Winter 2021 Tips and Giveaways!

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Happy New Year! Unfortunately, for us, 2021 is not off to the greatest start (home repairs) and sometimes, it seems like it’s December 40th, 2020! We’ve also got a few more months, at least, of life not going back to more “normal” yet. However, in New England, we’re used to long winters and being inside a lot – as a farmgirl, I know how to keep busy and to make do! Today, I’m sharing a few tips to help make things a bit easier, as well have some great farmgirl giveaways to help kick-start the New Year!

I won’t weigh you down with my (several) home repairs, but the bad news is that this is how my New Year started:

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We’re okay, no one is hurt, no major damage, and the good news is I found a really great electrician in my area!

My daughter starts back for her second semester of college soon. Unfortunately, it will not be “live” yet. One of the most often complaints I’m hearing from everyone right now is how kids of all ages are having a hard time focusing during virtual school. Online classes are hard on teachers, parents, kids, and adult students, as well. My daughter decided before the pandemic that she wanted to stay “local” for university, but she never expected to be home 24 hours a day! I wanted her college experience to be different – not just feel like a “continuation” of her last (virtual) months of high school. I can’t do much to help with the online stress, but changing her room a bit brightened her spirits. If she’d been going into a dorm, we would’ve decorated it, so we revamped her room and work area.

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We packed up anything from her high school days. A “grown up” desk and comfortable work chair (with good support for long hours)  make things feel “official” for classes, and a cozy throw chases away chills. You don’t have to spend a lot on a desk, but marking a specific area as an “official” workspace helps concentration. It should be a clutter-free, yet cozy spot. Fun, remote-controlled, color-changing LED lights around the perimeter of her bedroom add pizazz and set the mood – whether it’s class time, study time, or time to relax. 

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Breaks are important too – so I set up a “quick hot beverage/treat station”. Using the vintage Cosco cart that we use for camping, I put a variety of quick-grab tea bags, hot water in a carafe (it will stay hot all day), and a single-serve coffee machine that was a gift many years ago.

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I prefer perked coffee with a classic percolator, but with an Ekobrew reusable filter, we can use our favorite coffee for a single cup without landfill waste. When my daughter has a fast minute between classes, she can grab a quick “cuppa”! You can use a part of your kitchen or a cozy corner somewhere – presentation and convenience make it special. I also keep a variety of healthy snacks on hand for quick brain-food boosters. 

Masks aren”t going anywhere anytime soon. Unless you’re in healthcare, cloth masks have been recommended as an effective choice, so I’ve been sewing them for months. I love picking out fabrics to match my personality, clothes or mood, making the best of the situation. I’ve gifted masks to friends and made bunches for my family. Masks are like underwear – you don’t want to share them. (Eww).

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I organized ours by our basement garage door, using a bulletin board and tacks. They’re convenient and out of the way, but at eye-level and easy to grab on the way out. On the way back in, we deposit the dirty ones in a repurposed clothespin bag (I use one from Prairie Pin Pouch. The handmade bags are adorable and durable). You could also use hooks on the wall, individual baskets, or cute farmhouse style buckets for mask organization. You can’t control the need for wearing a mask, but you can keep them organized!

When winter comes, I want comfort food and hot, hearty meals. Y’all know I love my vintage tools, like my old mixers and my Pyrex bakeware. I don’t often fall for “modern” kitchen gadgets. I love to cook, and can happily spend a whole day in my kitchen, blissfully cooking and baking. However, there are days that I don’t have the energy to make a complicated meal, or come home later than planned. We’ve cut out a lot of take-out on those kinds of nights because of two additions to my kitchen repertoire. (I also love to try new recipes)!

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Last year, my mom and her husband gifted me an Air Fryer. It makes the most unbelievable homemade chicken fingers, home fries, and juicy roasts, using less fat than traditional methods. I don’t know how I lived without it before! Frozen food comes out crisp, roasted veggies are fast and delicious, and meats like chicken breasts cook all the way through, evenly. 

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Another winter lifesaver in the kitchen is my Insta-pot. Before the pandemic, I attended a potluck, and the ladies all raved about their Insta-pots! I ended up purchasing one, and love it! Registering it on the website gives access to all sorts of recipes, as well, and the app tailors recipes to your particular model. I can make dried beans into an amazing quick meal – going from dried to delicious and soft, in less than an hour, for example, and I am now a master at Chicken Fried Rice! The nice thing about both of these tools is that they open you up to a world of new recipes, but you can also make your favorite recipes in warp speed time! I will be taking mine with me next time we go glamping in Gidget!

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I still also like to whip up fast, comforting meals in my classic can’t-live-without-it, cast-iron skillet. Right now, my family’s favorite winter meal is my Brussels sprouts skillet: Cut the ends off of two pounds of washed fresh brussels sprouts, and then slice the sprouts in half lengthwise. Using two tablespoons of olive oil in the cast iron skillet, brown the sprouts on medium heat along with two cloves of chopped garlic, a large chopped sweet onion, and one package of organic chicken and apple sausage, cut into “coins”. Using a spatula, turn constantly. Season with ½ teaspoon of salt and ¼ teaspoon of cumin. Cover and let cook down until sprouts and onion are soft, about ten minutes or so. 

At the FDR Museum, 2016

At the FDR Museum, 2016

After a good meal, try doing something different than turning on the television. We love visiting museums, and hope they’ll be able to open up again soon. Until then, did you know that you can visit many of the world’s museums virtually? 3-D technology makes it seem like you’re right there, in the museum, looking at the exhibits. Virtually visit one of my favorites, The FDR Museum, in Hyde Park, NY. Here in Connecticut, virtually visit The Mark Twain House, or head across the globe to see beautiful art in my favorite part of Denmark, at The Skagen Museum. The Met? The Louvre in Paris…where will you go next? The virtual possibilities are endless, and “travel” to destinations you might never get the chance to go to in real life! Search under Google, and you will discover many hours of virtual museum tours to explore!

I think one of the hardest things about life during a pandemic is the lack of things to look forward to. Holidays, gatherings, and events we always look forward to are cancelled, and days seem the same for many folks. I think we have to give ourselves a few treats, and create things to look forward to. 

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Now’s a good time to subscribe to all your favorite magazines, and have them delivered right to your door. I’ve never missed a single issue of MaryJanesFarm Magazine since discovering it eleven years ago. Make sure your subscription is up to date HERE. When I get a magazine in my mailbox, it always feels like a nice surprise, and I spend a little “me” time relaxing in my favorite chair with a cup of tea – news off!

