Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Marble Cake and Sop

Before Christmas break the staff at my school gathered for our annual holiday dinner.  This year we were lucky to have it catered by our new maintenance man.  A regular renaissance man who hunts, gathers, fixes everything, and is noted to be a master gardener.  Did I mention that he is also a great cook?  

I work with some creative and wonderful people.  

He fired up the grill and cooked chicken with many salads and side dishes.  It was excellent.  And, then there was the dessert table.  There were seven different cakes to choose from.  I admit that I am not much of a cake lover, but even this spread intrigued me.  

When you send your husband out for butter he comes back with a brick of it.....even larger than a brick.  

His wife insisted that I try the Marble Cake with Sop.  Did she mean sauce?  No, she informed me, it was called Sop.  Now, several other teachers in attendance were familiar with Sop, but not I, and I knew I had to try it.  

The cake recipe called for Rum, but I live in the backyard of the Historic Bourbon Trail, so Bourbon it is.  

It turned out to be just about the best cake I ever had.  Sop turned out to be a sauce type of thing that soaks into the cake.  Heaven in a bowl, and yes, you need a bowl.  

Since we are in the last days of 2014 I decided to splurge and whip up this recipe at home.  You know, before we all get healthy with the ringing in of the new year. 

You can find the recipe for Marble Cake right here.  

As for the Sop you will need: 

2 sticks of butter
2 cups of powdered sugar
2 cups of half-n-half 

Bring to a boil on the stove and serve hot over a nice, thick slice of cake.  

"Cakes are special.  Every birthday, every celebration, ends with something sweet, a cake, and people remember.  It's all about the memories." 

Buddy Valastro  

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Back on Track

Trying to get back on track this fine Sunday morning, after taking some time off to spend with my parents in the lovely sunshine state  

It was a wonderful time spent with family and good weather.  

Now, it is back to gray, gloomy skies and dampness all around......

I could have spent a few more days trying to get a closer photo of this fine fellow.  

Chores at the farmette are calling my name.  I shall catch up with all of you later today.  

Enjoy the remaining few days of 2014!  

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Merry Christmas

Before I disappear for a few days, I wanted to wish you a very Merry Christmas, from my small town to wherever you might be.  

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Busy Beaver

Let's take a walk on this Winter Solstice day to look for a beaver dam.  

The guys are always walking ahead of me, as I am always trying to photograph everything and lagging behind.  

Our destination lies out yonder, as Grannie would say, past the green and at the line of tall trees. 

Finally at the creek, the quiet and stillness of winter is everywhere.  

The beavers are everywhere as well.  They have formed quite the dam.  In years past I have spied their lodge, but not today.  

Their evidence could be found all along our walk.  

"Beavers do better work than the Corps of Engineers."  

Mike Todd 

Friday, December 19, 2014

Friday Randoms

While out walking this past weekend, I spied this lone fall leaf, hanging on for dear life.  You can even see the remnants of spider webbing on it.  

This would be a fun place to work, no doubt.  In what work environment is a horse head, and a sombrero, considered office supplies?  

I might say this is the perfect old house for me.  Maybe a tad bit of color on the walls. 

Yes, Queen Elizabeth is my favorite in the best photo bombs of 2014.  It won't highlight, but at least it works now....

You know we need some music for this Friday, so close to Christmas.  So, you can have seasonal or you can have dance......

Linking up with Tanya today!  Go forth and have a great weekend!  

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Thankful Thursday

Thankful this Thursday for mended fences.  This shot comes from Sunday's photo shoot with the illustrious donkey and his equine friend.

Come Tuesday morning Mr. Donkey was in my yard with said equine friend.  Yes, imagine my surprise as I was trying to leave for work.

Nothing gets your husband to call you back faster than sending him a text saying there is a donkey and horse in the yard.

Life is good, my friends.

Linking up today with Teresa.....

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Men at Work

The Man-Child has been hard at work since football season came to an end.   

Making knives, of his own design, to sell and also taking some commissions from friends.  

This weekend he tried his hand at making a sheath from leather.  Typically he makes sheaths from a plastic form called Kydex.  

Secret Agent Farmer Man was around not so much to work as to give some advice.  

Sinew was the, "thread", of choice for this project.  

Not quite finished, but just getting tried on for size.  

A cleaver, commissioned by a friend, to use during hunting season.  

Several knives made recently.  

