Saturday, October 29, 2011

You really would smile...

Helloooo my darlin dears, fellow meadow creatures and the gnomes who let me know that their were Acorns growing from my hair:)

Miss Lamb your hopeful farmer of the fanciful,

As seen in the capture below, life has been a bit odd at the homestead this week:)

My baby chicks are going to be hatching next week and I am going to try to be the best momma I can...I really do miss having a rooster around the farm:)

You folks stay tuned for lots of new artwork right here on my blog next week:)

I am also taking the adventure of COLORING MY HAIR!!

Yap...I will not show you until it is done:)

I send my love and you folks have a lovely weekend:) I will be making a hard cheddar and planting some bulbs:)

Acorns, Aeroplanes and the places our inspiration can take us,

Samantha Joelle Honey Lamb

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

I have been Eating Pumpkin Pie...

Hello my Darlin Dears, Fellow meadow creatures who are building nests in my wood pile & the adorable Gnomes who helped me press the apples for Cider,

Miss Lamb your Pumpkin Pie loving farmer here, may have been wondering where I have been...

Ten pounds later....5 different pie recipes... I have made the perfect pumpkin pie..

At least in my sweet old world...

I should know because I ate a little over half of that one:)

So yes...I tried many different recipes and I believe I have created for you the best, made from scratch, Pumpkin Pie:)

I am one serious peach....just for you Darlin Dears I ate my way through 5 pies:)

Hard work....

So here it is Darlin Dears:)

*Early Bird Acres Pumpkin Pie*

You shall need:)

*One Deep Dish Pie Pan

*1 Lovely Crust (pick a savory recipe)

*3 cups of pumpkin pulp from a sugar pumpkin (I picked three small one from the garden)

*1 cup of heavy cream

*2 Tablespoons of Spiced Cider

*3 Tablespoons of Sour Cream

*1/2 cup packed dark brown sugar

*1/3 cup white sugar

*3 eggs

*2 Teaspoons of freshly squeezed lemon juice

*1 teaspoon ground ginger

*1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg

*1/4 teaspoon ground cloves

*3 teaspoons of cinnamon

Making your 3 cups of pumpkin..

Cut your pumpkins in half and scoop out the seeds and stringy bit... (keep seeds of course...& bake em!!)... place halves of pumpkin face down in a glass casserole dish, and add two cups of water...bake the pumpkin in the oven at 350 until the outside is oh so slightly golden brown....Take out the pumpkin, and scoop out the flesh:)

Steps my Love:

#1. Butter Pie plate

#2. Pre-heat oven to *450

#3. Mix sugars, spices and cream into pumpkin

#4. Beat Eggs into the pumpkin

#5. Stir in the cream, sour cream & spiced cider until well swirled

#6. Pour into deep pie shell

#7. Bake your pie for 7 minutes at *450 and then decrease your temp to *350 for 40-55 minutes, until your crust is a deep gold and you can run a butter knife cleanly through the center:)

......Then eat the darn pie with whip cream from your closest milk cow:)

You folks should make this and let me know how it turns out for you:)

I really do love you folks:)

Long wooden tables, beeswax candles & lovely fall dinners,

Miss Samantha Joelle Honey Lamb

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Progress on the cottage:)

Hello my darlin dears, fellow meadow creatures who are preparing for fall with big nests & the comical gnomes who built themselves a tavern in the east pasture,

Miss Lamb your builfing away farmer here,

Just to let you darlin dears know, progress on the cottage has picked up again thanks to a few crucial people:) Here is a quick capture on the amazing sink base my friend Tony built in the cottage:)

Via Instagram:)

Stay tuned for more captures & you folks have a lovely weekend:) I will be attending the "Walrus" premiere & baking up a storm:) I send my love:)

Home Brew Beer, lovely music & Juniors bar,

Miss Samantha Joelle Honey Lamb

Friday, October 21, 2011

Oregon Apple Pie:)

Hello my Darlin Dears, fellow meadow creatures whom like watching their breath steam into the cold as I do & those helpful Gnomes who helped me move hay this morn,

Your Fall dish adorning Farmer here:)

As most of you know, I am a pie maker....

