A Weekend Recipe

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I have been savoring the last of the blueberries. Our blueberry bushes are coming to the end of their production. I think the birds got more of them this year than we did. I will be purchasing netting for next year because I had to buy a box of blueberries for freezing. I saved a few and made this yummy breakfast treat. I make it every year just like my mom. The recipe came from an old newspaper clipping and it has been a favorite in our family. This year I doubled the recipe because it never lasts long in this house. You may want to do the same thing. Be sure to bake it for double the amount too. It is a perfect Saturday morning breakfast. Serve with fresh peaches. Enjoy and have a blessed weekend.

Alaskan Blueberry Coffee Cake

1 1/2 c. flour

3/4 c. sugar

2 1/2 tsp baking powder

1 tsp salt

1/4 c. oil

3/4 c. milk

1 egg

1 1/2 c. fresh blueberries

Topping

1/2 c. flour

1/2 c. brown sugar

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1/4 c. butter

Blend flour, sugar, baking powder, salt. add oil, milk, egg, and one cup of blueberries. Spread in a greased square 9 inch pan. Make the topping: Combine the flour, brown sugar, cinnamon, and butter until crumbly. sprinkle this mixture on top of the batter and top with remaining blueberries. Bake at 375 for 35 to 45 minutes.  

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Fair Fun

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It is one of my favorite times of the year. Just like visiting an old friend. The exhibits, animals, events, smells, and the food. Each fair unique to their own community.  This week started the kick off of fair time. Nothing can get more American than this. A time of year to celebrate our roots and heritage. Each year I have grand plans of entering one of the exhibits. I guess I still have time since there are many more to come. If you have never been to one, please take time to do so. It really is a one of a kind experience. As we were leaving, a couple stopped me in the parking lot and asked me what kind of fair this was. I explained and encouraged them to check it out. They clearly were not locals. In fact they were all the way from South Africa. I hope they enjoyed their time and learned a little about Pennsylvania farm life. 

Sawyer’s Room

 

Well, I finally put most of the finishing touches on Saywer’s room. I am still searching for some accents for above her crib. That gives me a reason to thrift. She is now sleeping in her own room and doing quite well. While planning this room I really thought she was a he and went with a vintage woodland nursery with the option to make it girly.  I made two quilts using the Organic Birch Fort Firefly series by Teagan White. The more boyish one is up for sale on the Shingled Barn. (See above tab) Each of the girls nurseries were different with different bedding. I really like to make their rooms unique for each of them. I can’t wait to see more of Sawyer’s personality and to see how she fits into this family. She really is a happy baby and I think this theme fits her well. She loves to be outside and is her happiest when outdoors. So lets take a walk through her room. 

 

 

 

 

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Most of the items were things I had. The wardrobe cabinet was found on a vintage yardsale page I belong to. A posting on how I distressed it will be coming soon. She also loves her hippie mobile which I  made from fabric scraps, feathers, beads, and twine attached to an embroidery hoop. The side table next to the chair was my grandfathers suitcase he used in WWII and it sits on top of a vintage camp stool.  It was so fun collecting attic pieces along with thrifted finds to make her room a special place that can grow with her through the years. 

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TEN

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Ten. That is the number of wired haired pointing griffon puppies Sage birthed three weeks ago. They are all thriving and doing well. We watched her closely on her due date. She was restless and made nests in random places, like in the feeding trough in the barn. Well at 9:00pm Brook went to check her again and that is just where he found her and two of her pups. Then he found two more in a far corner of the barn. He moved them to the whelping box and there she had four more that night. I scooped Hannah out of bed and Brook brought Grace down and we watched the miracle of life. We thought she only had eight puppies but later the next day Brook’s brother checked on them for me and he counted two more. That was quite a surprise. There eyes just opened and they are healthy little girls and boys. They will be running around this place in a few more weeks and then it will be time to find homes for all of them. There sure is never a dull moment around here. 

A Beautiful Father’s Day Weekend

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It was a beautiful Father’s Day weekend. These are some of the ways we celebrated.

* time with new and seasoned daddies. Oh  how blessed we are to have some awesome fathers in our family.

* cookouts and campfires

* worshiping the Lord

*  homemade vanilla ice cream and fresh picked berries

* playing in the gardens

* checking the bees

* making more strawberry wine

* homemade soft pretzels for dinner( in which Grace declared that was not very healthy)

* more slip-n-slide fun

Nothing fancy, just keeping with routine around here. Sweet and simple but oh so lovely and relaxing. 

