Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Tuesday, October 22, 2013


Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls. Oh ya baby they are amazing!!
(Pardon the pic, but I took it last light when they were all hot and gooey out of the oven, and my camera is old, and the lighting is bad.)
I got the recipe from Pioneer Woman. If you want it, there you will find the recipe. I'ts easy, but takes time to write it all down, and to make them, but that said they are totally worth it!!

Also November is coming up and so is the Thankful Challenge!!! I think I'll be working on that for the month of November!
Have a great day all!

Monday, October 21, 2013

happy 6th

                                                Birthday Magnolia!!! Here's to many more!!

Sunday, September 1, 2013

because you know you've always wanted to know

what approximately 100 pounds of peaches looks like before...

 and after...

We had some serious rain the other night. And it came down hard. The peaches that were ready to sell got hit, and the rain ruined some of the skin on them. They were no longer firsts. But canners! The guy that grows them called and told me this. I've gotten peaches off him before so he knows I like to can! He said he would sell them for $1 a pound to get rid of them. (That is a screaming good deal)!!  I said OK, how many pounds do you have? He said about 100. I'll take them all!! I know I'm slightly crazy. So Friday night into the wee hours of Saturday morning I peeled, cored, cut up, and canned 38 quarts of peaches!! So the rain was good and I was blessed by it!
Ahh they will taste so good this winter. My kiddos love peaches, and so do I!

Have a great day all!

Saturday, August 31, 2013

whats cooking in my kitchen

So here is the recipe for these sweet little treats.

Coconut Oatmeal Whoopie Pies

2 c flour
1 t salt
scant 2/3 c butter melted
1 c brown sugar
11/2 c coconut
2 t vanilla
1 t baking powder
1 t baking soda
1 c sugar
1 c oatmeal
2 eggs
Mix wet. Add dry. Mix until combined. Bake 350 for about 15 minutes.


21/4 c powdered sugar
11/2 c fluff
3/4 c shortening
enough milk to make consistency you want

Fill whoopie pies and enjoy!!
Have a great day all!!

Thursday, August 29, 2013

what i did on my summer vacation... part 1

Pull up a seat and grab a Coconut Oatmeal Whoppie Pie and and iced coffee, join me for a few minute!! They are fresh outta the oven!! Try to refrain from licking your screen. :)

Don't have any?! Oh well maybe I'll share the recipe with you.
So I'm still not all into blogging yet. Maybe once the winter comes and I'm in the house more and don't have so many things going on... hardy har har!!!!
I'll let you in on what I've been up to, other then turning into a beach bum this summer. But oh how I have loved every minute of it!
First off I gotta tell you I started the summer out in crutches. What?! Yup. I'm super talented ya know. The kiddos, my mom, and I went to crash my sisters vacation down on the ocean. She knew we were coming, and it was fun!! Well after a wonderful day on the beach, a sleep over in a hotel, and some fried white chocolate cheesecake...yes you read that right...fried white chocolate cheesecake!! OMW so amazing!! And another morning on the beach we packed up to head home. We stopped off at a big store, walked around, and were leaving when some how, and this is where my amazingness comes in...I was walking in the grass in flip flops, when my toe hit something very hard in the grass. It hurt. I kept on walking with some effort and limping. My mom asked me if I was alright. I said yes. Then I made the mistake of looking down at my foot. My left toe the one next to the little toe was cocked off to the left, not the way it should go...suddenly my bagel and 2 large iced coffees, I had several hours ago, wore off and I almost blacked out. Yup. Not my finest moment. My toe hurt bad and seeing it off to the left wasn't helping. Sitting in the car I caught my breath and called my husband. I told him I thought I broke my toe. After some debate it was decided I should go to the hospital. They took x-rays...

...not broken, but all the ligaments and blood vessels and tendons that hold it together were ruptured. The doctor said I would have been better off breaking the bone. Would heal better. My toe will never be the same. I was bummed because I had just bought some new cowboy boots and couldn't wear them. So my goal was to be back in them after a month. But not after some rough days of sitting and my throbbing foot as it swelled. It was all taped together. Was rough and took about 8-9 weeks to heal enough for me to be able work out. I was on my feet before I should have been, but I couldn't sit still any longer. And yes I was able to get my cowboy boots on after a month, but could only wear them for a few hours! But all is well now!

Things on the farm are going well. Our little herd is doing well. My husband made a stanchion for Daffodil, and now she has her own spot.

Daffodil's butt, Dandie's butt, and Maggie's butt. I've made lots of butter, and am hoping to make some cheeses soon too!! I love cheese!

My oldest daughters bunny named Misty had a surprise for us one morning... babies! Four of them, but the runt didn't make it. The three that did are all girls.

One white one is Snowball, the other is Betty. The black one is Odd Ball Jr, as far as I know that is her name. Named after her father, that was another daughters, but sadly he died. He was black too. They are so much fun, and oh so cute!
Well thats it for now. Gotta get supper finished and in the oven, and then I'm headed out for the evening with a SIL!!
Have a great night all!

Thursday, August 15, 2013


Well I'm here. Sorta.
 I've had a much needed break from the blogger world and my computer. I just had to take a step back and breath for a while. Talk about burn out. Really.
 We have been hanging out here alot this summer...

The beautiful rocky, rugged, coast. Some much needed time with my kiddos and fun time playing in the cold Atlantic ocean. Working on my tan and body surfing ( I would like to try surfing, but can't really do that here, the waves aren't the same... or as big...) Hanging out with some BFF's, and enjoying the sunny days, when we have them.
Our summer has been very wet and chilly. Hasn't been a great summer for gardening or haying really. The gardens are wet and the fields are really wet. Rutted up one of them and had to bring the hay to the parked baler due to how wet the field was. Thankful for the hay we've been able to get though.

