Wednesday, August 31, 2011

31 Days Till The Fair

Ok I admit last year as we left the fair grounds and sat in traffic, I said "never again".
Now I am counting the days, till Fryeburg Fair
Fryeburg is a wonderful large agricultural fair with lots to see and do. That being said it is very congested somewhat dusty, and certainly over crowded, but its a fair.

This year I will plan to go mid week! This is what "mid week" looks like.

8:30 am Show of Draft Horses, Ponies, Cart Class,
This is an awesome show, beutiful harnesses and horses!
Male Driver Unicorn, 6 Hitch - RG

Show of Working Oxen, Show Oxen & Steers - SGG

9:00 am Beef Show all other breeds - LSA

Ox Pulling - 2900 lbs Trophy and 3700 lbs - Distance - PR

Sheep Show - SSB (all day)

9:30 am Dairy Show Milking Shorthorn & Brown Swiss - WSA

11:00 am Flower Show - Expo 1
12:00 pm Beef Show Herefords, Simmentals - LSA
1:00 pm Open Pig Scramble - PR (Ages 8-10) Entries close at
12:00 PM (Drawing)
Show of Working Steers Handy Class for kids - SGG
Flower Show - Expo 1
Cookie Contest - AEC
1:30 pm Harness Racing - RG

2:00 pm Horse Pulling - Sweepstakes - Distance -Trophy - PR
We love to watch the pulls!
3:30 pm Horse Pulling - Three Horse - Distance - PR

Flower Show - Expo 1

5:00 pm Flower Show - Expo 1

7:00 pm Horse Pulling - Sweepstakes - 15’

General Admission - $10 every day

Includes Night Shows
Children under 12 always free
65 & over - Senior Citizen Tuesday - No Charge
Gates open at 7 - Buildings open 9-9
Harness Racing 1:30 Tuesday thru Sunday
Night Shows at 8-Oct 3-8-Monday thru Saturday
"Pay One Price" Mechanical Rides-$20-2-9pm on Tue 10/4, Wed 10/5, Thu 10/6 & Sun 2-9 pm;
Kiddie Land-$15-Sun 10/2 10am-6 pm & We never go near Kiddie Land!
$12-Mon 10/3 11 am-5 pm

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Rockin The Crock Pot

We woke up this morning and it was 54 outside, it is realy starting to feel like fall. I always look forward to the Menu changes with the season changes.
Is there anything better then comming home at the end of a long day, opening the door and smelling a home cooked meal.
I do not have anyone who cooks for me,so I acomplish this sensation by making use of the crock pot.
That is exactly what happend yesterday, it reminded me of how much I love my crock pot.
I already shared yesterday, I was fairley sleep deprived from the storm add to that a days farm chores, a job off the farm and additional storm clean up. Had I had to cook dinner last night we would have been in trouble, but I had put it on in the morning via. the crock pot and dinner was waiting. Last fall and winter I used my crock pot and/or dutch oven at least once a week it is time once again to start putting that plan into action, time to dig out the crock pot recipies.

Last night we had chicken but I am alread looking forward to Beef for next weeks "crock pot night"

  • 1 beef roast / eye round
  • onions – 1 or 2
  • 1/3 cup chunky applesauce or you can peeland core 4-6 apples
  • 1 can beef broth
  • 1 packet Ranch dressing mix
Put the roast in a slow cooker.  Mix the applesauce, beef broth and Ranch dressing mix together and pour over the roast.  Cook on high for 4-5 hours or low for 7-8 hours.

You can thickened the broth with flour and water.  Remove the roast and onions from the crockpot.  Turn the heat to high.  In a container with a tight-fitting lid, put 3-4 Tbs. of flour and enough water to make the consistency of wall-paper paste.  Shake the daylights out of it and gradually whisk it into the broth in the crockpot.

