Sunday, July 31, 2016

Sunday Quotes, partly cloudy...warmer

Old Roads, Old Dogs, Old Folks, & Old Ways,
Still have A Lot to Offer In this Busy World We
Live In
~Author Unknown

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Icing on the cake....Partly cloudy...cooler

It doesn't really matter what kind of cake you put this on, if you love chocolate you'll love this frosting, and it'll be 'the icing on the cake' everyone is talking about!

Fudge Frosting

4 Tablespoons butter
6 Tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
2 cups powdered sugar
1-3 Tablespoons milk

In small sauce pan melt butter, remove from heat and stir in cocoa powder, till smooth, it will be very thick.
In a large bowl add cocoa mixture to the sugar along with 1 Tablespoon of milk, beat, adding milk as needed to get a smooth spreadable consistency, (you want it thick, but spreadable)
If you don't have a favorite scratch cake recipe try it on this one!

Delicious White Cake

2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
2 1/2 tsp. Baking powder
3 eggs, separated
1 1/2 cups sugar
2/3 cup shortening
1 cup milk
1 tsp. vanilla

Cream sugar and shortening together, add egg yolks and vanilla cream until smooth, in separate bowl beat egg whites till stiff but not dry.
alternate flour and baking powder combined with milk to sugar mixture, lastly fold in egg whites, Pour into a greased 9 x 9 inch pan and bake at 350* 25-35 minutes or till tests done (toothpick inserted near center comes out clean)
cool completely and frost.

This recipe comes from one of my favorite ladies, a mother of ten, who still found time to cook delicious meals for her family.... back before 'convenience food' was even heard of ! I talked about her and shared another of her recipes in our Everything season cookbook, available HERE in digital format or in printed format by messaging us through our FB page HERE


Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Summer Sale....90's... HUMID

SALE!~~Check out our summer clearance sale~~

You never know what you'll find in our Etsy store, handcrafted one of a kind and vintage items

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Sunday Quotes...Partly cloudy...Humid...90's

"Preserve your memories
Keep them well, what you forget
You can never retell"      -   Louisa May Alcott

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Summer Squash Pie ...sunny...HOT...and..Humid

Summer Squash Pie  (with variations)

2 cups grated yellow squash (use small-medium)
2 eggs
1/2 cup melted butter OR margarine
3/4 cup light brown sugar
1/2 cup coconut
1/2 cup nuts
1 Tablespoon Vanilla
2 Tablespoons flour
8" unbaked pie crust

Mix all together and pour into shell. Bake 350* until lightly browned
and set in center, about 30 minutes. This pie is best chilled. 

For a lemony variation substitute lemon extract for vanilla, and when cool
spread layer of Lemon Curd over top. Serve with dollops of whipped

OR substitute dark brown sugar and add 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie
spice stirred into the flour before adding.

Friday, July 22, 2016

Share day.... hot and HOTTER

Good morning! we're hosting a  pay-it-forward ShaRe day over on our Facebook page, won't you stop by and join in? 
Tag a friends page, or a page that you love following, Visit the pages posted and if you would ShaRe this post so everyone gets a chance to be seen here in Facebook Land
                            And have a great Friday!

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Farm Life....Sun...hotter...high 90's

Lonesome decided his very tiring job of watching me paint the floor has earned him a nap!

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Sunday Quotes, Sun, hotter

 How many poems in a poet's mind?

How many truths can be told in his rhymes?

How many thoughts can a poet convey?

That will remain true, one hundred years from today

How many people will read his lines

And make the connections, the poet designed?

And when he is gone, will his poetry give

Inspiration in minds of those that still live?

Will his words take seed in the minds of the young

And blossom like flowers in early spring sun?

And, if indeed, all this happens to be

The poet could alter all that we see

The poet need never take up the gun

For in his use of the word - his battles are won.  

From "Portrait of Life" by Chot Lomerson 

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Squash Medley.....Sunny....80's

Wondering what to fix for supper tonight??? 
Here's one of our favorite
summer meals                                                

 8 yellow (straight neck) or zucchini squash, medium size, wash and parboil whole, about 5 minutes

Make filling while squash cools enough to handle


1 large bell pepper, chopped fine
3 medium ripe tomatoes, chopped fine
2 medium onions, chopped fine
3 slices cooked bacon or ham, diced
8 ounces shredded cheddar cheese
1 tsp. salt and 1/2 tsp. pepper (or to taste)

 Slice squash in half lengthwise. Scoop out  center including seeds (could save in freezer for soup).
Fill squash cavities with filling and place on baking sheet.
Mix 1 and 1/2 cups fine dry bread crumbs with 4 TAB. melted
butter or margarine and sprinkle on squash filling.
Bake, uncovered, at 400 for about 20 minutes.