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I took this photo on a recent hike on a trail nearby my house. Winter can be so pretty!

Scheduling a daily walk or winter hike, weather permitting, boosts mood, too. Daylight hours are already getting longer, seed catalogs are starting to emerge, and soon it’s time to plan our gardens! Spring won’t be too many months away now. 

My home made New Year’s Eve meal...

My home made New Year’s Eve meal…

At my house, we plan special “theme” evenings, trying new meals, along with watching a special movie. For New Year’s Eve, I made an Asian-style dinner, something I haven’t tried completely before.

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We watched New Year’s-themed movies and dressed for the occasion, just the three of us. Scheduling, planning, and executing a special evening gives us all something to look forward to.

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To help you schedule YOUR special evenings, ZOOM meetings, and 2021 plans, we are giving away FIVE MaryJanesFarm 2021 Calendars, courtesy of our dear MaryJane! Five lucky winners will receive this beautiful calendar in their mailbox! What a great way to start the year! To be entered in the drawing, leave me a comment below, telling me what you are doing to make 2021 a bit brighter, share a favorite recipe or kitchen gadget, organization tip, or just say “hi” so we know you stopped by!  I will draw FIVE lucky reader names at random! Winners will be notified via email. 

 

Wishing you all a Happy, Healthy New Year for 2021! See you next month!

 

Until Next Time…Farmgirl Hugs,

Nicole

 

Leave a comment 153 Comments

  1. Joanna Ziolkowski says:

    Thank you for the lovely reminder that we can all have a bit of fun and make things special, even if circumstances aren’t yet back to “normal.” Here’s to a better new year for us all!

    • Nicole Christensen says:

      Hi Joanna, thank you! I am glad you enjoyed the post. Thanks you so much for reading and commenting. Happy New Year to you and yours! Farmgirl Hugs, Nicole

  2. Michelle Reid says:

    Greetings and Happy New Year!!

    Going to write more letters~create Butterfly Gardens with children in the spring~

    • Nicole Christensen says:

      Hi Michelle, yes, handwritten letters are so wonderful. I cherish many of the ones I have been sent through the years – so much more personal than a text or email. Enjoy the spring and your butterfly gardens. Did you know that because of efforts like yours that the Monarch numbers are coming back? That is great news! Farmgirl Hugs, Nicole

  3. Irene says:

    Hi Nicole
    I’ve been working on a cross stitch picture for a friend of mine. We are unable to visit since she lives in another state. I also have a money saving tip. Instead of buying costly cleaners for your dishwasher buy a bottle of distiled white vinegar and pour some in bottom of washer and run normal cycle. If you also use a dish drainer put it in also. It works great in your washer also.

    • Nicole Christensen says:

      Hi Irene, how wonderful! I know your friend will treasure your cross stitch work. I love to cross stitch, too. I have a few projects to start – you have reminded me I need to start them this year! Great tip – thanks for sharing! Vinegar is such a great natural thing to use. It’s a good time to do your tip – start the year with a clean dishwasher! Thanks so much! Farmgirl Hugs, Nicole

  4. Bonnie I. says:

    I really love to cook, but at this point I would enjoy a lovely night out at a luscious restaurant. I’m in my 60’s, as is my husband, I thought I had better step it up on the home front when it comes to staying engaged. I am planning a nice valentine day dinner and entertainment this year.

    • Nicole Christensen says:

      Hi Bonnie, I am with you on that. I miss getting dressed up once in awhile for a fun date night out, but until then, I am planning on a great meal on Valentine’s Day, too. Enjoy! Farmgirl Hugs, Nicole

  5. Amy Barker says:

    To make 2021 a little brighter I have resolved to not work so much!!! Last year I was working 6-7 days a week and it about killed me, and left me with no free time for anything fun. I need to spend more time on me, in my gardens, or with my chicken ladies.

    • Nicole Christensen says:

      Hi Amy, Wow! 6 – 7 days is HARD! I am glad you are taking care of YOU. Enjoy some me time, and enjoy those chickens! Mine bring me alot of joy, too. Farmgirl Hugs, Nicole

  6. Lucy Beard says:

    Making sourdough from MaryJanes magazine, feb,March 2009! I kept it since it has so much info on bees and the bread recipe. Right now its sitting on my kitchen counter bubbling! The kitchen is cold in the winter so I run a space heater to keep me and the the bread starter happy!

    • Nicole Christensen says:

      Hi Lucy, Aren’t MaryJane’s bread recipes the BEST?!? I have kept every issue and keep a list of my favorite recipes in each issue. Enjoy! Happy Bread! Happy New Year! Farmgirl Hugs, Nicole

  7. Maureen says:

    I decided this year I was only going to craft “happy projects”. My first was a beautiful broken dishes quilt in a pink floral Liberty of London print that was gifted to me. So cheerful! My second is a crocheted Afghan with bands of tropical colors offset by white. It makes me smile, like I am headed to the islands every time I work on it. I am trying very hard to find joy and a blessing every day.

    • Nicole Christensen says:

      Hi Maureen, Busy Hands, Happy Heart! Your projects sound so beautiful (and joyful, love it)! Happy New Year! Farmgirl Hugs, Nicole

  8. Elisabeth Perkins says:

    I am trying to do a five year journal. I have never been successful at journals before. But this one is just like one line a day. I keep reminding myself that’s not to hard!

    • Nicole Christensen says:

      Hi Elisabeth, Good for you! And I like the one line a day idea. Thanks for reading and commenting, and Happy New Year! Farmgirl Hugs, Nicole

  9. Kathy Marx says:

    In 2021 I am DETERMINED to go outside more. I always have chores outside with chickens and horses but I need to go outside to putz – just breathe in the air, check out the sky, listen for birds…:) !

    • Nicole Christensen says:

      Kathy, it is a proven fact that spending time outdoors in nature boosts mood. Good for you – enjoy nature! Although, sounds like you have a bit of heaven there with chickens and HORSES! 😉 Happy New Year! Farmgirl Hugs, Nicole

  10. Jada Mathis says:

    I am journaling more and reading interesting books. This is helpful and gives me hope in this new year!