I make a pie every day in fact:)

As per many requests via post and e-mail, I am going to do a blog series on all of my favorite pies:)

*Butter up your pie pan
*Pre-heat oven to 370

First up, is my favorite Apple Pie Recipe of my own making:)

*First...use your favorite crust recipe & make sure you prepare enough for not only your bottom crust, but your many hearts on top:) This is a more savory apple pie, so I simply use a classic crisco, butter and flour combo:) Once you have your crust down, sprinkle some cinnamon, brown sugar & white sugar on the bottom:)

*Second...Cut up at least 4 red variety of apples...I like to use 2 Gala Apples & 2 Jonathan Apples (these were what in harvest when I was in Oregon a few weeks ago, hence the name of the pie)...

*Third is the lovely drizzle/filling.... this is made by melting together 1 cup of butter, 3/4 cup of dark brown sugar & 1/4 the cup of white sugar....this should all be melted together over medium heat in a sauce pan....once it is all melted together, add 4 tabelspoons of flour and heat until Caramel like:)

*Fourth....Oohhhh the hearts:) Take your favorite heart cookie cutter, or any shape at that, & stamp out enough hearts to cover the top of your pie:) Once you have covered your pie in hearts, sprinkle a bit of white sugar and cinnamon over them:)

Bake the pie for 60 minutes @370 :) or until golden brown:)

Funny enough, the pie was eaten before I was able to take a final capture of it:) Maybe the next pie will have a picture taken of it:)

Stayed tuned for our next pie, my classic "Oklahoma Pumpkin Patch Pie" & let me know how your own apple pie turns out:)

Collecting firewood, picking pumpkins & making coffee on the stove top,

Miss Samantha Joelle Honey Lamb

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

New Chicks On The Way:)

Hello my Darlin Dears, Fellow meadow creatures who try to nest in my hair & the very loud Gnomes in the barn who I believe broke into last years cider by the way they are singing,

Miss Lamb you morning loving farmer here,

Today....I found out the date that my new baby chickens will be born:)

What Type of chickens do you ask?

Well, I am getting a large variety at first....we really have no idea what we are getting...the eggs range from light blue, dark green, white and brown....but I am sure they will be lovable:)

But, the breed I know I am getting is glorious:)

The handsome Buff Orpington my darlin dears:)

I love how their feathers glow in the early morn and eve:)

They will be spoiled of course...

I sure have missed having chickens....goodness gracious...

I will be sure to post captures strait away when they are born..I promise...

You folks have a lovely day and I send kisses to your forehead:)

Barrels of cider, Pumpkin Soup & all that is fall

Miss Samantha Joelle Honey Lamb

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

The Lovely Downtown Portland Farmers Market:)

Hello My Darlin Dears, the meadow creatures who are helping me weed the garden & those bearded Gnomes who are out gathering chesnuts for the pigs,

Miss Lamb your tree climbing farmer here,

It was truly an honor to attend the Portland farmers was at the top of the Que for me during my trip:)

Here are a few captures:)

The Carrots in Oregon are fairytale:)

I imagine with the rain fall those folks recieve, and their amazing is the perfect situation for Fairytale Carrots :)

...I fell in love with this guy:) I wanted to give him a big hug:)

We talked about goats...our love for goats...& goat cheese:) Note the little girl in his advertisment kissing a goat...Similar to this capture?:)

We also talked about his milking system...

It seemed lovely:)

The Brussel sprouts were abounding:)

Of Course...lots of Apples & Pears:)

This pepper guy made me smile while he was roasting:)

The Eggplant sure were Pretty :)

The Hops were in Season:)

Fresh Flowers:)

Gorgeous Garlic:)

This Green bit of Heaven.... Ficoide Glaciale.... I only want to eat this:) Does anyone know where I can get this seed?:)

...& The Berries..I walked around the whole of the time with a Pint of Grapes:)

So needless to was oh so good:)

Thank you fellow farmers for the lovely morn:)

I sure do love you Folks:)

Old Books, feathers Quills & a morning of Letter Writing,

Miss Samantha Joelle Honey Lamb

Monday, October 17, 2011

I'm In The Orchard...Part II

Hello my Darlin Dears, the Meadow creatures that tied my hair up in a bow this morn & the sweeter than peach Gnomes whom helped me pick cucumbers this morn,

Miss Lamb your pickling and baking up a storm farmer here,

How are you today? Truly...I want to know..

