Lost New Years Resolutions…or Life as a Playlist, Part 2

At the beginning of the year, one of my resolutions were to give more attention to this blog. That train sort of left the station already, huh? BUT, I am back and attempting to keep myself (and you, if you need it) motivated! Of course, there is a playlist for that!! Check it out:

1) The The~This is the day: I first head this on an AT&T commercial. I have to confess I did not know it was from the 80’s. That is sad, considering I was there..(in the 80’s, I mean).

2) Hanson~This Time Around: All the teeny bopper crap aside, these boys can sing!

3) Miley Cyrus~The Climb: I swear, I am a grown up! I just really like this song!

4) Mary J. Blige~No More Drama: I love the way this song starts out slow, builds up then slows down again. Makes you just want to clean out the closets-literally and figuratively!

5) Kelly Clarkson~Stronger: I think I used this for the Valentine Playlist, but it bears repeating!

Now, I chose these songs for what they say. The rest, for how they say it. Loud and fast, makes you feel like you couldn’t keep still if you wanted to..(and since the point of this is to stay motivated, you really don’t want to…do you?)

6) Motley Crue~Dr. Feelgood

7) Guns N Roses~Welcome to the Jungle

8) ELO~Do Ya

9) Bill Monroe, Flatt and Scruggs, Charley Daniels (take you pick)~Orange Blossom Special

10) The Beach Boys~Good Vibrations

11) Neon Trees~Everybody Talks

12) The Heavy~How you like me now?

Sooo.. if you show early for a check in and we aren’t expecting you, don’t be surprised to hear anyone of these blasting out of the Cottage or White Pine’s windows!

We’ve been real busy down here on the farm! Lots of big stuff going on. I promise to give more details after next Saturday! See Ya Then!

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!

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!

Hocking Hills Hidden Treasure, Part 3 – Village Inn Cafe, Laureville

My favorite meal to eat out has always been breakfast. One of my favorite places to get my favorite meal just has to be the Village Cafe in Laurelville. Just take a look at one of our recent hauls here…Image

Now, before you judge-yes, I did eat all of that food and no, I do not have the good sense to be ashamed of myself! That said, I had 2 eggs, English muffin, fried ham, 1 pancake and some of the best home fries I have ever had. They are crispy on the outside, but on the inside, it is all mushy potatoey goodness. DearFarmerHusband had a similar meal, less the pancake. Now, for another shock, the grand total for this spread was (wait for it, wait for it…)

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What a bargain-less than $20 out the door! (Sorry the pic is cockeyed, I can’t seem to remember not to turn the phone when I take pictures!) So that’s why when we feel like overindulging in our favorite eating out meal, we head here:

ImageThe Village Cafe, 16039 Water St., Laurelville, Ohio, phone 740.332.6415. Open 6am till 8pm-breakfast till 11.  So the next time you come to stay with us, check ’em out!

Heigh Ho, Heigh Ho, It’s off to mow we go….

We mow all day and we mow all night,

We just can’t seem to get it right,

Heigh Ho, Heigh Ho, Heigh Ho, Heigh Ho….

Well, another mowing season has passed here on the farm, without the fields all getting mowed. I must say, this is one area where I feel I am letting my father down. At 80 years old, with stage 4 cancer, on chemo-no less, he managed to get all the fields mowed. I am not sure how many acres need to be mowed each year, but of the 80 acre farm-at least 1/2 requires an annual trim up with the mowing machine or sickle bar. I think the problem actually starts here…

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Some sweet equipment, huh? The tractor is a Massey Ferguson, with home made front rims and a radiator from an old (and I mean old) car. This beauty dates from about sometime in the late 40’s, I believe and the mowing machine is maybe 10 years it’s junior.

The second problem is that the master of this equipment is our, recently married, works full time and lives an hour away, eldest son, Claude. Here he is below, working his mowing magic:

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Don’t get me wrong, we so appreciate any help the kids want to give (and they give a lot!) But sometimes it takes a lot more to keep us from behind the 8 ball! That said, the end result is so worth all the effort! Take a look at one pretty field that got it’s yearly trim up…

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Isn’t she a beaut?  When all of the fields are mowed, and the spring is just coming around, it is picture perfect here. With the fields blanketed in a soft green and the leaves just starting to make their debut… It is a sight to see. From this and to honor my father’s legacy, we draw our motivation to carry on as we can, and hope some day we will pop out from behind the 8 ball! Wish us luck and come check out our progress!

That said, I leave you with this! Enjoy!

A brand new year, a brand new start…

Fresh starts are fun, we should appreciate the fact that, Lord willing, we get one every 365 days! That said, I think each new year brings out my defiant side! Just the thought of making resolutions that I am committed to keep makes me start thinking of ways to get out of them.  For this reason, I have not made New Year’s Resolutions this year, only New Year’s Suggestions…. They are as follows:

1) Next year, start the New Year’s suggestions list earlier

2) Give more attention to this blog!

3) Be more appreciative of the God given gifts I have been given

4) Appreciate the physical body I have been given and take better care of it. (after all, it is the only place I have to live)

5) Keep my chin up and stay motivated about working on improving the farm

6) Give more attention to this blog!

Keep your chin up! Only 69 days till spring!

spring flowers