Monday, February 28, 2011

Wet snowy morning and rabbit sightings

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I woke up this morning and looked out the bedroom window rubbing my eyes, to see a rainy wet world of ice, slush, and, mud. And this squirrel, sitting outside the window eating his breakfast.

I put on my coat and boots to take the dogs outside for their morning pee...

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Douglas says... "yuck, it's all wet!"

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It's quite pretty outside, but that's about it.  The animals will be staying in the barn because it's so wet and icy, I don't think they'd appreciate being out in this weather.

The little bunny I found in my laundry pile the other day has been spotted several other times around the house...

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In the toy box...

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On my computer...

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In one of the beds...

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on top of the cookbooks!

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in my boot!

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Even in MY hair!

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And on my way down the hallway last night I had to stop and look at the bookshelf twice...

So far he's been very tricky to catch, but he keeps showing up all over the house. Like a little... Bandit. :)

The deer were out last night, checking to see what Kevin had been doing in the gazebo... He'd been working in there all day.

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I tried to get some pictures last night of the animals at bedtime, but it's pretty chaotic as everyone wants in their beds as quickly as possible.... bed equals, treats.

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Come on hurry up!

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It's cold out here you know!

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She's coming, quick run to the barn!

Hilda, the Pygmy goat has discovered if she gets herself in the barnyard in the evening, and out of the goat yard, she can get inside the barn quicker since the sheep get put away first.

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Time to head back out in into the wet snowy world to work.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Something in my laundry....


Hmmm... do you see that?

What could that be in my clean laundry....


It's a very, very, small rabbit!


Monday, February 21, 2011

Peppermint patties

It's cold today - very cold. It's a good day to catch up inside on work. I decided to give these peppermint patties a try now that I finally found peppermint extract... it took me weeks to find it, but I finally found it at Walmart of all places. Never mind the four big grocery stores I went to.


They are actually fairly easy to make, just a bit messy. Alright, I'm not going to lie, these are very, very, messy and my kitchen looks like a bomb of chocolate and powdered sugar exploded in it.

It did actually.

However after all the fuss, and the disappointment that mine are not as pretty as the picture on my recipe passed... and they finished getting firmed up... they were worth it. They taste exactly like a peppermint pattie you would buy at the store. Exactly like them. It's quite amazing.

So if you really love peppermint patties, or feel like making a good mess in your kitchen, try these. I think these would make lovely gifts too, something special.

This recipe comes from Gourmet, and I found it on eatliverun.com

2 1/2 cups confectioners sugar
1 1/2 tbs corn syrup
1 1/2 tbs water
1/2 tsp peppermint extract
1 tbs shortening
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate
2 tbs butter

Mix together the confectioners sugar, corn syrup, water, peppermint extract, and shortening until combined. Scoop out and knead on a confectioners sugar dusted counter - until the mixture is a smooth white ball. You'll need a lot of confectioners sugar - trust me.


Roll the ball out to 1/4 inch thick using a rolling pin, or just your hands. Freeze for 10 minutes.

Using a small circular cookie cutter (this didn't work for me, I used my hands and made the balls and then flattened them) punch circles into the peppermint "dough." Freeze again for 10 more minutes.

Meanwhile, melt your chocolate and butter over low heat.


Let it cool slightly, so it's still soft but not super hot.

Drop the peppermints in and smooth the chocolate over the tops to coat well. Lay each patty on wax paper and freeze until firm, about 15-20 minutes. Store in fridge.

Now "dropping" the peppermints into the chocolate didn't work nicely for me, I had to just coat them, and then make a new ball and flatten it again as nicely as possible. It worked for me, although messy.


Will I make these again? Yes. Even with the mess, they were worth it, and next time I'll be better prepared for the mess, and have things set up so I'm not running around like a crazy person. I'm sure it would have been entertaining to watch though. I love baking but candy making is a whole other world, let me tell you!

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Sunshine, cold, and critters

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The other day on our way out, we caught Torn Ear sleeping across from old barn. He didn't even get up as the truck went by, he couldn't care less since he knows it's just us.

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Remember my last post? Winter reminded us yesterday not to get too excited. We had no power for almost 20 hours. However, that was because of heavy winds, which are the norm around here in the months of February and March. All those puddles to turned to ice, but thankfully we did manage to get enough warm weather to open up a lot of bare ground, so it's not so bad.

We got our generator running in the evening so we had power to cook dinner. In the morning I used the BBQ to cook our coffee, worked just fine!

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We got the evaporator unloaded today thankfully. We just have to set it up now, and it's just outside the door, so close to the kitchen for supplies, and close the house for a warm up. Our old camp was not near the house, in sight of it, but across the creek. This will be a lot easier.

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Making a plan...

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Taking the shell off the truck..

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Evaporator out of the truck... the pictures in between I couldn't get because I was driving the truck, sorta had to watch what I was doing!

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and there we go, now we just have to set up...

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While we worked Flavious lied near by and watched... er... slept.

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It was sunny this morning, cold, but the sunshine felt good.

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Bucket says "this hay is good too!"

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Basswood

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Here comes Snick and Maggie

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Bulrush enjoying his breakfast

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Mini Nut coming for breakfast

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Sammy

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Basswood, eyes closed, just enjoying his morning

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Bea and Max

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Bean

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Snick cleaning himself up

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Sam

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Max holding my hand

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Izzie, Bea, Bean

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Izzie

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Silly Bea

While I was in the barnyard taking pictures of the other animals, Max decided to be my pillow. Jim came and took some pictures but by then, Max just wanted to play, play, play. He loves tackling me, but he never hurts me, or knocks me, he's so gentle about it for his size.

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Back at home, Deer Norman was wandering about checking to see what we were up to today....

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and his little pal, too...

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The sun is warm today, but the air is not, or the slight wind there is, so the boys wore their coats when they went outside for a quick pee break...

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Douglas coat we bought in October is going to soon be too small, he's really starting to fill out in the chest more now.

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Late afternoon we went out to our rock point, where we haven't been since December. The snow is hard and crunchy on top but once you break through, it's like granulated sugar. It was good walking though because it was rare you broke through.

We saw two different Porcupines out and about....

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It was pretty outside, typical late winter, quiet, cold, frozen...

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We are all pretty tired. I'm using up the rest of my energy to make chicken and dumplings with mashed potatoes and corn bread... and then I think we'll all be heading to bed early tonight.
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