Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Festival Part ll

 The first festival we went to always has vintage cars on display.

 I had to take a bunch of pics and post these for Leanne and Brent since he just redid this same truck in New Zealand.

 Look at this grill!

 The bed might be my favorite part.

 What a classic.

The farm that hosts this festival is a horse farm.
 Isn't this the perfect limb to hang a swing from?

 The farmhouse.

 Handmade wooden ornaments.


The chainsaw artist at work.  I'll show the second festival tomorrow.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Fall Festivals Begin

 I was AWOL for a few days because I was at festivals!  I thought I would stick in this pic to show you how Teddy starts her mornings laying by her pumpkins.

 The first festival we went to is held on a gorgeous farm surrounded by fields of corn, hay and soybeans.

My favorite part of this farm is the towering evergreens.
 All of these were made with a chain saw.

 They have lots of animals including these alpacas.

 A bunny hutch.
 And the cutest chicken coops.

 A bunny.

 Click to enlarge any photo.

 I love how they decorated this shed.

 Booths are set up all over the farm.

 The name of this booth is cute.

 Tables made from trees.

 Gourds and pumpkins for sale.

 If you buy a piece of art....

....you get a free kitty!  I donated but passed on the cat.  Teddy and cats do not mix. I have tons of photos to sort through and will show you lots more over the next couple of days.

Friday, September 15, 2017

A Little Help From a Friend

 My friend got invited this weekend to visit someone who was coming to town whom she hadn't seen in years  .  The woman was flying in just for the weekend to celebrate her birthday with her sister.  My friend was very excited to go but was stressed because she had no idea what to take.  I offered to help her out.  Since it was going to be a girl's weekend, I figured that food would be appreciated.

 I made a decadent Kentucky Butter cake.  Everyone loves these and they travel well.

 I made a blueberry, basil and goat cheese pie.  I figured I might as well introduce them to something new and this pie is killer good.

This basket holds oatmeal raisin whoopie pies and the loaf is a cinnamon swirl bread which is much like a coffee cake.  I threw in a jar of pickles.
The pickles go with these pumpkin, rosemary, sea salt rolls.  Someone was baking a ham and I figured they could make sandwiches out of them tomorrow. I think the girls will have fun!

Thursday, September 14, 2017


 I brined and roasted a pork loin roast so I could make cubano sandwiches for my kids. I hadn't made a pork roast in quite some time and it made me wonder why I don't.  They are so good and so easy.

 Once the roast finishes cooking, you need to slice it as thin as possible.

 You can buy rolls or make your own.

 Traditionally cubano rolls are slightly sweeter and a bit denser than an ordinary sub roll.

 Spread both sides of a split roll with yellow mustard and then layer with Swiss cheese, Black Forest ham (smokey),  the sliced pork, dill pickles (most important) and more Swiss cheese.

 Place them in a hot pan with melted butter.

Press them with a heavy weight or make them in a panini press.
Cook them on medium heat until the cheese is melted and the crust is crunchy.  Turn the heat down if they are browning too quickly.  Place them in a warm oven until ready to serve.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017


Pumpkins are everywhere now and I have started collecting my stash for this year.
 I've started to plant mums too.  I think I will try starting them from seed next year. My asters and marigolds did so well that I'm sure mums will too.

 Poor Teddy's UTI is back and she was up all night.  Truth be known, we never got rid of it.  So, another grueling couple of weeks with antibiotics that make her throw up all the time.

 I got some bales of hay the other day and will add more pumpkins and ghourds.  I am hitting the countryside this weekend.

 Fall signs are out.

 If you look closely you can see black metal witches in each planter.  Click to enlarge.

 I'll get you better pup!

My daughter bought me this pumpkin box.  So cute!