Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Christmas is over and a Farm photo

{Mischief our cat...keepin' an eye on the pheasants.}


I wish CHRISTMAS wasn't over.....but it is. It comes and goes so quickly now. Thankfully, we still have vacation from school.....I like having all my chicks in our nest. ;)

They are forecasting another big blizzard heading our way. More SNOW!!! My farmer has been busy moving snow in order to get in and out of our yard and to get to the cows in order to feed them.

I am going to be posting a few good recipes shortly. I hope you will come back to check them out. I made a few new things last week but did not have the time to take pictures.

I really don't want to take down the Christmas decorations and our tree. I love looking at the lovely colors and twinkling lights. I think I shall wait until after the New Year. :)

When do you take down your Christmas tree and decorations? Thanks for stopping by and don't forget to leave me a comment.....it will make my day....really, it will!! :)


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Friday, December 24, 2010

Merry Christmas



Jesus is our hope for peace on earth,
for peace of heart.
May Christ be newborn in our world
and in your heart this Christmas


And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.

And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.

And the angel said unto them,

Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.

For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.

And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.

And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,

Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.

LUKE 2:8-14



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Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Got snow?







We do....and there's more to come. How's the weather at your place? Leave me a comment and let me know or just say hi!! :)


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Friday, December 17, 2010

Have A Holly Jolly Christmas Recipe Swap #5

Hello everyone! :) So glad that you stopped by. Welcome to Have a Holly Jolly Christmas Recipe Swap Friday! The entries started out slow but as the weeks are getting closer to Christmas the participation is getting even less. I know people are busy...but I was hoping to have a few more people participate. Thank you though to those of you that are participating! :) If it helps you can link to a recipe you posted previously on your blog. Looking at my stats I see that I have hundreds of people stopping by in one day....so I guess I am hoping a few more people will play along.

Today I am posting my yummy CHOCOLATE CARAMELS! YUM!!!! Two things about making these caramels....#1 make sure you have a candy thermometer that actually works right and #2 be prepared to be addicted to these babies....cuz they are tastey!!! You might want to make them when you are alone as you might not get them wrapped before your family starts eating them! ;)


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 and 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!!!


There you have it....not hard at all...just time consuming but your family and friends will thank you in the end and it will be well worth your effort. :)


Please leave me a message, join my swap, or if you did both that would be perfect! Scroll down to find out how to play along...it really is quite easy. I know some people think it is waaayyyy to complicated. It really isn't....try it!


How to join my swap. :)

1) If you'd like to join in on the fun, simply write out your post on your blog as usual and leave the link here . *Link directly to your recipe. Next scroll down and click on the "Add your Link" button. You will be then be prompted to enter the URL {please make sure to link directly to your post}, name of your recipe, and Email and then select a thumbnail to upload. {your email will not be posted}

2) Please remember to always link back to Fresh from the Farm so that we see all the delicious recipes. It's also a way to find great new blogs and make wonderful new friends.

3) It's all about sharing so please do spread the word and please grab my Farmchick's I'll Be Home for Christms Recipe Swap Saturday button, {located on the top right column} and or Tweet/Facebook this swap to your friends and followers.

*How do I link directly to my recipe? After you have posted your recipe simply go to your blog, click that particular blog title. When this post comes up just highlight the addresss in the url box, copy and paste

If you have ANY questions please feel ask me. You can contact me either by leaving a comment on this post or shooting me an email. Sometimes doing new things like this on your computer can be a bit confusing so don't be shy...just ask! :)

Now, scroll down to the bottom of this post to add your recipe. Just click "add your link and it will tell you what to do! Thank you so much to those who have and are participating. Also, I thank you to those of you that have stopped by and clicked on the links. According to the stats I have had lots and lots of visitors.

Happy weekend everyone. It's gonna be another busy weekend here on our farm. :)







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Monday, December 13, 2010

Farm Photos -Snowflake

“Snowflakes are one of nature's most fragile things,
but just look at what they can do when they stick together.”
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I took this photo the other day when we were out feeding cattle. If you look closely you can see a perfect snowflake standing on top of the snow. I think it is sooo pretty. God sure has provided us with so many beautiful things....if we would only STOP and look around. :)

Hoping your week is off to a great start.

Please leave me a comment and say hi....so I know you were here. I can't return the visit if I don't know you were here!!!


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Friday, December 10, 2010

Have A Holly Jolly Christmas Recipe Swap #4

Welcome to Have a Holly Jolly Christmas Recipe Swap Friday.

Tonight I am posting my recipe for Christmas Pretzel Treats. A very cute, easy and yes even festive looking treat. Click here to see that recipe.


How to join my swap. :)

1) If you'd like to join in on the fun, simply write out your post on your blog as usual and leave the link here . *Link directly to your recipe. Next scroll down and click on the "Add your Link" button. You will be then be prompted to enter the URL {please make sure to link directly to your post}, name of your recipe, and Email and then select a thumbnail to upload. {your email will not be posted}

2) Please remember to always link back to Fresh from the Farm so that we see all the delicious recipes. It's also a way to find great new blogs and make wonderful new friends.

3) It's all about sharing so please do spread the word and please grab my Farmchick's I'll Be Home for Christms Recipe Swap Saturday button, {located on the top right column} and or Tweet/Facebook this swap to your friends and followers.

