Easter Egg Hunt 2015

I thought it would be great fun to host an Easter Egg Hunt this year despite the 3 feet of snow we still had left on the ground and ice-cold temperatures.  It was a B.Y.O.B.B. event.  Bring your own baskets and boots! Better bring mittens, hats, parka and snow pants too!  We have the perfect setting, lots of farm fresh eggs and two resident rabbits that could help hide them so I set about planning, decorating and baking.  I’d like to share some of the things I did with you. First came the decorating.  I admit I am a Pinterest addict and almost all of the creative ideas I have come from there.  Take this adorable jelly bean tree.  It is so basic in design, the supplies are easy enough to find and you can make one in under an hour!  My kind of project. Find yourself a good branch…

Tomatoes in the Rouladen?

My mom is German and moved to the United States after she married my dad who was stationed there during the war.  My mom is also an amazing cook.  One of her specialties is a German dish called Rinderrouladen or Rouladen for short. Braised beef rolls.  They are a family favorite at our house and often times enjoyed only on special occasions.  It was my daughter’s birthday yesterday and I wanted to make her something special for dinner so this was a perfect choice. Rouladen is not hard to make and the flavor combination of these simple ingredients is a real winner.  There are many different variations of this recipe but I am going to share the one I grew up with and the one I continue to make for my family. The one that has absolutely no tomatoes in it at all.  Never has and never will. (family joke)…

Buffalo Superbowl Sandwiches!

With the Superbowl only a few days away I thought I’d share this quick, easy, delicious sandwich idea with you.  It’s a Rachael Ray 30-minute meal that I’ve been making for years but I never thought to make it for Superbowl until now. This is one of those recipes that you have carte-blanch.  It is very flexible so if you don’t have one ingredient you can use something else.  It can also be embellished with almost anything in your fridge.  It’s perfect!! To start take your chicken breasts and season them well with chili powder, paprika, salt and pepper.  OR.. whatever your heart desires.  I used Lawry’s season salt, pepper and a Cajun seasoning blend this time because that’s what I had on hand.  Really anything hot and spicy would work ( think buffalo! ).  Then take out your big fry pan and get it nice and hot.  Add olive…

Goings on for a Sunday morning.

Pour yourself a cup of coffee or tea, whatever your pleasure, and sit a spell.  it’s Sunday. Just a little summary of the farm family goings on. First we have the Hippie Chicks and the Guinea Hens.  Not much going on there.  They basically do their own thing, expect treats and mind their own business..except the guinea hens are nuts.  Every night the Hippie Chicks tuck themselves into bed in the Hippie Chick Inn and the Guinea Hens are all over the place.  I have to bribe them with mealworms to get them inside. (maybe they aren’t that dumb??) Then we have Mo the mini donkey and Thunder the mini horse.  They are a team with Thunder leading the way.  They also control the barnyard.  They go where they want and do what they want and everyone lets them.  Right now Mo is mad at me.  I’m not sure why…

It was a very good year

“When I was….. um,”.  Lets just say last year, 2014, was a very good year.  It was a very good year for new beginnings.  We had a few.  Hauser Our little baby Cocoa More Hippie Chicks Our newest member to the family.  Grandson Travis Baby bunnies Guinea Hens!  (very noisy guinea hens!) The 3 Stooges….Alpacas!! Moe, Curly and Larry….yuck, yuck, yuck! Beaks.  Our little lost Parakeet She found a permanent home and a new friend, Blue.  Beak and Blue. Honey Bees! Last but not least. Mo.  Mr. Molashes and Thunder. When I was ……. ah…  It was a very good year.  It was a very good year for new friends and old. The Bunkhouse opened it’s doors to our first guests.  Mo’Riches Bridget and our hubs….Cheers to new friends! and more guests who soon became friends. Facebook friends that came to visit and friends that I hadn’t seen since elementary…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…