Saturday, April 12, 2014

The Cutest Spring Skirts Ever!

I've had the itch to do some sewing and what better thing to sew than spring skirts for my favorite little grand-girls?  Our library put on a little tea party for the local girls and their American Girl Dolls. 

That was all the excuse I needed to sew some matching outfits!

The young lady that does Story Time at our library really did it up big.  She set the tables so pretty with darling little tea pots at each table.   

And she served lots of different homemade treats made by our Librarian's mother.  It was so very well done.

The girls had to fill out a little questionaire sheet about themselves and that was read out load during the fashion show!  Each girl walked around the tables showing what they and their baby were wearing!  Rosy was the youngest girl there with her American Girl Bitty Baby!

Jillian had her American Girl Doll, Caroline, and she was so proud.  

Her Mommy even combed her hair to match Caroline's! 

The little skirts were a simple pattern that I found here.  

I mixed them up a bit so they were matching, but not exactly the same!

I was such a beautiful spring day here in Tennessee.  We are so happy to stand on our hilltop and see green grass in every direction we look.  The trees are beginning to green up too!  What a happy day!

Sunday, March 30, 2014

March Monthly Moos {A Man's Best Friend Is His Tractor}

I'm so happy that we are wrapping up the month of March!   Although it was a great month for doing dirty work on the farm.  And luckily we have a few tractors to help make the job easier.

This is our little John Deere 420.  We've had it way before we moved to Tennessee.  It is a little work horse with lots of frustrating things that drive Eldon crazy, but it sure digs in and does the job.  Eldon bought a Rototiller attachment for it and it sure made quick work of tilling up some ground where I plan to plant my pumpkins and melons.  

And it tilled up the main vegetable garden in what seemed like minutes.   (I'm planting my peas and lettuce this next week - Yay!)

Then we've got the big John Deere 5520 that is the real work horse.  We bought this tractor after we moved here.  It is the tractor Eldon uses all summer with the big mower attachment.  In the winter it is our hay hauler.  See that scary looking spear on the back?

 Back it up to our big hay bales....

...and take off!  

(I actually got to drive this one day - down the highway, through the woods, and up the hill to the house.  A little bouncy.  A little intimidating!)

And when the little John Deere gets buried in mud...

...we have the big one to pull it out!

We also use the little one in the woods for clearing and cleaning.  

Good thing we have a son in law that loves to help us! 

I didn't manage to get a picture of the little tractor hauling the dead tree limbs to the burn pile - but that's how we get them there.  It may not look like it but this is a huge pile.  (Being from out West where we hardly had trees I had no idea what a job it would be out here taking care of clearing dead and old trees.  It is a constant job and I'm thankful for a tractor.  And a husband.  And a son in law.)

And this is our big ole John Deere 3100 backhoe.  We brought this one with us from Utah.  Our son had a little excavation business when he was in high school and this was his baby!

It comes in handy for lots of things!  (And see that old  piece of junk being unloaded from the trailer?  It's the bed of a very old Ford truck.  My daughter and I have big plans for that thing!  And the boys sure are being good sports.)

And that is the story of Eldon's best friends on the farm.  One or another of them are used on a daily basis.  

Can you tell we like John Deere?  I have a John Deere also.  But that's for another post, another day.

A few of our precious little calves.  They are loving the spring sunshine.

April is almost here, my friends!  Oh happy day!

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Blueberry Scones

One early morning last week I arrived at a friends house and she had the yummiest scone and coffee ready for me when I drove up.  Since then I've been craving scones!  She had made a yummy Oatmeal Maple Scone (The Pioneer Woman recipe) which I promptly made the next day!  Then today I was cleaning out my freezer and came across the last little bag of blueberries that my daughter and I picked last summer.  

All I could think of were Blueberry Scones!  

I've had this recipe tucked away for a day just like today!

We oftentimes have dessert with our daughter and her little family on Wednesday night.  So that was a great excuse to make them!

Of course the first thing I did when they came out of the oven was fix myself a cup of coffee and have a warm scone!  

I was thinking as I was making these that it won't be long (thankfully) and we'll be in fresh blueberry season again.  I can't wait to be out in the blueberry field dripping in sweat from the humidity and swatting the mosquitos!  (Can you tell I'm super tired of the cold weather?!)  But strawberry season comes first and oh, is it ever so fun to pick fresh strawberries.  And I'm thinking home made strawberry ice cream is the first thing I'm going to make!

How about you - what is your favorite fresh summer fruit to pick and what will you make first?

In the mean time, buy some blueberries - or dig them out of your freezer like I did - and make these yummy scones!

Blueberry Scones

2 cups flour
3 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
3/4 teaspoon salt
6 tablespoons cold butter
1 1/2 cups blueberries
1 teaspoon lemon zest
1/3 cup heavy cream
2 eggs

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Place a baking mat on a cookie sheet and set aside.
Sift together flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt.  Using a pastry cutter, cut in butter until it is the size of small peas.  Stir in blueberries and zest.
Using a fork, whisk together eggs and milk, set aside.
Make a well in the center of dried ingredients and pour cream inside.
Using a large spoon, lightly stir dough just until dough comes together.
Pour dough out onto floured surface and press into a 6 inch square.
Cut into four 3-inch squares and then cut each square on the diagonal to form 8 triangles.
Brush each with cream and sprinkle with sugar.
Bake 20 minutes until golden brown and transfer to wire rack.

Lemon Glaze 
1 cup powdered sugar
1 teaspoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 teaspoon cream

Mix together to desired consistency (adding milk if necessary).  
Drizzle over hot scones.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Oh Those Southern Auctions!

So what do you do when you get spring fever but it's not quite warm enough to do much on the farm?

You join the masses and go to a good ole Tennessee Auction!  Before moving to the South I had never experienced anything like this before.   It is sort of hard to explain the number of people (mostly men!) that come from all corners of the County to look at the farm equipment for sale!

Unfortunately, I saw a lot of things I wanted.  This is an old John Deere manure spreader, still in working condition.   I wanted it for the wood!  And the rusty parts.

Tractors don't interest me, but Eldon and our son in law were sure in tractor heaven.

See?  They just stood there with smiles on their faces!

Oh the junk, the wonderful, amazing old junk!

I loved this old farm wagon.  We actually bid on it.  But so did a whole lot of other farmers!

These precious grand girls of mine were the sweetest things at the auction of course!  They loved listening to the Auctioneer and mimicking him!

This was the other thing I really, really wanted.  It was an old antique seed cleaner.  All I saw was the awesome wood and how I'd like to dismantle it and hang the wood in my house!  Or make planters out of them for flower boxes.  We didn't manage to get these either.  

Let the bidding begin!  The little girls had the best vantage point and could see over everyone's heads.  

So we left without buying anything.  But it was the best day - a perfect family outing with our kids and grand-girls!  

So, the news on the farm is that Eldon was gone for over a month consulting at his old job.   Justus, our son-in-law, helped me take care of things on the farm while Eldon was gone.  We are all back to normal now with him home and eager to get started on some spring and summer projects.  Dare I mention building?  Yes, we are going to be building again.  This time Eldon's garage and shop.  I don't know whether to be excited or not!  

 I'm anxious to get my spring garden planted - mainly just peas and lettuce.  What are you planting in your spring garden?  

Have a lovely weekend - it is supposed to be warm here!