Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Happy New Year to you all!!!


I was planning on sharing this recipe

with you all earlier in the week

but you know....things don't always

go as expected!!!

I made this dip for our little family

party we are having here this

evening at home. We were

invited to another families home

but I have a cold and just don't

feel like venturing out in the snow!!


1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
2 cups (8 ounces) shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
1 cup (4 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese
1/2 cup pizza sauce
1/2 cup finely chopped green pepper
1/2 cup finely chopped green onion


In a bowl, combine cream cheese, Italian seasoning and garlic powder;

Combine cheddar and mozzerella cheeses.

I made my own can go HERE

for the recipe. I didn't twist them this time though!

May you all have a warm and safe night!

See you in 2009!!!



PS...if you noticed.....I changed my it
just on my computer or does it take FOREVER to
load the new template?? It should be pink with
brown dots....please let me know.

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Sunday, December 28, 2008

What is it???

Can you tell what this is??? about now?????

Why could that be Sheba??

Sheba the snowdog??

She looks like she is after something!!

Get it Sheba...sic it!!!!

Oh's just the snowblower!!

Sheba can spend hours chasing

the snow blowing out of the snowblower

or water being squirted out of the hose.

She's just that kind of dog.

Ya gotta love her though...


I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas

spent with family and friends.

Thanks for stopping by...

I will be back soon with a yummy recipe

to share with you..all of my favorite readers!!



Wednesday, December 24, 2008

One is for the manger

Where Baby Jesus lay.

Two is for Mary and Joseph

On that Christmas Day.

Three is for the wise men

Who brought three gifts of love.

Four is for the shepherds

And angel songs above.

Five is for the animals

Who stood guard in the shed

Over Baby Jesus

In His manger bed.



Love came down at Christmas;
Love all lovely, love divine;
Love was born at Christmas,
Stars and angels gave the sign.

~ Christina Rossetti


Monday, December 22, 2008

It's almost Christmas!

I love this picture. This is what I see when I walk into our living room. Something about seeing the reflection of our tree in the mirror above the mantel just makes me smile. I totally love it. It makes me feel calm and happy. Sometimes I just stand and look at it....for minutes at a time until my kids will say "what ARE you doing Mom?" This is a start of a very busy week finishing up with last minute baking, shopping and parties. I know I need to stop and remember the reason for the season.

Christmas is not in tinsel and lights and outward show. The secret lies in an inner glow. It's lighting a fire inside the heart. Good will and joy a vital part. It's higher thought and a greater plan. It's glorious dream in the soul of man.~~~Wilfred A. Peterson

Have a blessed week....I will be back before Christmas Eve......please leave me a comment...I love to read what you have to say!

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Friday, December 19, 2008

Have a wonderful weekend....and my Chocolate Caramels!!

Well once again we are in for more frigid weather--an artic blast is headed our way! We have had several inches of snow today so far and more is expected to hit us. We are surely going to have a white Christmas! (just wish it was a bit warmer!!)

Today I made a batch of Chocolate Carmels. YUMMY!!! I enjoy making them but I do NOT enjoy wrapping each of them! I usually use wax paper but this year I decided to try Press -n- Seal. They wrapped up easily - now for the test - to see how easily they UNWRAP!!! If you would like the recipe keep reading!!

Farmchick's Chocolate Caramels

2 cups white sugar

1 1/2 cups white Karo syrup

1 cup butter

1 cup cream

Mix ingredients. Bring to a boil. Boil for 2 minutes. Then slowly add

1 cup cream

3 squares unsweetened baking chocolate

Boil until mixture reaches 260 degrees - hard boil stage.

When it reaches 260 degrees add

one teaspoon vanilla

one cup nuts (optional)

Pour into medium sized, buttered pan.

Cool, cut and wrap!!!

Good luck on keeping everyone

out of your caramels before they

are all wrapped!! Have a wonderful

weekend everyone.

Leave a comment...they make this farm girl smile! :)


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Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Spritz Cookies, Visitors, Followers and Frigid Temps!!

Good morning everyone!!

We made SPRITZ COOKIES the other day. I always think they are so much fun to make.

It took me awhile a few years back to finally find a Spritz recipe that I thought tasted really good. I will now share that recipe with you.


1 cup butter

3/4 cups sugar

1 egg

1 teaspoon real vanilla extract

1 teaspoon almond extract

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

3 cups flour

Cream butter and sugar together. Add egg, vanilla and almond extracts. Add remaining ingredients. Place in cookie press and form desired shapes. Bake at 375 degrees until desired color is achieved!!!

