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My summer essentials for raising kids on the farm

It is officially summer and mother nature is reminding us with the 100 degree weather that is so graciously here. With summer comes lots of outside time for the kids. Raising kids on the farm takes summer to a whole new level. There is just dirt everywhere, dirt in my house, dirt in the diapers, dirt places I didn't know dirt could go. It is just something I learn to deal with and I have also learned to hire a good cleaning lady.
But, with summer comes endless hours of fun and family time. We spend hours outside, in the fields, walking through the orchards, picking up parts, running down equipment and taking meals to the farm during those late work nights.
In the midst of all the craziness, there are certain things I just can't live without. Things that make life so much easier. Things that I have learned to love. I created a list of my summer essentials for raising kids on the farm. These have been some of my favorites during the last four years.

I have two kids, born during…

Winter Pruning

This time of year when you drive by the almond orchards you will see large crews of people in the orchards. Odds are they are pruning those almond trees. Now that its winter and the trees are dormant it's time to prune them. We wait until the trees are dormant to make sure there is no sap flowing through the trees. If the trees aren't dormant when we cut them the sap will flow out like the tree is bleeding. We definitely want to protect the tree and make sure this doesn't happen.

 Pruning is super important on young trees. You are training the young trees to encourage new growth and proper development.  These young trees are about 4 years old and what we prune now will help them to grow for the rest of their lives. On these trees we take out the middle branches to encourage light to come into the trees. His makes it easier for the bees to come into the trees for pollination as well. It also encourages air flow and prohibits disease allowing us to not have to spra…

Cherry Almond Muffins

As I've said before, I can't ever stick to a recipe. It is something my mother taught me growing up, to always add my own flare to a recipe. I was searching for an almond muffin recipe a year or so ago and came across this cherry almond muffin top recipe. I looked at the ingredients and steps and decided I would make my own little twist to it. Even with my slight alterations, they turned out great! I like to make my own almond flour by simply grounding up almonds in the food processor. Its pretty easy, and if I can do it, you can do it! These muffins are pretty dense, so I like to enjoy them warm with a sliver of butter or honey drizzled on top. Hope you like them as much as my almond farmers and I do! P.S. I forgot to place the sliced almonds on top when I took my pictures, so they are missing the last almond touch. They were still good, but I missed the extra almond crunch.




 Until Next Time,
Almond Girl