Starting from the left, an Ebony handle, synthetic handle with a Kydex sheath, a cedar handled knife, and lastly a cherry handle with another Kydex sheath.  

The Kydex comes in plastic sheets and thus my kitchen griddle was sacrificed for the knife making good.  I can already see that a cutting board and pan are the next things to go to the garage......

"Only the knife knows what goes on in the heart of the pumpkin." 

Simone Shwarz-Bart 

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Mr. Donkey

On an overcast day in December, so began my quest for a photo of the neighbor's donkey.  

From the snorting sounds he was making, I didn't feel a friendship vibe in the air.  

He even tried to hide behind the skinny fence post.  

This was the best I could do, as he continued to eye me with suspicion.  Secret Agent Farmer Man advised me that I should have shown up with treats.  

His equine friend, however, had no problems posing for the camera.  

"Never send a man in to do a donkey's job."  

Josh Stern  

Friday, December 12, 2014

Friday Randoms

The sun came out today and stayed out for a bit.  All the rain lately has ensured that our natural springs are running at full force.  

I heard Neil Sedaka this week while on the twenty minute drive to, "town", for work.  I was rocking out while the girl child was snoring ever so softly.  Did I mention that you hear Elton John, uncredited, on the background vocals?  

If you are searching for the perfect gift for that hard to buy for person, this might just be what you need.  

Here is K Mart's Christmas advert for this year.  Funny, but it doesn't quite compete with the Joe Boxer Ad.  

If you are a Star Trek fan, then this video might just be for you.  

Linking up with Tanya today.....

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Thankful Thursday

Thankful this Thursday for a new bathroom faucet.  I know it seems trivial, but it was a surprise replacement that my daughter picked out.  The old one was a bit.....unwell.  Even better that it was fully operational after coming home late, after a long day.

"You need to let the little things that would ordinarily bore you, suddenly thrill you."

Andy Warhol

Linking up today with Teresa......

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Quick Captures

More rain is moving into our area for the night.  I am sure I speak for the dogs, cows, and chickens when I say.....enough is enough.  

Though, the weather did give some good light on the drive home from work.  

I took a few quick shots with my phone and my daughter thought we were never going to make it home.  

Despite the moans and groans from my passenger, we did make it home before the rain came.  

"Save a boyfriend for a rainy day....and another in case it doesn't rain."  

Mae West  

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Trapped Like a Rat

Trapped like a rat, this afternoon, at my computer desk.  Currently I am surrounded by a sea of Christmas cards.  Though I may not be big on decorating, I enjoy sending out Christmas cards each season.  No family letter, just a photo collage card with a montage of scenes from the year.  Mailing them out to friends and family all over the U.S., is a tradition I am glad to uphold.  

I am working on this afternoon chore with a beverage of my choice and The Preservation Hall Jazz Band playing in the background.  

Beef stew is simmering on the stove and dessert is chillin' in the fridge.  

I might be trapped, but I am making the most of it.  

Wishing you a great Sunday.....

Friday, December 5, 2014

Friday Randoms

I will admit that I don't go crazy with the Christmas decor, but this small holiday scene does have a place on a table.  

I recently binge-watched three seasons of Sherlock on Netflix and loved every minute.  

This is one of my favorite Christmas songs and only in this version.  

Here is a link full of book recommendations.  You are welcome.  

How about a purple beach cottage on Tybee Island?  It is on the market, but I hope the owner gets to keep it.  

Linking up with Tanya today!  

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Thankful Thursday

Thankful today for old things that are new again.  This old farm gate, bought at an auction,  still has a lot of life left in it.  Complete with a rusty patina, it fits in quite well here at the farmette and, unlike the last one, I don't have to pick it up off of the ground to open it.  Life is good, I tell ya.....

"The farmer is the only man in our economy who buys everything at retail, and sells everything at wholesale, and pays the freight both ways."  

John F. Kennedy 

Linking up with Teresa today...

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Black and White Tuesday

Maybe it should be black and gray Tuesday.  

Anyway, here we have the current view from the front porch. 

 The leaves are gone which shows the trees in a different sort of beauty.  

It's that desolate type of beauty that I rather like.  I do enjoy the warmth and beauty of summer, but also what winter has to offer.  The changing of the seasons is something I look forward to.

"Cold blows the wind, the frozen rain and fleecy snow descend; for, freezing winter's come again, and so the year does end."  

The Farmers' Almanac