12/31/09

Last Farm Photo of 2009: Lamb Pacifier?




While sucking on a wire fence may not keep him occupied for very long, I'm sure Baby and her udder are glad to have a little relief from nursing for a few minutes. (Click on the picture to enlarge- it is hysterical.) I was going to have a "Name that Lamb" contest for everyone to have fun with, but Hubby beat me to it and has already christened him "Rowdy". And believe me, he is living up to his name! (Sorry, Linda- I tried "Sweet Baby James" and that didn't go over too well... *LOL*)

Here are some more pictures of Rowdy and his momma enjoying being outside...









Toasting the New Year With a slurp from a bucket!

Happy New Year, dear bloggy friends!

12/24/09

Merry Christmas to all....



A Christmas Eve sunrise finds the animals well-fed and snug......



A pot of stew to warm our insides......



The flicker of a fire just started that will soon warm our outsides.....



The table spread for a meal we are so grateful for, because we know somewhere someone will go hungry today....



The soft glow of a little tree's lights, decorated with reminders of the Greatest Gift... a baby born so many years ago to bring hope and joy to a world that had none....



"And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.
And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you: ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.
And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of heavenly host praising God and saying,
Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men."     Luke 2:8-14

Merry Christmas, dear Bloggy friends!!

12/18/09

Fraker Farm's first lamb

I have a lovely head cold right now and it's 30 degrees and sleeting so I have no earthly business being outside.... but I cannot stay out of the barn and away from this little fellow....


Baby had him sometime during the night and we arrived at the barn to find him peeking at us from the corner of the lambing pen. He is the first lamb born here on the farm.
Thank goodness the temperature didn't drop as cold as it did the night before...






Momma and baby are doing fine.... Christmas came early for me this year!
Have a great weekend, everybody!

12/11/09

Ode to Hamburger


Cecil enjoys the sunshine while watching Gertie and Sadie fight over a worm.





I was in my favorite Wal-Mart last week (the one that still has the fabric department) looking for some homespun material to make a Christmas tree skirt when I found this fabric....



I couldn't believe my eyes! It's Hamburger! Right down to the spots.... and look at the eggs on each side! *squeal*


Of course I had to buy some and now I've been looking at it all week, trying to decide what to do with it. I've narrowed it down to 2 choices... place mats for my table, or a tote bag and book cover. What do you think? I'm leaning more toward the place mats right now, but I don't know. 
Either way, I'm sure Hamburger would be pleased that I'm honoring his memory.
(Maybe not... he's probably too busy courting the hens in Chicken Heaven to care.)

Have a great weekend, everybody!

12/7/09

Christmas time's a comin'

Just a little "rerun" from a year ago today.... my camera's compact flash card bit the dust and haven't had the chance to get a new one, so I thought I would re-post some pictures from Christmas 2009.
We had quite a bit of snow when I took these pictures, and although it has been snowing here on and off for the past three days, we haven't had enough to measure. (Yet...)
Just seeing these again helped me get into the Christmas Spirit a little more - hope you enjoy them the second time around too!









































































































12/3/09

Rainy day bakin'

Smokey warms his bones (and dries his paws) in front of the wood stove.

After making my afternoon rounds to the barn and the chicken coops, I came inside to try and get the wood stove going again. Today would have been a good day for my sewing machine to have been humming away, but once I came inside and warmed up I decided to bake instead. I found a wonderful recipe for some molasses cookies a few weeks ago and ever since then, Hubby has been eating them as fast as I can make them. How about we make some together!

Start off by preheating the oven to 350 degrees, then get 1/2 cup of butter, 1 cup of sugar, and 1/4 cup of shortening ready.



Cream the butter, sugar, and shortening, and add 1 large egg and 1/4 cup molasses to the mixture and mix well.


Meanwhile, in another bowl I've put the dry ingredients:
2 1/4 cups of all-purpose flour, 1tsp each of cinnamon, ginger, baking soda, and salt.



Add dry ingredients slowly to the batter and mix well. Batter should be sticky, but stiff enough to not stick to your fingers.



On the cookie sheets, sprinkle a small amount of sugar...




Then scoop out a walnut-sized ball of batter and roll in the sugar.


Once they're on the cookie sheet, sometimes I feel wild and sprinkle a little more sugar on the cookie dough. (*snicker* Our little secret, okay?)


Then, into the oven they go for 10-12 minutes...