I'm hopeful for a good harvest from one garden and I do hope to get back into blogging and catching up with everyone again. I just needed some time!!
Have a great day all!

Thursday, May 23, 2013


The perks of being a mom and living in the country where there is an abundance of them.

I love the bunches of dandelions that my kiddos bring me on a daily basis. They look forward to when they are big enough,  and can pick me some. They come in the house with their hands behind their back with a big smile and have me guess what side I want.
I never lack for fresh flowers in the house this time of year. But mostly I love the hands that bring them to me!

Monday, May 20, 2013

our weekend with the baby

Well we have settled back into the life of a dairy. Milking twice a day. It's nice. I have yet to milk Maggie at this time. I know my time is coming soon, but my husband has been doing the milking. I'm OK with that. Like I said there will be plenty of time for me to get my turn! I'm looking forward to it!

Miking Maggie for the first time this freshening 

 We are letting Daffodil stay right with Maggie and eat whenever she wants to. There is still some colostrum in the milk, and we think it's better for her mama to raise her, and we just gentle her and get her used to people. It worked well with Dandie, so we'll go this way again. We'll probably wean her at 6-8 weeks or so.
 Daffodil is wonderful. She keeps mama and big sister on their toes with her antics. She goes out in the pasture, sticks her tail straight up in the air and runs! Then stops, and lets them catch up to her, then takes off again. It's quite funny to watch. She'll try her hand at a leap in the air, and fall over. She is still working on her landing!

Our herd.
On Sunday morning when my husband went out to milk he fed Maggie, and she didn't eat her grain. He felt her ears, and they were cold. He knew that was some signs of milk fever. We've been keeping an eye on her for this. He called a nearby farmer and he said he would come right over and help give her some calcium (that is what they need when they have milk fever). When they get milk fever it's after they calve. She was just at the beginning of it. Another sign is they can't stand up, their muscles won't let them. This is when it's farther along. They can die from this if not treated. The kiddos and I headed off to church. I was reluctant to go, but did. I knew she was in good hands, and would be in contact with him. She was given the medicine, it takes about 2 hours to work, so he stayed home to keep an eye on her. She did come out of it. She was outside laying in the sun with her girls when I got home. I asked how she was and he said fine. Sunday night she ate some of her grain, before Daffodil decided to sleep in it, and her ears were warm again. We were
pleased with that. This morning she ate her grain, her ears are warm, and she is now outside eating with her girls. Another lesson in dairying life for me. A whole new lesson. I'm thankful it turned out well and that this was caught early and the end result ended well too. Very thankful for the help that came too, with no hesitation on his part, he helped when we needed it.

Sunday morning snuggle time with mama!
Have a great day all!

Friday, May 17, 2013


Well Maggie's due date has come and gone. It was Tuesday the 14th. Nope, no calf. But with the last two she has had with us she has been 9 and 10 days late. So... we wait.
We had thought she was going to go early due to the fact that her udders swelled up so. So we have been watching her and staying close to home. Well, I'm usually always home, but you get the picture. We even checked on her in the middle of the night a few nights. No calf. Not to mention she wouldn't come in the barn. Not even for me!! She always comes in for me. Stubborn cow. I would have felt better having her outside and calving in the field. More room and I didn't have to worry about anything happening to the calf outside.
So today I was doing school with the kiddos when  looked out the window and checked on Maggie. She was way up in the pasture, and it looked like she was dancing. I grabbed the binoculars to get a closer look. She was dancing. I know that sounds weird but that is the only way I can think to get a picture in your head. She was moving slowly in a circle, her hips slightly swaying and her back legs moving slowly around the front. Her head was low to the ground and then she would stop and take a few bite of lush green grass. Then sway her hips and back legs would move again. I stood in the window watching. The kiddos were watching me wondering what was going on. I smiled and grabbed the phone. I told the kiddos that "I think Maggie is gonna have a baby today." They cheered. I called my husband. He's been working out of town. I told him what was going on, and he said to keep him posted. I hung up and tried to get the kiddos back to school, but we were all too busy wondering about Maggie. We went outside and stood quietly watching with the binoculars. Each one taking turns and chattering excitedly as Maggie would lay down, and stand back up and dance around again. We came back in the house and got lunch ready, and peeking out the window. Not really wanting to eat, but getting it out anyways. We looked out the window and Maggie was laying down with her butt in the direction we could not see. Bummer. Then as she stood up and turned out came the baby as she stood!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I saw it!!!!!!! The kiddos saw it!!!!!!!!!!!! How excited we all were!!! I called my husband again and told him she had just had the calf!!!!!!!!!!!!! I looked at the clock. 12:04pm. We gave her about 10 minutes and then we walked up the path to see her. We kept our distance because she gets real upset and pushy and will try to knock you over. We saw such a beautiful, wet, red looking calf laying in the grass soaking up some love from her mama. It shook it's little head and tried to stand up. Fell over and tried again. It laid there and rested. Mama Maggie mooed her special moo to her baby and licked the baby's  face. She pawed the ground, and kept her eye on us. Reluctantly we walked back to the house. I didn't get a look at the hind end of the baby. I still didn't know what it was. But I was happy to see it getting loved and dried off, and trying to get up. I knew they both needed some time. A few folks driving by stopped to see the new little calf too.
Within the hour it was up and nursing like a champ. I was pleased. And relieved. Still I did not know what the sex was...and dying to know!
Maggie delivered the afterbirth and my oldest daughter saw that. She thought it was gross. So I explained it to her, and then it wasn't so gross. Well Maggie decided to eat the afterbirth. I know that can cause them to choke and was worried about it. I didn't dare go out in the field alone, even with a stick. My father in law came over and we drove his jeep out in the field and I had a stick and a bucket. Well by the time he got here and up there Maggie had eaten all the afterbirth. We sat in the jeep and watched her for maybe 20-30 minutes. Not really sure what was going to happen. I do know she has eaten it before with her first one she had with us. But as we were sitting in the pasture watching the miracle of life and motherhood it stood up and wanted to eat...I held my breath and hoped it would turn and give me a nice shot of it's did!!!

