Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Hello sweet ladies!!!!!!!!

Hello sweet ladies, it has been a while since I have said hello......I miss you all terribly. I think of you daily! Life at the coffeehouse is almost to much at times.....but we are learning to be content. We can't believe that we have been at the market for 10 months now.......that is amazing to me. 


I have fixed up my little kitchen..........to look like I want it to. I love looking at a few pretty things. We get so busy at different times of the day........we have many stories each day......some are 
sad, happy and just plain life. We are meeting so many people that we never even knew lived in our town. We are meeting needs.....life seems to be lived through the lives of the people that come in on certain days......we see little ones, children....high school kids who come in with snacks that they bought at the gas station......(I think that one is cute).....Mom's who come to meet other Moms.......they have little coffee breaks.......Professors.....Pastors......Grandparents on vacation with the grands......so many people. We have to take calls.......calls for orders......funerals......birthdays.......just because calls.......little old men who have been married for 56 years and still count each year as if their sweeties were here..... but their sweetheart is at the cemetery.....they can't forget them.........nor will they let us.......they always tell us who they were and how cutie they were.....what they liked.....what they didn't.....we are their friends. Life has changed for us....we have grown......learning more about what the Lord wants us to do in this mixed up world we live in now......the most important part......is to love people where they are......it has stretched us.......I know He will stretch us even more in the coming year. 


I started a garden at the backside of the market.  It's my me time......I love it! A man and a little girl come in all the time. We have things in common.......like old things. He took some of my pallets and some of his "junk......beauty to me" and built these adorable boxes. 


It is growing.......lots of basil......lots of different peppers, flowers, herbs, oregano, lavender, rosemary, and more flowers. It is so nice to just go to the back and look, smell and pick. I have been harvesting my basil in at the shop and at home. 


Our family also went on a mini vacation a few weeks ago. So much fun. Went blueberry picking!!!!!! Ekkkkk my heart was so stinkin happy in the blueberry patch! We picked for hours. I loved it. We also picked some blackberries. I have them all frozen for winter use. They tasted just like Alaskan blueberries. No kidding, couldn't believe it. A gift........from the Creator..........HIMSELF! 

Hmmmm what else has been going on........


oh........I have also been putting up rhubarb........its my quiet place out in my garden. I can sit and hear the birds singing and have not a care in the world. Nobody is asking me for anything!!!!! Smile! I will have it running out my ears by the end of the season! Thats okay.....love rhubarb muffins and pie! Will sell it at the market. 


In the garden I saw this adorable little leaf. Only about a 1/2 long.......if you click on the picture you will see a teeny tiny little spider. He is weaving the feather into his web. Now that is amazing!!!!! I will treasure this picture for sure!


Another thing that happened last week was Tress and I went to an estate sale........look at what I got. I love it! Well, I can't love it, but I like it a lot!!!! It is in perfect condition......not one hole in it. Nothing wrong except some stains on it. I put it up on my fb and ladies helped me out on what to do  to maybe get it out. Please if you have ideas.......leave me a comment. Will try it this weekend. 

Well this is probably enough to write.......one more pic


Aspen.......she is pure naughty.....hops the fence.......and she can jump! We are going to have to work more on the fence. 

It feels good to write again......I have missed you.........a lot!!!!!!! 

Blessings to each of you.......and may the Lord 
bless you. Please pray for our country and the
world. So thankful the Lord has it in His control!

He is precious and will not let go of His children. Good thing to 
know!


Hugs, me

Monday, April 13, 2015

Best Sugar Cookie Recipe ever!!!!!!!!!

Hello sweet ladies, 


I had to show you what my Taylor gave me for my birthday.........pure sweetness!  The cookie jar has a rooster on the top........perfect.......then she wrote my name on the chalk part on the front. Inside she made me our family favorite cookie recipe cookies and decorated with our favorite butter cream frosting. Isn't this the cutest idea for a gift? I was spoiled by my kids and I loved it!!!!!! Momma's need that once in awhile! 

