Beautiful Morning

We were blessed with a beautiful sky this morning. It is cold here with a wind chill of 10 degrees. Wind gusts of 30 to 40 mph. Nothing unusual for us though. Snow was on the ground this morning but the sun is out. Sunshine makes everything better in my opinion.

Not much going on here. I have been staying busy just not much to blog about. I have been going through my seeds. Organizing them and getting rid of some of the older ones. I have made a list of what I need. That way if I’m out and get a package of seeds I can mark it off the list.

I’ve been meaning to share this picture of Jessica’s kids. I love it. They are ready for anything! Just look at Katie’s face.

Also a picture of this little man, who has been very sick for the last week or so. He is finally feeling better but gave us all a scare.

Well that’s about it. As I said not much going on. Enjoy your day and God bless.

Granola Bars

These are our favorite granola bars.  /https://www.blessthismessplease.com/granola-bar-recipe/.  I am making another batch of them this morning.  I just make the basic one.  They are really good and easy to make. I am also making some vanilla yogurt.

We got some snow yesterday.   Very pretty but cold.  Our high yesterday only got to 15 degrees and the wind chill stayed below zero.  Oh well, next week is supposed to be warmer.

The icicles are starting to drip.

Grace feeding the birds.  We get so much enjoyment from watching them come and eat.

Not a lot going on here.  Staying warm mostly.  I’ve did some baking.  I found some cherries in the freezer so I made a cherry cobbler.  

I guess that’s about all for now.  As I said not a lot going on.  Enjoy your day and God bless.

Hello

Good morning everyone!  I hope you are all having a good week so far.  I took this picture from the top of our driveway.  We are so blessed to live where we do.  Also very blessed with warmer temperatures this week.

The other two weeks in January have been really cold.  

Lows around zero with wind chills in the negative teens.  Sometimes staying that temperaure all day.  

The girls and I made a trip to Wal-Mart in Radford over the weekend.  I just could not go past Rural King without going in.  I thought they might have a few spring things out already.  OH MY GOODNESS!  They had all their seeds out.  This is just one section of them.  It was like walking inside a seed catalog.  We loved it.  I think I will probably just get my seeds from there this year instead of ordering.  They definitely have a huge selection to choose from. 

We couldn’t believe they had these seeds.  We planted these last year in the garden.  They are really pretty.   I thought I would probably have to order them for this year.  Last fall just seemed to be so busy I didn’t get to save any seeds from them but we found them there.  Amazing!

I guess that’s all for now.  I hope you have a good week and God bless.

Happy New Year

Hello everyone.  Today is the first day of 2018.  Amazing.  It has been really cold here for the last couple of days.  Lows in the single digits with wind chills below zero.  Now I definitely am not a fan of cold weather but it does have it’s good points.  One of which is getting to cook on the wood stove.  

Grace took these pictures of some visitors here on the farm. 

We have all been sick here but I think we are finally on the mend.  It has been rough.

I love looking at seed books.  I am glad I had just got these.  It has really helped pass the time.

I made this cake to take to our Christmas dinner at Jessica’s.   I got the recipe from the Elliot homestead.  It was my first time using a springform pan.  I really liked using the pan and the cake was delicious.  

Grace just took this picture of the moon. Beautiful, isn’t it!

I hope you have a good week and God bless.

It’s Almost Christmas

Hello everyone!  I hope you are all having a good week.   As you can tell by the above picture, we have our tree up.  YAY!  We also finished decorating the mantle. 

We like to keep it simple.  The little nativity scene has sat on this mantle for many years.  We feel like it completes the decoration.

Some of the things we have made this past week.  Pinwheel candy or as we call it peanut butter roll candy.

Chicken noodle soup.

The filling for our chicken quesadillas.  I love making these.  It is a good way to use up vegetables and we all love them.

I have been blessed this week with a “new” stove.  It is new to me anyway.  My friend, Retia, got a new one and she gave me her old one.  Thanks so much, Retia. I love it!  My thanks also to Dave who went with me (after a very long day) to pick it up, bring it home and set it up.

So this is why it was a long day.  Dave and the kids went down to Madison over the weekend.  Dave wanted to fix the dishwasher in their rental house and they were doing Christmas with his family that live close by there.  Anyway on the way home Saturday night, he has a blow out on one of the trailer tires.  A very nice man offered to let Dave park the trailer in his yard until he could get a tire for it.  So Sunday morning,  Dave and I go back down to Madison in search for a trailer tire.  It turns out these are sometimes hard to find.  Took us ALL day to get a tire, get it mounted on his rim, go back to where the trailer was parked, put the new tire on, get back to Floyd and then go get the stove.  Yes I  know that is a long sentence but it was that kind of day. 


Another thing new in my kitchen is this pretty red keurig.  The girls got it for me for Christmas. 

Some Christmas characters Grace drew.  I think they are so cute. 

A pretty sunset.

I love the way the color is reflected on the pond.  God always has such beautiful colors.  I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas and God bless.

