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Saturday Evening Post

A glimpse into the lives of the people who live in the Little Red Farmhouse. Sort of like eves dropping. It will be a quote or conversation. It may be funny. It may be sweet. Maybe a little sad. But it will always be true. We'll see if it resonates with you.


This week during lunch Jonah had a double decker BLT sandwich with two fried eggs on it.  Along with that he consumed a plateful of chips, 6 homemade peanut butter cookies, and a tall glass of whole milk. 
Then... He said sadly, "Dinner seems so far away."
{Seriously? I don't know how we afford to feed these boys!}

Blooming Spring

It's really so early, I just can't believe it but the roses on the farm are blooming!

Last summer I planted two of these rose bushes with petals of white with red tips.  This was the type of rose that made up my wedding bouquet 23 years ago.  I'm so excited to see them thriving in the garden now!

The tiny pink blooms of the shrub rose look lovely.  That is my absolute favorite color.

But there is something about the pale peachy pink of the Sarah Holmes climbers too.

The May Night Salvia doesn't realize it's still March.

And this new addition is just so cheery don't you think. After the long drought last summer, I'm so happy to see spring blooming!

Chicken Pin Cushion Tutorial & Giveaway

The last couple of years we've gotten spring chickens.  It's a wonderful time of year to do that.  But I added chicks in the fall and I have downsized my flock to just the perfect size ~ 23 including the rooster.  All of them are young except Dear Lizzy (my lap chicken) and I could never get rid of her.
Since there will be no spring chicks on the farm I needed to make some.

Recently, I saw a picture of a chicken pin cushion on the internet.  When I went back to find it, I couldn't.  Don't you just hate it when that happens?  So after some googling and not finding good instructions, I took what I could find and decided to create a tutorial.
If you sew, you can follow along and make a chick. 
And if not, I'll be giving away a spring chick!
(please note: the giveaway was in spring 2012) The ones that can enter are the sad ladies that won't be getting real spring chickens this year, like me. Just leave me a comment and in two weeks, I'll draw a name.
Ok, ready …

Weekend

There is always something to do on the farm ~ a project , something needs fixing, something needs maintaining.  This weekend it's a little wet from all the rain to do anything big.  The weather is gorgeous! So we are going to take it easy. 
Oh, I might clean out the chicken coop. And we have a lovely new weeping peach tree to plant.
But for the most part, we are going to try to have a strawberry lemonade kind of weekend. 

Flourless Peanut Butter Cookies

1 cup peanut butter 1 cup brown sugar 1 t. baking soda 1 egg
Beat ingredients together until dough is well blended. Bake cookies at 350 for 8-10 minutes. Sprinkle with sugar.
Make a double batch ~ they disappear fast!

Farmgirl Trade

I have a blog friend that is a real farmgirl.  She has all kinds of farm animals, milks goats, even raises her own turkeys and chickens for meat (butchers them too).  She inspires me to try things I didn't know I could do.  {Still thinking about the meat chickens though.}

A month or so ago, I offered a fleece from one of our Jacob sheep to Katiegirl.  I knew she did needle felting and thought she might be able to use one of them.  In return for Bunny's fleece she sent me goat's milk soap and lip balm that she makes herself.  Her products are named Purl & June after her sheep. It's amazing stuff ~ I really love it! 

She also made something really special for us ~ our Rockin' S-Squared Farm brand needle felted out of Bunny's fleece.  How cool is that?! 

I put the soap by my sink in the master bath so no one else would use it.  It has just the right amount of bubbles, has gentle scent, and leaves your hands feeling soft.  And the lip balm, well, I'm carrying…

Spring Green

The warm temperatures over the last week have really greened up the grass.  The horses couldn't be happier!

Although it's early (real early), it's perfect timing.  A sprinkler system was installed this week.  Yes, on a farm.  Guess there is still a little city in us!  Hopefully the new shoots of green grass will cover all the ditches quickly.

Actually, this is the last phase of our water revamp that we did this winter.  The drought last summer caused us to take a serious look at where we needed water.  With the number of animals we have, the limited pasture, and the dry summer months, we need to be able to water the grazing grass to keep it going.
Water hook ups were installed along the fence line to accomodate a walking sprinkler.  To keep all this working we added two additional water wells.  I'm so thankful we have good clean water and lots of it! 

The grass isn't the only thing springing up.  Flowers are starting to come out from their hibernation.  Some are even …

Last Lambs

The last lambs arrived yesterday making an even dozen ~ 6 ewe lambs & 6 ram lambs!

It's been an exciting but sleepless lambing season for us. We have learned so much.
A big part of our education came yesterday with the last lambs.
Poppy went into labor in the afternoon.  She was already with her best buddies with their lambs in the shed. Claiming one jug, she went about having her babies. Only when the first presented itself, there was only one hoof with the nose.  Not good!  We called our breeder and she talked us through pushing it back out of the birth canal and straightening the leg out.  Then pulling the lamb all the way out on the next contraction. Whew!  That was stressful. A ram lamb.
But we were pretty sure there was more than one in there because of Poppy's size.  As the first time momma when about figuring out what just came out of her, another nose appeared.  Yes, I just said nose.  Gloving up again, I checked to see where on earth the legs were.  I thought to myself, &q…

Worst Thing on the Farm

MUD!

A few inches of rain + dormant grass + land that doesn't like to soak it up anyway = Mud ~ and lots of it!

Please don't think everything is always pretty around the Little Red Farmhouse.  It's not.   And until our grass turns green, I'm afraid it's going to look like this every time it rains.

The pigs don't mind at all.  In fact, they quite enjoy it!   (We are thinking about putting a concrete pad  in their pen next year.)

Of course, tomorrow they go to butcher. We have no idea how we are going to get the trailer out of the yard!

The chickens like it too. This girl really has green legs but not with mud around.

At least I have pink boots to slosh through it.

I think they will be by the back door for a while. At least most of the mud can be checked at the door.

Yeah, I said most of it. Some mud sneaks in on the rug.