Monday, December 21, 2015

Christmas The "Prim" Way

You may ask what "prim" means. Actually it is short for primitive. Some people love the glitz of fancy ornaments.  Silver or pink trees.  Me, I like mine the "old fashion" way. Lots of red gingham, plaids, cloth ornaments, greens from outside, homemade gingerbread ornaments, stringing popcorn for garland on the tree. I love the smells of cinnamon and apple slices cooking on the stove. Fresh baked muffins in the oven. Oranges that the kids and I have stuck with pointed clove bits. Putting together the nativity set making sure Baby Jesus is all nestled in his swaddling blanket. I think it is a state of mind.... The holidays can be so stressful. We need to put away the video games and expensive "things" that we really don't need.  Enjoy what we have.  Help out others who need so much more. Call your elderly neighbor to see how they are. Check up on your parents, we tend to forget they still need us too. It is the "simple" things that can fill our days with joy and happiness.  So take it easy on yourself and others,  we are all we have. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. 

Monday, November 23, 2015

Turkeys Have Feelings Too

Oh, it is that time of year again. The leaves have fallen. We can have frost at night. It may be time to turn the heat on....even here in Florida. We actually turned the heat on because I was chilly. And believe me when I say that I am cold it is cold out. Being from CT I should be used to the colder weather. But I guess my blood is getting thinner. Oh but enough of me. Let's talk "turkey". Thanksgiving is on the 4th Thursday in Nov. I never realized there were so many varieties of these gobblers. Some are very colorful. They kinda remind me of peacocks well maybe not. But they do have feathers and make a lot of noise. The President will pardon 2 of them from getting their heads chopped off. How big of him to do that. Anyway, here are some pics of these wobbly birds. Enjoy. 
Oh no, is it that time of year again? 

Does she really think I look like a Peacock? 

Please Mr President pick us pick us. 

What are you looking at?

Run Forest Run. 

Now that is a turkey of a different color. 

Which way did he go Joe? Which way did he go? 

Sunday, November 22, 2015

A Day In The Life Of A Wild Turkey

First, let me say that I never knew that turkey's slept in trees. I thought they would fell off the the branches because they were heavy. Silly me. Till you realize they are actually a bird then it makes sense. Oh well what do I know I am from the city. The first time I saw this was while I was visiting a friend's farm in Missouri. I was sleeping peacefully it was early morning.  I hear something falling loudly on the roof and the pitter patter of feet.  Not once, not twice but several times. I thought it can't be Santa's reindeer, so I went out to look. And what do I see, but a tree full of wild turkeys. Yeah, these big old gobblers jumping from the over hang on to the roof then running to the edge and jumping off. Once on the ground they would gobble and run around just having a grand old time. 


Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Everyone Gets Breakfast On The Farm

Life on the farm starts pretty early. The cows have to be milked, the chickens, pigs, horses and cattle have to be fed. Then after that is done there is a hot meal waiting back in the kitchen. Enjoy the pics, some are very cute. 

The kids love helping feed the calves. 

Some find breakfast on their own. 

We are sticking close to mom. 

Yes, even horses know what they want. 

Nothing like a hearty breakfast for the farm hands. 

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Cinnamon Just The Smell of It Says The Holidays Are Approaching

I love the smell of cinnamon. There is just something about this aromatic plant that heightens your senses. Especially around the holidays. I love buying those cinnamon brooms and hiding it behind the couch. When you walk into the room you get a woof of it. Cooking baking shimmering are just a few ways to use it. Oh and Yankee Candles are amazing. Actually, as I am writing this blog, I have one of their cinnamon candles burning. Oh and Cinnabuns.... don't get me started.    

In the spice market you will find many varieties of cinnamon  

Wrapping them around your candles is another way to bring out the essence of the cinnamon. 

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Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Old Fashion Holidays

The Holidays are coming. Halloween is the start of a wonderful time of the year. The apples, pumpkins and the changing of the seasons. Follow me on facebook and check out all the fall pics and recipes for the holidays. 

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Bikes On The Farms

Bikes have many uses on a farm. Getting from here to there. They can be used for carrying items to the barn and back to the fields. When they are ready to be hung up because their usefulness is over, don't trash them. Recycle them. I love to use them as plant holders, or props for decorations filled with herbs and things. 

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Thursday, January 15, 2015

French Toast Bake........What A Way To Start Off The Day

Down at the farm we have a big breakfast to start our day. Waking up early with the roosters is pretty tough sometimes. So why not try out this quick and easy recipe for French Toast. You can even make it the night before and pop it in the oven in the morning. Fry up some bacon if you want and a good cup of coffee and everyone will be on their way. This is a great "company" brunch item too. 

Rise and shine time to get up. 

Quick and easy way to start the day off. 
FRENCH TOAST BAKE -- The ideal breakfast.

1/2 cup melted butter (1 stick)
1 cup brown sugar
1 loaf of thickly sliced bread
4 eggs
1 1/2 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
Powdered sugar for sprinkling
Cinnamon for sprinkling

1. Melt butter in microwave & add brown sugar....stir till mixed.
2. Pour butter/sugar mix into bottom of 9 x 13 pan....spread around.
3. Beat eggs, milk, & vanilla
4. Lay single slices of bread in pan
5. Spoon 1/2 of egg mixture on bread layer
6. Sprinkle some cinnamon over bread/eggs
7. Add 2nd layer of sliced bread
8. Spoon on remaining egg mixture
9. Cover & chill in fridge overnight
10. Bake at 350 for 45 minutes (covered for the first 30 minutes)
11. Sprinkle with powdered sugar & cinnamon

12. Serve with warm maple syrup