We received our first egg this past week from this group of beautiful ladies.

To make it even more special, we got it on Grace’s birthday! I sure have missed having fresh eggs. And I have really missed having chickens. I am glad we decided to get these ladies this summer. They really bring a lot of joy. I love hear them singing in the mornings.

God bless.

Grace and Katie’s Birthday

Yesterday we celebrated Grace and Katie’s birthdays. Katie’s is on the 2nd of November and Grace’s is the 5th. Just look how festive they are!❤

Jess always does such a great job with decorations for all the parties!

Katie’s afghan I made her.

One of Grace’s gift from Dave and Jess.

It is so pretty in the dark. They both got lots of nice gifts but the best gift of all is getting to celebrate together.

God bless!

Stack Cake

Good morning everyone! I hope you are all having a great week. I thought I would share what I have been doing this morning.

This cake is the main reason I make apple butter every year. Women in my family have been making this cake for many, many generations. I can hardly recall a family get to together that someone didn’t bring one of these cakes.

I used to use my Aunt Emily’s recipe but my cousin Fern Rose sent me her recipe several years ago and I have used it ever since.

Stack Cake

1/2 cup sugar, 1/2 cup oil, 1/3 cup molasses, 1 egg, 1/2 cup buttermilk, 3 and 1/2 cups self rising flour, 1 tsp vanilla, 1 tsp ginger.

Mix sugar, oil, molasses and egg until creamy. Add vanilla and ginger. Add flour and buttermilk a little at a time until mixed well. Put on floured surface and divide into six balls. Roll out with rolling pin until not too thick. Put each cake in same size skillet or cake pan. Bake 10 min at 350° . Put applesauce or apple butter between layers while cake is still hot.

She said this recipe was handed down to her by her husband Bill’s great aunt Jane McCowan.

This cake is better if it sits for a day or two before eating it. We love it with buttermilk.

I hope you all have a great day. Enjoy this beautiful fall weather. God bless.

Good Morning

Good morning everyone! I thought I would share a few pictures of this beautiful sunrise the Lord blessed us with this morning.

I hope you have all been having a good week. Things have been good here.

I’ve been canning some apples, made some apple butter, canned some greens and put up some rampicante squash to make squash soup this winter.

The garden will soon be finished. I am very surprised we haven’t had any frost yet but I am glad. I gathered a good bit of peppers yesterday. Those gypsy peppers are so good. They just keep on producing.

Well that’s all for today. I am helping Dave replace Donna’s shower stall. Enjoy your day and God bless.

Daniel’s Birthday

Good evening everyone! I hope you have all had a good week. Today we celebrated Daniel’s 14th birthday. It is amazing to think he is 14.

He received an iPad from his mom and dad!

He was very surprised!

Grace and I got him a leather wallet with a dragon on it. He is very much into dragons.

I also made him an afghan. Green is his favorite color.

MeMe got him more dragon stuff but I didn’t get a picture of it.

Jess made him this awesome dragon cake.

It was a really nice party!!

God bless!

Sam’s Hot Sauce

Hello everyone! I hope you are all enjoying your weekend so far. Today, Sam and I made hot sauce.

He has been wanting to make hot sauce all summer. He even grew some jalapeno peppers just so he could make hot sauce. His plants didn’t make enough peppers to make any sauce but a neighbor gave us some of his peppers.

So today we make hot sauce!! It was so much fun! He said it turned out exactly how he wanted it to. We used this recipe.

God bless!

Squash Soup

Hello everyone! I hope you are all having a great week.  We have been having really nice weather. Not too hot. I starting harvesting and preserving these rampicante squash this week.  Just look how big this one is!  38 inches!

After harvesting,  I cut them into pieces and bake in the oven. It takes about an hour on 350 ° or until it is soft.

I, of course, saved seeds from it. You can buy the seeds from I’m sure other seeds companies have them as well.

I then made the soup from this recipe We love this soup. I made it last fall and put it in the freezer. We were sad when it was all gone.

We have many more squash up there so I plan on putting more up in the freezer. From this one squash, I made 1 batch of soup and put enough in the freezer to make 2 more.

God bless!

Roasted Red Pepper Soup

I tried a new recipe today. I got the idea from Living Traditions Homestead. First I gathered some red peppers from the garden.

Roasted them in the oven. I then put them in a small kettle with a lid so they could steam.

Took all the burnt peelings off.

Then made the soup. Recipe came from

Roasted Red Peppers Soup

It was pretty good. But it seemed to be quite a lot of work. I’m not sure I will make it again but we’ll see. I have enough roasted peppers to make two more batches so maybe.

God bless!

Adventure Time

I spent some time with this handsome young man yesterday. Jess had to take Dave’s mom for a doctor’s appointment. Grace and I stayed with the other kids. She and the older kids played upstairs while John Luke and I hung out together.

One of our most fun things to do is go on adventures. We look for B-17 bombers and army bases. You know, things like that.

We have a bomb ready just in case we need to defend our army base. I am so amazed at his imagination and all the things he can do that we never knew if he would be able to do. Thankful for God’s gifts.

We also spent some time this week helping Jess get her school room(dining room) ready.

I love school books and the freshness of a new school year!

I am working on getting more seeds saved this morning. It has been such a beautiful morning. Temperature was 46 when I got up. It felt so good after the heat we have been having. I love this time of year!

God bless.