Thursday, November 26, 2015

Friday, November 20, 2015

A Very Prairie Breakfast

I have not shared a recipe with you all lately and the other morning, as I was making our breakfast, I thought I should share with you all what we like to eat on a cold Autumn morn.
Yes, it is a oatmeal recipe. I know, you are saying "Oatmeal? Really? You can't do any better than that?"
Don't knock oatmeal folks!
When you gotta spend a day in the cold and wind, trying to wrangle sheep around, you want something that will stick to your ribs:)
Now this recipe I made up myself, so the measurements are not exact and ingredients can easily be adjusted for what you have on hand.
This recipe is for oatmeal for two people, so adjust the other ingredients accordingly.

First step is to make your oatmeal as directed on the back of your oatmeal box, or your favorite way of preparing your morning oats.
Now! Just before your oatmeal is done cooking, add the following:
3/4 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice (or apple pie spice, or cinnamon)
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/3 cup dried cranberries
1/4 chopped walnuts
1/4 maple syrup (the real stuff, ya'all, nothing artificial:)
a large dollop of butter and a skoosh of milk to loosen it up and make it creamy:)
Stir it up and let the butter melt, than serve up in bowls!
Its wholesome, healthy and if you are like us and sometimes don't have a lunch break, you will be just fine:)

I recommend cooking this over a fireplace like this:

But, if you don't have an awesome fireplace like that, then you can be like me and just cook it on a boring, normal cookstove.
Hope you all have a beautiful weekend and stay cozy!

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Dining Rooms

Its that time of year where we squint and scowl slightly at our dining rooms and wonder if they are good enough for the oncoming holiday affairs.
I mean, normally it's a place where we fold laundry and do bills, but, now we have to make them look like they always sit beautifully awaiting large meals and hungry folks.
Then, I swoop in, bringing us pictures of other people who have it all together (and probably never have had sewing machines sitting on their table with fabric stretched out on it for weeks:)

I like this first one.
Mainly because I like the idea of putting the menu on the wall and also so little ones can escape and draw on the walls during dinner :)

This next one is a bit formal for my taste but I have been loving the grey color on the walls,plus it is such a interesting (and slightly confusing) light fixture:

This one is more up my alley, love the wide board wall, and, liking that light fixture!

This next one is pretty much perfect, In my opinion, and I think we are seeing a pattern in the lighting I am liking right now:)

Oh my goodness, check out this fireplace, folks!

Here is one last one, mainly for the light fixtures;)

How about you?
Got a favorite?
Are you obsessed with lantern style lighting fixtures or is it just me?
Hope you all are having a good week!

Friday, July 17, 2015

~ All the places I have been ~

Early spring, before we started heavily into farming, Manly and I started taking Day trips.
We would drive as far as we could, explore that area, and drive home.
Some places we had been before and others we had not.
I had taken photos, but not had a chance to get them off my camera or share them with you.
So, here is a picture heavy post of photo's taken earlier this year.

Friday, March 13, 2015

Gettin' Your Irish On

It's that time, folks.
Get out your recipes, buy your Guinness, don your green sweater.
Need a little inspiration?
Okay, well, here it is!

Okay, now that your Irish-ness is standing up loud and proud, I will call to Irish Piggy to come and bring you a Guinness...

Saturday, February 21, 2015


You know what you people have not seen in awhile. MY CHICKENS!
(Go ahead, Roll your eyes, I know you want to)
But, I also realize I had not showed you the coop that Manly built.
He claims that WE built it, but I don't really consider standing there and holding stuff, talking his ear off and fetching the wrong tools as
But, its so nice and sturdy and I don't have to worry about dogs breaking through because it was actually welded together.
Yes, Welded.
First the girls:

The Coop:

The orange cord you see running into the roosting/nesting area is not a HD TV as you all are probably assuming, but for the uh, ahem, baby monitor.
Yes. I said baby monitor.
That way I can place the girls anywhere on our 2 acres and be able to hear if there is any thing trying to get to them.
It also lets me know when there is a fresh egg available, since they always make a fuss when they lay an egg.
Now, as you can see the coop is movable.
The black belting you see on the bottom (which is not really pretty to look at) but keeps animals from digging under the coop.
Now in the far left you see a dried up sage brush that blew in and someone really should have removed it before posting their yard to the world on her blog.
I am so thankful for Manly's talents. I caught myself a real winner. He can do anything AND he is so sweet to build me mini chicken fortresses.

Now, here are some other pics from my world.

Peaches (or Princess Peach or Little One)

Miss Polly. The resident elder.

There's snow in them there hills...

Hope you all are having a wonderful February so far.