Wednesday, 10 February 2016

Teeth. Shaun. More cupcakes.

This was my weekend.


Johanna finally pulled it on Sunday night.

She wiggled that tooth all weekend...but we finally convinced her that really it had to go.

And then the tooth fairy came and she thought that that was the easiest cash she had ever made. 

So she got Johanna to pull another tooth the next day.  Only it wasn't super loose....and it bled quite a bit more than the other one. 

She said that she is going to start working on all her teeth.....because the cash is nice.

What a kid.

She wrote a speech for school last week and it's quite good. 

I want to share it with you.

Shaun the Sheep

Shaun was born on a very cold March night.  My mom and my brother Jack had helped Shaun's mom give birth to two babies be for Shaun was born.  Shaun was her third lamb that night.  Shaun was in a set of triplets.  By the time Shaun was born his mom was very tired.  My mom and Jack were very tired too.  Shaun's mom wouldn't even lick him off.  She was too busy looking after her other babies.  Shaun was very cold and very wet.  So my mom brought him into the house.  She dried him off with a towel and made him a cuddly bed.  She made him a special bottle of lamb milk and he drank it all up.  I was so excited when I woke up in the morning and there was a lamb in our house.  He was running all over the house.  Win mom would say she was going to make him a bottle he wud nod his head YES! Sometimes I would get to feed him a bottle.  We put a little lamb coat on him to keep him warm.  We had to feed him bottles all the time.  My mom would get up in the middle of the night to make bottles and feed him.  One night he was running around the kitchen baaaaaing really loud to wake mom up.  After three days we moved him out to the barn.  We had to take the bottles out to him.  He grew so BIG.  He would sometimes sneak out of the barn.  He would come to the door wanting his bottle.  One day I was playing outside with Jack, Johanna and Sophie when I got a big surprise.  Shaun started to chase me and bunt me.  He knocked me over!  He was so strong and he was growing little horns.  We had to put him with the other sheep.

In other news...I made these cupcakes.


Thursday, 4 February 2016

The Wobbly Cake. The Loose Tooth. The Big Egg.

It's been a week of cake.

I was asked to make this.

It's a wobbly cake.  Actually it's not.  When I was trying to figure out the best way to make it I kept searching online for a wobbly cake.....and I wasn't getting very far.

It's not a wobbly cake. 

It's a topsy turvy cake.  I think.

Anyways I made it.  I struggled a bit with that coloured fondant.  I've got a ways to go when it comes to fondant.  But I'm working on it.

I love how they added the crown to the top!

Then I tried making a cupcake bouquet.  I was thinking of doing pink/red icing for Valentine's.

Bad idea.  It's nearly impossible to get red buttercream icing.  I used the wilton red paste....but all I could get was orange.

It was suggested to leave it overnight and the icing would darken.  That's not going to happen when you have 6 people hovering over you asking if that's a mistake cupcake because it can be eaten....and why in heavens name do you have to take pictures of them??....just let us eat them!

After I posted those on Facebook, I was asked to make some swirly coloured ones.....

In other news Lydia has an extremely loose tooth.  I can't even look at it.

Loose teeth give me the heebie jeebies.

I can handle blood and guts and puke.....but loose teeth?

No thanks.

Johanna tried to get a string around it and pull it but the string came off....and the tooth is still in her head.

Hopefully it will come out tomorrow!

We got a super big egg the other day. 

It was a double yolker.  I feel a little sorry for that girl.


Tuesday, 26 January 2016

Chocolate Cake

I made this cake yesterday.

It's a retirement cake for a music teacher.

Of course I doubled the chocolate cake batter because when you are making cake you may as well make lots of cake.  I knew the kids would like a cake.

But before I poured our cake into the pan something overtook me and I told myself to pour it into the new jelly roll pan that I bought on sale on Boxing Day.

I was thinking that if I made a bigger sized cake maybe it would last longer??

Then I got this brain wave idea.  When I took it out of the oven I covered it in mini marshmallows and then put it back in the over for a couple of minutes....just until those marshmallows were all blown up into gooey goodness.

Then I took a glass bowl and put

1 1/3 cup chocolate chips
1 cup peanut butter
3 Tbsp. butter

....I didn't actually measure any of that.  Those were approximates.  I just put the stuff in a bowl and then put it in the microwave for a minute and then mixed it until it was a beautiful melted mess.

And I added 2 cups of Rice Krispies to it.

And then I poured it all over those fluffy marshmallows.

And the idea of this cake lasting longer because it was actually bigger was







It disappeared twice as fast.


Friday, 22 January 2016

Terry's New Horse Stable

Terry built this horse stable last fall.  It's over at Emmett's.

I should have taken photos as he built it but I didn't.

