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Friday, December 31, 2010

Happy New Year!


Happy New Year!

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Sunday, December 26, 2010

Build a Life


Life is like a Quilt. There are so many quilt styles and colors! There are so many ways to put together a quilt...by machine stitching or by hand stitching.
I heard a message today by a minister that was encouraging us to 'Build a Life'. Sometimes we get so involved with building a business or struggling with life that we forget to 'Build a life' one stitch at a time.
In the New Year, I choose to build a life with family, friends and co-workers.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Jesus: The Reason for the Season


Jesus is the Reason for the Season!
Celebrate Him!

***CHRISTMAS PASSAGE: And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger." (Luke 2:8-12)

Christmas is the celebration of the birth of Christ.We give a mass in his honor.When he was born, three kings bought him gifts.Christ is a gift himself. God gave him to us. John 3:16, For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son, that those who believe in him shall not perish but have everlasting life.

CHRISTMAS

Christmas brings us Joy and Laughter, A time of peace with loved ones. We eat, we drink we dance and sing, til many days thereafter.

Some find it difficult when they're reminded of their troubles, Christ will bring the oil of gladness and bring you hope that doubles.

He came to set us free from despair, and forgive us of our sins, so when our life on earth ends, we can begin a new and wonderful life with Him.

God Bless and Merry Christmas to all!!!

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Christmas Gift


May the spirit of Christmas bring you peace, The gladness of Christmas give you hope, The warmth of Christmas grant you love.
~Author Unknown
We hope your Holiday Season if filled with joy as you are spending time with family and friends!

Monday, November 29, 2010

Aunt Mona's Sugar Cookies


Sugar Cookie Recipe
By: Aunt Mona

Cream: 1 1/3 Cup Shortening (Use Butter Flavor), 1 ½ Cup Sugar

Add: 1 Teaspoon Vanilla (real) , 2 Eggs, 8 Teaspoons Milk

Sift together then add to creamed mixture: 4 Cups Flour (Start with ½ cup less testing for stickiness), 3 Teaspoons Baking Powder, ½ Teaspoon Salt.

Roll to ¼ inch thicknesss, cut with favorite cookie cutter.

Bake at 375* for 8-10 minutes. Edges should be light brown.


You have never had such wonderful sugar cookies until you have had Aunt Mona's cookies! Enjoy!

(By the way, Aunt Mona is my sister!)



Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Local Harvest


The best organic food is what's grown closest to you. Use our website to find farmers' markets, family farms, and other sources of sustainably grown food in your area, where you can buy produce, grass-fed meats, and many other goodies.

Local Harvest is an awesome website!
Here is one of our friends at: 'Heritage Farms'


Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Gratitude


Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today and creates a vision for tomorrow. ~Melody Beattie


Sunday, November 21, 2010

Burning Wood

I absolutely love burning wood on a cold day! I love the smell! I love the coziness of a warm fire!
I even enjoy helping with the wood cutting!
Being out in the woods on a crisp day, cutting firewood is a great way to get in touch with nature....and hard work. :-)
I even have my own chainsaw!
We had a storm a year ago that left many downed trees on the property. We cut a ton of wood for last winter and still have plenty of wood for this winter.
Here is a poem about the Fireside:

Fireside Lore

Hickory makes the hottest coals in stoves when winter's bleak,

Apple wood like incense burning through the hall both fragrance seek,

Elm wood fires have little smoke and warm both serf and lord,

Oak logs split and dried this year make good next winters hoard,

Beech burns bright and fill a the room with warmth and dancing light,

Maple sweet, not white or red will burn throughout the night,

Birch logs cut, need ne'er be stored they blaze, then heat the pot,

Ash, straight grain and easy split the kettle sings, and stove is hot,

Poplar logs must need be dried lest smoke both then ensue,

Pine and fir midst showers of sparks burn fast and line the blackened flue


Thursday, November 18, 2010

Country Life


Country Life is an awesome experience! We love the 'quietness' of our country home! After spending the day in the city, we all enjoy the peace that our country life gives to us! :-)

