Sheep Moving & Sam the Ram

Moving the sheep was one of the many steps to this move.

Once we arrived with the second truck load  we got things unpacked. The next big step to this move was the arrival of the sheep.

Fortunately for John he found a very dependable driver. He was able to get  the sheep loaded at our house and deliver them to their new home in Floyd. With the help of our neighbor they got 28 sheep loaded pretty quickly! A text sent to John confirmed they were on their way.

It was about an 8-9 hour trip and they finally arrived about 4:00 that afternoon.

With my son and family only a little an hour away they decided to drive down and welcome the sheep once the truck arrived.

It was a huge relief once we saw the truck come down the driveway. The plan was to have him back into the barn area and open the back of his truck. We were all hoping this would go as planned and believe it or not it did!

As you can hear from the video Margaret  cheered once they all jumped off!

Click on “ They made it” and you can watch the video!

They made it!

Sam the Ram arrived yesterday!

Sam the Ram And the adventure continues; the donkey is coming next week. There is an ongoing contest of names for this donkey so stay tuned!

A nice little fall treat!

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Pumpkin Oatmeal Cookies

Here we are in the last week of October & I have to admit I have started with the “pumpkin spice items”.

The coffee flavors this time of year are really hard to beat along with many goodies containing pumpkin!

I have always been a fan of this baker’s cook books and have 2 of them in my cupboard!

Following her on Instagram I happened to see this cookie recipe last week and thought I would give them a try.

Most of the ingredients you will have in your cupboard. Even if you are missing pumpkin pie spice you can always substitute with a mix of cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice! Even a baking spice would work.

Just mix up according to recipe with mixing  dry ingredients in a separate bowl first.

One tip once they are on the baking sheet go ahead and press down slightly. Also once they are done baking leave them on cookie sheet a couple minutes then remove.

  Check out her great cookie recipe book! Might be a great gift idea for those bakers in your house! I have included a link Below with a price for a hardback that’s hard to beat! Just click “too” below!

Great price too!

Here is the link to this great recipe!

The Move Part 1!

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3 Men & a Truck!

Many of you are familiar with the moving company that you can hire to help move you.

They provide 3 Men ( 4 if you’re lucky) and the moving truck. They come into your home and in a short time can have your furniture wrapped in plastic & cover with blankets.

The men can load a truck at record speed while keeping your valuables safe.  They will drive their truck to your new home and unload your possessions to all the correct rooms.

With family members moving in the last few months they highly recommended this company! Unfortunately in Fryburg we don’t have that luxury but we have the next best thing.

Boxes were packed and furniture wrapped in plastic in preparation for the packing. We rented a Penske truck. When John arrived with it our help had already arrived!

Our 3 Men & a Truck consisted of our Amish neighbors. They arrived right on time and were ready to help!

We knew they would be a great help but didn’t realize what quick work they would make of loading a moving truck!

They are not  a custom to the amount of “ stuff” a family can accumulate. They do speak German between themselves and could have very easily been complaining but I would never have known!

With having a couple yard sales we did clean out however we still had a full load! They finished by noon and lunch was provided. Once finished they left in their buggies.

The trip started out early the next morning with 2 drivers taking turns and with the Subaru driven by me!  We arrived at the Floyd house mid afternoon and began to unload at least a small portion of it.

Once the truck was unloaded the next day  with the help from John & Joe it was returned to the nearby Penske rental.

Knowing we have to do this a couple more times is rather tiring to think about but most of the household items are here.

John however still has many “ treasures” in his work shop that a person can not part with which will be packed next load!

A couple things we found to make the packing easier can be found on Amazon here!

Thanks for all the well wishes on this move, we really appreciate it.

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Happy Fall everyone and enjoy this beautiful weather,


5 best ideas for those apples!

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This post will show you 5 different ideas you can use  for apples.

*Bake with them.  

Apple pie is one of everyone’s favorite pies and  bake up to a delicious dessert. By using a blend of different slices in a pie you can  get a wonderful pie. For any one of these ideas this great apple peeler makes the  the job of peeling quick and maybe even fun!

 There are also other ways to bake with apples if pie baking sounds a little intimidating! 

 Apple cake is easily mixed up in one bowl  and baked in a 9 x 13 inch dish, then served warm with ice cream!  

