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Betty Anderson (3 days ago)
Omgosh girl!! Throw some mushrooms in that kale!! I have never tried fried kale, but I’m going to!! With mushrooms! 😊
Dwele Okong'o (28 days ago)
the youngest is definitely the most driven interested and excited though they all are.
Arbed J (1 month ago)
The way you did your eggs is called based up here in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. 👍🏻😃
Yesenia Lucatero (1 month ago)
Thank yo for the recipe! I already wan to try it! I love watching how God is working on your dreams. God bless you and your family 😍🙋🏻‍♀️
Ellen Conforti (1 month ago)
When I go to sleep at night is when I get my visions. I think about all the things I accomplished that particular day first and what I want to accomplish tomorrow. We started a raised bed garden in 2014 and have been adding onto it each year and you need those visions to accomplish what you imagine in your mind that you want to happen. With each addition of the smallest thing that you do just makes everything a little nicer and easier. Every year we have expand the garden area and i look forward to those nightly dreams to make it all possible. It is also with the YouTube channels like yours, etc that all of us gardeners learn even more and get more inspired. This year we added a lot of cattle panel after I saw what you did with yours. It looks so pretty when they are full and you can walk underneath them and pick dukes or whatever is growing. So, thanks much. Keep those visions coming.
Sshafer (1 month ago)
Oh how I love your sweet boys! And Ben, "Who is Vanna?!" How precious 💗 and thanks for the tips on the lake and eggs..yum yum!
Norma Lara (1 month ago)
That was an AWESOME watch! I loved Ben's "Face Time"--between the fence! That was Adorable!💕 I also loved your 'chuckle' as you go through the garden and see the "dinosaur bites out of the kale leaves"! And thank you for your visions in your imaginations. I too love to close my eyes and let God fill me with holy visions for me to work with. I just have to keep praying for my husband to be on board! God keep bless you & your family. TFS!💕
Lil butthead (1 month ago)
I'm so happy to have found your channel. You're lifestyle is inspirational. You have a beautiful family.
Dianna Sims (1 month ago)
As you were cooking breakfast my youngest daughter said “look it’s a mama cookin!” (She’s 3, every mom is mama lol) Sautéed kale is really good with a little orange juice in it too 👌. I need to get me a pour over coffee set, it’s so beautiful to watch. As always an beautiful and informative video 😘
Debbie Bragg (1 month ago)
Di Garcia (1 month ago)
Your kids are beautiful and so smart! Does purple basil taste any different from standard basil? Never seen it.
Brian Ramsey (1 month ago)
good job boys
Shannon Lutz (1 month ago)
LOVE this video! So many people do not know what to do with the produce from their gardens. Keep up the great work Jess!
2 Bridges (1 month ago)
Precious times you will have to remember later in life💕💕
Donna Hanson (1 month ago)
I love your sweet family. Such good gardening tips--I had a hard time figuring out what works in Arkansas (we're from Ohio) and have learned so much from you. All our best from Bella Vista!!
hatemyjunkmail (1 month ago)
Your family is adorable
Deborah Martin (2 months ago)
Oh I do the same with my greens! But I actually put my eggs on top of the greens. Also any bits of other veggies & 🌶. Best breakfast ever!
Daniel Zukle (2 months ago)
Cooked my first steam fried egg when I was 8 yr old. Very easy way to do it, over easy works good too but sometimes you do break the yolk. You're right though, a steamed egg is every bit as good as any other fried egg. Thanks for all the videos.
HardToHook (2 months ago)
You could always show us what you are picking in your vlog and throw a quick recipe in the description of the video so you don't have to film that part. I'd love to see more on this topic! I'm trying to transition to healthier eating habits for myself and my family. I'm about sick of salad lol. I'd love to be able to add fresh produce to meals in more creative and tasty ways!