I love the story about the 'Country Mouse and the City Mouse'. I relate to both. I am a 'country mouse' at heart. I live the simple life as a 'country girl'. I work as a 'city mouse' in our Shoppe in the city. I enjoy both worlds. Here is a portion from a version of the story that I enjoy:

"I don’t mind admitting that I’m a simple sort of mouse. I live inside a nice cozy log by the side of a field. My needs are not great. A few sunflower seeds or wheat stalks will do me for a meal. For a special treat, the farmer sometimes leaves me a some crumbs of bread and cheese from his lunch. When I am thirsty, I drink from the bubbling stream. And I swear that that pure cold water is the freshest, most delicious taste in the world."
Oh, to live such a simple life with a heart of thanksgiving! I love it!

We are about to celebrate one of my favorite Holidays: Thanksgiving! We have much to be thankful for! Family, friends, jobs, warm homes, food on the table, health....so much more!

We will be traveling to Oklahoma to be with family. It is always a grand time to catch up. One of our favorite things to do is the meal preparation! My sisters and mom and I spend hours cooking together...laughing and telling stories as we go along. I love it!

I have a recipe from one of my favorite people on the web: Sue Gregg. Check out her website: http://www.suegregg.com/


Holiday Cranberry Mold
The most frequently requested holiday salad in the Gregg household, this
recipe has now become a tradition. Sue purchases several packages fresh
cranberries in-season to freeze for off-season use. Delicious served with
a dollop of sour cream, or sour cream blended with plain yogurt.
AMOUNT: 8 - 10 Servings
1. Drain pineapple, reserving juice; peel and cut orange into chunks;
dice celery, grate apple, chop walnuts:
20 oz. can crushed pineapple, unsweetened
1 orange
1 cup diced celery
1 grated unpeeled tart green apple (as Pippin or Granny Smith)
¹⁄₂ cup chopped walnuts
2. Withhold ¹⁄₄ cup of the juice for step 3; add cranberries to
remaining juice in saucepan, bring to boil over moderately
high heat; cook about 5 minutes until cranberry skins begin to
pop: remaining pineapple juice
3¹⁄₂ - 4 cups whole cranberries
3. Blend gelatine into ¹⁄₄ cup juice; let stand for 1 minute to
soften gelatine:
¹⁄₄ cup drained pineapple juice
3 pkg. unflavored gelatine (2 tablespoons)
4. Blend softened gelatine into cranberries; cook 1 minute longer
to dissolve gelatine; remove from heat; blend in honey:
softened gelatine
¹⁄₂ cup honey
5. In blender, pulverize the orange chunks with 1 cup cranberry
mixture.
6. Add remaining cranberry mixture to blender; blend just a second
or two to break up cranberries.
7. Pour cranberry mixture into mixing bowl; evenly stir in:
drained crushed pineapple
grated apple
chopped walnuts
8. Pour into a mold or an attractive glass bowl; chill until set.
9. To serve: Garnish glass bowl, as desired, with:
fresh orange slices, cut in half (peeled or unpeeled)
kiwi slices (peeled; cut in half, if desired)
fresh mint leaves

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Country Mouse ~ Dee


Thursday, May 20, 2010

Gone Missing...

Long time 'no see'...I've been missing from my blog for several weeks! Things are super busy here on our little 'farmette' and with life in general!

We are getting ready to open a Shoppe in Liberty, MO. We will have many vendors with products such as: Primitives, Antiques, Soaps & Lotions, Candles, Teas, Gifts, Furniture....much more! We are excited about our new venture!

On a farm note...we are selling all of our goats. We have had dairy goats for many years. We have thoroughly enjoyed them and their milk! As we near hubby's retirement we will be 'downsizing' here on our little farm. We have a few years before the actual 'retirement celebration', but are starting our retirement plans. :-)

The rain here in Missouri has been a bit much. Mud is still the topic of conversation!

