“Tomorrow is the first blank page of a 366 page book. Write a good one!” Cowboys, Angels and Ranchkids

I saw this quote on Facebook yesterday morning. I immediately fell in love with it.

Butternut squash with apple soup is in the crockpot for our church get together tonight. Winter clothes are all moved back into my closet with summer clothes living in the guest room closet. The Twilight Zone marathon is on SyFy. All of this means, of course, that it is time for the obligatory New Year’s blog post. Are there any bloggers who are just sitting quietly today, not reminiscing about the past year and dreaming of the days ahead? Probably only those that were more efficient and got their posts done earlier this week….

Since this is my first New Year’s Eve as a blogger, I do have a few things I’d like to share, but I hope to keep it short. This time last year I was fully engaged in a career that I dearly loved and expected to be a part of for many years to come. In the spring of this year, it became obvious that this was not meant to be, and I finally started listening to what God had been trying to tell me for the last 5 years. It was time to take care of myself and move on.

Not being one to “rest on my laurels”, by May I had started my new company, Holland Girl Farm,

Holland Girl Farm

and in June I was busy preparing and selling gluten and dairy free sweets and treats under my brand name, Good Food Dear Friends,

https://www.facebook.com/Good-Food-Dear-Friends-369661450210120 at our local farmer’s market. I had an amazing season, met some great people, many of whom have become friends. I have gotten such great support from so many of these people, and others I have met along the way.

My first day at the Huntingburg Indiana Farmer’s Market. Where it all began…

In October I began selling my dry mixes, both locally and through Etsy. My Etsy shop has been a lot quieter than I expected, but locally people are really enjoying the convenience of having their favorite GFDF treats whenever they want them. I had several people buy a selection of mixes to give in a gift basket for Christmas. How fun!!

My most popular dry mix. Easy to make and just as delicious as always!

There have definitely been some surprises along the way! First, of course, is how quickly the day goes by, even when not working an outside job. I typically do really well on a schedule, but I’m finding that real life doesn’t lend itself to schedules as well as a work day does. I feel I am in a constant battle with the clock, more so than when I was working full time. I’ll figure it out, eventually. haha!

Two other surprises have to do with the items I sell. I set out to just do the gluten and dairy free items, but I decided to also bring along a snack I discovered soon after I had to eliminate those items from my diet. I needed a protein rich replacement for cheese sticks, as one of those tasty treats and an apple was a regular snack for me. I started making energy balls and found lots of great recipes (I’ll share some in later posts). One day last summer I invited my friend Leslie to come hang out with me one day and offered her a selection of energy balls. She went nuts! (pun intended! haha!!) She couldn’t stop talking about them. So when I opened up shop at the farmer’s market, I brought some along. They were an instant hit. Some weeks I sold more of them than I did anything else. I still have people ordering full batches, often of several flavors, to give as gifts or keep in their freezer!

The other surprise was when I started bringing my tea blends. As I’ve mentioned in recent posts, I have been drinking and blending herbal teas for years. I put some together, packaged them for sale, and they were very well received. People are very excited about the healthy combinations, and again, several were given as gifts last week. I’m super excited to announce that I’ll be selling my teas at Traditional Arts Today

in Ferdinand, Indiana in a few weeks! They have an online catalog and I’m hoping my teas will be included so you don’t have to wait until you can visit Ferdinand (a great tourist town if you’re ever in the area) to buy them. I will also have them available on my website in the (hopefully) near future.

And that is where I will leave you today. I know I have said several times that I will be updating my website and it hasn’t been done yet (did I mention how short the days seem to be lately?) I am committed to getting that done in the next few weeks. Things are quiet in the kitchen right now, so I will have time to attend to the business of having a business! And that is what I plan to do.

So, until then, grab a healthy protein rich snack, some GFDF treats, and a soothing cup of herbal tea (I will still be taking orders, so just contact me any time!) and a dear friend to share it with.

Oh – and HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!


Published by hollandgirlfarm

I am a Christian, wife, mother, grandmother, and new Homesteader! I will be sharing gluten and dairy free recipes and tips, herbal teas and medicinals, and new adventures as we explore the world of homesteading. I'm happy to have you join the fun!

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