Saturday, August 21, 2010

Small Town Fair Fun

Today was such a fantastic day...filled with fun, sun, and lots of candy! Our little one day fair in our little part of the world was such a great experience.
Here the children are waiting for the parade to begin, which little brother is in, with some friends.
Here is my little guy and my husband in the parade...our "float" was a huge hit.

My very favorite part of the parade...the tractors - I love the sound, smell and look of tractors...but could someone please make one in pink!

She entered a "Tomato Soup Cake" which one first place...nice job sweetie!
P.S. - Yes, the recipe actually called for a can of Tomato Soup.

Our future Entomologist with his "first place" bug collection!

Our little guy won "best of show" and a "best parade entry" trophy...good job!

And last but not least...our oldest son won first place in the hobbies division for his Lego creation and he also won a berry pie...hope he shares!
Thanks for stopping is fair your local fair and go have fun!

Monday, August 16, 2010

Welcome To The Funny Farm....

Welcome to the Funnies...Didn't know that our webcam could be such a hoot! We must have played with the webcam for a couple of hours...I was laughing so hard I was crying...

Can you guess who we all are? Have fun laughing at us!

Peep...peep...peep...we have arrived...peep

We have seven chicks as of this morning! This is the first time that we did not use an incubator to hatch the chicks...we thought since we are "farmers" - way out here in farm country we should get with the rest of the community and try it the good ole farm way...using a hen of course! What a joy it is to watch the mother hen "hide" her chicks from us. We are really looking forward to watching the mother hen take her little chicks on walks...peep!

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Problem Solved

So we have been with out an oven for several months now....I do have an oven but there is a part that we need to get it fixed. We've ordered several parts that we thought were the right one but they weren't so I still am without an oven to bake anything...ho-hum!

One of our favorite treats is cookies...and I love to make them! Our favorite cookie has craisins and white chocolate chips in the mix and boy have we been missing them.

I came up with a solution to our cookie woes...I've been making no-bake cookies and decided that adding a few ingredients would make them similar to the ones we love...they were not exactly the same but good enough to pass the "no cookie left" test!

Here's the recipe if you ever find yourself without an oven or in a hurry....
No Bake Cookies...with added ingredients

2 cups sugar(we use turbinado)

1/2 cup butter(use real butter)

1/2 cup milk

1/4 cup peanut butter

*Cook above ingredients to boil for one minute.

*Add following:

5 TBLS cocoa powder

3 cups oats or wheat flakes

1 cup chopped nuts(we have used almonds or pecans and like pecans the best)

1 cup craisins or raisins

*Stir until consistency is drop-able from a teaspoon

*Add 1 cup white chocolate chips...these will melt so if they are from the freezer they will not melt as much

Drop by teaspoon fulls onto wax paper and cool. Store in airtight container! Enjoy with milk, tea or coffee...

Thanks for stopping by...ta-ta

Monday, August 2, 2010

Garden Update....

Thought that a garden update would be fun for all of you!~

Aren't these humming birds daring...I was so close to them...And my son was even closer! Don't you just love the sound they make?
I looked up from my spot in the garden, I was "thinning the carrots" out and I laughed so much as our little guy had finally discovered the power of a hose...he had so much fun soaking big brother!
No, the carrots are not covered in dirt...they are actually purple carrots! We really like this kind as they are very sweet!
Thanks for stopping by...if you garden then I wish you happy gardening - if you don't then I wish you a happy "farmers market" shopping day!
P.S....the cow picture was taken with Shaina in!


Before I dive into my post for the day I want to send a special message to a really special family whose school year began today....It is our deepest prayer that your lives would be enriched during the school year, that our Lord would give you wisdom and help you to accomplish what is expected of you during this school year, that you would see the Lord's hand in everything you learn. May you just be so blessed this school year...our hats are off to you excellent students and excellent teacher! Click on the link to meet these outstanding will be so inspired and maybe you who do not home school will be encouraged to look into home schooling!

Okay, so times are tough on all of us these days...some tougher financially than others. I was talking with our neighbor and she told me to use used coffee grounds as an exfoliate!!!! I thought she was a bit nutty...but as usual I love the weird and unusual things of life and tried it - it worked like a charm. I began to think huh if it works on my face that well what wonderful things could it do for the rest of me? As most of you know we garden long hours and I have grown to love gardening barefoot...however the dirt doesn't like to leave my feet, but rather gets embedded in my toes and I tried the coffee grounds and low and behold I had clean feet again...hurrah!

Another use for coffee grounds is scrubbing the pans that you left on the stove all night because you thought you had cleaned everything...and were to tired to really investigate if you had or not...or truth be told discovered it after dishes were done and you had some tea and just wanted to read and thought "oh, bother I'll get it tomorrow". Yes, and by tomorrow morning the food you cooked had become one with the pan. But the coffee grounds did a great job (I really do not like sponges...I used to but became enlightened by a dear friend)...

Don't drink problem places like Starbucks and Tully's Coffee who are really big on "green things" and "recycle" will give you their old coffee ground neatly packaged in a "garden compost" bag...

Happy Exfoliating...stay smooth!

Pslams 144:12 -

That our sons may be as plants
and our daughters may be pillars sculptured in palace style.

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