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01/14/18 Sunday – Sugar 'N Spice


This was my first attempt at making hand pies. Outcome? Winner-Winner! It's super easy, super quick, and super messy. Here's the recipe; give it a try!

Ingredients:
Pie Crust
Jam (your choice)
Cream Cheese (room temp)
Sugar
1 egg + 1 tablespoon water (whisked)

Instructions:
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit
2. Roll out dough 1/8" thick and cut out 4" circles
3. In center of dough circles add 1 teaspoon cream cheese and 1 teaspoon jam
4. Brush edges with egg wash, place dough circle on top, press together using fork
5. Brush top of hand pies with egg wash, sprinkle with sugar, and cut small steam hole on top
6. Place on baking sheet lined with parchment paper; bake for 20 minutes or until golden brown
7. Place on wire rack to cool

handpie

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01/12/18 Friday – Of The Sea


Another awesome painting done by Saphy!

octopus painting by saphire

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01/11/18 Thursday – Old Man Winter


Winter needs to go away; I'm done with it. Bring spring!

fly on poppy bloom

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01/10/18 Wednesday – Family Tradition


In Alaska, we have big bears! And Harley seems to approved of this teddy as he watches my grandson cheerfully greet his newfound friend.

big teddy bear

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01/09/18 Tuesday – Between The Toes


Who's ready to go to the beach?!

five kids on the beach

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01/08/18 Monday – Solo Silo


Lately, Tennessee has had winter temperatures that reminds me of the weather common to Alaskans. Brr! One of the reasons why I agreed to move to Tennessee was because I got pneumonia year after year after year. And of course my husband got sick right along side of me. The last time we got pneumonia, it pert near sent both of us to The Gates of Heaven, I kid you not. And lately the thought of fighting off another bout of that crud scares me enough to keep my heinie inside by the warmth of our fireplace as much as possible. Perfect time to get my antique windows done before blue sky and warmer temperatures return to The Farm.

barn and silo

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01/07/18 Sunday – Flower By Ice


Glacier lakes have flowers too.

mendenhall glacier lake juneau alaska flower

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01/05/18 Friday – Microgametophytes


Nectar...love potion that attracts pollinators. Pollen...key to plant reproduction. Bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds - love them. All them other bugs...well, I'm learning to love them too.

bachelor button bee

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01/04/18 Thursday – Acres Of Love


I'm learning to love it here on The Farm, especially since more and more things are coming together in the farmhouse. I'm looking forward to completed projects and moving on to some personal interests that I have in mind. My goal is to achieve these things this year and I will share them here with you. I'm excited!

farm heart

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01/03/18 Wednesday – Farmhouse Fun


I cleaned up the antique windows back in June of 2017 and they have been waiting for my attention ever since then. These are single pane windows that require me to pry out any loose chunks of glazing compound with a putty knife before I can apply new glazing. Please let me interject one thing here: I am not the type of person that is One-With-A-Knife, let alone anything else that is sharper than a butter knife. Me and tools do not get along. Although the Tom Boy in me has always had the itch to learn Man Cave things that involve dangerous power tools and whirligigs. But, you know those lil' voices that sit on each side of your shoulders? You know. That voice on the left side is always saying, "Ya, man! Go for it! No problem!" And that other voice on the right side is always saying, "Whoa, man! Don't listen to the dude! It's goin' to be painful! Don't Do It. Dooon't Do It!" I tend to listen to that voice on my right side more often than not. But not today. Besides, a putty knife isn't technically a knife per se. It looks more like a...like a miniature trowel. Yeah, we'll go with that. So with tool in hand I set forth to conquer my antique window project. It was all going awesome until the very end. Busted. Yep, cracked a pane. I pondered with the thought of leaving it for "added character" but to avoid any potential mishaps from a cracked pane, Hubby and I agreed to replace it. That's done and I have yet to get back to that lil' project. Coffee first.

cup coffee

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01/02/18 Tuesday – Here We Come!


Let's get started! Hello 2018! May it be a year full of blossoms and blooms.

2dirtydiggers flowers

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01/01/18 Monday – Goodbye 2017


For me, 2017 was a year of learning many new things. If I had to pick just two lessons that had the most impact, I'd choose compartmentalizing as one and gardening-in-the-south as the other.

The deep rooted gardener in my soul beckoned me into the sweet clay soil of the south and despite my fear of all fugly bugs, each and every insect that I was unfamiliar with was documented in an image, then researched so that I could learn their pros and cons in our garden settings. I hooped, I hollered, I divided, and I conquered. I may have said a few too many of them dirty little cuss words too. But I lived. I learned. And in the end, my husband and I were most humbled by our blessings and the ability to donate large portions of our harvested produce to the homeless shelters. And that, my friend, makes all of the hard work worth it.

Then there is patience. More often then not, I crave the completion of our farmhouse. There are still many projects to get done. But we must have balance too. So I've learned to compartmentalize this list of projects, allowing myself to only think of them in segments for a brief amount of time. Then I concentrate on what is right in front of us. One. Thing. At. A. Time. Getting projects done has proven to be painfully slow, but...I've learned to bite my tongue much more than I use to, so I guess that's a good thing. Heh. Besides, even at snail's pace, some things seem to be coming together much better than I had envisioned. How does that ole idiom go? Oh ya, "All in good time." Ya. I like that.

tennessee sunset

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