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Big Val’s Buttermilk Pie

Today my friend came over to show me how she makes her buttermilk pie.   It’s sweet It’s creamy and oh so dang good.   Big Val’s Buttermilk Pie 1 1/2 cups sugar 1 stick of soft butter (1/2 cup) 3 eggs 1 teaspoon of vanilla 1/2 cup of buttermilk 1/4 cup flour  unbaked 9″ Pillsbury ready-made pie crust Unroll pie crust and place in 9″ pie plate. Cream together sugar and butter until light and fluffy.  Add eggs one at a time and mix well.  Add flour and continue mixing.  Then add buttermilk and vanilla and mix until blended. Fill unbaked pie crust with buttermilk mixture and bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour.  If pie seems to be browning too fast turn oven temperature down to 325. That’s it!  Nice and easy and absolutely perfect for this time of year.  You will definitely want to add this one…

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Pine Cone Succulent Planter

The other night I was on Pinterest looking for inspiration on what to do with all these pine cones I’ve been collecting and I came across the cutest idea.   Pine Cone Succulent Planter! A women named Tiffany from The Inspired Home and Garden made them and I knew with one look that I would have to try it. They are really easy to make and require only a few supplies. A good size pine cone, the bigger the better. Assorted succulents, I used hens and chicks.  You don’t want anything too big or heavy. Sphagnum Moss Spray adhesive Twine or fishing line for hanging Once you have all your supplies gathered together the first thing you want to do is make sure the top of your pine cone has a bowl shape to it so it can hold everything.  You may need to remove some of the seed petals…

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Army Strong II Graduation Day

The day of our son graduated from Army Bootcamp was a very emotional one for me.  I was so happy and proud of all that he had accomplished, relieved he was finished with phase 1, excited about his future and teary eyed knowing in another day I would have to be saying good-bye to him again.  I was a wreak, an emotional basket case on the inside but I kept a stiff upper lip and smile on the outside. The families all shuffled into the bleachers overlooking the giant field at Ft. Jackson that morning.  It was rather chilly and windy outside but I was dressed in a winter sweater so I was warm.  I just couldn’t stop shaking!  Nerves? Emotions? Excitement?  I’m not sure but that is my excuse for why my photos are such a blur.  Really folks between my shaking hands and the tears in my eyes…

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Army Strong Family Day

This past week our youngest son Kristopher graduated boot camp.  My husband and I traveled to South Carolina to be there and share this honor with him.  It was a very emotional week for me.  I was a complete mess… after we left him.  I tried to be brave and keep my emotions in check for his sake but boy let me tell you, I don’t even think I had both feet in the car before I lost it. Here he is at his high school graduation in June. Kris is our youngest child.  Son #4.  My baby.  He has never really been away from home before except the occasional sleepovers, maybe a week at the most visiting family in Maine.  He is an old soul, a real homebody, an all around good kid and I missed him terribly. Here he is just a few days after leaving home in…

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Wonderful Fall Weekend

I have been so excited and I admit more than a little nervous about this coming weekend.  I’d been wanting to host an open house forever so I finally bit the bullet. It was long over due.  Anyway, I got a few nudges from Facebook friends and I knew it was now or never.  I think everyone had a ball.  I know we certainly did. October 17, 2014 We started this weekend on friday night when we had some very special guests at our house for dinner.  You know how we live close by the Abbey of Regina Laudis, actually smack dab in the middle of it?  Well my husband is very good friends with a lot of the people there and ever since we moved into our home we have been trying to get together with them for a house blessing.  Well 2 years have passed but we finally…

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Pumpkin Planter

As much as I enjoy the summer and used to spend a great deal of time working on my tan every year, I have to say that fall is my very favorite season. Everything about it speaks to me. The colors Textures Smells, tastes. I love it all. I especially love to decorate for fall using natural elements and warm rich colors.  One thing that I always look forward to changing up with the season is my outdoor planters. I like to mix it up a little each year so I added a pumpkin and ivy to the mums along with the ornamental cabbage. After filling my urn with fresh soil I hollowed out my pumpkin. One of the best investments I have ever made would have to be my pumpkin carving kit.  It makes short work of carving and cleaning and you can achieve all kinds of intricate cuts…

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The Newcomers

I find it hard to believe that summer has come and gone and I haven’t sat down once to say hi or check in and see how you are all doing.  I don’t know how that happened. Shame on me.  But Fall is here and I’m turning over a new leaf (ha! ya like that?) so “Hi!  How the heck are you?  How was your summer?” I do have some exciting news to share with you though, which is really why I was motivated to sit down and catch up.  Guess what!  We have two new additions to our farm family!  It happened so fast, kinda like summer.  Just this past weekend my hubs and jr. were talking about a patient who’s sister had a donkey and a miniature horse that she couldn’t keep anymore and had to get rid of.  She wanted to find them a good home.  Next…

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SwissStock 2014

In case you are wondering what a SwissStock is, well simply put, it is a gathering of all the Greater Swiss Mountain dogs and their families that are related in some way to our two Swissy’s, Dutch and Hauser.  A kind of family reunion. SwissStock came about last year after we hosted a small gathering at our house for Dutch and his siblings. You can read all about that reunion here if you’d like. One of the “Moms”(Marjie) called me and asked if we would be interested in hosting another Swissy event this time for ALL of the Aegis Swiss Mountain dogs and their families.  It would be for an entire weekend with everyone camping out in our big field, staying in the Bunkhouse, bunking in the big barn or even sleeping in their cars. A Swissy Woodstock, a weekend of peace, love and Swissy’s!  Welcome to Camp Swissy!  We set…