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Late summer thoughts

Aug 29th, 2010 | By
Late summer thoughts

Now and then, I’m reminded of how much I have to be grateful for in this life I’m living here at the farm. The days remain hot, but the nights have grown cool enough that we must turn on a heat lamp to keep the new chicks warm.  They’re Production Reds, purchased as replacement layers. 
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Quick & Easy Veggie Stir-fry

Aug 27th, 2010 | By
Quick & Easy Veggie Stir-fry

On hot summer days when you don’t feel much like cooking, a quick vegetable stir-fry can get you in and out of the kitchen in a hurry.  The food’s fresh, filling, and not too heavy.  I particularly like this recipe for front porch cooking on days when I don’t want to heat up the kitchen.
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German Pancakes with Fresh Peaches

Aug 21st, 2010 | By
German Pancakes with Fresh Peaches

If you like crepes, you’ll love this old family recipe for German Pancakes.   I first learned to make these as a young bride, taught by my mother-in-law, whose ancestry traces back several generations to a royal baker for the ruling house of Bavaria — back when there was a ruling house of Bavaria.  Whether this recipe’s roots
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A Bad Time For Transplanting

Aug 8th, 2010 | By
A Bad Time For Transplanting

The peak of summer is the worst time for transplanting perennials.  If you’re even thinking about moving those flowers, herbs, or shrubs this month, take
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Front Porch Smothered Steak

Aug 6th, 2010 | By
Front Porch Smothered Steak

Rich, beefy smothered steak is comfort food, with a long simmering time.   It’s Friday food here at the farm, as long as there’s round steak in the freezer, although we’ll make an exception and serve to guests on other days if the guests are special enough. Warning!  This is not a low calorie, diet friendly dish. Usually
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Blackberry Cobbler Time

Aug 3rd, 2010 | By
Blackberry Cobbler Time

Summer blackberries are still ripening, and somebody here at the farm believes blackberry cobbler has been neglected in favor of my peach obsession. We’ll have to rectify that terrible situation. I use the same cobbler recipe as for Grandma’s Peach Cobbler, except blackberry cobbler needs a little more sugar. Aside from that, the recipe and
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Summer things

Jul 31st, 2010 | By
Summer things

Fresh peaches from a nearby orchard . . . . . . and sweet ripe blackberries, picked from a neighbor’s garden patch are this summer’s consolation prizes.   We’ve very little to harvest in our own gardens now.   The few plants left in the greenhouse are providing enough tomatoes and Melrose peppers for snacks.  Tiny cucumbers have appeared
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Grandma’s Peach Cobbler

Jul 30th, 2010 | By
Grandma’s Peach Cobbler

For close to 20 years, my grandmother’s fruit cobbler recipe has rested on my kitchen shelf between the pages of an old cookbook that also belonged to Grandma.   It’s the simplest of recipes, easy to remember, easy to make, and easy to adapt to whatever fruit is available. Grandma’s handwritten Peach Cobbler recipe calls for a can
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One Day At A Time

Jul 7th, 2010 | By
One Day At A Time

The lack of updates here at The Land of Moo might lead one to believe I’ve been wallowing in grief over the demise of my beloved old Blue.  Not so.  He is missed, of course, but we’re pragmatic here on the farm about such things.  Life’s circle continues.  There are hatchlings to be nurtured, pregnancies
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Bye-bye, Blue

Jun 21st, 2010 | By
Bye-bye, Blue

Blue, our old Aussie, joined us as an 8-week-old pup in September of 1997.   Born on a Kansas cattle farm, he was a cute, blue merle out of full-blooded working Australian Shepherd parents.   He had vivid blue eyes, which unfortunately faded to a pale, spooky blue-gray.  For nearly 13 years, he was a close companion and a reliable
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