August 21, 2015

Do You Hear What I Hear??? Peep! Peep! Peep!

The chicks have arrived!!

I ordered 80 male Cornish Cross birds.....

The post office called me at 8AM
just as I had finished setting up
the water and food. 

This is what I came home with!! 

The box has 4 compartments that held 
20 chicks in each one!

Happy little peepers running all
around eating and drinking and
being merry!

August 13, 2015


Check out the pollen on her legs!
BUSY bee for sure!

Honey bee in flight!

It won't be long now until we open the hives
and take out some frames of honey!

There's NOTHING like fresh
harvested honey!!

I can't wait!

Plum Crazy

Plums, plums everywhere... .and lots and lots to figure out!! 
We planted two plum trees a few years ago... maybe even 8 or so years ago 
and now they have begun to fruit like crazy! 
Last year I had enough to make a batch or two of jelly... 
which came out delicious!! 
oh my word, we're gonna have lots more!

I've been researching ideas.... 
and I think I'm going to start with an 
Asian Plum Sauce 
and a Sweet & Spicy Plum Sauce 
and then my good ol' stand by, plum jelly!!! 
I might try making a plum leather or wine...
 but that will be a decision for another day!! 
For now... I just gotta get picking and 
get started on SOMETHING!! 

July 8, 2015

Shiitake Mushrooms 2015

It's that time of year again! This is our 4th season of growing Shiitake mushrooms... the first year was experimental and we enjoyed them and shared with a few friends! Our second year and third year we grew and sold some in farmer's markets and also put some up for ourselves!

We are taking a slower approach this year to a lot of things....  Pete is soaking logs a few at a time and our harvest is coming in at a pace much easier to keep up with! Phew...

Check out these lovely mushrooms!

 Above is the log yard....  where we keep the logs stacked
similar to Lincoln Logs waiting their turn to be soaked.

Pete is holding a log with mushrooms ready to be harvested!

After the logs are soaked for roughly 12 hours, they are 
stood up and leaned until they grow mushrooms ready to
be picked! Then they are brought in for us to clean, eat, 
sell or prepare for storage!

These are the delicious Shiitake mushrooms!

All cut up and ready to dehydrate! Recommended
temperature is 90* for 2-3 hours and then 125* for 
an additional 4-7 hours. When they are firm and 
not longer spongy they are done!!

I like to store ours in mason jars and then use
my Food Saver with the mason jar attachment 
to seal air tight until ready for use! 

January 13, 2015

My version of "Chicken Gnocchi Soup"

I'm reprinting a recipe that I came up with a few years ago....  

My version of "Chicken Gnocchi Soup"


1 10 oz. bag matchstick carrots (or 2-3 thinly cut carrots)
2-3 stalks thinly sliced celery
4 chicken breasts, diced
Approx. 8 oz. of fresh baby spinach 
1  16 oz. bag frozen potato gnocchi (I used Mama Rosie's brand) Cook gnocchi according to the pkg. 
(diced onions optional)

Cook the carrots, celery and chicken in a covered, large stock pot with just enough water to cover. 
When the veggies and meat are thoroughly cooked, do not drain. Add the following...

1 family size can of cream of chicken soup
1 regular size can of cream of (what ever you like) chicken, celery or mushroom soup
2 large soup cans of water or use the broth from cooking down the chicken! (You can also use milk or half & half if you'd like!)

Mix well and heat the soup, but don't bring to a boil. At this point, drain and stir in the gnocchi as well as the fresh baby spinach and turn off the heat and now you are ready to serve.... 

Delicious in a bread bowl or in a regular bowl!! A definite hit with my family!! ENJOY!

Tweak the recipe to find how you like it best!! I don't measure very well, so if you like a heartier soup, double up on the spinach or add an extra bag of gnocchi!! You can easily change anything in this soup.... add extra cans of cream of soup, more or less chicken, use a whole chicken and cut up the meat, add mushrooms....   so many ideas!! 

This is delicious and I can't wait to make it again!! 


January 1, 2015

2015 It's a New Year!

It's that time again.....
time to take down the old calender and hang up the new one!

Out with the old.... old attitudes, old expectations and
old excuses!! In with the new.... new hopes, new plans,
new determinations and new focuses!!

I like to figure out a word or two to focus 
on for the year to come. 

This year I have two words;




"Intercessor"  Ezekiel 22:30 which says,
"I looked for someone to who might rebuild the wall of 
righteousness that guards the land. I searched for someone to 
'stand in the gap' in the wall so I wouldn't have to destroy
the land, but found no one."'

I desire to one that will stand 'in the gap' for my 
family members and friends. One, who is praying for
God's will and His protection and wisdom in their 
lives. I want my 'adult kids' and their 'special someones'
 to each have a strong and continually growing 
relationship with God. 

Well, that is referring to RIGHT NOW! 
I want to stop looking backwards with regrets or shouldas, 
couldas, wouldas! Stop looking backwards at
past failures as well as the past successes! And at the
same time, I want to be careful to not look too far down the 
road at the future so much that I dream away the present!
TODAY and NOW is all we have! 

So, with those two words as my new focal points, 
I want to wish you a blessed and healthy 2015! 

May you be assured beyond a shadow of a doubt, 
how much our great and wonderful Lord 
loves you and wants you to be His!

Happy New Year!!