Feels Like Home To Me

Growing up I loved going to visit my family in Oklahoma!  I was most definitely an outdoor kid and loved the time I spent on my grandparents farm.  There was always a certain way that their farmhouse sounded, smelled and felt when I was there.  I moved a lot as a kid and after graduating college I moved back home to Oklahoma.  I will always associate Oklahoma as my home even though I grew up in several states.  Growing up I always knew I would do something with animals for my career and even better If I became a farmer like my Papa Max!  I remember getting to go with him to feed and count cows in the mornings and thinking now this is the life!  Well here I am with my own (smaller) farm here in upstate New York.  Now I’m sure my Papa never imagined and neither did I that I would end up in New York but I wouldn’t change it for the world.  I often think to myself how my farmhouse feels like home to me.  This house sounds like my grandparents farmhouse when the screen door slams and the floorboards creak.  The kitchen seems to smell just like my grandma’s kitchen and all these things make me often think of home.  I often think about my Papa and how he would have loved to hear about my farm and all my animals.  He would probably tell me I spoil them to much and therefore will never make any money but I would tell him I may be poor but I sure am happy here.

Winter

The warm days we had in fall have finally given way to cold blustery snow.  I’m am very grateful today to be able to look out my window and see both horses have chosen to stay in their stalls and Purdy and all her sheep are warm and dry in their hoop houses today.  Since the wind is so cold with wet snow it seems like a great day to stay inside with the dogs!  I’m hoping to get some things caught up in the house today … but it’s also possible the dogs and I will hold down the couch and watch movies instead!

Telling time…

Some dogs get excited around dinner time knowing it’s almost time for their beloved dinner.  Gus however gets excited towards the evening and anytime I go towards the kitchen he thinks I’m going to do chores.  This Border Collie loves doing chores with me and working sheep, and I love this Border Collie!

Simple Tomato and Red Pepper Soup

Recipe Adaptors

Simple and delicious.

I must admit that tomato soup is not usually my personal choice as the shop bought products are a little too sweet for my taste. Here in Australia where I live we are now coming into the warmer weather, but before we get too hot I thought I would make one last batch of soup.

This recipe is really easy – 3 ingredients plus water. If you don’t add the water then you could actually use this as pasta sauce instead. I love it when recipes have multiple uses 🙂

The char-grilled red pepper strips that I used came from a can, but you can use those from a jar or even char your own red pepper (capsicum) if you want.

Ingredients – serves 4:

  • 800g/28oz can diced tomatoes
  • 200g/7oz char-grilled red pepper strips (drained if from a can or jar)
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 1 and 1/4 cups…

View original post 91 more words