Snow Dogs on the Hunt

Our boys love to play in the snow especially when you are out with them. They love to run in any wide open space and find new places to explore.

Baxter snow

Our Chase is pretty intrigued when he is around any barn and is always trying to sniff out the critters. He is usually on high alert during these times not wanting to miss a thing.

chase barn

The have enjoyed the snow now that it isn’t so cold and windy, yet now the snow is almost gone and the grass is showing, so there probably won’t be much snow for them to play in tomorrow. That’s okay because warmer weather means more hiking and walking on trails. Do you have any favorite trails or hiking spots near you that you or you and your pups like to go?

Snow to spring and back again …

That last eastern snow storm got us  Monday night into Tuesday.

sky snow

Since we knew it was coming our way we did prep work around our place. Secured the chickens and got a couple flock blocks set up plus extra water, covered up the tractors, moved the generator, and filled up the bird feeders as we like to provide a spot for the birds in the snow to get food.

bird feeder

There were quite a few birds that showed up…

bird eating

All three boys liked watching the birds, the two pups from the door and little Grayson from the window…

Bax n chase

We also enjoy watching them. You see a hierarchy just like you do with the chickens… interesting to watch.

birds

I also like to see the little birds find ways to get to the good food and fool the bigger birds.

bird little

Provides some good entertainment on a snowy day.

bird tree

If you got this snow I hope you stayed safe and warm. I was lucky this time, hubby did the shoveling and snow blowing and I got to be inside cooking and baking. I think I got the better part of the deal 😉

 

Garden time… almost

This past week hubby and I were pretty busy. Hubby has been working for weeks to chop up a big tree we cut down for fire wood. We are trying to clean up the yard, get things shaped up in the chicken coop, planted a few flowers that have needed to be put in the ground for a while, and tilled the garden.

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The chickens have been kept out of the garden all winter and they were anxious to get in and peck around.

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They seemed to have a blast digging in the newly tilled dirt…

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And they helped me by turning and moving the dirt all around…Plus it is a hoot and a half to watch them freak out over the new space…

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Baxter wasn’t too impressed as he just laid around, half watching the chickens freak out, and mostly sleeping in the warm sun. (It was nice that day.)

baxter

I can’t wait to put seeds into the ground and see them come up. Until then there is hay on the garden to keep the weeds from coming back that I worked so hard to pull and “weed out” 😉 . Hope you have a great weekend!

And back again…

I know I just posted about the looks of spring coming to our area. I was looking forward to some nicer weather and the wind to not be so much of a bother.

tulips

But today I woke up to this… snow, cold, wind 😦 The ground, deck, and all were covered.

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My flower beds were covered too and my poor budding flowers.

 

I guess old man winter is not ready to let go just yet. I hope it doesn’t keep my tulips and other flowers from blooming when spring does finally decide to stay. Weather says possibly more snow tonight. We shall see.

Good morning…wake up

This is what I wake up to many mornings….

grayson-wake

Good morning mommy wake up! Then my other boys are by the bed waiting for their turn for a pat. Not that I mind, it is a pretty cute face to  wake up to. But sometimes I get him too…

grayson-wakie

Good afternoon Grayson wake up… mommy is home 😉 (And yes that is the dogs bed that we often find Grayson sleeping in. Don’t worry the boys have many beds and usually only use this one at night or when I am in the room.) Hope your having a good week 🙂

I Spy… Spring

A couple weeks ago or so it looked like this…

snow-logs

The boys were out playing in the snow…

baxter-snow

And jumping on the logs that hubby has been splitting for fire wood…

chase-log-snow

It was a winter wonderland. And today….

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There were blooms and buds everywhere…

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Pretty little flowers…

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Of many colors…

yellow-flower

Buds pushing through for daffodils…

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So many flowers coming through the ground…

flowers

The chickens were all over the place and loving the nicer weather…

chickens

And I have been enjoying their increase in egg production. Its not really “warm”, but defiantly not “cold”. Its hubbys kind of weather and we’ve been getting out in the yard getting things done. Happy for more “spring like” weather!

 

 

Babies, babes, everywhere…

It must be at least getting a little close to spring (or it may be wishful thinking)…. but everywhere we went today there were baby animals running about…

cow-baby

It may just me willing spring here and using these babes as my proof…

cows

Either way they are all cute when they are little 🙂

pigs

It was just nice to have a couple nice days of weather and be outside without freezing or having the wind knock me over. Hope your week has started out well!

Happy Love Day… otherwise known as Valentines

How has your day been? Been a busy one in our household. Its nice to be older and not needing the thrills and frills that as a younger person you feel you need, especially after a long day. Its Valentines Day today and I am just as happy to be home with hubby and the boys, eating a nice homemade dinner and watching a movie on TV.