The cow is still producing much milk. We have gained several milk customers to help with the excess. I have been experimenting with adding herbs and spices to my mozzarella cheeses....mmm good!

The garden has started producing! Lettuce, Kale and some early Strawberries. Love the fresh produce!!

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Gone Fishin'


Gotta love it! Our grandson, Kobe 3 yr, caught his first fish in our small pond. Actually, he caught three fish! He likes to count that he caught four fish...the one daddy reeled in. Grandchildren are so wonderful. They make me laugh!

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Local Harvest

We are now a Member of 'Local Harvest':
http://www.localharvest.org/farms/M36748

Check us out! It is a great place to find other local 'growers and producers'!

Friday, April 2, 2010

Milking Time




Here comes 'Babe'. She's ready to be milked this evening. The weather today was awesome! It is so nice to be out of the winter gear at milking time. Check out the new 'spring time rubber boots'! Now that's stylin'!






Babe is an awesome cow. Very gentle.
We have really enjoyed the milk! She is giving almost four gallons a day. We sell milk, which helps with feed/hay costs.
I make kefir, yogurt, buttermilk, sour cream and mozzarella cheese with the cow milk. Oh...and of course, ice cream!
We will be hosting a Cheese Making Workshop on April 10th here at Heritage Home~Place. Then we can make more types of cheeses with Babe's milk!













Our 'Milk Barn' is all set up nicely. Babe and I spend morning and night together. I sing to her throughout the milking process. She will moo in disapproval if I stop singing. :-)



















Saturday, March 20, 2010

Hunter

It is always hard to lose a 'pet'. Hunter was a yearling
here on the farm. He did not fair well through
the harsh winter. He passed away this morning in
Anna's arms. A sad day. We will miss you Hunter.

Monday, March 15, 2010

Muddy Days are Here Again



Hank and I are trying to get the mud moved around. I had to dig a trench on the outside of the milk barn to release trapped water. Hank laid a perforated tube and covored it up. Hopefully this will help keep the water drained out of the milk barn. Mud pies anyone?







We moved Babe into the Goat pasture while I moved old hay into the Goat enclosure pen. It was so muddy. This is our 'glamour shot'.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Missouri Mud


I've been 'playing' in the mud this past week. No pics available though...not a very 'glamorous' look! With all of the snow we had this winter...record breaking snow amounts...and now rain...we've got mud! My milk barn had a good 4-6inches of water in it. I had to be the ditch digger and dig trenches on the outer wall of my milk barn to release the trapped water. I discovered about 6-8 inches down, we had frozen ground. No wonder the water couldn't drain. It's that way in the yard, in the driveway, in the animal lots....mud. And now, more rain. :-)
I'm thinking 'sunny days and wildflowers'.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Milk Machine


I am really enjoying the milk machine. What used to take me a 'strong' thirty minutes to milk now takes me ten minutes. It holds 7 gallons of milk. Babe gives two gallons a milking. I milk her twice a day. I would like to get a second Jersey milk cow next year. We have lots of customers and more would like to be added to the list.

Friday, February 26, 2010

'Lights Out'


We get so used to the 'conveniences' that electricity brings...lights, hot water, heat, computer...
Our electricity went out yesterday morning around 5am while I was updating projects on-line. Fooey...I didn't save my work! I stumbled through the darkness trying to get to the flashlight. I could hear my husband 'somewhere' in the house trying to get to the matches to light the lanterns. The main thought that was going through my mind was...hope the electricity comes on soon...I'm not milking the cow by hand! :-) We got the oil lamps lit all through the house...it was cozy really. Hank had to go to the barn and milk the goat by lantern light. 'Farmer Boy'. The electricity finally did come back on an hour later. I was actually enjoying the lamplights and the warm cozy woodstove. :-) Well, back to the computer to re-do my project. But, I didn't have to milk the cow by hand!