Sharyn Braud (2 months ago)
The boys' smiles just light up the screen. 💙
julie henderson (2 months ago)
whats a strong enough grade fence to stake up to grow tomatoes on if we dont use cattle panels?
carol parrish (2 months ago)
Breakfast looks good. I will try making it. Thanks !
Southern Latitudes (2 months ago)
God gave me a vision for having 5 trellises making a curve in the corner of my backyard. I quickly filled it with Zinnias on the boarder and we later added veggies after 1st frost. It was everything and more than I could have hoped for. People are blown away when they see cattle panels in such an artistic way. I sat down again and thanked God this afternoon for all He did in my new gardens the past several months.
Southern Latitudes (2 months ago)
@Roots and Refuge Farm Your Alabaster box!! What a beautiful perspective!
Roots and Refuge Farm (2 months ago)
That’s so beautiful. The entirely of my garden has come from God given vision! I call it my alabaster box!
Rajish Maharaj (2 months ago)
Kids garden looks awesome... I usually chop or just break up swiss chard/kale n saute in frying pan n then pour beaten eggs over them n allow them to fry.. I season with a lil pepper flakes n dried parsley as well.. Dust of salt
Jane Barbour (2 months ago)
I think this is the sweetest vlog ever! 😊♥️♥️♥️🌷🌷🌷🥇Love seeing the children’s joy and interest.
A Psalmist Grows (2 months ago)
Awesome vlog bird! I can’t wait to eat kale and eggs 🥚
Food Foresters (2 months ago)
Great job guys! The boys garden will look great!
Misty Rose (2 months ago)
Cody Couch (2 months ago)
I live in a small apartment in the suburbs and my dream to own a home with enough land to grow everything that I eat. My favorite thing is to dream and plan how I am going to do it all when the time comes.
Brianne Taylor (2 months ago)
I planted wayyy too much kale and was wondering what I was going to do with it all!!! Hah thank you for the tip.
skwynts (2 months ago)
Awesome video I appreciate your channel a lot. I have recently started my back yard garden. On my tiny are in the city. But yetur channel is so inspiring and helpful. Thank you.
David Straub (2 months ago)
When dandelions first come up in the spring, my dad makes scrambled eggs with them. He's been doing that for most of his life (he'll turn 86 this year). I should try that with my radish leaves (French Breakfast). I like them in a salad, so what the heck! Yes ..... I see the "garden dino" was sampling the vegetation ~8^) Take care .... looking forward to seeing the three "garden Gnome's" garden take off. Bye for now.
When dreams become reality is Devine.
Judith Johnson (2 months ago)
Ok. Now Im hungry.😁love the cooking vids. Love it all.
Judith Johnson (2 months ago)
Warms my heart.Oh the excitement. The kids are so into it.😊Love the mugs.❤🙏Bless you.
Megan Gray (2 months ago)
YES! 😁I too am a dreamer! Haha keep it up girl 💪👍
Patti Shelton (2 months ago)
Jess, you did good cooking, I loved watching you make this cooking video!
Patti Shelton (2 months ago)
Sweet, sweet boys. The world needs more parents teaching good things to their children. Good job.
Melissa Sue (2 months ago)
I always wished I could have raised my children on a farm...its so bittersweet to watch you help your beautiful children plant a garden! <3
Tom Tom (2 months ago)
What adorable boys, a loving family. Love your videos.
Sandi Grant (2 months ago)
Love watching you and your boys! Learning so much!
Diana Strangfeld (2 months ago)
The word for what you're describing about how the kale feels different after soaking in water is turgor. "Plant Physiology . the normal distention or rigidity of plant cells, resulting from the pressure exerted by the cell contents on the cell walls." I think of it as plant blood pressure. If my carrots, celery or radishes get limp, I put them in a container of water in the fridge and by the next day they're usually back to life. Love a good kale and egg scramble in the AM!
Roots and Refuge Farm (2 months ago)
Wow thank you!
Howard Stansell (2 months ago)
I'm wondering why you didn't plan on having any fruit trees?