And....

Ta-da!

Thanks for baking with me on a rainy day!

11/26/09

Happy Thanksgiving!


I am thankful for all my wonderful blessings... for my husband and family, my home, my health, my animals, and most of all, for God's mercy and love.

I'm also thankful for you, my wonderful blog friends, who have made me laugh, made me cry, and brightened up many days for me by your sweet comments. I hope all of you have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

11/23/09

I'm amazed.....

I could have never imagined when I started blogging nearly 2 years ago how many wonderful people I would meet... some I've grown to love like family even though we've never met in person. I'm also amazed at how many people I've met who are so generous and kind and willing to share not only their lives with other bloggers but also giving their time and gifts to complete strangers. Such is the case with a wonderful blogger I've only known for a few months- Julie, from her blog, The Harward's Circle Cliff Views. She was having an incredible giveaway a couple of weeks ago, and much to my surprise, I won!! The 2 boxes arrived from Julie and when I opened them I couldn't believe all the wonderful things I found- it was like Christmas morning!
My first surprise was a handmade card from Julie attached to this adorable tote bag!


Inside the bag were more goodies that Julie had taken the time to wrap in beautiful paper and ribbons just for me!!



Once I unwrapped everything, I couldn't believe how many wonderful things she sent... and this was only the first box!
A CD of beautiful Christmas music, some gorgeous ornaments and cute Santa salt and pepper shakers, and just look at the "JOY" blocks... and the cutest little cheery cherry pin I've ever seen! *squeeal* (And she really won my heart with a box of chocolate truffles....)


But best of all... in the bottom of the box...



Was this beautiful apron made by Julie herself! Isn't it wonderful?



Inside the second box was this beautiful Thanksgiving platter.... I think it is so pretty and will look wonderful as a centerpiece on my table!



All I can say is WOW- I feel so blessed! Thanks so much, Julie- you are the sweetest thing ever! If you've never been to her blog, you should definitely stop by for a visit... she is a beautiful lady inside and out (not to mention talented) with a wonderful heart for God, her family, and her animals!


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I've been a bad blogger lately... I've had too many projects going at one time leaving very little time for the computer. I'll be running errands today, so this will be a short post, but I do want to let you in on some exciting news... we've added some more woollies to our flock! Meet Sweetie and Tiny!



This is Lucy, an older ewe we also added. She is a little camera shy....



The biggest news is that Baby and Lucy will be having babies in a month or so.... if everything goes okay, we will have some new little lambs born this Christmas!

Baby is looking rather full already.....




Hubby is off from work this week so my computer time will be limited but I am going to make time to visit all my blog friends.
I hope all of you have a wonderful and blessed Thanksgiving Day!


11/11/09

Dehydrating the days away

Fall sunrise over the sheep lot


Lordy, Lordy, I guess I'm finally 40.... but that's okay, especially when you have a little Birthday money burning a hole in your pocket.... *squeal*

My first purchase was-

the Pioneer Woman's new cookbook!

It has some wonderful recipes in it, including some I've never seen on her blog, and of course lots and lots of her beautiful photographs. I even caught hubby looking through it the other night... the pictures of their ranch and all the gorgeous horses just amazed him. So I guess it's a good book for girls or guys!



My other purchase was something I have wanted for a LONG time-


a food dehydrator!


We went to the Bass Pro Shop in Sevierville, TN and found this one- I paid a little more for it than I had planned on, but hopefully this one will last me a long time. By the way, have you ever been inside one of those places? I know I'm a country bumpkin, but I'm in awe of that place every time we go. You can easily spot me in there- I'll be the one standing in the entrance with my mouth open.


In fact, here is a picture I took as we walked in....

I was so amazed, I forgot to take anymore pictures.

Anyway, back to the dehydrator....

Hubby loves jerky, so I tried it out by making him a batch of spicy deer jerky....


I've also been drying lots of apples with it- I've had this little contraption for years and it makes peeling and coring lots of apples at one time a snap! I would have never been able to cut up that many without it.


It even cuts them into thin slices which makes drying a lot faster.



I have lots of recipes in mind for these apples, but if I don't keep my hand out of the bag, I won't have any left.


The book that came with my dehydrator had lots of wonderful recipes and ideas, even for crafts like drying flowers and modeling dough! I would love to hear from you- do you have a dehydrator and if you do, what do you use yours for?