Fall is here

I haven’t written anything in awhile. I think I just forget to with all the hustle and bustle of the working life. I am enjoying this more fall like weather. This is my favorite time of the year. My house is all decorated with fall stuff and I can bake lots and lots and make lots of comfort food dishes.

It’s beautiful up here…usually all the time. The sunsets lately have been amazing. I’m gonna share some of my fave photos from the last few months. Enjoy!!!

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Summer dreamin’

Well, summer is officially here…..and…..it feels so amazing!!! So excited to experience all of the amazing fruits, trails, and a big garden this year!!

I just cleaned out this raised bed of strawberries today and found a few gems of freshness. Ahhh!! Delicious. I’m hoping more will ripen and come up so I can make some jams.

Blueberries are in full bloom right now and should be ready to pick and eat in a few weeks. More pies, muffins, and jams!! The garden is looking good and growing great!! I’m so excited and proud because it’s my first garden and its huge. I’d say it’s probably over 20 ft. Long and 10 ft wide. Yay!!! Life is good and have so much to be thankful for.

Money continues always to be the stressor. When isn’t it? I am hoping we will get some work done on the cabin this summer and maybe I’ll make a little bit of extra money with selling some fresh fruits and veggies, making desserts for people, meal prepping, etc. Whatever I can do I want to do it.

We have so much already, but work continues out here to make it the best it can be and will be.

Much love and support is greatly appreciated if you know of anyone that would like meal prepping, desserts for special occasions, jams, or other baked goods past my business and name to them.

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Home sweet home

It has been a busy few weeks and will continue to be I’m sure. We’ve got the pool ready, lawn is just about beautiful and green, garden is almost done, and puppies are getting bigger and louder by the day.

We have much to be thankful for even though we struggle with the everyday grind of work and bills. Summer is almost here and I am excited to be home. I love it here. It’s my sanctuary, my peaceful bliss….my everything.

Pictures below are just of the natural beauty found out here in the country hills of Marathon.

It’s been a busy few weeks with spring finally arriving. The list of To-Do’s becomes endless, but the days get longer, warmer, and greener.

We put up the trampoline a few weeks ago and the kids love it. I recently was at a vendor event here in Marathon where I made a ton of baked goodies and sold them. It was kinda slow there, but I was grateful for the wonderful opportunity. It’s a small step, but still a step forward. I will continue my upward climb into this business.

I also have been working on this b &b idea more. I will be meeting with a business counselor to see what more I can do and hopefully make this reality sooner than later. I made lots of new connections at the vendor event and whatever I didn’t sell went back home and to school. 😁😁😊

I’m posting some of my recent pics that include food, but also outside pics. The peacefulness and beauty that resides here at my home is endless and glorious. It’s just a healing, stress-free place. πŸ€“πŸΆπŸ•πŸΊπŸŽπŸ΄πŸ‚πŸ„πŸ¦ƒπŸ”πŸ¦†πŸ₯πŸ¦‹πŸžπŸŒ·p

Springtime fun!!

Well it sure feels like spring is finally here!! Yay!! I love when there’s sun, blue sky, and things start turning green. Not to mention, our baby chicks and ducks are getting way big. We lost our female turkey to a fox the other day and Chico our male turkey has a real bad leg. He can’t put any weight on it at all now.πŸ˜”πŸ˜•

On another note, I made some great cupcakes…..all with some sort of coconut taste.

Sweets and signs of spring😍🌱🍯🌳⚘

Well, it’s been a nice, yet busy spring break here. We’ve done a lot around the property to get ready for spring and summer. We’ve made the fence stronger using electric, we finished another round of homemade maple syrup, and the best of all has been working on the cabin. It’s getting there, slowly but surely. We have the woodstove in and working, stone set around it, pallets getting cut down and put up on the walls for a nice rustic look, a queen size rustic wood bed frame made for us and soon to be ready for pick up. There’s still a ton to do, but it seems more like a reality that it will get done. I was worried a few months ago. I just have to remind myself to be patient and do a little at a time. The dream will come true.

