Saturday, December 31, 2016

"Vintage" Chocolate Pudding... partly cloudy...windy...40's

A favorite recipe we shared with you early in 2016, seemed like a good one to end the year with ....One of our family favorites...................
My Mom's recipe, at least 50 years old. You can see how much it's been used. 
Isn't her handwriting lovely? She and her sisters had such pretty flowing script, back in the day when handwriting was still emphasized in school!

6 T. cornstarch
1/2 cup cocoa
few grains of salt
1 cup sugar
1 quart milk
1 tsp. vanilla

Here's the procedure ------------

Mix sugar ( I reduce to 2/3 cup) cornstarch and cocoa in a heavy
bottom pan.  Add milk while stirring over medium heat.

Continue to stir until thickened and just starts to bubble.
If you have to answer the phone,  the door, or check Facebook remove from heat, it will catch on bottom and burn!
Add vanilla, pour into bowl, cover with plastic and let cool or chill in refrigerator.
Says feeds 6, but not at my house!

Check out our Saturday recipe posts here:

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Farm Adventures...cloudy and cool

Today started better than Monday, because he/she went into the live
trap. This live trap barely works so I never know what the result will
be when I set it! My excellent Hav A Heart trap was run over years ago by the Fish and Game Dept. man who was out here setting up a Bear trap.

Ahhhhhhhh, life in the country!  This replacement is persnickety.
And you have to open the gate with your fingers which is reachable by the Critter!
But hooray, one less in close proximity. He/she will get a ride down the country
road, perhaps to Charlie's place ( read about that in this post HERE ) where no one lives, and there are no neighbors nearby either.

I have decided, however, to use the pitchfork for picking up hay from now on!

Monday, December 26, 2016

Farm Life ....cloudy..windy...warm.. 68*

I awoke this morn to Clarabell barking.
Wherever a person lives, don't we learn "to know our noises"?
I could tell that she was in a fixed location.
So AFTER COFFEE I got the leash and headed to the woods behind the duck and goose house.
Now Clarabelle is very obedient, well to me anyway, she ignores my husband, who can't do a thing with her. (I know why but we don't need to go into that now!)
But when she has something treed she can not be called off.
 Here's a pic of what I found.

 I tried my hardest to get IT and her in the same picture but couldn't.
Anyway I brought her to the house, to let it go away.

An hour later while feeding hay to the goats, my eye caught movement and there was another one watching me from under the pile of loose hay. Boy did I
think of my fingers that had just grabbed a mound of hay from that
exact location!

I've been letting Clarabelle stay inside at night this winter, because she's old and stiff (aren't we all) and I guess that has emboldened the critters to come out of the woods for "poultry possibilities".
I don't have as many of those possibilities as I used to, because sneaky Walter has been up to his old tricks again, after a several months hiatus.
And I guess if I don't make Clarabelle stay out at night I'll have even less possibilities to share.
Now  isn't that why we raise poultry or waterfowl, TO PROVIDE PROTEIN FOR THE WILDLIFE POPULATION?

Sunday, December 25, 2016

Sunday Quotes...... Foggy...light rain....

In rivers, the water you touch is the last of what has passed
And the first of that which comes: So with present time     

  Da Vinci

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Rocky Road Brownie Cake...Foggy...49*

1/2 cup butter plus 1/4 cup margarine
1 cup brown sugar
1 + 3/4 cup flour
1 + 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa
2 eggs
1 + 1/4 cup thick yogurt (drain yogurt thru coffee filter for 1 hr. to
remove some whey)
1/4 cup chocolate chips
12 tablespoons marshmallow cream
1/2 cup chopped walnuts

Cream butters and sugar together. Add eggs and beat. Sift all dry
ingredients together and add half to batter. Beat. Add yogurt, beat
and then add rest of the dry. Batter will be very thick. Spread in a
greased 9"x11" pan. Sprinkle choc. chips on top and bake at 350* about
30 minutes. Be careful not to over-bake. Remove from oven and dollop
spoonfulls of marshmallow over top. Spread with knife, some of the
choc. chips will blend in with marshmallow to make swirls. Sprinkle
with chopped nuts.