We are pleased to announce we have a new little heifer calf!! Her name is Daffodil aka Daffy. Our oldest daughter named her. A fitting name for a spring baby. She is also the full sister to Dandie!!

Isn't she the sweetest thing????????!!!!!!!!!!! She say "hellooooo"
Her and mama are fine so far. We'll be keeping an eye on them and making sure they both stay fine. They are in the barn for the night. Maggie is all milked. My husband said it was nice to be milking again.

I didn't have the camera, my husband took it with him, so I had to wait until he got home from work to get any pictures of her. She is super cute.
We feel blessed and are very thankful.
Have a great night all!

Wednesday, May 8, 2013


Here's Maggie. She's big, and cranky too.
 Things are getting green around here finally too. The weather has been BEAUTIFUL!!!!! We were able to put the cows out in their bigger pasture the other day too. They have been enjoying the warmer days and the lush green grass!
Have a great day all!

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

good quote

"Everyone is a genius. But if you judge a fish on it's ability to climb a tree, it will live it's whole life believing that it is stupid."
Albert Einstein

Monday, April 29, 2013

boots on

Got some new cowgirl boots the other day. Finally. They are a little lighter then I really like, but when I slipped it on my foot I knew they were coming home with me. I plan o putting some Minx oil on them to darken them up a bit. Other then the needing to break them in I love them!  My other boots were all worn out and falling apart, so I was in desperate need of some new ones. Here they are!

They are Abilene boots. Love 'em! And made in the USA! Even better!
Have a great Monday all!

Saturday, April 27, 2013

lazy saturday

The sun feels so good today. Warm, sunny and no wind. Just ask the girls! Or wait, don't bother the sleeping beauties!!

Have a great weekend all!!

Monday, April 22, 2013

monday confessions

Another week has come and gone.
 I think we had one warm day. I went to my moms and sat in the swing in the sunshine ALL day. It was wonderful. I didn't DO anything. No wait, I helped my sister make biscuits. Started out as a humdinger of a day too. Took my husband to work, he's helping to remodel a house, outta town, then was gonna swing by the store to get the kiddos and I a quick breakfast because we had to get up and go. Course if I had my act together I would have had something on hand... but didn't. Get to the store and realized I left my purse at home. Fantastic. No breakfast and nothing to take to my moms to help out with lunch. My sisters, and aunt with her grand kids were coming too. A pot luck kinda thing. So I went empty handed and mom fed us some breakfast. Thank goodness for Pioneer Woman's cinnamon rolls that freeze and reheat well!!! Thanks mom for feeding us. Gosh.
Well my mom loves pinterest, and she found a recipe for homemade bubbles! What kid doesn't love to blow bubbles. Well my aunt and her son made some huge bubble sticks with bamboo sticks and rope. They were amazing!!! No pics because I forgot my camera too. But the bubbles were huge!! Had fun. Managed to burn half of my face in the sun too. Looked like a total freak, I had on sun glasses, and I have side bangs, are you getting a visual now? So cute. hahaha, then it peels and hurts and ugh it looks even worse with peeling. I didn't want to show my face in public either. But now it's OK...
The weather still has that winter air chill to it. It looks nice but you step outside and the wind or air hits you. Burrrrr cold. Have had ice on the water buckets in the morning too. And the cold stays all day. We are finally getting some green grass and the buds are starting to think about coming out. Just seems like it's real slow to spring this spring. Winter just won't go.
The hens have been out in the gardens spreading the manure we put on it. I like to watch them out there scratching and picking. They seem real happy out there. I'm glad they are doing the work of spreading the poo and eating bugs!
I need to get out and check on my garlic! I hope it's coming up! I was excited last fall to actually plant some.
I have some cooing posts I'll try to get on here and share!
Gotta get lunch for the kiddos.
Have a great day all!

Monday, April 15, 2013

monday confessions

Having a humdinger of a Monday morning. So that inspired me to blog about some life that has happened of late! Feel free to laugh too.

I made a pumpkin pie a while back. I bought the canned pumpkin at the store, and when I went to make the pie it was the mix kind. Oops grabbed the wrong can. But my baby wanted pumpkin pie and I was gonna make it for her. As I was making the pie I was in the middle of home school too. The kiddos were at the table working and I was at the counter. Well to say the least I do get distracted at times with the questions. I popped the pie in the oven and cooked it. That night  I found myself alone for some odd reason. I don't know where my husband was and I think the kiddos were in bed or at a sleepover. We never had pie. I cut a nice big piece and took a bite, as I walked to the fridge to get the whipping cream. I gagged and spit it in the fridge. There was no sweetness to it at all. After rinsing out my mouth I dug the can out of the recycling, yes I recycle, and looked at the can. What I found was no sugar gets added to the can. It's a can of sweetened condensed milk. Oops. Well lesson learned and the chickens had pie for part of their breakfast!

