.  
Ginger is well used as an expectorant and for relief of cold symptoms.    
There are so many ways to use Ginger Root in your cooking.
But, while it's not for everyone, one of my favorites
is in this uniquely flavored Homemade Ginger Ale. 

Homemade Ginger Ale

3/4 cup fresh, peeled, Ginger Root, grated or finely diced
1/2 cup lime juice (I use the bottled kind)
1/4 cup organic Cane Sugar (white sugar just won't work for this one)
2 tsp. Sea Salt
1/2 gallon water  (we have great well water, but filtered water is recommended)

Add all the ingredients to a 1/2 gallon Mason Jar and stir well until the sugar is pretty well dissolved.

Cover with a jar lid (I use the white plastic ones for things that I am not sealing), and leave it on the counter at room temperature for 3 days.  I shake my jar once or twice a day to keep it mixed.

At the end of 3 days you will have delicious Ginger Ale that can be strained, and then mixed with carbonated water to give it some "fizz", consumed chilled, or sipped as a warm tea.  

This will keep in your refrigerator for several months (but mine doesn't last that long!)

Enjoy your Homemade Ginger Ale!

Saturday, April 19, 2014

10 Days Left to Get 10%!

If you need farm or dairy supplies and want to get your 10% off, don't forget there are just 10 days left of the sale!!!!!

Don't forget- if you are looking for something and can't find it, give us a call at (803) 649-9172 and we will do our best to find it! We have access to thousands of other products, so we probably have what you are looking for. 

Happy Easter

Friday, April 18, 2014

Book Review- Minding Molly

I have been reading Amish Fiction books for well over a decade, and each time I pick up a book from an author I haven't read,  I am intrigued with their style and ability to communicate the Amish culture through writing. This third book in The Courtships of Lancaster County series, Minding Molly, from Bestselling author Leslie Gould (author of the first two books of the series- Courting Cate and Adoring Addie), did an excellent job of holding my interest from the very first page.  Ms. Gould does a superb job of describing the Amish culture through both speech, description of surroundings, events, and challenges.  

The story is realistic in the concerns of Molly regarding courtship, marriage and family responsibility.  As with each Amish story that I read, this book has a story to tell regarding faith and our ability to trust in God to guide our path. Molly has to learn that while she thinks she can control her path in life, it is only God who knows where she is going, and the best way for her to get there.  The twists and turns of this young girls thoughts are enough to keep the reader interested.  

There is only one thing that really bothered me about this book, and it has nothing to do with the writing.  The cover photo of "Molly" shows a young woman with eye makeup, blush, lipstick and highlighted hair.  This would never happen in the Amish culture, so each time I picked up the book I was disturbed by this.  

Had I not been given this book by the publisher for my review, I most likely would not have purchased it because of the cover photo.  But, with that said, I would recommend this book for any fan of Amish Fiction.  

Blessed Good Friday