Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Comments working now!!!Sunflower harvest is FINALLY upon us & I have been BOOed

*Thank you to Betty who let me
know that my comment form
was not working!!! Thanks!!
I was wondering why I didn't
have any comments!!!!
Sunflower harvest is in full swing
and things are really busy here.
Sometimes I am not sure if I am coming or going!! I am starting to feel the pressure of getting through harvest, getting kids to
and from activities and
I don't have much ready for an upcoming show. I have been up since 5:30 am writing to do lists! Jr. Farmer requested Blueberry Waffles for breakfast so I whipped up a batch for everyone. It's beginning to really seem like fall even with our warm 70 degree temperatures. The sun doesn't come up until after 8 am and so my kids leave for school in the dark. I don't like that....it just seems so early! I feel like they should be home snuggling with me! Luckily, Lil' Farm Boy is still home with me!! We have a busy day with harvesting. Lil' Farmchick has basketball practice and we have church tonight. I also have to plan for the school Halloween Party. This is my 10th year of being a room mom!
Remember what our sunflowers looked like in July? Now they look like this. I know, not as pretty
but they must dry down in order
for us to combine them!!
The seeds have to be dry.

This is Mr. Farmer harvesting

with one of the combines.

Notice on the top of the combine

you can see the sunflowers seeds piling

up in the hopper? That means it is almost

time to dump the combine or the seed will run

out on the ground....and that's a no- no!

(I have accidentally overflowed the hopper

in the past...it is one thing that makes

farmers get a little upset but they do get over it!

This shows the seeds coming out of the combine

auger going into the graincart. The graincart

then dumps the seeds into the grain trailer.

I love combining sunflowers....

they are my favorite crop to harvest.

It is so much fun to be in the combine!

I hope you enjoyed the harvest!!

Oh and I have been BOOed by

my friends Harbor Hon

and LisaJanelle

If you are a regular follower

of my blog...consider yourself

BOOed!!!! Oh also if

you follow my blog feel

free to add your name

to the "Follow my Blog"

on the right hand side bar!

As always, please leave me

a comment and let me know

you were here to visit!!!

Please forgive the spacing

of this post...something

weird happened and

I don't have time to

keep messing with

it in order to

fix it!!!!


Friday, October 24, 2008

If you are trying to lose weight......DON"T LOOK!!

In our house Friday night is pizza and treat night. The other days of the week I try to cook and serve well balanced healthy meals. Some Fridays I make homemade pizza and other times we buy pizza. Anyway, I am getting of course here. Tonight I made something that you would not want to eat often.....very rich and sweet! Yummy? YES...Healthy? NO!!!! It's okay to eat it once in awhile though.

8 tablespoons butter, divided
8 cups miniature marshmallows, divided
8 cups crisp rice cereal, divided
1 package (14 ounces) caramels I used the new Kraft caramel bits that you find in the baking section -- much easier than unwrapping all those caramels!
1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk

Directions: In a large saucepan, melt 2 tablespoons butter and 4 cups marshmallows; stir until smooth. Stir in 4 cups cereal. Pat into a greased 13-in. x 9-in. pan; set aside.
For caramel filling, place the caramels and 4 tablespoons butter in another saucepan; cook and stir over low heat until melted. Stir in the milk until smooth. Cool for 10 minutes; pour over cereal layer. Refrigerate for about 30 minutes or until firm.
In a large saucepan, melt the remaining butter and marshmallows. Stir in remaining cereal. Spread over caramel layer. Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes or until firm. Cut into bars. Store in the refrigerator.

Now you may have noticed that I have different fonts going on here. If you know me, you will know that I am a perfectionist when it comes to things I type and print. Well, it has been bothering me since I started blogging that the drop down list of fonts had such a minimal amount of choices. Well one day while visiting Jolene's blog I noticed that she had different fonts. So, I promptly emailed her and asked her how she did it!! She was kind enough to let me in the secret!! THANKS JOLENE!! If you have not been over to visit her blog The Primitive Bucket...you better go and check out her work!! Tell her Farmchick sent ya!! Well, Lil' Farmchick has a friend staying over night, Jr. Farmer wants me to play Bunco with him and I must check on Little Farmer who is fast asleep in bed with visions of combining sunflowers....dancing in his head! Have a good weekend everyone and please do leave me a comment and let me know you were here.


Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Mud makes me crazy but awards make me happy!

As you may have noticed I have been away from the blogging "scene" for awhile. I have missed reading all of my favorite blogs.....I am going to try to catch up with you all now...so please don't forget about me!!! I think I may have mentioned that I just can't seem to get caught up on things and I always have things I NEED to get done or places I NEED to get to! I guess that is what happens when you are a wife, a mom and to make things interesting I also live on a farm. It has been very frustrating as Mr. Farmer is digging in water lines for more hydrants around our yard...(so I don't have to stretch 10 hoses around in the summer when I am watering my gardens) and also digging in electrical lines to add to a new machinery shop that we may be building later on this fall. Why is it frustrating you ask? I will give you one word: MUD! It has been muddy and you know what you get with children and mud? Mud in my garage...mud in my house....you get the picture right? So, when I am not doing something I should be doing I am vacuuming up MUD!

Okay moving on. I feel really silly about this but I just noticed the other day that my new friend Train Wreck over at
Cowboys, Kids and Sunsets blessed me with an award! You have to stop in and visit her...she has a great blog, she takes some amazing pictures and she is a very sweet gal! Train Wreck...I am so sorry -- I didn't intentionally mean to miss my award!!! I hope you will forgive me!!

This award is really neat. If you notice you can't read it (unless you can read Portuguese) so luckily Trainwreck translated it for me! It translates like this: This blog invests and believes, the proximity" (meaning, that blogging makes us 'close' -being close through proxy)
"They all are charmed with the blogs, where in the majority of its aims are to show the marvels and to do friendship; there are persons who are not interested when we give them a prize, and then they help to cut these bows; do we want that they are cut, or that they propagate?Then let's try to give more attention to them! So with this prize we must deliver it to 8 bloggers that in turn must make the same thing and put this text.So this award goes to:
Rambling Goat Chick
Harbor Hon
Simple Thyme Primitives
*the primitive bucket*
Living the Good Life
Where the blackbirds sing
The Old Primitive House
Country Girl at Heart

WHEW! That was tough...

Anyway.....I hope you all have a wonderful evening. Tune in soon as I have a yummy recipe I want to share with you all!


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Friday, October 17, 2008

and the winner is......................

I hope you enjoy your gift!
Thank you to everyone that stopped
by my blog! I look forward to visiting
you if you have a blog!
Have a great weekend!!!

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Wednesday, October 15, 2008

An award, another giveaway and my giveaway!!

WOW....things have been busy here. I feel like I am constantly trying to catch up on things. I wanted to take the time though to post a few things.

First off...my new friend Joleen from The Primitive Bucket has present me with an award!! I have just recently "met" Joleen and let me tell you...she is one sweet gal! Isn't it wonderful to find so many great new friends? You must stop in at her blog and check out her creations...she is very talented!!! Thanks Joleen!! I pass this award on to all on my blogroll who want to grab it! It just gets so tough chosing a few!!!! Second..another sweet blogging friend is having her own birthday giveaway. Nicole has a wonderful blog called Back in the Day. You absolutely need to stop and sign up. She is also one talented gal and I think you will love what is has to offer for her giveaway. Don't forget to give her a belated birthday wish!

Last off...don't forget to sign up for my giveaway found on the post below. All you need to do is leave me a comment on that post to be signed up. Scroll down to read all the details of my giveaway and to see what I have to offer!!!

Until next time....


