A Merry Christmas to All!

We hope that you all have the most fabulous family filled, food filled, and fun filled

Christmas ever!

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A Snow Creek Farm Christmas

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How much fun is this winter wonderland?  Snow Creek Farm is open a few times a year and I was so happy to finally get to see their Christmas show!  This cool old (inhabited, I might add) farmhouse (complete with … Continue reading

Cookin’ with Rural Revolution – Pumpkin Spice Muffins

Looking for an easy peasy FALL recipe ? How about Pumpkin Spice Muffins! This recipe is quick, easy and a hit with the whole fam.

Ingredients :

a box of Spice Cake Mix

one 15oz. can of Pumpkin

1 cup of water

1 1/2 cups of chocolate chips

a splash of vanilla ( or as my grandmother use to say a tidge of vanilla )

Mix it all together and place in your muffin pan. Cook at 425 degrees for 25-30 minutes. Wa-lah your done – It doesn’t get much easier than that!
Recipe makes about 24 regular size muffins
I’ve used this as a teacher’s gift many times, just stick them in a cute little basket; and with Thanksgiving just around the corner this might be a great way to say,  “Thanks!”


~ Enjoy ~
Amy : )

“The Grove” Estate Sale Eye Candy Part 2

There were so many awesome things to buy at this estate sale, but the truth is…we just don’t NEED a dang thang.  There were a few items that we couldn’t pass up, though.  The above picture shows an old printing block…how cool is it that upon further inspection, we realized that it’s actually a map of our area?!  Very cool.  We found a tarnished item, that we thought was a good deal for a few bucks and after taking it home and polishing it up, realized it was a GREAT deal…as it is a silver bridal basket from the mid 1800’s!

If anyone knows anything about the two boy figurines, please fill us in as we thought they were really cool for a couple of bucks, but have no idea what they really are.  They look to be clay/paper over wire…maybe.  There is a fingerprint in the bottom of one of ’em.  Worth something or not, we thought they were cool.

We found an old fabric stamp (which we hadn’t seen before) and more printing blocks that we liked.

Next up is the big metal bucket…not sure what to do with it yet…or why it was bought.  We just have a thang about buckets…and rusty things.  See our rusty things?  Skeleton keys, 1800’s horseshoes and a very old padlock…all of these said ,”Buy me, I’m rusty”. True story.

The Better Homes and Gardens recipe book is from the ’40’s, but we took the icky pages out and we will use the binder for a project.

We loved these lil’ vintage farm animal toys…but not sure if the lil’ men are supposed to be with the set or not….hmmmmm…any ideas?

Who doesn’t love some vintage bloomers?!  We were lucky to find these and they are O-L-D.  Also, found an apron and a baby bonnet. This sale also had books galore…books for everyone.  Here are some of the fun books that we found.

‘Til our next adventure,

Carmen & Amy

“The Grove” Estate Sale Eye Candy Part 1

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Estate sales to us are like candy stores to a 6 year old and when everything at the estate sale is old, rusted, chipped, peeling, and stained…well, that’s just the icing on the cake. So, one weekend in September, when … Continue reading

Backroad Ramblin’ … Ashland Feed Store

Nothing Fine or Fancy.

     If you’ve read any of my previous blog posts, you know I am a sucker for nostalgia!  I guess this is one of the reasons I LOVE Ashland Feed Store. Located smack dab in the middle of Ashland, VA, near the railroad tracks leading to the big cities of D. C., Boston and New York, you will find this little gem.

      The Store has changed a lot since it first opened in 1918, yep, almost 100 yrs. ago, but much of it’s history is still here. Danny Adams, the store’s owner (and a super nice guy ), makes sure to carry all the brand name farm supplies & livestock feed, but he has left much of the store’s bones and history untouched. The store’s wooden floors are original, at the counter you’ll find an antique set of scales still used for weighing seeds & such, and the desk in Danny’s office is the original desk from 1918.  Danny shared with me that when he first got the desk he found a secret compartment and inside he found half a bottle of whiskey and a bullet…hmm. I just eat these little side stories up !

     
I love that when I go there I am greeted by some of the sweetest, friendliest and helpful people you can imagine. They patiently listen to my questions and let me pick their brains…about chickens, of course, and then kindly point me in the right direction.
I guess one of the things I love most about Ashland Feed Store, is the conversation. It’s a connection we miss with all of the modern amenities. Yep, here I go again getting all nostalgic on you, but when I listen to “real” farmers talk, it makes me think about my grandparents; and I did so LOVE their stories !
Nope, the Ashland Feed & Seed isn’t fine or fancy, but it’s real and sometimes I REALLY miss real.
 It’s the people and places like Ashland Feed Store, that remind me of how IMPORTANT it is to shop Local : )
Ashland Feed Store is located at 120 N. Thompson St. Ashland, Va. 23005
~Until our next adventure… Amy~
This is Otis…he says that keepin’ this store straight is sure hard work!