I've taken a week off from working out. Which really stinks. My knee has been bothering me, so I decided to give it a rest. Feels better now. Not that I'm one to complain about pain, I just deal with it. I'm going somewhere with this, so hang on. And while I was taking it easy on my knee I managed to slam my left hand in the car door. It was instant nausea for me. I laid my head on the steering wheel and groaned. My kiddos in the car asked what was wrong. I managed to squeak out a "I slammed my hand in the door. I'm ok." Now I have no idea how I managed to do this. Other then I'm awesome. (hardy har har har) My seat belt was in the door and I went to grab it is all I can remember. I looked at my hand it was my middle finger and index finger that received the blunt force of it was already black and blue. Fantastic I thought. I kept it in my lap and drove home with my right hand. I couldn't hang on to the wheel with my left. Not a huge big deal right?! Once I was home the kiddos and I brought in the groceries. My husband got home a few minutes after we did. I was starting to cook a late supper, but I couldn't open the can of kidney beans (I was making chili) I couldn't smoosh up the hamburg. I'm a lefty. I'm right hand stupid. No really. OK, go ahead and laugh. I'll wait...
I had my husband open the can and my oldest daughter finish cooking. The swelling in my left knuckle down at the base of my left had started on the ride home. I couldn't make a fist. Fantastic. I was really hoping I didn't break the bone. I decided to see how it felt in the morning.
 Morning came, and it was still discolored and swollen. I showed my husband and told him what happened. He suggested I go get it checked out. I don't have time to sit in the ER all day. I have things to do. I think to myself. I shrug if off and head down to the bathroom. I was determined to bend my hand and not go to the ER. It hurt, but I managed to bend my hand and make a fist. It hurt but I was feeling triumphant! No trip to the ER. It's not broken!!! I showed my husband and he agreed it wasn't broken because I'd never be able to make a fist it it was. Phew. I put ice on it. It's still a little sore, but I didn't have to get an x-ray and waste a day in the ER to have them tell me something I already knew!
Morel of the post?
Keep your hands outta the doors folks!!
Have a great day all!!

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

random things I've been up to...

Well believe it or not I'm not really doing all that much farming, yet. Just daily chores. Not a whole lot going on.
Cleaned out the chicken coop and put some fresh hay in the nesting boxes. Thats always a fun chore...ah the glamorous lifestyle I live!
Sap season is over for us, and I can't complain we had a good year and sold lots.
 We are trying to get things ready for some broilers and new laying hens. Just gotta get some things done before we can get them. Our laying hens are pretty much spent. And I'm looking forward to having some broilers in the freezer this year!
Maggie is doing well. Getting wider, and is her usual cranky self. We had Dandie AI'd the other day. Now we pray she settles and stays bred...we shall see.
I got to hang some clothes on the line the other day, it was beautiful. The next two days it rained and was cold, so I had the fire going. Now they are calling for snow! Fantastic (insert sarcasm) just what I don't want more of.
I've been working on a baby blanket, and keep messing up the pattern, so I'm going to pick a new one..I hope to get it done before she has the baby...
Home school is winding down. Still have some more to go, but we can see the light at the end of the tunnel!
Been trying out some new recipes! That's always fun.
I bought some new cowboy boots, but then sold them to my sister because they were too big for me. Now I need to go get some more! Guess I'll try a little harder to find some that fit me this time!!
Well my kiddos are hungry, so I guess I better go feed 'em!
Have a great day all!

Saturday, March 30, 2013

whats cooking in my kitchen

So not as exciting as my last post, but it's good.
I made some homemade Samoa cookies.
Time consuming? Yes.
Hard to do? No.
Worth it? Yes.
Delish? Yes!
Did I find the recipe on Pinterest? Yes!

So there you have it!
Have a great weekend all!

Friday, March 29, 2013

black bears..oh my

Yes please may we have some black bears!!! I just love bears. I find them wonderful and amazing creatures. I've had one right across the street from my house. I gotta say I'm glad he wasn't hungry for horse that night. My horse was going crazy one night, this was years ago when my husband and I were first married, and I was NOT a country girl at that time and creepers the things that went bump in the night out here! Yikes. Gives a girl chills! Not any more though. I love the back roads, no lines in the roads, the pot hole you swerve to miss and cringe when you hit a new one, no street lights, and the quietness you get in the country and the sounds of the night critters. Ah I love it, and am anxiously waiting for spring peepers...Anyways the bear across the street wanted my neighbors corn, not my beloved Abby.
But that is not what this post is about, that was a um, well, a little rabbit trail for you reading pleasure, and for you to get to know me a little better...
Any who..
My husband, son and father in law got to go on a once in a life time trip with the Boy Scouts. Gotta say I really wish I could have gone, but couldn't. Only 12 people were allowed on this trip, and I didn't make the cut. Hehehe. Now you are probably wondering what it was well it was this...

They were offered to go to a bear den with the biologist!! Every year they (biologists) go out and check on the bears. They are tracking some of them to see how the bear population is doing overall. They tranquilize them, weigh them, change the batteries in their tracking device, and check the overall health and well being of the bears. One of the biologists has been doing this for 31 years. And the bear den they went to was the den of a mother bear who he has been tracking since she was a cub! She is now 11, and they don't have cubs until they are 3-4 years old! How cool is that. Now he's got her cubs to track. What happened was she had only one cub. Then another bear had one cub and she rejected it (don't ask me how this happens since they are in hibernation when all this happens) and they put the cub with this other mother, and she is fine with it, and when she wakes up she'll have 2 babies. They called it a forced adoption. I find it all very fascinating. And slightly confusing, but all are doing well.

Here is mama bear weighing in at a healthy 200 pounds. She's soft and beautiful, and in a nice sleep for the safety of all concerned.
Here are the two handsome men in my life. Gosh I love them so much! Oh and don't over look the two wiggly, fuzzy bear cubs they are holding. I was told they were about 7-8lbs, soft, warm, healthy, wiggly and made funny bear sounds.  What an amazing experience for them!  They had to hike in about a mile on snow shoes to get to the den too. There was lots of snow! (The red tags in the ears is the tracking device).

