Sunday, April 28, 2013

Finger Food Potluck

I am thinking that bringing some of these would be nice. Sisters on the Fly is having a camp out in a few days, and a Finger Food Potluck is part of the event on Saturday evening. I am thinking that I will able to do the strawberries in my camp trailer. I need to decide on the serving dish for these beauties.  Yummy!

Friday, April 26, 2013

Gratitude for the Miracles in My Life

This is today's Brave Girl Club message. This message feels good to me, and I think that many of you will enjoy it. Have a good weekend! Sharon

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Prairie Flower Visits Secret Campground

The first overnight trip with the lovely Prairie Flower. I am very pleased. We stayed two nights at Secret Campground. This is a small 6 camp site campground, located about 20 miles from Oakridge Oregon in the Willamette National Forest. It is a cute little campground right beside the Middle Fork of the Willamette River. She towed very well and easily with the Toyota 4 Runner. She was nice and cozy for me with the cold nights and warm days. I noted two things that I need to do, the sink plumbing for the drain is leaking a little, and I need to figure out a way to secure the refrigerator door so it stays closed in transit. (Then I will not need to bring food in a cooler.) I am looking forward to the first Sisters on the Fly campout! Yay!

Monday, April 22, 2013

Bee Keeping on the Farm

I think that it is high time to show you the latest addition to the farm. The bees came home on April 13, 2013. They have been in their new home for ten days now. The first 4 days were cold and snowy here...that is not a good thing for a new colony of bees. They just stayed inside trying to keep warm and survive. Last Saturday, April 20th, we did a check see if the bees are building comb and the queen laying eggs. Oh Boy, there was very little comb getting started, and no egg laying. We are worried. The bees have been doing better the last 3 days of sunny and dry weather. They are busy collecting pollen and nectar. We will check them to see about the comb and egg laying, if not...we need a new queen. I hope not.

The bee book does say that this specie of honeybee is from the Austrian Alps. They do well it mountains and able to handle adverse weather. That fact is a little bit comforting...

Friday, April 19, 2013

Salem Witch Trials in Colonial New England

Colonial Houses

Now that I have your attention, let me tell you that there is no telling where your ancestor's fit in history. My Sis is the family historian. She has been at this for about 43 years...starting with someones information in the 1960's. She has traced our mother's family (both sides) to colonial New England. They came to this land from England on the second group of ships after the Mayflower, carrying Pilgrims to settle in the Massachusetts colony.

I have an ancestor, a woman, who was tried and executed as a witch in a colony very near Salem. That is an unexpected find in the family tree. I gather that she had children who survived and continued the direct line.

Sometimes, my Sis finds dead ends, that happened with my Great Great Grandmother Elvira Riley Hawley. It appears that her family is definitely Irish. (That fact makes complete sense... where my red hair gene came from on that side of the family tree.) However, the immigrant parents must have been illiterate. The family name was probably spelled many different ways, and is not traceable past immigration. 

Sunday, April 14, 2013

New Dessert to Try


I was looking at pinterest and found this great looking recipe. It is a take off from one that Paula Deen makes (Gooey Butter Cake). A pretty sweet, simple, and yummy recipe. If you and your family like cheesecake...this is an easy option. I am thinking that I will make this in a dutch oven for the next potluck gathering. Here is the link to the blog that posted the pin. Kevin and Amanda  I want to make it right now, however, I think that I will wait until tomorrow. LOL!   Have fun.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Janome Crafting Project - Notepad Holder

I think that this is a terrific project. It would make a great gift idea, make a few to have for girlfriends special B-days. I have enough fabric pieces on hand to do this project with no additional purchases. It is great to be able to use what you have on hand. Here is the link for the detailed instructions. Notepad Holder I have too many crafting projects on hand...but you never know. I might print out the instructions to have for this project.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

New Baby Calf

I just finished a post about the stuff going on. Well, news flash, something did happen today, our Dexter Cow, Daisy Mae delivered a calf about 3 pm today. Hubby had put her into a barn stall because she was very due to calve. She delivered within 2 hours. I walked out to the barn a few minutes ago. The calf was standing and very wobbly. Daisy was lowing and the calf was trying to get the first milk meal. It is a very good thing to happen today. Yay

Sewing for Prairie Flower

I haven't blogged in several days...not much to write about in my life. I have a Sisters on the Fly event coming up in 3 weeks...and I wanted to complete some projects for my trailer. I completed a custom fabric comforter cover, a large pillow, and a very large zippered pillowcase type bag (made from heavy fabric that looks good with the comforter cover) for storing my sleeping bag. The reason for this is that there is very little area in the trailer to put many things. Thus, I will be able to hide the sleeping bag on the bed as a large bolster. I plan to make the bed with sheets and blankets. There may come a cold night when I need the sleeping bag. I am planning ahead for the off-season...and I am going to get the large storage bags where you vacumn out the air, and then I will keep my fabric items in the trailer with little concern for moisture, mice, insects,etc... I put my license plate frame on the reads High Prairie Farmgirl, and I purchased 2 custom mugs that feature a floral design with Prairie Flower on them. You can get all kinds of custom things from I found all kinds of small things at, and there is a store in Eugene...and of course, Ross (love that store). I promise that I will be posting photos of the decor!

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Sisters on the Fly, My 1st Event!

I attended my first SOTF meeting for the local women members. I am happy that things are coming together for some trips. This festival is my first event to go to, it is about 50 miles from home and I am anticipating the trip. We will camp for 2 nights at one of the sisters farm pastures very near this festival. Yay!!!

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Your Life is Now.

Hi Everyone. I took this photo a while back and forgot about it on my phone. It is an artwork available at a store. I have just used to make it look much nicer to post. I like these positive messages, however it can be too much to have a great many of these posters around. Enjoy! Remember, that this is the truth.

Monday, April 1, 2013

1957 Vintage Children's Cookbook

There is not much to blog about recently.  However, I went junking today and found this vintage 1957 Betty Crocker's Cook Book for Boys and Girls, for 99 cents. I did a little online research and found the book sells for about $20 at the used booksellers. I was surprised to see that it was reproduced in 1983. There are some fun ideas, and maybe I will try a couple. It is kinda funny that I could have had a book like this as a small child. There are some lovely color photos and many great illustrations. I remember making the doughboys on sticks as a girl scout.