Monday, December 19, 2016

December Features: little known artists that we like...Sunny...6*...

Good Morning, for the month of December we are going to be featuring an Artist, both local and from afar, that we have discovered and want to share with you, our followers! You can see the other posts for this month HERE  & HERE if you missed them!

This week we'd like to share with you  Susie Swanson, a dear poet from North
Carolina, who we know you'll enjoy.

She's written 2 books about her life, surroundings in the country side, and the old time ways and values.
You can find her on-line at where she shares beautiful pictures from "back in the day"

Her books "Echoes of Time" and "Rhymes of My Life", are not
available in print currently but you can get them on Kindle. (there is a link on her Facebook page!)

You'll also find her blog  a delight!!
It's filled with poems, thoughts, and beautiful photos.
 I'll close with Just a snippet of Susie's writing here, the closing stanza from one of my favorite poems in Echoes Of Time "Yesterday's Sky"

" Writing about my Yesterdays
My inkpot will never run dry
They are planted in my heart
And still blue as Yesterday's sky"

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Sunday Quotes....8*... sunny...

Cont. from  last week ( HERE )
You can hear music everywhere......
In the rhythm of the raindrops
In the rippling of a stream
In the lilt of children's laughter
As they romp upon the green
In the warm voice of a friend
And the comfort that it brings...
You can hear music everywhere
If you have a heart that sings   

Ruth Barker

Saturday, December 17, 2016

Layered Cabbage Soup..... Windy..turning Colder

 With the arrival of Winter our thoughts turn to simmering soups of all kinds, nothing like coming into a bowl of hot soup after a long cold day, wouldn't you agree??

Layered Cabbage Soup

6 cups chicken broth
6 cups coarsely chopped cabbage
2 cups chopped kale or other greens
2 cups chopped carrots
3 cloves garlic
6 ounces Kielbasa or other hard sausage
1 tsp. tarragon
2 tsp. salt
Combine all of above and bring to boil, then cover and simmer 30 minutes.
Meanwhile stir 1 tsp. tarragon into 1 1/2 cups thick yogurt (plain Greek yogurt or strained homemade), set aside.
Place thick slice of sourdough or rye bread in each of 6 serving bowls.
 In 4 tablespoons of butter sauté 2 cups sliced onions.
Cook until just starting to brown and then put on top on bread.
Remove meat from soup, slice and add to bowls. Sprinkle each portion with 1/4
cup shredded cheddar cheese.(See pic on left.) Ladle hot cabbage soup
into bowls. Top with dollops of yogurt and sprinkle Smoked Paprika
over yogurt.

Monday, December 12, 2016

December Features: little known artists that we like ....Cloudy...windy...40's

Good Morning, for the month of December we are going to be featuring an Artist, both local and from afar, that we have discovered and want to share with you, our followers! You can see last week's feature HERE if you  missed it!
We've mentioned before how well hid artists can be in these hills.... Facebook, Etsy and the internet in general have allowed some of us to reach out to the 'rest of the world' with our creations!  This lady is another from our area that has been able to do that, I remember when she was going door to door selling her beautiful handmade items one at  a time , and now she has over 500 Sales on ETSY! Like I say in my introduction on the right "To raise a family in these surroundings a woman must have had character, strength and stamina. " ! ------>>>

Here's what Cindy has to say about her little shop in her own words :
I started painting about 7 years ago to help with the family income and as a way to glorify our Lord. I am a stay at home mom with 4 children at home. I make lots of different things including painted wine glass candles, journals, beautiful little scripture seashells. Hand painted tins, ornaments and more.............