Monday, August 29, 2011

Storm Gone

Some of the strongest winds from the storm arrived overnight, between the hours of Midnight and 3am.
 I am quite sleep deprived on this Monday.
The Big boys were very anxious to get out this morning, they were inside for  a 28 hour stretch, this was a record.
Bob and I visited them and took them into the isle way for grooming and loving a number of times, but they love to be outside. Today it is all blue skies and sunshine.
With the storm Irene, officially past us it is time to think clean up and fall.
September 23rd is the First Day of Autumn, and it is a Friday.
 I think a Fall get together is in order, an excuse to entertain. I am thinking Fish chowder or Chili by the fire and apple crisp.
 Time to to turn to the Garnish web sight
and King Arthur Catalogue

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Back side of the storm

So yesterday I cleaned up the gardens in preparation of the storm. I picked what was ripe, and dug up potatoes.
I was unsure what damage the winds and heavy rains would do, and did not want the potatoes to rot. About midnight the rain was heavy and we brought the big boys into their clean dry stalls.

Today while I was inside staying dry, I cooked up some of what I harvested. I made hot spiced salsa with the tomatoes and some of the peppers. I jarred pickles, with the cucumbers. and made a meatloaf with peppers and onion in the loaf and salsa and cheese on top. We had mashed potatoes with bacon and cheddar along side. Not a bad way to spend a stormy Sunday. The barn is still full, Nick and Jake are getting fidgety, all off the tall sun flowers have broken in the wind and are on the ground, and the roof is gone off the hoop house but we are all doing OK. It seems as though the worst of the storm is past us. Tomorrow I will start the clean up.

Saturday, August 27, 2011

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Calm before the storm

We are at the point of calm before the storm. We have had a very bizy day!But I think we are in a good place as we await the arrival of Irene. We have tightened up the hay storage, moved in the yard stuff including hanging plants furniture, and the grill. Bunny is inside and all the stalls are ready with clean bedding and fresh waters.When the bloodhounds come in they will find treats awaiting them, in their crates for now they too are outside.All the pet pools have been emptied and scrubbed. We are keeping the critters out a bit later, in expectation they will be in allot in the next twenty four hours.
The storm is expected to bring ten to twelve inches of water, so I harvested the two potato beds.
 We have five bails of old hay we will place outside the barn door to reduce water leakage.At the last minute tonight I will shut the chicken coop, and leave it closed till Monday, once all the horses are in the barn Bob plans to board up the barn doors. Our barn has two huge doors making it possible to drive through the first floor.Having the option to drive through is wonderful if you need to get a horse trailer in for an equine emergency, but it creates a bit of a wind tunnel when you have crazy wind fields.
For now we rest and watch the weather channel as the storm moves on towards New England.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Storm Prep and the Menu

Like most of the East Coast my thoughts are on storm preparation.
This of course will include food shopping and menu planning, but mostly doing what we can to sure up the barn and yard. With a storm like Irene threatening to come your way you do what you can and pray it will be for nothing.

On The Menu
Friday: Pizza on the Grill with Fresh Tomato n Basil
Saturday: Crab Cakes Spinach Salad Legal Seafood Chowder

Sunday: Meatloaf Baked stuffed Potato and Broccoli with Cheese
Monday: Slow Cooker Chicken and Gravy and Rice in the Steamer with Garden Fresh Herbs
Tuesday: Grilled Flank Steak Quesidillas
Wednesday: BBQ Ham Panini
Thursday: Western Omelet Casserole and Oven roasted Kennebec Potatoes from the Garden

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Pasta Tonight and Random Stuff

 Well the broken twigs and branches down from the storm have been burned, and the paddock is about dried up. The charger is dead but I spoke with the vendor, and they are going to  repair it for free, I just have to pack and ship to Tennessee. They said once they receive the turn around time is five days, so cross your fingers no one wonders off till the repair is done. Sounds like we might have a stormy week end.
The tomatoes are finally turning red (this one is actually a striped variety), and the peepers are ripe for the picking. Tonight we are having pasta, this is a easy work night recipe.I was going to use left over chicken from Monday, but we ate it all.
Pepper and tomato Pasta with Chicken
■1 box penne pasta

■about 2 lbs. chicken picked form a rotisserie chicken
■homemade seasoned salt ,Mine is from Pampered Chef
■4 Tbs. butter

■1 onion, diced

■1-2 cloves garlic, minced or crushed

■2 whole sweet bell peppers, chopped (green and yellows whats ripe, so it will be)
■1 cup chicken broth

■1 cup half & half, warmed

■1 cup Italian blend cheese, shredded

■1 cup cherry tomatoes cut in half or enough tomato chopped for 1 cup

Cook the pasta according to the package directions. Pick the chicken and chop.

