22 08 2013


Today is a hot and humid day with rain expected sometime..  A perfect morning for dyeing wool.  The house is eerily quiet without the boys.  I will miss them but they will have a wonderful time with their other Grandparents and their Uncle Mike. Yesterday After dropping off the boys I visited my favorite Massachusetts Rug Hooking store, Wool @ Dye Works in FLorence.  I picked up some Cushing Dye to dye 2 blankets that Debbie gave me.  I want to do a few  primitive pieces to sell at the shop.  The place was crowded.  It’s a delightful place to show off your latest rug or pick up some dyes or wool.  There are patterns galore there and very friendly people who work and own it.

Primitive Dyeing I bought this dye book in 1996 when I lived in Maryland.


 It’s still available and a very useful book for dyeing.  Its called Antique Colours Primitive Rugs by Emma Lou Lais and Barbara Carroll.  It only uses Cushing Dyes and gives perfect dye recipes.  Today I plan to dye a primitive green, a khaki and a few different primitive blacks. I want one of the blacks to have a green tinge to it.














I am happy with the  primitive colors I got today.  It is so bright out that the black ones look lighter,

Lynn’s Blueberry Pie


I haven't added the whipped cream its best to do that right before serving.

I haven’t added the whipped cream its best to do that right before serving.

My blogger friend Patti is coming over today and I made Lynn’s Blueberry Pie.  Here is the reciepe

1 frozen pie shell uncooked  

2 tablespoons of flour

3/4 cup water

4 or more cups of blueberries

 1/2 or more to taste maple syrup

whipped cream

Cook the pie shell as per directions or make you own.  Add water and 2-3 cups of the blueberries, plus the maple syrup and flour.  Cook till its thick, stirring often.  cool.  Right before serving add the remaining uncooked blueberries to the cooked ones and stir them.  Put into the pie shell and add lots whipped cream and serve.  Everyone will want seconds.  I think you could do this with any berry.

My friend Francine let me know about this site today.  It’s very interesting, check it out.

Many thanks for reading my blog today and I hope you have a wonderful day.   Carole





24 01 2013



It’s still  around 10 degrees and no chance of warming, it will be below zero again tonight.  At this point there is no wind so that will help.  I was very lucky, no pipes frozen this morning.  I have the pellet stove going and am starting the wood stove.  I have been out delivering eggs to my old work place and errands.  Just jumping in and out of the car made it hard to stay warm.  I have hay to get in the barn, the boys brought it over earlier.  I am going to wait till right before I feed them to throw it over the fence and put it away.  I am so lucky to have the heated buckets for the sheep.  Sadie’s is not heated though and was totally frozen this morning.   All the chickens waterers were frozen too.    Just a night or two more of this.

More footprints in the snow.


The invisible rabbit is back.  Someday I hope I am lucky enough to see him or her.

Make Your Own Convenience Foods

I bought this wonderful and useful book  as a birthday present to myself in Oct. 1980.  It was written by Don and Joan German.  Anyone who wants to get away from convenience foods and make your own will find this book a great addition to your library.  I am sure that you can find it either on Amazon or e-bay.  In this book you will find out how to make American Cheese, sour dough starter, wine.


I was looking for this book this morning because on the front and back  pages of this book I had put  recipe’s  that I liked .   Tomorrow I am making stir fry, I have lots of veggies to cut up and want to marinate them.  The following recipe is a great marinating mix.  

Teriyaki Marinade

1 clove garlic, crushed (I love garlic and use 2)

8 black peppercorns crushed

1/8 tsp ground ginger

2 tablespoons brown sugar

1/4 cup peanut oil

1 cup light soy sauce

Mix well and add all the sliced veggies to this mix and cover and let sit for 2-3 hours, more is better.  I would suggest if you are adding meat to this do it separately. Refrigerate.  Stir fry as usual.

I usually taste the marinate and if it’s too salty I will add water to it.

I will have pictures of the process and finished product in tomorrows blog.

Many thanks for reading my blog and I hope you have a wonderful day.  Carole



11 12 2012



Oliver came home from Brookside Animal Hospital today.  He had quite an ordeal, with dental extractions and fixing some ingrown nails.  I feel such a sense of relief knowing that he is not in any pain now.    He was given a shot of antibiotics that will last 2 weeks.



