Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Fall cleaning....Foggy...misty and cooler 60's

Fall cleaning sale!
More National Geographic Magazines...... listed at only $3.00 Plus shipping !!!!

Plus:  Looms, dolls ,glassware coming soon.............

Choose a commemorative magazine with that special date for a special gift! Vintage magazines from the 1900's from the leader in spectacular photography, and historical subjects..
Individual National Geographic magazine

from 1987,'88,'89 & 1990
~~Entire year available for ALL years~~
All copies are in good to very good condition. Have several other years available, message me if you would like one or more other specific dates, same prices apply. Four complete years listed on E.T.S.Y with more to come!!

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Fall Cleaning...Cloudy....70's

Fall cleaning is in full swing: Follow our Etsy store to see new vintage items added all week, as I sort through  almost 40 years worth of collections .. and never know what I might find to share with you... starting  today with National Geographic issues....... for years my great Aunt kept me in magazine they are 'vintage' and need a new home..... if there is a certain year you are looking for send me a message!

Choose a commemorative magazine with that special date for a special gift!
Vintage magazines from the 1900's from the leader in spectacular photography,
and historical subjects............

One copy of all months are available, will be listing different years all this week,
 All copies are in good to very good condition. Have several other years available,
message me if you would like one or more other specific dates, same
prices apply

~~Entire years available ~~

January, September and December of 1988 are special issues, 100 year anniversary and December features a holographic cover!
ALL issues are in good shape!

Monday, September 28, 2015

Fall Harvest....Cloudy...70's

This recipe has been a family favorite for many years, As it's almost time to harvest sweet potatoes again thought we would share it with you today!

As usual , use it as a guide line, almost any vegetable can be tossing in and it'll still turn out great!

                                     Sweet Potato Soup
Sauté together:
1 small bell pepper, chopped
1 onion, chopped
2 carrots, peeled and chopped
1 cup cabbage, finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 T. olive oil
sauté for five minutes then add:
1 Pt. home canned tomatoes (OR 1 15 oz. can diced tomatoes) juice and all
1 qt. chicken broth (water can be used instead, if you prefer)
3 cups sweet potatoes, peeled and chopped
1/2 cup green beans, frozen or fresh
1 can (15 oz) kidney beans, rinsed and drained
Bring to a boil, then turn heat down and simmer till veggies are soft, about thirty minutes , then add
salt & pepper to taste
1/2 cup elbow pasta (and variety of pasta you have on hand will work)
1/2 cup sliced kielbasa sausage
Simmer about 10 more minutes or till pasta is tender.

*Note: this can also be made in the crockpot, combine all ingredients EXCEPT pasta and sausage
cook on low for 6-8 hours. Turn to HIGH and add pasta and sausage during last half hour of cooking time.

**Leave chicken broth and sausage out for an equally delicious vegetarian soup.

***Use cooked bacon or ham instead of sausage if you have it on hand

**** Any vegetable goes nicely in here corn, peas, broccoli whatever sounds good to you!

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Farm Adventures...Cloudy..Drizzle...70's

 The Lonely Silent Cabin
  Sat empty for 30 years
  Those who had lived in it
  Couldn't wait to disappear

  Now looking at it, in its' demise
  Realized a new roof would be very wise
  But in rearranging the old roof to the new
  Found there had been an occupant
  Who thought the cabin would do!

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Pumpkin Pie Squares....Sunny...80's

                                        Pumpkin Pie Squares

A quick and easy recipe to satisfy your pumpkin cravings!

