Comfort Food

I follow the blog of a talented woman and wonderful writer.  Cynthia Reyes was one of the first blogs I found when I looked into the “blogging” world.  I was immediately drawn in by her stunning photography and the way in which she “uses” words to explain her posts.

Her recent post Idiot-Proof Comfort Food had me laughing as usual when she shared she made a 2 ingredient recipe and forgot one of the ingredients!  Her book, which is available on her website, is as entertaining and fun to read as her blog.  On vacation last summer, I could barely put it down reading into the wee hours of the morning!

I decided to try this recipe yesterday and while it takes time, it was worth every minute!  The nice part was I was able to do chores around the house while it cooked.

Here are some pictures of how I made the recipe she shared!


This is the finished dish and let me tell you, for someone trying to watch their diet, this fills just about every food desire you have.  It’s sweet, savory, filling and delicious!

I followed the directions using setting 1 on our electric stove.  I also used about 1 TBSP of butter and 1 TBSP of olive oil when I started the onions.  I covered it as well.  The potatoes do get a bit mushy if you stir it when it’s done but I like it that way.

I portioned mine out into small containers and will use it as my “fill in” snack in between meals this week.  It may not last a week as my mother has already dug in to get herself a bowl!!

Do take the time to visit Cynthia’s blog.  I am sure you will enjoy it as much as I do!

Little Red Farmhouse


This is our home. I took this picture last evening.  I love our house in the snow!!

Some people long for the big, modern, majestic homes, but I am not one of them.  I can drive through a modern neighborhood and not notice a single thing about a house.  I feel nothing.  Put me on a country road with 100+ year old homes and I can tell you the character I feel from each house.  These houses have a history, they are a part of a different time; a time I wish to have known.

We have kept the cedar shake shingles on our home as true to the country red it was when it was first painted.  I could never picture any other color on this house.  The red is a statement to me boasting of the farming homestead it was created for so long ago. (You can see pictures of updates to our home here:  Little Red House)

We planted a burm of blue spruce trees in front of our property.  When they are snow covered they make the house even more beautiful!  It’s like a Christmas card scene to me.

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Here are some of the other pictures I took Thursday before the snow came and again last night while we were getting a nice dusting of snow.

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We place 6 fake Christmas trees throughout the property and enjoy looking out at night at the sparkling lights in the open.  Thursday was the day to set them up as the ground was not frozen and the temperatures were moderate.  The night picture is 4 of the trees in the back.

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And last night the snow came and the trees were beautifully lit.

We had a nice amount of snow falling throughout the day and night yesterday.  After barn chores were done, I decided to pay a visit to the cute little snow bunnies all cozy in their house for the night.


This is our home.

Facebook Page


It’s true I am technically challenged most of the time!!

I have had a few requests for a facebook page tied into my recipes or canning instructions that I post on my blog.  I think I finally did it today.  Hope it works!!  If you are on facebook and would like to join the page you can below.

You can check it out here.


A very humbled Thank you!!


A few weeks back I received a wonderful compliment from a fellow blogger, The Moldy Daisy.  She was kind enough to nominate me for a Leibster award!

If you haven’t heard of the Leibster award before now, it’s designed to make people aware of different blogs and bloggers by having each recipient pay the honor forward to eleven other blogs. To make this work, there are a few conditions of acceptance:

•Post the award on your blog
•Thank the blogger who presented the award to you and link back to their blog.  For me it was The Moldy Daisy who has a wonderful blog worth checking out!!
•Answer the 11 questions given to you by the person that nominated you
•Nominate 11 bloggers who have fewer than 200 followers
•Create 11 questions for your nominees to answer
•Notify your nominees by posting your nomination on their blog.

So again, thank you so much to The Moldy Daisy and here are the answers to her 11 questions for me followed by the 11 blogs I would like to nominate as I follow them and enjoy each one!!

Do you speak another language?  Sadly no I do not

What is your favorite type of fruit pie?  Cherry all the way!!!

