Friday, December 10, 2010

This Moment...

A Friday Ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Farm Fresh Eggs

Nothing beats farm fresh eggs, I can't imagine ever going back. These were still warm when I snapped the photo.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010


Discovery. When you're a baby, that's what it's all about! And I feel so blessed to be a part of it. Last week, Finn discovered his fingers! You know, it is so easy to get caught up in the everyday activities of family life... but Finn always keeps me in check and in real time. He helps me to remember to breathe, and to breathe slowly. With Finn being my 4th babe and knowing all too well how fleeting this time really is, I am trying to soak every minute of it up.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Did I Tell You?

Did I tell you I celebrated a Birthday last month? Well, I did. Such an eventful past year I had! I feel so very so very many ways. Cheers to another great year!

Friday, November 5, 2010

Sweet & Spicy Pumpkin Seeds

...Sharing the best pumpkin seed recipe I have to date...

  • 1 medium pumpkin
  • 5 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • Pinch of cayenne pepper, to taste
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons peanut oil


Preheat oven to 250 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Cut pumpkin open from the bottom, removing seeds with a long-handled spoon. Separate flesh from seeds, and reserve the flesh for another use (like Pumpkin Pie). Pumpkin should yield 1 cup seeds. Spread seeds on parchment in an even layer. Bake until dry, stirring occasionally, about 1 hour. Let cool.

In a medium bowl combine 3 tablespoons sugar, salt, cumin, cinnamon, ginger, and cayenne. Heat peanut oil in a large nonstick skillet over high heat. Add pumpkin seeds and remaining 2 tablespoons sugar. Cook until sugar melts and pumpkin seeds begin to caramelize, about 45 to 60 seconds. Transfer to bowl with spices, and stir well to coat. Let cool. These may be stored in an airtight container for up to 1 week.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

From the Garden

This was the first year for a fall garden harvest on the farm. I can't say I was very involved in the garden process, other than taking photos. Guess I was too busy remodeling a basement and preparing for the birth of my son. Understandable I would say. Anyhow, our weather was a bit odd this year making many gardeners out there in want for more. Our peppers and acorn squash rocked it though. So did our green beans and pumpkins.

I plan on being more involved with the garden this next season. And although I am excited to watch this one grow and blossom over the years, I do miss the little garden Lance built me in town. I think there is more to that story...

Tuesday, November 2, 2010


New residents on the farm arrived a few weekends ago...and they are the sweetest little ladies you'll ever meet!

Milkyway, who is about 18 months old, was bred right before making the move. Mookie, the 5 month old smaller female, is her half-sister. Right now, our girls are taking turns learning to milk a goat, as is everyone on the farm. We are hoping it is short lived however, and crossing our fingers Milkyway is pregnant, dropping her milk production. At some point, we would like to try our hand at cheese, yogurt and soap making.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Chicken Coop

With winter right around the corner, we are wrapping up some particulars on the farm. One of which is a proper chicken coop. In keeping with our desire to lesson our global footprint, we did not want to purchase all new materials for construction of the coop.

Serendipity for us, our neighbors were cleaning house and just wanted this old camp trailer off the property. It was easy to imagine how the trailer could be converted into our chicken coop.

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. The three RRRs. We teach our children the most important of the three is to Reduce. By giving new life to a trailer that would otherwise be sitting in a landfill, we are reducing in a big way.

The chicken coop is our big fall project and I am excited to see it transform. First however, we are welcoming two young goats to the farm and we have a bit of fence mending to do.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Happenings Happening

I want to share all the great happenings happening here at "Sugar Mountain", (which is a story in itself) but really, I don't feel the energy to do so. All of my energy is flowing straight to this little babe of mine...and of course, my other three babes as well .... the oldest will be 14 next week - ack!

I know I may be letting some things slide, but the most important, most beautiful, most fulfilling task at hand is definitely getting done -and I say everything else can wait.

How about some photos instead of more words? Right then.

Monday, September 6, 2010

The County Fair...

Roxie is half an inch too short to ride the bigger rides, and too old for the younger rides. What's a girl to do? We had fun anyhow, but just like last year (and the years before that) I say we're not going again next year. Bets as to if that one sticks?

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Just Like That...

Family trip to the hills this past weekend.
Stopped for a pumpkin spiced mocha on the way
and just like that ~ I'm ready for fall.
How 'bout you?

Monday, August 30, 2010

Holy Smokes!

Holy Smokes! Time sure does fly when you're taking it easy...
One month old Finn Eric says "Hi" today.

Summer is coming to a close mega fast now...with the 8th grader starting school tomorrow! I have another week with the younger two, but our lazy mornings have officially come to a close. My way of saying goodbye to the summer vacation? I loaded 'em up and headed down to the river for the afternoon.

I have been thinking quite a bit about this little blog, "Color Your World Pink" and I have decided it needs some re-vamping. After-all, my world is not just pink anymore. Lots on my mind, but time and energy is low.....trying to be patient with myself in this area. At this point, the most important activity for me is snuggling my little snugglebug. How very precious this time is.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

All A' Smitten!

August 2nd at 9:59pm, after an extremely short labor, our handsome Mr. Finn Eric arrived! Weighing in at 7lbs 13oz and 20 1/2in long, this little line-backer has us all a'smitten. We are home now, enjoying this precious little boy who has changed our lives forever. We feel so very blessed.

...Finn's first two days in photos are on our family flickr site...

Saturday, July 31, 2010

Waiting Pattern...

That's what we're in now, a waiting pattern. Our little boy is due for arrival anytime! I am so excited to meet this new little boy who will change our lives forever.
...Big sigh...

(Photo of the painted sky last night -gorgeous!)

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Monday, July 19, 2010

A Stroll About the Farm...

I am impressed with myself for keeping up with the 365 photo project...and in an effort to post something other than baby belly or kids, I took a stroll about the farm the other day and landed myself in the "Volkswagen Graveyard". I grew up daughter of a VW mechanic...those skills trickled down to my brother. We are storing these old beauties for him.

I only post one photo for the day over at 365, but wanted to share the rest of my photos from the "Graveyard".

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Saturday, July 10, 2010


The ladies are starting to give us eggs! SO very exciting...3 eggs so far. I was standing right next to the hen as she laid the first egg, just in the middle of their yard. She let out this funky squawk and jumped a little. All the hens and "Red Rex" (the rooster) started pecking at it and cocking their heads like, "What the heck just happened?!" Thankfully, they have started doing their business in the nesting boxes.

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Enjoying the 365Project

I have really been enjoying the 365 Photo Project. The other night I went for a walk around the farm in search of the "photo of the day". It was such a beautiful sunset that evening, no wind and not too hot. Perfect. I had a hard time choosing between these photos...