Check out this link to this Great apple cake recipe. 

*Dry apples.

Dip the slices in some lemon juice to keep them from discoloring. Lay the slices on each tray of your dehydrator keeping them flat with no overlap.

Each dehydrator has specific directions to follow in their enclosed booklet, so by following these you will just how long it will take.

I use this dehydrator. Rosewill Countertop Portable Electric Food Fruit Dehydrator Machine with Adjustable Thermostat, BPA-Free 5-Tray RHFD-15001

It runs quietly &  has 5 shelves that are easy cleanup.  It will probably take about 10 hours to dry them completely. Store in either freezer bags or mason jars.


There are a lot of great recipes for cider online which surprisingly is easier than you think. One of my favorites is from www.sallysbakingaddiction.

She places a variety of sliced apples ( leave those skins  on) with a few other ingredients and places everything in a Slow cooker at low for 6-7 hours.  Once cooked down just mash it up and strain through a mesh sieve. Serve warm! 



This is another great way to have apples for baking later. Peel,  core and slice the apples then place on a cookie sheet. Once frozen (about an hour or up to overnight) place them in freezer bags. This will keep them from sticking together.

* * you can soak them in lemon water before the cookie sheet step but that is optional! 


Applesauce is a nice addition to any meal that cooks up quickly and is good for you too!

Just peel your apples and place thin slices in a 2 or 3 quart sauce pan. A little water can be added to the apples.

 Just Cook on low/medium  heat stirring occasionally. Once the apples start to cook down mash them down a potato masher works great! Continue  to cook on low heat. Adding sugar is optional.

Apple  sauce can be frozen in containers and taken out and reheated. 

So as you can see there is no end to what you can do with  a bushel of apples.

Apple  season is upon us  once again. Why not   enjoy a treat with such a versatile fruit. 

Let me know your favorite ways to enjoy Apple Season!

Favorite Apple Cake

Favorite Apple Cake

Delicious apple cake, served warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time45 mins
5 mins
Course: Dessert
Servings: 12 Squares


  • large mixing bowl, spatula, 9x13 inch baking dish.


  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 Cup oil
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 tsp. vanilla
  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 4 cups apple slices

Topping for cake

  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 stick butter (1/2 cup)


  • Mix ingredients by hand in large bowl In order given.
  • Pour mixture into “greased” 9 x 13 inch baking dish.
  • Bake approx. 30- 40 minutes at 350 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Topping- Make topping by mixing in a small saucepan brown sugar, milk and butter. Bring to a boil and cook 4 minutes, stirring constantly. Take off heat. Pull cake out of oven the last 5 minutes and pour topping over cake and return to oven for 3-4 minutes.
  • Let cake cool slightly, cut and serve warm slices of cake with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.


This is a great fall recipe for apple Season. It is a dense cake so enjoy alone or with a scoop op of ice cream.

Picking fruit with the right tools

With the arrival of fall comes the  time to harvest a variety of apples, pears and other fruits.

After gathering  up your baskets and equipment you need it’s time to head to the orchard to pick.

Depending on the size of your orchard there are a few ways to get fruit from the tress.

The first and probably easiest is to spread  out a sheet or tarp under the trees. Shaking the limbs will cause fruit  to fall.  The fruit can be gathered up and put in baskets or bowls.

As a result of  some of the fruit falling you will need to check  for bruised fruit and discard in your compost bin or leave to wildlife.

The tool we used worked to pick pears that were out of our reach was a fruit picker.Check out this great tool on Amazon here!

This  handy fruit picker  is perfect for those hard to reach limbs. The hook will wrap around the fruit and with a  gentle tug will release  your fruit into  the basket.

This was a pretty quick way to be able to pick your fruit which then can be put easily into your baskets.

Apples should be stored in boxes lined with foil or plastic to retain moisture at 32 degrees. Store apples separate from other fruit due to the gases that apples give off.

Ripen pears  by placing them in a room at 60 to 65°F for 1 to 3 weeks. The fruit is soft and a yellow-green color once it is ripe.  Store in  refrigerator at 29 to 32°F and 90% humidity.

Take  an afternoon and pick  fall fruit for winter enjoyment.

Sweet Autumn Clematis

As summer draws to an end this beautiful climbing hydrangea just begins to bloom.