*How do I link directly to my recipe? After you have posted your recipe simply go to your blog, click that particular blog title. When this post comes up just highlight the addresss in the url box, copy and paste

If you have ANY questions please feel ask me. You can contact me either by leaving a comment on this post or shooting me an email. Sometimes doing new things like this on your computer can be a bit confusing so don't be shy...just ask! :)

Now, scroll down to the bottom of this post to add your recipe. Thank you so much to those who have and are participating. Also, I thank you to those of you that have stopped by and clicked on the links. According to the stats I have had lots and lots of visitors. Would love to also hear from you. Have a great weekend everyone....looks like we are going to have a very snowy weekend. :)

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Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Christmas Pretzel Treats


I know many of you probably have done this quick and easy recipe but I thought I would share it anyway....just incase you need reminding of this quick treat. Using different Hershey's Kisses you can get many different festive looks. I only had plain ol' Kisses but I think you get the general idea.

I love making these...everyone loves the combination of the salty with the sweet. They make a great homemade gift from your kitchen. Just put them in a clear cello bag and tie with a cute ribbon.

Christmas Pretzel Treats

Star-shaped pretzels
Hershey's Kiss or Hershey's Hug
M&M's candy

Heat the oven to 170F. Set a number of pretzels (one for each treat) in a single layer on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper, then top each pretzel with an unwrapped Hershey's Kiss or Hershey's Hug.



Bake for 4 to 6 minutes (the white chocolate will melt more quickly), until the chocolates feel soft when touched with a wooden spoon. Remove the cookie sheet from the oven and quickly press an M&M's candy into the center of each Kiss.


What's your favorite Christmas cookie? Leave a comment and let me know. On Friday, I would love to have you add your favorite cookie recipe or any other recipe for that matter--to my recipe swap! Play along...it's fun! If you have any questions just ask! Go HERE to read all about it and find out how to play!



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Monday, December 6, 2010

Farm Photos and a few words :)


This cow looks about how I felt this morning. Why do the weekends fly by so fast?

I guess, when I think about it...the week days go fast too. Sure sign of old age, right?

Hoping this week is a bit better than last week. Some of us have had a cough and other ailments. Kindergarten is a bad place when it comes to germs! Little immune systems have a hard time fighting them all off....that makes Mommys sad.

All in all....we have much to be thankful for.....and I am. :)

Is it just me....or do your days and week and months fly by too?




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Friday, December 3, 2010

Have A Holly Jolly Christmas Recipe Swap #3

Welcome to Have a Holly Jolly Christmas Recipe Swap Friday. Friday already? I don't know about you but the time really is flying by. I can't believe it is December already! As I told you in my last post I have one tree up but I still have three more to go! Yes....I go a bit overboard on Christmas trees but I just love having them up with lights glowing. Makes our home so warm and cozy. :)




Today I posted for my swap Red Velvet Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting. I love how they look with the deep red. So festive....and afterall... it's Christmas...and we have many reasons to be FESTIVE right?? :)


Thanks for stopping by. I hope many of you will join in my swap and share a family favorite of yours. Everyone is welcome to join in....newbies, regulars, lurkers, friends, followers! I know you all have something great to share so why not join in on the fun? :)

How to join my swap. :)

1) If you'd like to join in on the fun, simply write out your post on your blog as usual and leave the link here . *Link directly to your recipe. Next scroll down and click on the "Add your Link" button. You will be then be prompted to enter the URL {please make sure to link directly to your post}, name of your recipe, and Email and then select a thumbnail to upload. {your email will not be posted}

2) Please remember to always link back to Fresh from the Farm so that we see all the delicious recipes. It's also a way to find great new blogs and make wonderful new friends.

3) It's all about sharing so please do spread the word and please grab my Farmchick's I'll Be Home for Christms Recipe Swap Saturday button, {located on the top right column} and or Tweet/Facebook this swap to your friends and followers.

*How do I link directly to my recipe? After you have posted your recipe simply go to your blog, click that particular blog title. When this post comes up just highlight the addresss in the url box, copy and paste

If you have ANY questions please feel ask me. You can contact me either by leaving a comment on this post or shooting me an email. Sometimes doing new things like this on your computer can be a bit confusing so don't be shy...just ask! :)

Now, scroll down to the bottom of this post to add your recipe.



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Red Velvet Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting


Farmchick's Elegant Red Velvet Cupcakes

2 1/2 cups cake flour (not self- rising), sifted
2 tablespoons unsweetened Dutch-process cocoa powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 1/2 cups vegetable oil
2 large eggs, room temperature
1/2 teaspoon red gel-paste food color
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 cup buttermilk
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
2 teaspoons distilled white vinegar
Cream Cheese Frosting

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line muffin tins. Whisk together cake flour, cocoa, and salt.
With an electric mixer on medium-high speed, whisk together sugar and oil until combined. Add eggs, one at a time, beating until each is incorporated. Mix in food color and vanilla.

Reduce speed to low. Add flour mixture in three batches, alternating with two additions of buttermilk, and whisking well after each. Stir together the baking soda and vinegar in a small bowl yes, of course it will foam. Add mixture to the batter, and mix on medium speed 10 seconds.

Divide batter evenly among lined cups, filling each three-quarters full. Bake, rotating tins halfway through, until a cake tester inserted in centers comes out clean, about 20 minutes. Transfer tins to wire racks to cool completely before removing cupcakes.


Cream Cheese Frosting

8 ounces (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
12 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
1 pound (4 cups) confectioners' sugar, sifted
3/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Beat butter and cream cheese with a mixer on medium-high speed until fluffy, 2 to 3 minutes. Reduce speed to low. Add sugar, 1 cup at a time, and then vanilla; mix until smooth.

Before using, bring to room temperature, and beat until smooth.
I think these cupcakes look lovely served for the Christmas holiday. I hope you love them as much as we do. :)

Hoping you will leave me a comment and join me on Holly Jolly Christmas Recipe Swap. :)

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