1 (15 oz.) can pumpkin
1 (12 oz.) can evaporated milk
1 cup brown sugar
3 Eggs
1 tsp. Maple flavoring
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
1 box yellow cake mix
1/4 cup butter or margarine (see note)

In large bowl beat eggs and sugar together, add pumpkin, milk, flavoring and spices, beat till smooth. Pour into a lightly greased 13 x 9 inch pan.
Sprinkle evenly with dry cake mix. Dot with butter.(Note: I use a frozen stick of butter and my hand-held grater for this, evenly distributes butter over top with very little mess!)
Bake in 350* oven for 30-35 minutes, center will just be set and a knife inserted  near center should come out clean, top will brown lightly.
Allow to cool to room temp and serve, or refrigerate and eat cold the next day. Some in our family like them warm, some cold, try 'em both and see which you prefer!!!


Friday, September 25, 2015

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Simple scented pot pad tutorial...Sunny...80's

Simple Scented Pot Pad Tutorial

Fabric scraps or fat quarters (one fat quarter will make two pot pads)

Large bag long grain rice--each pot pad takes about 4 cups

Essential oils of your choice

small funnel

basic sewing supplies

{{To scent your rice: measure a cup at a time into a jar or other container with a tight fitting lid, after each cup of rice, add 6-10 drops of essential oil, put lid on and shake well. When your jar is almost full add the last of the oil and shake well, cover tightly and let sit overnight to absorb scent fully.}}
{See notes below}

Cut your fabric to measure 10 x 19--------->

Fold under and press a half inch on each short side.



Fold in half, right sides together, lining up short sides,
pin and stitch with a half inch seam allowance down each side, having opening at top and fold at bottom. Backstitch at beginning and ending of seams.
Turn right side out, poke out corners and touch up with the iron.

Now your going to sew three rows of stitches to form four tubes for your rice.
I folded in half and then in half again and pressed firmly with the iron, to make creases. You could also use a ruler and dissapearing marker to mark the stitching lines.


With matching thread, sew along the creased marks, being sure to backstitch several stitches at begining and end of each seam.

Using funnel fill each tube with rice, you want them pretty full, but you need room to sew it shut when your done, so tamp rice down a couple of times by tapping bag on table as you fill it, then leave about an inch at the top with no rice in it. place a pin at the top of each tube as near to the rice as possible.

With matching thread, stitch top closed, about a 1/4 of an inch from top, then come back and do another row of stitching near the first one.


Trim your threads and your scented pot pad is ready for use!!!

Notes: 10 drops of essential oil per cup makes a strong scent, adjust to your own tastes....

If your going to make these as gifts, store in a zip-lock bag to preserve scent till time to give away......

Try using a combination of scents like cinnamon, & clove for harvest spice
or vanilla and peppermint for a soothing pad to place under your tea pot.

How about making several to use for a buffet style meal, savory scents for the main dish and sweet scents for dessert.......?? be creative :)

And if you are super sensitive to scents and are thinking this isn't for you, make one with just plain rice, they work every bit as good and are still a great gift!


Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Unique tin can clock décor --perfect for fall--great conversation piece!
ONLY $5.00 Plus shipping $5.00-- to the USA ONLY
follow this link to buy


REDUCED!!! Letting go at lowest price possible! Unique décor! A handmade tin can clock for less than the price of a mass-produced 'dollar store' clock that everyone on your street already has hanging on their wall!

These clocks are made from actual new tins, that we punched to accept the hands, which were
hand-fitted, then we added a quartz movement which is concealed inside, the pumpkins tell the time!!

They come ready to hang and will run for up to a year on one AA battery!
Tins still open (we think that they would be great to package a small gift  inside)

They are a unique, one of a kind gift (or for your own wall!) 
Quite a conversation starter, chances are you will have the only one in town!
The dimensions are:
Scarecrow~ 6.5 inches diameter and 2 inches deep

These must be sold to make available space for our newest idea. When they are gone we won't be making more, so get them while you  can !!!!

Unfortunately, shipping prices continue to climb, I took these to the post office the other day to make sure I got the shipping prices as low as possible, so the shipping reflects the actual cost of shipping!
If you want to purchase more than one, message us first and we will try to work with you on the shipping!

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Fall is just around the corner.....Sunny...80*

Dog days are almost over....
fall is just around the corner,
cooler nights, autumn fires....
fall is our reward,
for surviving summer!

