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2014 Christmas Project
We did not skip September, those are just a bit more involved and are not yet complete.
October, however, is another ball of yarn. Being the witching month, October's theme is Halloween. Halloween is a holiday steeped in tradition. Also known as Hallowmas and Day of the Dead, it is said to be a time where the veil between the living and the dead thins. Many take this time to remember the ones who have crossed over already.
For children, young and old alike, it's about the tricks and treats.
In honor of the children, we made witches hats with lots of sparkle ... Read more →
Completion of a Dream
This is a big deal. Like, HUGE. Well, for me anyway.... For the last eighteen months that I've owned this little ranch, I have hoped and prayed to find someone who could fix my old relic of a windmill. Every day I'd gaze off my back porch at a sad little tail of a windmill and I just knew we needed to fix it. But everyone I had approached about fixing it would scratch their heads and politely decline the job. Until one man was crazy enough to tackle it....
After the initial struggles of straightening bent rods, re-threading them and wrestling the motor off of the shaft, Adam took the motor in for a major face lift. He power washed and steam cleaned it for an hour and a half to get probably 80 years of grime off of it. Then he had to weld the cracks, bore out snapped bolts and repair the brake. Adam and my windmill now know each other quite well ... Read more →
ASPEN LEAVES ADORNING BRAMBLE
About three weeks ago, while we were having our picnic lunch in the mountains we noticed that the aspen leaves were falling all around us. My hubby said that if we sat there long enough we'd be covered up with them. Bramble was laying right by my chair and I noticed this leaf had softly landed on her head. Thought it made a fun photograph! ... Read more →
Farmgirl Friday Blog Hop # 175 and Farmgirl Friday Kitchen on Pinterest
Dear friends, Welcome back to the Farmgirl Friday Blog Hop! It's hard to believe this is our 175th hop.
I thought it would be fun to do the math on how many total entries that adds up to. Using an average of 50 entries per hop x 175 that comes to, 8,750 entries! That's a LOT of farmgirl soul food!
Speaking of soul food, a couple of years ago I created a pinterest board called Farmgirl Friday Kitchen inspired by delicious farmgirl recipes that have been shared on the hop over the years. At the time I didn't know much about group boards on pinterest, but I've since learned how much fun a group board can be.
Please leave me a comment if you have a pinterest account and would like to be invited to pin to the Farmgirl Friday Kitchen Board!
It's RECIPES ONLY and currently we have over 400 delicous farmgirl recipes there! ... Read more →
CANINES: ESSENTIALS OF SENIOR DOGS CARE
It is no secret that I have a soft spot for senior dogs. Through my journey as a dog owner I have either had dogs well into their senior years or have adopted senior dogs. They have a special kind of love that is incomparable. Show me a senior dog, and you can hear my heart melting. But senior dogs require a little bit of extra care and comfort, especially when it comes to their diet and supplementation. I have been blessed with senior dogs-- whether they grew up into old age with me or adopted as a senior-- and these are some of the tips that have proven to be beneficial for them while in my care.
NO. 1 TAKE CARE OF THE TEETH Taking care of a dog's teeth is vital throughout their life but especially when they are seniors. Taking care of their dental hygiene at home will ensure that less frequent visits to the vet for dental cleaning are required. This is especially important because a dog is put under anesthesia for teeth cleaning and sometimes it can be rough for a senior dog. But most importantly, clean teeth ensure that no associated illnesses occur. Many people do not know that bad dog teeth can cause heart disease which is not good at any age. So keep them pearly whites clean! ... Read more →
Mitten State Sheep and Wool Giveaway!
If you follow the blog, then you know I really enjoy raising sheep, I love their wool and spend a lot of my time, playing around with it.
Spinning, knitting and most recently dyeing. I also enjoy going to fiber festivals and sheep shows.
At the Michigan Fiber Festival I picked up an Ashford Student Drop Spindle for a giveaway on the blog. Also included. is some of our wool roving, and a set of note cards featuring some of our lambs.
I am all for creating more fiber fans ... Read more →
Today we have reached 100 followers at New England Permaculture Homestead! Woo Hoo! I’m redecorating a little to celebrate.
I started this blog out so that I would have somewhere to share what we were doing with our friends and family. So they could figure out what the heck was going through our heads. It was also a place for me to gather my thoughts, research, and information. Kinda forcing me to be very thorough as I learned, not that I would ever jump to doing things without being fully prepared.
I thought a couple people I didn’t know might be interested, but wasn’t counting on so much interest ... Read more →
Pasta with Basil Pesto Cream Sauce
Remember all the basil I harvested a couple of weeks ago? I originally planned to dehydrate it for use in the winter, but the day after I harvested it I received a gift of a bag of pine nuts. Basil….pine nuts…yep, pesto! Then, my mind got to thinking about pasta, so I just had to combine the pesto and the pasta. Hands down, this was THE best meal from a new recipe! My beau told me it was Four-Star Restaurant quality. I figured I should share it with you so you can get the same compliment.
PASTA WITH BASIL PESTO CREAM SAUCE ... Read more →
Insiya Patanwala, Author & Poetess
A 14-year-old budding writer Insiya Patanwala, is a gifted child with a creative imagination who is going to make a debut today in the literary world with her fantasy novel series titled Esoterica. This book speaks about the world of angels which fears an invasion by the devils and the story is all about how nine teenagers battle it out to save the angel world. A grade IX student in one of the leading schools of Mumbai, Insiya's passions include reading, writing poems, short stories and painting. She is passionate about her budding skills and plans to write a series of books, that connects her fascination of this world to the netherworld. Insiya is the elder daughter of renowned pediatrician Dr. K.S Patanwala and Counselor, Ms.K Patanwala, and she has a younger, naughty, brother who she fondly calls Hatsy.
Welcome Insiya! What is the premise for Esoterica?
The story of Esoterica revolves around a girl called Sophia who despises herself more than anything ... Read more →
Fluffy Vanilla Pancakes Made with Fresh Eggs
Fresh eggs make everything better, including pancakes. My favorite pancake recipe uses vanilla to give the pancakes a yummy, comforting flavor. They're so easy to make ... why not whip up a batch this weekend? ... Read more →
It was a Dark and Stormy night...........
.....well actually it was day.
We am home from our ramblings. We house-sat for my daughter at the Ranch and had a great time.
We came home to rainy weather and more rainy weathe and more---well you get the picture.
Took a ride across the Valley this afternoon and was impressed by this great sky ... Read more →
Friday's Fabulous Five #13
One of the great things about blogging is how much time I get to spend reading other blogs. I learn new things, laugh, cry and save so many that my computer and Pinterest boards are bursting!
Every week I collect a list of my favorites, and want to share them all, but instead I have found a way to highlight those five that have interested me the most ... Read more →
grandparents day 2014
Our granddaughter Gwen who is in kindergarten invited us to come to her grandparents day a couple of weeks ago. Instead of going our usual way we drove up through Iowa into Minnesota ... Read more →