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!"

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Sunday Quotes....partly cloudy... windy.... 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

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Fresh Apple Cake....Cloudy...foggy...50's

3 eggs
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 cup unsweetened apple sauce
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 tsp. Vanilla extract
3 cups peeled & shredded apples
3 1/2 cups all purpose flour
3 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda

Beat eggs, sugars, apple sauce, oil and Vanilla till smooth add shredded apples stir to mix. Add dry ingredients all at once and stir just till all moistened. Pour in to a well greased 10'' tube pan. Bake at 350* 45 minutes or until a knife inserted in cake comes out clean. Cool on wire rack.

Browned butter frosting
1/4 cup Butter (no substitutions)
2 T. half and half
1 tsp. Vanilla extract
2 cups powdered sugar

Melt butter in a skillet (cast iron works great, but watch it closely) till it is golden brown 5-10 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in the half and half and vanilla let cool five minutes then add powdered sugar, beat for 2 minutes till smooth and creamy, add a bit more half and half in needed but you want it thick

Brown Sugar Glaze
1/4 cup butter (no substitutions)
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup half and half
1/2 cup finely chopped pecans
Melt butter in sauce pan, add brown sugar and half and half, simmer, stirring one minute, or till all sugar is dissolved, remove from heat add nuts, cool five minutes and drizzle over cake

Sunday, October 9, 2016

Sunday Quotes....

There is an appointed time for everything.
And there is a time for every event under heaven—
 A time to give birth and a time to die;
  A time to plant and a time to uproot what is planted.
   A time to kill and a time to heal;
    A time to tear down and a time to build up.
       A time to weep and a time to laugh;
       A time to mourn and a time to dance.
        A time to throw stones and a time to gather stones;
         A time to embrace and a time to shun embracing.
               A time to search and a time to give up as lost;
            A time to keep and a time to throw away.
                   A time to tear apart and a time to sew together;
               A time to be silent and a time to speak.
                        A time to love and a time to hate;
                   A time for war and a time for peace.
                                               Ecclesiastes 3: 1-8

Saturday, October 8, 2016

Persimmon time again..... partly sunny .. windy...47*

Today is the first day it really and truly felt like fall so why not share a truly FALL  Like recipe!

Persimmon fruitcake

1/2 cup butter, softened
2/3 cup honey (OR sorghum)
3 eggs
1 cup raisins
1 cup nuts
1/2 cup dried fruit of your choice (pineapple tidbits or apricots are really good)
1 cup persimmon pulp
2 T. lemon juice
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. cinnamon

Mash persimmons flat with a fork separate one cup pulp from seeds.
Cream honey, butter, and eggs together. add raisins, dried fruit and nuts.
sift dry ingredients into wet, stir just till combined.
Bake in two greased loaf pans at 325* for about an hour, test at 50 minutes, a knife inserted near center should come out clean. Cool five minutes in pan then remove to cooling rack and let cool completely. Wrap in plastic wrap and keep in the fridge at least over night, flavor gets better after a couple of days.

What kind of winter are we going to have??   You could find a ripe persimmon-- cut it open and choose one it's many seeds and carefully   cut the seed in half. look at the inside and see what it looks like to you!
If you see  spoon-shape, lots of heavy, wet snow will fall. Spoon = shovel!
If you see a  fork-shape, you can expect powdery, light snow and a mild winter. Fork = won't hold much snow
If you see a  knife-shape, expect  a very COLD winter --to be "cut" by icy, cutting winds.

Well, I don't know about all this, but there are people that will swear by it!
Regardless of a persimmons' capability of predicting the weather forecast. They do make a delicious fruitcake!

Sunday, October 2, 2016

Sunday Quotes.... Sunny...warmer...80*

“While the earth remains,
    Seedtime and harvest,
      And cold and heat,
         And summer and winter,
            And day and night
              Shall not cease.”

                                                    Genesis 8: 22

Saturday, October 1, 2016

Tomato Soup... Sunny.... 70's....

  Tomato Whey Soup

28 oz. can whole tomatoes
1 medium bell pepper
1 medium onion
2 cloves garlic
1/2 cup chopped kale
2 cups whey (use chicken broth if no whey is available)
basil or oregano to taste
parsley, basil or oregano for garnish
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
season salt to taste

Chop pepper, onion & garlic and cook with kale until soft in 2
Tablespoons olive oil. Drain tomatoes and add liquid to veggies and
continue to cook 10 minutes. With slotted spoon remove veggies from
liquid and add to whole tomatoes and blend until smooth. Return to pan
and heat with herbs and seasonings until just starting to simmer. Add
whey and heat carefully until hot. Serve with sprinkle of smoked
paprika and garnishes. Small cubes of cheddar cheese are a nice
addition too. You'll be surprised how tasty this is, and the whey adds
protein to the veggies....

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