Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Getting A Much Needed Walk Around the Farm and A New Recipe

Hello Sweet ladies..............

We are getting a little itchy for spring to come.......I love the snow and winter.....but I have been looking at my seed packets and getting idea of what I want to plant. I have seen brown and dead grass and trees and now I want to see living plants.......anyone else out there feeling the same. I will wait patiently........just telling you how I feel. Today after work Tay wanted to go to have me take some pic's of her and Kansas. Got out there and took a few of the barn. Love old barn wood! Then I started to take some pic's as of Tay as she was sitting on her stump of wood in the middle of the corral and Kansas walking up to her and loving on her. It is the sweetest sight. Went to take the picture and it froze. I couldn't get it to do anything. I will try again tomorrow. Pretty soon she was absorbed by Kansas and Kiowa. They were nibbling around her hair and the back of the neck. Horses are really neat animals.

These are really old kind of windows.
They are so interesting.

The girls have food to eat.........not sure why
they are eating wood!

I will never want to replace this door..............it has so much character.
Even the hinges are beautiful to me. Love to hear the birds that are singing in the trees above the barn.

Want to share a neat recipe with you ladies........... you will like it! Well, if you like oranges and chocolate

Today at work I wanted to try something different. I called them Choco Orange Cupcakes. Sooooooo easy and delicious! Have you ever had those candies that are kind of shaped like a long tube. They have orange jelly on the inside and dipped into dark chocolate? It is one of my favorites candies. The only time I ever see them though is at nice candy stores. Which is not to often.....but when I do........I have to buy a few. Num! I remember eating them with my Momma when I was young.....nice memory. Soooooo I decided today that I was going to try to get the same kind of taste........and I did. It was so easy and very good. The kids went through them so fast. That always tells me it is a good thing!

I used a basic Butter Cream Frosting but I like adding a little whipping
cream and also add some fresh squeezed orange juice.

Fresh Orange Butter Cream Frosting

3- 3 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
3/4 cup butter
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/8 cup fresh squeezed orange juice
1-2 T. whipping cream

Fresh Choco Orange Cupcakes

2 cup white sugar
1 cup softened butter
4 eggs
1 T. vanilla extract
3 cups unbleached flour
1 T. and 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
3/4 cup cream
1/4 cup fresh orange juice
2 teaspoons of orange zest

Preheat 350 degrees. Line 24 paper liners in muffin pans.
In a medium bowl, cream together the sugar and butter. Beat in eggs, one
at a time, then stir in the vanilla. Combine flour and baking powder, add to the
creamed mixture and mix well. Stir in cream and orange juice until batter is smooth.
Pour batter into 24 paper liners. Bake for 30 to 40 minutes in the preheated oven. Bake for
20-25 minutes. Cupcakes are done when it springs back to the touch. Frost cooled cupcakes
and then drizzle chocolate over the top of frosted cupcake.

Choco Drizzle
1 cup chocolate chips
3 tablespoons oil
1/4 cup cream
Cook over med heat until melted. Drizzle over cupcakes!

It is really sooooooo good!

Farmer Honey put some oyster shells in the coop for me and the chickens are eating them up! Thank you so much ladies for all the good advice. I still have to find some old golf balls. We are checking the eggs more often......... hope it all helps. I will let you know.

When I went to check to see if they were eating the shells I saw my two girls sitting so plumpy................had to take a pic.

We are getting a gallon bag ready for our Vitaliy with Josh and Tonya. I am going to make up a picture book for him of all the farm animals here on the farm. He took two stuffed dogs back with him......... each was named after our dog and Josh's dog. I am just so excited that our family will make contact. He will know that we love him! Thank you again for praying for him. You are sooooooo precious to me and V. Please pray that the finding out on whether or not he is adoptable will go smooth and maybe the Lord could hurry it up?

Welcome New Follower's...........you have been noticed.......by me!

Hugs from my farm to your HOME and may the Lord bless YOU!


  1. Those photos are so lovely, my daughter is standing over my shoulder commenting on how much she likes them. We are hoping to get a horse soon. Those cupcakes looks delicious, I bet those students don't know how lucky they are to have someone like you coming up with all these great recipes. Or maybe they do! Blessings to you, cuz you are a blessing to me!

  2. Oh my gosh those cupcakes look AMAZING! YUMMY! Thanks for reminding me my chickens could use some oyster shell.. I keep forgetting about it!

