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…It really is on the way. Just hold on a little longer, it’s coming.
     

     Do you know how I know?  I can hear the sounds of spring.  I love to hear the frogs croaking, the birds singing, and I’ve even heard a few bumblebees buzz past me!  Also, in our laundry room at the moment I can hear six little chicks.  Yes, we have new chicks to add to our ten laying hens.

 

      They are very cute.  My favourite are the Speckled Sussex.  They are the brown ones with the raccoon-like eyes. The others are Buff Rocks and Anconas.  We only picked out six new chicks since we already have our nine hens and one rooster that are probably six years old.  I think we’re planning on moving the little chicks outside pretty soon.  They are starting to smell more like chickens everyday.  This morning I cleaned out the ‘kid pen’ for them to move into since they’re still too small to move in with the grown hens.  (The ‘kid pen’ is a room off our barn for the baby goats, when we have them.)  It will be nice to have the little birds out there for a while.  My sister, Stephanie, helped me dung out the chicken coup as well.  Next we’ll have to tackle the goat barn… that is always a lot of work.  I might get to that today, we’ll see.

 

     We’ve been outside a lot lately.  It’s been so nice.  We’ve planted five new fruit trees!  An Italian Prune, Spartan Apple, Transparent Apple, and two Pie Cherry trees.  Our yard is diminishing as our ‘orchard‘ grows.  I love it.  Someday this place will look even more amazing with ancient established fruit trees like my great grandparents and great great grandparents properties have now.  This property is wonderful though.  The barns and sheds that my Daddy has built, the garden space that has been enlarged a few times, the flower beds where Mama plants all sorts of things in,  they all add to the welcoming feeling of home.  If you haven’t noticed, I love home. 

     This morning, for breakfast…
     I Made Scones.
    
Yes, they were so good. I used whole wheat flour and they were still good.  I enjoyed them with a latte, Thanks to my friend Erin.  She had a Bialetti Espresso Maker sitting on her fridge which she claimed she hadn’t been using much.  She took it down, handed it to me, and said I could play with it.  And it really works!  I had been eyeing those Bialettis in the Williams Sonoma catalog for a while.  Thank You Erin!  You’re a doll.  The only problem is… now I’ll have to practice self-control!  I don’t need to get into a habit of drinking coffee everyday… It would be so easy, trust me.  I love the making of espresso drinks.  Working at the espresso bar at church has been really great.  I’ve been able to learn so much and I’m getting better at chatting with people I don’t really know.  I’ve enjoyed it.  I must confess though, I’ve been having more coffee, chocolate, sugar, etc. then I should lately.  A box of dark chocolates and stress are not a good pair.  We’ll just say… I’ve eaten a lot of chocolate this past week.  I’d like to go eat another one of those scones right now too… terrible of me, I know.  I guess I’ll go back outside and get some more work done though. 

     Enjoy the rest of your week and take some time to admire the daffodils that are starting to show their cheerful color.

 

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     Most of our harvesting is now done.  I wanted to share out potato digging picture.  It is my favourite.  Digging potatoes is always a fun, looked forward to, family thing, I guess.  We dug up some gorgeous red potatoes and some very odd-shaped yellows. 

     Life has been filled with everyday things.  I work, I come home, I clean, I eat, and best of all….I sleep beneath my lovely down comforter.  I love my Home.  (especially after a day with somebody else’s kids in somebody else’s house.)  Today, I drank my peppermint tea and read Dickens by the fire in the quiet early hours of this house.  Since then I’ve been doing dishes and cleaning.  Getting ready for a gaggle of women coming over for tea tomorrow.  I started a bit of chicken soup simmering, my head is feeling slightly ‘gling-glong’ this morning.  Not sick…. just heavy. 

     We’ve done a few fun projects here lately.  We dipped our own beeswax candles a little while ago.  The smell of beeswax drifting through the house is lovely.  We’ve made donuts a few times.  The most recent were Old Fashion Pumpkin Spice donuts.  They were so good.  Oh! I tried to recreate a soup that I’ve had at Tericotta Red, very cute little Asian restaurant.  It turned out alright.  Let’s see…I’ve been doing some knitting.  Can’t tell you what, Christmas is coming you know.  Still working on my Barista skills. It can be quite stressful behind the machine alone.  I kinda like it though.  That is the one and only adventurous thing that I do, really.  Most of my weeks are the same but with the espresso stand… It adds some needed craziness.  

Here are a few pictures from my October….

     It’s still hard to believe that October is gone. 

Dear November… you sneaky son of a gun… give us what you’ve got.

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     I really want to start on Christmas presents now.  I have a few ideas.  I haven’t knit something for a while now and feel like knitting so much.  I’m hoping to start knitting a sweater for my nephew, Jason.  Looking for a handsome pattern is not easy.  There are a lot of ugly sweaters out there.  I finally found one that is a vintage pattern. It has ships and dots on it but…I’m going to change mine to stripes.  Just little stripes. Anyways, the site had some really neat patterns that truly are vintage.  It’s called Free Vintage Knitting.  It was pretty cute.

     Yesterday I worked an espresso machine!  I’m so excited to learn the ins-n-outs of making good coffee. There is a difference between coffee and good coffee. I definitely need practice in the steaming area. I think I was told I made Starbucks foam a few times (not good).  Dear Me. It is really fun to hear Starbucks being made out as the epitome of ‘bad coffee’.  It is different, as most people adore beloved Starbucks.  Anyways, back at it this Sunday. We’ll see what sort of foam I’ll make this time.

     I received one of the best gifts ever for my birthday this year.  Mom and Dad got me a down comforter.  O how wonderful it is!  I went to work on Monday and dreamed all day about being under my comforter.  I love my new blanket.  I can’t stop thinking about it.  I think it’s an addiction!

     I made a Pumpkin Spice Cake with cream cheese frosting and it turned out SO good. I believe I’ll share it with you.~
    

 For the cake~

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted, plus more for pan
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon pumpkin-pie spice (or 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon, 3/4 teaspoon ginger, 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg, and 1/8 teaspoon each allspice and cloves)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 can (15 ounces) solid-pack pumpkin puree

For the frosting~

  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, very soft
  • 1 bar (8 ounces) cream cheese, very soft
  • 1/4 cup honey or enough powdered sugar to make it sweet enough for you
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter a 9-inch square baking pan.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk flour, baking soda, salt, and pumpkin-pie spice. In a large bowl, whisk eggs, sugar, butter, and pumpkin puree until combined (I added a tad bit of cream as it seemed rather thick for a cake batter) . Add dry ingredients to pumpkin mixture, and mix gently until smooth.
  3. Turn batter into prepared pan, and smooth top. Bake until a toothpick inserted in center of cake comes out with just a few moist crumbs attached, 45 to 50 minutes. Cool cake 10 minutes in pan, then turn out of pan, and cool completely, right side up, on a rack.
  4. Make Honey Frosting: In a medium bowl, whisk butter, cream cheese, and honey until smooth.
  5. Spread top of cooled cake with honey frosting. Cut cake into squares to serve.

     I hope you enjoy it! I absolutely LOVE it.

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