Snow

Hello everyone!  Friday and Saturday we got snow.  Everything is so pretty.  Grace took this beautiful picture of our holly bush.  

I guess all in all we got about 4 inches.  

It made us very happy as we love snow.  I love the snuggle in days.  Snow, rain.  They make me slow down and appreciate the wonderful gifts God has given me.

One of the big exciting things that happened here this week is that my Julie got her drivers license.  A mobile DMV unit comes to our town the first Wednesday of each month. 

It was a long line but worth it to get to do her road test in our little town.  

Another thing that happened this week, Dave and I were on our way to their Madison house.  He was going to put in a dishwasher there and then deliver the table and chairs to his sister when we discovered an antifreeze leak in their suburban.  It was the water pump. So no delivery or set up that day.  

I made some turtle candy to snack on.  It is one of Julie’s favorites. 

This table was gifted to me this week.  I have been looking for something small to set up as a study table on the front porch.  I think this will work.  Sorry the picture is so dark.

My view this morning sitting at the table making this post.

Grace took this beautiful picture of our super moon this week.  So pretty.  

I hope you have a good week and God bless.

Hello

Hello everyone.  I hope you are all having a good week.  We have had a lot of fun stuff going on here.  The above picture is of the High Country Lights show we went to see last week.  We had never been to it before but it was very nice.  

On Sunday of last week, our little town had its Christmas parade.  It is always lots of fun!

Grace’s favorite character in the parade. 

I always laugh and say you know you live in a small town when the deputies wear Santa Claus hats.


The girls and I did a little decorating. 

Just for fun, I thought I would throw in some grandbaby pictures.

Daniel was upstairs so I didn’t  get a picture of him. 

I will leave you with this last picture.  The moon has been absolutely beautiful here.  Enjoy your week and God bless. 

Hello Everyone

I hope you have all had a good week so far.  Today is Thanksgiving day.  I will hopefully have pictures to share of how our day goes but sometimes everything is just too busy to take pictues.  

Grace has finished her Pokemon drawings.  We found a frame at Goodwill for it.  It looks really cute over her art desk.  I am proud of her for seeing it through.   There were quite a few challenges but she stuck with it.  

We have been experiencing colder temperatures here in Floyd which means time to have a fire.  This means time to cook on the stove.  One of my favorite things about winter is getting to use this stove to cook on.  On the stove today: pinto beans, cabbage and pork.  YUM!

I made these granola bars this week.  They are really good and I think they will be my go-to recipe from now on.  I got the recipe from https://www.blessthismessplease.com/granola-bar-recipe.

We also made these.  I guess when I’m inside more, I cook.  I got this recipe from https://www.lifeloveandsugar.com/2016/12/05/no-bake-salted-caramel-coconut-macaroons.  

Just a little funny thing, Grace was looking through a magazine the other day and saw this picture of these swans.  Guess what?

We have one of them!  Julie found it at a yard sale a few years ago.  We thought that was pretty cool. 

 I guess that’s all for now.  God bless.

Fall pictures, Birthday and a Surprise

Hello everyone.  I hope you have all had a wonderful week.  Ours has been nice but a little hectic.   I took this picture last week.  There are still a few trees left with pretty colors on them.  

So pretty!

One of the things we did this week was celebrate my beautiful Grace’s 18th birthday.  Wow!  The Horns surprised her by making this cake.

So cute!

Grace has been busy working on this.  She is drawing all the Pokemon characters from memory.  She has another page to do.  I think she said she will be drawing 150 of them.

She has also been practicing with her watercolor pencils.  

Julie and I made two trips to college this week.  She had to do some of her work on one of their computers.  She also scheduled her classes for next semester while she was there. 

One of Julie’s favorite places to eat is IHOP.   She treated us both to lunch there on one of our days out.  

Since our trip to the tea house, I have been wanting to try my hand at making scones and the Devonshire cream they served.  I made these yesterday.  They were really good and definitely worth making again.  

Now for the surprise part of this post.  The other day, the girls and I were putting away some flower pots for the winter.  Julie carried them out to the building.  She was setting the pots down when she caught movement out of the corner of her eye.  This is what it was.

Now I think in all my years of living in the country and all the possums (yes if you live here they are called possums not opossums) I have killed this has to be the biggest one.  He was huge.  

I will leave you with much more pleasant pictures.  Enjoy your day and God bless.

 

 

Katie’s Tea Party Birthday

Hello everyone.  Yesterday we celebrated this beautiful girl’s birthday.  We went to Mae’s Vintage Kitchen in Kernersville NC.

It was a beautiful old house.

Katie loved everything about the tea party.

Especially the fruit.

From there we went to Build A Bear.

This was quite the experience.  For those who don’t know Katie, I will tell you that Katie LOVES to shop.  She wanted to get all the things.   But with a little guidance from mommy, she picked out just the right things for her bear (which really is a cat).

She helped stuff it,

Bath it and dress it.

And TA-DA!!!

I would like to say thanks to Dave who works hard to make days like this special for his kids.  Also thanks to Jess who planned all this.  It was a great day.  God bless!