BarkPeppermint bark, anyone?  This stuff is crazy good.

Seriously Spicy

Peppers BlendedI finally got around to making our crushed pepper blend, using Joe’s Round, Joe’s Long, Red Carribean Habaneros and Ghost Peppers that we grew ourselves and dried in our food dehydrator.  It’s crazy spicy and you don’t want to be anywhere inside our house on pepper flake day(!)  A few years back I gave some to one of the chefs who is a customer of ours.  Her husband is also a chef and decided to crust a steak with those flakes he found in the pantry while she was away on business.  He called and asked her if she was trying to kill him.  Ha!

Something New

FruitcakeThis dried fruit and citrus zest mixture was stewed with spiced rum then went into a homemade fruitcake recipe I found on  I’ve been spritzing the cake with brandy every few days.   It smells divine!

Work In Progress

ShopBrian finally spent the Lowes gift cards he’s been saving on supplies for his new shop.  The steps are now finished and he built a workbench from the double vanity we removed from our master bathroom a few years back.  After he runs electricity to it, he’ll add lighting both inside and out.  Then the fun can begin.

Hey Lady

ChickensOur hens excitedly greet me at the barn door every morning, wanting to see if I brought them any kitchen scraps.  I’m such a rock star in chicken land!   It’s hard to believe most of them were tiny chicks just a few months ago.

Big Girl

Lizzie FoodI was able to photograph Lizzie eating, thus standing still for a change.   I think she has about 20 pounds on Jack now, and is probably only half of her full adult weight.  She slobbers all over us when we go to feed her which means overalls only for chores.  She’s still adorable.


FallIt’s really pretty here, my favorite time of year.  The trees across our pond are showing off.  We’re expecting snowflakes on Saturday, which would be amazing this early.

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