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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.

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

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

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here we are weighing it out

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Labels put on and they are ready for sale

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

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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.

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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

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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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Sometimes a little bit of life’s surprises can go along way and other times they are short lived.

budding Christmas cactusHere is a little surprise I found while making my morning coffee, yup in full bloom is my Christmas cactus. I figure come Christmas time the little buds will all be gone but it was a surprise today.

 

 

 

 

 

Other surprises just jump up and catch you when you least expect it, here is one that comes to mind.

Ring, ring goes the phone.

Me, “Hello!”

Victoria my daughter, “MOaaM!”

Me, “Vic calm down and tell me what is wrong!”

Victoria, “MOMMMY!”

Me, “OMG Vic, what is it?”

Victoria, “I just opened the utensil drawer….and a baby mouse jumped from the drawer and clung onto the front of my shirt and just stayed there…I knocked it off and It flung up against the fridge and I think I killed it.”

Me, “Oh! for a minute I thought there was something wrong with Ana.”

Victoria, “No! she is bouncing up and down on the couch right now laughing at me and I’m scared, mommy my heart is pounding so fast I can’t make it stop.”

Me, “you will be fine” hang up now.

Then other times surprises come to you in small little bits like a scratch and win ticket.

scratch and winWell that doesn’t end today’s life’s little surprises, no it is snowing outside like crazy there is always something around here to be surprised about lately and I guess that is a good thing it kind of keeps you on your toes. However I find as I’m getting older these little life’s surprises exhaust the snap out of me.

Have a great weekend ~cindy


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