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Chores


This has been a hard winter. Chores can be tough in the cold and snow. But, we 'farm chicks' have devised ways to make our work alittle simpler. For instance, our 'choo choo train'. We have to haul out the milk machine and equipment morning and night. So, we strap on everything possible and 'push & pull' together to get our 'choo choo train' out to the barn. I even had to make a 'warmer' for the claws of the milker. When the weather is below freezing, the claws won't work well. So, I made some 'corn bags' that I heat up in the microwave and put them in the bucket and covor with a blanket. Keeps them warm and cozy and working! Plus, I can warm my hands with the corn bags while the cow is being milked. I couldn't work our little farmette with out my 'farm chicks' Leah & Anna.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Bread Baking

Don't you just love the taste of fresh baked bread? mmmm...so good! I bake bread for family and customers on a weekly basis. We use whole wheat grain that I mill into flour. I learned how to make wonderful whole wheat bread in a Bread Class taught by Lori Viets. You can join Lori's online Bread Class here:
We sell our Honey Whole Wheat Bread for $4.00 a loaf. It is truly delicious!

Monday, February 22, 2010

Farm Girl Anna

Anna takes care of the chickens. She has a special one that likes to rider on her shoulder. He lost his mate, so I guess he befriended Anna instead. Anna wants to get more laying hens and sell farm fresh eggs.

Making Cheese


Cheesemaking! I'm curious about who first started the process of making cheese. It is a 'science' really. I've been making Chevre Goat Cheese....mmmm so good. I've now started making Mozzerella....mmmm so great on pizza & lasagna! I have made cheddar in the past. I am ready to start making cheddars again when my new cheese press arrives. When you drop in at Heritage Home~Place, let me give you a sample taste...there's nothing like fresh cheese!

Friday, February 19, 2010

"Lifestyle of Living ~ Health & Wellness Ed."



'Lifestyle of Learning ~ Health & Wellness Education'
Do you love to Garden? Let's talk Spring! Let's chase away the snow and get ready to plan the garden plot!
This month's special speaker is Mike and Lori Jones. Their business is called "Patio Gardens". Mike and Lori will get us headed in the right direction as we plan our Spring planting season!
Where: Heritage Home~Place/Cameron, MO
When: Monday, February 22, 6pm
Fee: Free (freewill offering accepted)
Delicious Meal Provided
Gift Basket Drawing

Friday, February 12, 2010

Goat Cheese


There's nothing like fresh Goat Cheese! We are milking one goat at this time. Her name is Karlie. We have had her for several years now. She had twins a couple of weeks ago. One did not make it. The other, a buckling, is being fed by bottle. We get the milk...and I make the cheese! It is delicious! I love it on my salads. It is also very good on crackers. Add fresh herbs and wow! :-)

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Winter Days

Brrr...the cold winter days are still bringing snow and ice here in the midwest. It makes 'choring' a bit more challenging. But, I have awesome help...my 'farm girls'...Rebekah, Leah and Anna. Up at the crack of dawn...they put on their not so 'styling' winter wear and head out to the barns to feed and water goats, chickens, cow, cats and dogs. They are outstanding help to their parents in every way. Just felt the need to 'brag'. :-)

"Leisure is a beautiful garment, but it will not do for constant wear"

Friday, February 5, 2010

Grandpa's Tractor



Grandpa's tractor rests for the winter. Actually, it has been 'resting' for many years. It was brought on the homeplace over 30 years ago. It is a reminder of days gone by and of the hard work that went into making this 35 acres a lovely piece of property. When the Harps bought this property it was buckbrush and timber. They built a cabin and started the task of clearing the land. They lived in Kansas City through the week and stayed in the Cabin on week-ends.

The tractor is a reminder of Grandpa Harp. He is also 'at rest' now. I plant holly-hocks by the tractor for Grandpa each year. He loved holly-hocks. Mine has never grown as tall as his...yet.
Grandpa Harp loved to write poetry. Here is a special poem from him.