    • Nicole Christensen says:

      Hi Jada, two great things to do! I haven’t done a journal in awhile. Thanks for the reminder! Farmgirl Hugs, Nicole

  11. Marge Turner says:

    I love the way you made your daughter’s room more special for her virtual college experience. Having that set apart space for classes and the extra little touches like the lighting is so fun! I’m passing the idea along to my daughter she could set something up for her son-it will make it easier for him to focus if he has a ‘classroom’ to work in-he’s in kindergarten

    • Nicole Christensen says:

      Hi Marge, thank you! Awww – kindergarten! How sweet! That is such a precious age. I bet he will enjoy having a special area to work in. Enjoy that grandson – they grow up so fast! Happy New Year! Farmgirl Hugs, Nicole

  12. Carleen Sisler says:

    Hi..I am preparing my home for the arrival of a new puppy..I lost my beloved best friend corgi 2 years ago and decided it was time to have another best friend and companion .Blessings to all

    • Nicole Christensen says:

      Hi Carleen, I am so sorry you lost your beloved corgi. My dear friend just lost hers at New Years. He was a great dog, corgi as well. I will miss him too. She had him 16 years, I think! Anyway, CONGRATULATIONS on your new puppy!!! I can’t think of a better way to start a new year. Enjoy! Farmgirl Hugs, Nicole

  13. April G. says:

    Happy New Year! Two things I am doing to make 2021 a bit brighter at the moment are 1. ordering/organizing flower seeds for the upcoming season! I ordered some, was lucky enough to receive a special tin of various seeds from the Monticello gardens as a Christmas gift and even swapped seeds with a fellow gardener in my town, who I met online and 2: stockpiling beautiful postcards and notecards to send randomly to friends and family. We can all use a pick-me-up in some way or another and getting nice mail always helps with that!

    • Nicole Christensen says:

      April, both are wonderful ideas! I love that. Getting mail in the box is like sunshine in the box, I always say. Enjoy your gardening, sounds like spring will be really great at your house! Farmgirl Hugs, Nicole

  14. Patricia Miller says:

    I just love your ideas for planning theme meals and keeping things fresh!

    • Nicole Christensen says:

      Hi Patricia, thank you! We really enjoy those evenings and feel happy and relaxed. I love when my daughter gets in on the planning, as well. Valentine’s is next! Farmgirl Hugs, Nicole

  15. Bonnie McKee says:

    Hello All!
    I will be planting more flowers in 2021 !!!
    Looking forward to Spring!

    • Nicole Christensen says:

      Hi Bonnie, I am with you on that! I planted a bunch of new bulbs for spring last fall, so I can’t wait to see what pops up! Happy Gardening! Farmgirl Hugs, Nicole

  16. Judy says:

    In 2021 I am planning to plant a “victory” garden. After the last year, we all need to celebrate. Why not with good food and time in the sunshine. Here’s to a victorious 2021!

  17. Lorraine says:

    For 2021 I’ve decided to give my little garden space a do over this year I’ve ordered all new seeds am looking forward to digging in and getting my fingers dirty!!

    • Nicole Christensen says:

      Lorraine, a “farmgirl manicure” – sounds like a wonderful plan! Happy Gardening! Happy New Year! Farmgirl Hugs, Nicole

  18. Colleen Maki-Varney says:

    In the New Year, I plan to continue whittling down my collection of fabrics, by continuing to sew warm hats and mittens (we live on the shores of cold Lake Superior) for the homeless shelter in our area. With scraps, I plan to make quilts, something I did for many years, and have somehow wandered away from that joyful project. Less television, more walking, and planning our gardens for this summer, are on my list of “life improvement.” Happy New Year to you all, and may this year bring better health and happiness, to our world.

    • Nicole Christensen says:

      Colleen, what a lovely, lovely thing you are doing for the homeless, so wonderful, and your list of “life improvements” sounds wonderful. Happy, Happy New Year to you. Farmgirl Hugs, Nicole

  19. Julie says:

    Enjoyed your blog…I am interested in finally getting an insta pot. Glad to hear Air Fryers are great! That will be a “Happy” plan for 2021. Making tasty New recipes with “modern” gadgets!!
    What a novel idea for your clean and soiled masks…instead of tossing them into a hamper placing them into a retro style clothespin bag!
    Thanks, for ideas to lift our spirits and give us a smile.

    • Nicole Christensen says:

      Hi Julie, thank you! I have really enjoyed both of the air fryer (think “dry” foods – roasts, potatoes, veggies, meats, etc), and my insta-pot (“wet” foods – soups, stews, rices, beans). Between the two and my skillets I am excited to see what new food I will make next. The clothespin bag is just the right size and easy to carry to the washroom and back – all while looking pretty! May 2021 be a great year for you and yours. Much love your way, my friend. Farmgirl Hugs, Nicole

  20. Marjorie Long says:

    I have received the regular size calendars from our Church, Banks and Electric Co-ops, but for some reason the size of the daily squares are so small, I can’t record anything in them. I am looking for a bigger daily square on a calendar. MaryJanesFarm will be great. I am a canner. I will can just about anything. During the Christmas season, family came for a visit, wanted certain canned items. We found them up on the shelves, but after a while the shelves become unorganized. It was a searching and moving of canned goods. So I decided it was time to straighten the shelves up, make room for the cast iron pots and skillets and the crocks. This took time also. The shelves look very organized now and no one is tripping over crocks and cast iron pots!
    I made a new year resolution to try to keep the canning shelves organized this year. We are receiving all kinds of seed catalogs and going through them with a hopeful heart of a much better year for gardening. 2020 was not a good year for a lot of things. 2021 brings hope for a better year. Let us all focus on the hope that we have for this year. Thank you and God Bless all the MaryJanesFarm folks.

    • Nicole Christensen says:

      Hi Marjorie, canning and organizing and gardening – oh my! You are a true farmgirl! Love it. Enjoy the new seasons, and thank you for reading and commenting! May 2021 be a better year. Farmgirl Hugs, Nicole

  21. LynB says:

    Hi! I enjoyed your post! I haven’t planned anything intentional yet to make 2021 brighter, but I love what all you’re doing.. Thanks for the ideas!

  22. Susan Campbell says:

    Just trying to take it day by day, hour by hour, minute by minute and second by second. I am also sending out more cards to people.

