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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.


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


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


here we are weighing it out


Labels put on and they are ready for sale


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


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.


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.


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


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


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.






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It is time, the time of season we venture out into the cold, busy ourselves with this and that, while we join with friends, sing songs or listen to them while shopping for our Christmas meal.  Looking back over the past few years I’m wondering where the time has gone. Each year seems to come faster and leave just as fast or every bit quicker.  This week I took things slow, ok I know it is only Thurday but I slowed down to write a short message into each Christmas Card I mailed. Do you still had write your Christmas Cards?  


It was a Kazoozle of baking, treats, cookies and sweets, and you missed it.

Here is a glimpse of  our Wednesday night Cookie Exchange.

My treats were Snowmen cookies dipped in white chocolate, with a snowman wooden tag.


The French Gardener provided Candy Can / Almond Bark using salted almonds.


Victoria brought her famous shortbread cookies. Used her new toy cookie shooter she got as a wedding gift.



Margie made some Reindeer Poop and treats to go along with  it, smells of decadent,



Janet made Oreo truffles with some dipped in chocolate while others rolled in sugar,



Anneke baked and brought along double chocolate cookies



Mary Lou gifted her famous fudge, double layer,



Aubrey Lee made these decedent peanut butter morels



Lori, brought us some surprises



We each made a dozen of our favourites and then traded them up for one dozen of each kind. It was a fun evening and we had a chance to sample a few other surprises as well.

“Lord” we set this day aside to gather with friends, we talked about traditions and days gone past, reminisced about families and how the youngest was the one chosen to put baby Jesus in the manger. We are all thankful to have each other and to be together.


I put on tea and coffee however I forgot to turn it on, so this week I’m not having tea with all these cookies but I’m sure you can grab a cookie here and visit with Sandi over at her blog where many will be having tea, coffee, or hot chocolate.  These are all very lovely treats and the ladies worked hard to include the recipe with each.   I’m sharing my lovely treats and wee little things with Sandi as she blogs about HOME and what it is for each of us. 

take care and enjoy your week,


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