Friday, April 28, 2017

What is a Farmhouse? house attached to a farm, especially the main house in which the farmer lives.
farmhouse is a building that serves as the primary residence in a rural or agricultural setting. Historically, farmhouses were often combined with space for animals called a house barn.

Farmhouse Home Types. Farmhouse is a term used more often to describe function. Very simply put, homes built on agricultural lands were called farmhouses. They were built out of necessity -- to house and protect the inhabitants who either owned or worked the farm.

What defines a farm house?

The most prominent characteristic of a 
farmhouse plan is a porch that stretches along the front of the home and may wrap around to the side or rear. A steeply pitched roof typically runs along the length of the home and is sometimes accented by dormers and gables. ... Wraparound porch.

Most Colonial home plans offer ease of construction, with square or rectangular footprints, symmetrical massing, and side-gabled or hipped roofs. Colonial house plans are typically two stories high and are warmed by central or end chimneys.

A Farm is an area of land where livestock (animals) are raised and crops (plants) are grown for use as food, fiber, and fuel.  The people who own and work on the farm are called farmers.  A farm usually has buildings where equipment such as tractors and supplies are stored.

We have a few chickens to provide us with farm fresh eggs and a Great Pyrenees to keep them alive and well. He's also pretty good as a watch dog and can let himself out of the pen at any given time.  He is a brilliant, protective, guard, and yet loving dog. This breed of dog is a must for farm animal safety.

I've always wanted a milk cow and some goats.  I could also see the fields surrounding us fenced in white with a horse barn sitting on property with horses running free.  Yes, a dream of mine.

Let's see we have the farmhouse that sits on family farmland that has been in the family for well over a hundred years. The fields that surround the house are farmed. We both have had grandparents that made their living as farmers, so we've been raised around farming our entire lives.

We grow some of our vegetables and fruits out here.  Maybe not as much as we used to grow but find local farmers and buy the best we can from them what we don't grow.

I have a strawberry patch that provides a small crop of the fruit that I love!  We have a few surviving fruit trees that are young but hopefully will give us some delicious fruit. Our grapevines have already given us many grapes for use in juices, jams etc.


While Chuck and I are not farmers by even our definition we are what I'll call us hobby farm noun a small farm operated for pleasure or supplemental income rather than for primary income.

I can remember walking the old farm road, currently our driveway, with my sister Gwen. We walked it barefoot because it brought to mind walking on our granddaddy's farm as children. We talked about if I would be able to like living out here in what we and others call the middle of nowhere, Chuck's boys call the sticks.  We also thought about how far it is from the shopping and other areas we would need to go.

The family ties Chuck has, my love of simple country living and the fond memories it brought to mind, were enough for she and I to want this home built here.

Where else can you look out of your window and see bobcats, otters, groundhogs, opossums, coyotes, birds of many varieties, bunnies gnawing at your new porch paint? The most beautiful sunrises, sunsets, huge moon and so many stars can be seen here.

Out here in the 'sticks', as the boys call it is,has been one of the most pleasurable places I've lived.

Talk to you soon with more farm talk.
Until then I'll leave you today with some sights and sounds around here.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

My Florida Room Decor Ideas!

One of the most peaceful and inspiring vacations took place in Florida and today that is on my mind. That vacation and thinking what I would do with a Florida or a Sun Room.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Frittata Anyone?

Today we are having Frittata!  I have an endless supply of fabulous farm fresh eggs.  The rich taste and color can't be beat.  We really like quiche and if you ask me a frittata is nothing more than a quiche without the crust.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Big Batch Laundry Soap Update!

Today's post is full of tips, measurements, costs, amount of uses per mixture etc.  Looking for an easier way to make Big Batch Laundry Soap?  Join me won't you.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Hibiscus House Laundry Mixtures

I know most are enjoying Holy Week, off on a trip or getting ready for the weekend.  Easter is a sacred, fun and busy time.  Today I am sharing something out of necessity because of the recent requests to make it easier to find them. Join me won't you:

Friday, April 7, 2017

Natural Produce Spray Cleaner

I know if you are like me you are concerned with the growing practices of our food growers.  The chemicals pesticides and herbicides used are of a great concern to us all.  There is no way to rid our food of these harmful chemicals but we can do our best to get rid of what we can.  It is way to dangerous to ignore in the long run.  Today I share a few spray mixtures that may help some.