We have the hens on one side and King and Dolly are on the other side.

These girls are happy happy happy!  The horses keep it so warm in there that their water doesn't even freeze!

It's a great little horse stable.  I would like him to build another the a cottage.


Tuesday, 19 January 2016

He's a fun date.

Terry and I headed into the big city on Saturday night.  We had a 50th Birthday party to attend.

We went early to have supper out....because we had a gift card that was over 3 years old and we figured that it was time to use it!  And because we never have supper out....just the two of us.  I think that's a date.

We went on a date.

As we started to get into the city and we got surrounded by other trucks and cars....I could feel my blood pressure rising.  I was feeling closed in.  Feeling like I needed to get out of there.

And I said....who in their right mind would live here?

The city and me just don't jive.

But anyways....we parked and we were walking towards the restaurant when Terry stopped.

He started to shake one of his legs.  I said...what are you doing?

And then he bend down and pulled the truck keys out of the bottom of the leg of his pants.

I was amazed.  'WOW', I said.

He said...I have a hole in my pocket.

But those are new pants.


Give me those keys....I'm putting them in my purse.

He's a fun date.

We went into the restaurant and had a good meal.  It was nice.  Just one text from Johanna saying that she was heading to the ER.  She had decided that she had strep throat.  But she didn't.

As we were walking out of the restaurant I handed the truck keys to Terry.

We weren't walking long and he stopped.  Gave his leg a shake.  And pulled the keys out of the bottom of his pant leg.

I said that I really needed to sew that pocket.

He's a fun date.

We drove to the birthday party....arriving at the same time as another couple that we knew.

We were all chatting and walking towards the pub.....when Terry stopped.  Gave his leg a shake.  And then pulled the keys out of the bottom of his pant leg.

The other couple saw him....and he said 'I've got a hole in my pocket.'

And I added.......'That's the third time that he's done that tonight....give me those keys!'

We all laughed. 

He's a fun date.

At the party I got talking to a city girl that said.....'You know....I didn't realize that people actually lived out where you live until I met you all.  When I first went out there I thought....who in their right mind would live out here in the middle of nowhere?  You have to drive to get anywhere!'

I said....ya....I love it!

After a fun evening, I was happy to get back out on the open road and back home to the middle of nowhere...glad that we still had the keys.

And I still have to sew that pocket.

and we still have all those roosters.....too many birds!


Update....I got a call Wednesday at noon....Johanna's swab was positive for strep!  She was right after all.

Monday, 18 January 2016


We said good bye to a good neighbour and friend on the weekend.


Growing up, Emmett was my Grandma's neighbour.  I didn't really know him.  I was actually kind of afraid of him.  He had really big hands and a big booming voice.  I remember being home from school one day having a sick day on Grandma's kitchen couch....the best place to be on a sick day....when Emmett stopped by to tell my Grandma something.  I remember him standing in the doorway of the kitchen talking about cows and the weather.  He was a good neighbour for my Grandma.

Then when Terry bought the farm that we live on in 1993, he was sort of the 'new farmer' around here.  He became friends with Emmett.  They had lots in common....cows and the weather.

We married and I got used to Terry saying....I'm just running over to Emmett's.

or I need to run to Emmett's for the calf pullers.

or I'll ask Emmett.

He and Emmett became good neighbours and friends....always ready to help each other out.

Emmett was a bachelor and owned several farms in the area.

And he knew that he needed to slow down and retire.

We bought the farm that has become 'Dwyer's Farmhouse' in 2002 from Emmett.

He sold off his other farms to other neighbours and remained on his homestead until 2012.  At that time he went to the hospital...and then into a nursing home.

We helped his family organize the HUGE auction sale at his farm in May of 2012.  It was a sale that went from early morning until suppertime!  The crowd was there was much to be seen and purchased.

Emmett really wanted us to buy his homestead....and we did.

So now we have 'Emmett's place'.

I have turned his kitchen into my baking kitchen for the farmers' market.  Johanna uses the front parlour room to teach fiddle and step dancing lessons two nights a week.  And the other front room has lots of possibilities....I hosted a wedding dinner in November....that post is here.

It's hard to believe that he is gone.

His name comes up on my phone every time I type 'I'm going to....Emmett's.'

or 'Are you at....Emmett's?'

or 'It's over at....Emmett's'

Emmett's name is one of the most used words on my phone!

His kindness will never be forgotten.  We were blessed to have him as a neighbour.

His obituary can be seen here.


Thursday, 14 January 2016

Ice on the Pond and Feeding the Cows.

We cleaned off the pond yesterday when the kids got home from school.

The ice is a little bumpy but it's good.

Look at those loooonnnnngggg shadows....

Grady and Jack were feeding at that time too....