Here is the view from my deck and one of the house in our latest snow storm.
Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Well, it's not even winter yet but we have snow again...lol You just have to love Maine! We finished the Gingerbread House and have started on the decorations for the house and cookie baking. Hope your all having a wonderful Christmas Season so far.
Sunday, November 24, 2013
Well, it started snowing last night, very arctic cold air and wind..not too much snow though. But, we might be headed for a Nor'easter Wednesday so more to come.
I am taking time to make a pair of new crochet slippers in Thyme green and they should be finished tonight!! I started with a pattern from the Red Heart Yarn but decided to make my own version in the toe area.
The look like duck bills right now, but they will look better real soon!
Will be getting ready for Thanksgiving...have lots of baking and chopping to do! I love the holidays!
Monday, November 11, 2013
We have been in our new place now for 9 months and love it! There is plenty of room now for our gardens and animals.
We have a very large kitchen..still working out my style.
My bakers rack...were I do a lot of mixing oils and herbs for dressings and tinctures.
We picked some very deep colors for the kitchen and family room walls.
There is a nice size family room..with antique pocket doors that led to the kids playroom. My daughter has an obsession with Dr. Who on the BBC so we got her a Tardis for her birthday!
Well, that's it for some of the inside tour..I will show you more of the gardens and out buildings.
Thursday, November 7, 2013
Creamy Sweet Potatoes
5 to 6 cans sweet potatoes
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1/2 cup orange juice
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 cup miniature marshmallows
In a large bowl, mash sweet potatoes. Add eggs, orange juice, butter, sugar, vanilla, nutmeg and salt; mix well. Transfer to a greased 3-qt. baking dish.
Bake at 350° for 35-40 minutes or until set. Top with marshmallows; return to oven until they just begin to puff and melt, about 5-10 minutes. Yield: 10-12 servings.
Old Fashioned Sausage Dressing
2 pounds bulk pork sausage
2 cups milk
14 cups plain stuffing mix (about 6 boxes plain)
2 cups diced celery
3 eggs, lightly beaten
2 Tbs. sage
4 tablespoons diced onion
1 teaspoon salt or salt to taste
In a large skillet, brown sausage. Drain and discard drippings. Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, heat milk over medium heat until bubbles form around sides of pan. In a large bowl, combine sausage, milk and remaining ingredients.
Transfer to a greased baking dish. Cover and bake at 350° for 40 minutes or until lightly browned. Yield: 24 servings
Saturday, November 2, 2013
I have been on a break for awhile and so happy to be back! The weather here in Maine since Halloween evening has been unseasonably warm. Rainy, but high 60's! That is odd for us...it is usually freezing by now. I will take it though, and enjoy it. Talk to you soon with some great Thanksgiving recipes and DIY ideas.
Thursday, March 14, 2013
Myotonic or Fainting goats are wonderful pets they stay small do not require milking and breed and kid easily.
Pygmy goats are cute and cuddly and provide many valuable services. For example, they
keep the vegetation on your property cut, they produce natural fertilizers that you can use for your garden, and they also help control populations of fleas and ticks on your property.
Build your herd. Pygmy goats, like other goats, are herding animals. To preserve their mental and physical health, you will need at least two pygmy goats for your herd.
Create a secure and safe enclosure. Pygmy goats are skilled at demolition, so use cattle
fencing to keep them in a specific area and keep out predators. Make sure you provide the
pygmy goats with enough space for play, from a half acre for two goats to several acres for
larger herds. Large dog houses provide great daytime shelter from wind and bad weather. A
barn stall is needed for night time and winter shelter.
Feed pygmy goats a well-balanced diet. During the spring and summer, your goats will get
most of their nourishment from grasses and brush. However, you will need to supplement
their diet with goat rations to ensure that they're getting all the minerals they need. When wild grasses and brush are not available, feed your goats sweet feed and goat rations.
Worm your pygmy goats every couple of months.
1. Limit how often you breed the pygmy goats. While pygmy goats can give birth more
than once a year, it is not recommended to breed them more than once a year. You
will produce much healthier kids with a single pregnancy a year. Does should be about
18 months old before they are bred. If your does are having a hard time feeding their
kids, bottle-feed the babies when necessary.
2. Provide toys for your pygmy goats. Picnic tables are a great recreational item for goats.
The pygmies can climb on the table and even chew on it. Other toys include boulders,
balls and tires. Select items that are non-toxic and capable of withstanding abuse from
Sunday, February 24, 2013
|Perfect snow for building a snowman! Good job Charlie & kids.|
|The trees are so laden with snow they are hanging.|
|The roads are icy and packed.|
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Well, we had a big snow storm last week and have been digging out, stocking pantry's, and making lots of hot cocoa..lol maybe this will be our last snow storm of the season. I do love winter in New England, you never know what to expect! Smiles