  3. Linda the cupcakes look so yummy!! Love the photos too.
    Have a great week!

  4. The cupcakes look so delicious! I think I'll give them a try!
    I would love for you to share the pics of Taylor and the horses. That sounds so picturesque and special! Try again!!
    You are such a good momma to those chickens! They don't know how good they have it!
    Looking forward to seeing a new wreath up soon! :0)
    Have a wonderful Wednesday....
    Praying for your little V boy! God will provide!
    Love you,

  5. Oh my those cupcakes look so yummy! And your ladies are beautiful!

  6. Oh, yummy Linda!! Got me a bad case of cupcake love right now :)


  7. I love your barn photos. It is wonderful to know another person who so appreciates those farm things that hold so many memories, have so much character from the animals who have lived in them over the years. Thanks for the great photos. Also remind me of my growing up on a farm! Did you happen to see my post Sunday with the Robert Duncan photos? I think you'd love them. :-)

  8. Dear Linda, your cupcakes looks so good I will try your recipe on this weekend (I'm sure my children will love them!!!!.
    Big Hugs from France

  9. Dear Linda...the photo of your two plumpy chickens is so cute ;) :) They look like they're having a nice chat with each other. I wonder what they're chatting about :) :)

    Oh, and that first photo is really neat with the old barn wood door. It made me think of Jesus knocking at the door of our hearts!!!! Have a great day...I hope that work went smoothly today. Love and hugs from Oregon, Heather :)

  10. Hello Sweet Linda,

    I can't say I understand the whole Spring thing...When ALL YEAR long the weather is practically in the 70's-80s...I do however wish I could understand it..As I LOVE the changing of the Seasons...It is such a wonderful reminder how God has His perfect timming in and through ALL seasons.....

    I love all the pictures you captured..I have yet to figure out the Lovely Camera my husband bought me...and the whole Photo Shop thing...though My Husband bought me an Apple Lap top or do they call them Ibooks..? I believe it has a photo shop type thing built into it..ONE more thing on my list of NEED to LEARN things... : ) Eternity will be FABULOUS..I will Know all things and be unhindered by this broken down brain of mine.. : )

    The Cupcakes Look DELICIOUS..I would try them but I do believe it would be on the verge of TORTURE for my two sons who have just had to go on a GLUTEN FREE diet... : ) though I am sure We could subsitute and get pretty close..

    I will be in touch and thank you so much for your prayers and thoughts...towards me and my family...

    Much Love to you and yours in Christ..
    Keeping the Adoption in our prayers..

  11. Hi PB, so glad your sweet girl liked the photos. Hope she can get a horse. Our girls prayed for a long time and received two as gifts. You are so special to me also!!!!!!!!!

    Hi Mandy......my girls are really eating the shells. I have been gathering the eggs also and so far they haven't eaten any eggs. Yea!! Welcome new follower!

    Hi Staci.......so nice to have you! Love your pic's also. Your chickens are so pretty!

    Tanya......you are always so sweet to come and visit me. You would love the cupcakes. Soo good! I have to clean the leaves and then start sticking in new berries. I am so blessed. It truly was a gift from the Lord! Thank you so for praying for V. God will provide......you are so right.........love you too!

    John'aLee, Hiiiiii! YOu need to try the cupcakes. The orange and dark chocolate are the best! Thank you for saying sweetness about my girls. They are so dear to me! When you live on a farm your animals are your friends! Smile

    Hi Gail.........you must make. If you all came to my house I would make them for you! Oh what a happy thought!

    Cranberry. I came over! I have one in my front room. It is so pretty! I love it. I do love the farm things. If they could only talk. I would love to hear what they would say!

    Suzel.......Tell me what you think. I am sure your children will love them!!!!!!!! I so wish I could come to France to meet you.......if you are ever in America.......please come and stay at my farm!

    Hi Heather...........if you could see how real plumpy my chickens were you wouldn't believe it. The pic's don't really show how fat they really are! Cuties they are though! Love your thought on the door! He knocked on mine and I opened it up real wide! Smile! Love living for HIM now!

    Hi Angelina.........Isn't that amazing that you live in summer most of the time? Thank you..........about the sweetness on the pictures. Oh you must learn to use yoru camera.....how fun for you. I would have to have my daughter help me. We have Mac's also and I have a lap top. Love it! Made me smile when you said eternity will be FABULOUS. So true my friend! So sorry about your boys........so sad.......they will be healthy! Much love to you also! Thank you for praying about the adoption. God is so good........keeping my eyes on HIM!

    Sleep tight ladies........you are so precious to write. It really makes my day when I come home from working in the world. I have decided I don't like it. People are not nice! I like the farm........the animals are sweet. Smile!


  12. Oh Linda..the pictures are amazing..I too love old wood..they are just so cool.
    The recipe looks so yummmy....wish I had one right now..smile..
    And your chickens are 'beautiful'

    xoxo Gert

  13. The cupcakes look so delicious,I will have to make them for the weekend. We like to have baking for coffee time on Sunday.

    My Mom always had oyster shells for her chickens and also the shells from used eggs always went to the chickens.

    I'm trying not to think about Spring. Even though we have been enjoying some warmer temperatures, it is only temporary. Our spring is still many months away. We don't plant anything outside till the middle of May and even then we have the blankets handy in case of frost.


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