Monday, April 25, 2011

Resurrection Day Supper on the Homestead

We kept it fairly simple for our Holiday Supper this year.  It all came out wonderfully, though, and we really enjoyed this homestead-y family meal taken together.


We started with a smoked ham that I had saved from the half a pig we bought earlier this spring.  This is some of the most delicious ham any of us has ever had.  We'll definitely be getting another hog from these folks down the road.  Add to that some homemade baked beans, green beans, and biscuits, and you have yourself a wonderful meal!  I also put out some homemade apple butter for the biscuits and some fresh pineapple that a friend brought over earlier in the morning for an Easter present.  The pineapple was sooooo good!

I'm particularly proud of these biscuits.  I've been working at getting them right and I think I've got it!

And here is dessert!  A mock pumpkin pie made with applesauce.  I used a crustless pumpkin pie recipe and substituted some home made applesauce for the pumpkin puree.  It came out so good!  Will definitely make that again and am thinking I'll try it with some peach puree and see how that comes out, too.  You will also notice, in the background of the first picture, some lovely cupcakes and some chocolate petit fours.  Also delivered early in the morning by a dear, sweet friend.  What a treat! (the petit fours are banana bites...banana bread layered with cream cheese and dipped in chocolate.  oh la la!)

Friday, April 22, 2011

This Week's Spinning

Did a bit of spinning this week. 

A "Piece of Cake" sample from the shop.  This was soooooo much fun to spin!  The tencel nepps are a kick in the pants and the colors are so delicious!

I also held onto a "Hopper" sample.  The merinos in this one are extremely soft.  I love the bold colors and the funky pink sparkles are a hoot!  I thread plied it with some beads.

And, I worked on a custom yarn order for a special someone.  It's a CCR themed package.  Here you see "Jeremiah Was a Bullfrog", "All the Little Fishes" and "In the Deep Blue Sea".  I'm still spinning "Was a Good Friend of Mine" and "I Helped Him Drink His Wine".  Sooooooo loving how this is coming together!  The whole package is going to rock!

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Nice Ta Meet You!

Spring is a busy time for so many people.  It's no exception here on the 'stead.  We're in high gear doing cleanup after a winter of sloth and 'just getting by' plus we're gearing up for summer and the garden.  We've been getting all the beds ready to accept this year's seed and plants, plus we've added some new beds to enlarge our garden space.

One new addition is this strawberry bed.  I'm so excited to get this one up and going!  A friend had a bed of strawberries that they were planning to take out and they offered the plants to us.  We built a nice home for them and then went over and dug up all these treasures last night and brough them here to their new digs.  Yay!

Right next door to the strawberries is this bed which is planted in potatoes.  We have two large potato beds planted this year. 

Look!  Some lettuce is coming up!  Yay!  Salads aren't far away!!

Tulips!  I'm so happy to see you.

And, look, there's Mr. Grapvine!  Wake up Sleepyhead!

And meet Mrs. Scarecrow.  The girls made her yesterday and got her all situated here in the garden.  Then, Baby Girl the Little'un came out and found her.  It melted me all over to watch her walk right up, shake the scarecrow by the sleeve and say, "Hello, nice ta meet you!"  My sentiments exactly, my Little Sweet Potato.  Well said!

Thursday, April 14, 2011

The Studio is Humming!

I have stuff in the Tumbler...

And drying on the racks...

And waiting to be carded...


Also have a bathtub full washing and dye pots on the stove.  Lots of fiber in the works!

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Meet and Greet

Meet Bess.  She is an agouti pygmy doe who just came to live with us.  Isn't she a sweet potata?  We think she's just as cute as can be and look forward to having her company in our barnyard!


Other doings around the 'stead include a major cleanup day of the rabbit commune.  Much raking and tray emptying was done by the worker bees here.  We repaired some caging and prepped some new ones that we want to put in.  It's looking pretty good over there.  We also got the posts put in for the area between the rabbits and the turkeys that we want to get covered.  It will mean shade in the summer for everyone and a drier walk and feeding experience in the winter.  Yay!

Next on the agenda is to get garden beds prepped, empty last year's compost bin, and clean out the goat barn to fill the compost bin back up again.  Hooray for compost!

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

More Spring Critter Pics

Star Spangled.  He's such a silly boy!

Muddy lambs.  Don't they look like they are about to get up to some trouble?

Blue Moon.  Hello, pretty girl!

Monday, April 4, 2011

Oh, the Babies We've had!!!

So many lovely new babies running around the 'stead!  Lambs and kids are playing in the yards again and it does my heart so much good!  I thought I'd share some gratuitious baby pics just to prove that Spring Is here!!!!