Fall has come

It’s crazy to think the summer has gone by so fast and that we are into October already. I can’t ever come to this time of year without thinking “I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers”. It is so true. The sun is gentle and golden and everything hasn’t quite gotten to be gray, mushy, and lifeless. There is a feeling of anticipation in the air and nature seems to be waiting for something exciting to happen. A couple of years ago, I took the picture below. I think it summarizes the beautiful, crisp mornings of this time of year. The horses in the mists are always so peaceful to watch.

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God’s Daily Care

                                                                       “As I watch the rising sun                                                                                                                                      When the Day has just begun,                                                                                                                                      I am thinking of the love                                                                            That comes daily from above.

                                                                  Father, turn thine ear to me;                                                                                                                                   Let me offer thanks to thee                                                                                                                                     For thy wise and tender care                                                                    Of thy children ev’rywhere.”

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Mini Peach Muffins

This morning after feeding the horses, I decided to make muffins. When I cracked open the egg, it had a double yoke! Yesterday, I finally went through the stock I had of store-bought eggs, from when our new laying hens were maturing. So today, the first egg (from our new layers) that I cracked open was this little beauty. I was already so excited to finally be able to use the ones from our layers, and low and behold a double yoke!

Anyways enough about the exciting egg. I’m sure you would all rather have the recipe for the bites size treats mentioned in the title!

Warning: they are slightly addicting so be sure to keep them out of arms reach once they are cooled.

 Mini Peach Muffins

For this recipe I had a general guide, but I’m one of those “well that looks like the right amount” sort of cooks/ bakers so again, I apologize for the rough estimate.

1 3/4 c flour
1/3 c sugar
2 1/2tsp baking powder
dash of salt (or so)

1 egg
2/3c melted butter
milk

3 canned peach halves broken up into incredibly tiny pieces (I personally like home canned because they are softer and sweeter than fresh or store bought but the others work just as well) 

Combine and mix dry ingredients in a mixing bowl.
Add the egg, butter, and enough milk to make a thick batter. I guesstimated about 1c probably. It mostly depends on the humidity. Finally gently stir in your peaches. Be sure that everything is coated while mixing the least amount possible. Your batter should be thin enough to spoon into the muffin pan, but should not be smooth like a cake batter (Remember that the more you stir muffin batter, the more dense they will be once they are cooked).

Spoon the batter into your lightly greased muffin tin.

I used mini muffin tins. So they were only in the oven for about 10 minutes (or so) at 400 F.

For regular sized muffins, I’d time for about 20 minutes, then check to see the progress.

These are light colored treats, so the edges will be browner than the tops. Don’t fret when they aren’t the perfect golden brown that is encouraged on the back of a box mix- they will still taste great!

I hope you enjoy this recipe!

Spring Lambs

One of the new animal species we are caring for this spring are Market Lambs.
We got two cross-breds for the littles to use as a 4H project this year.
The pictures below are from the first week or so that we got  the lambs.
They are sweet little things. I like sheep. There is such a peace about them.
 Rose and Sweetheart the day we brought them to the barn.
Rosie before her bath.
 after her bath
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 The next day. They are such sweet little market lambs.
August will be an interesting adventure for their precious caretakers.
Having taken care of these animals for almost a month now, it seems strange to think that we’ve never taken a project like this on before. It is interesting to watch and sit with them when they are calm. I have always had a soft spot for sheep, probably because they are mentioned so much in the Word, but now that we are keeping them I can’t help but think how much I like the animals. They are skittish, excited, curious, frightened, and calm all at the same time. I think I would be very ok keeping and caring for this species of livestock for a very long time. They simply bring peace and balance.
Have you kept livestock before? What is your favorite species and why?