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Tue Jun 3, 2014

I can finally say I think Spring has sprung.  Late but it has arrived and we haven’t put a fire on in about 9 days now.

I’ve been buzzing around like I were looking for a favourite flower, from one thing to another.

I was roasting coffee –  then put it aside

small_batch_roasts

 then started on the garden –

backyard pond and waterfall

We have been picking and eating asparagus for two weeks now

pot_green_tea

I decided that wasn’t much fun so I moved onto putting out the fairy gardens

I placed one at the entrance to the tea room

entrance_tothetearoom

a Fairy Park

fairy_park_front_door

by the pond

by_the_waterfall

another in the bird bath

fairy_garden_bird_bath

All together I’ve place 7 fairy gardens about, however don’t wish to bore you with my fun, besides I may need something next week to blog about and I can share the rest.

Oh I almost forget to mention I got the front porch finished

rooster_decorating

Remember the rustic curtains?

rooster

well I carried on with the rustic

rooster_tin

found a rooster and put him to roost.

corner_shelf_rooster

found a corner to finally put my shelf in that I built when in grade seven. Can’t believe my brother hung onto that and drove it all the way to Prince Edward Island to give it back to me, there it hangs with a few little items.

rooster_bell

This is my favourite, people ring the bell on the way out of the shop if they liked what they saw.

old_coffee_can

and this old coffee can sits on the window.  I purchased a few antique rusty old coffee cans but they are a save for later also, lol.

Lets see what else have I been up to…..

Oh ya,

Ana_rory

Ana would like to introduce her new baby brodder, she calls him Rory.

 I think he is just so cute and he smells so good.

grandpa_rory

Grandpa is proud of his new grandson also

PEI_seaglass

shortly after Rory was born Grandpa and I went beachcombing, “again”

And if that’s not enough,

spinach_salad

I’ve been on a spinach salad kick lately.

Besides coming down with strep throat I’ve been pretty good

watching my peas and ques and getting busier as the days go on.

How about you? Has your spring sprung? Are you planting any spinach?

lol,

take care,

Cindy


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Fri Mar 21, 2014

We have been busy Roosters here at the Farm,

Last week we were able to gather eggs at Shopper’s Drug Mart for $1.99 a doz,

this week we have been roasting coffee in the small batch roaster.

roasts

It roasts up a fine flavour bag of coffee, these are our first home roasts

small_batch_roasts

That Dark Harbour on the left is my fav, then a medium roast is beside it.

coffee_buy_the_pound

here we are weighing it out

coffee_bagged

Labels put on and they are ready for sale

front_curtains

This week I also painted the front sun porch and gave it a sort of rustic country look

new-curtains

What do you think? Rustic or what? Love the curtain rods and saved a bundle on them. The material was on clearance at Wal-mart in Maine for $4.97 a yard so I couldn’t resist that deal. I have a few Rooster memorabilia to hang around to complete the room and voila – this is our coffee roasting room.

girls_I

Oh, I almost forgot, you know I’ve been enticing fairies around here and getting the gardens ready for Spring and well I decided to have a Fairy Fun Friday Party, just me and the girls.

And

There has been so much coffee around here I have something else to share – a recipe for

coffee_cranberry_cake

Upside Down Cranberry Coffee Cake
2/3 c packed b sugar
1/3 c butter or margarine
1 1/4 c cranberries
1/2 c chopped pecans

1/2 c butter, room temperature
3/4 c white sugar
2 eggs
1/8 c strong coffee
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 c sour cream
1 1/2 c flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp salt

Directions

Oven to 350 F
Wrap a spring form pan with aluminum foil. Sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and salt then set aside.
In a saucepan over medium heat, combine brown sugar and 1/3 cup butter. Bring to a boil, then pour into bottom of spring form pan. Sprinkle with cranberries and pecans.
In a large bowl, cream together the butter and 3/4 c sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs one at a time, then stir in the vanilla and coffee. Beat in the flour mixture alternately with the sour cream. Pour batter into prepared pan.
Bake in preheated oven for 60 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean. Cool in pan for 10 minutes, then invert onto serving platter and carefully remove from spring form pan.

Enjoy,

Cindy

 

 

 


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