Monday, December 3, 2012

December Begins

With the North Valley County Christmas Bazaar.  It was a blast!  What a Fun show-meeting new people seeing old friends, visiting vendors that we only get to see once a year.  The show has grown so big that we are all hoping we can get the high school to go for a two day show!   Ahhh and the chicken tortilla soup was fantastic as usual!  The unusual thing is that it was raining-first time ever it has rained on the day of this show-it is usually the first chilly frosty day of winter….not this year it rained. A LOT
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This is what the approach to our bridge over the creek looked like yesterday morning


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The creek grew bigger than its banks and took a side route
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Looking to the right from the bridge
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and to the left…yep… a little bit of water moving through
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Our lower property had a bit of water…the draw was full and if it would have kept raining it probably all would have gone under…including the well-whew,…it stopped for the day giving the land a chance to drain.You can see the Actual creek way in the back of the picture….what is in the front is the draw….we have been working on soil building down here and it looks like it is starting to hold really well during these events. Hopefully in the next couple years we will have enough soil and graze to get the sheep down in here…there is the matter of fencing this draw so it does not get destroyed in events like this…..the 20 year plan.
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Got he barns cleaned and restrawed, redirected the small stream that decided to run down the middle of big stall of the main barn.. between the rubber matting…the chickens were happy to get out into the sun…
Made  sugar free cheesecake
Then we watched men in black three with friends so I worked on plying some drop spindled super wash Blue faced Leicester-its pretty the pic does not do it justice
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And started on a really bright colorway…FUN!!!
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Then we took advantage of a friends and family sale in Medford and got most of the Christmas shopping finished….wahoo… a full weekend…now back to work to rest!!!
Create a great day!

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Freestanding lace ornament

So I was playing today and decided to try my hand at freestanding lace ornaments….with a sheep motif of course and put the little embroidery machine to work……
This is the first batch
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up close
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He really looks like lace
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Ta-dah sheeh
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Peace sheep
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star sheep
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I have got at least 15 more designs…..I figure 5 of each one and we will be set for the craft fairs…they will retail at $5.00each
Create a great day!!

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Cauliflower Pizza Crust

I couldn’t wait till Friday….I had a new recipe I wanted to try….with our friends on our usual Card playing night…they were game so I got to it. I had read all the reviews all over the net…Found it through my pinterest (Follow Me!) addiction of course…so here it went;
First all the reviews were so good and it suggested that you can freeze baked crusts for ease I made a lot of “dough”. Three heads of cauliflower!  I used my Cuisinart food processer to rice them…it was still messy. Made a big bowl of “Pizza Dough”
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Then on a pizza stone or a pizza pan you bake the crust…so Thinner is better…crunchier is better….just what we found..Then you build your Pizza the traditional way…although we were mindful of the reviews and did not mound them up too high….A little sauce
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A little fresh Basil
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Or if you are Ellie and Jon a little white sauce
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Then your choice of toppings…we had browned sausage, ham, pepperoni, artichoke hearts, olives, onions, green pepper, mushrooms…remember you are only broiling for a couple of minutes…I like my vegies crunchy if you like them cooked more-you might want to pre cook them

Then you Broil to your liking about 5 min we had the broiler on low
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Then you Chow down…at least those three did! I could only eat a third of mine…it’s in the fridge for lunch today!!
Now Dave-he does not LIKE cauliflower….he ate the whole pizza! and wants to eat it again!
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Forget the plates…we will just eat off the pan,,,hahaha.  This is not a pizza you can pick up and it doesn’t taste like bread but it is soooo good have an open mind!
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They were SOOOOO good I am making individuals for my lunches! I will just cut the parchment paper, and use it as a baking tray in our little oven at work….pop them in a freezer bag…like turkey patties…
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some people recommend brushing the top with olive oil to help with browning. These baked for about 24 minutes on 400 convect bake..we did not find much difference between a stone or a baking sheet-although eaier to get off with parchment paper..
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so look at the difference others have found in the nutrition:
Cauliflower Pizza - 502 calories, Cheese Pizza - 855 calories
Cauliflower Pizza - 18 carbs, Cheese Pizza - 109 carbs
Cauliflower Pizza - 42 gr protein, Cheese Pizza - 33 gr protein
Cauliflower Pizza - 31 gr fat, Cheese Pizza - 32 gr fat
For the Cauliflower Crust ON IT'S OWN - it is 380 calories. That's it!

