Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

When we give tours or anytime I have made chocolate chip cookies I always have everyone asking for the recipe. I didn't come up with this recipe I found it in a church cookbook years ago but I think it makes the most delicious chewy cookies. So, here is the recipe. You will need all of these ingredients below and here is how you make them.Preheat your oven to 375 degrees.
 In a mixing bowl stir together 2 cups brown sugar, 1 cup shortening, 2 eggs, 1 teaspoon baking powder, 1 teaspoon salt and 1 teaspoon vanilla. Mix all of that together.
 Then you are going to add 1 1/4 teaspoons of baking soda that has been dissolved in 3 Tablespoons of water. Doing this step is what is going to make your cookies chewy. Add that to your mixing bowl and stir until everything is incorporated.
                                                   Then add 3 cups of flour and stir again.
      Last but not least you add your 12-oz. package or 2 cups of chocolate chips and mix again.
 Drop from a teaspoon (or I use a small ice cream scoop) onto a greased baking sheet. Bake in your 375 degree oven for 9 minutes. Let them cool on a cooling rack while your pouring yourself a big glass of farm fresh ice cold milk and enjoy!! Make sure that you eat at least 2, 1 for each hip because you don't want to be walking around lopsided! Ha! Enjoy!

Monday, September 29, 2014

McPherson School Tour

Last week we had 4 school tours with each tour consisting of about 40-60 people in each tour.
 They were all 1st graders. 1st graders are always so much fun. They tell you exactly what they are thinking. So Precious!
                                                       They loved feeding the babies!

 The Milkman and Quintin did a great job of explaining how a cow is milked and what happens to the milk. Most of the kiddos thought that milk came from Wal-mart, not from a cow.

In the milk house the milkman explained how milk is put in the bulk tank. How it is filtered and how the milk truck comes and picks it up and gets it to the grocery stores within 48 hours.
 The kids loved seeing the hayloft. They couldn't believe that when the milkman was a little boy it was stacked all the way to the top with hay bales and they would run along the top of the hay bales and touch the ceiling. Craziness!!
 At the end of every tour we finish it off talking about how nutritious milk is compared to other drink i.e. sodas, sports drinks. Then of course they have a snack of chocolate chip cookies and milk.
                           Every kiddos gets a sticker that says "I met a Dairy Farmer".

Then we always send them home with a goodie bag full of fun things about dairy. It was a great week! It is so fun to watch the next generation learn. Thank you McPherson for thinking of us we enjoyed having ya'll!

Friday, September 26, 2014

Vintage Friday #36

Welcome to Vintage Friday!
 What is Vintage Friday? It is where I will list some vintage items that I want to sell.
Here is how it works:  If you see an item or items that you want simply leave me a comment with the # of the item (s) you want to purchase and your e-mail (so I can send you a payment request) and zip code (so I will know how much to charge for shipping it to you).
The first person to leave me their e-mail with their item # and zip wins!!  Your paid item(s) will be mailed out Monday. I will also combine items to make shipping cheaper for you.

I just wanted everyone to know that I will be taking a break from Vintage Friday for the next 2 Fridays because of getting everything ready for the Barn Sale. But don't worry Vintage Friday will return October 17th. Ok, now on to the shopping!

#1. A Bell Telephone in great condition. $15 + shipping. SOLD!!!

#2. A Romper Room puzzle that is in great condition. $10 + shipping.

#3. A box of vintage numbers. They are 1" tall. They are in good condition and SO many of them. These would be great for making all kinds of things. $12 + shipping.

#4. A Fire King Green Tulip bowl in great condition. $10 + shipping

#5. A Green Depression Hazel Atlas Batter Bowl. It is in great condition $15 + shipping.

#6. 2 Golden Guide books "Flowers" copyright 1950 and "Weeds" copyright 1972. They are in great condition. $10 + shipping.SOLD!!!

#7. A Fisher Price Chatterbox telephone. It is in great condition. $8 + shipping.

#8. 2 Pyrex glass storage containers they are in great condition. $10 + shipping.

#9. A Whitman Tell-A-Tale book "Roundabout Train". It is in great condition. $5 + shipping.

#10. A Whitman Tell-A-Tale book "Trains" Copyright 1978. It is in great condition. $5 + shipping.

#11. A Berwin children's metal typewriter in it's original box. It is in great condition. $15 + shipping.

#12. 6 Vintage Hankies in a wooden cigar box. They are in good condition $12 + shipping.

#13. 2 Golden Guide books "Everglades National Park and the nearby Florida Keys" copyright 1960 and "Seashores" copyright 1955. Both books are in great condition. $10 + shipping.

#14. A Raggedy Ann and Andy round tin. It is in great condition. It measures 10" across.  So cute! $10 + shipping.

#15. A aqua metal flour sifter. It is in good condition. $8 + shipping.

#16. An embroidered "Lunch Time tea towel. It is in good condition. $6 + shipping.

#17. 2 1966 Jack and Jill magazines. They are in good condition. $8 + shipping.


#18. A 1964 "Story of John F. Kennedy" book by Earl Schenck Miers. The picture below shows what some of the pages look like. It is in good condition. $8 + shipping. SOLD!!!

Thanks so much for stopping by. I hope you all have a great weekend. See you back here on Monday!

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Block Party

 On Sunday evening our church held a block party for everyone in the area. For 3 1/2 months there was major construction that shut down the main church entrance. So, to say thank you to all the surrounding neighbors for putting up with all of the extra traffic and to invite them to church we had a block party.
                      It was just a fun night of food, music and fun things for the kiddos to do.

 I especially enjoyed visiting with different people throughout the evening. We have 2 services and I don't always get to see everyone so it was nice to catch up with a few brothers and sisters. It was a great night, the weather was perfect and our prayer is that the love of Jesus was shown. I think we should make this a yearly thing don't you think so church?

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Hillsboro Craft Show

Last weekend in a little town about 30 minutes away from the farm, they have this HUGE craft show once a year. My friend just opened up a store there and asked if I would like to put my stuff in her yard. She lives at the end of one of the main streets in the town. There was SO much traffic! The picture below is a picture of her store isn't it so cute! 
We started setting up on Friday morning because Dana opens her yard up to the locals at 3pm. Dana had the cutest little wooden stroller that kept Kyler busy while we worked.

                                                  At around 2:30 they started lining up.

   It was a great sale! I was able to sell all of my big stuff and come home with an empty trailer! Yay!!
The next 2 pictures show how the town blows up in a matter of about 20 minutes. It was crazy! At 7pm they shut main street off to let the vendors in. And it was amazing to see how fast they could set their space up. It was a great weekend and I'm so thankful to Dana for letting me crash in her yard! We had a blast!