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Stop and Smell the Roses

There is always time to stop and smell the roses 🌷

My grandparents always had a massive rose garden. As a kid, I have fond memories of picking roses and watching my grandfather tend to his what seemed like millions rose bushes. My grandma loved to work in the rose garden too, it was always time with the whole family.
My father continued on the same tradition. He had a green thumb for roses and he loved those bushes. When my parents first moved into their house they had 100 roses in their yard. They eventually made a smaller garden, but still spent just as much time caring for those roses. Now, he has a good rose garden of probably 20-30 rose bushes. He used to always pick roses for my mom and bring them inside for her to enjoy. It was always a special little gift he made for her. 
Now we continue his legacy by picking roses and taking them to his grave. I know he was looking down on us this morning as my daughter was playing with his roses. I’m sure he was probably worrying about her…

Pumpkin Bars with Almond Crust

Are you all recovered from your turkey comas? If you are like our family, you are still recovering from all the food you ate on Thanksgiving. If you also like me, you may have a heap of leftovers and looking to reinvent them to make something new. Well I bought a 30 oz can of pumpkin not knowing that my recipe only called for 15 oz of pumpkin. So, if you still have some pumpkin in your fridge or maybe you didn't get your pumpkin fix and you want more! Here is a simple and easy pumpkin bar recipe and what else but almond crust. Note: I didn't add the dates the first time I made this, and it really does need that extra sweetness of the dates.



Until Next Time,
Almond Girl

Giving my Baby Crib new life

Let me start off by saying that I love antiques and any furniture with a story. Most of my house is furniture that my almond farmer or I have inherited from family members that have gone before us, or we have bought at estate sales or antique shops, or just thought they looked old. When I was thinking of baby furniture for our little almond farmer, I wanted to keep with the same trend and look for something that had the antique look. Being that my father keeps everything, I wasnt surprised to find out that my parents still had the crib and changing table that I used. I knew I wanted it, so I asked my Dad to pull it down from the old shop shelves and see what condition it was in.

So, my Dad sent me the pictures of what it looked like and it did bring me back to the childhood. Not because I could remember sleeping or getting changed, but because they screamed 80's to me. I was born in the 80's and the old oak color was a sure sign that these pieces needed some updating. After so…

Blog Anniversary!

One year ago today, I started this blog. Wow, I can't believe it's been a year already since I started this journey! Time sure has flown by and I have enjoyed every minute of it. I have learned a lot over the last year about blogging, who follows me, what to write about, and even our very own farm. I continue to learn as well from you guys out there and I do have to admit that I have loved every moment!
I have learned that my thoughts are most definitely not that only way of doing things. I need to always keep an open mind. It is important to give my perspective but to also think of how my words may come off to someone else. I have learned to always hear the other person out.

I have learned that things I think of as normal farming practices may be totally unknown to others. It has been eye opening for me to share the smallest happenings on our farm and to get comments from others on how I have educated them. It has taught me to not be afraid to share our story.

I …

Banana Almond Smoothie

I am getting closer and closer to my due date with our little almond farmer! With my nearing due date though comes more and more cravings for anything sweet. Being that I feel like I have gained a hundred pounds though, I am searching for something sweet that isn't terrible for me. If you have read any of my recipe or food posts, you know by now that I like to experiment and can't follow a recipe if my life depended on it. So I tried this smoothie/ milkshake concoction and really liked it. Of course you can substitute almond milk for regular cow milk and almond butter for peanut butter. My almond farmer said he thought he was drinking an almond milkshake. It hit my sweet craving and now that I am telling you all about it, I think I am going to go make it right now.... Hope you like it!





Until Next Time,
Almond Girl

Farming couple confronts drought challenges

My almond farmer and I were honored to be featured in a California Farm Bureau Federation series article entitled 'Young Farmers & Ranchers, Making it Work'. We had a great experience being interviewed and photographed for the piece. You never really think what you do is something special, until someone else tells you so and wants to spotlight in. I was asked by some of my blog readers to post the article so they could view it. It was printed in the October 22nd Ag Alert newspaper, to have access and the original article you can become a member of the California Farm Bureau Federation. 

Fourth-generation farmers Tim and Jenny Holtermann, who work at the family almond farm and custom harvesting business in Wasco, have a passion for agriculture they say it is the product of each being raised on a family farm.
It is this passion that fuels the young couple as they contend with challenges brought by the multi-year drought. While they were able to get through this year, …