While the  pasta cooks, melt 3 Tbs. of the butter in a skillet over medium heat. Add the onions and garlic and cook until soft. Add the peppers and cook until they are tender-crisp. Remove the veggies from the pan.

Add the last Tbs. butter.  Whisk in the chicken broth, then half & half. Stir in the cheese. Add 2 pinches of seasoned salt, about 1/2 tsp.

When the pasta is cooked and drained, pour the sauce into the pasta and combine. Add the tomatoes. Serve with the chicken.

Jake is looking good, I think the green pasture does the Big Boys well.
I worned you this was random, thouughts.

Monday, August 22, 2011

Mother Nature

Yesterday as we  settled in for what we thought would be a break between afternoon chores and evening chores Mother Nature visited.
We got hammered with a afternoon electrical storm,complete with a deluge of rain and high winds.
 I witnessed a lightning strike like nothing I've ever seen!

 First I herd a rumble and then a huge crack.  I looked out my window to see a ball of lighting literally  roll the  top wire of my back fence and then it appeared to go into my barn. Bob ran down into the barn, I ran to the sun porch to get a better look and look over the back paddocks. In the few seconds I took to go from room to room the rains picked up intensity driving sheets of rain into the porch windows soaking books, photos and wood work. I hurried to shut windows and then joined Bob in the barn, everyone present and accounted for we assessed damage.Our electric fence supply is fried, as is the surge protector, our paddock is flooded and holding about 7" of water over 75% of it's space. We have lots of pumping and clean up to do and a new charger will set us back about 300.00$ but after what I witnessed I am giving thanks, no one is hurt and no big fire.
images collected from the web

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Road Work

Although the boys have each been getting worked single, and ridden a bit today was the first time in a while they have been teamed.
Bob worked the team spreading one load of manure and to drag the road.
They looked googd together, a nice team.

Saturday, August 20, 2011

You never know what your gonna get

So last night I went down into the barn, to do night check at about 8:30.
The "regular" night check includes shutting off indoor barn lights, turning on out door lights, making sure kitty is in and shutting the hen house, counting heads and with the addition of the baby chick in the barn closing her crate.
Last night this is what I found....
apparently,unbeknown to me Little Hen and Mini had planned a sleep over.

Friday, August 19, 2011

A Referal

Today I have a Blog I think are worth a peak.
 Check out the boys at Barn House
I love their blog, and the shop!
Wish I could have attended their sale!

Thursday, August 18, 2011

This Weeks Menu

Friday : Maine Steamers
Cucumber and tomato Salad
Saturday: Grilled Round Steak with Red Wine Vinegar
green Beans
Sunday : Sausage and Spinach Stuffed Shells
Garlic Bread
Monday: Slow Cooker Maple Apple Chicken
Blueberry Cobbler
Tuesday: Hawiian Hamburgers with Grilled Pineapple Rings
and Hawaiian Slaw
Wednesday: Pepper Patch Pasta with Grilled Chicken (chicken left from Monday)
Thursday Taco Salad

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Shopping List

I've had loads of people tell me that their favorite post are Thursday Menu's so today I am giving you something new.
This is a shopping list, for the Menu I will post tomorrow. If you purchase whats on this list you will be able to make the Menu, enjoy!



Red onion

Green onions

Green beans


Cherry or grape tomatoes


Sweet bell peppers

Slaw mix


Zucchini or yellow squash


Corn on the cob




{Salad fixings – 3 meals}

Red wine vinegar

Rice vinegar

Diced tomatoes with green chilies, 1 can

Green chili enchilada sauce, 1 can

Chicken broth

Hoisin sauce

Italian dressing

Maple syrup

can sliced pine apple

Penne pasta, 1 box

Chicken flavored Ramen noodles, 1 package


Sliced or slivered almonds

Toasted sunflower seeds

Chips /Salsa
2 Lb riccotta cheese

Half &half



Monterey Jack cheese, shredded

Cheddar cheese, shredded

2 lbItalian blend cheese, shredded


Flour tortillas


Boneless chicken breasts, 2 3 lb. bags

Lean ground beef, 1 lb.

