Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Dirty Jobs

After the latest project on the farm, Kirk officially qualifies for a spot on the show.  The episode would show him scraping cat poo off the tack room ceiling in the barn.  A pile a few feet high and more than a few feet wide. 

The worst part?  It smelled like CAT POO!
Lots and lots of cat poo!

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

The Cob

Thanks to Whitby farms (Kim for thinking of me and Kennidi and Braden for the transportation and delivery), I spent this morning filling my freezer with sweet corn.  Hannah, Grandma and Izzy helped shuck the corn.  Then I blanched it and Rosemary helped me cut the corn off the cob. 

Here's a tip... place the cob upright on the center post of a bunt or angel food cake pan.  Then cut the corn off, letting it fall into the pan.  It makes things (somewhat) easier and less messy.

 Then I used my Grandma Vivian's recipe:
8 c. cut corn
1 cube butter
1 1/2 t. salt
2 T. sugar
1/2 c. water
Boil 5 minutes.  Cool and freeze in Ziploc bags.

** I modified the recipe by reducing the butter to 1/4 cup.  One cube sounded delicious, but my waistline just wouldn't appreciate it!
** I also modified the recipe by blanching my corn before mixing it with the butter, salt, sugar.  But my brother Bret said it is easier to cut the corn off before it's blanched.  I don't have enough corn experience to know.  Anyone have a preference?

So, thanks to the Whitby's, my freezer is now filled with 18 quart bags of delicious sweet corn.  I can't wait to heat them up for dinner this winter.  

And, of course, there were plenty of dishes to be done.  Unfortunately, my dishwasher is currently making ugly sounds, so I was forced to wash everything by hand. 

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Newest Family Member

When we knew Sophie wasn't going to be with us much longer, we took a trip to the animal shelter to find her replacement.  After an afternoon playing with all of the kittens, the girls voted and we came home with Sweet Pea

She is sweet, and seems about the size of a pea compared to our older cats.

Sophie somehow knew she was being replaced and instantly disliked sweet pea.
Max is slowly warming up to her.

The girls love her.  She gets lots of holding, playing, behind-the-ear scratching, and loving. 
She is becoming part of our family (whether Max likes it or not). 

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Raspberry Season

It is raspberry season and we are loving it.  In addition to the small patch we have at home, there is a large patch of raspberries at our property.  We have been busy trying to keep up with all of the ripe fruit.  I have already filled the freezer with jam, we have eaten two raspberry pies,

we eat raspberries by the handfull, throw them on cereal, oatmeal and waffles.  But the raspberries are still coming, so I am trying to figure out what to do with them next...

Perhaps raspberry sorbet,

or raspberry sauce over panna cotta,

or maybe raspberry pancakes.

Do you have a favorite raspberry recipe you can share?

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Grouse Creek Waterslides

Saturday we discovered that the falls on Grouse Creek (where we have hiked numerous times in other seasons) become a perfect water slide when the weather is warm and the water is low.  It comes complete with deep pools, high cliffs and natural rock slides.  Keith & Jenny - guess where we are taking you next time you visit?  You will love it... we did!

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Summer Fun

One of pleasures of summer... running through the sprinklers.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011


What is better than being at Grandma's & Grandpa's with cousins and a whole bag of GIANT, gooey marshmallows?  Not much!

Monday, August 1, 2011

So You Need A Typeface?

Some of you out there (who may agonize over choosing a typeface like myself) might appreciate this student project.  It is a flowchart of the choices we go through choosing fonts, with a humorous approach. Quite clever!

You can purchase the original and see a larger version here.

This is the Place

Actually, the quote that gets attributed to Brigham Young is
"It is enough. This is the right place, drive on."
Either way, we spent one fun filled day at This is the Place Heritage Park during our trip to Utah.  The girls got a real taste of pioneer life as they scrubbed clothing and hung it to dry...

Panned for gold...

Learned about the Navajo Hogans and made arrowhead necklaces...

Rode the train...

And generally had a really fun time.