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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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So today our ventures started early with the sound of a train whistle and the shaking and rumbling coming from the ground underneath.  Oh well at least the trains didn’t run all night, I was thinking about that just before I fell asleep. McDonalds was offering free internet along with free coffee so we stopped there to check our mail and everyone is getting on without us just fine.

Our first drive out of St. John was a bumpy road that winded and twisted for about an hour.  When I questioned that fact that we might be lost, I was told we were on the right track.  I happen to notice the French Gardener making changes to Dash board Sally last night  and I have a suspicion he might have tried to set the GPS to take the least amount of roads with antique shops along the way, can you do that?


After we got off the back roads of St. John we did find some improved roads and along the way I found a little barn charm.


We  happened to find a big and had to stop for a picture, I’m all about smalls and the French Gardener is all about bigs.


Real strings and all


This violin is a tribute to Don Messer and had a little plaque with a description


He figured he could play it like a guitar


We located a gift shop just South of Harvey, NB on 2686 Route 3 at the BMR and wouldn’t you know it the power was out in the town of Harvey and all the surrounding area.  The French Gardener got our flashlight out of the camper when he saw me flicking a lighter in the back room because I found a big section of scrapbooking paper and other finds.  I found two things I need and for a good price because the cash registers ran off electricity.


We stopped at St. Croix to take a few pictures and found another big, this time a golf ball


In the field next was a self serve golf course, where you could leave the money and take a score card and a golf cart, fun or what?


We continued down the road until we came to the shops of St. Andrews. We parked across from this large wall mural


She is a beauty isn’t she?


Then just around the corner I found this neat candy shop


And across from the candy shop was Scrooge and Marleys, a shop where I found,


my favourite find. a bee handled veggie dip plate, what do you think?


Have a look at the dragonflies are they crazy or what, so cute.


I was so excited to find this cute plate then visit another few shops before they closed as it was getting dark and things were closing down for the night.
We headed to St. Stephen and on the way we started to see trees with rather large sheets of tin metal on them, any ideas?  This is my mystery for the day, these sheets sure have me puzzled.  Could there be some sort of disease a number of trees are going through? Perhaps the fire department started charging people to take their cat down out of the tree so they are using the sheets as a preventative medicine?  I haven’t got a clue and if you know would you share, meanwhile I’ll go and ask the internet because you should always believe what you read on the internet.


So here we are at A & W having a little bag of onion rings and using the internet and a gorilla just walked in looking for a treat.  When I found out they were passing out root beer flavoured suckers I had to get me a few, they were ummmmm good.  Oh and a little trivia, did you know that A&W stood for Allen & Wright?  The last names of the founders, silly me all these years I’ve been saying Albert  & Walter, now i have no idea who they are.  Ha ha ha my right side just said  A&W stood for Amburger and Woootbeer.  Ha ha I made a funny, Oh my I think it is time for bed.

Good night,
Tomorrow I think Gangong Chocolates opens at 8am.

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