Deluxe Sugar Cookies 
1 cup butter, softened
1 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
1 farm fresh egg (I wish I could share mine with you)
1 tea. vanilla
1/2 tea. almond extract (a must)
2 1/2 cup unbleached flour
1 tea. soda
1 tea. cream of tartar

Mix thoroughly butter, confectioners' sugar, egg, vanilla and almond extract. Blend in flour, soda and cream of tartar. Cover; chill 2 to 3 hours. 
Heat oven to 375 degrees. Divide dough in half. Roll each half 3/16 inch thick on lightly floured cloth covered board. Cut into desired shapes, sprinkle with granulated sugar, we don't do this step because we frost ours. Bake on lightly greased baking sheet. Bake 7-8 minute.

Butter Cream Frosting
1/3 cup soft butter
3 cups confectioners' sugar
1 tea. vanilla
1 tea. almond extract
about 2 Tbl. milk 

Blend butter and sugar. Stir in vanilla, almond and milk; beat until frosting is smooth and of a spreading consistency. 

I put this up on my Facebook and said I would share the recipe if anyone wanted it. Here it is. Hope you have as much fun as we do making nummy sugar cookies. They are really the best we have ever had!!!!

How are you all doing? We have received straight from heaven much needed rain. Thankful. It came down so hard and really creamed out my rhubarb........it will come back!!!!! We love all the rain we have been given from our Heavenly Father. He answered our prayer for sure!


Blessings to you,


Linda

Monday, April 6, 2015

Hello!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Hello sweet ladies,

trust your Resurrection SONday was a blessing for you and your family. Ours was a little interesting. We were getting ready for church and the lights went out. Need I say more. Thankful we were almost ready!!!! Thankful we had the market so we could have our dinner as a family together. It was a precious time with our family......lots of laughter and memories were talked about. My favorite time was listening to everyone share. 

We had lots of damage on our farm last week. Our animals and our family were safe! It was a bit scary for sure. The wind was so powerful. Out in our area they said their was real dangerous weather. It came through the farm with hail that broke out windows (on our back porch) and a kitchen window.


Our meter and light pole blew down and fell on our farm truck. The electric company came today. It will be 2 days until they can come and put a new one up. So many are still without electricity. We can wait! Ours came back on yesterday....... even though we still have lines down on the ground from our farm house to our big barn it was still working. 


Outside we had a port potty on one side of the hay barn before the storm came and it ended up on the inside of our hay shed.



Tin from the hay shed wall and roof is up in a tree. We had a watering trough that flew somewhere.........it is gone. Can't find it. Now that is weird!!!!!!! Farm life.......has it's trials. God protected us and that we are grateful for. 


Our sheep were gone at our neighbors farm..........that was a huge blessing. The shed they stay in had a huge limb fall on the edge of the roof. They could have hurt each other because of being scared. It is that time of year again. Praying for our farm. We have not had rain..... the wheat is stressed. Thankful my Father understands my heart! He is a strong foundation in times when you are walking around your farm and needing His divine intervention and comfort. Thankful He never tires of me coming to Him. The sanctuary has damage on the top of the roof........branches and tree limbs hanging everywhere. We will repair it.......not sure when........but we will!

Thankful His mercies are new every morning! 


This morning we went to our friends house to give water to their dog........she has a row of lilacs like I have never seen in bloom like they were!!!!! My farmhouse smells lovely. I will take some to the coffeehouse tomorrow. It you were here I would share with you also. 

Hope I hear from some of you and how you are!

Hugs and God bless from the farm!


Linda

Monday, March 9, 2015

Farm Life..........Almost Spring Thyme!


Hello sweet ladies! 

I miss you.......it seems like my time is taken up with lots of new things. I find it hard to find time in my busy day to get all I want to get done...anyone feel the same? I think of you all every day and miss the time I used to have when I could blog more! The coffeehouse has so many parts to it. The people we serve each day are precious to us. But I so miss the farm.......checking in on my animals and chickens......baking in my kitchen.....crafting and you! Maybe in the summer it will be a little different when we don't have the college kids in town.


I did bring a little country into the shop the other day when I started my tomato seeds. They are life and I enjoy watching them grow each day, especially when it is snowing outside and you want Spring to happen!


I have them up in front of the floral area. I was gone over the weekend and when I came back they were about 2" tall. I had put them in a dark place, because seeds don't need light to start......they just need warmth. Love watching them grow. I will never tire of life that grows!





