Kissing the old year out, kissing the new year in!

Ahh, Bing Crosby!

I don’t think there will be much kissing goin’ on but we are having a little New Years Eve shindig going on tonight!  It has become sort-of a tradition to have a smorgasbord of snacks and a bonfire on New Years Eve at our house. … Read the rest

Down in Yon Forest

I recently purchased an amazing CD made by Elizabeth Ann Barlow, one of my farmgirl friends.

This Christmas CD is her latest and is an absolute joy to listen to. Her voice is like an angel!

Here is the description of her CD as found on her etsy site:

Twelve carols for the twelve days of Christmas, featuring the talents of songstress Elizabeth Ann Barlow (yours truly), with harpist Hanna Barlow and Julian Nelson on recorder.… Read the rest

Eggplant Parmesan {In the Kitchen}

I love vegetables but my husband is definitely a meat (usually fried) and potatoes guy! This year I want to really try to increase the amount of vegetables we both eat.  I have plans for a good sized garden and I am looking forward to putting that in in the spring.… Read the rest


I haven’t had an advent calendar since I was a kid.  The once we had were those cardboard kind that had the little chocolate candies hidden inside of the perforated doors.

I saw an abundance of advent calendars on the internet this season and that got me thinking of making one for myself and for my sister and brother-in-law who would be spending their first Christmas with their new son, Silas, my first nephew!… Read the rest

Pork Roast with Asparagus and Winter Carrots {In the Kitchen}

I consider myself to be a pretty good cook but every once in a while I make something and I am just like, “MAN! That was GOOD!” Well that is what happened today!

(Again please excuse the lousy cell phone pictures)

As part of the “Know Your Food” merit badge we are supposed to find at least 10 new ways to incorporate fresh fruits and vegetables into our diets so I have been experimenting with some things we don’t usually eat.… Read the rest