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Showing posts from October, 2010

Sunday sunrise

The pond behind our house looked down right pink this morning.  What a pretty sight to see as soon as I stepped out of bed!  Sometimes I feel like God puts something in front of me just for me to see.  Hope you stumble across something beautiful today.

Men in boots eat quiche

 Quiche - it's a favorite dish in the farmhouse. Despite the fact that my rough tough men wear cowboy boots everyday, they love quiche!  And no matter how much I make, there are never leftovers.  This time I doubled the recipe and put it in a 9x12 dish, just to make it faster.  I also substituted the swiss for mexican blend cheese this time because that is what I had.  Any cheese is good really.
Bacon & Spinach Quiche
8 pieces cooked, crumbled bacon 1 cup cooked fresh spinach 1/2 cup chopped onion 4 (farm fresh) eggs, beaten 1 1/2 cups grated swiss cheese 1 cup half & half (or 2 T. flour + 1 cup milk) 1 cup milk dash of nutmeg pie crust (your recipe or premade)
In bowl, mix together eggs, half & half, milk, and nutmeg.  Stir in bacon, onion, and shredded cheese.  Pour in pie crust and bake at 325 degrees for 45-50 minutes.  Let stand 10 minutes before cutting to serve.

Doubled and still no leftovers!  My biggest boy scarfed that last little piece straight out of the dish.

Confession - I have a cribbing horse

Bobbie is a great horse.  She's a reliable riding partner which is just what I need. She is wonderful with younger ones on her.  She isn't real affectionate because she's more dignified than that but she is warming up to me more everyday.  And she is pretty but she cribs like crazy and it's been driving me nuts!  In doing so she has been scraping the paint off the top rails of our new white fence. This had to stop.

For those of you who don't know, cribbing is when a horse places their top teeth on something, arches their neck and sucks air in.  It is also called wind sucking.  Apparently it gives them a little high.  It looks utterly ridiculous and sounds something like a burp!  We noticed she did this a few times before we brought her home but she was always kept in a pen or stall and pasture is supposed to help a lot.  We have pasture grass that horses dream of and it seemed to improve for a while.  Then she was back at it.  Stress of Red being introduced to the …

Walk around the house

Want to join me for a little jaunt around the place?  Put your boots on and let's go...

This is the horses' view of the front of the farmhouse.  If you walk out there you will have to stop for some petting time. 

Coming up the road, this is what you see.  The garage & rec room are detached from the house.  It creates a nice transition from outside world to comfy home.  The bay window is where the dining room is giving us a nice view of the flower garden as we eat together.  The kitchen window is to the right of that and allows me to see everyone coming and going.  That little window upstairs is a bathroom window, high enough for light and privacy.  Let's go to the garden.

I do love the view of the house from here.  Can you believe my roses still look that good?  Enough of the flowers though, let's move on to the chicken coop.

The chickens watch for me to bring them treats from here. The back patio is where we hang out and watch the pond or someone riding in the arena.  …

Hangin' in the mudroom

A pint sized flannel shirt and a frayed Farmboy hat. How cute it that?

Lettuce and other fall favorites

It is hard to grow cool weather crops in Oklahoma.  We typically go from 80 degrees to 40 in the blink of an eye.  After having a failed attempt at lettuce this spring, I decided to try again.  And just look at all that!  It is only about 6-8 inches high but oh, so, good!  Not bitter at all.  Lately I've been out there twice a day picking some to eat right before a meal.

Other fall favorites in my garden-

Farm animals for fun or food?

"Are you going to eat them?" is a question that I have been asked a dozen or so times.  Hmmm...what do you say to that?  And how do you decide?  And why would we have them if we weren't going to?  These are all things we talked about before getting livestock.  Do we have the heart for it?  Some people keep farm animals for pets.  I've heard those kinds of livestock called "freeloaders".  But when you have a big feed bill, you have to consider those carefully.

