Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Sad Days

Our small community is reeling from the accidental death of a young, high school student.  Sad days ahead for the young and old, alike.  

"No one can confidently say that he will still be living tomorrow."  


Sunday, August 30, 2015

Division of Labor

In this house there is a certain division of labor.  I do most of the inside chores and the Farmer Man does most of the outside chores.  Yes, it is a rather antiquated system, but we end up doing things that we like.  My wine providing, high school French teacher once told her class that she and her husband divided the chores into, "water chores and non-water chores".  We are not quite that fair, but after 27 years of marriage our system works for us.  

Let's take this weekend's chores, for example.....

This guy decided to take possession of a friend's fallen Oak tree.  Though he rented a splitter to make the job easier, it has still taken three days worth of work to prep all of this wood.  

I did  11 loads of laundry instead......

"Age appears to be best in four things:  old wood best to burn, old wine to drink, old friends to trust, and old authors to read."  

Francis Bacon 

Friday, August 28, 2015

Friday Randoms

Yep....that's me giving Frisch's Big Boy a squeeze.  

I cannot imagine coming upon wild Orcas such as this man did, but he made a beautiful video from his experience.  Worth your time.

I wish all high school coaches had this kind of attitude.

Garden and Gun's Good Dog photo contest starts up again on September 15th.  Get those cameras ready!

Leaving you with a little Superstition today.  A masterpiece from Mr. Wonder.

Linking up today with Tanya! 

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Thankful Thursday

A different kind of fence photo today for Theresa's link up.  Last weekend was spent in the great state of Indiana at a fast pitch softball tournament.  The girl of the house pitched and did a great job.  We are always so proud of her efforts.  Yes, they won the tournament :) 

Thankful today for my growing children who always seem to keep me busy.  Ball tournaments and trap shoots have filled our days.  Helping the boy child of the house navigate adult work routines and future decisions, while keeping the girl child in a new high school routine, makes for a busy life.  

Parenthood has been a challenge.....something only my Dad was honest about when my children came along.  

Busy I am and thankful I am....

Linking up today with Theresa......

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Tomato Hornworm

I found this little gem while watering some flowers.  

Though my tomatoes haven't produced well this season, the cherry tomato crop has produced fairly well.  I also have several, "volunteer", tomato plants here and there.  

Hence, this worm found a profitable home for itself.  

Its body is full of Braconid Wasp eggs, thus it won't live much longer.  Many species of this type of wasp are used as biological pest control.  

The wasps will hatch and attack any other hornworms in the vicinity.  

Slightly handsome.....but, just too destructive.  

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Curds and Whey

I finally decided to make cheese. 

 I know, I know....you can buy it in the store!  But, where is the fun in that?  The challenge, the skill building, the life experience!   

First you need some milk.  I used organic, whole milk with good results.  In a heavy pan, heat one gallon of milk to 120 degrees Fahrenheit.  You will need an instant read thermometer for this, but they are readily available.  

When you reach the desired temperature, remove from heat, and pour in one cup of vinegar.  Apple cider vinegar worked for me, but regular vinegar is fine too.  

Stir mixture for 2-3 minutes, until curds begin to form.  Cover and allow mixture to sit for about 30 minutes.  

Next, line a colander with a flour sack towel and set it in a large bowl.  This will capture the whey.  

Pour mixture into the lined colander 

Allow to drain and then gently squeeze out excess liquid.  

Transfer to a bowl and add some kosher salt.  I ended up using about 1/2 teaspoon.  

Mix well and give it a taste test.  I found mine to be quite good.  A bit more in texture like ricotta cheese and with a very fresh taste.  I used mine the same day in a pan of homemade lasagna.  If not used right away, this will keep for about a week in the fridge.  

What to do with the whey?  

Well, I did read that you could drink it and I tried it.....but, I didn't care for that idea.  

Mine went to the chickens.  

Happy chickens, happy farm.  

Friday, August 21, 2015

Friday Randoms

Here we have a photograph I took this week while turning off the highway toward my Smalltownland farm.  Two tobacco wagons awaiting transport to the barn.  A typical Smalltownland scene this time of year.  

Are you a fan of Whoopie Pies?  I am not, but my kids are.  I buy them at our local Amish Farmer's Market.  You can find the recipe here, but I think it is easier just to buy them from a nice Amish lady. 

 It's been a while since we have had a little Jimmy Fallon to mix up our day.  Here he is playing some Family Feud....my favorite game show.  

I finally watched this groom's epic wedding dance and I wasn't disappointed.  

Today you have your choice of some Post Modern Jukebox or some Fleetwood Mac.  Enjoy!  

Have a great Friday!!!!