Sunday, December 14, 2014

a little farm update

It has been an interesting few days of weather at the farm an it appears that it will be interesting for the next day or two as well.  We had the big snow in November which had been pretty much sticking around.  Where it was packed down or driven on had become treacherous, the wind had polished the packed snow into a glare ice situation.  We had  lost a bit of snow earlier this week but yesterday and today the snow really left in a hurry.  Yesterday was in the 40s and today was over 50.  I was outside today without a jacket.  It was cloudy and damp but even overnight more snow disappeared.  Two days ago the ground had a white layer that was still several inches thick and today there are big swathes of grass.  It isn't going to last for long, already there is a winter storm warning for tomorrow predicting rain followed by snow.

I did take advantage of the snow melt to do a couple of things that didn't get done before the big snow came.  My white gate that sits at the edge of the orchard was still decorated for Halloween/fall.  So now that the snow was gone I was able to move away the soft pumpkins and gourds and move the bench and milk can to the shed.  I got the snowflake out and hung and took a quick picture of the gate before it was dark.  All around you can see the grass.  

I am probably the last person to get my tree up and decorated.  My mom and sister have had theirs done for a couple of weeks already.  We always do a real tree and last year our closest Home Depot had tabletop trees and we tried it and it worked out really well so we are doing the same thing again this year.  I have had the tree for a while and last time Cait was home we got the table ready for it in the corner.  It makes the most sense as my rooms are small and things get a little chaotic when we all get together.  This year there will be seven dogs.  There is a possibility that they won't all be in the house at the same time but I am not betting on it.  I can brag a little that this I am farther along with my shopping than is usual for me.  I have just to wrap up my purchases and finish up the loose ends.

I mentioned the seven dogs.  Today I made a triple batch of homemade dog treats.  These are Harley's favorite treats.  The recipe is here.   I plan to package them up and send some home with the doggie parents.  I am also planning to send a jar with Caitlin to take to her work.  She works at an architectural firm and there are several dogs that come to work with their humans.  Tomorrow I am going to be roasting some pumpkin and making a second kind of homemade dog treat, a soft pumpkin treat (recipe here).  Here is a picture of my dog treats from today.

I have a small artificial tree in my kitchen which I put up yesterday.  It is decorated with red lights, miniature red-handled rolling pins, faux gingerbread boys and candy canes.  My gingerbread boys are the recipe made with applesauce and cinnamon.  I made them quite a few years ago and they still have a subtle holiday aroma.  I bag them up in a zipper bag when I take the tree down

gingerbread boys

I also put some garland on the shelving above my stove.  It has red lights, small wooden spoons and spatulas, copper cookie cutters and bigger miniature rolling pins.

I hope to soon have the blog post done about our Norsk baking day with links to all the recipes.  And Mom shared that she has decided on a plan for her Christmas eve menu.  In addition to our traditional halupsha she is going to be serving appetizers and hors d'oeuvres.  I think that will be a fun theme and it will work out well with the timing of church services.  I am excited.  I have an extensive collection of pins on pinterest that are appetizers, dips, nibblers and snacks and other bite sized treats and party food.  It should be fun.  :)



  1. I love that you make your own doggy treats. Maybe you will do a post and include the recipe. My husband and I purchased a small farm (that's what we call it), we have an acre and room to grow and garden and spread out a little bit. After living 33 years in a community where you could almost stand between the houses and touch them both . . . our new place feels like a spacious country farm to us :) The house was built in 1905 and it was a real fixer upper . . . we have done all the necessary things and now we are enjoying our new home. We had our first garden last summer and it was wonderful. I even had enough to set out free boxes by the road for folks driving by to stop and take home. That was so much fun! We are learning as we go, so I'm sure that I can learn a lot from you. I am your newest follower. I hope that you will come visit my blog and if you like it as much as I like yours, I would love for you to hit my follow button :)
    Your new blogging sister, Connie :)

    1. Hi Connie, thank you for your comment and for following. I will certainly visit your blog and follow back. The link to the dog treat recipe is in the post but it doesn't really stand out so here it is again.

      Have fun with your farm. I will look forward to reading about your adventures.

  2. Lorri, I read this post when it came out, but I guess I never commented! That's what I get for reading in the school parking lot on my phone, waiting to pick up my kids. I remember thinking, wow, those doggie treats look good enough to eat!! I hope you have a fabulous Christmas Lorri.

    1. Hi Kim, thanks for your comment. If you have strong teeth you are welcome to sample the doggie treats as they are all people ingredients. I found another recipe for a peanut butter one that I am going to make again and this time get some pictures and blog about it.

      I am slow responding to your comment. It has been a busy week. We had a nice Christmas and hope you did as well. I enjoyed reading your holiday posts.