We hope you'll Take a minute to stop by her shop and have a look at all her beautiful creations from her small Scriptures Shells to her full size paintings..... we think you'll  like what you see!
Visit Heavenly Treasures Etsy store here:

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Sunday Quotes....Cloudy.. cool

You can hear music everywhere........... (Cont. from last week HERE )

In the whisper of the wind
Through the branches of the trees
In the chirping of the crickets
In the humming of the bees
In the chatter of the squirrel
In the whir of tiny wings.....
You can hear music everywhere
If you have a heart that sings
                          Ruth Barker

Saturday, December 10, 2016

Quick Carrot-Pineapple Cake...Partly sunny and COLD

1 pkg. Spice Cake Mix (16-18oz.)
2 eggs
1 + 1/4 cups crushed pineapple, not drained
2 Tablespoons vegetable oil
1 + 1/2 cups grated carrots
1 cup raisins & nuts, optional

Make cake and pour in 8x8" , 9x9"  or two greased loaf pans.

Bake at 350 until tests done, about 40 minutes.
This cake is moist and delicious without frosting, or frost with buttercream frosting flavored with a little pineapple juice.

Monday, December 5, 2016

December Features: little known artists that we like

Good Morning, for the month of December we are going to be featuring an Artist, both local and from afar, that we have discovered and want to share with you, our followers!
For the first week we have some Music to share with you~ The Ozark Mountains are full of Talent, often well hidden!
 I've thoroughly enjoyed this CD and want to invite you to too!
His roots run deep here in the Ozarks, He considers himself a writer first and singer second, but his voice is great.
I'm sure the lyrics will touch you, After all isn't a songwriter really a poet?

                               Listen and follow on YouTube:
                                                     Listen to "Daddy's Old Work Boots"

                                                    The Meaning of It All  
     Find them On Facebook~ Follow for new songs, quotes and photography If you are interested in Buying a CD you can do that there too! :

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Sunday Quotes..... Foggy.......chilly....

You can hear music everywhere
If you have a heart that sings

You can hear a melody
In ordinary things.......

                      Ruth Barker


Saturday, December 3, 2016

Soup Season.... Rainy.... chilly

Soup season is upon us! This is a favorite around our house, and unlike many soups that need to simmer for hours it can be thrown together in a few minutes with ingredients you most likely have on hand!!

Italian Soup
1 cup sliced kielbasa sausage
1 medium onion, diced
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 T. olive oil
4 cups chicken broth
1 can diced Italian tomatoes, un-drained
1 can kidney beans, rinsed and drained
1 cup penne or spiral pasta
1 tsp. Italian seasoning
1 tsp. salt , or to taste
1 tsp. garlic powder, or to taste
1 cup frozen spinach leaves
1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

Sauté sausage, onions and garlic in olive oil, about five minutes. Add  next three ingredients and bring to a boil, add pasta and seasonings, simmer uncovered for ten minutes or till pasta is tender. Add spinach, stir well, turn off heat, cover and let sit for five minutes.
To serve, sprinkle with mozzarella cheese, and serve with garlic bread or crackers.
Find this recipe and MANY more in our Digital
Everything Season Cookbook !

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Winter is on its way...... sunny 28*

Here are a few of my winter soothers....what are some of yours?

Chocolate pudding, hot coffee, a steaming bowl of soup...................

The fragrance of homemade bread and simmering soup
Backing up to the woodstove that's cooking the soup!
Eating homemade bread and homemade soup!
Reading a "can't put down book" while sipping hot cocoa
Enjoying the outside view of a sunny day while
Backing up to the woodstove!
Covering up with your "Biscuit Quilt" when not
Backing up to the woodstove!
Fingering the Biscuit quilt  while reminiscing  on heartfelt memories

these are a few of my winter soothers.........................

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Sunday Quotes....Cloudy...Foggy..chilly

Ode to November

O sing of November, a beautiful time,

When the sound of the wind seems to whisper in rhyme.

When the trees drop their leaves in a golden spray,

And ever shorter grows the day.

O sing of the fall time, when dew turns to frost,

When the roses of summer are but sleeping, not lost;

When the world shows around it a gorgeous array,

And ever shorter grows the day.

O sing of the autumn, when falleth the cold,

When a wintery feeling begins to take hold;

When the world's chilly breath blows your sorrows away,

And ever shorter grows the day.

O sing of the season when the wind chills the bones,

When the soft, fertile ground freezes harder than stones;

When a bittersweet feeling envelopes the gray,

And ever shorter grows the day.

