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of our home.  We have a very curious and adventurous cat. Custard is his name because he LOVES custard. At one time his name was Custer, as in, General Custer. (I used to work at Mt. Rushmore and Custer fits this cat, due to his adventurous and at times, reckless attitude) So, here was Custer, one morning this week, at his usual place in the kitchen, doing what he loves doing – and that is, drink water out of the fish bowl. I place fresh water for him in the garage and on the floor but he merely sniffs it and walks on, eventually jumping up on the kitchen counter for the “good” stuff. Who knows why he likes the fish water. It is his first place each morning as he runs in from the frigid temps; it is his usual hang-out place at lunch time. At night, he appears from the depths of the house and first thing, jumps up on the counter.  So, I took a picture the other morning, with him drinking from the fish bowl, while one of the fish was staring up at him. Let’s see, if the fish could talk, what would it say? Perhaps, “oh my, what a big cat!” or “is he going to eat me?”  Who really knows. It is the picture I got and I will let you make up the story.


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Thank You, President Trump

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Walking Along Up At Schweitzer

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Daddy, Eli and Caleb are walking, just outside the lodge, up at Schweitzer. Hayden was babysitting yesterday. A nice gig for him as he made quite the income! So, there we were, up on the mountain. Panning around you can see the snow and the mountain, looming so tall above us. We hiked up the mountain a bit, crossed a bridge over a powerful stream, pouring down the mountain. It was so fun. The air was clear, clean, smelled of pine trees and the sun was just setting behind the mountain.


Here are more pictures from being up there:

Wow, that’s Sandpoint down there and Lake Pend O’reilleimg_2858



So, there you have it. Sadly, we are missing Hayden. He was on new adventures, being a teenager and making some money 🙂 Hope you enjoyed our visit up the mountain.

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Schweitzer…Yes, We Have Snow!

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Schweitzer has snow! We don’t yet, down in the valley. While out, I took these pictures. The temperature isn’t too cold – 50’s today. It rained for about three weeks up here and during that time, it snowed up at Schweitzer. It is about 10 degrees colder up there. So, any day now, skiing season will open!!!




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One Week

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Honey Whole Wheat Pumpkin Bread

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What better bread fits a rainy, cold, fall day?  Yes, you know it – Pumpkin Bread.  But, not just any ordinary pumpkin bread. Since I love baking with honey and whole wheat flour, I found this recipe and share it with you. Credit goes to for providing this great recipe.  I love this recipe for not only the varied ingredients but also, because I can put everything into one bowl and mix. Right now, as I’m typing, I can smell the warm, inviting smells of the cinnamon and allspice, blended with the pumpkin and ginger. The entire house smells like warm spices and pumpkin. This recipe also calls for coconut oil and I really enjoy baking with this. Coconut oil blends so well with other ingredients and the finished product (when coconut oil is used) produces a more moist bread.  Plus, the added, slight flavor of coconut infuses the bread with a unique flavor.  Here is the finished bread, first:


this slice, on top, has butter on it. I just popped the bread out of the pan and it is still warm…

that darker brown color you see on top of the bread is cinnamon. Before baking, I sprinkled cinnamon on top, swirled with a toothpick and when it baked, it created a deeper, darker color to the bread. I can just taste a bit of the cinnamon with each bite. Yum!


Here is the recipe:

  • ⅓ cup melted coconut oil or extra-virgin olive oil
  • ½ cup honey
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup pumpkin purée
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon, plus more to swirl on top
  • ½ teaspoon ginger
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon allspice or cloves
  • 1¾ cups whole wheat pastry flour or regular whole wheat flour
  • Optional- ⅓ to ½ cup rinsed millet
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda*
  • ¼ cup hot water*
  • Optional- turbinado (raw) sugar for sprinkling on top
  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit (165 degrees Celsius) and grease a 9×5 inch loaf pan.
  2. In a large bowl, beat oil and honey together. Add eggs, and beat well.
  3. Stir in pumpkin purée and vanilla, then the salt, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and allspice. Stir in flour, just until combined. If you’re adding millet, stir that in as well.
  4. Add baking soda to hot water, stir to mix, and then mix briefly into batter until it is evenly distributed. Spread batter into the greased loaf pan.
  5. Sprinkle with cinnamon, and swirl with the tip of a table knife for a pretty marbled effect. Sprinkle a big pinch of turbinado sugar on top for a light, sweet crunch.
  6. Bake for 55 to 65 minutes. Be sure to check that the bread is done baking by inserting a toothpick in the top. It should come out clean. If the top of the bread jiggles when you pull it out of the oven, it’s NOT done! Let the bread cool in the loaf pan for 5 minutes, then transfer it to a wire rack to cool for 30 minutes before slicing.
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Feeding the Goats

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Hayden and I went out this morning to feed the chickens and goats. Since it is raining, hard, we approached the goat house and they were all there, inside, waiting for us. The rain was coming down so hard it sounded like small rocks were falling on the goat house roof.  Here is our video of feeding the goats:


Right after we fed the goats, a really strong wind blew up and it looked like the trees were going to topple. Hayden and I ran as fast as we could inside. So strange because the wind came out of nowhere. We got safely inside. So glad.

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Making Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Today, Eli and I made chocolate chip cookies. It is always nice using fresh eggs from our chickens:


Eli was a good helper and did the mixing:


Here’s a close-up of the cookie dough as it was mixed, after adding the brown sugar, sugar and butter.


It seemed like a really good day to make cookies – blustery outside, with many leaves making their final fall from the trees. Alas, nearly all the leaves are on the ground. While walking outside, Eli and I could feel “snow” in the air. I seriously doubt we will get snow within the next two weeks but we might by the middle of November.  Oh, right, back to the cookies…here is our final product:


So, grab a glass of milk and enjoy a cookie with us! 🙂 


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Our Dog, Sophie – Helper Around the Farm

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Sophie is a Great Pyrenees dog. These dogs come from the Southern Pyrenees part of France. According to Wikipedia, “The Pyrenean Mountain Dog, known as the Great Pyrenees in North America, is a large breed of dog used as a livestock guardian dog. ” From the moment she is let outside, she runs around our property and barks – what I think is a warning to predators that they stay away. She runs near the chicken coop, goat pasture fenced area and circles out past the garden. All the while, barking. She barks at all suspected predators, even birds and airplanes. Yes, airplanes. Her job is to protect and guard her animals. She encircles the chickens if they are getting too close to the forest and brings them back onto the grassy area of the yard. She is loveable with the kids and lets them lay their heads on her at night while watching a movie. She is very gentle and mostly, loves to give hugs, if allowed. 



Here she is in action chasing a deer…


I end with our cat, Custard. A long story about why his name is this. Let’s just leave it at he REALLY enjoys custard dessert


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This morning I was out and about. With the recent rains, morning jogs have been pushed to the back burner. But this morning, there was a break in the rain. Puddles were still around but the dirt road I run on was fairly solid and not muddy. So, out I went…img_2771

Trees are turning beautiful colors. The rolling, dark clouds in the distance portend rain and wind.  


Along the route I take, there are always my faithful friends, ready and waiting, at the fence…


this is an imposing bull looking at the females, which are across the road from him. He really intimidates me. Had to get a picture.


Finally, I love this cow because she has such distinct colors of light brown and white. Her baby is the same color! I like that you can definitely tell they are related:


I leave you with a picture of one of our goats, Buttercup. She is a stubborn girl and quite independent but produces beautiful babies! Will show one of hers, later:


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