Thursday, March 31, 2016

Nostalgic Nod to Yesteryear...Parly sunny...warm

And the Answer is...................
Are you ready for a little history? These are the clock works that
belong to a "Williams, Orton & Preston" 30 hr. Type I clock w/alarm.
It is a weight driven clock. They probably go back to circa 1820, the
clock company located in Farmington, Connecticut at that time. In the Revolutionary War era, wooden gears (wheels) were made in this country by American clock makers. Brass was too hard or too expensive to import from England. Seth Thomas Co. was the last major clock co. to make wooden gears. Eventually the bushings were made of Brass, but on this example, they are made of Bone. So those who guessed clock works, hooray for you!

We've enjoyed all the conversations these Nostalgic guessing games have sparked,, but with spring and the busy season here on the farm coming, we're going to take a break from these for awhile, we hope to revisit these posts later this year!! Thank you to each and every one of you who participated!!!!

Monday, March 28, 2016

Farm Life...Sunny...chilly

              Have a great Monday!

Saturday, March 26, 2016

Layered Lemon Bars...Sunny...warmer

Did you make our Homemade Lemon Curd last week? If so here's a wonderful recipe to use it in. If you haven't tried it yet, you can find the recipe HERE 

Layered Lemon Bars   

1 box Lemon cake mix

1 3 oz. box instant lemon pudding

3 egg whites

1/3 cup melted butter

Beat egg whites till foamy, add rest of ingredients, stir together till all moisened, with dampened fingers press into a well greased 9 x 9 inch pan.

8 oz. softened neuftachel cheese

1 T. lemon juice

1/3 cup powdered sugar

Combine all in a bowl and with hand held mixer beat until light and fluffy, spoon on top of crust and gently spread to cover stopping about 1/2 an inch from edges.

2 cups lemon curd

Spread lemon curd on top of cream cheese mixture and bake at 350* for 25-30 minutes.

Cool completely and dust with powdered sugar.


Friday, March 25, 2016


Have you been looking at our Copper creations and waiting for a S.A.L.E.? Well, here it is! Our spring SaLE on Facebook, this includes newly listed items as well! We have  a collection of NEVER before seen on Facebook , watch this album for new specials! As an additional bonus BuY more than one piece of Jewelry and they all Ship for one LOW price!


Thursday, March 24, 2016

Farm Adventures...cloudy...much cooler

AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH  Spring, the season when we just can't help
ourselves  to believe once again,that this time we'll have a better outcome.

I'm letting this rather ugly hen sit.
Even though last years settings turned out this way.................
One hen sat on 10 eggs and hatched 2, both roosters.
My daughter's hen hatched 5 out of her 6 eggs, and got 4 roosters and 1 hen.
Then another of my hens sat and one by one ALL the eggs disappeared,
finally one morning the hen was dead too. A large black snake had smothered
her. Today's hen is in my only snake proof cage, which is fine for
now. But when they start to grow, it won't be big enough! So I see
construction in my future. But I'll wait 21 days to get started
. You know what they say about counting your chickens before they hatch!

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Nostalgic Wednesday...WINDY...warm

Good morning! Time for our~
GuessinG game and ShArE day
DETAILS: Every Wednesday we'll have a picture of an old timey object, one which few if any, still use. We want you to comment with your guess as to what it is and what it was used for!
all correct answers will be saved and entered in a random drawing at the end of the month the winner will get a digital download of our Everything Season Cookbook!

Monday, March 21, 2016

Babies....Clear and cold

MARMALADE wanted nothing to do with such silliness
We brought Mocha and Java in for a little 'socializing' yesterday. The cats did not think this was the best idea the humans ever had, the kids just didn't know what to think. But even though I did not try to repeat the Cats and Kids photograph shoot from last year HERE I did get plenty of pictures :)
Mamma kitty checked out the situation,
 but didn't get too close, just in case
Flopsy observed from a safe distance
But TOPCAT, didn't have any worries....

He wanted to know just what they were doing in HIS house....
And after all he weighs more than both of them put together

Java is showing how goats can be just as curious as cats!

It's tiresome being a baby goat in a house full of cats!

Saturday, March 19, 2016

Homemade Lemon Curd...cloudy, showers..cooler

A favorite recipe, especially in the early spring, when it is 'Everything Egg' season**{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?
 This Lemon Curd is perfect to top cakes, toast, make lemon bars, eat it straight from the jar :) it's good stuff!((and it freezes well too))

Homemade Lemon Curd
3 cups sugar
3/4 cup cornstarch
2 1/4 cups water
12 egg yolks
2 T. butter
1 1/2 cups lemon juice
1 tsp. lemon extract

Separate eggs (save whites for angle food cake). Beat yolks with a wire whisk. In sauce pan mix together sugar and cornstarch, add water, stir well, cook over medium heat till small bubbles start to form, pour some of hot mixture into bowl of egg yolks, stirring the whole time, add egg yolk mixture back  to saucepan and stir with the whisk, till all incorporated. Cook over medium heat till it begins to boil, then turn to low and cook five minutes stirring constantly (will get very thick) add lemon juice and butter, whisk till incorporated, remove from heat and stir in lemon extract.
Allow to cool, then put in freezer containers and freeze. I usually freeze in two cup containers.
Allow to thaw overnight in the fridge to use.
Check out our NEW EGG GATHERING aprons here!