O sing of November, when the year groweth old,

When the wind whistles stories that haven't been told;

When in joy to the Maker of autumn we pray,

And ever shorter grows the day.
                                                       ©2015 JonquilJunction

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Tomato Soup

Tomato Soup Cake  (Prepare to be surprised!)

2 cups flour
2 tsp. b. powder
1 tsp. b. soda
2 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. nutmeg
1/2 cup shortening
1 cup sugar
1 can(10oz.) tomato soup
1/2 soup can water
1 cup nuts
1/2 cup raisins

Put all ingredients except nuts and raisins into large bowl and beat
with mixer for 2 minutes. Dust nuts and raisins with flour and stir
into batter. Bake in 8x8" or 9x9" greased pan in 350* oven for about
45 minutes. Test for doneness. Let cool a little and serve warm with
butter or cool completely and frost as desired.

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Sunday Quotes....Sunny...cold

Character is like a tree and reputation like its shadow.
The shadow is what we think of it;
the tree is the real thing. 
                                        Abraham Lincoln

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Almost Lasagna...clear...windy....29*

 If  you are like us and love the flavor combinations of Lasagna, but don't like all the work of preparing it, this pasta dish is a wonderful substitute! And a welcome one dish meal  on a cold day (just add garlic bread!)

1/2 pound Hamburger
1 onion, Chopped
1/4 cup, wine (Optional)
1 (28 oz) can crushed tomatoes
1 can pasta sauce, any flavor
2 tsp. Italian seasoning
1 tsp. granulated garlic
1 cup frozen spinach
1 cup small curd cottage cheese
1/4 cup parmesan cheese
1 (16 oz bag) bow tie pasta
1/2 cup shredded Italian blend or Mozzarella Cheese

 In large pan, Sauté Hamburger and onion together till all pink is gone, add wine if using , stir, add next four ingredients, simmer for 15 minutes. Meanwhile in large pot cook pasta according to package instructions.
When pasta is almost done, add Spinach, cottage cheese & parmesan cheese to sauce, stir well, cover and turn heat off. Drain pasta, stir sauce again and add pasta to sauce, stir well, sprinkle with shredded cheese and cover let sit 10 minutes before serving.

Monday, November 14, 2016

The Journey continues....Sunny

Some of you may know today is our Third Anniversary here on Facebook! We just want to say "thank you" for everyone's support and welcome to our newer followers! We'd love to hear how you found our page and how long you've been following us For those who may not have seen it before here's a bit out our story

Yesterday as I was sorting through my snippets, listening to the wind howl, and thinking spring couldn’t get here soon enough! I remembered another winter day a few years back when, while having similar thoughts, I wrote the following:
No matter where you roam here, through hollers or over ridges, you will find jonquils growing. Usually the cabin is gone or turned into a hay barn, the stone "chimbley" has tumbled down and the well's gone dry, but the jonquils still bloom.
How many years ago were they planted? No one knows. But they are enduring, just like the first people that settled these hills. They came and stayed when roads and electricity, telephones and yes, even the Internet didn't exist.
To raise a family in these surroundings a woman must have had character, strength and stamina. I'm sure every spring after the long dreary winter ended, the sight of the blooming Jonquils must have lifted her spirits and given her hope to carry on.

From that “seed” of an idea, and a lot of time and effort, in between everyday life and chores, grew Jonquil Junction’s Blog, Facebook page and Etsy store.
First a bit about the name. We live in the rugged Ozark mountains, and like I said in  the snippet above, scattered about all the old home places the jonquil’s still bloom each spring.
Jon-quil n.) A fragrant flower with yellow or white blooms
Every spring after the long dreary winter ends, the sight of these long ago planted blooms still brings a smile to our face and gives us hope to carry on just like those women who planted them so long ago.
 I wanted a place where we could all meet :

