I am not a decorator and often lack creativity. When a small galvanized bucket arrived in the mail from Red Hill General Store, I needed an idea.
Fill it with golf balls as a gift for my husband?
Fill it with milk and feed the farm kittens?
Plant a flower in it?
Have my daughters decorate it with paint and stickers?
Of course my creative, artistic sister and mother both looked me with smiles as I threw out bland ideas and they shared more creative ones.
Fill it with barley to hold candles as a centerpiece, they suggested and we all agreed.
Barley holds a special place in my heart. Barley in a bucket sounded perfect. And I am not referring to barley as beer.
Barley is grown on our family farm. I make Beef Barley Soup and it reminds me of how the barley is raised on our land.
It’s harvested each summer (occasionally plugs a combine Hunter learned last summer.)
My dad, Farmer Fred at GriggsDakota, specifically contracts malting barley through Anheuser Busch. Malting barley makes beer, not soup and on our farm is grown to make Budweiser brands of beer.
My dad still has some of last year’s barley crop in grain bins. It was too wet last fall to be hauled in and has been in an air bin drying over the winter. It will be hauled into an Anheuser Busch facility in North Dakota in next few weeks.
On Father’s Day morning, I dashed out to a grain bin with my dad…in our church clothes and filled the Red Hill General Store bucket with barley.
Then I tweeted Red Hill General Store and shared on Facebook what I was up to. I couldn’t keep it a secret for long.
This little bucket could serve many purposes but on Father’s Day filling it with barley alongside my dad was a perfect use.
Inside the house, my mom shared two taper candles with me and I placed them into the barley filled bucket.
With a Father’s Day family feast hosted and created by my mom, all 23 family members loaded up their plates.
We sat down to enjoy food, family and fellowship with our barley bucket centerpiece. Around the table sat four generations of family on the farm, the barley in the simple bucket represented the fields and the family.
It was more than I ever expected from a bucket and was an easy yet creative way to honor my dad on Father’s Day.
Now what should I do with the bucket next? Ideas please.
Check out what some of my fellow Real Farmwives of America and Friends are doing with their buckets today. Find them on Facebook. Plus one lucky reader is going to win an embossed galvanized tub on Real Farmwives of America from Red Hill General Store. Don’t miss this give away and register here.
While Red Hill General Store did provide me with a bucket to blog about for this post, the pictures, ideas and opinions shared here are my own.