Thursday, February 26, 2009

Goodbye my sweet and loyal friend.....

I have been dreading this post but in order to explain my absence I have to tell you what has happened.

My sweet, loyal, loving dog Kricket passed away last Friday. She was 13 years old and we have had her since she was a puppy. She has been my constant companion since the day we brought her home. She loved to lay by the stove as I cooked--she followed me to every room. She was our "first" baby. The next year when we brought our first baby home she was loving and excepting of this little person...she did the same with the second and third baby. She even excepted Sheba - our lab when she came to live with us. She loved us all and we loved her in return. She was always sweet and gentle with the kids. She knew when I was upset and would be sure to let me know that she loved me by cuddling up to me.

My dear farmer built a box and my mother-in-law padded it and lined it with a soft material and also made a pillow for Kricket to rest her sweet head on. My farmer is thawing the ground so that we can bury my sweet puppy in our yard. I will be planting something there in memory of her.

For those of you who love animals you know how difficult this is...and what a huge hole this has left in my heart and my life. I know that Kricket knows how much we loved her...she lived a great life and wasn't sick. She went to sleep a very loved and happy dog. I miss her every minute.
A friend sent me a card and it had a couple of quotes written on it that I wanted to share with you.

The one absolutely unselfish friend that man can have in this selfish world is his dog.
No matter how little money and how few possessions you own, having a dog makes you rich.
~Louis Sabin

Moving on to a less painful subject.....For some reason a lot of people could not post on my last entry. So I did have people contacting me through my website. I have had a lot of requests for that recipe which I was planning on posting anyway. I will do that in a day or two so be sure to check back if you were one of those people requesting the recipe!

Have a great day and remember to leave me a comment so that I know you stopped in to visit.



Thursday, February 19, 2009

Ukrainian Piroshki

I hope this finds everyone well and happy! It seems like I just do not get the opportunity to post and do the visiting that I want to do! Our kids and their activities really keep us hopping.

I am not sure if I have mentioned to you before that I am Ukrainian. Full-blooded Ukrainian...all four sets of my great grandparents came from Ukraine. My parent's farm is in an area where most of the neighbors are also Ukrainian. People of my parents age (70) all speak Ukrainian. My generation can understand a bit and speak a few words. I LOVE Ukrainian food and have become obsessed with making the dishes to pass down to my children and so forth. My only living grandparent is my Grandma. She is not able to do any cooking so she loves when I make something Ukrainian and take it to her.

Lately I have been making piroshki which is a kind of like a bun with filling. You will see other nationalities with similar foods. My Grandma loves my piroshki with ground beef seasoned with some onions, salt and cracked pepper. My husband loves the ones stuffed with apples, cinnamon and sugar! I must run for now but I will be back soon. THANK you so much for stopping by! See you soon.


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Friday, February 13, 2009

Have a SWEET day!

♥ Our next few days will be filled with

all things pink♥
all things red♥

I LOVE Valentine's Day!!♥
Even before our kids
were in school I always
got them Valentine's and
we would bake cookies
with frosting and of course
lots and lots of sprinkles!♥
We always have a special
Valentine's Supper too!♥

I am getting things ready
to take to school for the
We have a few games planned.
I made cookies and frosting
so that the kids can decorate
their very own cookie. I know
that some children out there
don't get to do that kind of
thing with their Mom...and
I know it is something that
they really enjoy!♥ I am
serving tacos too so that
they don't get filled full of

I hope your Valentine's Day is
filled with

To make sure that your day
is filled with sweetness I
thought I would share this
recipe with you!!!

♥ Farmchick's SWEET Sugar Cookies♥
1/2 cup butter
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup oil
1 egg
1/8 t. salt
1 t. vanilla extract
2 1/2 cups flour
1 t. cream of tartar
1 t. baking soda

Cream butter and sugar together.
Add oil, egg, salt and vanilla.
In a seperate bowl, combine dry
ingredients; add to butter mixture.
Form dough into balls and
place on a light greased
cookie sheet. Flatten slightly
with a glass. Bake at 350
degrees for 8 to 10 minutes.

1 cup butter, softened
7 oz jar marshmellow creme
1 cup powdered sugar
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Beat butter until creamy, blend
on the marshmellow creme.

Add sugar and extracts.
Add some food coloring too!

Beat until really fluffy.

♥ Now for a special treat
take two cookies- put them
together with frosting in
the middle and roll them
in sprinkles!♥
Have a
Have a wonderful day with your
children, husband and family.

Please leave me note if you stopped know how I LOVE it!!



Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Busy Days!!

What's been going on??

♥ Homework

♥ Laundry

♥ Basketball games

♥ Friends over to visit

♥ Icey roads

♥ Church activities

♥ Watching tv

♥ Moving snow

♥ Riding snowmobile

♥ Feeding cattle

♥ Meetings

♥ Painting

♥ Rearranging furniture

I am sorry that I have not been around to visit you lately. I miss you all and I am hoping to catch up soon!!



Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Farmer's Share of Retail Food Dollar

Did you know that farmers and ranchers receive
only 20 cents of every food dollar that
consumers spend on food at home and away from home?

According to USDA, off farm costs including marketing,
processing, wholesaling, distribution and
retailing account for 80 cents of every food dollar
spent in the United States.

1 Pound
Retail: $2.99
Farmer: $0.42

Top Sirloin Steak
1 pound
Retail: $7.99
Farmer: $0.80

1 Pound
Retail: $2.99
Farmer: $0.12

Fresh Carrots
2 pounds
Retail: $2.99
Farmer: $0.76

6-Pack Cans
Retail: $5.69
Farmer: $0.11

18 ounce Box
Retail: $4.49
Farmer: $0.09

Cheddar Cheese
1 Pound
Retail: $5.79
Farmer: 1.59

1 Dozen
Retail: $3.99
Farmer: $1.00

5 Pounds
Retail: $2.89
Farmer: $0.62

Boneless Ham
Price per pound
Retail: $4.29
Farmer: $0.42

1 Head
Retail: $1.99
Farmer: $0.44

1 Gallon, Fat Free
Retail: $3.75
Farmer: $1.27

Potato Chips
Lay's Classic, 13.5 oz.
Retail: $3.99

Fresh Potatoes
Russet, 10 pounds
Retail: $3.99
Farmer: $0.77

Two Liter Bottle
Retail: $1.49
Farmer: $0.07

I just wanted everyone to recognize the fact that the farmer’s share of the retail food dollar is not responsible for your lighter wallets at the checkout!! Would love to hear from you .....let me know if you realized how little the farmer actually received!!

Farmer’s share derived from USDA, NASS ”Agricultural Prices,” 2008.
Retail based on Safeway (SE) brand except where noted.