    • Nicole Christensen says:

      Hi Susan, That is good advice. Live in the moment. I am also getting more cards and letters in the mail than I have in awhile and LOVE it. That is a positive. Keep your chin up, farmgirl! Farmgirl Hugs, Nicole

  23. Victoria Elwood says:

    Good morning. What a beautiful day. My ray of sunshine is growing our local chapter here in Colorado. I am planning our first tea for February. And my daughter is hoping that we get some young cultivators ( she is feeling the old lady crunch, she is the only one so far). I would have to say our favorite kitchen tool is the toaster oven. My daughter says its”sick”. I day its “the bomb”. We love it because she can go in and make snacks when ever and what ever with out help. (She is 11 the stove is yet a bit overwhelming). I am hoping to get my garden started here in the near future, I have never had above ground space before first for that. It will be eventually our little space of serenity for time with friends and family. Thank you for your kind and supporting words, have a beautiful day untill next time, your fellow sister vicki8257

    • Nicole Christensen says:

      Hi Vicki, Lovely comment. Good for you, mama, for teaching your daughter to cook and garden! I miss seeing my farmgirl friends in my chapter. When this pandemic is over (we have a spike in my area currently) I want to get my chapter up and running again. Thanks for visiting the blog, and Happy New Year and Farmgirl Hugs to you and your girl! ~Nicole

  24. Toni says:

    For starters, you just reminded me to renew my subscription! Lol! I’m making good use of like-minded groups online to motivate me with things like decluttering our home and losing weight. Feeling very positive about where my life is headed for the first time in a LONG time.

    • Nicole Christensen says:

      Hi Toni, good for you! Stay positive and surround yourself with positive people. I believe happiness IS a choice, and misery loves company. Keep up the good work! Are you on the Farmgirl Chatroom? Lots of positive, inspirational farmgirls there! Happy New Year! Farmgirl Hugs, Nicole

  25. Nancy W. says:

    Your posts are always so interesting and encouraging! Thank you! This year brings so many things to be grateful for. We will be celebrating the first birthday of my great grandson, new home for a son, two graduations and a new baby this summer. Spring will be coming and today the sun is shining!

    • Nicole Christensen says:

      Hi Nancy, BIG CONGRATULATIONS to you and your family! You have much to look forward to. Happy New Year! Enjoy!!! Farmgirl Hugs, Nicole

  26. Laurie Marie Carlson says:

    I found a photography class at the local college, dug out my old camera, and I’m learning to really use it. That gets me outdoors a little bit even on cloudy days. Gives me something to drive around a little looking for a perfect scene. Now I appreciate winter a little bit better and I’m hoping for more snow to capture in photos.

    • Nicole Christensen says:

      Hi Laurie, great idea! That is awesome that you are embracing a wonderful new hobby – the art of photography! Enjoy! Happy New Year! Farmgirl Hugs, Nicole

  27. Brenda Cervantes says:

    I love my MaryJane magazine. It keeps me up and full of ideas and Hope!! Thank you!

  28. Mary Grace Almleaf says:

    What a lovely read to brighten my cold snowy day in far Western New York! ❄️ I am baking up a storm for my family and grandchildren especially, and getting my retired body moving in the winter is a daily goal. Blessings to all in your day ❤️

    • Nicole Christensen says:

      Hi Mary Grace, first off, I love your name – Mary Grace. So pretty. Wasn’t it a cold day today? Good day for baking. I made cookies today. Enjoy those grandchildren! Happy New Year! Farmgirl Hugs, Nicole

  29. Emilie K Wacker says:

    Thanks for inspiring us to think outside the box. This year I have been and plan to continue to think on at least 3 things a day that I can be thankful for.

    • Nicole Christensen says:

      Emilie, thank you! And good for you! We all need to remember that! Happy New Year! Farmgirl Hugs, Nicole

  30. Dana says:

    Thank you for such a positive post with great ideas! I’ve been focusing on finishing quilts for family and friends that have been in the “Unfinished Object” pile for too long. Taking a bit of time everyday to do something I love, even if for only 20 minutes, helps to make me a better mom (furry mom, too!), wife and friend. And I get to gift things to people I love that are made with love!

    • Nicole Christensen says:

      Hi Dana, thank you! I love your comment – what a great way to do things. I love that even if it is 20 minutes a day you take care of you and do something you love. I think people get bogged down by pressuring themselves too much to get things like hobbies done by a certain time. A positive to current times is a slower pace, and when you do finish something, how special it is to the recipient! Nothing better than something handmade! Thanks for sharing. Happy New Year to you, your family and furbabies! Farmgirl Hugs, Nicole

  31. Meredith Williams says:

    Hi Nicole! This winter I am taking advantage of having lost my job due to Covid, and I’m paring down all the STUFF in our house! I long to have a more streamlined, organized, easy to clean abode, and as I go from room to room I have realized how much I have held on to for no good reason! I hope you have a cosy winter and enjoy the extra time with your daughter, a blessing for sure❤️

    • Nicole Christensen says:

      Hi Meredith, I am so sorry to hear you lost your job. This is such a hard time for everyone with all the losses. However, sounds like you are a true farmgirl and making the best of it! May you have a Happy, healthy New Year and a better 2021 than 2020! Much love your way! Farmgirl Hugs, Nicole

  32. Joan Piercy says:

    Nicole, Great blog today. You’ve given me lots of inspiration. We have been trying new recipes & I got an air fryer for Christmas. I already have an Instant Pot that I love, but am looking forward to all the things I can cook in the air fryer. Hope you have a good 2021!

    • Nicole Christensen says:

      Hi Joan, thank you! Having those gadgets really opens up a world of new recipes, doesn’t it? SO much fun! Enjoy and Happy New Year! Farmgirl Hugs, Nicole

  33. Karen Kudla says:

    I am learning to crochet! My daughter signed me up for a monthly crochet kit and I’m currently crocheting a kitchen dish cloth and towel. So fun!

    • Nicole Christensen says:

      Hi Karen, what a great time to learn to crochet! I teach knitting and crochet and love to share my favorite hobby. Your daughter gave you a great gift! Enjoy and Happy New Year! Farmgirl Hugs, Nicole

  34. Your post was spot on for our lives now…my daughter decided to complete her second year of college remotely, too. The university was open, but somehow, this just seemed like a safer choice, and all the classes she needed were online, so it felt as if it was meant to be. I’ve been thinking about an airfryer…hmmm, maybe it’s just what we need. Quick & easy, with less oil sounds like a winner! Yes, a slow cooker is a must and I’ve been using a huge cast iron skillet that was my mother-in-law’s for hearty breakfast-for-dinner meals. Now I’m deep cleaning…people will giggle asking how can I spring clean when there’s still snow on the ground, but us farmgirls know when spring actually arrives, we’re outdoors…at least for me, there’s no time for spring cleaning then! Always enjoy your posts!

    • Nicole Christensen says:

      Hi Mary, I love having my daughter home doing college. When she is “in class”, her door is shut and I don’t disturb her. It is nice to have meals with her and hear about what she is learning. I agree with you – now is the time to clean and organize! Once nice weather is here I will be outside! Happy New Year to you and your daughter! Thank you for reading and commenting! Farmgirl Hugs, Nicole

  35. Lily D'Angelis says:

    I just loved your stations for your college student. I have a college student at home too. I will use your ideas to create a mask station for clean and dirty ones and will make a snack station for him.
    He has been very excited about putting together a PC for himself and it is almost completed. He placed that in a desk in his room. The masks and the snack stations would be a great addition to his “Study” room.

