Friday, July 25, 2014

Friday Randoms

Spotted this old fellow while riding along with Secret Agent Farm Man to pick up some supplies.  I think it looks like it belongs in the movie, Cars.

I posted a photo of my Border Collie in the Garden and Gun Good Dog Photo Contest.  You can do the same right here.  

A couple of days ago I was making supper, while my daughter was perched on the kitchen counter making me listen to some Jimmy Fallon Twitter #hashtags on her iphone.  This one is pretty good :) 

My teacher-back-to-school schedule starts in earnest next week.  Where did summer go.....

How about some music to match that old Ford pick up truck?

Linking up with Tanya today! 

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Thankful Thursday

This old house has floated through this blog in the years past, but I was driving past it just a couple of weeks ago and once again it sparked my interest.   An old family homestead that is taking its own sweet time wearing away.  Thankful today for old things that don't leave us too soon.  

"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 

Linking up today with Teresa......

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Roadshow Bound

A friend of mine attended the Antiques Roadshow this summer in Birmingham, Alabama.  After applying for tickets, she was lucky enough to be selected to attend the show.  

Taking two items, one of which was a Goodwill purchase, she received positive appraisals.  One for several hundred dollars.  She said even with the long lines, it was a great experience.  Which inspires me to apply for tickets to next year's roadshow.  

Which also begs the question, have any of you attended the Antiques Roadshow?  

Was it all you thought it would be and more.....or was it less?

What did you take for appraisal?

If you haven't been, would you go and what would you take? 


Sunday, July 20, 2014

Nature's Model

He was not the best model to work with.  

Though I attempted several shots, only these two were worth sharing.  

I think a macro lens is calling my name.....

Friday, July 18, 2014

Friday Randoms

Maybe it's a pumpkin blossom or maybe it is a teacup for my sweet honey bees.  You decide.....

If you are a fan of Walter White, then you can watch him launch into space right here.  You are welcome.  

My daughter and her friend were up cooking in the kitchen at three this morning.  I guess when you are thirteen, time is meaningless. 

Who doesn't use slang words?  I have heard most of these, but some were new for me.  I may have to start using, whoopensocker.  

Because I can't get enough of Miche Braden and Postmodern Jukebox, here she is giving a modern day teenage anthem her ever so talented spin.  

Linking up with Tanya today!  

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Thankful Thursday

Thankful this Thursday for some cool, fall days right here in the middle of summer.  Nothing like having the windows open and a cool breeze blowing through this old farmhouse. 

Linking up today with Teresa! 

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Pudding Forever

Once upon a time, not too terribly long ago, I was a girl-child.  More specifically, I was an Air Force Brat living in the great state of North Dakota.  Each summer we would make the trip, by car, to my parents home in the state of Kentucky.  My most pronounced memories are of us taking this trip in a Honda Civic.  

That's right.....I said four people in a Honda Civic on a two-day marathon drive.  

I would take turns staying with both sets of grandparents.  Both equally influencing me in ways I couldn't understand in that given moment.  Once, when I was staying with my Mom's parents, we were invited to supper at my grandmother's friends' house.  

My grandmother, Bird, had been longtime friends with Minnie, a tall, very slender woman who lived on a farm with her husband.  Minnie had raised three children and was grandmother to several.  Minnie also lived in a holler.  A place so remote that there was no access road out of it.  You had to turn around and drive back out to your destination.  

She lived in a plain, Federal style farmhouse that had kittens in the front yard.  

Kittens, I said.....very important to a girl-child.  

Minnie also had a closed in back porch that held an enamel bucket with cold water and a dipper gourd.   A dipper gourd that I couldn't resist, much to my mother's chagrin.  

Supper was about fresh garden produce and, if I remember correctly, chicken.  And, then came dessert.  

Minnie asked me if I would like some pudding.  

I said no, as I knew I didn't like pudding.  Then, I saw everyone else receiving a small plate of cake.  Cake?  Yes, a yellow sponge cake that I said yes to.  Our area is home to so very many descendants of the British Isles and the vocabulary has stayed true through time.  Thus, Minnie referred to cake as, "pudding", an English term for dessert.   

It just goes to show you what small moments mean to someone through their lifetime. Ms. Minnie passed away quite a number of years ago, but I remember that moment in her home, though brief, with extreme fondness.  

Something triggered a memory of Minnie just the other day and I decided to research a recipe to do justice to her, "pudding cake".  

Here you will find a recipe for Victorian Sponge Cake.  I hope you will enjoy it as much as I did.