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Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Fuzzy Fleeces

The alpaca boys, Simon & Garfunkel, are looking pretty fuzzy around the edges.  With shearing only a few weeks away, I'm starting to wonder what I will use there super soft fiber for this year.

I bet I will think of something!

The Lord is my portion;
therefore I will wait for him.
Lamentations 3:24

Thursday, February 21, 2013


At 11:59 he slipped into the world without a sound. 
 He didn't cry at all.  His big brown eyes were busy taking it all in.  
He has grown up much like that. 

He is never in the limelight 
but always leaves an impression.
He is rarely found without a warm smile 
or a helping hand.
He is a hard worker
and loves to work out.
He is zealous for the Lord
and admires vintage trucks.
He is loyal and sentimental,
quiet and thoughtful.

He is Jonah 
and he is sixteen today.

Happy Birthday to our brown eyed boy!

Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord,
whose confidence is in him. 
He will be like a tree planted by the water
that sends out its roots by the stream.
It does not fear when heat comes;
its leaves are always green.
It has no worries in a year of drought
and never fails to bear fruit.
Jeremiah 17:7-8

Monday, February 18, 2013

Spring Garden

Yes, it's time ~ at least in Oklahoma.

We've always done a summer garden
and have grown beets, potatoes, & onions a few times.
But this is our first attempt to do a full spring planting.
This weekend, our family worked together digging in the dirt.

The beds are full of seeds and small plants
just waiting to burst forth in the cool weather.
At least we hope so!

So what's in the garden?
Lettuce ~ 3 varieties
Onions ~ Texas Sweet, of course
Potatoes ~ red, yukon, & kennebec
Swiss Chard ~ red, white, & bright lights
Sugar Snap Peas
English Peas
Brussel Sprouts (have you tried them roasted?)
and my husband's favorite,
lots and lots of beets.

We also worked on my cottage flower garden.  Cleaning all the dead stuff away, we found more shoots of green coming up than we thought.  

It's cold out
and it seems early
but it was fun to dig into the dirt
and get ready for spring.

The Lord will guide you always,
he will satisfy your needs
in a sun scorched land
and will strengthen your frame.
You will be like a well-watered garden,
like a spring whose waters never fail
Isaiah 58:11

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Cinnamon Roll Heart

to show your love.

I made this cinnamon bread with my one rise bread recipe.
It's such a versatile bread dough.

I thought a heart would be fun to make.
Julia from Blissfully Content inspired me with her 
Almond Bread Heart.
She has the cutest ideas!

One rise bread

mix together:
2 1/2 cups hot tap water
1 T salt
1/3 cup oil
1/3 cup sugar
2 T yeast
1 egg

Now slowly add 6 cups of flour
enough to bring the dough away from the sides of the bowl.
Keep mixing for 10 minutes.
Yeah, it's a long time but it makes the bread so good!

Now for the cinnamon part:
cut 2 T butter
1/2 cup sugar
& 1 T cinnamon

Roll out the dough in a large rectangle.

Sprinkle cinnamon sugar on top.
Add nuts if you want.
The guys I love don't care for them ~ so no nuts.

Roll the dough into a log shape.
Transfer to a very large greased baking sheet.

Cut lengthwise down the center, cutting all the way through on one end and not at all on the other.  Spread dough out into a heart shape.  (Sorry I didn't take a pic of that process ~ I got carried away.)

Let rise in warm place for 1-2 hours.
Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes or just until top starts to brown slightly.

It's not a perfect heart
but our love isn't perfect either.
Only God's love is perfect.

Now sugar coat it ~

1/2 box powdered sugar
& 1-2 T milk mixed together
and drizzled on top.

Serve up a little piece of your heart
to those you love today.

Above all, love each other deeply,
because love covers a multitude of sins.
1 Peter 4:8

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Sledding Farmboy Style

in the sheep pasture.

The guys had lots of fun today in the snow!

We find more uses for the Gator than we ever imagined. ;)

Poor pups aren't allowed in the pasture
and they were pouting.

The ewes weren't thrilled about the fun either!

Blessings from the farm...

Oklahoma Snow

A thick white blanket of snow has fallen on the farm.
The first measurable snow this winter and probably the last too.

 All the animals are snug in their shelters ~

except for a few

who need to play in & taste the freshly falling flakes.

Cowboy thinks it's yummy stuff!

The garden was just starting to bud out for spring
but the moisture will be good for it.

I love how snow makes everything peaceful and bright.

Tomorrow it will be gone but today I'm enjoying an Oklahoma snow.

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

Monday, February 11, 2013

Last year's lambs ~ now & then

2013 lambing is only 8 weeks away.
Last year our sheep lambed in February 
but it was so cold.  We decided lambs being born on green grass would be better ~ for them and us.

As we look forward to the lambing season, I thought it might be fun to look back and see how last year's lambs have grown up.

Daffodil was the first animal born on our farm.
She's grown into a really nice four horn ewe.

Daylily, her twin, looks like a b-i-g girl but she's full of fleece.

Hawthorn has grown quite a set of horns. 

Pistache is a real character but he's lacking a good fleece.

Little Periwinkle just came back to the farm last week.  Boy, has she grown up!  She was the smallest lamb and now she is the biggest.  I've also found it interesting that her horns look the same as her mother's even breaking off the same one. 

Last, but never least, Zinnia, always the first one to the fence when we go out there.

It really has been a learning experience to have lambs and watch them grow over the last year.  We feel better prepared to make wise decisions about the lambs that are to come.

Can't wait for the cuddly little things to hit the ground!
April 1st is the first due date...

Know that the Lord, He is God! 
It is He who made us, and we are His;
we are His people, and the sheep of His pasture.
Psalm 100:3

Thursday, February 7, 2013

A Barn Cat

for a Birthday Boy.

This little kitty was living at the college equestrian barn.
Jake kept coming home telling us about him.

We decided he could bring him home
for his birthday. So now he is fixed and has a real home.

Simba is a very special cat.
Super friendly
with people and animals.
Horses are his favorite
besides Jake, of course!

Simba actually begs to ride horses with whoever is in the saddle.
It's so funny!  He and Bobbi have become fast friends.

It's easy to see how he won his way into our hearts
and onto our farm,
um... make that the rec room.

Yea, he's a barn cat.

Happy Birthday, Jake.

Be devoted to one another in brotherly love.
Honor one another above yourselves.
Romans 12:10


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