    • Nicole Christensen says:

      Hi Lily, I am so glad you like my suggestions! I like to move things around and try different things different ways, and I wanted my daughter to feel like she had “grown” a bit, not just have the same room, etc. I think she did a great job picking out what she wanted. Awesome that your son is putting together his PC! Very cool! Happy New Year to you both! Farmgirl Hugs, Nicole

  36. Donna Kozak says:

    Hi, Nicole – What a lovely uplifting post- we’re in for a bit of snow up here in Beautiful British Columbia, so I’ve got to get outside and enjoy our warm winter before that happens ! Hopefully 2021 will be better than last year for all of us !

    • Nicole Christensen says:

      Hi Donna, Today is really cold again, but lovely sun peeked through all day with bits of snow here and there. Happy New Year, and yes, wishing us all a better 2021! Thanks so much for reading and commenting! Farmgirl Hugs, Nicole

  37. Toni Hauge says:

    I love your magazine and blogs.
    I am trying to spend more time with my dad this year. We do special outings that don’t involve exposing him to other people. No covid risks.
    Thank you!

    • Nicole Christensen says:

      Hi Toni, Thank you, I am so glad you enjoy MaryJanesFarm, and the blogs. :)

      It is great you are spending special time with your dad. I miss my family – they are all in other states but I do like to speak to them on the phone as often as I can. I missed seeing them in 2020. Happy New Year to you and to your dad! Farmgirl Hugs, Nicole

  38. Lauri Neumann-Grable says:

    My husband and I have instituted tea time at 4 pm. We have a lovely pot of tea and a slice of ‘quick bread’…this week’s offering is mincemeat quick bread made with homemade mincemeat (vegetarian). It’s great to have a quiet time together for 15-20 minutes.
    Lauri

    • Nicole Christensen says:

      Hi Lauri, that is awesome! I love that. I whole-heartedly believe in a tea/coffee break everyday. Such a great thing to do as a couple, too. Happy New Year to you both. Farmgirl Hugs, Nicole

  39. Carol Slater says:

    Oh how nice this calendar would look in my office. I will certainly be trying the Brussel spout skillet. I am truly focusing on self love in 2021 to make this year one of the best ever.

    • Nicole Christensen says:

      Hi Carol, Happy New Year! Good luck in the drawing – your name will be added to the hat! Enjoy the Brussels Sprout Skillet. Let me know what you think. Thanks for reading and commenting! Farmgirl Hugs, Nicole

  40. Andrea Maliszewski says:

    Last year I learned sign language and this year I have decided to add some new hobbies to my life. Since joining the sisterhood, I’m excited to do some embroidery/cross-stitch work. I used to do it as a kid and look forward to bringing it back into my repitoire as well as learning to crochet. Other goals as the weather warms, natural composting and gardening (starting small with room to grow). Looking forward to 2021!

    • Nicole Christensen says:

      Hi Andrea, you have the right idea, and are doing some great things! My daughter and I both have often said we would like to learn sign language. I used to be almost fluent in Danish, so I am brushing up on that, as well as doing my sewing, knitting and crafts. Composting and gardening are great hobbies, as well. Enjoy, and Happy New Year! Farmgirl Hugs, Nicole

  41. Marlene Burns says:

    Always enjoy your blog. Actually on the list of things I look forward to each month. So many great suggestions of things to do. It is a letdown after the holidays but planning something special for Valentine’s day is a great idea and something to look forward to. Love hearing house hold hints. Think I may subscribe to some fun magazines. Also have been doing more pen friends from Mary Jane’s website and more swaps. Stay safe until we can all get the vaccine. Your friend, Marlene

    • Nicole Christensen says:

      Hi Marlene, SO good to hear from you! Did you get my Christmas card? I think I mailed it to the correct address. I hope we can start writing more again! I miss your letters. I am so glad you enjoy the blog! That makes me happy. Stay healthy and safe. Happy New Year, my dear farmgirl friend. Hugs, Nicole

  42. Denise Woods says:

    Hope your new year is wonderful and creative!

  43. Sue Leto says:

    Hi, Nicole! Thanks for all of the great ideas! My mom is now confined to a hospital bed. So, I’ll be spending lots of time with her, and I’ll be doing more crafts…beading, scrapping and I’ll get her involved in making Valentines decorations to put in the window so she can enjoy them. She also loves coloring with colored pencils in the adult coloring books. We’ll leave the Christmas lights on the mantel and change out the Christmas items with her beautiful ruby red glass. This will also serve as her nightlight.. Movie night is an excellent idea! We’ll implement that to make our time spent together extra special! With lots of popcorn and treats, of course! Best regards, Sue Leto

    • Nicole Christensen says:

      Hi Sue, Happy New Year to you and your mom! It sounds so nice what you are doing with her. My mama lives in another state and I miss her so much, though we talk often if not every day. I love the Christmas lights mixed with ruby glass – ruby glass is one of my favorites. It looks great and festive no matter the season! Please wish a Happy Valentine’s Day to your mama from me, as well. Farmgirl Hugs to you both! Nicole

  44. Christine Box says:

    Hi Nicole,
    Thanks for all the great information. I think we will try visiting the museums on line. My husband and I moved to Idaho just before everybody knew about the Covid 19. So everything seems to be up in the air. Your information is really inspiring me.
    Farmgirl Christine

    • Nicole Christensen says:

      Hi Christine, I am so glad you liked this post! I know it must be doubly hard to have recently moved and then have a pandemic! Hopefully this year brings some normalcy, and we can all do fun things like REALLY visit museums one day! Until then, enjoy what you can! Thanks for reading and commenting! Good luck in the draw! Farmgirl Hugs, Nicole

  45. Patti Dmytras says:

    Hi Nicole, I really enjoy and appreciate your stories when you send them out. I work form home now, and hardly ever get out because of the pandemic. Your stories take me away to another world. I live in Wisconsin and we have the same weather, so I understand what you go through with snow. I have been trying to clean out closets this year and would like to organize better. I didn’t know about virtual museums. I’ll have to look into that. Keep sending the great stories. I have been reading your stories for the past 3 years. Patti

    • Nicole Christensen says:

      Hi Patti, Thank you so very, very much! Your comment means alot to me! I am so glad you enjoy my posts. I feel very fortunate to be able to share with farmgirls here! I have a friend that lives in Wisconsin, and she has wanted us to visit, but so far, we have not had the chance. I understand it is very pretty there! I have a few more closets to clean out, myself. I have been working on those here and there, as well. It is nice to have time to do those kinds of things, especially while things are slower. Thanks again for reading and commenting! Farmgirl Hugs, Nicole

  46. Rosie says:

    Happy new year! I’m glad to wish 2020 a good bye and look forward to the possibilities of 2021. I’m baking more, cooking, reading more, doing more of everything I don’t take the time to do when rushing here and there! Slowing down has it advantages!

