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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…

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Tater Tower

I love to grow potatoes but I don’t like the space they take up in the garden.  Instead I grow them in a tower, or a cage. All you need to make one is some wire fencing, compost, straw and potatoes!  I first saw this on Pinterest (of course) from Growing Lots Urban Farm and I thought it looked pretty easy, my kind of project.  I was able to fill 2 towers in about 2 1/2 hours.  You can probably make yours much faster if you don’t have to keep stopping for a drink or a snack or a run to the ladies room. Take a piece of wire fencing, 14 gauge works well for this, and cut out a section about 3 feet in diameter and 4 feet in height, to create a cylinder.  Fasten the ends together with zip ties or twisty ties. Create your layers using straw…

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Dandelion Jelly

When I was growing up dandelions were very popular.  Every house had them.  Our house was no exception. I remember picking them by the handfuls for my mother and she would keep them in a jelly jar on the kitchen window.  I would tell my younger sister to smell how sweet they were only to pop the top off as she came close.  I would make chains out of the stems or put them into cold water and watch as they curled up onto themselves. I would wear them around my neck or in a crown on my head. How many wishes had I made by blowing away the seeds?  By the end of summer all my clothes had the tell-tale signs of my love for dandelions, the little round circle that never come out  in the wash.  I wore it proudly. Over the years my beloved dandelions became the…

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Fabric Covered Clay Pots

I was up the other night checking out Pinterest.  That is a dangerous thing for me because everything I see I have to make. It was around 11pm when I came across fabric covered clay pots here and …..   I fell in love.  I had fabric, I had clay pots, I had to try it.  I’m not going to tell you it is really easy.  As a matter of fact it is really kind of stressful.  And messy.  Well sticky is more like it.  It is very sticky. The supplies you need are minimal.  Clay pot, fabric and Mod Podge.  They have a Mod Podge made specifically for fabric but I think any kind would work well. First lay your clay pot on your fabric of choice and cut it to size leaving enough room on the top and bottom to cover it, about a good 2 inches.  Next, working…

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Felted Soap

One day last fall the hubs and I took a ride to go visit an alpaca farm.  We were playing with the idea of getting a few alpacas to add to our little farm but decided to get goats instead.  While we were visiting, the women gave me some wool roving to bring home so I could try making felted soap.  I had never seen or heard of felted soap before until she showed me some.  I was intrigued. Felted Soap! The process is so easy and so much fun.  All you need is some soap,  some roving, an old stocking or plastic sandwich size bag (optional) and water.  I believe you can buy roving at a yarn and fiber shop or order it on line.  They also have fiber fairs that you can attend and I’m sure you would get some really good roving there and probably even get…

Reasons

I’ve been a bad, bad blogger.  I’ve been MIA.  I told myself that I wasn’t going to do this, just disappear for days, weeks with not even a hello, or a goodbye.  I’m so ashamed.  But… and there is always a but… I have had good reason.  Well several good reasons actually. Reason #1. My son Kristopher is playing Rugby and he just celebrated his 18th birthday. He is my youngest and a darn good Rugby player! After every game both teams get together to share a meal, so I’ve been cooking lots and lots of pasta! 4 pounds of baked ziti! Reason #2 The weather is just starting to warm up, the snow is gone and I can finally get outside in my gardens.  They needed to be raked, cut back, fertilized and readied for planting. I made rooting hormone using willow branches I planted my cold weather crops like…

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French Pancake

I woke up this morning with one thing on my mind.  French Pancake!! With strawberries and Cajeta maple syrup! If you have never had one you are in for a real treat.  They are so crazy easy to make and only require 4 ingredients. French Pancake 2 eggs 1/2 cup milk 1/2 cup flour 4 Tablespoons butter Preheat your oven to 425 degrees.  In a ovenproof skillet melt 4 tablespoons of butter.  Beat 2 eggs in a bowl than whisk in 1/2 cup of milk.  Add 1/2 cup of flour to the egg mixture and mix well.  Pour into skillet and bake for 20 minutes until puffed and golden brown. Puffed, golden brown and De~Lish! That’s all there is to it! Now you don’t have to tell everyone how easy it is.  Let them believe you were up all morning working to make them a special treat for breakfast and…