You can find this recipe and many more seasonal recipes in our Everything Season Cookbook....Available as a digital download for only $ shipping instant access to 30+ recipes, full color photos from our neck of the woods.....quips, tips, and poems too!

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Farm Life...Sunny and HOT

Remember Mocha and Java? 
How they have grown, 4 months old this week.

They go out to pasture with Uncle Bandit now while they're being weaned.
Here Mocha is showing his moxie by challenging Bandit who is twice his size.
 But the green grass wins in the end.

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Sunday Quotes....cloudy..showers possible

"The best thing one can do when it's raining is to let it rain" 
                                        Henry Wadsworth Longfellow  

Saturday, July 9, 2016

Zesty Dill Pickles....storms overnight.... 67*

Zesty Dill Pickles

3 quarts (very full) sliced cucumbers

4 cups white vinegar

3 1/2 cups water

1 cup sugar

1 cup fresh dill weed chopped

3 T. salt

2 T. mixed pickling spice

1 tsp. crushed red pepper (adjust to taste)

1 tsp. Granulated garlic

1-3 tsp. Dill seed (optional to taste)

(we like them mild so just use the only dill weed(leaf) and omit the seed

In a large bowl combine all ingredients except cucumbers. Stir until sugar is disolved, add thinly sliced cucumbers, cover and let sit at room temperature for 2 hours.

1/2 hour before time is up place 7 pint jars in water bath canner, cover with water and bring to a simmer. Pour hot water over lids and rings.

Pour pickles and brine into a large pot, bring just to a simmer, simmer five minutes. Place pickles into steralized jars, cover with brine, wipe rims add lids and rings, and place in canner. when all jars are in canner turn heat up and process for fifteen minutes (start timing when water reaches a rolling boil)

Note: Since these pickles don't use Alum they are not crisp to the bite like some recipes, our family likes them for sandwhiches and to add to tuna because they are easy to chew, with a mild yet zesty flavor. If you like a crisp strong pickle this proably isn't the recipe for you :)

If you have not canned before, we recommend finding a good book or online source to read before canning for the first time!

Thursday, July 7, 2016

SALE....partly cloudy...humid & hot

Have you been looking at our Copper creations and waiting for a S.A.L.E.? Well, here it is! Check out our SALE album on our Facebook page, this includes newly listed items as well! Watch this album on Facebook for new specials! As an additional bonus BUY more than one piece of Jewelry and any additional pieces ship for FREE!
Many more pieces listed, ALL $25.00 or LESS

****A bit about our Jewelry****
Richard designs each piece in his head first then makes an individual ‘jig’ to bend and hammer the piece into the shape he desires. This time consuming process results in a unique and beautiful piece that you will never see in a mass-produced jewelry store.

All parts of his earrings, except the ear-wire, are handmade and hammered, from the hammered body of the earring right down to each individual , intricate and tiny piece .

He makes many designs, but only a few of each, and some designs are not repeated.


Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Farm Life.... humid.....hotter

We're out in the big world ..."What should we do first?"

 "RUN!  Did you ever see so much space?"

  "Now this direction."

  " Wait! - what has Mom found?"

Saturday, July 2, 2016

Lemon, Lemon Cake...Cloudy...80's

Here's a company special recipe that doesn't take long. Make ahead, or throw together at the last minute for lots of lemony goodness!
            Lemon, Lemon Cake
1 recipe lemon cake ( I used cake mix)
6 oz. thawed frozen lemonade (not diluted)
1 cup whipping cream
3 Tablespoons confectioners sugar

Make cake according to directions. Bake in 8 or 9" square pan. Let
cool 15 minutes. Poke holes with handle of wooden spoon all over.
Don't poke all the way through to bottom of pan. Fill holes with
lemonade and chill at least 15 minutes. Meanwhile whip cream and fold
in sugar. Spread cream over cake and decorate with lemon zest or
candies. I used lemon curd from the freezer. Serve now or chill till
cold.  Very refreshing

Friday, July 1, 2016

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

When you live way OUT in the country and at the end of a dead end road
you don't have very many visitors,  HUMAN that is.

You often have non human intruders, both wild and domestic.
These two have come 4 times in the last 6 days!!!!

They don't get into MUCH trouble and I like watching them BUT they
arrive with a heart startling announcement ( have YOU ever had a donkey's bray awaken you at 5am?? ) and then proceed to  break up my routine.
Goats can't be put out to pasture, Pony must be locked up.
Capture 3 dogs and put in the house.
Be sure not to leave chick feed out. Remember "Once found,
never forgotten".

However they have found our green grass, which of course is GREENER on our side of the fence, and thus  the repeat visits!!! Life on the farm, never a dull moment!

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