Monday, April 3, 2017

Natural Produce Cleaning wash

I think we can all agree that unless something is grown completely organic our produce needs to be cleaned.  Join me today as we talk about natural mixtures you can use yourself to help remove some if not all pesticides.  

Saturday, April 1, 2017

It's a Dog! No It's a Flower Honey

This picture hung in our family home until mama told me in recent years to take it home with me. It always caught my attention from a young child on. It is a simple vase of flowers yet so much more. Join me today won't you as I talk about "The Dog Picture"!

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Southern Traditions: Fat Back, Homemade Biscuits & Dixie Lee Peas

Today I'm sharing a menu that some will know and like and some will know and not like.  Either way today we're talking about Southern Traditions and eating not as high on the hog!

Monday, March 27, 2017

Creamy Italian Soup

I might as well call this Toscana Soup with some additions but will name it differently because I have a Toscana recipe already.  This one has fresh asparagus and mushrooms that make it a little different. Guess it is a creamy mushroom, asparagus toscana soup...

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Spring Cleaning Thoughts, Tips, DIYS

What do you do when it comes to spring cleaning?  Do you do extra cleaning this time of year, or are you one who doesn't have to do it? Are you one who I intend to be one day (who am I kidding?) ,that doesn't need to have a hard cleaning because your house is immaculate? Join me today as we talk cleaning.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Warm & Cozy Comforter Set

Today I'm sharing a new Winter Bedding Collection.  We put this on right after the painting was done.  We kept the Christmas quilt on the bed for way to long but knew it was thin and washable should paint happen to find it's way on it.  It didn't though the painters were pretty good about that.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

A Beautiful Light Snow!

This was a couple of days ago and was just enough to coat the lawn lightly.  It truly was beautiful and Chuck was off and home for the first time to see the snow fall out here.  He is usually working when it does happen to snow, which isn't too often.  We did enjoy it very much together.  Today I share a few pictures and a video of our view from here.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Bountiful Veggies & Chicken Stir Fry Over Yellow Rice

I love to make a stir-fry, don't you?  The hardest thing is preparing the ingredients and chopping veggies isn't hard at all.  Fresh ingredients make all the difference in the world! I'll tell you something else I love too and that would be Mahatma Yellow Jasmine Saffron Rice! This is a simple yet very delicious recipe.  Join me today for the recipe.

Monday, March 6, 2017

Farmacy Beauty Products Review

You may remember that I received some natural beauty products as seen in Farmacy Beauty Trial, there I have videos and more information from the company itself.  

Friday, March 3, 2017

Painting the Master Bedroom and Closet

Earl, Darrell and Wendell 

Earl played baseball for a few well known teams and has been a painter for years like his family.  Darrell tells me he has been a maintenance man with Shaw Air Force Base, worked for The Department of Transportation with schools and also has done vinyl siding and carpentry work. Wendell played football, was a cook/chef in restaurants as a Grill master for 15 years! I told him we should have had him cooking us some steaks up on those grills in the back yard. Heaven knows Darrell lucked up because had I known all of this time he was a carpenter, let's just say he would have been much more busy!
They are talking on the front porch that they painted so beautifully. Today I'm sharing the painting of our master bedroom and my closet.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Who's Digging in the Dirt?


Good morning and how are you?  Fine I hope.  Today my thoughts are on growing something.  The weather here is undoubtedly strange this year.  The temperature predictions for today will be in the 80s!  Actual prediction high 86 degrees!  I think I'll hold off on planting some things because if history can be taken into account we will have a cold snap.  Talking gardening today.

