Photo Friday Delayed until further notice.

An apology to those who were looking for a photo on Friday.  Two girls (who shall remain un-named) kidnapped my camera, covered it in peanut butter (or some other unknown sticky substance), left it on, and drained the batteries.  I’m tired of having to keep purchasing batteries EVERY time this happens.  Although the PB doesn’t typically occur.  However, I’m thinking about purchasing some rechargeable batteries online (I already have a charger) for use in my Ben’s camera.  So, until then, there will be no photos on one acre farm.  I’m also looking into maybe getting a camera with a battery pack at some point in the future.  But for now the ol’ Kodak is gonna hafta do.  And no pictures.  😥  sorry!


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Tyker just started crawling last week.  He was crawling around this morning, and I think he tuckered out.  Yeah, he’s under the bunk bed with one of the girls’ blankets and big brother’s football unders (still not sure how he got those……or why??).

November 3rd, 31 degrees

It’s fall, right?  It’s chilly in Wisconsin, right?  We actually had flurries on the day before this picture was taken.  There is no shelter here.  I’m not sure how it survived, but here it is:

Notice the dead leaves?  This violet (usually a spring flower) was happily thriving by the back door.  I’m not going to complain. 🙂


I know, it’s Friday!!!  I’m so excited that I actually remembered to post today.  (Finally.)   So here are a couple of pics.

This is Tom.  He’s new here.  Miss Kitty told a friend that we put scraps out.  This one is a true “stray.”  So I think he’s here for keeps.He really likes Buddy and Buddy thinks a boy cat is much better than a girl cat.


Usually, when I do calzones, they are pretty “status quo,” as far as calzones go anyway.  Bread dough wrapped around cheese and sausage dipped in spaghetti sauce.  I decided to go a little more “exotic” this time.  Eggplant: check.  Shallots: check.  sun-dried tomatoes: check.  Garlic: check.  Fresh thyme: check (editor’s note: we could all use a little extra thyme). Fresh bread dough: check. Mozzarella: check.  Parmesan: check.  Mix first 5 ingredients over med-high heat.  Roll out bread dough into 7″ rounds.  Dump mixture onto dough. Add mozzarella.  Seal dough like a pocket.  Poke holes in top.  Brush with oil (or spray on cooking spray).  Bake @425 for 15 min., or until golden brown.  Sprinkle with parm.  Eat quickly, before they’re all gone!!  YUMM-O! 

The APPLE PIE post (take: 2)

For those of you who checked out my blog on Fri and opened up “As American as baseball and…..,”  I’m sorry.  I had this great post all ready to go and somehow totally forgot to save it.  Whoops.  I had scheduled it to post because I was actually out-of-town on Friday.  I realized the problem while I was in the car pulling out of the driveway (I had the laptop for movies for the ride and it was still able to pick up the wi-fi), but it was too late to fix it.  SO, here is the real post.

This post started a couple of weeks back.  My bestie–who is also a home school mama–called and wanted to know if I wanted to go to the apple orchard with her and her kids for a field trip.  Well, YEAH!!!  (Field trips are the best part of homeschooling.)  So, we set a date and made our plans.  Her four kids + my 3 oldest (Tyker stayed home with Daddy because Daddy had the day off and TONS of homework) =7 children.  Her husband also had the day off so he came along too!  We went to the apple orchard and everyone got free samples of fresh pressed apple cider.  We also picked up some of Sunrise Orchard’s legendary apple cider donuts and a couple of HUGE bags of apples.  Then, we stopped at a corn maze (maize maze–had to throw that one out there) and Puddi got “lost.”  She didn’t really get lost, but she thought she did.  The 2nd oldest daughter (8) of my friend found her and was deemed a HERO!!  All in all it was a BLAST!!!!

So…..then I arrived home with an extraordinary amount of apples and NO clue what to do with them.  Hmmmm… pie sounds great!  So I pulled out my favorite pie crust recipe.  I have NEVER tasted a better pie crust (and I made it, which is ironic to say the least).  This recipe breaks all the rules of pie crust-ity, but turns out phenomenal every time.  I have also heard wonderful things about “Grandma Ople’s apple pie” from, so that’s what I used as the filling (5 stars with 5,487 reviews can’t be too bad, right??).

They say a picture is worth a thousand words, so here’s my 8,000 words for you today:A huge amount of apples.Notice the extra apples still left in the bowl?  Even with the 4″ high apple pie…A lattice crust…just for funCheck out that apple pie ooey gooey-ness!yummyThis is my piece.Here is the crust recipe just in case you wanted it: