Sunday, November 26, 2017


40% Off  On All Books and More

Three section in my shop will be 40% off all day. The section are:

Books....all 44 of them....

Collectibles.....9  in all.....

DIY, Fabrics, Patterns, etc......19 items.....

Back to the books section, there are lots of nice cook books that would make great gifts. Also, children's books and some neat ones for men. Follow the links above to my Etsy shop. Or here:  Then, scroll down and look on the left side to find the sections mentioned above. 

This collectible would be my pick in the Collectible section of my shop. Take a look at all of the photos. I think it is really special.

OR...this set of Victorian children's flatware

In the supply category that I call DIY there are some old 30's and 40's women's dress patterns. Also, the nicest lining I have ever seen called Si Bonne. If I were still sewing for myself, I would never sell it. It feels, acts and looks like silk.
Lining fabric never gets better than Si Bonne, which is no longer made.

So there are some of the 40% off items on my Cyber Monday sale. Happy Cyber Shopping Day!

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Please Don't Feed The Deer

We have lots of apple trees on our farm. We also have quite a few Hazel Nut trees, also berries and grapes, a barn with hay, and grass fields.  So, naturally, we also have lots of deer. You might think deer are wild in the wilds, but, no! Actually, they can become quite tame and getting tamer. They teach their fawns to be unafraid of humans. Well, certain humans, anyway.  The humans that live on “their” property are okay.
For instance, I can walk down our long drive to get the mail, walking among them close enough to nearly touch them, and they just stand there watching me. You see, the trick for them, is to train those same humans to feed them in the hard times. Which are coming. But, I am not going to do that and neither should you. Here is an article that gives us 5 reasons not to feed the deer.

Here is another well written article in Outdoor Life that warns us not to feed deer.

It is far kinder to them to let them be. Be sure to read how deadly corn is for them.

I would like to share with you some recent photos taken on our farm and in our yard. We have a natural habitat for all sorts of wildlife. We are blessed.

Opps. Our other wildlife.
Happy November

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Smith Rock An Oregon State Park

Have You Ever Been To Smith Rock?
Smith Rock State Park

We recently stayed in our condo at Eagle Crest for one week. One of the side trips I love is going to Smith Rock State Park. It is famous to rock climbers of all stages. There are hiking trails, as well. And, NO, I do not climb. I am way too old, but it is breathtakingly beautiful to just sit in your car and watch them scale the sheer face of it, or to watch the hikers slowly walking the steep trails.

On this day, with my new camera in hand, there were neither climbers or hikers. I have been there when the rock was covered with both, but then I did not have a camera. I guess we were a bit late because the parking lot was full of cars and people removing their hiking shoes and putting away their walking canes.
You can also view beautiful Mt Jefferson in the distance.

Or, you can walk to the edge and look down at the lovely Deschutes River winding along the base of the rock.

Here are more views of this fascinating park 

If you are ever in the area of Redmond, Oregon, this state park is a must see. If you love hiking and rock climbing, bring the necessary equipment and be sure to pack your camera. 
Here is a link for more information about Smith Rock State Park.

Happy Trails 

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Easy Peasy Roasted Tomato Sauce

OR....How to use up all those ripening tomatoes quick as a bunny.

I love the flavor of this quick and easy homemade tomato sauce. No canning....just freezing.
I have taken photos of the process with my trusty digital camera, here goes.
You will need a flat pan. A heavy cookie sheet will do. I use the bottom of my broiler pan. Who broils anymore anyway?
You also need a Foley Food Mill. I use the attachment on my trusty and very old Kitchen Aide mixer.
Here is the 1st photo showing a bowl of cut up tomatoes. I cut large ones into approx. 8 pieces, medium ones into 4ths, small ones in half and just throw in the cherry tomatoes. Yes, you can use them as well.
Cut as many garlic cloves as you would like. No need to peel. Just cut them in halves or 4ths. Fresh is best because they are juicier. I used 4 in mine.
When this mixture is in the bowl, drizzle on 1 to 2 Tablespoons of a good olive oil.
Add oregano, basil, or whatever Italian spice you like.
Some salt and pepper
I alway add a tablespoon or so of sugar. I like a sweetener in my sauces.
The beauty of this is that you can add whatever you want to make it your own. Some people even like a carrot in their sauce. Cut one up and try it. Peppers, too, hot or not.

Oh...I forgot to say---
Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.

Pour them into your pan
and slide them into the oven.
This is what they should look like after 30 mins. Stir them up and slide them back into the oven for another 30 mins.
Here is the pan full after 25 mins and I should have left them another 5 or ten minutes, but close enough. The skins should be starting to blacken a bit more than this photo.
Let them cool now until you can touch the pan without the burn. Or longer. The other day I went to town and finished when I got home. They were stone cold.
Now comes the separation of skin and seeds. 

