Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Autumn Fun!

When you see me in the fields,
My orange glowing in the sun,


It's time to say goodbye to summer
and hello to autumn fun!!

Thanks to all of you who have stopped by...oh how I love all your comments! You may not believe it but your comments really just make my day! :) The weather here has been wonderful for harvesting...so that is a good thing!

I have been keeping an eye on my pumpkin patch. My pumpkins are slowly turning a beautiful deep orange. A few of them are still really green though. That's okay....I know they will change eventually!

Are you having any Autumn fun? If so....what have you been doing? I would love to hear all about it. :)


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Monday, September 27, 2010

A Sunday afternoon visitor!

We were out behind our barn yesterday just checking on some cattle. Look at who came to visit us. YES....it's Mr. Moose! :) He stopped walking and took a good, long look at us.



He turned away from us as if he was really contemplating the situation.



He didn't stay long...he promptly turned around and started walking away. So much for our Sunday afternoon visitor!


I will be back on Wednesday...so be sure to stop by then. As always, remember to leave me a message and make this Farmchick's day!! :)


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Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Jack-Be-Little

No, I am not reciting a nursery rhyme. ;) Jack-Be-Little is the name of these sweet little pumpkins that I grew in my garden this year. Aren't they just the cutest 'lil things?

You can bet that these little guys will be sprinkled around our house making our home look oh so fall like! I have been slowly bringing fall into our home. Don't worry....this is not the only one I have....there are plenty more where this one came from.

One of these days I am going to give you a glimpse of how I have these little treasures tucked around our house. I love autumn....the colors in shades of reds, browns, goldens and the smells like that of our fields being harvested and spices. What do you love about fall?



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Saturday, September 18, 2010

Packed full of sweetness {and lots of calories}

Now, who wants piece?
A big thank you to all my wonderful readers and followers for all your comments. We loved reading all your great calf names. We got a kick out of your great ideas! Middle son named this calf after working with him....he found that he was quite a ROWDY little guy so that is his new name. ROWDY! Don't worry....we will have many calves to name so we plan on using all of your wonderful ideas. Thank you all so much! I hope that your weekend is spent with family and loved ones and I surely hope it is PACKED FULL OF SWEETNESS TOO! :)


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Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Meet our newest baby!

Everybody, meet our newest bull calf. Isn't he just the sweetest thing? Now, here is the problem. We are trying to think of a cute but manly name for him. You know, he is going to grow up to be big and strong ! If you have any ideas please leave it in the comment section! Even if you don't have any ideas I would still at least love to hear a "hello" from you.



Things are busy here. We will hopefully finish up our last field of wheat today. I am hoping that the weather holds out as it is clouding up.

Thank you to all my readers and followers for stopping by! :)

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Friday, September 10, 2010

Chocolate Chip Cupcakes....a yummy treat for your family :)

Where were you when the world stopped turning? Together we pause to remember the victims, to grieve with the families and friends of those who died, and to honor the heroes of that day and each day since who have sacrificed to save lives and serve their country.

Usually I like to cook and bake from scratch. I decied that my readers/followers would like a simple and very GOOD recipe that is pretty quick because you use a cake mix. So....here it is! I hope you enjoy these cupcakes.



CHOCOLATE CHIP CUPCAKES

Ingredients
1 package (18-1/4 ounces) yellow cake mix
1 package (3.4 ounces) instant vanilla pudding mix
1 cup water
1/2 cup canola oil
4 eggs
1 cup (6 ounces) miniature semisweet chocolate chips
1 can (16 ounces) chocolate or vanilla frosting
Additional miniature semisweet chocolate chips, optional
Directions
•In a large bowl, combine the cake and pudding mixes, water, oil and
eggs; beat on low speed for 30 seconds. Beat on medium for 2
minutes. Stir in chocolate chips.

•Fill paper-lined muffin cups two-thirds full. Bake at 375° for
18-22 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes
out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing to wire racks to cool
completely. Frost cupcakes. Sprinkle with additional chips if
desired. We used sprinkles on a few cupcakes...just because our youngest wanted pretty sprinkles. Here is the cupcake that he decorated for himself. Pretty cute huh?

~~CHOCOLATE SOUR CREAM FROSTING~~
1 pound (4 cups) confectioners' sugar, sifted
3/4 cup unsweetened Dutch-process cocoa powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
12 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
1 1/2 cups sour cream

Directions
Sift together confectioners' sugar, cocoa, and salt. With an electric mixer on medium-high speed, beat cream cheese and butter until pale and fluffy. Reduce speed to low. Gradually add sugar mixture; mix until combined. Mix in sour cream; scrape down sides of bowl and continue beating until smooth.

If you like you can leave the cupcakes unfrosted....they are very good that way too. They are so moist and the little chips add the perfect chocolate flavor. Don't get me wrong...they are great with the frosting too...and much more fun for your little helpers! You know how kids love to decorate especially with sprinkles! lol


Have a wonderful weekend. We are still waiting for the rain to clear up so we can continue on with our harvest. Please remember to leave me a comment and just say hi or tell me what your plans for the weekend are. :)


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Wednesday, September 8, 2010

The gentle momma cow..........

I snapped this picture when we were out in the pasture. This momma cow was intent on watching her calf walk towards the water to get a drink. Isn't she just so sweet? :)


Cows are amongst the gentlest of breathing creatures; none show more passionate tenderness to their young when deprived of them; and, in short, I am not ashamed to profess a deep love for these quiet creatures.
~Thomas De Quincey


I sincerely hope that each of you are having a wonderful week. Check back on Saturday for a new recipe! :) Thank you for stopping by. :)



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Friday, September 3, 2010

Yummy Coffee Cake

Well, it has been too wet to do any harvesting here. We are hoping to get back into the field on Saturday. According to the weather it won't be for long as it is to start raining again on Monday. I hope the weatherman is wrong....we would really like to finish our wheat harvest so we can move on to flax, soybeans and finally {later on this fall} sunflowers.



COFFEE CAKE


1/2 cup butter, softened
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 eggs, beaten
1 cup sour cream
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
Topping, divided
Cream the butter and sugar. Add eggs and mix well. Add sour cream, flour and baking soda. Pour half of the batter into a greased 13"x9" baking pan (I used a Bundt pan) and then sprinkle with half of the topping. Pour other half of batter into pan and top with the remaining topping. Bake at 325 degrees for 30 minutes.

TOPPING:
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup chopped nuts {I used pecans}
2 teaaspoons cinnamon
Mix together in small bowl

Enjoy!! This is so yummy with the middle stuffed full of sugar, nuts and cinnamon. Your family will love it! I wish you all a wonderful weekend. Thanks for stopping by and for your comments too. :)



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Wednesday, September 1, 2010

The vines are taking over!!!

I went out to my garden spot that has all my viney plants growing out there. You know things like pumkins, gourds and and squash of all kinds.

WOW.....with getting the kids ready for school and me in the field during harvest let me tell you.....the vines have taken over!!! They started wrapping themselves around everything that doesn't move away! I think if you stand out there long enough the vines would start to wrap around your legs! ;) It has been to wet to harvest our wheat so I am going to dedicate my time to my gardens....the poor things have been neglected the last few weeks.


THANK you to all who have stopped by even though I have not had the time for much visiting. I love hearing from each and everyone of you and look forward to visiting you at your place. :)I will be trying to catch up with you today.


Have a wonderful day....and remember to make this Farmchick's day and leave me a comment!


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