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I know a lot of people want to go out on holidays like this, but I am the type of person who likes to save the money, avoid the crowds and waits of a restaurant, and just be with the ones I love. Hubby got me some pretty flowers (see above picture) and Grayson decided to take a little credit for them. He’s a funny boy. It was a long weekend this past weekend too so it’s nice to just be relaxing at home.

cookies

On a separate note I baked some conversation heart cookies (see above picture for some of them) this past weekend as well and gave them out at church and then today at work. My cookies are always a big hit and this time people loved that I played off an old childhood candy for the decoration. I have bigger plans for them next year, hopefully I will remember my ideas. Hope you are having a good Valentines with the ones you care about the most or have plans to soon 🙂 Happy Valentines Day!

New Sun Spot

Our baby Grayson is over a year old now. He has his own personality, own language and way he communicates, and he has adopted many spots all over the house that are his. His newest spot is on a new storage unit in the office of our home.

cat

It may be the afternoon sun he likes… or watching the birds on the feeders on the tree outside this window… maybe its the little mat on the top… or the plants to hide in… but whatever it is, we now have a new spot to look for him, when we are searching for him. But wherever I find him I know I will get one of his cute little meows and he will let me cuddle him face to face. Love this boy!

Gluten-Free/Yeast Free Cinnamon Rolls

I got a request the other day from one of my followers for the recipe for my Gluten-free cinnamon rolls. They are pretty easy to make, despite the many steps below, they go fast… So here goes:

cinnamon-rolls

Ingredients:

Rolls:

3/4 cup gluten free flour mix of your choice (I do not recommend bob’s brand as it is a bit bitter)

1/4 cup almond flour

Big pinch of salt

3/4 tsps. Baking powder

1/4 tsp. Baking Soda

1 tbsp. sugar

5 tbsp. milk (see tips section below for substitution ideas)

3 tbsp.. butter melted (see tips below for substitution ideas)

1 tsp. apple cider vinegar

Filling:

2 tbsp. butter melted (again the kind of your choice)

2-3 tbsps. cinnamon

Approximately 4-5 tbsp. light brown sugar

– Optional- 1/3 cup finally diced pecans or walnuts

Icing:

3 ounces cream cheese- room temperature (where it is soft)

1/3-1/2 cups powdered sugar

1 tbsp. vanilla (as good a quality as you can get)

1-4 tsp. milk (use the same as you did in the rolls)

Other: Spray oil and a round 8 or 9 inch pan or what you want to use

Steps:

  1. Preheat oven to 375*
  2. Find the round pan you want to bake in  or whatever you have close to that. (I used a heart shaped pan once.) Spray liberally with a spray oil of your choice.
  3. Combine the dry ingredients in one bowel: flours, salt, baking powder, baking soda, and sugar. Mix lightly to combine.
  4. In a measuring cup add the milk and apple cider vinegar. Then slowly add in the melted butter stirring while you add it.
  5. Add the wet ingredients to the dry slowly stirring gently until a dough ball forms. Do not over mix.
  6. Turn out the dough ball onto a well floured surface and kneed a couple times until you feel it is not so sticky that you can’t roll out– do not over kneed or it will make the dough tough.
  7. Roll into a rectangle about 1/4-1/3 inch thick. (Roll out thin enough so it can roll easily  into a log shape, but not tear- but not so thick  that there is not a good surface area for the filling- you want a good dough to filling ratio).
  8. Once you have rolled out the dough into an approximate rectangle you are ready for the filling. Pour the filling butter over the dough and spread it out onto every inch of the flattened dough.
  9. Sprinkle over the cinnamon and then the brown sugar, covering the surface of the dough with a thin layer, cover every inch. If you want to use the nuts sprinkle on here.
  10. Being very careful, roll the dough away from you, working your fingers back and forth along the long side of the dough until you get it into a log shape. Then pinch the entire seam shut.
  11. Cut into the desired thinness of the rolls you want as they will to rise a lot. (I usually do about 2 inches.)
  12. Places the rolls into your greased round (or heart shaped 😉 ) pan.
  13. Bake about 15 minutes until the tops are starting to brow. I usually start to check on them at 13 minutes.
  14. While you wait make the icing- In a mixer (or using a hand mixer) beat the cream cheese and powdered sugar together. Add your vanilla. If it is still thick add the milk in a teaspoon at a time until the icing is still thick but able to be pored (you want it to stay on top of the rolls but not have to be spread on with a knife- you want to be able to pore it on top.)
  15. Ice the rolls when they come out of the oven and serve. I usually leave a little icing on the side for people to add as they want.

 

Tips:

The rolls warm up nicely. Just store in the fridge and when you want one pop it in the microwave on a plate for 10-20 seconds and add more icing and it is delicious 🙂

Again, you can use any kind of milk soy, almond, lactose free, or regular.

You can use regular unsalted butter, a soy butter, or dairy free version.

You can substitute maple or almond flavoring in the icing instead of the vanilla.

If you are diabetic or need to watch your sugar then you can use a sugar free substitute- but some work better then others especially in the dough.

If your not gluten-free then you can make these with regular flour substituting for the gluten-free and almond kind.

I hope you enjoy these- let me know how it goes!

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