 Junc-tion  n.) An act of joining; A place or point of meeting
A place to find ‘country wisdom’ , unique crafts, recipes, and memories of a simpler time.
When people told stories, still wrote in cursive, put puzzles together, made quilts, crocheted and braided rugs, raised chickens, goats, pigs and a garden.
Along the journey I’ve found I'm not the only one who loves these cheerful harbingers of spring!
 I’ve heard stories from women in Florida and British Columbia that would love to grow them and have them come back reliably like we do, but due to their climates, they just enjoy them in pictures most years.
And from a lady who plans to replant  as many times as needed, in spite of her neighbors goats removing them from the ground bulb and all! ((Those of us who own goats know there is no such thing as a ‘goat proof plant’! ))
From a teller of folk tales ,why he thinks there are so many scattered about in our neck of the woods. As the story goes ‘back in the day’ when the farmer went to town to get his field corn, potato starts and such the feed store owner would throw a few jonquil bulbs in for the ‘lady of the house’. What farm wife with a bare yard and no money to spend on flower seeds is going to turn that down!
So we are this far into our journey,  wondering where it will take us next, and what wonderful story or memory will be shared with us next........... Won’t you come go with us and see where it leads?

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Sunday Quotes....Sunny..

Poetry is just the evidence of Life   
                                  Leonard Cohen

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Banana Split Cake.... Clear and Chilly

Banana Split Cake

Pineapple or Strawberry Cake Mix
2 cups fresh strawberries, small whole ones are best. Can use frozen, drain well
1 cup pineapple chunks
2 bananas, cut into chunks
Chocolate Syrup
Vanilla Ice Cream or Whipped Cream
Finely Chopped Nuts

Butter a 9x13" pan. Arrange 4 strawberries in circle with spaces in
between each berry. Put banana chunks in spaces and pineapple chunk in
center of circle. Repeat until all fruit is used. Form a pattern about
a serving size as you will serve cake pieces upside down. Make cake
according to pkg. directions and pour over fruit. Bake until tester is
clean. Let cool and then refrigerate. When ready to serve whip cream,
or soften ice cream. Carefully lift out each piece and turn upside
down. Top with cream and drizzle syrup over all.

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Farm Adventures........Cloudy....cooler

A.Wyse Ol' Goats' daughter Thimbilena is carrying on the tradition of  Goat training school!  Showing the kids the joy of eating paper, and how to get it also. (In case the caregiver tries to HIDE it from you) !

                       I'll bet she wasn't sharing by choice, though.

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Sunday Quotes.....

 Do we ever think about those
  Living in tents?
  Who are told to be content
  With lots of beans and rice
  And not to be thinking
  Beef stew would be nice!
                      by Bonney Bresko

Saturday, November 5, 2016

Homemade Waffles.....Cooler... Sunny

Buttermilk Waffles

1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1/2 cup cornstarch
1 T. baking powder
3/4 tsp. baking soda
3 large eggs
3 T. sugar
1 3/4 cups buttermilk
1/2 tsp. vanilla
1/4 cup butter, melted

In large bowl beat eggs and sugar, until light and fluffy. In another bowl combine, flour, cornstarch, baking powder & soda, stir to mix with a whisk , alternate adding flour mixture and buttermilk into egg mixture stir lightly with the whisk after each addition. Stir just until mixed Don't beat, add vanill and butter,stir to incorporate.
Cook in a HOT greased waffle iron, do desired crispness. Serve with your favorite fruit syrup! For a special treat serve with our Pear-licious Preserves Recipe HERE


Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Farm Life..... Windy.... cooler


Sunday, October 30, 2016

Sunday Quotes...Sun...very warm...

"Preserve your memories
     Keep them well,

        what you forget
           You can never retell"

                         -   Louisa May Alcott

Saturday, October 29, 2016

Pear-licious Preserves ... sunny...unseasonably hot ...80's

15 Cups diced pears, peeled and cored
1/2 cup Lemon Juice

1 can (20 Oz.) crushed pineapple (undrained)
5 cups sugar

1 small jar Marichino cherries (well drained)

Combine Pears, Lemon juice and pineapple in a large pot, place over medium heat and cook slowly till pears are soft, coursely mash with potato masher a few times.

Add sugar, turn to low and simmer for 10 more minutes stirring occasionally.