Round steak


2lb steamers

Items to Have in Pantry




Garlic powder

Onion powder

Ground red pepper

Cooking spray

Olive oil

Vegetable oil



Baking powder
Pasta Shells Jumbo

2 cans spaghetti sauce

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

No Cook Canning Refrigerator Pickles

It has been raining for two days! Last night the power went out and the generator ran for a couple hours. The front paddock is flooded and the horses are covered in mud.However, the gardens are happy! We have loads of cukes.

These pickles are easy to make, easy to keep and you can add to the jar.

It's a  sweet and sour pickle made without cooking that will last 2-3 months in the refrigerator. I keep adding freshly cut cucumbers to the jar as they ripen on the vine.

Refrigerator Pickles

1 cup white vinegar

1 cup granulated sugar

1 cup water

1-2 teaspoons celery seed (I use 2)

1 teaspoon salt

3 cups sliced cucumber

3 small onions, thinly sliced

Place sliced cucumber and onions in a large container or bowl. In a separate bowl, stir vinegar, sugar, water and salt together until dissolved. Add celery seed. Pour mixture over cucumber and onions and refrigerate.

Keeps for 2-3 months.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Thank you God,

for good friends and horses!

I have not yet downloaded the photo I most wanted to share from this week end, but here is a peak.
On Friday morning Bob and I went to Topsham Fair.
 Our schedules are such that we did not stay long, but we did watch two classes of pulls.
This team pictured, is being driven by a boy who is eleven.
I love to see young people interested in drafts.

Once back from the fair the focus was on getting the farm chores done, picking up groceries, and planning for Kevin and Meri's visit.

Meri and Kevin arrived on Saturday, Bob and I had a wonderful time with them!
Meri trailered her horse Chief up, so the horses had company as well.
  We let Chief out into the pasture and then we had an old fashion slow cooked dinner in the dinning room. After dinner we did night chores together and put Chief into a stall.

It is such a blessing to have this farm to share with people that get so much joy from it.

Meri has a very stressful job,she told me she slept better on Saturday then she has in months.
Funny what good food and a stress free environment, can do for the sole.
The Banoffee pie came out real yummy, this recipe is a keeper. (Look in last weeks post if you missed it).
On Sunday I cooked Breakfast then Meri and Kevin joined Bob as he worked Nickel,spreading manure grating the road.
Later in the morning Meri Bob and I went trail riding and we had a very nice ride, through the woods.
We came across lots of different terrain woods, tall brush,granite steps, wooden bridges and all three horses did great!
Meri's horse is small enough( 14 hh) to technical be a pony, and some of the weeds we road through we up to his bellie.
Watching Meri on chief is inspiring, practice does make perfect and she has clearly put in her time!

May your stomach never grumble.

May your heart never ache.
May your horse never stumble.
May your cinch never break.
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Thursday, August 11, 2011

This Week Ends Menu

So today I recieved a phone call , of my favorite kind. My very good friend Meri called and asked if we were up for week end company. I love to share the farm with good friends, and she's bringing horses the way I see it that is a BONUS. That being said the week end will be full of good friends , good food and the kind of appitite you get from riding YAY!
Thursday : Chicken veggie panini's
I've been wanting a Panini machine for quite a while and yesterday they had them 50% off at Target, so I now own one. ( Giada Gourmet Panini Maker $25.00)
This will get much use with the fresh garden veggies.
Friday: Pizza on the Grill
unless we over eat at the fair
Saturday:Dinner with Meri
 Braised Short Ribs w Horseradish Sauce , fresh bread for dipping , Green Beans and Bacon Rosemary Mashed
Chucks Banoffee Pie
did I mention Meri' will be here ;)
Sunday: Apple Baked Pancakes
Sunday: Turkey Sliders Potato Salad Corn on the Cob