We had previously had roses planted in this spot but over the years realized they just didn’t work in addition most roses require a lot of maintenance work.

We bought & planted Sweet autumn Clematis! This type of Clematis grows up a lattice. Similar to other varieties however  this one blooms  much later.

The plant dies back in the winter. The dead vines should  be cut back to about 12 inches from the ground usually in early spring.

This lush plant grows well through the summer with occasional trims to keep it on the lattice. Tieing the vine to the lattice as it grows will keep it from falling.

The buds of the flowers begin appearing in mid to late August and you can count on small white flowers covering most of the vine. The scent attracts a few hummingbirds and bees.

A beautiful climber without too much fuss.

That beautiful summer color

Hydrangeas are the last pops of summer color that actually get more beautiful as the days get cooler.

If you are lucky enough to have them in your yard you will agree.

Hydrangeas, a shrub that you can enjoy all summer long into the fall depending on the variety. 
Garden Design explains below just how hydrangeas can fit into your landscaping.


Hydrangeas can play many roles in the garden, from hedges and screens to container plants. They especially shine in borders because they “play so well with others,” says Cheryl Whalen, head gardener at White Flower Farm. “But,” Whalen adds, “hydrangeas are also excellent solo performers,” which is good news for gardeners with small spaces.

White-flowered varieties create the illusion of snowballs in summer.
Mass pink and blue types with similarly-colored garden phlox (Phlox paniculata selections) and lilies for a visual confection of candy colors.
Blue varieties look like sapphires against a gray wall or set alongside a slate patio.
Bigleaf hydrangeas make imposing container plants – feature a pair in large urns.
Panicle hydrangeas can be maintained as good-sized “trees” in large pots.

Remember hydrangeas in containers will need extra watering. Learn how to grow a hydrangea tree.
Oakleaf hydrangeas are the boldest and have the coarsest texture, lending visual strength to shrub borders and woodland plantings.

As you can see there are several varieties to choose from. The photo above shows the variety Pinky Winky which we planted in our front yard. It has done very well in our clay soil and zone 5 ( cold side!)

One nice bonus with hydrangeas you can easily dry them for even longer enjoyment.

Too many colors!
That fabric I loved!

Too many colors!

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Ok so maybe painting isn’t high up on your list of fun things  to do! Setting aside  a little time and having the right supplies  you will change a  ho hum room into something that you love.

 I’d have to say there is nothing better than a new coat of paint in a room to transform it! For the price of a gallon of paint and a few hours preparing the room anyone can really personalize any room in their house. 

Make sure you have all your supplies handy before you start your project. Old sheets are great for drop cloths In addition to plastic to lay out.

If possible buy the best brush you can afford, it will make all the difference in applying the paint. Painters tape is great to use around doorways and trim to help to keep your paint off those areas.

 Once the walls are painted Scotch makes a great “gentle tape” which you can buy in either purple or pink to apply to you walls when you are ready to paint your trim. You can purchase that tape HERE.

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We have been using Sherwin Williams paints in the updating of our new home in Virginia.

Our new house was  painted years ago in a flat white throughout, so we knew a little bit of color would definitely make a difference.
After studying the hundreds of colors we narrowed down our search and found colors we loved.

The main living area is open so we wanted a color palette that would blend nicely.
 Sherwin Williams  paints cover well and it’s always easy cleanup.  Their perks  program allows you to qualify for discounts . Their data base records of all your paints purchased the last 10 years! Stay tuned for upcoming posts to showcase the colors we picked!

I hope this post you will inspire to transform your own rooms! 

Extra cash around the Holidays

As the Holidays approach  I wanted to share some great ideas for earning a little extra cash during the Holiday season.

*Local retail stores as well as online stores are always in need of more workers. Check their websites for possible job listings.

*Restaurants begin catering for Holiday Parties & sometimes need extra help.

*If you are experienced in cooking why not offer to cater in house Holiday lunches or lunches at individuals homes. Check with local health department for proper licensing.

*Baking-Why not bake up Holiday cookie trays? I will be expanding on this idea in a future post!

*Sitters- parents of young children could always use a sitter to finish up their shopping or to get that wrapping done!

*Better yet why not offer a gift wrapping service?

* And of course you could always hire out for kids parties if you happen to resemble Santa himself!