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Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Roasted Brussel Sprouts


I know what you are thinking..."Yuck", right?
That's what I always thought!
Seriously, it's the only thing I remember from childhood having a standoff over at the dinner table.  I didn't win the fight and they didn't taste any better cold.


Recently, I saw some being roasted on a cooking show. 
Yes, roasted!  {Hmm...}
Then I was confonted with them on the veggie aisle at the grocery store.  It wasn't until then that I gave brussel sprouts some serious thought.  Actually, I stood there {probably for far too long} wondering what kind of things my children would say about the nasty green balls.  I bought them anyway and took them home.  It was time for me to face my childhood fears of the little cabbages and my family was going to do it with me!

Trim stems, half or quarter, toss in olive oil, salt & pepper, and pop in oven at 400 degrees for 30-45 minutes until tender and edges brown. Easy enough.



And you know what?
They were wonderful!
Toasty, salty, tender...
Really! They're good. 
Trust me.


The best part is that my kids ask for them for dinner.  Did you hear me?  ASK for green vegetables! I know, it's amazing!

So the thing I most feared to see on my plate as a kid, is now a regular part of our farmhouse fare.  The secret to bringing out the best in the little beasts is to roast them. 
 I guess my mom just didn't know that! ;)


For everything God created is good,
and nothing is to be rejected if
it is received with thanksgiving.
1 Timothy 4:4

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Cowboy & the Sheep (picture post)










Let us therefore make every effort to do what leads to peace and to mutual edification.
Romans 14:19

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Morning Muffins


There's something special about the smell of muffins
on a weekend morning.

A month ago, I found a wonderful recipe

They are fluffy, sweet, and from scratch!


Seriously, it's become a go to recipe on a busy day.
Super easy, super fast, super good.


This time I added canned cherries but blueberries are best.

Oh, and they are good with cinnamon crumble toppings too!

Head over to Marissa's kitchen to pick up the recipe.
Your family will be so glad you did.


Live a life of love, just as Christ loved us and gave Himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.
Ephesians 5:2



Friday, October 19, 2012

Disappointing Death


Yesterday was a disappointing day.
We lost one of our new rams, Rambler.


We discovered he was sick on Saturday, called the vet immediately, and treated him according to directions.  He seemed much better but yesterday morning he died.

We haven't put our breeding groups together so we won't be having any Rambler lambs.

Yesterday we learned a lot about the realities of shepherding.  Although it was a disappointing death, it is part of farm life. 
Today life goes on within the flock but we will miss Rambler. 


I will extol the Lord at all times;
His praise will always be on my lips.
Psalm 34:1

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Finished Fleece Projects

The thing I love about having fleece animals is turning their wool into finished projects.  After making my first "sheep to shawl", I knew I wanted to make a hat; not just any hat but a newsboy cap. :)


It's made with handspun Jacob wool in solid gray with varigated gray edging and flower.  The button is made from a Jacob horn.

Spinner's Lead at the National Jacob Sheep Show this summer.
(photo credit: Joan at Mud Ranch.)
Coordinating with it, I made an cowl from my very first handspun yarn.  It's full of imperfections but resulted in a nubby texture that I really like!

This super easy pattern can be found at JJCrochet.


And then I decided I should probably make some things for my family.
Jared made this wonderful yarn from alpaca roving. The colors are just beautiful!


It made up into a cute beany for the boy that will match his Carhartt coat.


Ready to try something new, I skirted, washed, carded, and spun Simon's alpaca fleece.


First, I spun his chocolate brown fleece and then plied it with his silvery gray.  This made a really nice combination that is very soft but has a masculine look.  I will definitely do that combo again next year.


With that yarn, I made a hat for my hubby.
And a gray Jacob one for Jonah.



I'm still working on one for Jake. (He's modeling his dad's hat here.)


When that is finished, I'm going to dig into my stash and see what else I can make.


Let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds.
Hebrews 10:24



Wednesday, October 10, 2012

It's Fall, Y'all!

At least it looks a little more like fall on the farm.


This is the first time we have dressed up the flagpole at the fork in the road.  I must say ~ I really like it.


The front porches are dressed up to welcome the new season too.


I hope you are enjoying crisp breezes and warm fall colors
where ever you are!