Monday, September 21, 2015

Farm Adventures...Sunny...80's

Just a day of unrelated events......A day on the farm.

It's been so long since we mentioned the Pigeons, but yes we still have them, and one family member keeps on improving their life. Here's the latest addition to their Taj Mahal "loft". He hopes to get Fantails and thought there might not be enough room so added this "screened in" porch.(I'm still waiting for mine!) 
So far the homers are boycotting it!

While I was taking this pic, I hung my camera case on the fence where Gale immediately tried to eat it. Then I was removing a piece of plastic to go from the wood pile to the hay pile and look what I found!
Strange I was thinking of copperheads and still jumped when I saw this one. This is a King snake, which most people consider a "good" snake. I know , some of you think the only "good" snake is a dead one.

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Sunday Quotes....Cooler...70's

                                  Autumn Fires

In the other gardens
  And all up the vale,
From the autumn bonfires
  See the smoke trail!

Pleasant summer over
  And all the summer flowers,
The red fire blazes,
  The grey smoke towers.

Sing a song of seasons !
  Something bright in all !

Flowers in the summer,
  Fires in the fall!
             Robert Louis Stevenson

This poem is from "A Child's Garden of Verses" , one of my daughters favorites when she was a little girl (30+ years ago) you can see from the  .49c price tag it's been around awhile, it survived many readings with my daughter and then my Grandchildren.
Some of our favorites from it are "the swing", "Bed in summer", "The Cow", and "my shadow"....................
Did you have a favorite poem from this book?????

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Old Fashioned Oatmeal Cookies....Partly cloudy...70's

I hope everyone still makes Oatmeal Cookies. This is a commemorative Tin I got years ago from the Quaker Oat Co. Most of the names of oat companies on the tin I had never heard of. Do any of you recognize these: Buckeye Rolled Oats, Quaker White Oats, German Mills Oatmeal, Breakfast Oats, Douglas Stuart's Rolled Oats, Columbian White Oats, Quaker Mills Oatmeal and Howers Akron Oatmeal??  Seems to me everyone ate oatmeal in those days! Anyway here's a recipe for those of you who don't have a favorite.

                   Oatmeal Cookies

3/4 cup margarine

1 1/4 cups brown sugar

1 egg

1 tsp. vanilla or maple

1 cup all purpose flour

1/2 tsp. baking soda

2 cups uncooked quick oats

Optional, raisins, walnuts, choc. chips or combination to equal 1 cup

Optional, substitute 1/4 margarine with 1/4 cup peanut butter

 Mix all together except oats. Stir in oats until just mixed.
Bake at 350 between 10-15 minutes. Let cool before removing.

Friday, September 18, 2015

Farm Adventures....Sunny and HOT!

               A Tale About Gale's Tail

Gale found a hole big enough to fit through                          

"Ha Ha, Pearl you can't fit" she said

As she went into grandmother's pen

Grandmother did not want to share her pen

So she chased Gale all about

Now poor Gale couldn't seem to fit back

Through the hole, what to do?

I know, she thought, I'll put my head back through

Grandmother said "I want ALL of you gone,
and Proceeded to bite her tail   -

Gale hollered so, the master came
and saw her Predicament.
He freed her head and shooed her

Back to her pen with her sister.

Pearl said "Ha, Ha, Gale, I'm glad I DIDN'T fit!!!

No one noticed at first, but what had been left

To grandmother's attack was poor Gale's tail.

After a few days, look what  happened,

The end of Gale's tail fell off!

She may be A. Wyse ol'goat, but aren't you glad

She's not your grandmother?

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Gathering Apron/Egg Apron....partly cloudy...70's

O.K ladies fess up how many of you come back from the chicken house like this???
Or worse, you stick an egg in your pants or jacket pocket, and then completely forget until it gets
broken all over everything????