Chicken Trouble

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Oh these chickens! Remember the coop that Brook built for me? The one that you could move so they could eat the fresh grass. Well it was not working. We had too many chickens for the given space and they started pecking each other. Either that or the original three chickens from last year were beating up on this year chickens. 

So to fix the problem, Brook moved the coop to the top of the hill and made a permanent home for the flock. He clipped their wings and made a small pasture. Well, those original three chickens led by Sneaky the Americana still managed to escape. Once again Brook tried to fix the fence by making it taller. For sure they would not be able to escape. Wrong! Now Sneaky has a following and they are all escaping. So for now we have given into the fact that “what will be will be.” We are finding random nests around the property and enjoying the egg hunts we get to go on everyday. So much for the reliability of finding our eggs in the same spot. 

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The First Taste of Summer

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Strawberries! Summer is in every bite. We are reaping the harvest of our first strawberry patch that we planted last May. We are loving the Early Glow variety right now. They may just be our favorite. The Early Glow has that full strawberry taste. We have several other varieties that we planted to stagger the picking times. I think Chancellor is next and then Ozark Beauty. Right now we are enjoying the family time spent picking in the evenings just as much as we are enjoying eating them. The jam has been made and next on the list is strawberry wine. I also have the ingredients for homemade vanilla ice cream with fresh strawberries on top. I use this ice cream maker and I love, love, love it! Think I might make some more baked oatmeal this week for breakfast. You can too! It is awesome with what else, fresh strawberries, coconut milk, and a drizzle of honey. My MIL adds grated carrot and apple to her oatmeal batter and so I tried it and loved the texture. You got to try it.

Happy berry picking. What are you making with your berries?

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Rise and Shine Baked Oatmeal

3/4 c. oil

1/2 c. honey

3 eggs

3/4 tsp salt

3 tsp baking powder

4 1/2 c. quick oats

1 1/2 c. milk

1 grated carrot

1 grated apple

1/2 cup coconut

Mix all ingredients and pour into a greased 9×13 pan.

Topping

3 Tbls butter

1/4 cup whole oats

3 Tbls flour( I use oat flour)

3Tbls brown sugar

Mix until crumbly and add to the top of the oatmeal. Sprinkle it with cinnamon and bake for 45 minutes at 350

Zephyr

Meet Zephyr. The newest addition to our family besides the turkey, quail, and rabbits. We got him last week from a friend with intentions of keeping him as a barn cat.  Right now he is staying cozy in the garage until he is older and more adjusted to his surroundings and his new family. We all love him, yes I think even Brook.  There is no doubt this little kitty is going to be a great mouser in a few weeks.  “How do you know?” you ask. Yesterday we caught him with two quail that he decided to have for lunch. Guess it was time to move the quail chicks to the barn. 

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Milestones

 

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Grace ended her pre-kindergarten year with a program that involved singing of the bible verses she learned all year and time of fellowship with friends and family. It was a milestone that came too quickly but she accomplished her first year of school and loved every minute of it. Now we are going to enjoy the summer together but all the while I keep hearing “when I am in kindergarten…..” She is so excited for her next adventure. I hope she keeps this love of learning as she grows. She is setting a great example for her sisters, one of them who can’t wait to go to school. In a few years my love. Hold tight and enjoy being a 2 year old.

Pre-K was a great experience and to show our appreciation to her teacher and aids in the classroom we made a whipped coconut and lime sugar scrub. It is time for all teachers to put their feet up and relax a bit this summer. You work so hard all year and deserve this time off. Enjoy it!

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This scrub smells so yummy you could eat it. And you can eat it because it is all natural ingredients you can find in your kitchen. We put it in a half pint mason jar and made it pretty with a scrap piece of fabric and vintage spoon to scoop it with. The mason jar tag is a stamp I found at the craft store and the tag on the spoon is from the dollar store. All the ingredients came from the grocery store.Use unrefined coconut oil because it still has the coconut smell.  This is a perfect foot and hand scrub because it leaves your skin soft from the oil, perfect for summer. Don’t hesitate to use it as an all over body scrub too.

Whipped Coconut and Lime Sugar Scrub

1/2 cup of whipped unrefined coconut oil ( put your oil in the stand mixer and whip until light and fluffy)

1/2 cup of white sugar

zest of half a lime

Mix together and keep in the refrigerator for two to three weeks. Use a spoon to scoop it out. Warm it up in your hands to make it spreadable. Then scrub away dead skin and smooth out rough feet.