Wednesday, June 27, 2012

I'm Farming And I Grow It.... A MUST Watch!!!

Okay folks,  I can tell these Kansas farm boys went to a lot of work on this video and I had to share it.  

Thanks for the shout out to AGRICULTURE!!! Keep it up boys!!!


Sunday, June 24, 2012

The Farmer's Wife blog might not look to "purdy" right now, but I am working on sprucing up the place so please bear with me as work on it.  Everything is still available for you to read.

Thank you for your patience during this process!


Thursday, June 21, 2012

The Pioneer Woman Cookbook Giveaway Winner Announced!!!

Thank you to everyone who entered to win The Pioneer Woman Cookbook!!!  I hope you enjoy following along with me as blog about farm life, projects, recipes, and other random things.  I enjoy each and every comment you leave you me so keep them coming!

Giveaways are so much fun and I am happy to tell you that I have the next one lined up.  I would love to give something away very soon!  I think the next milestone giveaway will be 150 followers!  Be sure to send your friends over to my little blog world and tell them to follow along!!!

There were 62 entries for the cookbook!

I used to generate the winner.

The lucky winner is comment #11-Anne @ Cup of Caffeine with her comment "Congrats on 100 followers! I'm a devoted follower and fellow NE farm wife :)"!!  Anne has been following me for quite awhile {I think my Caramel Mocha Frappe recipe is how she found me} and I know that she is a newlywed who recently move to Nebraska and is a fellow farm wife!  I know this because I read her blog which you can check out here.  Be sure to head over and congratulate her!!!

Congratulations Anne!!!  Please Contact Me with your mailing information!!


Painted Mason Jar Vase

Wheat harvest is in full swing and the bountiful waving wheat fields are rapidly become stubble fields.  I wanted to admire the gorgeous heads of wheat for just a little longer so I made this mason jar vase to display some in.  It is pretty simple....I rattle canned {spray paint for all you new wonderful followers} a mason jar white.

Now, I can admire the wheat for months to come.  I displayed it in my vintage crates that I am in love with.  It's perfect, shabby, and very inexpensive!

Thanks for stopping by!


Sunday, June 17, 2012

Happy Father's Day

Wishing all the WONDERFUL DADS out there a very Happy Father's Day!!!


Thursday, June 14, 2012

Pioneer Woman Cookbook Giveaway

Woohoo, 100 FANTASTIC followers are keeping up with The Farmer's Wife!!!  I have been waiting {like biting my fingernails off kind of waiting} for this milestone to do a giveaway!!!  You all love giveaways, right?  I will tell you how to enter to win the fabulous Pioneer Woman Cookbook after I get done rambling on...ha!!

I have been so busy the past couple weeks, but have thoroughly enjoyed what has been keeping me that way.  I have been behind the lens of my camera capturing some timeless photos.  No, I am not a professional photographer.  I am a girl with a camera, teaching myself how to use it.  Although, I would love to take a class someday.

  My friends daughter got married and I took their wedding photos!  It was a beautiful wedding with so many creative ideas and a very artistic couple.  I took their engagement photos as well, so I had a feel for their personalities.  I loved that they wanted some nontraditional shots.  It was so much fun and I hope to share some of the pictures with you soon.

I got a call Wednesday from a friend who wanted some photos of her beautiful children.  I spent Thursday morning behind my camera capturing some cute kiddos.  To top off the week, I took some senior pictures bright and early Sunday morning in the wheat fields {since the combines are in full force we wanted to get some before the wheat was gone}.  Then tonight, I took survivor pictures for the Relay for Life.  Our county Relay for Life will be held next Friday and I will be taking photos for that too.  They are going to put me up in a bucket truck so I can take the photos from above.  I told my hubs that he better make sure they let me down or he won't have meals delivered to the field or clean underwear!!!

For not being a professional photographer, I sure have felt like one this week.  Not only have I spent a lot of time behind my camera, I have spent most of it behind the computer editing, editing, editing, and editing photographs.  Photoshop and I are bonding quite well this week.

On with the giveaway....

Because of you, my first-class readers I couldn't love blogging more.  Each comment I receive totally makes my day.  So keep those marvelous comments coming!!  To say THANK YOU I would love for you to have a chance at this giveaway.

The Pioneer Woman Cooks
Food From My Frontier Cookbook
{her latest cookbook in hardback}

There are several ways to enter:

1. You must follow The Farmer's Wife blog to enter.
  Leave a fabulous comment on this post letting me know you are a follower or a NEW follower for one chance to win.

2.  Follow me on Facebook.
Leave a separate comment on this post letting me know you follow me on Facebook for another chance to win.

3.  Share this post on your Facebook page.
Leave a separate comment on this post letting me know you shared the giveaway on your Facebook page for yet another chance to win.

