Tuesday, January 29, 2013

A Trip to the Farm

Today we took a trip out to the farm. We are trying to take a truck load of things everytime we go. We want to list our house in town by March 1st.

I wonder how we collected so much stuff in our 7 years together. (umm, auctions, estate sales, flea markets)   But finding room in the smaller farmhouse is hard!
I don't want to part with a single thing!

This is the first piece that I ever restored probably 20 years ago!

It fits perfect in the dining room of the farm house.
There are still so many more loads to go!
I just love the country space!
I can't wait to wake up to this view everyday.
But for now, more boxes to pack and some will power to avoid any sales!
(except for a huge estate sale this weekend!)

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Back from our visit

We made it home from North Carolina yesterday. It sure seemed like a fast trip. This is what I did most of the time.
He just has the most adorable little face. I could stare at it all day long!
We did take a drive to the ocean one day. It was cold, only in the 40's.

We were the only ones on the beach, except for this guy.

Its nice being back home! But grandma sure is going to miss rocking this sweet little guy everyday!

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Beagle Bites

The pipeliner and I are leaving tomorrow to visit the new grandson.
 I am so excited!
 The only sad thing about it is the puppies have to be boarded at a kennel while we are gone.
 The kennel owner is awesome, so I really don't worry about them to much. They have a doggy door that lets them have access to the outside all day. She enourages you to bring their own blankets, toys and treats. Its like a vacation for the dogs!
I thought I would send their favorite treat with them. They love these puppy treats. Sadly I don't make them that often. I don't know why, because they are super easy and really tastey! (yes I have tried them)



                                                           BEAGLE BITES

1 cup   all purpose flour
1 cup   whole wheat flour
3 tbsp. olive oil
2 tbsp.  instant rolled oats
1 tsp.   garlic powder
2/3 cup water
1 tsp. beef bouillon powder

Combine ingrediants in large bowl until dough forms. Turn out onto lightly floured surface. Roll out to 1/4 inch thickness. Cut out with bone-shaped or doggie shaped cookie cutters. Place on ungreased baking sheet. Bake in 375 F. for about 15 minutes.

After 15 minutes take out of oven.  Combine 1 1/2 tsp. water & 1 tsp. gravy browner in small cup.  Turn doggie treats over. Brush with mixture over entire treat. Bake 10 more minutes. Take out of oven, turn treat over and baste treat on the otherside. Return to the oven for 10 more minutes.
Cool on rack.
Makes about 2 dozen treats.

I hope your puppies enjoy these treats as much as my dogs do!


Friday, January 18, 2013

It all started with...

It all started with a broken screen door latch on the camper.

  We stopped at the rv dealsership where we had purchased our camper to buy a new latch. It was early in the afternoon so we thought, what the heck, lets look thru some of the new campers they had on the showfloor.

The pipeliner and I fell in love with our camper the first time we walked thru the door. We had never seen a floor plan like it. And to this day have never seen another one like it.

All of the campers we have seen since then have never caught our eye. Until a few weeks ago. I knew the minute I stepped inside. This one has potential.

We looked at a few more and came back to look at this model again. The saleslady told us if we were interested in trading in our old one to give her a call.

The pipeliner came home and started browsing the web. He found another one he liked better. The floor plan was the same, the colors inside a little different. A few emails and faxes back and forth between the dealership, the deal was signed. A new camper was coming from Michigan.

It was a frigid Tuesday morning when they deliverd it.
The old camper meets the new one!
The inside is amazing!!
What a beautiful bedroom! It has much more storage space than the other camper.
I love the defined kitchen space!
Love the living room!
With a great space like this, I am almost ready to go on the road again. Almost.


Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Things on a cold day

What do you do when the temperature is 20 degrees out and the wind is blowing hard out of the north? Of course you go with the pipeliner to a farm auction!

You can always tell how good the merchandise is by the line of trucks parked up and down the road.
This is the treasure we came to look at.
A 1954 Farmall M.
With the men standing around it, you can tell a lot of other guys came to look her over too!
Lots of Carhart jackets and bibs in this crowd!
Hayracks full of  farming treasures!
Unfortunately the tractor went for money than was in the pipeliners budget.
It was a cold walk back to our truck. We are the one about a half mile donw the road!

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Good reson to be gone!

This is the reason I haven't been around my blog for a week.
Meet our grandson,
Gunner Cash
5 pounds 13 ounces
19 inches long.
He is just a little bundle of joy!
I could just stare at this little face all day long!
Being a grandma is awesome!

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Things on a Sunday

This is the view we enjoyed while working at the farmhouse today. Snowflakes floating down in huge, puffy, flakes.
So pretty!
We are working on the upstairs. The last 2 rooms that need to be done.
We removed a window when the new siding was installed. The hubby has been working hard to fill it in. I think it looks pretty good.
A few cracks around the drywall surrounding the chimney.
Its a funny room. You enter it as soon as you reach the top of the steps. We have decided to make it our sitting room. Our bedroom is in the far door opening.
This is our little bedroom. The last coat of paint went on today. The carpet has been ordered and will be installed on Tuesday!
I am so excited to get this room done! Probably more excited to start decorating it.
Tonight I am going to relax on the couch and work on this little cross stitch pattern. Its a July 4th pattern that I found in an old copy of Country Women magazine.
Tomorrow is back to the farmhouse for some more sanding and painting. Fingers crossed by the end of the week I can have both projects done!

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Southwestern Lamb Chops

The pipeliner and I were lucky to find some great lamb chops marked down on New Years Day. Gosh those things have been so expensive lately! We grabbed them up and brought them home to make one of our favorite dishes.

Southwestern Lamb Chops!!

 First you make the tastey sauce that goes on top of the chops.

I even had all of the ingrediants in the fridge!
1 cup orange juice
2 jalapeno peppers seeded and finely chopped
1 tsp. cumin (or more)
1/2 tsp. salt
dash of pepper
3/4 cup sliced sweet onion (the pipeliner prefers red)
1 cup fresh orange sections
2 tablespoons minced fresh cilantro
In a saucepan, combine the orange juice, jalapeno, cumin salt and pepper. Cook over medium high heat until mixture begins to simmer. Stir in onion.
I added a little more cumin when I added the onion!
Combine 4 teaspoons cornstarch and 1/4 cup cold water until smooth;add to the sauce
 Bring to a boil over medium heat; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened and bubbly. Remove from the heat. Stir in oranges and cilantro; keep warm.
I like to let the sauce sit, and the flavors linger together while the chops go on the grill.
 Just season them with some salt, pepper and rosemary.
Grill the lamb chops, covered, over medium-hot heat for 12-14 minutes, turning once, or until a meat thermometer reads 140 F. rare; 160 F., medium-well or 170 F., well done.
Serve with the orange sauce.
We partnered ours with some grilled, cheese stuffed mushrooms.
The pipeliner likes his sauce a little spicier, so I don't always seed the jalapenos. The sauce is also great with porkchops.
Hope this will be one of your new favorites!