Here is the recipe:
Healthy + Gluten Free Pizza with a Cauliflower Crust
Author: Eating Bird FoodHere is where I found the recipe
Prep time:  15 mins
Cook time:  35 mins
Total time:  50 mins
Serves: 8
Ingredients
  • ½ head cauliflower (about 2 cups riced)
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 cup part-skim shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 teaspoon basil
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
Instructions
  1. Pre-heat oven to 400° F.
  2. Prep a cookie sheet or pizza stone. You can grease the cookie sheet or use parchment paper. (I used a Pampered Chef baking stone, which doesn’t require any prep if it’s seasoned.)
  3. Remove the stems and leaves from your cauliflower and chop the florets into chunks. Add to a food processor (I used my Vitamix) and pulse just until the texture is similar to rice. If you don’t have a food processor or Vitamix, you can grate the cauliflower with a cheese grater or chop it. I used the vegie shred blade worked great
  4. Sauté cauliflower “rice” in a non-stick skillet over medium heat and cook until translucent, approximately 6-8 minutes. (You can use the microwave for this as well. Just place cauliflower in an uncovered microwave-safe bowl and cook for 8 minutes.)
  5. In a bowl combine the cooked cauliflower with all remaining ingredients.
  6. Spread dough out evenly over parchment paper (or stone) – about ¼ to ⅓ of an inch thick. The pizza should be about 9-10 inches in diameter.
  7. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until the crust is golden, crispy on the edges and cooked through the middle.
  8. Remove the crust from the oven.
  9. Top with pizza sauce and toppings. Be careful not to add too many heavy toppings as you don’t want to weigh down the crust.
  10. Broil the pizza for 5 minutes, or until the toppings are hot and the cheese is melted. Allow the pizza to cool for 2-3 minutes then cut and serve immediately.
Create a great day!!!












Monday, October 1, 2012

New…

     This weekend was spent getting ready for fall and some adventures into new techniques, new items and new mediums!  I am getting ready for the Fall and Holiday shows…. On the sheep front…The Blue Faced Leister girls welcomed back their man Tuff and by the nice orange mark on Kerry’s back there are going to be spring  blue faced lambs for sure….Beth was not so friendly…yet
This is a new product for Liongate Farm
100 wool wet felted water bottle carriers….you know how your frozen bottle weeps water all over your desk? ..well these will not only absorb that but keep your water nice and cold! I just have to get all the handles on,
I call them Water Bottle Skins…because that is what it felt like on the bottle (ha …felt like)
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I am experimenting with air dry clay.  Not sure I like it yet.. It has to be covered with plastic to dry…then I will paint it and add my fiber decorations….there are ornaments and cute standing snow families.
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and of course I built sheep!..As always..I am building sheep….and felting my goodwill find sweaters for felted bags.  I love repurposing wool!!20121001_054236

Go out and Create an Amazing day!

Monday, September 24, 2012

Oregon Flock and Fiber weekend

It was girls weekend out celebrating Fiber, Art and of course it started with eating!!

so you think she couldn’t eat all of that german caramel apple pancake?  Ha think again…

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I opted for the healthier (ha) egg scramble

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And Barb had her standard waffle

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We arrived in Canby and have never seen so many cars!!! It is fabulous that the love of Fiber is growing…

Where do we start

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Visited with BillyGoat Mountain Ranch prepping the goats for the show…then visited with Tumble Creek Farm to discuss our next acquisitions in breeding stock Bluefaced Leicester…I cannot wait for next June

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Color everywhere…ran into people we knew at every turn and met other people from our area that we will have to touch base with again.. fabulous fiber, fabulous products…..

 

The creep gate that I need

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There is that wheel that I told Santa about

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Fiber everywhere

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I expanded my horizons and purchased some fiber to spin that I have not tried before….and some silk hankies to spin in the fiber...and some colorways that are new…I was in a pink mood…and picked up a really cool felted water bottle holder…you know how those water bottles sweat..and get everything wet…this will help!! and keep that water cold

 

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We headed up to Portland and went to Fabric Depot and then had dinner with some friends…we must have been there a while because our waiter disappeared and never returned…

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On Sunday we headed to :

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amazing flowers for sale for 10.00

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and discovered the most interesting tatting!!!

jewelry

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On Christmas Ornaments

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necklace

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and then I forgot to take more pictures!!

Create an amazing day!

 

 

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Today...Reflecting

Is a day of reflection. Is a day where we are proud to be American.
When someone tried to take it from us.
America,
Where we practice a belief in human equality especially with respect to social, political, and economic affairs and possess a social philosophy advocating the removal of inequalities among people. 

Do you?

Are you?

Do you make each day Amazing?
Do you live each day with Grace?
(disposition to or an act or instance of kindness, courtesy, or clemency, the quality or state of being considerate or thoughtful)



Do you Create a Great Day??
When you do unto others is it what you want done to you?


Go out and do it. It is up to you to be happy! It's a choice.


Shearing Saturday


Yippeee!!!! I finished shearing!~
Saturday I sheared my last four ewes. They are probably happy…and on Sunday I added my Ram Darrell in for my February Lambs…he was very happy!

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I will be listing these fleeces on ETSY..or email me if you are interested.  virtually zero vegetable matter and well skirted-I skirt as I shear an toss what I would not want to work with!
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