Be Thankful for What You Have
There was Mom and Dad and seven kids,
A family of mine.
We ate a lot of potatoes cooked with onions,
When we didn't have a dime.
Lord, You said You would never leave or forsake us.
And I know this is true.
Because we had potatoes cooked with onions,
When we gave our Thanks to You.
I think my fondest memories
Are around the table, here at home.
When you dine in Katie's kitchen,
You never eat alone.
She cooks a pot of pinto beans
And home made light rolls, too.
And fried potatoes with an onion,
Especially for you.
The kids don't come around much any more.
They have families of their own.
And we are looking forward to the Kingdom,
Our new and permanent home.
Sometimes I can see a gigantic table
And a large white throne.
It looks like a wedding feast,
And God's children are coming home.
I see my place at the table, Lord.
I know it is prepared by You.
Because there's potatoes cooked with onions,
Marked especially for You.
By Kenneth Harp
November 16, 1933 - February 5, 2000

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Rodeo


Rodeo the calf. He's our first 'tame' calf. We have only had 'beef' cattle in the past. You could never get close to the calves. Rodeo has been fun. But, we constantly remind ourselves that he is not a pet. He will be weaned at the end of the month and moved to a bigger lot. He will enjoy the freedom to run.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

'Love' Language


It has always been a joy to receive flowers...but how much greater the pleasure if the flowers themselves carry a meaning. In the Victorian era the diverting Language of the giving and receiving of tussie-mussies became a craze. A tussie-mussie or "talking bouquet" or "word poesy," as it has been called, is a circular nosegay whose fragrant herbs and flowers carry a message in the Language of Flowers...love, condolence, good luck, or a viariety of other sentiments.
Send someone you love a gift of flowers with a message especially from your heart!
Here are a couple of websites to get you started:

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Milking the Cow


Babe and I are up before dawn each morning. We have quite a routine. I sing and milk as she chews on her alfalfa. She lets me know if I stop singing. She will chime in with a soft 'moo' to get me started again. :-) I'm sure she's the only one that appreciates my early morning attempts to make a melody.
I finally now have a milking machine. It took a couple of days and a good friend to help me get the gliches out. So now we have a new routine. The pulsator on the milking machine gets the 'rhythm' going and I sing....only louder now. I love the milking machine. What took me 30 min. to milk now takes only 10 min.!
We have been selling alot of milk from the farm. But, what we don't sell, we make dairy products with. We made icecream the other day. mmmm...nothing like it! Here is our recipe:
2 1/2 C. Sugar
1/4 C. plus 2 T. Flour
1/2 tsp. Salt
5 C. Milk
4 Eggs, beaten
4 C. Cream
2 T. Vanilla Extract
Combine sugar, flour and salt in saucepan. Gradually stir in milk. Cook over medium heat until thickened, stirring constantly.
Gradually stir about 1 C. hot mixture into the beaten eggs. Add the remaining hot mixture, stirring constantly. Cook 1 min. Remove from heat. Refrigerate 2 hours. Combine Cream and vanilla in large bowl: add chilled mixture stirring with wire whisk to combine. Freeze as directd. Makes 4 Qt.
Delicious!

Sunday, January 31, 2010

Heritage Home~Place Website!

We have a new website! It is a work in progress but we invite you to look at what we've got online so far!
http://heritagehomeplace.com/

Monday, January 18, 2010



Heritage Home~Place
Lifestyle of Living
Health & Wellness
Education
New Year's Resolutions
Have you promised yourself to start living a healthier lifestyle in 2010 but not sure where to start? Join our "Lifestyle of Living ~ Health & Wellness" Education Group each month and you will learn health-ful tips to manage your goals to live a healthier life.
January 2010 Meeting
When: Monday, January 25 at 6pm
Where: Heritage Home~Place 7770 N.E. Jones Rd Cameron, MO
Special Speaker: Mary Probert/The Health Store
Topic: Weight Loss
Fee: Free
Bring a friend and join us this month to learn how to "kick-start" your plan to live a healthier lifestyle in 2010!
Gift Basket Drawing/Delicious Meal/Warm Fellowship
The "Lifestyle of Living ~ Health & Wellness" Education Group
Meets on the 4th Monday of each month!
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Special Thoughts for the New Year