Have you ever had to lie to everyone about how you felt/ were doing? Yes. I am a very private person when it comes to grief or struggles and would rather lie than discuss or share with anyone. 

What occupations did you want to be when you were a kid?  A bank teller

What’s the first thing you notice about a person?  Their eyes which tell their story.  I have a knack for reading people quickly through their eyes.

What is the last beverage you’ve had? Hot Green Tea

Would you ever want to swim with sharks?  No because I am a germaphobe and would think about all the gross stuff in the water!!

Do you ever write in pencil anymore?  All the time.  I love pencils!!  If I have to use a pen, I only use blue ink.  One of my weird quirks

What was your first concert?  Bay City Rollers

Have you ever cried from happiness?  Not that I can recall

If you’re not currently, would you ever consider getting married?  This is a very intense question for me.  I was raised Catholic and raise my children in the Catholic faith and they attend a Catholic school.  I am 48 years old and have not been nor have the desire to be married.  Marriage is not sacred any longer.  Back when it meant something (which was actually before my generation) I loved the devotion and dedication of marriage.  Today it can be entered into easily without much thought and ends just as easily.  It’s become a circus and there is nothing sacred about it any longer. However if it ever became an issue for my children, maybe I would change my mind.  Right now the man of the house and our children live a life of faith, love, togetherness and family and that’s what’s important to me.

The eleven blogs I chose in random order and so worth reading over are:  Easy Being Mom, Of Kids and Cows, Mucking Moms, Absolutely Unperfect, Pebble Skies, Gourmet Magic with the Microwave, Small Things Good, Food Passion and Love, American Photo Blog, Too Many ApplesFrom the Root Up

The 11 questions for my blogger friends listed above are:

  1. If you could visit any place in the world, where would it be?
  2. If you could change one thing about your life right now what would it be?
  3. Who is your favorite actor/actress and why?
  4. If you could only have 2 foods for a month which would they be?
  5. What electronic appliance could you not live without?
  6. Name one thing most people don’t know about you
  7. What is your favorite season and why?
  8. If you could meet one singer who would it be?
  9. What is the last food you ate?
  10. Who is your favorite historical person?
  11. Country living or city life?

Shout Out Award

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Thanks so much Cristi G.  (Easy Being Mom) for the Shout Out Award.  I am happy you like my blog!!

Cristi’s blog is funny, insightful and a fun reminder of what it’s like having young children and starting out the next phase of life.

This award was created by Amanda (From One Crazy Life To Another) and is a wonderful way to acknowledge other bloggers whose work we enjoy and want to bring attention to so thank you Amanda.

I started my blog with the hopes of inspiring others to find a balance between the pioneering ways of our history and the world we currently live in.  Simplicity is key in my life and I try to keep that same simplicity with my blog sharing easy home cooked meals, gardening, farming and raising children.  Faith, family and fun are my three F words.

I have found so many wonderful blogs it’s hard to narrow down a few to pass this award on to but have chosen the blogs below for the award:

1)  Vittle Monster  His blog is all about food from different restaurants as well as a picture of the scenery of the area he is visiting.  He drew me in with his “cherpumple”  recipe and I look forward to his daily posts and pictures.

2)  Serious Thoughts Taken Not So Seriously   Kate’s blog is faith based and has wonderful examples and ideas of how to continue to grow in your faith as well as growing as a person.  She keeps the posts short and simple while driving home the main idea of the post.

3)  Of Kids and Cows  I love this blog because it cover’s the daily life of a generational dairy (cow) farming family living in our modern world and raising 3 small children.  Fun posts, great pictures and awesome recipes!!

4)  Horses Sweat, Ladies Perspire  This is a Facebook blog and one worth liking if you are on Facebook.  Her posts, stories, recipes and tales of the old south are full of history.  She keeps her page full of interesting daily posts.  I have made many of her recipes and thoroughly enjoy reading the stories passed down from generation to generation on her blog.

There are so many others I could keep going but hopefully you will see them on my site under blogs I follow and check some of the others out.