Here is the den they live in. It's trees and brush with about 2 feet of snow on top of it. My son was way impressed with it too.
I had my son write a paper on what all they did that day and hope he always remembers this amazing experience. How often would something like this happen?! I'm so happy they got to go and do this together.
Have a great day all!!!

Thursday, March 28, 2013

so this is my life...

So as I sit here and stare at the blinking cursor,  and try to think of something witty and fun to say I'm drawing a blank. I haven't even been on the computer for about 3 days now. I guess I'm still unplugged. Gotta say, it's been nice too. I've had days that I'm running from the time my feet hit the floor to the time I drop into bed and pass out. And then the flip side of all that is nothing. No fun blog posts.
Our maple syrup season is coming to an end and I gotta say it's been a fairly good run too.
 Maggie is doing well and getting bigger everyday it seems! She is drying off well. And we've had no bad side affects from it either, or rather she has not had any bad side affects. We'll be having a new little calf in May!!! Can't wait! With the time change and drying her off it knocked me off me feet. It would be close to 7 before we would sit down and eat, and then it seemed to be in shifts. Not together. And I hate that. I love to eat supper together as a family. The kiddos miss it too. It's not the norm around here. Family time is most important around here. I guess we have fallen into a new routine, that will only last a while, then life will shift again and we'll work it out again. Guess that's my life. Don't get too comfortable with one routine, before we get a new one! But I like it that way.
Sad to day that Dandie aborted her calf. She was about 2ish months along. She is doing fine and suffered no ill affects either. Not sure what the cause was. A bummer for sure, but I'm glad she's ok, and we'll try again!
We should be getting things ready to start some seedling soon!!!! Round here it's still too cold. Buurrrr I thought it was spring, but we got a foot of snow on the first day of spring and it's not been warm. At all.
We bought a disc mower!! Very excited about that too. Will make haying that much faster! Next up is a rake...still need a better one, but in time. We also bought a hay conveyor. That will make putting up the hay that much faster, and not to mention help the helpers that do it too! So thankful for those two pieces of equipment. Got them from an old timer farmer who was selling all his farm stuff. Retiring from the farm life I guess. But here the are!

The disc mower and the hay conveyor.  As you can see it's wet here too. Pardon the sad swing set. It's waiting to be thrown...this winter finished it off!

And a quart of our maple syrup! Gotta say it's gotten better over the years! I love the stuff. Looks good too! I'm thinking pancakes, waffles, ice cream, french toast...
Have a great day all!!!

Friday, March 15, 2013

i'm back..sorta

So you may or may not have noticed I've been MIA for a while. I have been unplugged! Hahaa
No blogging for me. I didn't have much of anything to say, well let me reword that, because if you know me I usually can find something to talk about, I didn't have anything I was going to blog about. I've been using my time otherwise. I'll let you know what I've been up too. Don't worry it gets better!
For starters I've been knitting the two baby blankets. One is done, the other is coming along nicely. I'm trying out a new pattern. I'll post a pic later.
 I've actually read two books too. Really good ones.  True stories at that! I love to read, but I'm the kinda reader that won't put it down until I'm done the book. I can read fast so that is good! Also the book has to grab my attention real fast and hold it. Oh and neither book was about farming! 
No I have not been successful at finishing all the laundry either, try as I may. Nor getting all the house work done, which I'm neglecting by sitting here typing!
My sister came over and we created something wonderful! I'll tease you with that and show you a pic later! But I'll tell you it was something sweet and pastry like!
And the kiddos and I have been banging out the home school days. I finally feel like we are almost to the home stretch! 
But something fun we have been up to farm wise is tapping, collecting, boiling, and finishing off maple syrup! It's a time consuming and sticky business, but we love it! The weather has been ok. Had some snowy days that were just a dusting, down pours of rain, and some really great days of sunny warm and cold nights. Which is what you want. Above freezing during the day and freezing at night. I've got some maple syrup finishing off as I type this. My husband is in the sap house boiling down some more! 
So here are a few pics to see of the maple syrup stuff we do!

Takes a little time to get this picture. The sap dripping off the end of the spicket! But I do love that!

 Some of my loved ones collecting sap! It started to snow while we were collecting.

 Some cows of a neighbors. Nice looking herd I think!  They were watching us with interest. Wondering what we were doing.

A shot of down the road. I liked the way it looked so here I show you. Nice quiet country road dontcha think?
Well I'll be back sometime soon! Have a great day all!

Monday, February 25, 2013

monday confessions

Hi guys!
 Welcome to my newest followers! Thanks for joining us!
I've not been on my blog for a while. Not much to say really and not much going on, well unless you count all the laundry, and poop I've shoveled, and the water...but you get the picture! Just a dotch of cabin fever going on here. I'm so ready for some warm days and to feel the hot sun on my face!
Soon I'll have posts about all the tapping trees and boiling sap on here!! Can't wait! Then I won't stop talking about it! I love maple syrup!
But today I'll show you some things I have been up to. And hopefully get around to all of your blogs and say hi again.

I'll start with this

Just because I can baby! Just because I can! Yupo yer lookin at some homemade Samoas! Took me FOREVER to make them, and my son can't have any due to the fact that he has braces. But they were sooooo amazingly good. I took them to a church lunch we had and shared them. I found the recipe on Pinterest, I mean surprise, surprise! But yummy! Please refrain from licking your screen.

Here is Sunday morning. Snow. Wet, heavy snow. This is the beautiful spot we keep our hay, in a barn of course. But we just love this spot of land. My husband had to go get hay, so I was running around getting the rest of the chores done, and he snapped this photo. Peaceful and beautiful.