Now onto some sweet baking. I made this awesome cinnamon roll apple pie with a crumb topping. It’s real easy, yet so delicious and sweet.

Cinnamon roll apple pie

2 cans cinnamon rolls. Take apart and put on bottom of pie plate. Smush them down and use as your crust. Don’t leave any gaps.

Peel and cut up about 4-6 apples in a bowl (I use granny smith). Mix with sugar and cinnamon. Add on top of cinnamon roll pie crust. It may be overflowing, but that’s ok.

Crumb topping:

6-8 Tbsp. cold butter -cut into small cubes

1/2 c flour

1/4 c brown sugar(more if needed)

Mix together with a fork, pastry cutter, or just your hands. That’s what I use. 😁

Place on top of pie. Bake on 350 for about an hour. Just keep an eye on it after 40 minutes have gone by.

Take out of oven and let cool a bit.

Use icing provided with cinnamon rolls and drizzle on top of pie.

Volcanoes

My boyfriend looked on Pinterest and found a great recipe for these cheese stuffed meatballs called volcanoes. I know, I know, it kinda sounds weird, but they’re delicious!!

They come out the best when I use ground venison. So much flavor and very moist. The bacon wrapped around these deliciousness makes it over the top!!πŸ˜πŸ˜ƒ

1-2 lbs. ground meat (I use venison or beef/lamb)

Cubes of cheese (preferably mozzarella or swiss) to put in middle of each meatball

1 egg

1/2c. bread crumbs

2tsp. garlic powder

1Tbsp. Italian seasoning

1 Tbsp. smoked paprika

Salt/pepper

Jar of bbq sauce ( I like a hickory smoked type, or Sweet Baby Ray’s)

Heat oven to 400. Mix bread crumbs, Italian seasoning, paprika, garlic powder, and egg into meat. Mix well.

Roll meat into small to medium size balls and place cube of cheese in middle, so it is hidden inside the meat. Place in casserole type dish. Continue making balls until done. Then wrap bacon around each meatball and place back in dish. Bake in oven for 50 minutes to 80 minutes depending on how well cooked the bacon is. Mine have cooked both fast and sometimes takes awhile longer.

About halfway through cooking, pour bbq sauce all over the meatballs and continue to cook until bacon looks done to your liking. Generally, the bacon is mostly cooked through, but doesn’t come out crisp.

A first for me

I’ve been thinking lately about making some gluten-free cupcakes. The cupcakes without the chocolate ganache frosting is dairy-free. I found a recipe for chocolate ones. The recipe was pretty easy and the frosting is chocolate ganache. How can you go wrong with that? Lol….you can’t. They are very yummy. I think I can taste a bit of a difference in that they dont seem as moist as regular cupcakes. But, nevertheless, I would still eat them and I’m pretty sure no one would could tell if they were different if I didn’t say anything. My boyfriend liked them even after I told him. He gave a chuckle and said the cupcakes were “Ithaca-ish”. He’s funny. πŸ˜ŠπŸ˜‚ he’s right. The recipe came from Nicole Hunn of glutenfreeonashoestring.com

Soon I will make more….and also try to make low-carb(use a sugar substitute such as stevia or truvia) and dairy-free ones.

Staying warm

Well….mother nature is at it again. She’s very uncertain about what she wants. But, of course had an awesome day here at home, staying cozy.

I just finished roasting some chicken. I bought two whole chickens ready to be seasoned. I put salt and pepper on both sides and then lather the chicken with Cajun seasoning. Put it in the oven on 385 for about one and a half hours. You could just roast it for an hour in the oven with one chicken.

When I take it out of the oven, I let it rest and cool down a bit(5-10 minutes) before cutting into it. This chicken is as good as the rotisserie chicken from Wegmans…and it’s probably cheaper πŸ˜ŠπŸ˜ƒπŸ΄πŸ”ͺ

Stay warm my friends!!

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