Streamwater Farm (2 months ago)
I was literally watching you soak your kale and thinking to myself “I am a terrible mom. My kids just get cereal.” ... and low and behold, you fed your kids cereal and I was once again reminded why you’re my people. 😂
Rebecca Brear (2 months ago)
Hello.. I am a new subscriber from Washington State:)🍎
Cheryl R (2 months ago)
I’m a new subscriber and I just fall more in love with you and your family the more I watch. I am in Alaska and have been struggling with a vision for my gardens for a FULL YEAR now. We moved from the complete opposite climate and I have to relearn everything I thought I knew. But i just LOVE your suggestion to go sit in my garden and pray and imagine. I am going to make myself some coffee and do that tomorrow before I have to get the family up and ready for the day. Thanks so much for your positive nature and encouraging messages. ❤️
Roots and Refuge Farm (2 months ago)
I hope you imagine wonderful things!
Evie MacRunnel (2 months ago)
Thanks for sharing the breakfast tips! Try adding leftover sweet potato and avocado and season it with Everything But The Bagel seasoning from Trader Joes. Yummy additions when they are on hand. Love your channel, thank you!
Stringfield Ridge Farm (2 months ago)
That breakfast looks delicious I do poke and eggs the same way but will try it with my kale. I love putting kale in soup.
CB Maine (2 months ago)
Recently found your channel. You have a wonderful calm energy and nice voice, and I love all the plants you are showing and loving! How patient you and your husband are with your boys. I watched thinking you could have planted that garden in about a quarter of the time, but it is the process and teaching your children that is the point, not the production. Nice talk about letting your imagination grow, we all could use that. Thank you for sharing a slice of your life! PS- loved how your dog was helping plant too!!
Roots and Refuge Farm (2 months ago)
Glad you’re here!
Rach3l Wilt (2 months ago)
When you get your chalk board up you should write on it “beware of dinosaurs” lol 😆
Amanda Galvan (2 months ago)
Yes... currently at that stage of okay this has surpassed what I’ve imagined and I’m grateful, but time to start thinking of what is next. I’ve often wondered if I’m just hard to please & never complacent.
Addicted To Stacks (2 months ago)
I live very close to you (Russellville). Can you suggest a few vegetables I can plant this late into the season and still get a decent crop? Is it too late for tomatoes? Or potatoes?
Addicted To Stacks (2 months ago)
@Roots and Refuge Farm Thank you for replying. I have been wanting to grow potatoes. Will give them a shot. I've been enjoying the videos and y'alls wisdom on homesteading.
Roots and Refuge Farm (2 months ago)
Tomatoes you probably want to find started plants. Potatoes are fine, cukes, squash and melons, beans. All good
I always wonder how to stop fresh leafy greens from welting, thank you.
DIY Solar Homestead (2 months ago)
Let the goats clean the woods for you.
I want to wake up in the morning and get my entire breakfast out of my own yard! I
Erin Modlin (2 months ago)
A chef once taught me how to cook the perfect fried egg. I don't use oil at all. Get the pan hot, carefully crack the egg in the pan. As soon as the bottom sets, turn off the heat and cover the pan. Let it sit until the yolk is at your desired level of firmness. It works every time!
Jennifer Overturf (2 months ago)
So cute!
Glam Gmaaa (2 months ago)
I'm single and my backyard is so ugly smh, I never thought to stop myself from stressing about it and ask God for a vision of what it should be ~ thank you so much! Blessings ~
Heather Reis (2 months ago)
I dont have nearly as big of a garden or as many animals as you but i will say ive dreamed of having such a over abundance of fruits, veggies and eggs that came from my small garden that i would give stuff away. Reaching that dream that comes to me often is what keeps me going at it every day 😊
Barbara Good (2 months ago)
Your soo lucky you have someone who shares your dreams and willing to join you
Ashleigh Richmond (2 months ago)
"It's basically a flower" :'D
Billy Jones (2 months ago)
Watching you lifts my spirit. Keep doing what you're doing. Your children are also awesome. :-)
Wendy Vaughn (2 months ago)
Your boys are so precious!! I use a pour over to make coffee too. Love your videos soooo much! By far, my fave fam on YouTube!
