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Friday, October 25, 2013

Make Ahead Pumpkin Cake

Need a fall dessert that everyone will love?
How about one that you can make days ahead of time?
We can all use one of those recipes around the holidays, right?
Well, look no further.

Don't serve this cake the day you bake it.
It's good the second day but
the third day is worth waiting for.
I know it's sounds strange but it only gets better with time.
The trick will be keeping it around until it's at it's best. 

2 sticks butter, softened
2 3/4 cups sugar
3 eggs
3 cups flour
1 can pumpkin
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon all spice
1/2 teaspoon cloves
1 cup pecans, chopped

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Prepare bundt pan with shortening and flour.  Mix dry ingredients.  Add the rest mixing well.  Pour in pan, top with nuts. (They will end up on the bottom)  Bake 1 hour & 10 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.  Cool for 10 minutes,  Turn out on cake plate.  When  completely cooled, cover with cake plate cover or saran wrap.  Then don't touch it for 2 days.

Optional Icing: glaze with powdered sugar mixed with a tiny bit of milk.  Glazing tip: I put the cake on a wire cookie sheet in the sink and pour icing all over cake.  Extra goes into the sink and washes away.  Transfer back to cake plate.

Teach us to number our days aright,
that we may gain a heart of wisdom.
Psalm 90:12

Saturday, October 19, 2013


J2 & J3 have been running and
putting in a lot of miles.

This morning they ran a 5K race, their second in the last two weeks.
It was a chilly Oklahoma October morning with temperatures near freezing.

They finished in 26 minutes finishing 14th & 15th overall and 4th & 5th in their age bracket. Yea!

After the race, they mingled with greatness ~
greatness by teenage guy standards, for sure!

R2-D2 was the real thing, 
built and radio controlled by the man in the background 
with all the moves, lights and sounds.  Amazing.

Captain America
& a Twi'lek were also there.

Then they were lured to the dark side
 and made friends with a Storm Trooper

and some of the Oklahoma City Thunder Cheerleaders 
(dark side only from a Mom's perspective)
They were in heaven!

And finally decided that they didn't move fast enough 
and needed to get away on a pair of police motorcycles. ;)

What a FUN but cold morning in Downtown OKC.

for while bodily training is of some value, 
godliness is of value in every way, 
as it holds promise for the present life 
and also for the life to come.
1 Timothy 4:8

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

October Occurrence

It has been so busy here on the farm and I haven't posted much.
A full fall update is in order.

We've had an abundance of rain this year which has blessed our pastures with green grass.  It's finally starting to fade now as cooler temperatures come in. 

The cattle and pigs have gone to butcher which means we have full freezers and fewer to feed at chore time.  This has been very nice!

The summer garden is gone but the fall one is coming along.  We are trying some late "summer" veggies too like green beans and squash.  We'll see if they can produce before the morning dew turns to morning frost.

Sweet D is the only horse in the pasture.  Bobbi wasn't getting much riding and she was too good of a horse to waste.  She's now living where little boys can ride her everyday.  We're really happy about that.  It does feel strange to only have one horse though after having five!  D has adjusted to it very well.  She stays busy five days a weeks riding English and jumping with Jonah and has taken up with the alpaca during her off time.

Cocoa is also no longer here.  It's a sad cow story that I don't want to tell.  We've decided not to replace her. I regret the outcome but not the experience.  I will hold sweet memories of milking.  For now, we will go back to buying raw milk from a local dairyman and sipping coffee on the front porch in the cool morning breeze.

It's breeding season for the sheep!  We have two breeding groups this year with six ewes in one and seven in the other.  Yes, that means we should have around 20 lambs in the spring! Many will be sold as meat but we also hope to improve fleeces and continue the lovely Jacob traits within our flock. The boys are busy but still finding time to fight with each other through the freshly painted fence.
Silly rams!

"No ma'am, we're not fighting."

Other than that, we have settled into a school routine with riding lessons & golf lessons in between.  Thankfully, I have time to spin too.  Daffodil's silvery gray roving is spinning up beautifully!

Trust in Him at all times, O people;
pour out your hearts to him
for God is our refuge.
Psalm 62:8


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