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Cookin’ with Rural Revolution – Lemon Cream Cupcakes (that look like fried eggs)

Our 4-H spokesgirl made these for a cupcake bake-off competition at a chicken show and won 3rd place…these are the moistest cupcakes ever!

Lemon Cream Cupcakes

Makes 20

1 1/4 cup all-purpose flour

1 Tbs. finely grated lemon zest, plus 1 Tbs. lemon juice from 1 lemon

1/4 tsp. baking powder

3/4 tsp. coarse salt

1 3/4 stick unsalted butter, room temperature

1 1/2 cups granulated sugar

4 oz. cream cheese, room temperature

4 large eggs, room temperature

1/2 tsp. vanilla extract

Confectioner’s sugar for dusting

Lemon Pie Filling

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Line standard muffin tins with paper liners.  Whisk together flour, zest, baking powder, and salt.

With an electric mixer on medium-high speed, cream butter and sugar until pale and fluffy.  Beat in cream cheese. Reduce speed to low. Add eggs, one at a time, beating until each is incorporated, scraping down sides of bowl as needed.  Beat in lemon juice and vanilla. Add flour mixture in three batches, beating until just combined after each.

Divide batter evenly among lined cups, filling each three-quarters full. Bake, rotating tins halfway through, until a cake tester inserted in centers comes out clean, about 20 minutes.  Transfer tins to wire racks to cool completely before removing cupcakes. Cupcakes can be stored overnight at room temperature. To finish, dust cupcakes with confectioners’ sugar.  Fill a pastry bag fitted with a coupler and a medium round tip with pie filling.  Insert tip into top of each cupcake, and squeeze some filling below top to fill the inside, then lift the tip and squeeze more filling in a pool on top.  Filled cupcakes should be refrigerated.

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The Cluckin’ Cottage – Carmen’s Chicken Story

My chicken story is a little more full of chicken drama than I’d like to have had. After wanting chickens for a couple of years, my youngest munchkin decided to raise chickens (hens), show them, and sell their eggs for her 4-H project.  So, we went to our first chicken sale at Gilmanor Farm.  We had no idea what we were doing and were overwhelmed with the many, many chickens for sale.  We came home with the 4 chickens above (all 4-5 weeks old).  After a few weeks, we lost beautiful little Lucy (she was smothered), which was devastating being our first chicken loss. At about 12 weeks, Maddie was up on our fence and went to snack on a bug…which actually ended up being a fishing hook attached to a fishing pole…nothing like going outside to the sound of a screaming chicken with a fishing line hanging out of it’s mouth.  We got it out without much of a problem, thankfully, although it was in the roof of her mouth.  At about 17 weeks, we heard the first cock-a-doodle doo which actually didn’t sound at all like what I thought it would…more like a pubescent boy/rusty hinges sound. This is when Matilda was changed to Matt.  Not long after, we found that Maddi was a boy, as well.  We kinda got used to the crowing (the neighbors did too) and decided we would keep them for a bit longer.  Well, then my youngest munchkin decided to get some 2 week old baby chicks.  We ended up with 7 Wyandottes…5 silverlaced (1 having a deformed beak) and 1 white.  Within 2 weeks, we had lost another chicken (white)…we think she was smothered, as well. So…we eventually found that 5 of the 6 Wyandottes were boys…yay.  For those of you bad at math, this leaves us with 2 hens and 7 roosters…and that just doesn’t work.  We decided to get rid of 5 roosters which was horrible…we sold them at the chicken show in September, to a farmer…and I can’t even go there because it makes me sad. And btw, I am not one that could eat my own chickens, just in case you haven’t gotten that yet. I understand the whole farming thing…just found it’s not for me.  I’m not a chicken farmer…just a lover of pet chickens. After we sold the 5 roosters, we were able to go into the sale and buy 3 more chickens (but this time they were full grown laying hens)! I SO love this sale…too bad it’s only twice a year!  Ok, so we are left with Darla the Rhode Island Red from the first batch, Fluffermuffin the white Wyandotte rooster, Mamie the silver laced Wyandotte, Ostrey (b/c he looks like an ostrich) the silverlaced Wyandotte rooster with the deformed beak, Lillian the Dominique, Opal the Buff Plymouth Rock, and Baby the Bantam Bearded Silkie/Barnyard Mix.

Whew…call me Chicken Crazy!

Here is my previous story about The Cluckin’ Cottage.

Here are more places that we’ve found good information on all things “chicken”,  in addition to the ones we posted here

The Chicken Fountain

JR’s Chicks & Stuff

Farm Chick Chit Chat

Keeping Chickens

Hamilton County Chickens

ChickenJunkie

Our Little Coop

~Crazy Chicken Lady, Carmen~

Matt- hated to get rid of this fella

Maddi- sad to get rid of this fella too

Darla

The baby Wyandottes at 2 weeks

The cute Wyandottes before we found out 5 were roosters and got rid of 3

Fluffermuffin and Mamie (with our 4-H spokesgirl 😉

Ostrey

Lillian

Baby

Opal