Irene Moffatt (2 months ago)
Love, love this video!
Nel Abad (2 months ago)
Healthy breakfast 💕
Nel Abad (2 months ago)
You have a big land, I suggest you plant fruit trees
Jenell Jurado (2 months ago)
How precious all the Boys r!! They all seem a lil interested in planting, But I see Sweet Lil Ben being a serious planter When He grows up.
Susan Bell (2 months ago)
Thank you, love the eggs n kale, so true about being able to use what you grow
Farm_Family_Of_Four (2 months ago)
Love this video so much!! And love your little go after your dream!! We’re a family of four in Florida going after our farm dream. Much love girl from our family to yours ❤️
Jamara Johnson (2 months ago)
How do you fill your garden beds? What are you filling them with? I’m a mama of 4 young daughters and I made 4 4ft x8ft garden boxes I’m not the strongest lady but I’m trying to figure out is it better to dig up the yard and use some of that soil or buy garden soil. What is your soils recommendation?
Tiana Rattay (2 months ago)
thank you jess for sharing your cooking even tho you don't enjoy it as much as your garden videos - which i love, too. :) wish you all the best and keep going!
Erica Waymaster (2 months ago)
I am going to try the kale and eggs looks yummy
Once Upon A Farmstead (2 months ago)
"This is basically a flower.." ☺️ I could just squish him! All of your boys are just adorable!
marina oprea (2 months ago)
Love u guys, hugs from UK xx
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Cara Parnell (2 months ago)
If I could suggest something... using metal utensils on cast iron scratches off the seasoning that you work so hard to build up. Loved the recipe will for sure try some kale and eggs.
Alissa Rings (2 months ago)
Omg Jess you make bubbled eggs! Well that’s what we call them at my house. It’s my younger daughter’s favorite way to have eggs. She loves watching your channel and she’ll be so tickled to hear you make bubbled eggs too!! ❤️❤️😂
Erica Spears (2 months ago)
Try some nutmeg on it. Also my favorite breakfast!
The Naked Gardener (2 months ago)
When I find worms I put them in the garden beds as well. lol Chalkboard? Neat idea! What about the weather? We do the same with our lettuce and leafy produce. We wrap them in a damp paper towel in a Ziploc bag and they store for a very long time.
Denise Stone (2 months ago)
I agree about the kale being better, needing to be cooked. I enjoy it either way but best is cooked. Your children are such cuties. And of course the smiling dinosaur Ben. Lol.
Rob Lewis (2 months ago)
Hi There! Love your videos!! I was wondering if you could answer a question on planting ground cherries. Do they have similar properties to tomatoes? (Can I plant them deep and they will root out or will that not do anything?) Thanks
Samantha Quant (2 months ago)
YES!! More videos on making garden food!
Melanie C (2 months ago)
Whenever I come to a place where my imagination has no place to grow, and I have run out of plans to plan and visions to bring to fruition, I get super low. I’m not happy unless I have a dream and a purpose!! You seriously reminded me that I gotta keep my inspiration turned on!
Heather Stockholm (2 months ago)
Love to lay in a wild field and imagine... lots of things. I also admire Gods imagination... i mean could you imagine? Lol 🙏
Jessica Smith (2 months ago)
I put kale in my greens mix for making smoothies. When I buy greens at the store I come home and put 2 cups per sandwich bag and freeze them. Then when I am making my morning smoothie in goes 1 cup unsweetened coconut milk. 1/3 frozen avocado, 1/2 cup of my frozen berry of choice for the day, 1 scoop of protein powder. Now, due to fybromyalgia I also put in ground turmeric, cinnamon and black pepper. I no longer taste it. All I taste is the fruit of the day. To freeze the avocados, peel them and cut the fruit in thirds. Put one third per snack bag, put the juice of 1/2 lime in each bag. Partially close the bag, squeeze out the air. Close the bag. Let the lime juice swish over the piece of avocado. Pop in the freezer. I so enjoyed your talk about your dreams for your farm. Getting to watch your boys plant their garden was a treat. Last year my grandson asked this of me for his 15th birthday gift: spend the day shopping for plants for his garden and help him plant them. He had made a raised bed with his other grandad already. That was so much fun for me!