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Monday, October 13, 2008


Hello everyone!!! Well I have been really busy here but have
finally gotten my giveaway together. The reason why it has
taken me SO long is because I had to make the things I am
giving away! I had to take the time to get into my candle
workshop and start melting soy wax! So, what am I
giving away?? Well, I decided to give away

The candles and the soy tarts are all hand-poured by me

here on our farm. The jar candle is 100% clean burning

Soy wax in one of my most popular scents of the season

Not only is it my most popular
scent it also happens to by MY all time favorite scent.
It's wonderful for the Thanksgiving and Christmas
seasons. The cute little pumpkin shaped soy
tarts are of course, 100% soy wax and scented
in the also very popular HARVEST SPICE!
I hope that you love each and everyone!
(to view the scent descriptions click here
and it will take you to my candle website
Prairie AcScents!
The stake is not made by me but I
thought I would throw it in the mix!
To enter my giveaway all you must do is
leave me a comment on this post to have
your name entered once. If you would like
to have your name entered twice then
please feel free to post my giveaway
on your blog. You have my permission
to use this picture on your blog if you
are posting my giveaway!!!

If you don't have a blog-- that's
okay! Just make sure you leave an
email address so that I can
contact you if you win!
All you lurkers out there
please join in on the fun!

I will draw for the winner on
Friday, October 17th, 2008
at 9:00 pm central time!

Good luck everyone!!!
Have a great day.


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Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Canning and Painting

So, as I told you in my last post that I was planning on having a 100th post giveaway. Things here on the farm have been quite busy and I am scurrying to get my giveaway goodies together.. I just haven't had the time to get it complete between:


Yes, I am TRYING to get my entry way/mudroom painted. I forgot to take a before picture though. I will post a picture of my completed room....IF that ever happens!! lol

I have also been doing this:

I made pizza sauce with my last batch of ripe tomatoes. I will be picking more tomatoes tonight. I will be making spaghetti sauce with those tomatoes when they are all ripe. This will be my final crop of tomatoes for the year. I sure did get a lot of tomatoes this year and I feel great about getting so much salsa, pizza sauce and soon spaghetti sauce canned to use over the winter.

My friend Tammy over at Country Girl at Home is celebrating her 100th post with a wonderful giveaway! Stop in and check out her giveaway goodies and read her sweet blog too!

So my friends....I must commence to painting....but I promise to get my 100th post giveaway goodies posted soon. Do come back and check it out soon! Soon we will be harvesting sunflowers (click sunflowers to see our fields) so I would like to get this painting project complete before then. Thanks for stopping by and always please leave me a comment. I love reading each and every one!!



Friday, October 3, 2008

What do to with your extra apples.......and 100th post!

Well, it's that time of year when people are wondering.....
what shall I do with
these apples?
I thought today I would post a recipe of
something that I really enjoy.


Sound yummy??? It is!!!!!!!!!!!!
The roasted flavor of
the pecans is
absolutely delish!!!

4 large good baking apples
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 cup chopped pecans
1/4 cup dried cranberries (Craisins)
1 Tbsp butter
3/4 cup boiling water

Preheat oven to 375°F. Wash apples. Remove cores to
1/2 inch of the bottom of the apples.
Use a spoon to dig out the seeds. Make the holes
about 3/4-inch to an inch wide.
In a small bowl, combine the sugar, cinnamon,
craisins, and pecans.Place apples in a baking pan. Stuff each apple
with this mixture. Top with a dot of butter
(1/4 of the Tbsp).

Add boiling water to the baking pan. Bake 30-40 minutes,
until tender, but not mushy. Remove from the oven and

baste the apples several times with the pan jucies.

Meanwhile, I also like to roast a few pecans

in a baking dish. After they have roasted for

about 45 mins. I take them out and add

cinnamon, brown sugar and craisins. I then

place this mixture around the apple on

a plate when I serve it!!!

Now some people must serve warm with vanilla ice cream on

the side and I will admit it's very good that way...but I also love

it on it's own. Try it both ways...... either way I think you will love it!!

Well, today is my 100th post!! I can't believe I have

made it this long!! I am gettting together a little

something for a giveaway...BUT I don't have

it quite ready at the time. I guess you will have to

check back again in the next few days.

I hope you all have an amazing fall weekend!

Thanks for all your comments.....

I appreciate each and every one!