May 21, 2014

Spring!

It's spring-finally. Thermometer said 75 degrees yesterday! PTL!! Looking at my yard, I see another sign of spring-where's that lawnmower? My favorite sign of spring is the new life on the farm. While my goats aren't bred, we still have calves being born, turkey eggs in the incubator ready to hatch in about a week, chicks arriving in the mail tomorrow, baby Angora bunnies, and one old bantam hen dutifully hatching a batch in the barn.
This is Sugar. Her momma didn't make it after the birth, but Sugar is a big, healthy heifer who loves to eat. Not sure what to do with her. She may end up on Craig's list because my honey and I are both working and she needs to be fed at least three times a day. I need to get the brooders ready for the chicks and turkey poults. I have two apple trees to put in the ground. The soil is too wet to start my garden, yet. Slightly frustrating, but I don't have control over the weather. I'll post pictures of more of the babies later today or tomorrow after the chicks come in. (I like pictures.) Go with God. From Glory Farm

Apr 2, 2014

A Farm Sitting Business??

I've joked about starting one because my husband and I do take care of farms around here while our neighbors go on vacation. We never charge them, but it usually works into a barter type deal. Now that I'm seriously thinking about leaving my present job, I'd like to find something to make up for the decrease in income. So.....I'm looking to anyone who may be reading this that has some advice to share. I'm thinking that checking on insurance for this venture would be the first thing to do. I've googled this topic and printed out some information. Have any of you ever tried this? We do live in a predominately agricultural community. Maybe go into this with a partner? Just thinking on the blog again. From Glory Farm, Rhonda

Feb 24, 2014

Fruitful Day

Got a baking bug today. Asked honey what he wanted me to bake and he said Peach Upside Down Cake. So, okay, down to the cellar and I did have a jar of peaches left.
It's a cup of brown sugar, 1/2 cup of melted butter, peaches and I mixed up a yellow cake and poured over it. I use the Dinette Cake from the Betty Crocker cookbook and just doubled it. ************* As long as the oven's going I thought I should do all my baking for the week. Save on propane. So I looked in the freezer and pulled out some cranberries and some strawberries. ******************** Made these cranberry cookies:
1 12 oz. bag of cranberries** 2/3 cup powdered sugar** 3 1/2 cups flour** 1 t. cinnamon** 1 t. baking powder** 1 t. soda** 1/2 t. salt** 1 egg** 1 cup sugar** 3/4 cup brown sugar** 1/2 cup butter** 3 T. orange juice************ Slice cranberries in half and put in bowl sprinkle with powdered sugar. Let set 10 minutes. Cream butter, sugars, orange juice, and add beaten egg. Sift and add flour, cinnamon, baking soda, baking powder, salt, gradually. This gets a bit dry and I usually only put in 3 cups of flour. Add cranberries and stir gently. Drop onto greased cookie sheet and bake at 350 for 10-12 minutes.****************** Now some strawberry bread...
3 cups strawberries, mashed and drained** (I put some of the juice into the batter)** 1 1/4 cup oil (lard)** 4 eggs beaten** Mix all this together and add to the dry ingredients which are:** 3 cups flour** 2 cups sugar** 1 1/4 t. cinnamon** 1 t. salt** 1 t. baking soda** Mix everything together will and pour into two greased loaf pans. Bake at 350 for an hour.******************************* Last-I threw some homemade mac and cheese in the oven with some ham for supper tonight. Now everything is done except the dishes. Help.

Good Morning!

Okay guys, time to get up-
Chester slowly coming to life.
Houston is bright eyed and bushy tailed. He's been outside and is ready for a nap. Have a wonderful, joy-filled day.

May 21, 2014

Spring!

It's spring-finally. Thermometer said 75 degrees yesterday! PTL!! Looking at my yard, I see another sign of spring-where's that lawnmower? My favorite sign of spring is the new life on the farm. While my goats aren't bred, we still have calves being born, turkey eggs in the incubator ready to hatch in about a week, chicks arriving in the mail tomorrow, baby Angora bunnies, and one old bantam hen dutifully hatching a batch in the barn.
This is Sugar. Her momma didn't make it after the birth, but Sugar is a big, healthy heifer who loves to eat. Not sure what to do with her. She may end up on Craig's list because my honey and I are both working and she needs to be fed at least three times a day. I need to get the brooders ready for the chicks and turkey poults. I have two apple trees to put in the ground. The soil is too wet to start my garden, yet. Slightly frustrating, but I don't have control over the weather. I'll post pictures of more of the babies later today or tomorrow after the chicks come in. (I like pictures.) Go with God. From Glory Farm

Apr 2, 2014

A Farm Sitting Business??

I've joked about starting one because my husband and I do take care of farms around here while our neighbors go on vacation. We never charge them, but it usually works into a barter type deal. Now that I'm seriously thinking about leaving my present job, I'd like to find something to make up for the decrease in income. So.....I'm looking to anyone who may be reading this that has some advice to share. I'm thinking that checking on insurance for this venture would be the first thing to do. I've googled this topic and printed out some information. Have any of you ever tried this? We do live in a predominately agricultural community. Maybe go into this with a partner? Just thinking on the blog again. From Glory Farm, Rhonda

Feb 24, 2014

Fruitful Day

Got a baking bug today. Asked honey what he wanted me to bake and he said Peach Upside Down Cake. So, okay, down to the cellar and I did have a jar of peaches left.
It's a cup of brown sugar, 1/2 cup of melted butter, peaches and I mixed up a yellow cake and poured over it. I use the Dinette Cake from the Betty Crocker cookbook and just doubled it. ************* As long as the oven's going I thought I should do all my baking for the week. Save on propane. So I looked in the freezer and pulled out some cranberries and some strawberries. ******************** Made these cranberry cookies:
1 12 oz. bag of cranberries** 2/3 cup powdered sugar** 3 1/2 cups flour** 1 t. cinnamon** 1 t. baking powder** 1 t. soda** 1/2 t. salt** 1 egg** 1 cup sugar** 3/4 cup brown sugar** 1/2 cup butter** 3 T. orange juice************ Slice cranberries in half and put in bowl sprinkle with powdered sugar. Let set 10 minutes. Cream butter, sugars, orange juice, and add beaten egg. Sift and add flour, cinnamon, baking soda, baking powder, salt, gradually. This gets a bit dry and I usually only put in 3 cups of flour. Add cranberries and stir gently. Drop onto greased cookie sheet and bake at 350 for 10-12 minutes.****************** Now some strawberry bread...
3 cups strawberries, mashed and drained** (I put some of the juice into the batter)** 1 1/4 cup oil (lard)** 4 eggs beaten** Mix all this together and add to the dry ingredients which are:** 3 cups flour** 2 cups sugar** 1 1/4 t. cinnamon** 1 t. salt** 1 t. baking soda** Mix everything together will and pour into two greased loaf pans. Bake at 350 for an hour.******************************* Last-I threw some homemade mac and cheese in the oven with some ham for supper tonight. Now everything is done except the dishes. Help.

Good Morning!

Okay guys, time to get up-
Chester slowly coming to life.
Houston is bright eyed and bushy tailed. He's been outside and is ready for a nap. Have a wonderful, joy-filled day.