Orchard trip

The "fruits" of a wonderful day-
but I was beginning to wonder if the car would hold everything.

Quick picture post today- I'm having fun in the kitchen this week drying apples, toasting pumpkin seeds, and making preparations for the upcoming holidays, but I just wanted to share a few pictures of our recent trip to the apple orchard.
Hubby and I usually head toward middle Tennessee to make our fall apple run but this year we decided to take a different route.... my wonderful friend Tammy from the blog Simple Southern Happiness posted last month about her trip to a place in North Georgia called Mercier Orchards, and her pictures looked so wonderful I had to see it for myself. Unfortunately, I didn't get to take any pictures while we were there because a certain bulldog had a very full bladder by the time we arrived, and in our haste to find a potty spot I left my camera in the car. I did take some pictures of the view on our way home, however....

This is part of the North Georgia mountains......

And this is looking back toward Tennessee.... Chattanooga is way off in the distance.

This was about a 3 hour drive for us, but well worth it because the drive is so beautiful this time of year.

Once Lily emptied her bladder and had a snack, she pretty much slept the rest of the way home. (Except for when we stopped at Chik-Fil-A....)

When we got back home and unloaded the car, I took some pictures of my goodies....

Apples, of course- a bag of Arkansas Blacks for my daddy and for Hubby, and a large bag of cooking apples for me.

A bag of yummy sweet potatoes....

Some homemade fried pies from their bakery...

These next items made me squeal when I put them in the shopping cart- harvest nut and grain pancake mix and real maple syrup. *SQUEEEAL*  Oh, sorry.. I did it again....

This stuff is out of this world- muscadine cider. It's so much better than grape juice- it's not too sweet but has a wonderful fruity flavor.

This was Hubby's favorite part of the stash- grape jelly and pumpkin butter for his toast and biscuits plus yummy zucchini pickles and black bean salsa for snacking.

It was neat to see some items in their cold storage that we are very familiar with- fresh sliced bacon from Benton's Country Ham and cheese from Sweetwater Valley Farm- both of them local products from East Tennessee.

And lastly- there was no way I was leaving there without this....

Now my biggest dilemma is... where do I start? *YUMMY*


I just want to say how thankful I am to have such wonderful blog friends who visit here
and take the time to read about the little everyday happenings in my life....
I hope everyone has a happy and blessed Thanksgiving!


Friday Farm Funny: I see London, I see France.....

Around here we try to recycle things as much as possible, and that includes worn-out clothing that has reached the unwearable stage. I have a little container in the laundry room that we call the "rag box" where all the ragged socks, t shirts- and yes, undies- are washed and placed in to be used for everything from dusting ceiling fans and waxing cars to cleaning up greasy hands and dirty shoes.
This garment was used for the messy task of cleaning up our paintbrushes (and our hands) while we were staining the house, but I forgot to throw it away and didn't realize it was still hanging around until I went looking for my scrub brush.
Now, I'm not going to tell you who these belonged to, but I will say this much- I would love to think I owned a pair of undies that could be used to clean a paintbrush and the elastic still hold up this good on them.
But I don't.
And that's all I'm gonna say.

Happy Friday, everyone!


Looking at the world through a phone

I mentioned a couple of weeks ago that I had bought an external hard drive to store all my pictures and videos from my computer, and I forgot all about all the pictures I had taken with my phone's camera....
*sigh* (More pictures?)

Hubby and I bought our new cell phones in the summer of 2010 and we weren't really that hung up on having ones with built-in cameras; but since then I've found out that I like having the camera feature. (And so does he, surprisingly.)
These pictures are not nearly as good as my "real" camera, but they're little random snapshots in time of our life over the past year.

12/20/10- The day we brought Lily home. (She was 10 weeks old.)

 Another one of Lily as a pup.

 My special girls- Daisy and Edie.

 Cecil crowing.

 Meatball peeks through the gate.....

A cotton field in Georgia.

Lily watching something educational on TV.

Tiny little bluebird eggs in the spring.

 Pola after her brush with death back in the summer.

A huge Luna Moth.

Road trip- Lily checks to see if Hubby brought her back anything to eat.

On the road again....

Following Hubby into the hayfield.

Our first frost in October.

Lily riding shotgun.

 Hubby took this one from his tractor seat.

I took this one from my car seat.

Thanks for letting me share some more random pictures!
Happy Tuesday, everyone!


Friday Farm Fotos: Fall Happenings

Shy Mr. Redbird waits for me to move so he can land on the feeder.

For some reason time has just flown by these past few weeks.... I can hardly believe it's almost the middle of November and Thanksgiving is less than two weeks away! I've been busier than an ant in a picnic basket lately but it seems like there just haven't been enough hours in the day to get everything done. I also can't believe it's been over two weeks since I posted anything....

Things are finally starting to slow down around here, especially since the time changed and the days are getting shorter..... *ugh*... but at least now I can get back in the swing of being on here a little more regularly and stay caught up with all my bloggy friends.

Thanks for all your sweet birthday wishes- I had a wonderful day.
In case you were wondering what my sweet Hubby gave me-

A barn star! *SQUEEEAL*

I also enjoyed a wonderful day trip with Hubby and Lily to the apple orchard and saw some
beautiful fall colors and cute decorations along the way.

Speaking of fall decorations, it won't be long until my cute little pumpkins will have to go in order to make room for Christmas decorations....
But at least I'll have some yummy pies and toasted pumpkin seeds to enjoy from them. (Yay!)

We've had some gorgeous warm weather this week and I know it won't last, so I've found any excuse I could to be outside in the sunshine.
Lily is loving it too.... here she is taking a walk to ponder the meaning of life.

(Actually she's looking for a place to potty.)

"I heard that."

The pasture is pretty much gone until spring so the sheep are now enjoying the fruits of our summer labor- they've been dining on the hay we put up this year, although that doesn't stop them from trying to snatch up every last little green sprig they see in the field.....

After a bumper crop of baby chicks this year, (I stopped counting at 42... *whew*)
I sold most of them so I wouldn't have to feed them all winter 
but kept a few of my "favorites" from August's unexpected hatching
They are now in the company of a lonely little Silkie roo from the first batch in June.
(Yep, he's pretty happy about that arrangement.)

Here is one of the girls I kept- she is already starting to get a beautiful silky "hairdo".

After we finally got the house washed and applied a new coat of stain, Hubby built a beautiful new railing for the front porch.....
Here it is from the front.... we will have to wait until the wood dries before we can paint it to match the porch- probably not until spring.

Well, that's about all the latest news from around the farm- at least now you know I am still around and haven't been abducted by aliens or something....

And finally- I want to say how proud I am of the veterans in my family, including my daddy.....I am so thankful for all who have served our country past and present. May we never forget that freedom is NOT free.....
Happy Veterans Day, everyone!