Monday, December 31, 2012

Free Garden Seed Catalogs

Garden Seeds
Start the year out right by ordering some free garden seed catalogs and planning your best garden yet!  Click here for links to order catalogs.

Even More Kids On The Block

Coriander, one of our sweetest little does, gave birth to a beautiful set of doe twins this morning! In this picture, the kids are less than 5 hours old! Due to some difficulty with Wordpress's new update, I wont have anymore pictures of the kids on my blog for a little while. Til then, feel free to look at older posts or follow us on Facebook!

Homestead in the Winter

Living closer to the land and working with it encourages a simpler lifestyle that somewhat replicates a time when life was a little slower and less stressful. There's always much to do on a homestead in the spring, summer and fall, but what do you do in the winter months if you live in a snow belt?  Well, here's what we do at Maple Grove.

Recipe: Chicken Tetrazzini

As the holiday season wraps up here at Aisling Cottage I will forever remember Christmas of 2012 as one of my favorite holidays thus far.  This year was full of giving, decorations, friends, and simplicity.  I was determined that this year would be different for me and it was. 

Farewell 2012

2012, all in all, was a year of learning experiences for me.  And while not all lessons in life are easy or enjoyable, they shape who we are and how we will take on the future.

Chinese tradition called it the year of the Dragon, but for me it was the year of the Chicken. Our first steps into this newfound hobby (albeit obsession at times) has brought much into my life.

2012 Review- Timber Creek Farm

Here's a quick look back at the road we traveled in 2012.  Thanks to all for helping us grow.  Stay tuned for a Happy New Year and much more farm fun  to come.

Sunday, December 30, 2012

More Unexpected Snow

We were expecting the foot of snow that came over Friday night and continued falling all day Saturday. Sean and I worked hard to remove the snow and keep the access to the animal yards open for us and for them.

We were NOT expecting to wake up to see all that work covered over by another foot of snow while we slept. The forecast called for 3-4 inches max. What the what???!?!?!?! Sean has been really sick since Friday night with a horrible flu. In accordance with our agreement that only one of us can be really sick at any given time, I have been trying to patiently wait my turn and steadfastly refusing to give in to my sore throat, stuffy nose, or cough. The storm took none of this into account.

How would the humans and animals cope? Come over for a visit and we'll tell you all about it.

Sonja ♥ Lally Broch Farm

A "new" New Year's Eve goodie!

The New Year is just around the corner. Our family loves to have munchies on the Eve of the New Year. This year I came up with a "goodie" just for me. Alright do not worry I will share! Hope you all have a wonderful New Year!


Saturday, December 29, 2012

Several Simple Steps to Satisfy your chilly flock

Why is Red giving me the stink eye?  Well, she's not happy with the frigid temperatures here in Colorado lately, but this was before I followed through with giving her a few of their favorite things to help them stay warm.  Come on over to Fresh From Home to snag a few simple ideas for keeping your outdoor menagerie impressed with your critter-keeping capabilities!

Eggnog Pancakes

This morning when the kids woke up and begged me for pancakes I sleepily agreed, got out of bed and went to the fridge only to realize we were out of milk. Thankfully my husband loves eggnog and bought an abundance for Christmas. Who wants some eggnog pancakes?!  CLICK HERE FOR RECIPE! 

58 FREE Growing Guides - From Artichokes - Zucchini

Friday, December 28, 2012

Reaping rewards

The eggs are FINALLY rolling in and we are eager to dig in! Read more about my plan for our first truly homegrown meal here.

Family Favorite Holiday Cookies

 Every year I tell people I am not going to bake. Baking is not my forte. However, the holiday spirit always gets me and I end up baking regardless. This year I made about 13 dozen cookies and gifted them out. Here is two of our family favorites that always make it to a cookie platter.

Grandma Cutcher's Molasses Cookies
Nut Jammers

Peanut-less Brittle

We've been managing food allergies at 1840 Farm for over five years.  During that time, I've learned to be creative when adjusting our favorite recipes in order to preserve their great flavor and remove allergy causing ingredients.

Some of our new recipes are so delicious that our friends and family don't notice the difference.  Peanut-less Brittle is one of those recipes that tastes so fantastic that no one will notice that you've made a safe substitution for the peanuts that usually take center stage in this dish.

If you don't cook with food allergies in mind, you can easily incorporate any type of nut that you like.  Once you master the easy burnt sugar component of this recipe, you'll be ready to make my chocolate covered molasses toffee.  Stay tuned, I'll be sharing that recipe in January!

Visit 1840 Farm to learn more about our Peanut-less Brittle and download a printable PDF recipe so that you can make your own.

Let It Snow!

10-14 inches of snow dropped on us yesterday and over night.

How'd we fare? Grab a warm mug of tea, come on over for a visit, and we'll tell you all about it.

Lally Broch Farm

Sonja ♥

Monday, December 24, 2012

Lord, Make My Heart a Manger

How silently, how silently the wondrous gift is given!
So God imparts to human hearts the blessings of His heaven.
No ear may hear His coming, but in this world of sin,
where meek souls will receive him still,
the dear Christ enters in!

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Want to see what I did with my feed bags???

Click here.....

Cranberry-Almond Biscotti

Add these delicious Cranberry-Almond Biscotti  to your cookie tray for family and guests to enjoy on Christmas day.

Make the Gift Wrap Part of the Gift!

Once again, I've waited until the last minute to wrap gifts.  I probably have enough recycled gift wrap, but I also have a lot of holiday print fabric scraps.  Follow the easy steps HERE to see how I've used these to make a gift wrap gift!

And once again--happiest holidays from Green Circle Grove!

Saturday, December 22, 2012

What to do With Too Many Roos!

It is interesting how posting takes on cycles. First, it is new goat kids that gain all the attention. Then, baby chicks, ducklings, or goslings have the focus. The pigs will get into some kind of mischief. A goat will begin milking, escape inconveniently, or become sick. The cats will hunt something out of the usual. Soap or cheese or crafts to be made. Barns and coops to be repaired, built, or finished. As new events happen or take precedent, our posts seem to follow suit. Right now, the concern around here is the resident rooster population. When we hatched chicks to increase our flock of hens, we knew that statistically, we would get more roosters, too. And, there was a plan in place for what would happen to those lads... but, that was last Spring...

 Head over to Lally Broch Farms to find out: What are we to do now???

Sonja ♥

Merry Christmas!

christmas card, everything home with carol 

May you experience the peace of the Savior 
this Christmas season
and in the new year to come.

Blessings to you and yours,

Merry Christmas!!

Merry Christmas

Seasons Greetings from Sunshine Sisters Farms

Friday, December 21, 2012

From all of us at Farm Chick Chit Chat to all of you, our many friends . . . Thank you for your support. Many blessings to you and your families in the new year!

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