Snack Mix Recipe

by CountryThreads on April 24, 2017

1-12 oz. Crispix cereal

1-14 oz. mini pretzels

2-10 oz. cans mixed nuts

1-10 oz. honey roasted peanuts

1-10 oz. chili cheese Frito chips

1-10 oz. Frito corn chips

Melt together:

1 c. Butter

3 T. Honey

5 T. Brown sugar

1-1/2 t. Chili powder 

2-1/2 t. Garlic powder

1-1/2 t. Curry powder

1-1/2 t. Celery salt

1 T. Onion powder

1-1/2 T. Worcestershire sauce

9-12 drops Tobasco

Pour over cereal and coat all. Bake 1-1/2 hrs. At 250 degrees.  Stir every 15 minutes.

This recipe came from one of our employees, Linda U.  I can take no credit for this yummy snack!



by CountryThreads on April 24, 2017

I cut up a watermelon last Saturday and took the rinds down to the chickens.  Hazel made a beeline to the barn and decided she’d like to chew on a watermelon rind, too.

I also made snack mix – it is delicious!

Everything is growing in North Iowa including the pampas grass which is just starting to come up.

Jenny was holding Hazel when she just got too tired to hold her head up so she laid it on the edge of the table – Hazel, that is.  Tired puppy!

And here’s a comparison for you – Ernie Joe Mauer and Hazel – ha!

Sunday morning service – the morning after the prom.

I’m working on the wedding quilt and making quite a few of these blocks to use in the border.

Finished these books recently – both were very good!

And I couldn’t resist the new Charm Book by the Moda All-Stars.

Lots of pictures but not much to say.

Talk again soon!


Birthday Party at Concord Care

by CountryThreads on April 21, 2017

We had a change of plans today.  Becky and Jenny couldn’t come and actually Bo went home early so I took Bentley along with me to the care center.  I put the leash loop under one of the piano bench legs and made sure I didn’t accidentally stand up.  He sat by the piano for over an hour while I played and the residents and their guests sang along or just listened.  I remember taking Leo with me one time, too.  I know Sam is missing her Leo.  Me, too.


It’s a Dog Day

by CountryThreads on April 21, 2017

It’s a dog day here on the farm!  Bentley, the golden retriever, Bo, the Labrador retriever and Mia, the Australian Shepherd are all here plus my three.  Nobody would stand still long enough to pose for a decent photo.

Mia is the oldest in the group but probably the most tolerant of Hazel – surprisingly.

Rox is the most unsocial so she didn’t get her picture taken.

Jenny is home from Louisville, KY for a few days and she came to meet Hazel yesterday.  She liked her as I knew she would.

Last night I looked down to see that Tammy had moved into Hazel’s little carrier.

Hazel has gotten brave enough to go upstairs and has discovered the loft which is normally Rox’s territory.

Last night about 10 pm I couldn’t find Hazel.  I looked everywhere – except upstairs.  When I did go upstairs I found her asleep in her crate!  She had put herself to bed without me! Is that a good puppy or what?

Hazel has also taken on the role of “prewash” — every dog has that duty at one time or another.

This afternoon I’m going to the Care Center to play piano for the birthday party.  Becky and Jenny are coming to keep track of all the dogs.  The sitter needs help!  Ha!

Mama Kitty has gotten fiercely protective so I haven’t gotten a look at the kittens.

Bo is going home tonite – he’s a pretty good boy but just needs more socialization and people time.  Mia and Bentley will go home tomorrow night — and I can relax.



April 20, 2017

We have not received checks for 5 quilts so this is just a reminder.  If you haven’t sent your check for us to receive it by the 25th, the quilt will be resold and you will not be able to “bid” on another one in the future.   If you “bought” a quilt, send your […]

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Farm News

April 18, 2017

So much going on at the farm that I don’t even have time to write about it!  Connie and I have sent out all but 3 of the quilts and I suppose we’ll be receiving those last 3 checks very soon.  We definitely have to make some more rules before we ever do this again. […]

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Leo Lund

April 15, 2017

Leo, Sam and Brian’s goldendoodle that often stayed here, died this afternoon from complications of kidney and liver failure. We will never know what caused the kidneys and liver to fail – a year ago Faye was dying of the same thing and my heart breaks for the Lund family.  My own heart is incredibly […]

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Guess what was “wrong”?

April 13, 2017

Honestly I need a constant guide for my computer, my phone and my IPad.  I’m sure this has happened to some or maybe all of you at one time or another.  A software update comes along and all of a sudden nothing is recognizable on your screen.  Well, that is what happened to me the […]

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Send questions to….

April 12, 2017

After all that activity last night, I think I melted my blog software -ha!  All kidding aside, please use my email for questions and/or concerns for the next 24 hours while I work on it. My email is Honestly, this just gets to me!  Grrrrr……..

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Quilt Sale Is Over

April 11, 2017

Everything has been spoken for – wow!  Unbelievable!  Thank you, Everyone, so much!  Remember if we don’t receive your check or money order by April 25, we will put the quilt up for sale again. We might just have to do this again sometime.   Thank You! PS – time to put the baby piranha […]

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