Friday, January 30, 2015

Friday Randoms

An artistic rendering of a dried pod of something or other......

I have shared a list of things about Kentucky before, but here are a few others that you might not have known.  I didn't know a few of them.  

Found eggs in the coop!  A Christmas Miracle right here at the end of January.  Put them on the back porch while I did some more chores.  Came back to find 3 missing and my Border Collie smacking her doggie lips......

This teacher is showing everyone how cool we really are.  

And, we know we need some music for the weekend.

Linking up with Tanya today.......

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Thankful Thursday

Thankful today for a snow day this week.  Maybe we should call it an icy road kind of day, but a day off, none the less.  

Lunch with the daughter, chili cooking on the stove, puttering around the house, etc.....

It's these kind of quiet days that fuel me for the rest of the year.  

"Follow effective action with quiet reflection.  From the quiet reflection will come even more effective action."  

Peter Drucker 

Linking up with Teresa today....

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Peanut Butter and Chocolate Solve Everything

Once upon a time, not so long ago....

our illustrious First Lady decided to reform the nation's school lunch menu.  

Mostly for the good, this decision left an indelible mark at my school.  

You see, the Reece Cup Bars that our lunch ladies made were the stuff of legend.  Known to cure all ills and many types of unhappiness, they became virtually obsolete.  

So I had to take matters into my own hands and come up with a recipe I could live with.  

More importantly, one my son would love.  

These were made at his request and they are going fast, causing great waves of happiness around the house.  

Reeces Peanut Butter Bars 

1 cup melted butter
2 cups graham cracker crumbs
2 cups powdered sugar
*Mix these ingredients and press into an 8x12 inch pan. 

Pour 1 1/2 cups chocolate chips into a microwave proof bowl and top it off with 1 cup and 4 tablespoons peanut butter.  Melt until smooth, stirring at each interval.  

Pour peanut butter/chocolate mixture on top of the graham cracker mix in the pan.  Chill until firm.  

*Crucial Tip* 
Scrape off any remaining chocolate/peanut butter mixture that is left in the bowl and eat every drop.  

"Through enjoyment, we endure."  

Florence Ditlow  

Sunday, January 25, 2015

The White Stuff

(Insert your best Gomer Pyle voice) 

Surprise, surprise, surprise!  

We awoke to a bit more than a dusting of snow yesterday morning.  

I think the forecast was for a dusting with some sleet.  

No sleet, just incredibly large, fluffy flakes.  Witnessed by me at about one o'clock in the morning when the dogs needed an outside break.  

When the sun came up, it made everything sparkle.  

Then, it melted by noon.  

"Snow provokes responses that reach right back to childhood."  

Andy Goldsworthy 

Friday, January 23, 2015

Friday Randoms

Yet another old farmhouse fading fast.  This one is located next to a Civil War Battlefield.  Is it inhabited?  I kind of thought so......

Since it is officially soup/chili/stew season at the Farmette, I really feel the need for this kitchen utensil.  

52 impressive photographs to scroll through are right here.  

She has a great voice.  

This is my husband's pick for this Friday's music selection.  

Linking up with Tanya today.  Go forth and have a great weekend!  

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Thankful Thursday

The sunset, at the Farmette, yesterday afternoon.

Thankful this Thursday for sunshine.  The sun has been out and temps have been in the fifties.  An afternoon walk has been the norm, but snow is looming on the forecast for Friday and cold days are ahead once more.  

Sounds like more time reading by the wood stove.  I think I can live with that.  

Linking up today with Teresa.....

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Garden Planning Time

It's that time of year again, You know, the time to plan your garden and order some seeds. Maybe the warm temps this week have me motivated, but seed catalogs started arriving here at the Farmette in December.  After pouring over the catalogs I have made a conservative list.  

Here are the contestants, in no particular order....

Boston Pickling Cucumber
Tennessee Spinning Gourd
Rocky Top Lettuce Mix
Plum Granny Melon
Jarrahdale Pumpkin
Rouge Vif D'etampes Pumpkin
Vulcan Swiss Chard
Cherokee Purple Tomato
Hillbilly Tomato
Spider Plant Heirloom Flower Mix
Atomic Red Carrot
Petit Gris De Rennes Melon
Triamble Pumpkin
Turk's Cap Pumpkin
Moon and Stars Watermelon

This list comes from the Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Catalog.  A great company that I have had a lot of success with.  A few seed packets will come from Annie's Heirloom Seeds.  

Anyone out there planning their gardens yet?  

Do you have a favorite seed company?  

Do tell.....inquiring minds want to know.