Monday, December 31, 2012

Kids Gone Raw

These Kale chips are hands down my favorite new snack.
Please support this local company Kids Gone Raw.

The chips come in many flavors and they conveniently have an Etsy story.
They are also on Facebook.
I inquired with them about buying in bulk and they said that they can make big bags like the do for restaurants.
If you are not into Kale chips, they also have "grawnola" and fruit leathers.

Our new heating strategy

A fan  at the top of the basement stairs to pump air up into the space between the first and second floors. Lets hope it works!

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Caring for Antique Furniture

I learned at a young age that if someone was stupid enough to leave a sweaty glass on an antique there was a rapid fire treatment you could use to hope the ring went away - MAYONNAISE! I can't tell you how many Christmas Eve's, after everyone went home and before we left for midnight mass, that I went around with a jar of mayo to goop on the white rings and pray that with the magic of Santa they went away overnight. This Yankee skill was one I came by honestly (see prior post). What I love about this gem I kept is the name of a "Glass man" in Meriden, CT listed. Meriden is not only near where dear KK lived, but also close to where my now husband is from. Small worlds, seeing that we met at UMaine. For those of you with at least one piece of antique furniture, here is an article and KKs notes from 1978!

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Household Helpful Hints

My paternal grandmother KK was a tried and true Connecticut Yankee. She was also a tough as nails single Mom. KK was the Queen of thrift and short cuts which, in her later days, included using the oven as a bread box and the dish washer as additional storage. This was much to my chagrin the day I preheated the oven for a batch of cookies. The Cheerios did not survive.

 I recently moved some file cabinets to the basement and discovered a file I had named Scrapbook. I found quite a few gems inside, but this post, and the three that will follow, were safely tucked away. My father must have passed these copies along to me when KK died in the 90's.

 Today I find these priceless. Enjoy! I'm off to find my Magic Eraser and some Windex! :D

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Friday, November 16, 2012

Riddle me this!

How did the chicken get in the bird cage???

Thursday, November 15, 2012

The many shades of Cherry

Firewood stacked so start a fire!

Our living room is directly above this:

It creates radiant heat in the hard wood floors upstairs. 
I love a warm floor in the winter!
The basement is very full of wood, in fact this is the most wood we have ever put up for a winter.

Above is the kids big TV and Xbox space.
 It get SO warm in there now I have to turn the stove off today before the teen boys sleep down there!

Boa started laying in the flower bed

Gladly she now lays in the coop.

Autumn Panoramas

A few photos from the front porch.

Youth Hunting Day

A great time for a nap! :)

Fire wood

This is the long awaited culmination of our tree girdling project. Much thanks for all the firewood my dear SP! 
And we are off!
First log to be skid!
The pile begins and then it grows...

And then I get my turn on the tractor to skid the green wood to its final drying spot on top of the well.

Monday, October 29, 2012

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Saturday Sandwich

With cheese AND bacon, this awaits me at the hockey rink. SP just sent me the picture as I sit here on the hockey sidelines. I love that man. He knows just how to cheer me up!

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Sunday, October 21, 2012

How do you stop rogue layers?

At least she chose the flower bed!

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Deer Season begins...

with Youth Day!
Good luck out there boys!

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Saturday, September 29, 2012

A Tractor for a day

Lots of work to do... Let the festivities begin!

Friday, September 28, 2012

Girdled Stump

Soon to be fire wood! :)

Thursday, September 27, 2012


This years meager harvest!

Friday, September 21, 2012

Meet Randy

Yes Randy the Rooster.
He might be a small (rooster) but we are certain he is big enough to get the job done.
Even if he ends up hen pecked.
Even if he seems a bit afraid of the girls.
Who wouldn't?
Poor Bantam.
I hope he's first in our line of defense against predators while we are at work.
God speed Randy!