The sedative that was given to him at home worked but didn’t make him sleep, I finally had to get my fire tending gloves to catch him.   Our vet Dr. Funk explained that if cats don’t get to mingle with humans when they are very  young they will remain feral.  Poor Oliver accepts me as the person who gives him food and water and cleans his liter box but is afraid of me.   I am going to be spending my night-time hours with him in hopes that he will come around a little.  Dr. Funk would like to keep his nails trimmed so in 2 months time we should make a return visit. 




This cookbook was given to my Mom, it belonged to my Grandmother who passed away before my Mother met my Dad.    It is a well used book and its fragile, I hope someday to look through it and use some of the recipe’s.














This was a dessert staple in my family home and I still make it.  Its filling and tasty and a good way to use up extra milk.

4 cups of milk                                                     2/3 cup sugar

1/4 cup uncooked rice                                    1/2 tsp. salt

(not quick cook rice )                                      1 tsp. vanilla

grated nutmeg                                                  3/4 cup raisins

Put all ingredients except the grated nutmeg and raisins into a large casserole baking dish and stir together.  Add the grated nutmeg on top and bake in a 300 degree oven for 3 hours.  During the first hour stir 2 or three times with a fork so the rice will not settle on the bottom.  After this add 3/4 cup raisins and stir.

When cooled enough store in the fridge.

This is good served warm or cold.    ENJOY


I have been cleaning  in my room full of boxes of wool and yarn and I found this green Targhee roving.  I love the variation in colors.  I plan to get some smaller amounts of dyed roving spun up and make some fingerless gloves to sell next fall.




Thank you for reading my blog and I hope you have a wonderful day.    Carole





4 12 2012


It’s a wonderful starlit night at the farm, and warm too.











Oven 350


2 cups flour                               1-1/2 tsp. baking sods

7 tbs. shortening                  1 cup sugar

7 tbs cocoa                                1 cup milk

2 eggs separated                    1 tsp. vanilla

putting whites aside

Sift the dry ingredients together.  In a separate bowl cream the shortening, sugar and egg yolks, beat well. add vanilla.  Add dry ingredients alternately with the milk mixing well.  Drop by tablespoons full on greased sheets, Bake 10 minutes till done.   Remove from sheet and dry on rack.


3/4 cup shortening                 2 egg whites

2 cups confectioners sugar      1 tsp vanilla

Beat all well and frost flat side of pie, place other pie on top.

Keep in the fridge. 










I have been making these for my family for over 20 years and they are always a hit.    Some people put a marshmallow filling inside but we like this filling best.


The Monday Spinners is a branch of WOOLGATHERES.  A group of spinners that started in the Amherst, Leverett area some 50 years ago.  Deb and I found it and carted out spinning wheels all over the hills of Leverett.  It was loads of fun, we learned a lot, met a lot of interesting folks.  We have come full circle and a lot of the gals we knew then are in the rug hooking world now.

There was knitting , sewing, hooking and needle felting going on today.  A good time was had by all.

Thanks for reading my blog and hope you have a wonderful day.      Carole



16 11 2012


The sunset was spectacular tonight.  Looking to the west it was peachy oranges with lavender and gray clouds and looking towards the east it was pink and blues.

Its chilly and ice froze on the bucket that I don’t have plugged in last night.







I had lost my favorite date nut recipe, had it for many years.  I used to listen to Gus Saunders’ Yankee Kitchen on WBZ- Radio in Boston in the 80’s and got many wonderful  recipe’s including that one.  After I went to Nova Scotia in the fall of 2011 my friend Susan, sent me  a recipe book called “Taste of Nova Scotia”.  What a great book chock full of great recipe’s. including one for date nut bread and it was very similar to the one I used.  I did change it some reducing the sugar, it taste wonderful.







I remember seeing this cute nut chopper all my life.  It could have been my grandmothers for all I know.  I am still using it and it still does a good job.






I have found some of the hyacinth glasses today and decided it was time to get them going.  I have had  the bulbs in the fridge for at least 6 weeks.  You fill the glass just to the end of the bulb.  You will have to watch the water level daily.  Keep in a cool place until some growth shows on the top.  I just love the smell of these in the middle of winter.


I started making a hat from the wool from the bag but most of it is very coarse so it will go into a rug instead.  I am going to start a hat tonight from Wilbur yarn and some Targhe yarn that I have left.

I appreciate you taking the time to read my blog.  Hope you have a wonderful day.