Rent a Ride: Random Photo Friday

Boats for rent at the causeway sport shop

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I Love You, Liquid Stitch

I’m a good wife.

I enjoying cooking. I don’t mind cleaning. I love working outside in the yard and garden. I spend plenty of time in the barn with the steers and plenty of time in the yard playing with the dogs…

But I do not like to sew.

Not this girl's idea of a good time.

Hence, you can imagine my dismay that my darling husband didn’t tell me about his little problem with his pants before we got married.

Farmer D is a walking, talking, working denim destroyer.

Obviously NOT my husband, but I swear some of his jeans look almost this bad. (Picture courtesy of Second Life)

Not only does Farmer D come home a few times a week with god-knows-what on his jeans – and I’ve learned not to be surprised when I hear about the nature of the stains – he rips, tears and shreds them like you would not believe.

And then he brings them to me to repair.

Though the bigger holes require  the use of a sewing machine (which contrary to the fact that I do not like to sew, I do know how to use), I’ve found the best thing in the world to fix the smaller problems: Liquid Stitch.

I picked up this tube today because I ran out when Farmer D's jeans accidentally met Mr. Chainsaw.

Liquid Stitch is a permanent, clear-dry fabric adhesive that will hold patches and hems WITHOUT SEWING! All you need to do is spread a bit of Liquid Stitch around the hole in the fabric (I patch on the inside of the jeans), apply the patch, and let the fabric dry. (Note: Though Farmer D’s jeans are dry enough to wear after sitting overnight, I don’t wash them for 24 hours after applying Liquid Stitch.)

And since I don’t have to sew all those patches, I have time for the truly important things in life like cooking, cleaning, and shoveling cow poop.

Today's patch job. Now I have to figure out what to do about the stains.

FOR THE RECORD: I wrote this post of without the knowledge of, or any compensation from Prym Consumer USA Inc., the manufacturers of Liquid Stitch. However, if the company would like to send me Liquid Stitch as a thank you for recommending their product, I might make it to the end of the year be able to share some with my friends. :-)

Miniature animals are all the rage.

And you can tell Farmer D that I’d love to have a miniature donkey.

Buggy Wheels: Random Photo Friday

It's not uncommon to see Amish buggies driving down the state highway around here, but this buggy was (obviously) stopped.

Real Life Farm Wife:

We don’t have babies here, but you know I LOVE cows, so I had to read this excellent post from Dairy Carrie.

(Plus the baby pictures are TOO CUTE!)

Originally posted on The Adventures of Dairy Carrie... I think I Need a Drink!:

I, like just about everyone on facebook, twitter, instagram, pinterest and every other form of social media, tend to post a lot of pictures.  No real surprise that instead of kids, cats, dogs or shoes my pictures are mostly photos of cows, calves and farm life. Cats, dogs, shoes and other random photos do make the cut but it’s mostly all about the cows. If you follow me on twitter and were to look back on my tweets you would see lots of bad, blurry snapshots of wet calves late at night, usually with their mother’s muzzle in the frame licking the new calf off. The next morning you would see photos of a cute, dry, fluffy calf cuddled up in it’s calf hutch. But i’ve never really posted much about what happens between the photos. So I decided to take some photos from start to finish (mostly, I thought…

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Baking Day: Grab n’ Go Banana Nut Muffins

Though it’s still too early to plant here, the guys have been busy making repairs on the equipment and getting things in order before it’s time to head out to the fields.

Farmer D is usually working outside before I even get out of bed, and often doesn’t come in until it’s either dark, or he’s exhausted. And that’s on top of his “real” full-time job.

Needless to say, as most farm wives will tell you, having regular mealtimes is sometimes a bit of a challenge.  Especially the meals in the morning.

I think D lets the bananas get this way on purpose.

So since I had a bunch of way-past-ripe bananas on the counter this morning, I decided to make my hard-working husband a treat.

Grab n’ Go Banana Muffins

  • 1 c. sugar
  • 1/2 shortening
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 2 c. flour
  • 3 tbsp. ground flax seed (optional)
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 c. chopped walnuts (optional)
  • 3-4 ripe mashed bananas (I used 5 small ones)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

In a large mixing bowl, cream sugar and shortening. Add eggs and vanilla; beat well.

Stir in flour, flax seed (if using), baking soda, and salt. The mixture will be thick.

Stir in chopped nuts (if using) and mashed bananas. (I usually just squish them with my hands as I add them to the mixer.)

Spoon batter into muffin tins, about 2/3 full. (I lined my metal pan with cupcake papers and just sprayed the silicone one with a bit of nonstick cooking spray.

Top the muffins with a mixture of cinnamon and sugar. (Approximately 3 Tbsp. sugar to 1 tsp. cinnamon or more or less to taste.  We just keep a shaker jar in the cupboard.)

Bake for 30-35 minutes, or until springy on top.

Just try to wait until they cool before eating them.

Come and get them while they're still warm!

Farmer D loves these muffins straight and normally grabs a few before heading out the door again.

Sometime I warm them in the microwave for a few seconds, cut the muffin in half, and spread it with a bit of butter.

What a delicious snack!

Goofing Off: Random Photo Friday

Rodeo is looking at Miss Annie the same way Farmer D usually looks at me.