                          Gathering/EGG aprons to the rescue!
~~ Reversible apron is like getting two aprons for the price of one!~~

Whether you are gathering eggs, veggies, clothes off the line, tools for your next farm, garden or craft project, or are simply gathering your thoughts so as not to forget them later on, this is the apron for you!

Completely reversible, this apron has individual pockets for a dozen eggs on one side, with elastic at the top to hold them securely. On the other, a large pocket ( practically the size of the apron itself!) with access from either side with two large openings, to hold veggies, tools, clothes or clothes pins, whatever you need to tote with you! (don’t forget to tuck in a pen and paper so you can remember what you need to bring with you! )
Apron measures 15 1/2 inches from waist to bottom, 22 inches wide at bottom and has generous  ties!

~How these aprons came to be~

Several years ago there was a popular song that implied you should carry a sign if you weren’t too bright. At the time I  thought, it would help ME more too have an apron to carry things around with me, from room to room, and from outside in so I didn’t waste so much time, I jotted down this idea---
"Here's your apron"
With pockets to stuff
and a pad and a  pen
to save your last thought
to share with a friend…..
 Well that was about twenty years ago, recently found it in my snippets & snatches, in one of my notebooks {something I need to carry around in such an apron to jot down notes}, I don’t know about you , but I have my BEST ideas, when I have no paper or pen nearby.
These thoughts combined with a recent request to make an ‘egg apron’ on our FB page led to my daughter designing this “gathering apron”


Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Jam bars....partly cloudy...70's

These are one of our favorite coffee break snacks, more wholesome than some with the oats and peanut butter, they stick to your ribs  to keep you going while your out doing the chores, and are plenty sweet enough for a nice sugar boost :)

                                                                  JAM BARS
2 1/2 cups Rolled oats (NOT QUICK)
1 cup dry white or yellow cake mix (you’ll use the rest in a minute)
1/3 cup  light brown sugar
mix together and remove one cup, this will be used for topping later, to remaining add:
2 eggs
1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
press this mixture into a well greased 13 x 9 pan ((see tip))
to  the one cup of oat mixture you removed earlier add:
1/2 cup chopped pecans
1 cup dry cake mix
4 Tablespoons melted butter
stir with a fork till course crumbs form.
Jam layer:
sprinkle remaining DRY cake mix from package over crust in pan then spread with
 2 cups any flavor JAM ((see note))
sprinkle topping mixture over jam and bake at 350* for 30-35 minutes till top is lightly browned.
TIP: this crust mixture is very sticky it will press best if you dampen your finger tips first with cold water and use a light touch to press it out
NOTE: I always make this using our homemade jams which have a softer set, if using commercial jam beat a few seconds first to make it easier to spread.  any flavor works well, some of our favorites are Blackberry, Bumbleberry,  Cherry and Strawberry.  Find our Zucchini jam recipes HERE , this is what we use most of the time for these!

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Snippets & Snatches....Sunny...70's

Snippets & Snatches....memories and things you find when you clean.........................
I'm still cleaning out and trying to eliminate years of storage. I found a short story my sister wrote about my brother in 1991 and will mail it to him, I hope it will bring back a happy memory. We both sure miss her.

I decided to bring down my  Mom's spinning wheel for a couple of months until we need to get to this wood.
I love looking at it. She had it restored and had planned to use it but became ill and wasn't able to.
Of course I've always been going to learn to spin myself and have toted it around with  with me for over 40 years and  still haven't yet. She was a wonderful braided rug maker, that's another thing I've wanted to do, someday. You wouldn't believe how much wool I have stored!!!!!!!!!!! 
I have a house full of "someday I'll do that" items, are any of you like that?

Monday, September 14, 2015

Farm Life.....Sunny.....70's

What number do ponies and cats have in common?????      
~~~~ 23~~~~

A pony eats 23 hours a day, and a cat sleeps 23 hours a day.
Surprisingly they both end up overweight!!


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