Thursday, November 4, 2010

Ohio at Dusk

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Happy Easter!

Tuesday, March 30, 2010


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Monday, March 29, 2010

New Project!!

I'm doing a cook book cook-a-long. Check it out!

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Tasty Tuesday

That's banana bread with chocolate chips and topped with toasted coconut.

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Friday, March 19, 2010


Barn painted and fence raised!

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Saturday, March 13, 2010

The Pinewood Derby

We started with a plain block of pine, which after much frustration, sanding, painting, weighing, and gluing, became:

Then, the weigh in. Exactly 5 ounces!! Phew! A few cars had to be sanded down or have items removed to participate.

The 40ft track.

Each scout brings up his own car, ready to race.


Aim... Fire! He won two out of four heats he participated in. This brought him to the last round before competing for third place. Not bad for his first car!

Little man says, "mama my teeth hurt. Is it lunch time yet? Molars suck."

Or really: "waaaaaa no! No no no ehh no wahhhhhhhh!"

While we ate awards were selected and laid out with the winning car. Notice a familiar one with that huge trophy up front? (I have no idea who that little boy is. He wouldn't get out of the shot.)

Presenation time! Best of Show!!! (Or- our car didn't have any pieces fall off of it due to quality construction. Yeah!)

Proud day for my big boy.

The troop and flag:

This was the first annual pinewood derby for our den. Good job boys!!
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Thursday, March 11, 2010


Trying something new this week. I'm planning my menu really specifically, for one week only, and largely around the crockpot to fit our insane schedule.

Meatball sliders and tossed salad.

Four Grain Hot cereal
Lunch out
Sweet potato chili

Four Grain Hot Cereal
Lunch- provided at pinewood derby
Loaded Bratwurst Stew

Indian Spiced Chicken Thighs

Coconut chicken and couscous
Buffalo chicken drumsticks

Artichoke Strata with Chevre and sundried tomatos (potluck)
Buffalo Chicken Pizza and salad

Meatball Sliders
Corned Beef and Cabbage

All the good leftovers

Snacks include chips, salsa, apples, raisins, carrot sticks

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Wordless Wednesday: it's spring!

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Sunday, February 28, 2010

New ewe has arrived!!

And boy is she ever gorgeous! Much smoother delivery than the last time we had sheep here. While it was cold, there was no precipitation, and they got up the drive way no problems. Her belly is HUGE so I'm hoping there's at least a couple lambies in there!! The other sheep introduced themselves with a light headbutt, and Nibbler even tried to mount her! (Which was greeted with a swift kick...) She is a little skittish of me today, but I got her to come close to me as long as I was on the other side of the fence today. I think she was more interested in the hay than she was nervous of me tho. I hope she warms up since we'd like to milk her.
Enjoy a view of winter on our farm, with my little herd of icelandic sheep!
PS- what should we name her?
The chickens enjoy a chilly roost in the garden.
Dudley says, "Hi!" And meet our new girl...

Saturday, January 16, 2010

This is how I make venison sausage

My husband finally bagged us a deer so I thought I would share a method for making country sausage patties.
First- sanitize your grinder. Even if you did it last time- do it again. Really.
Next take around 2lb of venison chunks (about 1-2" pieces) and run through your grinder. I like to crank slow to allow gravity to drop the meat into the screw threads.

When finished pick out any sinew and hair you may see and you should be left with this:

1 lb ground pork
2 1/2 tsp salt
2 tsp sage
1 tsp pepper
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp brown sugar
1 tbs parsley

Blend by hand until pork fat and seasonings can be seen evenly throughout. I suggest wearing gloves as the salt can be drying.

Use a patty press (I like this one from Tupperware) to press the meat in 1/4 cup increments.

Yield: about 15 patties perfect for sandwiches or breakfast.

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Thursday, January 7, 2010

Winter on the farm

The sheep are taking it easy, the chickens stand on on foot and the kids go sledding! Babyman is 2 and thus this is the first winter he has really gotten to enjoy. The older boys had winter in NH last year but we didn't get an opportunity to sled so this is a true novelty for them!

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