    • Nicole Christensen says:

      Rosie, right? I agree! I am cherishing the extra time I have with my daughter, and doing the things I love most. Happy New Year! Farmgirl Hugs, Nicole

  47. Teresa says:

    I love snow! Extreme cold not so much. I have kept myself busy buying and building a long arm quilting machine. It’s together and for the rest of the winter I will be teaching myself how to free motion quilt!

    • Nicole Christensen says:

      Hi Teresa, I like the snow and cold, too. I figured out it is the wet, heavy humidity in any season that I do not care for. Nothing better than a crisp, cold day, especially with beautiful snow. We have not had a whole lot this winter; it has actually been a really nice, pretty winter so far. Enjoy your quilting! Making a quilt is still on my bucket list! Happy New Year! Farmgirl Hugs, Nicole

  48. Marla says:

    Working more hours at my job and trying to organize and get rid of things here around the house.

    • Nicole Christensen says:

      Hi Marla, I hear ya…organizing things always makes me feel so much better! I just reorganized my pantry yesterday! Farmgirl Hugs, Nicole

  49. Rebecca says:

    I got an air fryer from my daughter at Christmas and love it. I’ve tried several new recipes and they’ve all been good. I am definitely going to try your Brussel sprout dish as well. In my favorite iron skillet, of course! Happy 2021 to you and your family.

    • Nicole Christensen says:

      Hi Rebecca, isn’t that air fryer nifty? I really love mine. My daughter does, too. Enjoy my brussels sprouts recipe. You can also add more spice, or use greek or cajun seasoning for something different, as well. Thanks for reading and commenting! Farmgirl Hugs, Nicole

  50. Tiffany says:

    Thank you for the skillet recipe! What a delicious and hearty meal to warm up a snowy weeknight. This year I finally carved out space in my home for a craft corner. One of my resolutions is to make sure each family member receives at least one hand made gift from my crafting. Wishing you and your family peace and happiness!

    • Nicole Christensen says:

      Hi Tiffany, thank you! The sausage I buy is the organic chicken and apple one – not greasy at all and the flavor is so great with the brussels sprouts. I love that you are hand crafting gifts. It makes them so special when they are made with love! Happy New Year! Farmgirl Hugs, Nicole

  51. michele says:

    My oldest son gifted me a dutch oven for Christmas (we just celebrated together on MLK Day) and I look forward to making sourdough bread soon :0)

    Happy New Year!!

    • Nicole Christensen says:

      Hi Michele, Sounds like a wonderful son you have! Good luck with your sourdough bread! Wonderful! Nothing better than fresh bread. I have been doing alot of bread baking and we love it. Thanks for reading and commenting. Happy New Year! Farmgirl Hugs, Nicole

  52. barbara collins says:

    loved your post! What a great idea to redecorate your daughters room! It must be hard to take classes virtually. This new decor should help! I have been working full time through out the pandemic at a garden center helping all the new gardeners have success with their first vegetable gardens! They are so excited! Am hoping that this trend continues. During my downtime I have been making masks and working on a quilt that has now been sent to the quilter. 2021 plans are to finish the two afghans I am working on and to start a new one in a luscious shade of aqua yarn. I can’t wait! Also working on renovating an old dollhouse but haven’t gotten very far on that project.

    • Nicole Christensen says:

      Hi Barbara, thank you! It is hard taking classes virtually, and sprucing up her room did help. I teach gardening classes, and have been doing them online. I find teaching virtually to be harder, too. I am a better live speaker because I love interacting with the audience. I bet you have been so busy at your garden center! I think the trend will continue because once you are bitten by the gardening bug it is hard not to keep it up! You and I share a lot of the same hobbies! I have made two afhgans in December, and will start a new sweater in a hot pink this week. I love dollhouses, too! Happy New Year! Farmgirl Hugs, Nicole

  53. Carol says:

    Hi Nicole … 2021 holds promise that we can get back to some normalcy. I have plenty of hobbies and interests but I miss getting together with people the most. We must cheer each other on!

    • Nicole Christensen says:

      Hi Carol, I hear ya. Before the pandemic, I would see my friends often. We had dinner at each other’s houses, we went junk-tiquing, went on walks, and saw each other alot. I miss that. And hugs. I miss hugs. I miss seeing smiles. Hopefully, we will be able to do all that again, but until then, I try to make the best of it. Fingers crossed! Happy New Year! Farmgirl Hugs, Nicole

  54. MS Barb says:

    Hi! Happy New Year! That was a great idea to redo your daughter’s room, and set up her “break” station!

    • Nicole Christensen says:

      Hi Barb, thank you – she was so excited and is really enjoying her special new decor and treats! Happy New Year! Farmgirl Hugs, Nicole

  55. Denise says:

    Your dishes with red lines are pretty!
    I’m looking forward to finding a job since my office closed last year. So I’ve been cleaning out & doing little projects I didn’t have time to do before! I have to say I love my air fryer too but yours looks interesting. Do you use the wire racks, mine just has a basket. I have an Instapot but I haven’t gotten totally used to it.

    • Nicole Christensen says:

      Hi Denise, First off, I am so sorry to hear that you lost your job. So hard a time. My red and white dishes are my everyday ones – actually called “Classic Cafe” I think, by Corelle. Easy peasy to care for. The air fryer I have is an Air Fryer Pro. It has wire racks, which I love. It also has a piece to put a chicken on and make a rotisserie chicken. I absolutely love it! I also love the insta-pot, but it did take me longer to get used to. Now I can’t live without it! Happy New Year! May 2021 be a brighter year. Farmgirl Hugs, Nicole

  56. Nicole, I enjoyed your post and you positive attitude and creative ideas!
    These past few months, I did more baking before Christmas; recently I sewed two aprons (one for practice, one a gift) (needed practice after 15 yrs. of not sewing), and I’ve sorted and re-organized closets, enjoyably. I’m now working on writing a book of anecdotes on living in the country (mostly mine but also those of a few friends). It is a book friends and relatives have urged me to write. Great fun; I love writing! I enjoy walks on our 3 acres of lawn, but it has been too cold for much walking here in eastern Idaho lately. I’m 75 and don’t handle the cold well anymore. My husband and I hope to take a trip to relatives in CA and/or OR this spring. Time to plan our little garden! God bless you; enjoy your girls!