 Here is another shot of the hay spot. That is the barn. Kinda leaning towards sawyers, but it works and keeps the hay dry. We are very thankful for the use of it too. Looks like a real old photo of a farm of long ago. And it kinda is.

And while it's cold and snowy out I sit and my free time in the evening! I've made another one in pink, for a family member, and this purple one is for a friend, and the dark purple one is for another family member. I need to get started on it!
Oh and my husband took our girls to a father daughter dance one night at our church! So much fun!! I got to go on a date with our son. Such a great night for all of us for sure! One I hope will be remembered for a long time!
Have a great Monday all. Mine is going OK, for now!

Monday, February 18, 2013

dark days challenge

Haven't put up one of these in a while. But here is one for ya. But again I have no pic of it. It was gone before I even remembered I could post this. You'll have to envision it all in your head. Try not to drool on the keyboard though ;
We had The Best Pork Chops You'll Ever Taste is what they are called. No really. But according to my husband they were not the best pork chops he's ever had. But he still liked them. I found the recipe on Pinterest. The seasoning on them was not local, but the pork was home grown! We had green beans that were from our garden last year, and baked potatoes from a local farmer!! And in the process of cooking the pork, I had my potatoes on the stove in a plastic bowl, to keep them see this coming right?! I mean it's happened to all of us...right?! I managed to melt part of my bowl, but thankfully not enough to ruin my potatoes! Then to top it all off we had pie, raspberry blueberry pie! I think the pie was the best part! I'm just a pie kinda gal though!  Both berries are from local farms too!

Today was a typical Monday for me, but other then that it was Monday! Cold and windy on the hill. But all the critters are done for the night and I don't have to go see them until tomorrow morning!
Have a great night all!

Saturday, February 16, 2013

happy dance

Late yesterday afternoon I got a phone call. 

                                                Here are my two expecting Mama's!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I'm super happy and excited too! We were fairly certain they both were pregnant, but not 100%. Now we are! We will be drying Maggie off next month and she will calve in May. Dandie will come fresh for the first time in October!!!!!!!!!!! 
We feel blessed with the growth of our herd from within. I'm really hoping for two little heifers, wishful thinking, maybe, but you never know. We would love to have a closed herd at some point in our dairying life. That would be amazing for us!! 
Have a great weekend all!!!! 

Friday, February 15, 2013

i'm still around

Well hello blogger friends!!
I haven't dropped off the face of the earth, just off blogger for a while! Mainly I've been busy with life and nothing really blog worthy to blog about. Just everyday life. It's February and I'm very much looking forward to the spring and tapping trees which is right around the corner!!!
We've had a blizzard,  snow storms, and freezing rain. My husband and one of his brothers were in a fender bender during one of the storms. It wasn't their fault, someone hit them due to slippery conditions on the road and going too fast. I'm thankful it was nothing big!
We took a blood sample on Dandie and sent it away, and are now waiting the result! So hoping for a positive, she hasn't come back into heat since we had her bred, so I would be surprised if she isn't...I'll let you know. Or you might hear a loud whoop when we get the results!!!! It's just me excited!
Our son has a fishing derby with the Boy Scouts this weekend, and they are calling for snow, so that should be fun. Oh and he got his Tenderfoot badge the other night too! So proud of him!
Well that's about all. Have a great day all!!!

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

whats cooking in my kitchen

Wanna come over for dessert?

Devil Dogs.
 Mmmm I may just skip supper.
Been busy with life and haven't been on the computer. So I thought I'd pop in and tease ya with dessert!
Have a great day all!  I'll be around to your blogs when I can sit and read, just haven't had time this week for computer stuff!!
Have a great night all!!!

Thursday, January 31, 2013

batten down the hatches folks

we got some serious wind around here!!!

First it's so cold it freezes eggs, then it's warm in the 40-50's and windy!! And I'm talking some wind!!! And don't forget the rain. I'm not complaining, I don't have to lug water from the house, I can get it from the outside spicket! That is exciting for me. I know it's the little things!
Well this morning was wet and windy during chores, making another load of laundry of sopping wet clothes. Not fun to get blown all over the yard. My husband had to leave very early to finish up a job this morning, so the kiddos and I were on our own. Well after chores and in the house and dry I look out the window and notice our hay wagon was gone. GONE?! you say gone?! So upon further inspection and looking it's all the way in our neighbors driveway ditch!!!!!!!!!!!! What?
See look

 NO, not the driveway we share, but the other neighbors driveway. See it in the ditch next to the telephone pole? (the orange SMV sign is on it. see it?) Up a small hill of the driveways, in the cow pasture, or rather through the cow pasture, and clear across the field. I zoomed in so you could see it, because otherwise you couldn't see it with my camera. And with 40 degree weather and rain makes for some sloppy travel time too, see

That is what the hay wagon had to travel through to get across the field! So ya, when I say we get some wind, I'm talking wind!! I did call my neighbor and let him know that it was there, and I have no way to go get it at this time. He said when the weather calms down he'd go get it and bring it home. (No zoom on this pic and the hay wagon is out there, can you find it? Look for the telephone pole...)
I'm so glad I had the cows in this morning or this would have been a very different post for sure, not that I haven't chased cows in the wind and rain before...When it calms down we gotta fix the cow pasture too!
Stay dry and have a great day all!

Friday, January 25, 2013

you know it's cold when

Your hens lay frozen eggs!!!
Sorry just a little dry sense of humor in the midst of the freezing temps!
Have a great day!