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Rainy Day Chicken Honey

Yesterday I had one of those afternoons that you work so hard that you go to bed just sore enough to know you have done a honest days work.
I did all the regular, must do farm chores and then I did what my Dad would fondly call "puttering".
When I finally said good night to the chickens and shut the hen house I walked away thinking, the farm looked pretty darn good. I should know better than to boast , even to myself...
In the night I woke to the sound of heavy rain, that was not letting up. When I got up for morning chores the I walked out to a muddy mess, and drizzle. The Big Boys were stomping around in the puddles awaiting breakfast service their feathers covered in mud. Once everyone was fed, I put the Miniature horses out to pasture, and they immediately rolled in mud.
Before Six AM. I had an over sized chicken lathed with  fresh honey , stuffed with lemons and farm fresh herbs and in the crock pot to slow roast all day.
Tonight when I finish my days work (on the farm and off) it will be a treat to enter a house fragrant with roasted chicken to feast on.


•One Large Oven Roaster / Chicken
•3/4 cup Dijon mustard

•1/4 cup honey  I used Raw Farm Honey , Photo's above are courtesy of the Browns Bee Farm
  • Farm Fresh herbs, I used Rosemary, chives and sage
  • One Lemon Cut in half


Stuff Chicken with Lemon and Fresh herbs. Salt and Pepper Put chicken in crock pot. Mix mustard and honey; pour over chicken. Cook on HIGH for 4 hours or on low for about 7 to 8 hours.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Careful What You Wish For

 Bob and I very rarely go out to eat.
 This is partly due to the cost , but mostly due to the lack of quality, we have encountered, in food and service.
I am a fairly good cook, I enjoy cooking and spend hours doing anything food, such as looking at cook books, blogs and cooking shows.
In July I took Bob out for a Birthday Lunch, and we orderd calamari, it was so/so. When we got home Bob ate left over's from the fridge. Bob then declaired that the reason we do not enjoy going out to eat more, is becouse "my home cooking is better". I would not go so far as to say my cookings "better", of course I like to go out becouse it is the only time someone cooks for me.
That being said I watched Chucks Day Off last night and he made a pie I know my husband will love.
 I am putting this pie on the menu for the week end.
 I am fearful, if it is half as good as it looked, I may never get my husband to eat out again.

Banoffee Pie

Recipe courtesy Chuck Hughes

Level: Intermediate

4 to 6 servings.Ingredients

•20 Oreo cookies

•1/4 cup butter, melted

•1 can sweetened condensed milk

•2 ripe bananas, sliced

•Juice of 1 lemon

•2 cups 35-percent cream

•1/4 cup icing sugar

•2 tablespoons strong coffee


Chuck Hughes' Banoffee Pie is a fun and highly addictive dessert featuring layers of chocolate, banana and toffee.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

In a food processor, add the cookies and process until it becomes a crumb-like mixture. Add the butter and process again. Set aside.

Meanwhile, take the condensed milk can and place it in an ovenproof stockpot filled with water. DO NOT OPEN THE CAN. Make sure the can is constantly covered in water. Bake in the oven for 3 1/2 hours. Remove, let cool, open and set aside.

In a bowl, mix the bananas with lemon juice. Set aside.

Whip the cream with icing sugar and coffee in another bowl until soft peaks form.

For Serving: Using a round 4-inch mold directly on the serving plate, put a layer of the cookie mixture, then the slices of bananas, cover with the baked condensed milk (now toffee) and repeat the layers. Remove the mold and garnish with a dollop of cream.


Monday, August 8, 2011

Thinking Fair's and Fall

I am trying to make the most of every last moment, that is summer. Already I have noticed each day getting shorter, today Bob reset the time for the outdoor lighting. We had some much needed rain over the week end and the lawn and garden has realy soaked it up. My favorite thing about summer is the long spans of day light.Hazy hot and humid is not ideal for Giant Animals and yard chores.However I love fall and have already begun to fantisize about fall cooking, apple picking and hosting a harvest party.
Before I get too far ahead of my self it is the start of Fair Season in the area, here is a peak at the schedual:
This is NOT a complete list, but some are too far from the farm to even consider.