    • Nicole Christensen says:

      Hi Carole, sounds like you have a great attitude and on the right track to a better 2021 than 2020. Your book sounds wonderful! Good luck! Happy New Year! Farmgirl Hugs, Nicole

  57. Debra W. says:

    The pandemic has affected people in so many ways. The isolation is monotonous. Praying for a better 2021.

    • Nicole Christensen says:

      Oh Debra, I hear you. I am a “people” person and miss seeing friends and entertaining. I miss having hugs when I run into someone I know. May 2021 be brighter for us all. Hang in there! Farmgirl Hugs, Nicole

  58. Vicki Allen says:

    I would love a calendar to set my schedule out on. This is my year of self health and growth. I am making spaces of joy and comfort through out my new abode (a humble park model) and enjoying my lake view. I am eating and resting better while setting up garden space and crafting areas. I also will be burning candles and smell nice things in my outside area now that I have one! My SO has asthma and can’t breath if I do this in the house. I have a yoga and meditation porch also. To a brighter and healthier new year! 2021 here we go!

    • Nicole Christensen says:

      Hi Vicki, Happy New Year…sounds like you are off to a good start to 2021. Everything you describe sounds so tranquil. Good luck in the drawing! Farmgirl Hugs, Nicole

  59. Susan Addison says:

    Hello and Happy New Year. One of my goals for 2021 is to embrace my creativity. To help me prioritize this goal I have set a benchmark of 52 creations for the year. That’s one every week, totally do-able!

    • Nicole Christensen says:

      Hi Susan, Oh I love that idea! Crafting of all sorts keeps me happy, too. Enjoy and Happy New Year! Farmgrl Hugs, Nicole

  60. I save my “Mary Janes Farm Magazine” copies for years now and re-look at them frequently! The articles and graphics are awesome! The crafts to make and garden to take care of, I love! So far, my New Year 2021 has been normal, better than 2020 when I was hospitalized 3 times. I am learning to walk again with a cane and my balance still is not good. I am trying hard also to de-clutter my home. I do not have room for many of my bookcases now in storage to bring to my cabin as no wall space. I am trying to make sections cut off from the rest of the room for them. I now have two lofts for storage and one a craft room when it is cleaned up. I will also
    donate many items which is so hard for me. God Bless everyone to have a Happy 2021 year and safe from illness. Thank you for this offer, your blog is very special. Blessings, Cyndi

    • Nicole Christensen says:

      Hi Cyndi, I am so sorry you had such a rough year in 2020! Hang in there, farmgirl, sounds like you have a lot of determination and spunk! Much love your way! Thanks again for reading and commenting, and let us know when you open your Etsy shops back up. Farmgirl Hugs, Nicole

  61. My” frstyfrolk Etsy shop” had Vintage Items and my
    ” ByLightOfMoon Etsy” had natural forest items findings for terrariums, etc. I had moss and mushrooms, etc. which are different where I now live.

    • Nicole Christensen says:

      Hi Cynthia, I see both of your shops are currently closed, but vintage and terrariums are two of my favorite things. Take care! Farmgirl hugs, Nicole

  62. Laurel Anne Pries says:

    I can’t begin to tell you how much I enjoy your up lifting and cheerful stories, Nicole. Your blog always brightens my day. My hubby and I are both 70+, and have learned to stay in and find things to do to during these Covid days. I love working in my flowers in my greenhouse while hubby creates a variety of wooden planters. We are working on the same projects yet have our own space….it can be very rewarding. Keep up the good work , Nicole. I will be waiting for your next chapter, best regards, Laurel

    • Nicole Christensen says:

      Hi Laurel, thank you so much – it makes me happy to know you are enjoying my posts! How lucky you are to have a greenhouse! We have talked about getting one, too, one day. I also want to try to build a cold frame. Sounds like you all are keeping busy with some wonderful tasks! Thank you again for reading and commenting! Farmgirl Hugs, Nicole

  63. Janice says:

    Thanks for cheering me up with your positive attitude

  64. Kay Weseman says:

    Calendar giveaway? That’s awesome, though my sister and I will be sparing for it lol! Really happy to get another brussel sprouts recipe to try too . . . they’re my new favorite winter vegetable. Thanks for the interesting read- 2021 here we go- wheeeee!

    • Nicole Christensen says:

      Hi Kay, I am so glad you like the post. I really love brussels sprouts and think they do not get enough credit, lol. You can go heavier on the spice, or use Cajun, garlic powder, or greek seasoning for something different. Enjoy and good luck in the drawing! Farmgirl Hugs, Nicole

  65. Deb says:

    Hi and Happy New Year.

    Our son gave us a Ninja air-fryer for Christmas. The chicken, sweet potato fries, and french fries were really delicious. I look forward to creating more spectacular meals. I would welcome suggestions from you and from other readers.

    We recently had some foggy days in the midwest. The tree branches and bushes were really beautiful due to snow and fog.

    Have a wonderful day.

    • Nicole Christensen says:

      Hi Deb, The Ninja is a nice air fryer, for sure! My tip is use less oil than you would in an oven…you truly do not need it and less oil makes things more crisp. There is also a thread on air fryers on the Farmgirl Connection Chatroom. You should join if you are not already on there. Enjoy the rest of the winter! Farmgirl Hugs, Nicole

  66. Jessica says:

    I am so glad there wasn’t a major fire. I love your coffee cart! I have resolved to clean less and garden more. Learn to let things go and just enjoy.

    • Nicole Christensen says:

      Hi Jessica, thank you! It happened once – we thought it was that one plug – then it happened a second time wth a closer (very scary) call and we called the electrician. Scared me to death!
      Thank you…the coffee cart is an old “Cosco” cart. We use it in front of the camper when we went camping, but I really love it inside. I like your motto – “Clean less and garden more”. Yes! Happy New Year! Farmgirl Hugs, Nicole

  67. Lisa Bell says:

    Hello! I enjoyed your blog! I live in southeastern Ohio. My new year start is making my bone broth (beef with beef heart, chicken with chickens feet, neck, etc. and then ham/pork bones) and canning it-also vegetable broth.
    I’ve been enjoying it when we get snow-something so peaceful and quieting. I find myself smiling more. I watch for our little neighboring fox prints in the snow as she treks past our coop fenced yard and through our horse field (3 years now). I like to follow them in the field.
    Taking some me time before things get hectic with gardening, being a vendor at various farmer’s market, etc.
    May God bless you and your family throughout 2021!

