Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Frosty Fall Treat

If you live in the South, you know that when fall arrives, fall-like temperatures don't always come immediately. It is cool here at our house today, but will be back in the 80s by the end of the week. Summer just doesn't want to let go.

Still, we try for a fall-like mood. I haven't baked any pumpkin bread, yet, but will be making some soon. In the meantime, to cool down a bit, we enjoy this frosty pumpkin treat.

1/4 cup of sugar (or sweetener of your choice)
1/2 banana
1/3 cup pumpkin puree
1/3 cup vanilla yogurt (or plain--I always use vanilla)
3/4 cup of milk
a few shakes of pumpkin pie spice
4-6 ice cubes

Put all in blender and blend until smooth. Enjoy! This makes two fairly tall glasses of frosty pumpkin drink.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Happy Fall, Y'all!

Well, I've been meaning to post for a few weeks and life has just kept me busy. I hope all of you are enjoying your fall. It has seemed like summer for the most part here in western Arkansas, but today it is practically cold out there! It will only last for a few days before it warms back up, but I'm loving the 'chill' in the air!

Have all of you put out some fall decorations? I have put out a few around the cabin, but not as many as usual. My favorite part of fall decorating is my porch. I always put out a little scarecrow and some other decorations. But not this year. My porch is gone! Why? Because the cabin is going to 'grow'. Yep, we pulled off the porch and we are adding on a new kitchen and a little bonus room that is going to be our 'hobby room'. 

I'm pretty excited about the addition, but we are kinda slow at all of this, as we are doing it ourselves, so it is going to be a while before we are finished. I will try to update you with some pictures along the way.

Our garden was pretty much a bust this year, but I did manage to grow one white pumpkin. And it was a little 'volunteer' plant, so that was the extent of our pumpkin growing this year. I hope all of you had better luck with your gardens!

Big waves to all of you!

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Wednesday Wives Tales

I used to do a lot of Wednesday posts about folklore because I enjoy the history of the mountain regions. I haven't done one in a while and thought I might today. 

When I woke this morning, there was fog. The first I have seen in August. Old timers say that you can know the number of snows in the winter to come by the number of fogs in August. I kept up with this a few years back and it held true. I thought I might do it again this year, so I marked it on my calendar.

I also read that the number of days the first snowfall of the season stays on the ground is an indicator of how many snows to expect during the season. Another indicator of the winter to come can be figured by this method. Count the number of sunny days from July 1 to September 1 and multiply x 2. That will give you the number of freezing cold days to expect the next winter.

I hope y'all enjoyed this bit of folklore. We are having a cooler than usual and wet August here in western Arkansas this year. I hope you are enjoying your summer, wherever you are!

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Summertime Songs in the Yard!

I mentioned a couple of posts ago that our garden isn't so productive this year. But there are no complaints about how productive our chickies are! They are keeping us well supplied in eggs. We have twenty layers, as well as a few older birds that spend most of their time ridding the yard of ticks and other bugs. 

I know. . .a true farmer would have 'harvested' those old girls and had some yummy chicken and dumplings. But by the time they are that old, we are 'old' friends and we are content to let them live out their days here on the place.

Our girls supply us with enough eggs for ourselves, as well as family and a few friends. I love those sweet chickens and look forward to seeing them throughout the day, as they make their way around the place. They are one of the reasons I love living in the country. Their sweet voices singing whenever they lay an egg, as well as all the 'talking' they do when they find a juicy worm or extra special bug. Do you have chickens?

Happy Chickie Thursday to all of you!