This blog is simply the story about my little life
with my sweet family that the Lord has blessed me with
and the day in, day out things that we do.
It basically is my online diary/photo album of our life.
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Sunday, January 25, 2015

Apple Harvest

 This past fall our apple trees produced a great harvest! We have two varieties, this pretty red one, which is sweet and a green apple that is more sour.
 They are so beautiful!
 They taste wonderful too!
My beautiful daughter-in-love, Brittany came over to pick a few apples with her precious son, Ridley.
I took the opportunity to do a little fall photo shoot with them.
 These photos turned out so cute!
 Mama's protective, loving hands.
 I love this one!
 Ridley was fascinated by the apples and loved the taste!
 Aren't they beautiful!
We don't spray them, so I did find a few worms, but not too many!
I decided to make an apple crisp on this cozy fall afternoon.
 I peeled and sliced the apples and sprinkled cinnamon on them.
 Then made a crumbly crust and.....
 ....sprinkled it on top and popped it in the oven.
 And what will I do with all of these peels?
 I fed them to the goats!
 Mmmm! They found them delicious and at them up lickety-split!
 We still had plenty of apples left, so my friend Mary, invited me over to her place to make apple cider.
They have a wonderful, easy to use cider press. It's handmade and gorgeous. It's also electric, so it's super easy to use!
 Her chickens kept trying to get into our apples! Shoo little chicks, shoo! You get away from those apples they're ours!
 We simply plugged the apple press in and.....
 ....threw the apples down the shoot, where the motor ground them all up.
 This is what the ground up apples look like.
Do you ever get that feeling that someone is lurking around, watching you? haha
 Next we put this round board on top of the ground apples.
 We pressed the apples down as much as we could by hand and then....
 ...attached the crank....
 ...and started turning it to compact the apples expressing all of the juice out of them.
 It was really fun!
 Look at all that beautiful juice!
 This was such a fun day!
 It tastes absolutely delicious!
 After we squeezed all the juice out, this is what remains.
 Mary put all the left over apple skins into a garbage bag to give to the chickens.
 We took a little break and enjoyed the fruits of our labor!
 It was well worth it for these ladies to hang around, they got to eat all the scraps!
 I am so thankful for our apple tree and the fruit that it bears!

"Like apples of gold in settings of silver is a word spoken in right circumstances." Proverbs 25:11

Hugs, Sharon

Friday, January 23, 2015

Lil Mister turned ONE!

Our little precious grandson turned the big "1" back in October and my daughter-in-law, Brittany, planned such an amazing party for him and it was held at our place with a farm theme.
She made these adorable banners for him out of burlap. We hung the the three large banners stating "Happy Birthday Ridley" above his highchair and the little banner that says "one" on the front of his highchair.
We set out two banquet tables and covered them with old burlap sacks. She made those neat paper poms hanging above the tables. We chose this location, on the north side of the workshop, to be in the shade and close to the house, it ended up being a perfect spot.
Her friend made the delicious cakes.
Ridley got his very own little tiny cake! His cake was made special with much less sugar. :)
We borrowed these neat beverage dispensers from my future daughter-in-law, Rachelle, and offered lemonade and iced tea. I saw the idea of placing them on top of a wood crate on the internet. It saves space, raises the dispensers up and works perfect to house the extra drinking glasses! I love the cute red and white stripe straws Brittany found.
She took a picture of Ridley every month with the same blanket, in a white onesie and a little chalkboard that said how many months old he was. It was fun to see these posted every month on Facebook and for his party she printed them all out and hung them on a string making this cute banner for the party!
For plates we used old pie tins just like the cowboys use to do! I love the cute "Farm Fresh" crate she found and used to hold the pie tins.
The menu was pulled pork sandwiches, baked beans, fresh veggies and fruits, pasta salad and coleslaw.
We tried to use the blue and white cowboy looking dishes wherever we could.
Brittany found the little chalkboard clips and labeled the food with cute names like "Barnyard Beans", "Berry Patch" and "Fish Pond". She's so clever!
She named the rice crispy treats"Hay Bales." So cute!
Here's another creative cute decoration Brittany made. She made a giant "1" out of poster board and then glued pictures of Ridley that she had taken throughout the year and made sure that there's one with all of his family members. Such a cute idea!
Ridley was blessed with many gifts! Brittany laid out red bandannas for all of the guests to borrow and wear during the party. It made it really fun! She also had cute party favors for all the kids.
Such a cute little family. My prayers cover them.
The children loved feeding the goats apple slices.
I LOVE this darling photo of these two precious toddlers.
Blondie says, "It's time for the hayride! All aboard!"
The hayride was the big event!
The kids were so excited!
We had a couple of criers though. :(
Eric had fun driving them through the property....
...over the bridge...
...and down the lane.
Time for cake! It's Ridley's first birthday cake! Make a wish baby boy!
He was so cute, he loved it when we all sang to him and then he wasn't quite sure what to do with the cake! Mommy helped him out with a little taste.
This was his first time eating sugar!
He loved it! Look at those sweet chubby baby hands! Swoon!
Grammie and Grandpa love their baby grandson!
Time to open the gifts! He got so many wonderful presents! He loved opening them, but was a little confused when Mommy and Daddy took the gift away as soon as he opened it so that he could open another. He was so cute!
This little boy is loved by so many people and he has blessed our lives so much. I pray that the Lord will have His hand upon him his entire life. I pray that Ridley will always love the Lord with his whole heart and will grow to be a man of God. I pray the Lord will always keep him safe and healthy. I pray that the Lord will use Ridley in a mighty way for His glory.

"Grandchildren are the crowning glory of the aged." Proverbs 17:6a

Hugs, Sharon
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