Special Thoughts
For the New Year!
I have many people that I admire and learn from. One special person is the late Dr. Bernard Jensen. Dr. Jensen spent over 60 years as a pioneer in the holistic health field, helping to pave the way for the alternative health revolution that we are now experiencing. Following the path of the great nature cure practitioners, Dr. Jensen operated his own health sanitariums in Altadena and Escondido California for over 40 years.
People in search of health and rejuvenation came from all over the world to his Hidden Valley Health Ranch in Escondido, to learn the principles he believed in and taught.
Throughout his career, Dr. Jensen wrote and published over 40 books.
After working with over 350,000 patients, Dr. Jensen firmly believed that nutrition is the greatest single therapy to be applied in the holistic healing arts and that “We must treat the patient, not just the disease.” http://www.bernardjensen.com/bernard.php
I have read many of Dr. Jensen’s books and learned many valuable truths. One such book is called, “The Healing Mind of Man: Arise and Shine!”
I would like to share some of his thoughts throughout this wonderful book.
New Year’s Resolutions. We all make them: Lose weight, stop smoking, live healthier, save more, spend more time with family/friends….on and on. We are always asking ourselves, “What can I do or stop doing to create a better life? A simpler life? A richer life…not just monetary wealth, but truly a fulfilled life.”
Dr. Jensen’s book talks about attitude, mental health, spiritual health, emotional health. As I read through his book, “The Healing Mind of Man: Arise and Shine!” I am learning a basic truth about our ‘thinking’. Thinking plays a huge role in our attitude and life performance.
The Body Responds to Mind and Spirit
“It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing..” Christ shared this insight with his disciples, for He knew that the body responds to the mental attitude. The helping hand is gracious because of the motive behind it. A smile is the end result of what has gone on behind the scenes. In fact, every physical activity has its birth in feeling and attitude, in that subtle quickening spirit that flows through our neural systems before we can so much as lift a finger. The world of feeling is created and expressed in our attitudes; it is rooted within our deepest self.’ B. Jensen
Truth, Wisdom and Health Walk Hand in Hand
‘By nourishing our mental philosophy with the right thoughts and attitudes, we nurture our bodies and reap the harvest of good health.’ B. Jensen
I believe that nourishing our mental philosophy with the right thoughts and attitudes will also lead to peace and wellbeing in our everyday living. We truly live as we think. Either negatively or positively.
A New Day
This is the beginning of a new day (year) God has given me this day to use as I will
I can waste it or use it for good.
What I do today is very important because I am exchanging a day in my life for it.
When tomorrow comes this day will be gone forever, leaving something in its place.
I have traded for it: I want it to be gain, not loss; good…not evil;
Success…not failure.
May I not forget the price I paid for it.

Philippians 4:8
Let’s be encouraged to start out this new year of 2010 with thoughts of:
Truth, Nobleness, Justness, Purity, Love, Good Report, Virtue, Praise
Thinking on these things will guide us to living at a higher level of life.
Happy New Year
2010

Saturday, January 9, 2010


Here is a pic of our new farm baby!

Baby Calf!

Baby Calf!

Our milk cow, Babe, finally had her calf yesterday morning! January 8, 2010. The temperature was below freezing!
I went out to start my chores and there the cow was...delivering...or trying to deliver. I had to call my brother-in-law (part owner of the milk cow) to come and help the delivery. My son, Sam, also helped. It was a difficult birth.
After delivery, my three daughters and I worked with the calf and cow. Both were very cold. We did what any 'farmgirls' would do...we brought out the quilts! :-) We covored both cow and calf with quilts and fresh straw. The cow lay for a couple of hours. She finally was able to get up. They both are doing well....for which we are thankful!
Sam named the little bull 'Rodeo'.