Monthly Archives: November 2015

Thanksgiving Ice Storm

I had forecasted 90 days ago that there would be snow for Thanksgiving.    It is an old wives tale or something that I read in the Farmer’s Almanac that when you have your first fog you will have your first snow in 90 days (it didn’t say anything about an ice storm!).  That foggy morning, I grabbed the calendar and counted ahead 90 days.  Great, it was Thanksgiving Day.  The day that my loving family would be here for dinner.  Thankfully Thanksgiving Day was the best travel day of the Holiday.  We stayed home for most of the holiday weekend, eating leftovers, playing games, and enjoying being together.  Chris, Courtney, Caden and Camryn are now home safe and sound, our home is quiet, Wylie is resting….. I think I will join him!

We missed the ones who weren’t able to be here with us, I love you my family!!






Pumpkin Pup Pies

It’s been a busy day at Farmer Days today.  I’ve been doing some baking getting ready for Thanksgiving and Wylie and I have been walking and spending time outside as there is a change in the weather coming.   I found this recipe on the internet for a pumpkin pie for dogs (not that we have told Wylie that he’s one!) and decided that he needed something special for Thanksgiving.  I call them:

Pumpkin Pup Pies

3/4 cup flour (or gluten free flour)

1/2 cup oatmeal

1/4 – 1/2 cup water

16 oz canned pumpkin (NOT pumpkin pie filling)

1/2 banana

2 T plain yogurt

Mix oatmeal and flour ( I used 3/4 cup of oatmeal that I ground).  Add water slowly and mix, too much will make it sticky and not enough will crumble.


Roll the dough out and press into cupcake liner.


Bake 375 for 8 minutes or until firm and lightly browned.  Cool and remove crust from liners.




Mix pumpkin, banana and yogurt.


Fill the crust with pumpkin mixture.


Freeze until firm.  Wylie skipped the freezing and went straight to eating them!!!  Top with some yogurt to serve (will look like whipped cream).

Wylie Approved






Flint Hills

I always love spending time in the Flint Hills.  I stayed at another property owned by Lark Inn, as usual it was a very comfortable and certainly enjoyed our stay.

Lark Inn on Main, Cottonwood Falls, KS


On the way home I had planned on hiking at the Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve, but the weather had changed and I wasn’t prepared for the cooler temperatures!  I did explore around the Lower Fox Creek School




I always love to take the road that is less traveled.

This low water crossing opened up to bottom land that is now cultivated farm ground.


As I traveled up from the crossing thru the field I went up to an abandoned homestead.  I can only imagine what life would have been like for this family.  This place is so isolated even to this day.   I always think I would have loved to have lived in Kansas during this time.  The beauty of the land, so unspoiled, no noise pollution, just the sounds and sights of nature.  So dark at night.







I read a book titled Homesman, which is also a movie starring Tommy Lee Jones.  It’s about a woman and Tommy Lee who take three women from the Nebraska territory, who unfortunately have been driven mad by life on the prairie, back east to their families.  As I stood at this homestead I thought about some of the hardship these pioneer women went thru.  My grandmother was out in Western Kansas during the 1930’s dust storms and she didn’t want to talk about it.  Now I feel bad when I complain about the dust on windy days!

I find so many of these old sites that I wished I could buy them and restore them.  Such a loss.