Saturday, February 25, 2017

On the Road in South Carolina: Lenoir Country Store & Post Office

Lenoir Country Store  Post Office
Horatio, South Carolina

Last November Chuck and I took a ride to Horatio, South Carolina.  I had read about this store being one of the oldest in South Carolina and if some records are true the oldest in the nation

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Southern Traditions: Why Did My Grandmas Sweep Their Yards?

Photo left Granddaddy Walter, Aunt Fannie, Grandma Cora and her mother my Great Grandma Maggie. Photo right is of my Grandmother Goldie

Today's post came to mind from seeing a meme on Facebook with an elderly lady sweeping her yard. Yes, sweeping the yard was a common thing back in the day.  I as a child watched my grandmas and Aunt Fannie sweep their yards. I seem to remember them doing this especially hard on Saturdays. Back then chores had to be done and done well to get ready for Sunday.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Storage Solutions for Each Room of the House

Is Spring Cleaning on your mind?  I know it is!  You know we've had lots of home repairs going on here at Hibiscus House and they have made me see how many things I really don't need.  I've been purging for awhile and will post updates shortly.

Today I'd like to welcome Erin Holdgate from Zillow who has put together a few wonderful ideas to keep in mind while you are cleaning and organizing.

Storage Solutions for Each Room of the House
By Erin Holdgate

If your New Year's resolution is to live life more simply, decluttering your home is a great place to start. After you remove all the items you don’t use regularly, however, you may find yourself in need of extra storage — which you can create with a little rearranging.

Below are several examples of where and how to increase the storage capacity of your home.

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Cherry Crunch Dessert

This recipe has been around for so long you probably already have it but just in case you don't I'll share.  I've come to find out that people in different sections of the country don't have some of what we think has been around so long everybody knows about it.  Sharing today this easy, quick, go to dessert when time is limited.  Not your from scratch recipe which is always best but a great substitute!

Friday, February 3, 2017

Recent Sights Around Hibiscus House

Work in progress

Today I'll share a variety of pictures taken with the recent painting of the home.  These guys were very good sports allowing me to take many pictures. Join me as I share a day in the life of painters and homeowner.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Let's Talk About Wayne's Camellias

Today I'm taking a break from painting updates and sharing beautiful Camellias.  Do you have some of these in your gardens?  Mama had some beautiful ones and my sister Gwen does now.  They are filled with blooms that are so spectacular.  I love the fact that to me they look like trees filled with roses.  Wayne a schoolmate of mine has allowed me to share his beauties with you today.

Friday, January 27, 2017

Would You Like To See Our New Porch Floor?

You know it may sound funny but after choosing the blue for the ceiling the next hardest decision I had to make was the floor decking stain color.  That really surprised me and I don't know why.

Monday, January 23, 2017

Hibiscus House Has A Haint Blue Porch Ceiling!

I've shown you the new roof which I love by the way.  Now it's time for the house painting itself. Today I share with you the porch ceiling that I've wanted for a few years.  

Monday, January 16, 2017

Slow Cooker Beef For Use In Recipes

We are so busy these days and at times just plain tired.  Beef with a few ingredients can be added to a slow cooker and then used in many of your favorite recipes.  You can also cool and refrigerate for up to two days to use. I think if we take a little time to do these things it makes it easier to prepare meals for our family.  

Once you decide what you will be cooking you can prepare the other ingredients. Just store them in the fridge until use in the meal.  This will make fixing your meal a snap!  You can then work with peace of mind, knowing that your meal will be easy tonight. You may want to just relax or go shopping, it's up to you.

Monday, January 9, 2017

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Cleaning Out Clearing Out!

Fabric Cabinet

When one reaches my age (I sound like my grandma) and is a sentimental pack-rat a huge amount of "stuff" has been collected. You know the sentimental, the extra for when you need it. So and so gave me this it would be rude to part with it, (you know I've only had it 10 years!). That kind of stuff. What to do what to do?

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

We Have a New Roof!

Hurricane Matthew left a path of destruction behind especially in some areas.  We weren't in the worst area for sure but it did leave some damage.  We now have a new roof and I wanted to show it to you. I know we're excited about a roof!  Drum roll please!
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