Wednesday, January 23, 2013


So not too long ago I said we were having a cold snap. Felt like a heat wave compared to today. Well this week all this week it's been 0 or below with a wind chill. Today, it's 0 with a not kidding -20 wind chill factor. I took a picture, that's inside the shed. Yup it's cold. Fingers freeze to the water pails as they are lugged out, milk splatters freeze to the side of the pail. I did milk this am and it was 3 degrees in the cow barn, nicer then the -5 outside. And you hear on the radio that this is going to continue for the next day and a half. Oh the joys! Florida looks even better today, or Hawaii! Sign me up! I'm ready!
If you drop something, like wood on your toe it's likely to just fall off, even in winter boots. You won't feel any pain until you take your boot off and find a bloody stump on your foot. Your legs will feel like shard of glass are cutting them open as the wind whirls around them, even with 2 layers on. Guess I needed to put my Carharts on... lungs will burn as you gasp for some air as the cold wind hits your face. Your nose, if it's running will have snot frozen to your face and your nostrils will freeze shut if you try to breath out of it. Your face burns as the wind hits what isn't covered and you try to bury the rest of your face inside your jacket, wishing you had your husbands Mad Bommer hat on, better yet had one of your own. And you pull the hat on your head down even lower on your head so you cover up more skin. Thankfully your leather clad mittens with a warm liner that are way too big for your hands because they are your husbands gloves are keeping you hands warm. Saving them from the biting cold as you lug water and throw hay and lug more fire wood to the house to keep it warm.
The horses have icicles of  frozen water on their whiskers from drinking the water you bring. They are hiding out in their barns close together, even with their blankets on. The cows are happily sleeping ad chewing their cud in their barn. The chickens don't want to come out of the coop. The sheep are even in their barn. Can't imagine with all their wool they are cold! I'd like to have that much wool on my whole body to be outside too! Too bad I din't have my son snap a picture of myself to show you how cute I look! bahahahaha
Yet you find yourself out there in this brutal cold feeding and tending the critters you love and care for 3 times a day to make sure they are as happy as possible in this weather. Then you come in the warm house crank up the fire place by opening the damper, and sit shivering on your frozen butt, literally, and tell all your blogger friend about how cold it is out there!!
Have a great day all!!

Monday, January 21, 2013

good quote

"The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy."
Martin Luther King Jr.

"Change does not roll in on wheels of inevitability, but comes through continuous struggle. And so we must straighten our backs and work for our freedom. A man can't ride you unless your back is bent."
Martin Luther King Jr.

"Nothing in the world is more dangerous then sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity."
Martin Luther King Jr.

"A nation or civilization that continues to produce soft minded men purchases it's own spiritual death on the installment plan."
Martin Luther King Jr.

"Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about the things that matter."
Martin Luther King Jr.

"In the End, we will not remember the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends."
Martin Luther King Jr.

I could keep going with more of his wonderful quotes, but I won't. For today. I'm sure more will come on my good quote posts, you can be sure of it!

Have a great Monday all and Happy Birthday Martin Luther King Jr!

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

busy week

So I've been busy this week. And it's only Wednesday!
The other day I was helping out a friend. And it was fun!
We had a day of 50 degree weather, so I took advantage of it and cleaned out the horse barn. I keep up with it, but there are days when it freezes in and I can't get it out. So I got it all out the other day. I do believe it's all ready to be cleaned again. We sure do get lots of manure around here! But I've learned to love it!! haha
I was going to post pics of the wonderful Chinese food I made the other night, but the picture plague that is now running rampant on blogger, I think I'll refrain. I'm gonna have to rethink think this picture thing. I want to post pics but with the limited amount that is allowed I'm gonna be more picky I guess. I will post pics from time to time, but maybe not as many per post.
 I did make egg rolls, they are my sisters recipe and they are amazing!!! I made crab rangoons, my favorite thing!! I made some baked and some I fried to see what one I liked better. They were easy to stuff and have seal. I used a tablespoon, like the recipe called for, but when they cooked they puffed up and they were not as full. But they were good. I liked the fried ones better. Surprise, surprise! I think I'd have to bake them longer to get them crispier, or paint some butter on them. I made sweet and sour chicken! Love! And fried rice! yum!! It was a hit with the family, so I'll be doing it all again, maybe next month!
It's snowing out today!! The kiddos are glad to have some more snow to play in since all the other snow melted. Not that it's going to amount to much...just enough to make a mess of everything.
Last week with all the warmer weather made me want to tap trees. It was sooooooo tempting to, but we knew that the colder weather was coming back and the sap wouldn't run, so we waited, and will wait until it warms back up again! Then I can tell you all about it, again! I just hope that this year is better then last year, and the sap runs longer!
So the rest of my week is filled up as well with life. It's amazing to look back at the calender and see everything that happened and how busy we were. Yes I'm one of those people who writes everything on the calender so it gets done! If not I'd miss Dr appointments, suppers, parties, birthdays, and, and, and...the list goes on!  SO what about you guys do you have daily planners, or write on your calenders, or do you have the most amazing memories that you don't need to write it down?!
Have a great day all!

Monday, January 14, 2013

whats cooking in my kitchen

Because it's Monday. Because the sun finally came out. Because the snow is all but gone due to fog, rain and warmer temps. Because I want to make ya'll drool.

It's an Oreo Trifle.
I made it for our family get together with my husbands family. It were good too! I found the recipe on Pintrest, it looked good so I made it!

Here is the recipe if ya want to make it yerself!

Oreo Trifle
1 bag Oreos
Crush them up and set aside.

1 8oz pkg soft cream cheese
1 C powdered sugar
1/4 C butter
1/2 t vanilla
Beat all the together.

3 C milk
2 pkg vanilla pudding (the small box) or I think white choc, or cheese cake would be good too.
Mix and put in fridge.