Maine, Topsham We will be attending to see drafts.
Topsham Fair
Theme this Year: Farm Fresh Family Fun
Dates: August 7, 2011 - August 14, 2011
Description: Agricultural exhibits, animal pulling events, 4-H, crafts, midway, and harness racing.
Maine, Skowhegan Have been in the pest, fun a bit far for us, but considering.
Skowhegan State Fair
Theme this Year: Where the Fun Never Grows Old
Dates: August 11, 2011 - August 20, 2011
Description: A large family fair featuring a midway, animal exhibits, crafts, flower show, animal pulling events, and harness racing.
Dates: August 20, 2011 - August 27, 2011
Description: A large agricultural fair famous for the annual Blueberry Festival. Large midway, crafts, animal pulling events, harness racing.
Maine, Acton Small, but very nice and close enough to make it worth the trip.
Acton Fair
Dates: August 25, 2011 - August 28, 2011
Description: Outstanding exhibits, 4H, livestock exhibit, flower show, animal pulling events, midway.
Admission: Thursday: $5.00 for adults Friday: $5.00 for adults (Senior citizens $2.00 until 4:00 PM) Saturday: $6.00 for adults Sunday: $6.00 for adults Children under 12 free
Parking: $3.00 on grounds

Maine, Augusta
Windsor Fair
Dates: August 28, 2011 - September 5, 2011
Augusta, ME
Kennebec County
Maine, Blue Hills
Blue Hill Fair
Dates: September 1, 2011 - September 5, 2011
Blue Hills, ME
Hancock County Phone Number: 374-3701
Description: Great country fair featuring a midway, exhibits, non-parimutuel racing, animal pulling events, and family entertainment.
Carnival Carnival
Maine, Springfield
Springfield Fair
Dates: September 2, 2011 - September 5, 2011
Springfield, ME
Maine, Unity

Common Ground Country Fair  I love, Bob said he would never drive that far again.
Dates: September 23, 2011 - September 25, 2011
Unity, ME
Waldo County Phone Number: 207-568-4142
Description: A celebration of rural life, demonstrations, Maine organic foods and crafts as well as livestock exhibits.
Maine, West Cumberland
Cumberland County Fair
Theme this Year: Always in September
Dates: September 25, 2011 - October 1, 2011
West Cumberland, ME
Cumberland County Phone Number: 207-829-5531
Second Phone Number: 207-797-2789
Description: will host the Annual Maine State Pumpkin and Squash Weigh-In. Each year promises much anticipation and excitement to see who will outgrow last years massive gourd! Harness Racing Every Day!
Admission: 12 and under FREE! Three Ride Days! Two Senior Days!
Carnival Gillette Shows
Maine, Fryeburg  Very good , but gettiing over crouded and expensive!
Fryeburg Fair
Dates: October 2, 2011 - October 9, 2011
Fryeburg, ME
Oxford County Phone Number: (207) 935-3268
Description: Maine largest agricultural fair. Beautiful setting in prime foliage time. Exhibit halls, museum, harness racing and livestock shows. Currently 16 area towns in Maine and 6 border towns in New Hampshire participate.
Admission: $8 all days except Saturday, which is $10. Children under 12 are free.

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Road Work

The work day ended with a cool shower!

Jake high stepping his small portion of the trek, proud to take part.

See Jake Smile

Nice clean harnesses

Nick resting, between runs.

Our drive way and the road that leads to it , were in need of maintenance. Saturday Bob put Nickel and Jake to work, with the drag harrow in tow. Nickel being the young buck that he is did most the work, but Jake was happy to pitch in.


sporting his new 30" collar

Friday, August 5, 2011

What is it??????

The garden flox, transplanted from my Mom's house are amazing! These plants are 3-5' tall, and smell wonderful.Today they had a visitor, at first glance Bob and I thought it was a Humming bird, but no maybe a bee? Any idea?