Archive for February, 2013

Valentines Day~Farm Style… (another Hidden Treasure)

I love DearFarmerHusband and he loves me, really. However, with moving back on the farm, both of us elbow deep in work, sometimes we don’t always get to celebrate holidays in the traditional manner! Let’s take for instance, Valentines Day,  most probably spending the evening in lovely restaurant surrounded by the atmosphere of romance. Us, not so much. DearFarmerHusband worked late and I spent the evening working on the Etsy shop and processing reservations for the upcoming weekend.  We opted to wait to the weekend and go out to breakfast at one of our favorite breakfast spots and Hocking Hills Hidden Treasure, the Village Cafe in nearby Laurelville!

This time, we both decided to go the omelet route. I chose the cheese omelet and added grilled mushrooms, extra cheddar and ham. DearFarmerHusband opted for the Philly Cheese Steak omelet, as pictured below:

Village Cafe Omlet for Blog

Yes, it is just as huge and tasty as it appears! You really gotta check this place out!!

Sometimes life just gets in the way of doing things the “right way”. Holidays don’t always get celebrated on the day the calendar tells us to, projects get put off, you do the things you need to-instead of the things you want to! Keep this in mind, if you need to make up a lost holiday, remake a special occasion-we are here for you.  Coming in for a birthday and you want a cake and decorations waiting, let us know. Want to celebrate Valentines Day in April, let us know. The only time you and yours can get together for Christmas is in July and you’d love to have a tree to gather around-LET US KNOW!! We know firsthand of life’s challenges and if we can be on your team (even for a little while) as your tackle those challenges-let us know, we’d love to! Check us out and give us an email or a call to start recovering your favorite lost holiday or just make a special occasion even more special!

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Happy Valentines Day..or Life as a Playlist-Part 1

Happy Valentines Day! I have always enjoyed Valentines Day, I guess because it was my dad’s birthday and because I enjoy any excuse to eat candy and birthday cake.

Although the Cottage has been booked for a while (by a sweet couple who are repeat guests), the White Pine Cabin is available for a special couple! Sized just right for 2 and priced just right so you have plenty left over for the fanciest of gifts~only $100 per night. You can hardly get a hotel room for that!!

Now, for Life as a Playlist…Anyone who knows me knows I am never far from my iPod. Archaic and beat up as it is (she’ll be coming up on her 7th birthday soon), she is never far from my side. I have a playlist for every occasion. So, in the spirit of Valentines Day, I’ve created a playlist of my favorite love songs that rock…no sweet sappy slow stuff here!  So, grab your favorite life partner and rock on! In the spirit of fair play, I’ve included an equally rocking list of somebody’s done someone wrong songs…Submitted for your approval:

1) Stole my Heart by Little and Ashley

2) Must Have Done Something Right by Relient K (who just happen to be from Canton, Ohio-DearFarmerHusband’s hometown-Salut!)

3)Grow Old With You by Adam Sandler. I am trying to talk Emily and Clayton into walking down the aisle to this when they get married. I’ve even found a local guitarist/singer who already knows it!

4)  Bang Shang A Lang by the Archies. I grew up watching the Archies on Saturday morning (way baaacck when that was the only time you could see cartoons!!) and still have my comics and record albums. (You can skip to .50 if you aren’t interesting learning the Bubblegum from Jughead!)

5) From My Heart To Yours by Laura Izibor

6) Ain’t Nothing ‘Bout You by Brooks and Dunn

Now, in the spirit of fair play…

1) The Happening by the Supremes.

2) I’m So Happy I Can’t Stop Crying by Toby Keith and Sting

3 You Dropped A Bomb On Me by The Gap Band. Funny story-neither of the farm dogs are a fan of the Gap Band. When I play this song, FarmDogBuddy gets all uptight when he hears the sounds of the bombs dropping. When I play Burn Rubber, FarmDogDougal gets all wound up at the sound of the motorcycle in the beginning. Odd dogs, they are.

4) Long Time Lovin You by McGuffey Lane. These guys are definitely in it for the long haul, I remember listening to them back in the 80’s while driving to Big Walnut High School. (Also native Ohioans!)

5) All Of Me by Louis Armstrong.

6) Stronger by Kelly Clarkson.

BONUS: Because I had so much fun doing this and because it’s Valentines and we love our guests……

~ Would You Go With Me by Josh Turner

AND

~Don’t Leave M This Way by Thelma Houston

We’d love to have you enjoy Valentines Day with us!!

A day like today is best for…

COOKIES! Since the start of the new year and the inevitable low carb “eating program”, all I have been thinking about are cookies! This day doesn’t look like it’s gonna be good for much else. After being in the 70’s just two days ago, the expected high today is low 20 range. Huh? What?

So, farmdog Buddy and I decided to make cookies, one of our old favorites-Southwest City Schools Peanut Butter Cookies. This recipe came to us from Emily’s childhood Sunday school teacher, Maxine Davis (one of the most sincerely sweet and kind ladies I’ve ever known or will ever know). Every Sunday, Emily would munch on delicious cookies while doing her Sunday school work. Her brothers’ Sunday school teacher didn’t cotton much to such foolishness, so they studied diligently while in Sunday school.  Claude swears to this day the only reason he knows all the books of the Bible is because of the diligent teachings of Mrs. Zimmerman. She was a wonderfully sweet Christian lady. I feel fortunate the kids were able to benefit from the guidance of such lovely ladies, may they rest in peace.

Back to the cookies, though! Here is a picture of the finished product…

Cookies BlogYes, they were just as good as they look! Try for yourself, here is the recipe:

Southwestern City Schools Peanut Butter Cookies

  • 3/4 cup white corn syrup (Karo)
  • 3/4 cup white granulated sugar
  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 3 cups (more or less) cornflakes

In a large saucepan, combine the sugar and corn syrup and cook over low heat until it starts to boil. Remove from heat and add to this mixture. Once it is completely mixed, add the corn flakes. Stir mixture into a 8″ square pan and pat down. Cut into squares once cooled. These are delicious !

Farmdog Buddy seems to agree..

Cookies Blog BuddyI like cookies too, Mommy!