The desires of the diligent are fully satisfied.
Proverbs 13:4

Monday, October 8, 2012

Frost

 has come early this year to Oklahoma ~ almost a full month early.
Yesterday morning, I finished my cup of hot coffee and left the cozy fire in the wood burning stove to say goodbye to my summer garden.
   

Summertime seemed to go by fast this year. 
Some seasons of life do, I guess.


I gave the beds a deep drink of water to help insulate them for the coming night.


This morning a thin layer of frost covered the farm.  I thought for sure the cosmos would shiver and wilt but they are still standing strong determined to be fall flowers.


Ecclesiastes 3:11
Yet God has made everything beautiful for its own time.



This has been my favorite flower bed this year.  I love the mixture of roses, periwinkles, russian sage, and purple heart!  I hate to see it fade.


While watering, I gathered seeds to sow in spring from gaillardia, zinnias, verbena on a stick, and cosmos.  My sweet friend, Alice, gifted me with over 40 varieties of daylilies that I recently transplanted.  I made sure they were all tucked in their beds just right.


 I took pictures ~ lots of them.
And then I went back in by the fire to await frost.


Isaiah 40:8
The grass withers and the flowers fade, but the word of our God stands forever.


Friday, October 5, 2012

Sheep from St. Jude's


Months ago we visited St. Jude's Farm with only the expectation of seeing their Jacob Sheep.  While there, I fell in love with them.  They have such a beautiful flock! 

 As it turned out, we were blessed with the opportunity to add some of their sheep to our flock.
I'm so excited about them ~ I can hardly stand it!

We were thinking we would get three maybe four.  We came home with seven!  Can you blame us though?  They are just so nice!

Here's the lineup~


 Twinkle has a hand spinner's dream fleece ~ crimpy, fine, medium-long, and just bounces back.  I can't wait to spin it.


Precious is a daughter of Fairview Sterling.  There aren't many ewes out there with old bloodlines that close.  At seven years she is young enough to lamb but old enough to be the flock matron.  In fact, she walked into the pasture and all the sheep followed her immediately.  Amazing!


Callie is the prettiest four horn I think I've ever seen (of course, I'm biased).  She let me pet her nose when we were trying to decide which ones to get.  Of course, that was all it took to take her to the top of the list. 


McCarthy has lovely wide horns and a wonderful fleece.
She was named after a child with Tay Sach's ~ a neurological disorder that causes death.  Tay Sach genes in children are identical to the ones in Jacob Sheep and sheep that carry it are being used to try to find a cure.  All of our sheep have been tested and none of them have the gene.


Of course we had to bring home Ralene.  She's a granddaughter to Brighton Ramona and the one sheep that really caught my eye on our first visit to the farm.  Ralene will be a part of Jared's flock.


Sharee will also be Jared's.  She is just the cutest ewe lamb!  Poor little thing was not treated kindly by the big girls on the trip home and now is feeling a little lost.  This morning I was happy to see her hanging out with the other ewe lambs.  Hopefully she will find her place in the flock soon.



And last but certainly not least, we brought home a ram lamb with a cute little spot on his nose.
Auburn has amazing fleece!


Now we will work on getting them to come when we call.  I love to win them over slowly but surely.



My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me.
John 10:27

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

An Old Red Ford

Our trip to Texas also included visiting with family we haven't seen in a long time.  Uncle Mac with a twinkle in his eye & Aunt Jeanette with her sweet hugs are two of my favorite relatives. 

We weren't there very long before Mac wisked our three boys away to see his barn.  We joined them there when they didn't return.  Then I discovered why they were delayed.


Uncle Mac had a boy's wonderland of a barn!
Woodworking tools, old trucks, and an antique coke machine.


The 1947 red Ford pickup truck was beautifully restored by Mac.  As a boy, he loved watching those trucks drive by but didn't even have a car of his own until after college. 


Mac has his '47 now!



All the boys really liked the truck.


But Jonah fell in love with the 1970's white Ford that was being stored there.
Every time we turned around, he was sitting in that truck!


Aunt Nette showed Jared how to whistle with his hands.


He had lots of fun trying!


J3's favorite thing was the antique Coca-Cola machine that was still chilling and serving out our favorite drink ~ in glass bottles, of course.


It was definitely a cool barn
and a fun family day!


He has shown you, O man, what is good.  And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.
Micah 6:8

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