I know that some just wiggle their way into your hearts and you couldn't bear to do away with them.  My pet chicken, Lizzie, is an example of that.  But the others, well, they are chickens.  I love on them, talk to them, give them treats, and they lay beautiful eggs for me.  If they stop laying, should I continue to feed them until they die?  Could I eat them?  We will have to wait and see on that one.

But a steer and pigs, what else do you do with them?  Several of you asked me specifically about …

When life reminds you of a childrens book

This morning when I woke up in the Little Red Farmhouse, it seemed all the animals were hungry...

The cows were standing in there corner and began to moo "I need my creepe!  I really do."

They mooed to the puppy, who began to whine "The sun is up, it's feeding time."

The puppy ran out to the chickens who politely (remember they are from Pemberly Court) said "I need my breakfast, I need my bread"

As the chickens balked, they awoke the pigs "Give me my slop and we'll dance some jigs"

As they snorted at the horses, who began to neigh, "We're hungry, so hungry, we're hungry for hay."

I heard the falcon began to squawk "I need my meat, get me off this block!"

With the falcon flapping the turtle churned "Please kind boy drop me a worm"

M-o-o-o-o;  R-u-f-f;  O-i-n-k;  C-l-u-c-k;  N-e-i-g-h;  S-q-u-a-w-k;  B-u-b-b-l-e;

I saw the coffee cup on my bednight stand; "Get up Sweetheart" my husband said.  I open…

Honey flat bread (Communion bread)

Tonight I made one of our family favorites - flatbread.  It's made with scalded milk and honey and is soooo good.  We actually use it for a communion bread on the occasion when we have church at home. 

3/4 c scalded milk
1/4 c honey
1/4 c butter
1 t salt
1 egg
2 1/2 c flour

Warm milk, honey & butter.  Beat egg in a seperate bowl.  In a large bowl, mix salt into flour.  Stir milk mixture slowly into flour.  Add egg.  Continue to stir until all flour is incorporated.  Knead dough adding more flour but just until it doesn't stick to your hands. 

Roll out on greased cookie sheet pan.  Prick with fork and stripe with knife.  This is to symbolize Christ's sacrifice for each of us.  Isaiah 53:3 "But He was pierced for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities, the punishment that brought us peace was upon Him, and by His wounds we are healed."
Bake at 375 for 15-20 minutes.  Rub a stick of butter over hot flatbread until top is lightly coated.  Cut into …

Three little pigs

Our son, Jonah, has been really wanting some pigs.  Not to show, just to raise.  Today we got three little hampshire crosses.  They are about 7 weeks old and so cute.

Just look at that smile!  Jonah is one happy pig owner.
He spent about 5 hours building a temporary pen for them until he can build a better one.  It's a pretty sturdy pen with a straw bale house.  He spent the afternoon in the pen with them.
And how did we get them home?  In the back of the Tahoe, of course.  They didn't even cry we-we-we.

Got a Deere

Today was a milestone on our new little farm.  Today we got a tractor!
Yep, it's a Deere.  Don't you just love that green! That color makes it cost more, you know, but it's just so classic. The boys (ages 78 to 11) are all excited.  It's a big toy but will no doubt make work around here easier.  I even got to take it for a spin.  Fun stuff! Jared is sporting a new green hat.  Probably will sleep in it tonight!

Caramel apples

Is there anything that says "Fall" like caramel apples?
I have been craving them for a week and decided today was the day. Pretty simple really - 10 apples, 2 bags caramel (minus the ones you pop in your mouth when unwrapping them), sticks (mine came with the caramels), 4 T. water, & chopped walnuts.   Melt caramel, dip apples, and refrigerate for one hour if you can wait that long. Adding nuts to a couple of them insures that I will get to enjoy some too since the boys don't like nuts.  It's my own way of reserving treats for myself.  Ingenius, huh? You do what you have to do when you live with 4 hungry guys!
 Don't those look good? What is your favorite fall treat?

Farm sign

It's finished!  I decided to let it distress itself over time.  With that rough cedar, I'm sure it won't take long. We have a painter here today to finish making the new fence white.
If you want to see the process of making the sign see this and that.