Monday, October 26, 2009


I have just added a few pictures of items for my selling Blog.
I have made some new batches of soap that are curing and will be ready mid November. I will be adding more items as they become available. I am hoping to have some hand sewn items listed in November.

Friday, October 23, 2009


There is an awesome give away at the Pumpkin Patch Primitive Quilt Shoppe Blog
Check it out!!!

The fabric is a selection of pumpkin spice fabrics from "Red Rooster" fabrics.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009


Well today we finished harvesting what we could from our vegetable garden. I managed to get 2 large pails full of beets (one I took down to the neighbour) and I will pickle the rest for ourselves.

We got 2 bushels of onions and about 6 bushels of carrots. I picked out the good ones and the rest will go to the horses. We decided that the garden we put in this year was a little too big so next year it will be smaller. DH brought the rest of my pumpkins out of the field. The biggest one we call the "Great Pumpkin". I will carve that one for halloween and a few smaller ones too. It is nice to put the garden to rest for the winter. DH is out working it up now. He got his winter wheat planted yesterday so all there is left to do is combining the corn and then plowing. Then winter can come. The colours are beautiful right now so DH and I took the dogs for a walk through our bush this morning. It is also double digit temperatures this week, but rain is expected at the end of the week.

Saturday, October 17, 2009


I have had a special request for the recipe for my apple pie so here it is.

Pastry For One 2-Crust Pie

2 cups all purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup shortening
5-6 Tablespoons cold water(or just enough to make dough hold together)
  1. Cut shortening into flour and salt with knife or pastry blender until it is the size of peas.
  2. Add the cold water, a little at a time, and mix thoroughly with a fork.
  3. Shape into 2 balls.
  4. Roll one on floured board and line the pie plate.
  5. Roll out the other ball and use for the top.


Line pie plate with pastry

Sprinkle 1 rounded Tablespoon of flour on the botton

Fill with thinly sliced peeled apples, heaping more in the centre

Sprinkle 1 Tablespoon of lemon juice over the apples

Pour 3/4 cup of sugar over the apples and shake down so it goes through the slices

Sprinkle with cinnamon and nutmeg

Top with upper crust. Brush with milk or cream and sprinkle on a little sugar.

Bake at 450 degrees for 15 minutes, then reduce heat to 350 degrees and bake for another 30 to 40 minutes until apples are tender.


Friday, October 16, 2009


This is a soup recipe of my own. Mercantile Gatherings (my favorite magazine) published my recipe for this in the 2007 Christmas Issue. I was so proud! Brenda did such a nice job on the layout....she used a whole page! My friends that have tried this just love it. I thought I would share this on my Blog seeing all of the ingredients are in season right now. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.


2 Tablespoons butter
1 medium onion chopped
1 celery stalk sliced into small pieces
1 pear, peeled, cored and sliced
1 apple, peeled, cored and sliced ( I used macintosh)
4 cups of chicken stock
1 cup of apple cider
1 cup of milk or cream
1 bay leaf
8 parsnips peeled and sliced
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon curry powder
½ teaspoon nutmeg
½ teaspoon pepper

In large saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat. Stir In the onion, pear, apple and the celery. Cook until they are softened-approximately 7 minutes.
Stir in the chicken stock, cider, parsnips, salt, curry, bay leaf, nutmeg and pepper.
Cook on medium high heat until vegetables are soft, approximately 25 minutes.
Remove from heat, remove bay leaf and puree” with stick blender or food processor until smooth. Add the milk or cream near the end .

Wednesday, October 14, 2009


Well harvest time is upon us at our little farm. DH and I spent this morning walking through the soybean field getting all of the volunteer corn out of the field. What a job!! We sure got our exercise today. The combine is ready, the gravity wagons are beside the field, all we need is some good weather to finish the drying that our beans need. They are calling for showers on Friday, but the beans are not ready to go tomorrow so it is just a waiting game now. I tell you, this farming is so unpredictable, you think you can do something, then the weather changes. It is so frustrating.

I am home from BC. and it was so nice to see all of my family again. We all got to go out for dinner and several breakfasts together at the White Spot (my favorite). It was nice to see my Dad and my sisters who I hadn't seen for 2 years, and my brother-in-laws and my niece and nephew. It was really nice that I got to spend at least part of Thanksgiving with them. I even got to visit my favorite store, The Weathered Rooster. The store looked fabulous, it was full of autumn items. Judy does such a wonderful job of selecting such wonderful things for her customers. She just celebrated her 25th year in business. I just love it there. I even got an awesome witch. I have her in my kitchen on an old chair. She is perched on top of a pumpkin from my garden. My sisters took me to some really nice Quilt Shops in the area too, and of course I had to get some fabric for my stash. I just wish we all lived a little closer together.

Saturday, October 3, 2009


I made some "Harvest Trail Mix" to take to my family in B.C. when I go out there to visit next week, after all they have to put up with me :) LOL and course a bag for DH to eat when I am away.

Well, I decided I wasn't going to the Fair today. DH said that he would like to go, but not today, tomorrow. He is working on his hangar and it is coming along great. I baked him an apple pie as he is working so hard. He just loves homemade apple pie. He can tell if I cheat on the crust too :)

He knows when I buy the store bought pie shells. This one was all from scratch.


Well Harvest Time is finally here. This is a picture of one my displays on my side porch. Our fall Fair is on this weekend and the weather is cool and rainy. I might go over this afternoon and have a wander around for a couple of hours. It is a small fair, but they always get a huge turn out. I love looking at all of the gourds and pumpkins.

My pumpkin patch turned out really well this year. I even got 5 giants and about 20 jack-o-lantern sized pumpkins and even a couple that grew in my manure pile behind the barn:) It is the beige coloured one in the picture.
We have been working on DH's airplane hangar. We got the roof trusses up on Thursday. He is out there today finalizing the placement of them and then he needs to add some more braces then he will be ready for the steel. He is also working on my summer kitchen at the back of my house. He framed the window and the door opening. We got a pine door and a pine screen door the other day and I got them stained last Thursday morning. The findlay oval cookstove was picked up last Monday, so we have that home now.

I am off to British Columbia next Tuesday bright and early to visit my family. I am looking forward to it. I will get to visit my favorite store, the "Weathered Rooster". I just love that store.
It is "Primitive Heaven". LOL. My sisters are going to take me around to some nice Quilt Shops too, and of course lunch at the "White Spot". Another favorite of mine. I'll be flying home the following Saturday on the Red Eye flight and will get back to my town at 6 am. next Sunday. It won't be a long visit, be at least it will be a visit. I will be back to help DH with the Harvest. I am wondering if he will surprise me when I get back. He loves to surprise me. He might just do some work on my summer kitchen while I am away :)