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…

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…

Winter Sowing.

It has been a long, cold, snowy winter.  I’m so ready for Spring.  And sun.  And my gardens. Last years garden, which was my first ever real garden! Not too shabby huh? I thought I would get a jump start on things this year so I’m trying something new. Winter Sowing. It doesn’t seem too hard and it has been very therapeutic.  I get to play in the dirt and watch the snow falling outside.  I bought myself some seed trays, the ones that are biodegradable so you can plant the whole thing right into the ground when the time comes and the ones that have a built in water tray and a clear cover.  I also saved some pots from last years garden which I washed and reused.  I still need more. Biodegradable ones (not my favorite, they dry out fast!) I like these better because they have a…

Caring for Cast Iron

I have a weakness for cast-iron skillets. When we bought our house the previous owner took all the firewood that was stacked in the shed but left behind an entire collection of cast iron.  I guess he had a weakness for firewood. My cast-iron skillets hang in the fireplace so they can get pretty dusty.  I try to take them down on occasion to give them a good cleaning and re-season them.  Now that doesn’t mean that I stick them into a sink with soapy water, or go at them with steel wool.  Nope, you don’t want to do that!  Caring for cast iron is really easy once you know what NOT to do. Well cared for cast-iron skillets…so happy!  Mistreated cast-iron skillets…so sad! If you have a new cast-iron skillet, before you use it you have to season it.  I don’t mean to sprinkle it with a little salt…