    • Nicole Christensen says:

      Hi Lisa, I love this comment you have left – I can just imagine your canned goods cooling after being canned, the snow softly falling and the fox trekking by…
      We have a fenced coop, too, and my little “friend”, Radio, still stops by almost nightly. He is an opossum (I wrote about him last year). I, too, love the quiet of a snowfall and seeing all the fun prints. Little bird prints by my kitchen door always make me smile. I have a cousin in Ohio – the photos there always look so beautiful! Enjoy the quiet of winter. Farmgirl Hugs, Nicole

  68. Janet Kynerd says:

    Always enjoy your blog. I am lucky enough to have a craft room but it is really a mess right now. I am currently working on organizing so I can get back to the fun things.

    • Nicole Christensen says:

      Hi Janet, thank you! I am so glad you enjoy my posts. :)
      A craft room is a nice thing to have! I have a sewing room, which I organized last year, but I do need to organize the closet in there. I have a “craft dresser” but a craft room must be really nice! Winter is a good time to organize the house here; once spring comes I am outside as much as possible. Thank you for reading and commenting! Good luck in the drawing! Farmgirl Hugs, Nicole

  69. Jackie Walker says:

    Hi Nicole.
    I look so forward to your blog every month. I always think I’m going to comment, then I don’t. I’m a Texas native with a New England heart! I love your vintage things. In fact, your post about vintage radios caused us to bring home my grandmother’s 1929 radio. After showing my husband your pictures, along with the Alexa to play music, caused us to change our minds about not taking it. That will be our project this year! Another favorite post was about the paper dolls you found. I found a vintage paper doll company and got my 7-year-old granddaughter some for Christmas! I loved cutting them out. Brought back such great memories from my childhood!
    Thanks for sharing your life with us! Things will get better. Here in Spring, Texas, things are not too bad. It’s just those masks!!!
    Sending peace, joy, and love your way.
    Jackie Walker

    • Nicole Christensen says:

      Hi Jackie, Oh what a wonderful comment you have left me…thank you! You have made my day! First off, I love that you rescued your grandmother’s radio! That is so special! Enjoy! And from 1929! Second, how fun to play paperdolls with your grandgirl! You are making some really precious memories with her. And third – I love Spring, Texas! I have family there, and some of my most treasured memories are of days spent in downtown Spring, enjoying the wonderful little shops. Thank you so much for reading, and for sharing with me today! I hope you will say hello again sometime. Farmgirl Hugs, Nicole

  70. Vicki Taylor says:

    I just joined the Farmgirl Sisterhood a few days ago and plan to make 2021 brighter by working on my merit badges. So glad I found your website today!

    • Nicole Christensen says:

      Hi Vicki, and a big welcome! So glad you are here. You will love all things MJF! Welcome! Have you gone on the Farmgirl Connection Chatroom, as well? Farmgirl Hugs, Nicole

  71. Shari A Dunlap-Sindelar says:

    My daughter and I have a Pampered Chef airfry she got for 60%. We like cooking up french fries and using the rotating basket. I love not having to take the fries out of the oven and flip them over then put them back in. With the basket, I am able to get my homework done. My daughter just finished college and I am completing my BSN online. I enjoy crafting when time allows and am always on the outlook for new ideas. I like the dirty mask idea noted in the blog.

    • Nicole Christensen says:

      Hi Shari, I bet the Pampered Chef one is nice, too. I have always liked their items, and some of my Pampered Chef things in my kitchen are twenty five years old. I love the time saved, too, when using the air fryer or instant pot. Congratulations on your completing your BSN! Thank you for reading and commenting, good luck in the drawing, and I hope that you come visit again. Farmgirl Hugs, Nicole

  72. Danielle Reuther says:

    Happy winter Nicole! This is my first visit here – thanks for the great space to escape to. I got a bee in my bonnet to reorganize (again) our kitchen space. But seeing how you have set up an inviting little drink/snack station for your daughter has inspired me to add that on to my project! We have been homeschooling for two years now and I think setting things out for our daughter to help herself to throughout the day would help our day flow a little better and give her a little more independence. Good luck with your New England winter – we’re working our way through a WNY winter.
    Thanks for bringing some spring like sun to my day! Best wishes, Danielle

    • Nicole Christensen says:

      Danielle, welcome! I am so glad you visited here, and that you liked my post! Thank you for such a nice comment. Have a wonderful new year, and a good homeschool year. I hope you will stop by again! Farmgirl Hugs, Nicole

  73. Deborah montgomery says:

    Good morning I’m going to get my sewing room put together and start a quilt. It’s been a long time and we have been working on our house for a year. Room is almost done. Yay!! Just trying now to figure out best storage for small space.

    • Nicole Christensen says:

      Hi Deborah, what fun – setting up a sewing room! I got mine all set up last year, and what a difference! I sew much more and it is so nice to be organized, and to start a quilt? Wonderful! Good luck in the drawing! Thanks for reading and commenting. Farmgirl Hugs, Nicole

  74. Swan says:

    Reimagining your daughter’s bedroom as a dorm room was very creative. I will be working on my daughter’s new room. On the plan are painting, repurposing some curtains, and making it her space with decor.

    • Nicole Christensen says:

      Hi Swan, thank you! I thought it was important to have her room grow with her, something I imagined from when it started as a nursery so many years ago. Kids of all ages need to have their own space and to make it “theirs”. Sounds like your daughter has an exciting new room ahead! Happy decorating…Farmgirl Hugs, Nicole

  75. Christine Box says:

    Hi, I really enjoyed reading your article.

  76. Sheila LaPoint says:

    Hi Nicole, I am in New England too. I just got finished shoveling my car out of the additional snow that the plow pushed on it. I am so glad to touch base with someone else that has to deal with the Winter Wonder Land, both pretty and can be harsh. I can’t wait to use my Air Fryer, it is packed away in a big shipping/storage box along with most other things, we are building our house while we live in the garage which is attached to the house and most of the time I can’t find what I need let alone know what day it is, LOL. I love your pictures, winter has its own beauty.

    • Nicole Christensen says:

      Hi Sheila, and welcome! Thank you for dropping by! Sounds like you will be enjoying all things farmgirl when your house is done! How fun, though I am sure right now you can’t wait. Thanks so much for reading and commenting…stay warm! Think spring! Farmgirl Hugs, Nicole

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