magic kingdom homestead (2 months ago)
what do you use your amaranth for?
TheRainHarvester (2 months ago)
So fun to anticipate the seeds' growing! I added an update to my green bean wicking bed experiment: https://youtu.be/AaPWWJ9JhKs
Mountain Life Montana (2 months ago)
always fun letting the kids plant there own garden, and I love the water / less oil cooking. Been doing it for years now, it is so much healthier. Great Vlog.
Hey Blondie (2 months ago)
As my Great Grandfather would call it, "Getting the field heat off of it." I remember getting a whole mess of peas or beans and soaking them in the bathtub in cold water, to cool them off from the heat of the field, and they last SO much longer.
Niago Wilson (2 months ago)
I think the leafy green soak was a great tip!! I figured that out for myself last month but for the last 2 years it would wilt and be untasty within 30 min of picking. soak soak soak
D&B Farmstead (2 months ago)
Jess, Thank you for sharing your family with us! I adore your kiddos. I would love to come for a visit one day and bring my four girls with me. I would love watching them all roll around in the dirt together! I was raised on Polk Sallet and eggs. So yummy! I am growing Kale this fall so I am super excited to try this recipe.
preppingmama (2 months ago)
My kids do the same thing with worms and my garden beds. I bought a tri-color sage the other day after watching your garden tour. I saw one and had to have it! Where there is no vision, the people perish. Proverbs 29:18 I just had kale and eggs yesterday for breakfast.
Maranatha Manor (2 months ago)
Ah.... Benny grows the smiles but Look how sweet Ezra and Toby are too...they are serious about their garden! Precious little workers! May the Lord bless everything that they put their hands to in the garden!
Diana Krause (2 months ago)
Bees? Is this the new animal? I don't recall you having bees.
Stacey Turner (2 months ago)
I would love to know how to use chard more. I have lots of it and I want to use it more.
Lenie Taylor (2 months ago)
Time to become a beekeeper!! We have 17 acres in NC and are avid gardeners. Have 6 hives! Pollinators and honey. Win, win!
Maria Gomez (2 months ago)
Thank you so much for sharing this awesome video you have a Beautiful garden and yea I dream just like you when I have a vision most of the time it comes true I love the way your kids help you and the way they love been in the garden God bless you and your family 🌹🌸🌻
Not Right Media (2 months ago)
Any tips on things eating pepper plants? I grew some last year, no issues. So far since transplanting something has been attaching and seems to just be the pepper seedlings! I'm assuming slugs because I did find one on the ghost pepper seedling a week or so back, but I put crushed egg shells around them, and sprayed them all with soapy water & capsicum (from last years ghost peppers). Trying to grow Carolina Reapers this year and they're growing so slow (I heard that was normal though). Really don't want to have to put chemicals on/around them, but I only have 3 Reaper seedlings left out of 10 (4 didn't germ, 2 didn't grow past a sprout). :(
Jamie T (2 months ago)
@ 3:00 i love how your dog is in on the tomato planting... ( i see you diggin holes... i too can dig holes... (doggie think bubble))
DGKoch (2 months ago)
Question->They are growing so well! I have a question if someone can help me. I started eggplant n peppers indoors, but they are pretty small in comparison to that(I think I didn't put the lights low enough) And I planted these seedlings into the ground and they got tiny holes in them. What can I do? Do I have plant new seeds?thank you!

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