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Tuesday, July 8, 2014

A Week of Fun at the County Fair...

Our fair was a week and a half ago and I think I have finally recovered enough to write this post!  The girls aren't in 4-H yet, but they are already getting a pretty big taste of all that it takes to exhibit projects at the fair.  They entered open foods, which Mel received champion for her Buttermilk Coffee Cake and B received first place for her Candy Dandy Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies.  Brad's mom helped with all the baking, thank goodness!

Here is Mel making the final product (they made two practice cakes and one final)...
 One of the first things to do at the fair is to find the perfect size tire to fit in...

Tuesday was the hog show.  B was in the runt class.  She has done this for three years now and I can definitely see the improvement.  Sorry for the blurry pic.  If you've ever been to a hog show, you know that everything is a blur:)...
Wednesday night we brought the girls' Holstein calves to the fair for the dairy show on Thursday.
 This was their first time showing dairy calves and they loved it!

Showing their calves to Great Grandma and Great Grandpa.  Love this picture!...
Brushing her calf before the show...

 So excited...
 Waiting...
 More waiting...
 More waiting...
 I think they looked adorable in their all white clothes with blingy belts and boots!

Mel couldn't quite handle her calf by herself, so Brad helped her.  Maybe next year!
 B actually let me french braid her hair, which never happens!
 Eyes on the judge and your calf at all times..




 Part of the cheering section.  Brad's dad and grandparents...

 The judge talking to B...
 All done!


 Showing their calves to their cousin Taylor...
 Jo loves them just as much as B and Mel..
 Special thanks to the Loggan family for helping us out so much this year!  Even though I grew up on a dairy farm, I know nothing about showing dairy calves and Brad showed beef in 4-H!

Even after being at the dairy show most of the day on Thursday, we still came back Thursday night to see all the beef cattle.  The beef show is on Friday and for at least the last 15 years, I have always gone in on Thursday night to see all the beef cattle! I snapped this photo with my phone of Beef Show Eve...
We make the girls aware that the fair isn't about the rides, it's about the animals and projects.  The rides are just a nice bonus!  So, once the projects and animals are finished then we ride rides on Friday night.

Of course, everything is more fun when friends join you!

This picture pretty much sums up how we all felt once the fair was over...

Exhausted!  The best part, I asked the girls what their favorite part of the week was and they both said, "Showing their calves."  Not the rides, not the food...showing!



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Monday, June 30, 2014

Fourth of July Centerpieces...

The Fourth of July is Friday and hopefully that means plenty of cookouts, campfires, and get togethers.  The girls and I made these sequin jar centerpieces about a month ago and I'm just now getting them posted, but they are super quick and easy to make and they do put off a festive glow to the table.



All you need is:
red, white and blue sequins (we used star stickers as well, but they kept wanting to curl up when we stuck them on the wet glue)
white school glue
water
battery operated tea light
paint brush
jar
acrylic sealer

Begin by painting your jar with the glue.  We put the glue in a bowl and added about a tablespoon of water and stirred it.

 Then begin sticking your sequins on the jar...

Allow the glue to dry, spray the adhesive on the jar and allow it to dry, add a battery operated tea light and enjoy!


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Monday, June 23, 2014

Strawberry Poke Cake...

It's still strawberry season in Indiana and I'm sharing this recipe for all of you to enjoy!  I made it for the first time a few weeks ago and my husband laughed when I said it was a light and refreshing dessert.  He didn't understand how a dessert could be light...and refreshing, but it is!  This would be great after any meal...maybe one from the grill!  A perfect dessert for summertime!


 Everyone in our house loved it especially our youngest, but she will eat anything!!!  Really though, it is delicious!!!



Strawberry Poke Cake

Ingredients
  • 1 box strawberry cake mix
  • 2 Cups strawberries, fresh, frozen (thawed), or store bought
  • 1 3.4 ounce package vanilla instant pudding
  • 1 Cup milk
  • 3 Cups whipped topping
Cooking Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees, Grease a 9x13 baking pan.
  2. Prepare, bake and cool cake mix according to directions on package.
  3. Once cake is cool, poke holes 1" apart in top (I used a wooden handle from a spoon).
  4. Puree thawed strawberries with juice in blender. (I used a potato masher to mash mine). Spoon evenly over top of cake allowing the mixture to soak into the holes.
  5. For topping, combine pudding mix and 1 cup milk. Fold whipped topping into pudding mixture. Spread evenly over cake. Garnish with fresh strawberries. Refrigerate at least 4 hours before serving. Keep refrigerated.

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Friday, June 20, 2014

Fourth of July Yarn Wreath...

For some reason I don't really decorate for the Fourth of July.  We celebrate the holiday, but my decorations are usually non-existent.  My kitchen is Americana theme so really I consider myself to be pretty patriotic and I guess my house is always decorated for the Fourth!  So, this year I decided to dress up our front door for the special day.  I saw this cute little easy to make wreath somewhere on the internet, so I decided to make it to display on our front door.  After a quick visit to Hobby Lobby on my birthday (I love that store!), I had all the supplies I needed!

I failed to take a picture of the supplies, but here is the list:

red yarn (whatever tone of red you would like is fine.  I wanted mine to be a little more "vintage looking" so I chose a darker color)
blue yarn (whatever tone)
white yarn (whatever tone.  I went with more of an ivory to go with my "vintage" look)
white felt (again, I used an ivory tone or off-white, but use whatever suits your fancy!)
hot glue

To make the wreath, begin by wrapping the yarn around the wreath in whatever widths or dimensions you would like your strips to be.  I started with the blue.  I just overlapped my ends so I didn't have to glue them, but you can also use hot glue.  Whatever works for your!  I also did a couple layers to make sure there wasn't any straw peeking through.

Once it is all wrapped, it's time to make your stars.  Cut them out of white felt and glue them on with hot glue.  You can use as many or as less as you want.  I made two different sizes and cut out 13 for the 13 original colonies:)

Ta Da!...




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