As I mentioned in my last post, I had way to many captures from the Orchard on Mount Hood for one post, so here is part II:) are some funny captures of me and Nora...we got a bit carried away:) It felt good to have somebody else taking the captures for once:)

I always adore it when kiddos put their arms around each other and walk around to proclaim all that is good and whole-hearted:) The orchard made me feel like a child in a world of nothing but whole-heart...a pulse of harvest...

....Of course Nora had a story about apples:)

What you do not see is little old me leaning down and taking a big bite out of the apple:) I leaned back and started laughing, and accidentaly flashed the camera....

....& here is my dear friend Nora In the Orchard:)

My Basket....I just adore my basket...& it looks lovely full of apples:)

Ohhh Goodness Gracious...I nearly did not make it to Oregon with the basket...I did not anticipate the first plane I was riding to be so small, and the basket would not fit in the overhead or under my seat...So Miss Lamb in her green dress and oversized bow walked to the front of the cabin and asked kindly if the flight attendent could help me out, & before she could answer, he pilot stepped from behind door and looked me up and down and broke out in a glowing smile..then said "No worries my dear...we make exceptions for Disney Charachters"...

...& of course I had an apron full of Apples:)

....needless to say, I had an amazing time on mount hood:)

Which capture of the Apples & The Basket do you folks like best?:)

I have a horrible time with Decisions....

You folks have a wonderful Monday and stay tuned for on the morrow when I post about my frolic in the Portland farmers market:)

I truly do love you...

The Leaves that are turning, the cold that is coming & my heart that knows this all to well,

Miss Samantha Joelle Honey Lamb

Sunday, October 16, 2011

I'm In The Orchard...

Helloooo My Darlin Dears, Fellow Meadow Creatures who I sent to gather Walnuts & My sweet Gnomes who I promised to bake an apple pie with this afternoon,

Miss Lamb your home sweet Home Farmer here,

My feet are now back on Red Dirt & I am home:)

After the adventure of Monroe, Holcomb & Stanley getting out for a few days while I was in Portland, it feels good to be back at the homestead :) I am in the process of adopting a whole family of Chickens and Ducks, & ordering a bunch of Babies:)

But....Before I dive back into lovely farm life, I would like to show you a few captures from my trip over the next few days:)

First, Here is the lovely Family I was staying with while I was in Portland:)

Nora, Colin & Ivy:)

(It was actually poring down rain in this capture:)

We Stayed in a Yurt on the coast & had an amazing time with music, cheese & various other forms of happiness:) I also wanted to take the time to say thank you again to my amazing loves Nora, Ivy & made my trip oh so amazing and I feel honored to have you in my life....Nora...I am so proud of you...& I am so excited for you and Colin... You sure as the day mean the world and a half, and I am looking forward to helping you out in any way I can (Even if it is just designing your dress tags:)

I also had the pleasure of going to an apple orchard over on Mount Hood... a classic drive known as the fruit loop:)

There Were Green Apples:) (Honey Crisp ready for Harvest)

There Were Red Apples (Johnathan's & Gala In Harvest)

I had no idea there was literally an apple called "Giant Apples" & they were the size of 4 apples together:)

...& thanks to our good friend Chase, we were able to get lots of captures of us picking apples:)

My Goodness gracious...I shall haft to split my Apple Harvest captures up into two posts:) soooo many captures:) I shall post more on the morrow:)

......OOOHHHH...& a big thank you to all of the folks who sent me Handkerchiefs while I was away:) I came home to a bakers dozen packages and I nearly cried:) All of your support and kindness means the world and a half....Things as of late with the drought and coyotes has been tough, but my darlin dear friends are what make me smile....if you sent me a few while I was away, be prepared to recieve a lovely package in the mail:) I am sure me and the Gnomes will be up all night packaging prints and presents:) We will be fueled by the cider that was left in a Jug on my front porch by my old men (thank you Pavil... I will see you on the morrow for Breakfast, because I assume you will be coming over for apple crisp:)

Ha...& I almost forgot..this really happened:)

..I asked Chase to hand me my I-Pad so I could Instagram a capture of apples, & I was confronted with this lovely image..we could not stop laughing:)

I hope you all have a lovely Sunday...I am spending the day with my is his Birthday:)!!

Embroidery, Opaque Cotton & the fall colors that make me smile,

Miss Samantha Joelle Honey Lamb