The main reason why I blog is because I have had SO much FUN meeting new people and making new friends. I would love for you who come to my blog to always leave me a comment so that I can return the visit. There are so many wonderful people out there and I want to get to know them! I love visiting your blogs...but you have to let me know where to find you. My husband says that I am addicted to reading blogs....and he is RIGHT!

So, now you are wondering.....Why on earth is she telling me this. Well here is the reason why:

Some of you may have noticed that at the bottom of my blog I have several counters....I have the live feedjit, a daily counter and a counter that has my total visitors since August 2008. A lot of days my daily counter is surprisingly high..I am astonished sometimes of just how many people are on my blog in a day. I copied my counter the other night to show you how many people had been on that day. Here is is:

So 435 people had stopped in to visit that day but at the time that I took the picture only 30 people had left comments!! I would love to see more people leaving me comments so that I can get back to your blog and leave a comment. It just makes it so much more fun to read every one's comments...I look forward to it daily.

I also invite you to follow my blog. All you have to do is go to my right sidebar and click FOLLOW THIS BLOG. Pretty please!! Thanks to those who already follow me--you're the best!

So, I thank you for stopping in and visiting our farm. It is very cold here. We just had a blizzard on Saturday and Sunday and now we are having to endure the frigid temps. Yesterday morning I took a picture of my computer screen...this is what it said:


Now in case you can't read it because it is rather says -22 yes that is the actual temp and in smaller writing it says FEEL LIKE - 48!!! YUP--that's right the windchill is FORTY EIGHT BELOW ZERO!!! BBRRRRrrrrrrr.....that is miserably cold...and that makes it NO FUN to be outside in the lovely snow!!! IT is supposed to warm up to zero which seems like we are living in the banana belt after these temps!!!>

I hope you all have a happy and warm day!!! Make some Spritz cookies and enjoy them with your family as you cuddle around the fire. Thanks for stopping by and please leave me a comment and sign up to follow my blog if you have not already done so! See you soon!



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Thursday, December 11, 2008

At this busy time of the year.....

Let it be
Christmas everywhere!!!

Let's not forget
what Christmas is
all about!!!!!!!!!!!!

This tree is our
that is in our family room.

It's the only one I have
decorated so far....I
am so behind! It's
hard to see but there
is an angel topper on it.

I have gold and reds on
this tree--music notes, stars and sparkly balls.

Have a great day everyone.
Remember to leave me
a note and let me know
that you stopped by.

To hear the song
Let it be Christmas Everywhere
scroll down to my music player!!



Sunday, December 7, 2008

Marshmellow Pops


It's been ages since I last posted

I know. I have been missing all

of you! I just wanted to post

really quick and let you know

that I will be around to visit

you soon. I just have not

been able to with all the

programs, our Christmas

openhouse, basketball games

and other things that come with

being a Mom! We still have two

programs to go and several

Christmas parties to attend.

I am so far behind on trimming

our house for Christmas but

I intend on tackling that

tomorrow. So far we have

one tree decorated....only

three more to go!!

I wanted to show you these

cute little pops I made for

our openhouse. I always

think it is fun to make a

few little extra things.

Please leave me a comment

and I will be around to

visit soon!



Okay, because I have had several comments on how to do this...I decided I should tell you all!

All you do is melt vanilla almond bark or white chocolate chips. Dip the marshmellows into the melted bark or chips--cover completely. Take them out and stick them on a skewer snowman style! You can then cover with mini m-n-m's, sprinkles, sugar or do the snowman--stick them in a jar in the freezer until the coating is hard. (just a few minutes) That's it!!!! Kids love 'em!!


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Monday, December 1, 2008

Frosty Day......

It's a very frosty day today.....when I went out this morning it was only 20 degrees. Now, really that is not cold according to our standards here but we have to kind of EASE into it!! Soon 20 degrees will feel like we are in the banana belt compared to the frigid temps that will soon be hitting us!

This is what I saw when I went out to feed the cows this morning.

See their frosty coats? They don't seem to mind though...they were just waiting patiently for me to FEED them their breakfast!!

As you can see I changed to a Christmas template. Please be patient with me as I move things around. I am having a few problems for some reason. My last post movie is not working anymore so I may move it to my side bar. Also, my followers are not showing up. Anyone else having this problem?
Another busy week---Lil' Farmchick has a choir concert-she is in a group that you have to try out for and Jr. Farmer has his school Christmas program. This weekend we have our Christmas openhouse for the last time this year.
Thanks for stopping by and please remember to leave me a comment!!!