Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Well we are in another blizzard storm watch!  Its been snowing all morning and we are supposed to get anywhere from 6-10 inches today thru tomorrow night.  ITs feb we usually get a storm in feb or two so nothing out of the ordinary here.  The wind is strong and its cold!!  BRRRR!! 
Spring is coming!  Cant wait!! spring time means babies!! baby chicks and who knows what else we will have.  LOL
I made a batch of lavender goats milk soap with some shea butter mixed in.  Smells so yummy!!

Letting it dry out before packaging for market.  I want to try some rosemary citrus and maybe lemongrass.

My lavender shortbread cookies!!  SO yummy and smell so nice!!

These are my espresso cream filled espresso cookie pies!!  These are a big hit at market with espresso powder in the cookie and in the cream filling.  Nice jolt to get the day going~ LOL  I am sipping on a cup of vanilla cappacino right now! yumm!!
So thought I would share what we did this summer.  My x has an old smoker house on the property, they used to smoke whole hogs there back in the day, one of the sections of garage was actually a butcher shop.  So we decided to get some meats and try it out.

We bought, chicken legs, whole pork loins, ribs, beef roasts, beef ribs and pork butts. 

This is the ribs just out of the smoker, we cut up onions, and fresh garlic and our mix of a bbq rub.  OH these were the best!!!  We did do some marinade on the chicken and the roasts using apple juice, onions, garlic, salt, pepper, and some dried herbs.  WOW! it was sooo good, we kept checking on it and added wood, smoked chips, and charcoal.  Started at 8am and were finished in time for supper around 7pm.  It was so delish, we had suppers all week from this and gave some to daughter in law and her family and a friend.  We even did it 2 more times a month later.  Its pretty large so kind of a waste to do just a little.
Well I am off to work on some canvas paintings I am doing, well altering a bit too!  will share pics as soon as they are done and ready to sell.


Thursday, February 18, 2016

Hey yall!! WOW we are in a thaw right now, go from 8 degrees this am to 50 tomorrow!!  Believe me I am not complaining!!  I am so over winter and snow!  And it has been a very mild winter here too!! but ready for spring and to get out and dig in the dirt and play!! 
Thought I would share a few pics of what I am making.  We are in winter market in South Haven and that is every sat from 10-2 at the Church Of Epiphany on Erie street.  We do get a good attendance and have something for everyone.  Here is a pic of my Grandma Rose's chocolate swirl babka!!  Oh my it smells heavenly and is so yummy!  Babka is one of my favo sweet yeast breads and with cinnamon and chocolate.... what more needs to be said!  It's delish!

Along with another favo of mine is my chocolate espresso coconut biscotti!!  It has espresso chocolate chips, coconut, coconut liquor'!!  YUMMY also! 

These were an experiment, love making new things!!  I made a tortilla soup and while cutting up all the veggies I roasted some extra for these taco crostadas topped with queso cheese. 

After baking them I made a cilantro lime sauce to give it a bit of punch!! Fresh cilantro, fresh lime zest and juice, sour cream, fresh jalapeno, and some salt and olive oil and oh my!! A customer said he could drink the sauce it was so good!  HMMMM maybe I should make some sauces to sell at market huh!!

And here's a pic this fall of my sweet Rosie May!!  She is such a doll baby, one day last summer I was wore out from working many hours and just beat I sat down against a bale of hay in the barn and she laid down next to me, the next thing I knew it was 2 hours later and she was sleeping with her head on my lap.  We both took a nice nap!! 

These are my famous and oh so popular spinach n cheese crostadas, I have to make them every week people love them!!

An Mr Boopie Woopie Boo!!  Barney aka Billy playing last summer with a new toy mommy bought him.  He loves them so much but they only last a few minutes, like so many others he is a destroyer of toys! LOL (their daddy gets mad but I love to watch my boys play and have fun for a few minutes with new toys!! LOL )

This is JAX, hes a doll baby, not used to one so small but he fits right in with everyone else and runs around the chickens, which they are all bigger than him so its funny. 

Mr Boss, aka Mr Naughty pants! LOL still a little doll!!  Love these guys!!

And Bruno!! he's a honey bunny!!  Look at that sweet face! 
Oh my kiddos!!  they are all little angels!!
And the alpacas are doing good they are getting along just fine on the farm.  I will take pics of them and post them soon.  It's funny of all the things I get them stinkers they only and I mean only will eat fresh carrots!!  I buy them organic carrots when I get my produce for market and they love them!! 
Hope you have a great night I will be back soon!!