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.

Jan 28, 2014

The Answer's in Layers

As any good musher knows (and as Mama Pea over at A Homegrown Journal, reminded me)the way to stay warm in bitter cold weather is layers. You layer, layer, layer. First you put on your "unmentionables", which I won't mention. Next is your long underwear. Under Armor is the "in" brand right now, but I'm not very "in".
Now you find a long sleeved T and a pair of leggings to go over the longjohns.
Alright, next a sweatshirt...
and some insulated windpants.
Don't forget your feet. A good pair of socks and some Smart Wools.
Okay, now you're set to read a good book. What if you decide you want to go outside? You'll need-a set of warm coveralls.
If it's really nasty, a jacket to go over the coveralls. (I don't usually need this.)
Some choppers, some liners, a neck gator, and a hat to wear under your hood-
And a good pair of boots...
I recommend Steger Mukluks. They are so very warm. I had a pair for 15 years and they are fantastic. Now, I have a pair of packs. So there you have it. Stay warm. :) P.S. Please excuse how cruddy the clothes look. They're my barn clothes and just look like it.

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.

Jan 28, 2014

The Answer's in Layers

As any good musher knows (and as Mama Pea over at A Homegrown Journal, reminded me)the way to stay warm in bitter cold weather is layers. You layer, layer, layer. First you put on your "unmentionables", which I won't mention. Next is your long underwear. Under Armor is the "in" brand right now, but I'm not very "in".
Now you find a long sleeved T and a pair of leggings to go over the longjohns.
Alright, next a sweatshirt...
and some insulated windpants.
Don't forget your feet. A good pair of socks and some Smart Wools.
Okay, now you're set to read a good book. What if you decide you want to go outside? You'll need-a set of warm coveralls.
If it's really nasty, a jacket to go over the coveralls. (I don't usually need this.)
Some choppers, some liners, a neck gator, and a hat to wear under your hood-
And a good pair of boots...
I recommend Steger Mukluks. They are so very warm. I had a pair for 15 years and they are fantastic. Now, I have a pair of packs. So there you have it. Stay warm. :) P.S. Please excuse how cruddy the clothes look. They're my barn clothes and just look like it.