This Old Barn


I have always loved old barns. I grew up in a small town, or perhaps you would call it a country side, there wasn’t much of a town a post office and a gas station. But the place me and my siblings would call home was the beautiful farm home of my aunt. I recall milking goats and watching others milk cows. There was a huge Barn there that had a loft in it and we used to stack hay bales and jump from the loft to the hay bales it was so entertaining, we never knew we were missing out on television or video games. Life was so much simpler then.

We moved into the place we live now around nine years ago. There was a beautiful barn on the property and I have to admit it was a large part of the attraction to the property.

Our Barn

Our Barn

Since we moved in, we have had a couple of real bad snow storms and this barn that has stood on this property for over one hundred years decided it had stood all the weather it could stand. First one side fell down the last year the entire front of the barn caved in. It is a very sad thing to see it go like it did, but, now I am making barn board signs and saving a piece of history. Our once majestic barn is now nothing but a huge pile of boards.

barn Boards

barn Boards

barn boards

barn boards

It would be interesting to see if it could be made into a pole barn of some kind; the large beams are still standing and intact. I miss the beautiful barn.

APPLES TO SHRUG


We still have a lot of apples left on the trees that the deer haven’t found a way to eat and the bear haven’t found a way to knock down, so I thought I would make some more apple juice if my daughter wanted some. I called her and ask her if she wanted some and she said she would love some Shrug I had no idea what shrug was so I looked it up on the internet and it seemed pretty easy to make, so I am making my first ever batch of shrug.
The recipe I found called for equal parts shredded apple, sugar, and vinegar. You shred the apple then add the sugar stir until well mixed. You put the sugar and apple mix in the refrigerator for 24 hours. When you take it out you add the vinegar. Mix well and strain the mixture being to get all the syrup from the apples. Bottle it and that is Shrug. It is suppose to keep very well in the refrigerator. Since this is my first attempt at it I will keep some for myself and see how long it stays good. Although with all that vinegar it should keep a very long time.
I have a sign to finish today for a customer and a couple others in the start up process of getting them sanded so I can get the engraving done. Finding just the right size board for the sign is so fun. I always try to visualize what the end product will look like. It is a pretty great feeling when the customer shows so much enthusiasm for something made from wood that is over one hundred years old.

Victor ,Crystal, and Gaby

Victor ,Crystal, and Gaby

Today will be spent doing what I love, cooking and working on signs. Later my husband wants to go for a ride in the country. Sounds like a pretty good Sunday.

Deer in the Orchard


Deer in the Orchard

 

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deer in orchard

deer in orchard

My husband was anxious for me to come to the window last night because  deer had come all the way to the porch steps.  I told him to take a picture, by the time I got to the window and was able to get the picture,  the deer had moved out to the apple tree and had started eating the apples.  They are so pretty the picture doesn’t do them justice.  I think the dogs scared them because as soon as I got my pictures they ran away.  Unfortunately it was getting dark and the pictures don’t show their beauty.

Sweet and russet potato pancakes

Sweet Potato and Russet Potato Pancakes

Sweet Potato and Russet Potato Pancakes

2 medium russet potatoes   1 medium sweet potato or yam  2 eggs

1/3c olive oil  1c flour  1/2t salt  1/2t baking soda

Cut potatoes in 1 inch cubes and put in blender.  Add eggs and olive oil, blend until texture of smoothie.  Put mixture in a bowl and add flour salt and baking soda.

Heat pan till hot then add about a table spoon of oil.  Fry potato cakes as you would a regular pancake, turning when cake has bubbled up or you can see it has cooked half through.

These can be served with syrup if you like them sweet or as my family prefers with mango salsa.

These are made using a sweet potato, but a cup and a half of cubed pumpkin would easily substitute for the sweet potato.  The recipe made around 20 cakes using a large table spoon of batter. You could make about 10 regular 5 inch pancakes.

Having deer in the orchard is not a new thing, but having them walk up to the porch is pretty rare here with the dogs barking all the time.  I love seeing all the wild life around, but really partial to deer.  I hope you do try the potato pancakes, they are very easy to make and a good alternative to regular pancakes.  Enjoy your day and always be kind to yourself and others.