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…

Snickerdoodle Bundt Cake & Stand

I have a few odd pieces of china hanging around, mixed matched plates, cups and saucers. So today I thought I would try to do something with them.  I found lots of ideas on Pinterest but the one I liked the most was this cake stand made from a plate and teacup.  It was super easy to do, so easy that I didn’t think to take any pictures.  Shame on me!! You will need: Plate – big enough to hold a cake teacup or coffee cup heavy duty adhesive like E6000 sandpaper Basically you are just going to glue the cup upside down, to the bottom of your plate.  Make sure it is centered (eye-ball it) and then rough up the two surfaces that will be touching with the sandpaper.  This will help them to stick together better.  Apply adhesive to cup and stick it to the plate.  Let dry…

Garden Aprons

Here it is almost the end of February and I seem to be suffering from Cabin Fever.  No, Spring Fever.  No, Winter Itch?? Whatever you call it, I’m suffering from it and it’s bad.  So far I have rearranged furniture, done my Spring cleaning.. twice, decorated, organized my spice cabinet, sorted socks, watched every season of Game of Thrones, Suits, Shameless, Dexter and American Horror Story.  Baked, soaped, cooked and finally just became a full-fledged couch potato. The weather here has been awful.  It’s borderline The Shinning…and I feel like Jack Nicholson. “Where’s Johnny??”  So today…today, I decided I wasn’t going to sit on my butt anymore and instead I was going to do something, anything, as long as it didn’t involve cooking, cleaning, rearranging, socks or spices! Crafting!!  I love a good craft.  An easy craft.  A craft that doesn’t take too much time or too much effort or…

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…

Hanging Heart Pillows

Here is an easy project for you that I’m sure you will Love ~ Hanging Heart Pillows. What you will need: Fabric.  Any scrapes that you have will work and if you don’t have that you can always do what I did and cut up one of your kitchen dish towels!!  It doesn’t have to be fancy! Sewing machine of course or at least a needle and thread if you want to hand sew these but why would you? Thread in coordinating colors, or not.  You can use a contrasting color if you so desire and if you can sew a relatively straight line, which I can not! scissors marker heart template ribbon for hanging Polyfill I think that’s it.  Before you can make these you need to get yourself a heart template.  I used one of my heart cookie cutters and traced it onto a piece of sturdy cardboard.  You can…

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…

Big Val’s Buttermilk Pie

Today my friend came over to show me how she makes her buttermilk pie.   It’s sweet It’s creamy and oh so dang good.   Big Val’s Buttermilk Pie 1 1/2 cups sugar 1 stick of soft butter (1/2 cup) 3 eggs 1 teaspoon of vanilla 1/2 cup of buttermilk 1/4 cup flour  unbaked 9″ Pillsbury ready-made pie crust Unroll pie crust and place in 9″ pie plate. Cream together sugar and butter until light and fluffy.  Add eggs one at a time and mix well.  Add flour and continue mixing.  Then add buttermilk and vanilla and mix until blended. Fill unbaked pie crust with buttermilk mixture and bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour.  If pie seems to be browning too fast turn oven temperature down to 325. That’s it!  Nice and easy and absolutely perfect for this time of year.  You will definitely want to add this one…