Thursday, December 30, 2010

Cornbeef and Cabbage

When I was young I didn't care for cabbage but as I have become into adult hood. I love fried cabbage. If you have never tried cabbage fried you must try some. On New Years Day it is a tradition to have Cornbeef and Cabbage or maybe you might serve Ham and Cabbage. The one tradition I have not indulged in is black eye peas. I have seem them in every grocery store I have visited. I looked up on Google about the luck of foods. Well black eye peas gives good fortune and cabbage gives money. So there you have it. Go and get your share of the New Year Fortune.

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Good luck and Happy New Year to all our farm families and friends for 2011

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Cleaning My Studio

The worst part about my studio is everything get put into that room. I pick-up around the house and it goes in my room where I paint. I know I have way too much stuff books , paints, brushes you name it and I probably have one in that room. I was going to take a picture but I didn't want to embarrass myself.

I even have a tread mill a nice one, had it several years walked a lot of miles on the thing. It is going to be a new year and it has to get back to work with me on its back I will take a picture of the room when I get done.

My sister left at noon for home which is Palo Alto, California. Talked to her a while ago and she was in Vegas on a lay over. Hope she get home soon she had been here 2 weeks and I know she was ready to go back. I think the weather is better there.
Maybe I will clean my room tomorrow I am going to watch TV with my hubby.
Take care until tomorrow

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Beautiful Day

I always enjoy the sunshine even if the temperature is freezing cold. Makes a person feel alive.
I don't know how they live in darkness like Alaska. Just glad I live in Indiana.
Need to get another cup of coffee get this day moving on. The shop will be open today and have called all the customers who need to pick up special orders and now I can paint or work on my gnomes from earlier post. Want to expand my collection of the little fellows.
A lot of things going on I am sure we are all covered up with more than we can get done.
Have a great day until tomorrow

Monday, December 20, 2010

Hunk of Meat Mondays

Leah over at started a linky for hunk of meat Monday We like to start our week so we don't have to cook every day and make enough for a couple of days meals. This will take care of that there is always so much to do these days and I don't have small children.
I have used this Black beans and rice as it goes along way. I use 2 pounds of hamburger and 1 pound of smoked sausage fry up well, drain grease off, add mix from box and 2 3/4 cup water and in 25 minutes you have dinner add a vegetable, some bread maybe garlic bread and you are ready to eat.

Lana enjoy your hunk of meat, you will have to buy a bigger pot. Sure looked good
Until tomorrow

Thursday, December 16, 2010

I know it is a spoon

When we cut a persimmon seed in the fall I didn't know what a story would follow. We have a lot of snow and the old story is that if it is spoon the snow will follow. I love snow but I had my husband take me to my meeting today because I didn't want to take a chance of wrecking my car. Didn't have far to go just to town. I like living in a small town people are friendly and you feel safe in a small town
Tonight I am going to our County Beef meeting it is our Christmas dinner. I thought I would take my camera maybe I could get some pictures
Enough for now take care

More baking

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Christmas Tree

I guess I will start with the live Christmas present. Every year he lays and also put his toys under the tree. And if you put presents wrapped under the tree he will open them. He thinks they are his.

Most of my ornaments have a real meaning that builds over many years. This ornament was one of my MIL and I have several that mean a lot to see them hanging on the tree. I even have things my children made when they were in school back as far as 1972 a mitten my son made for me. Our tree is artificial but I sure would love to have the pine smell back in the house.
Since we live out with no close neighbors we don't have any window treatments except the bedrooms. I have purchased over the years stained glass windows and you will see one behind the tree that I had to have cut down. It came out of a church in Greencastle In. and the top half is in my Studio where I paint. They are so beautiful when the sun come in the window
I said enough for now need to go get supper on the table. Spent most of the day baking.

Just want to say congratulation to Leah over at for taking honors at the Farm Bureau this last weekend

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Ann's Musings

It sure has been a wet day on the farm. Don't like mud but it is getting that way. Hope it freezes because snow is better than mud on the Cows. The temperature is going to drop so maybe that will happen.

Went with Jim to the Farm Bureau State Convention. We saw several people who you don't get to see all the time as they come from several counties. They had what I will call classes or mini sessions on a lot of different subjects I went to the class on Social Media. Meet my blogger friend Lana from When the class started the instructor introduced himself and low and behold he was the son of one of our Landlords. It was so nice to see him. He said the last time he saw me was when he would help put up hay and this young man is now 43 and the father of 2 children my how time flies. He is David Cain of
was an interesting session David I did enjoy you information.

Tomorrow I am going to get my tree trimmed for Christmas it is up with lights but no ornaments
Until tomorrow Stay warm

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Christmas Candy just a start

This is where it started I was reading and she had a chef who was making English Toffee the title was Lia's Butter Toffee

I haven't made it with this recipe you add water and salt to the butter and sugar go to the and Check out this recipe really like the taste and it looks good also.
I make candy, cookies and a fruit baskets for some of our landlords. Just a nice way to say thank you for doing business with us.
This is where it is starting to turn golden
Letting it cool down before I put on the Choc and mints
You could use nuts.

Now it is ready for you to taste

I am also going to try and attend the Farm Bureau convention in Indy tomorrow I am hoping to see some of my blogging friends and enjoy seeing old friends.
Take care and stay warm

Monday, December 6, 2010

4# Chuck Roast

When we butcher I always ask for my roast to be in 4 to 5 pound cuts. I cook once for several meals great sandwiches , Beef and Noodles and then there is the traditional pot roast which is always a winner at our table.
I cut it into pieces brown on high heat to caramelized the outside to help seal in the flavor. Cover and place in the oven for several hours to finish then it is ready when I am.

I got the Hunk of Meat from Leah at

Sorry Leah I must of made a mistake I left you an extra Hunk of Meat with my blog name

Also wanted to mention the Cris at did a great job telling us
about the Sweet Success at Hunters Honey Farm and Christmas Trees in the My Indiana Home the new magazine for Indiana Farm Bureau Members. Good story Cris job well done
Tracy Hunter is about 5 miles from us great family to do business with.

I have some pictures I will post in a few days
Until then take care

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Beautiful Snowfall

This is what I saw when I looked out my window as beautiful it is, it can be a problem for a lot of people.
Today we have the shop Christmas Open House

Only been home for about 24 hours We are all on the right track with our promotion of Agriculture our way of life. What we know and do everyday.
The story from the International Fair Convention is FOOD-FARMS-FAMILIES
I will write more later
Take care until next time