Bittersweet and Myrtle are growing and running and playing with each other more. We got their tails docked. My farm friend who is a Shepherdess helps us each time we get new babies. They need shots and looked over and 
Cheryl helps me.......every year I learn more. I love watching her love my babies! She loves them as much as I do!


Bittersweet is just plain adorable!!!!!! When it is really icy and such outside we keep him and Myrtle inside the pen. He is ready to get out when the sun is shining. Love his little pink nose.......looks so much like Birch did.


Notice his pink ears?  Sweetness!


I was taking pic's of Daddy Cardinal.......look what happened next!


Momma Cardinal was hitting up against the window again. She had been doing it the day before, but I didn't get my camera in time. Right when I was going to take a pic of her, Daddy C. came and fed her. Courting time......Spring is happening!


All clean......needs some more work done to it this summer. This is my little Milk House. It works great to house my Momma Cochins and their babies.  Cleaned the coops.........love laying fresh straw. Filled the nesting boxes also.  Makes me feel better and the Girls will be scratching and eating the wheat heads for days! 


Love seeing my little greens popping out of the ground!

Today I have been weeding out in my rhubarb patch. Will lay paper and straw to keep back the weeds. They look like they are going to do well. Transplanted them last year.  Can't wait for Rhubarb and Strawberry Jam.....what do you make? 

Here is a little post to keep you posted on what is happening here at Prairie Flower Farm..........sorry.......I do miss you all and if you want to keep up with what is going on...... I do post on my Facebook. Hope life slows down.......some day right? 

Hugs to you and may the Lord bless and keep you. It seems to be getting rather crazy out there in the world. Hold onto everything the Word of God tells you......it is important to do the right thing even if you stand alone! He says He won't leave us or forsake us....we may lose all here on earth......but not our souls. That is Truth. We need His guidance like never before. Pray for the persecuted whenever you think of it. Watching so many things going on. What was always wrong is now right.......so much against what He has said in His Word for All of our protection. Looking for Jesus to return to get His Church. Please be ready. 


Linda




Monday, January 19, 2015

New little ONE! Her name is Myrtle!

Hello sweet ladies, 

How are all of you doing.......I know.......I haven't been by here lately. We are putting in so many hours at the coffeehouse and when we are home...... I am trying to get all done that needed to be done the whole week. God is using the coffeehouse in precious ways. After watching the news.......and all that is going on..........we have to share Jesus more than ever! Just seems to me that the Bible and the Truth of His Word is being ripped apart. Choosing what we want to believe and not taking His Word seriously. So, I am thankful the Lord has me where I can love people! Sin is abounding.......not because I say so, but because He has a way for us to live....... in His Word to protect us from ourselves! I am so not perfect! I need my family of God to encourage me and they do! 

If you need prayer in anyway........please leave it here in the comment or contact me via email......found at the top right side. I will pray. Please pray for us also. My heart is so sad to see what is happening.......but God knows it all and will work it out until He comes back for us! What a precious day that will be! Hope in the real! It is going to happen.......we have to be ready!


Now for the news.......you know my Olivia has been waiting just forever to have her baby or babies! Everyday we would check.....sometimes 3 and 4 times. She was fat......not that it looks like it here in the pic. Cameras are funny sometimes. Well.........


today we were home.........our day off. My sweet man came in and said.........."get your camera........and heavy coat on and come with me"! Well I knew exactly what was going on. One.........two? Out the door! 

Only one little girl.......her name is Myrtle! I love her name.......don't you? She has black little ears, black under each eye and a little black smudge on her nose. Absolutely adorableness! By the time we got out there she was all dry and snuggled in a bed of straw. She had probably been born in the wee hours of the morning.  .....while I was sleeping in! 

I could barely wait to get out there! I peeked in.........and was surprised there was only one. Olivia was huge...couldn't believe she had only one........but it was a girl and I was ecstatic! 

I am so thankful the day was a warm one here. Now I just have to keep both the little ones nice and protected from the winter and we will be fine. 


As you can see Bittersweet is a sweetie. He is eating alfalfa like a big boy! Getting fat and so so healthy! The babies are almost exactly a month apart! They will have fun scampering around the barn yard. 