Friday, March 18, 2016

Meet Mocha & Java... cloudy..cooler

Mocha and Java, eating hay with Mom at 3 days old. Now that the names
are chosen, we need a GOOD home for them.

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Baby Naming day....Cloudy....cooler

Good Morning! Let's name these babies! We've narrowed it down to our favorite FIVE and now we want YOU to VOTE on YOUR favorite
A) Mutt & Jeff
B) Mocha & Java
C) Jesse & James
D) Amos & Andy...

E) Laurel & Hardy
We have enjoyed ALL your name suggestions so much, some made us smile and nod, some made us shake our head, and some made us laugh out loud! Thanks to everyone who took a moment to share a suggestion with us!

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Nostalgic Nod Guessing Game...Sunny..cooler 40's

DETAILS: Every Wednesday we'll have a picture of
an old timey object, one which few if any, still use. We want you to comment with your guess as to what it is and what it was used for! You can guess more than once but each guess needs to be in a separate comment. ...
If you have a FB page you may tag it as part of your answer! we'd love it if you'd S.H.A.R.E to so more people can join in!
The post will stay up from 8am Wed. till 8am Thurs. When we will reveal the answer, All correct answers will be saved and entered into a random DrawinG to be announced the last Thurs. of this month the WiNNeR will get a F*R*E*E digital download of our Everything Season Cookbook!

(Of course we know it's a wheel, tell us what old timey object it went to!)

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

First kids of the year....Sunny..warm..windy

We have babies! Twins, both boys, tri-colored!!
Everyone's guess was as good as ours, was not expecting this color out of these parents
Now they just need names !

Monday, March 14, 2016

Baby quessing game....cloudy

 We're going to have babies soon~ So let's have a little guessing Game shall we?!
Here are Thimby, mate Riley, and last years kids (her first, one boy, one girl)
 What's your guess as to -
1}color of kid(s),
2} gender of kid(s) 
3} how many kids
we'll reveal the answers as soon as we know :)
WiNNeR(s) will get a digital download of our "Everything Season" cookbook just in time for Spring offerings. You can comment here or pop over to our Facebook page and join in on the conversation there:

Saturday, March 12, 2016

Maple Doodle O's...cloudy...soggy...

Here's a snippet from the past. A recipe and a package from long ago
when we sold dry mixes based on our "Café" day favorites.


1 1/4 cups sugar
1 cup shortening, OR soft margarine
2 eggs
Cream above together and then add:

3/4 cup quick oats
Sift together:

2 cups flour
2 teaspoons cream of tartar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
Optional~2 tablespoons sugar mixed with 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg (for sprinkling)
Add to wet mixture along with 1 teaspoon Maple Extract and stir
thoroughly. Drop by spoonful's on greased baking sheet.

Bake in 375* oven for about 8 minutes, until barely firm to the touch.
They won't brown.
Optional- sprinkle with sugar, nutmeg mix while still warm.
Makes about 2 dozen..

Monday, March 7, 2016

Spring GIVEAWAY....................Sun/clouds...very windy....60's

Thanks for all the support of our page!
It's time for a SPRING GIVEAWAY!!
You must go to our FB page to enter! Just click this link:

Time for a G*I*V*E*A*W*A*Y !!!! With spring and summer just around the corner, we are going to GiVeAwaY-- ONE gathering apron-- choose from these styles--gathered pocket, large pocket or clothespin style! (Fabrics will vary but you can choose your color!)
Details: LIKE our page, LIKE this post, TAG a friend who would LOVE our page, and though SharinG isn't required it would be really GREAT! A random WiNNeR will be chosen on March 20th (the FIRST day of SPRING!)

Sunday, March 6, 2016

Sunday Quotes...Sunny...60's

For, Lo the winter is past, the rain is over and gone;
the flowers appear on the earth ~

the time of singing of birds is come
Song of Solomon 2:11-12

Saturday, March 5, 2016


Check out our archived recipes here! And stop by next week for a brand new one!

Thursday, March 3, 2016

The Jonquils remain.....sun/clouds...50's

           Through the setting sun, although the old home is  long gone, the Jonquils remain.

This picture was taken on the old homestead where I got my start of Jonquil's nearly 40 years ago, these bulbs must be at least 75-80 years old and yes they still bloom...........Read the story of the people that lived here and another Jonquil story here:

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