Whir them down, way down, until there is hardly anything left but skin and seeds.

Take a look at your sauce now.

Then pour the sauce into freezer containers for safe keeping. You can pull them out and easily defrost them for those quick spaghetti meals. I usually use one of mine and one can of store bought sauce. Still really good. If you make homemade pizza, be sure to try this sauce.. Oh...and be sure to leave a bit of headroom in the freezer container. 

Tomatoes......Gone. At least for a few days. 
I hope you will try this way of making tomato sauce. I think your family will love it. 

Friday, June 30, 2017

Garden Grown New Potatoes and Peas

Garden Grown New Potatoes and Peas

My husband and I slather over the thought of New Potatoes and New Peas fresh from our garden. And, it is the season for this delicious side dish. We are getting a nice crop of English peas and we are stealing....yes, stealing, new potatoes from under the growing potatoes without their even knowing it.

English peas are the kind you shell. This dish is the reason my better half will not hear of planting snow peas.
I get enough from this patch to blanch and freeze a few bags for winter. I love them in salads, too, only defrosting them a little, then tossing them into my green salad.

When you cook really fresh new potatoes, never use a lid. Do not peel them. Just chunk them up as evenly as possible and gently boil them until slightly done. Drain them and put them on hold in a bowl. Using the same pan, melt a couple of tablespoons of butter. Make a roux using approx. 1  tablespoons of flour and whisk very fast. As soon as the rue forms, add a bit of milk, then a bit more all while whisking very fast. Eventually you will add about 1 cup of milk. Now add 1/2 to 1 teaspoon of salt and some grinds of pepper. Add your freshly shelled peas and the cooked potatoes. Let this mixtures be on low heat while you finish up dinner. Watch and stir as needed.
This method is for two people. Double the above for a family. There are no exact amounts. You are really just making a white sauce, but I like mine a little bit thin and then there is extra to put over pork chops or chicken or hamburger steak.
Sometimes I fine chop onions and brown in the butter before I make the roux.
Sometimes I cook fresh new carrots along with the potatoes and add them to the dish. Or, maybe parsnips. You get the idea. All are garden fresh, of course, and on the baby side, not the huge side.

So, bon appetit, my friends. Hope your garden is producing wonderful veggies for delicious eating.

 Happy Fourth Of July 2017 

Friday, June 16, 2017


 Single roses hold up better in the rain because the weight of the water doesn't drag them down. There are not nearly as many 'catch basins' in a single rose and it will hold it's head up and still be pretty in the misty June days here on the Oregon coast.

 My friend entered my garden one day and said...."Where did you get my Little German Rose? I thought my mother-in-law and I were the only people who had it." You see, her MIL had lovingly brought a cutting home all the way from Germany, got it started and then gave another rooted cutting to her daughter in law. However, she also gave a cutting to her neighbor, my gardening friend, who gave a cutting to me. And, so it goes. We gardeners like to share. 

 The artwork on this antique photo album cover reminds me of my single pink rose. 

The interior artwork is so pretty, too. Vintage wedding photos or vintage family photos in those old sepia tones would be perfect for this antique album. 

To see this antique photo album in my Etsy shop, follow the link below

Bye for now. See you when the sun shines.

Sunday, May 21, 2017


A stroll along the Potomac at Mount Vernon in the spring. This Johnson Bros plate reminds us of early days of our country when ladies wore long dresses with hoops and gentleman wore jodhpurs when riding a horse. This plate is a sweet reminder of our American history.

Here on our farm in the west trees have completely leafed out and flowers are blooming everywhere. I am planting our veg garden now, mostly in hay bales. I have planted in straw bales for the two years previous and it was successful, but this year they doubled the price of straw bales....yes, I am using some old hay bales out of our barn that were baled before the seed heads were formed. is best and we will see what happens. The trouble is, our baler makes small bales and they are much looser than the big straw bales from the Willamette Valley. I have read that it works if you keep pushing them down as they rot.

Here is my pink Clematis growing on the greenhouse.

Here are last years straw bales in the conditioning stage. You have to condition them with high nitrogen fertilizer and water for 10 to 12 days. They should be growing odd little mushrooms when it is time to plant the bales. don't eat them. They aren't poisonous but they wouldn't taste good.

A very nice bean crop coming along in the straw bales.

I have been very negligent about my blog but I am going to try to add to it more frequently.  Next blog will show the hay bales that I am just beginning to plant so that you can compare and see what I mean. 
 Today I planted my Blue Lake beans like the ones above.  No other beans taste as good when canned as Blue Lake beans. I have tried many other varieties and this old favorite is still the best in my opinion. 
If you are wondering....I set the bales on top of my already raised beds. Old ladies and old men find it hard to bend. LOL

See you next time.

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