4.  Do you have a blog?
Leave a separate comment on this post letting me know you shared this giveaway on your blog and you will have another chance to win.

That is 4 chances to win!!!

I will use to choose the winner next week.  You have until Thursday, June 21st at noon to enter.  Winner will be announced on Thursday as well.  Winner must contact me via email {under the contact me tab} and provide me a mailing address by June 30th or I will use to choose a new winner.  Be sure to check back to see if you won!  Winner will be announced in a new post.  Giveaway is open to U.S. residents only. 


This giveaway is 100% sponsored by me.  The Pioneer Woman has no idea who I!!

Monday, June 11, 2012

Strawberry Sherbet Smoothie



{we desperately need rain}

With the weather not cooperating I decided to make myself  a know.... to cool off.  Smoothies are good.  Smoothies are yummy.  Smoothies are delicious!  Smoothies make you feel better when it doesn't rain!  Slurp Slurp!

Okay, before I get to the super simple recipe can you help me out?!?  Is there any such thing as SHERBERT or is there only SHERBET?

1 Pound Fresh Frozen Strawberries
{I do not hull mine....people tell me there is a lot of nutrition in the hull....and I believe them}
1/2 Cup Sugar
1/2 Cup Buttermilk
1 Tbsp Lemon Juice

Combine strawberries and sugar in a food processor and pulse until finely chopped. Stir together buttermilk and lemon juice in a measuring cup and, with the machine running, pour through the feed tube. Process until smooth and creamy, scraping down the sides of the bowl once or twice.  Makes 4 servings 3/4 cup each.  Enjoy!


Friday, June 1, 2012

The BIG Kitchen Reveal


If you would like to look back at our DIY kitchen project you can check them out here:
Part 4

As I promised, here's the photos of the completed kitchen remodel.  I was literally using a hair dryer to dry some wet paint prior to taking the photos.  Never a dull moment!

Here is the kitchen before.

And here is the GORGEOUS kitchen now!!!

A new stainless steel stove and hood.  The rugs are from Target.

Remember we only painted the wall halfway because we were going to do something striking.  What do you think of the board and batten?  I LOVE it!!!  My SIL wasn't too sure at first, but she loves it now that it is done.

The floors are curly walnut laminate from Lowes.  She went "cheap" on the laminate and went high end on the underlayment...a suggestion from my contractor BIL.  They turned out amazing and the noise is minimal because of the quality underlayment.

We added 2 contemporary pendant lights above the sink and chose not to hang a curtain on the top of window so the lights would be a focal point.

To give some character to the kitchen I suggested adding some moulding around the doorway that leads to the living room.  I am glad she went for it because it is one of my favorite features now.

I made this board with drawer pulls 5 minutes {REALLY} before taking photos.  She needed a place to hang items such as her Coach purse {this is the one I was telling you about here}.  Oh, and her potholders and apron also have a spot now!  This is what I was using the blow dryer for...ha!

The kitchen curtains are actually napkins!  We used 4 of them so that you can see them from the outside as well.  It was so simple and they can be easily changed because we used curtain rings with clips.

We added some simple wall decor from Target.

A few accessories to add a pop of color!  The yellow fruit bowl is from target along with the coffee cups, table runner, and potholder.  No kitchen is complete unless you have a Pioneer Woman Cookbook!

If you follow me on Facebook, you may remember me mentioning I went to an auction.  We scored this sink there for $47!!!!  It was BRAND NEW in the box and I know it is a $350 sink because I have the same one in my kitchen.  SCORE!!!  The cabinets did not have hardware on them before so we added some contemporary hardware in a brushed nickel finish.  The drawer pulls are rockin' it!!!

A couple of before and afters.  What do you think?

It is a totally different kitchen now!!

To recap what has been done to the kitchen:
Removed soffit
Painted kitchen cabinets {inside and out...a BIG job}
New countertops
New backsplash
New lighting & ceiling fan {it is Nebraska and we need them}
Scraped the popcorn ceilings
New laminate flooring
New hardware
New sink
Added board & batten and moulding
Painted EVERY square inch of the place including window frames and doors
I'm sure I am forgetting something.

Future plans for the kitchen are updating the fridge with a new stainless steel one, adding a stainless steel dishwasher, and maybe some more decor, but other than that it is FINISHED!!!

Like what you see?  I have included links to some of the products we used for the remodel.

Countertops were from Menards
Cabinet door hardware was from Menards
Drawer pulls were from Menards
Backsplash was from Home Depot
Flooring was from Lowes
Kitchen curtains {napkins} were from Target
Table runner was from Target
Wall decor was from Target
Rugs were from Target
Pendant lights were from Menards, but I couldn't find a link for them.  These are very similar.

I 'm anxious to hear what you have to say.  Please leave me a comment and let me know what you think of the kitchen.  Don't forget to follow The Farmer's Wife on Facebook!

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