Saturday, October 27, 2012

Butterfingers and Pumpkins

I certainly don't need to be eating Butterfingers but wanted to try this easy recipe.

Homemade Butterfingers
Yield: 10 big bars or 20 little ones Prep Time: 30 min + cooling time Cook Time: 10 min

They seriously taste like the Butterfingers that you buy in the store! Ingredients:
16 ounces (about) peanut butter
16 ounces (about) candy corn
small bag of chocolate chips


1. Spray a pan lightly with nonstick spray. Use 9x13-inch for thinner bars, and 7x11-inch if you want thicker bars like mine.

2. Melt the peanut butter and the candy corn in a medium saucepan over medium heat, stirring constantly and smashing the candy corn as it heats up and begins to soften, until all of the candy corn are melted and the mixture is smooth (5 to 8 minutes). Turn the heat down if it seems to be too hot.

3. Scrape the mixture into your prepared pan and smooth out the top.

4. I melted the chocolate chips, spread on top, and put the dish in then frig.

This is what happens when I sit down. The goats come over for head scratches.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

in the compost pile

We keep finding Jack and BarbaraJean laying on our gathered leaves in the compost pile. As I was leaving for work this morning, there they were!

This afternoon, I saw the youngsters relaxing on the table.

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Smart Jack

Jack is such good boy and SMART. I asked him to lay down there which he did and gave me a great pose.
Jack and all our animals have a wonderful life here at BooneDocksWilcox.
The leaves are at their peak.

Friday, October 19, 2012

punkin patch

A nearby farmer harvested all the pumpkins from his patch that he was going to sell so now he's letting folks have the remaining pumpkins for FREE,
On the way home from work, I loaded up a dozen, split 'em open at home, and let the poultry have at it. The goats were out pickin' and will munch on 'em when they come back. The pumpkin seeds are thought to be natural wormers for livestock.
Colonists sliced off pumpkin tops; removed seeds and filled the insides with milk, spices and honey. This was baked in hot ashes and is the origin of pumpkin pie.
The seeds and the meat are relished. The seeds contain more protein than most grains—oats included. Because the seed is an embryo of future life, nature packs it chock-full of vitamins and minerals. Extremely abundant amounts of iron and phosphorus are found in these seeds along with lots of the B complex vitamins.
Every Fall I have to post my favorite poem by
Bliss Carman. 1861–
24. A Vagabond Song
THERE is something in the autumn that is native to my blood—
Touch of manner, hint of mood;
And my heart is like a rhyme,
With the yellow and the purple and the crimson keeping time.
The scarlet of the maples can shake me like a cry 5
Of bugles going by.
And my lonely spirit thrills
To see the frosty asters like a smoke upon the hills.
There is something in October sets the gypsy blood astir;
We must rise and follow her, 10
When from every hill of flame
She calls and calls each vagabond by name.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Rhubarb/Strawberry Pies and Daddy's Birthday

 The employees said my pies were good.

 I love BooneDocksWilcox Lane.
 Daddy would have been 83 years old today. On his birthday, the leaves were always at their peak.

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Rhubarb, Word Trick, Football Pool, and Birthday Party

One of my coworkers has harvested some rhubarb from his garden and is challenging me to bake some rhubarb pies. I'm studying some recipes. Think I'll try this one: Lattice-Topped-Strawberry-Rhubarb-Pie

For crust 3 cups all purpose flour 2 1/2 teaspoons sugar 3/4 teaspoon salt 2/3 cup chilled solid vegetable shortening, cut into pieces 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons (1 1/4 sticks) chilled unsalted butter, cut into pieces 10 tablespoons (about) ice water

For filling 3 1/2 cups 1/2-inch-thick slices trimmed rhubarb (1 1/2 pounds untrimmed) 1 16-ounce container strawberries, hulled, halved (about 3 1/2 cups) 1/2 cup (packed) golden brown sugar 1/2 cup sugar 1/4 cup cornstarch 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/4 teaspoon salt 1 large egg yolk beaten to blend with 1 teaspoon water.
This is my vision of the how pies will look. Wish me luck.

I've been having lots of fun with two of my California cousins, sisters Ann and Crystal, playing FaceBook's Word Trick. It's similar to Scrabble and Words With Friends. We keep games ongoing. Another reason I love the internet, keeps me connected to my west-coast family.
Also, for the office-football pool, we have on the TV, computer for scores, and checking the master spreadsheet.
This morning Jefferson was laying up in the hayloft catching some rays.
This afternoon, we attended the dual birthday party for my mother-law Mary, and Mary's brother-inlaw Bobby.

two tasty cakes

James (Mike's Dad) was with us.

Mike had to check the football scores.

My inlaws own the skating rink where the party was held.

Honermooners Saava and Stephanie.

Wade trying to take a picture of me.

Mike's middle sister, Sandy.

Mike and his Aunt Bernice.

Mike's nephew, Garrick, and one of his daughters, Ellary.

The Kostis boys - Demetre, George, Saava

Mike's youngest sister, Tina.