Steralize 7 pint jars and get lids ready, spoon preserves into hot jars leaving a 1/2 inch head space, wipe rims, seal jars and process in a hot water bath 15 minutes.
Wonderful topping for Pancakes, yogurt or ice cream !


Wednesday, October 26, 2016

What's your favorite Everything Season.....Partly cloudy.....70's

Do you cook seasonally? Fresh, local and in season?
 We do! Nothing is better than fresh from the garden, but with that often comes an abundance of one certain item at a time~~ Everything season: The time of year (whenever it may be) when you realize EVERYTHING you make needs to have eggs, or milk, or zucchini, or tomatoes, or green beans in it.
 Because you just have  (insert current item here) coming out your ears?

There are lots of "everything" seasons on the farm,
What is your favorite "Everything Season" ?

Spring ~Eggs, berries, greens, new potatoes

Summer ~Garden ripe tomatoes, summer squash, beans

Fall ~Apples, pears, persimmons, Pumpkin...

Winter~Simmering soups, Hot fresh Bread, Comfort foods
You can download a copy of our Everything Season cookbook over at Etsy here:

Monday, October 24, 2016

AN OLD WOMAN IN THE WOODS..... Sunny.... Fall like and beautiful!

We are honored to be featured on this wonderful FB Page today, please stop by and say Hi... and join her for this trip across the country.... you never know what you might find.......:)

Well, Fall is here with cooler temperatures... so let's take a ride. Hop on this train with an Old Woman and she will take you across the country this week visiting friends and neighbors. Now... some days the train might derail and sit there.... oh , lets say MargaritaVille... 🍷 🍸 But it will take off again as soon as able.
I will see what great buys I can find for you to start your Christmas shopping.... Yes, it's that time and lets start early and save some time and money. And get some awesome things.
Let's start our day in Arkansas. In fact, lets stop in at Jonquil Junction (her direct link will be in the comments below). Oh, look.... I believe she is ruminating..... no, that's not bad. Along with a bit of reverie and reflection while she is hammering away on that Hand Hammered Copper Jewelry. OOO... and y'all are in luck. She is having a SALE! You know your Aunt Linda would love one of the egg aprons... it ain't just for eggs... I would have all kinds of stuff in there from clothespins to the grands pacifiers to 'maters....🍅 🍓 . This would make an awesome gift... an apron, a good spoon , recipe book and all prettied up in an egg basket for gift giving. Umm. Okay, I will be someone's Aunt Linda this year! Now, I must sit a spell and have some Taco Soup while visiting .... come join me ! Tomorrow we will head out to ..... ?

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Sunday Quotes..partly cloudy

REFLECTION: Serious thought, Contemplation
RUMINATE: To chew the Cud, to think quietly & carefully, to ponder
REVERIE: Thinking, especially about pleasant things

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Pumpkin Bread...Cooler... 40's

Special Pumpkin Bread
1 box yellow cake mix
1 sm. box vanilla pudding mix
2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp baking powder
3 large eggs
1 15 oz can pumpkin
1/2 cups chopped pecans (optional)
1/2 cups cinnamon flavored chips (optional, but recommended )

Combine cake mix, pudding , baking powder and spices.
Add pumpkin and eggs beat well, fold in chips and pecans.
Bake in a greased bunt pan at 350* for 45-50 minutes till knife inserted near center comes out clean, watch closely after 45 minutes, don't overcook.
Cool in pan 10 minutes then remove to wire rack and finish cooling, wonderful with coffee just like this or sprinkle with a dusting of powdered sugar to serve for dessert .

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Farm Life.... Sunny... unseasonably HOT 80*'s

We told Paprika (nicknamed Corker, 'cause, well it just describes him better!) that he'd be leaving for his new home soon, even though he's been weaned for months... his reaction.......... "MOM, Just one more sip please!"

Please click on 'older posts' to see all our posts! Thanks :)

The items we offer are as varied as the weather in these hills!
Hand-hammered copper jewelry, handmade wood case clocks, biscuit and rag quilts, handsewn infant gifts, handcrafted soap, & homespun tales and photos of our menagerie of four footed and feathered friends.

Copper earrings

Copper earrings