I love my gifts! I miss being home.........and the city is not my thing.......never has been........but that is where the Lord has us and I am learning to adjust! Everyday He gives us something specific to do for Him. I want to listen......so having these two little ones in the dead of the winter........I know He was thinking of me at this time! I needed a little fun on the farm!

Well, love you all.......please write and let me know how you all are......I do so miss you, but Facebook has been good. 

Come over and join in!

Blessings and may the Lord be all you need!

Linda

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Merry CHRISTmas to each of you precious ladies!


Hello sweet ladies.........Merry CHRISTmas!!!!!!!!


We have had lots of fog, 


we woke to snow and we have had some beautiful weather. 


This little baby lamb has been such a blessing!!!!!!! I could sit for hours and watch him. Time doesn't permit it, but the little time I do have with.... makes life so precious! God knew we alllll needed this gift. 

I trust that each of you are enjoying your time with family during this CHRISTmas season. If you are alone this year, know that I am praying for you. So much can change our life and I just want you to know that I am thinking of you if saddness has happened. He will get you through whatever is before you!!!! Call out to Him.......He will listen. Take refuge in His Word.....it will keep you close to Him

"You are my refuge and my shield; I have put my hope in your Word." Psalm 119:114

I know lots of changes have happened in my life these last few months and it has taken all that I have to keep life as normal as I can. My trust has been in the Lord as I live out what He has before our family each day. Days have been exhausting, but He has kept us wrapped in His care. Now that the CHRISTmas season is soon behind us, things will slow down at the coffeehouse......I think. Wink!



The farm continues to bring bits of joy. One of my little pullets laid a tiny tiny egg. Simple things........just bless my day! Miss the farm......but thankful when the Lord carves a little bit of time for me to enjoy things like this!


I have enjoyed when friends come to the coffeehouse......the other day my farm girlfriend Gail came and we sat and exchanged gifts and ate a cup of soup. Sweet fellowship! It was wonderful catching up on each families news. She made a beautiful pair of half gloves......my favorite color......red! The packaging was beautiful! 

39 years ago today I gave birth to a very special son. Joshua Aaron Stubbs. He has taught me much.....as each one of my children have over the years. His heart as helped me to learn much about forgiveness. My prayer for him this year is that He would grow in wisdom.......as he continues his journey here on earth. May God bless and keep him with all He wants to do with his life and may many come to know Jesus as he serves Him daily.

I wanted to wish you all a Merry CHRISTmas! 

Love you!!!!!!!

Linda


Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Our CHRISTmas Lamb

Good morning.........sweets......so fun to be here early this morning to share with you our happenings on the farm. BIG NEWS. No fluff on the pictures. Just want to get them up so you can enjoy right along side us!


Yesterday morning My Sweet Man came in from chores and said that Willow had twins........only one made it though.....I was thankful I didn't have to witness that........out the door I flew! 
Meet Bittersweet!


He looks so much like his daddy Birch.......has Momma's markings in his face though. Notice his wooly legs.


His Momma talked and talked to him......little grunting noises. So so precious. So wish you could all be here to witness this miracle. God blessed me so with this little one. 


Little lambs are so precious. They go all over.....under the head.......under her tummy......they are always getting stuck some where on the Mom.


Pure sweetness! God blessed me so!


Love his sweet face.


He tried to nurse, but was still wobbly......and cold.......called my Shepherdess friend and she said he needed to be warm.......and also some colostrum. This is the part I dislike most about having to not getting to work and live all day at our farm.......


We bundled him in a towel and off to the my friends farm we went........he was going to stay with her and get all warm. She fed him colostrum and brought him back in a few hours. She text me that he was doing great. Talk about thankful to have a friend who would do that!!!!!!!

Left the coffeehouse later in the day to check on him and get some warm lights in the little shed before night time.  I will continue tomorrow with the other pictures. He was laying in the sun when we got there. He is so tiny!!!!!

I have two other Mommas who could also have some babies. This is a horrible time of year to have baby lambs. Birch was just not thinking!!!!!!!!!!!

Hope you enjoy the pictures. We love this little CHRISTmas lamb, but we are going to have to be real careful to keep him safe throughout the winter. 

Thank you so for always being here when I have exciting news. Knew you would enjoy this!


Blessings and hugs to your day!!!

Linda

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