12oz Cool whip (I used whipped cream and beat it lots, less sweet them Cool whip)

Now mix the cream cheese mixture, pudding, together. Fold in whipped cream.
Layer the crushed Oreos on the bottom and them slop on some of the cream cheese mixture. Repeat until the dish is full and it's all gone!
Keep in the fridge if there is any left.
I thought it was very rich, and would probably leave out the butter, and add more Oreos. But that is just me!
Have a great day all!

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

good quote

"Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work."
Thomas Edison

"Far and away the best prize that life has to offer is the chance to work hard at work worth doing."
Theodore Roosevelt

Monday, January 7, 2013

monday confessions

So here we are...another Monday. Belch.
Back to school Monday from a much longer vacation then I planned. But with colds, ear aches, Dr. appointments, and a cousins birthday we are finally back on track. Well at least for today. When the regular routine gets off whack for whatever reason I feel displaced. Not that I'm a set in stone planner, because I'm so not that kind of gal, just ask my husband, I just need something of a routine. So much work to get done and school takes up a large amount of my day. SO I feel better now that we have things back going again.
It's still rather cold here too. Not as bad but chilly.
Still lugging water. I'll be so glad when we are set up to have water IN the barn and I no longer have to lug it all winter long. I mean stop and think, we lug about 100 gallons of water a day. Yup you read that right. Animals drink a lot of water, but not as much in the winter verses the summer. Thankfully we have hoses for the summer time watering!
I finally sat down and made a menu for two weeks! Now I have to go shopping for the things I need...fantastic! I decided to have homemade Chinese food one night too! Oh I can't wait. I love Chinese food! Yummmmmmm!!!
 I've found some yummilishous looking recipes on Pinterest!! Like the other night we had cheeseburger wraps! Yummy! Tasted just like a cheeseburger. Imagine!
We've got lots of snowmobilers that go by now. Apparently there is enough snow for the trails to be opened. I didn't think we had that much snow, but we do. They are usually really good about the driveway with the kiddos and the critters. We've spoken to folks who are not, and they get the picture real quick about slowing down!
We have new neighbors. The folks who bought the house rented it out. I've only met the guy who lives there, he came down to the house and introduced himself to us, and said they would be careful of the kiddos and the critters. I was pleased to hear that. He has a girlfriend, but I've yet to meet her. I've seen her though. I've thought about making a pie for them and saying welcome. What do you think?! Would you make a new neighbor a pie?  If I can catch them at home...

Well I gotta run the kiddos are hungry and we need to do afternoon chores and finish up with school!
I hope ya'll had a great weekend!
Happy Monday!!

Friday, January 4, 2013

dark days challenge

SO here is another dark days challenge. I missed last week, and almost this week. I've been cooking with local stuff and all that, I just don't remember the pics!!! My husband always looks at me like I'm crazy whenever I get the camera to snap a pic of the food on my plate, or the table or wherever it happens to be strategically placed for it's photo shoot! I'm always surprised how many photos of food I take and again my husband asks what I'm doing. I just smile at him and say for the blog of course!! DO you find lots of pics on your camera of your food?! I do. Hence the rambling of this post.
So what did I make that was wonderful? Well it all depends on how you look at wonderful. I call it Hash. Breakfast for supper. What is it??
Home fries from local potato folks, bacon and or sausage from our pig, eggs from our chickens. All cooked up and throw one pan and served to my hungry family. The only seasoning I use is bacon fat to fry the potatoes, eggs and sausage in and some salt and pepper. SO you know it's all very healthy and good for you...
Here tis

Pardon me it's not the best food pic I've ever seen, but there it is. I usually cook everything separate, but in the same pan, then throw it in one and it's gone in no time!
There is another local meal on our table!!
Have a great day all!!

Thursday, January 3, 2013

cold snap

So there you have it. The title says it all. We are in the middle of a very cold cold snap. In the single digits with a wind chill that takes it below 0. Oh it's cold out there. The chores we rush around trying to get it all done as fast as we can. The critters stand in the barn for the most part. When there is not much wind it's not as bad, but burrrrrrrrrrr. Carharts, Mad Bommer hats mittens or gloves, frozen to the bone cold!!! Oh I love winter...not. I'll be glad when this cold snap moves on. It can't last forever...
The kiddos want to go play out in the snow, but it's so old they don't like to stay out for very long. Makes it hard for them, and they get cabin fever!
I don't mind the snow now that we have it. Bring it on. I don't want another open winter and no maple syrup in the spring. I'm hopeful for a good run this spring. I'll let you know when the time comes how things are looking up here in the Northern part of the country!!
The kiddos are getting better. What a strange cold they had. I won't go into detail, but I'm glad it's leaving us.  Just in time for school to start back up next week.
We've started the 2 year or so process of braces for our son. He's sorta excited about it. So that's good. So by the end of it I should be a pro at what to do and not to do. haha
I'm stuck in a rut when it comes to cooking. I need to get back into it. I need to make another menu, that works really well for me. I just need to take some time and look through the cook books and plan some meals. I'm not set in stone and say on Monday we have to have the first thing I wrote on the menu, I just look and see what looks good that day and go with it. I'm not that fussy about it. I just like to know I can cook whatever I have on the menu because I have all the ingredients for it! But sometimes I fly by the seat of my pants and make something totally different. I like to change things up sometime!! I like a two week menu. That way I have more to pick from. How do you guys plan meals? I'd love to hear what you do or not do!
I will be stopping by your blogs soon. I've been busy with the after Christmas cleaning and the computer is giving me fits, so I haven't had time to read them. I miss reading what you are up to and look forward to stopping by soon!
Have a great day all! Stay warm!!

Tuesday, January 1, 2013


Wishing you all a wonderful new year and many blessings from our farm to yours!!
 May your crops be abundant, your cows be fertile, and your lives be over flowing with love and blessings!