Sunday, February 14, 2016

Happy Valentine's Day

A Valentine's Day picture drawn by Miss B

Happy Valentine's Day!  I hope this day finds you happy, healthy and that you have a special someone to share the day with. 

A couple years ago I read the book on the 5 Love Languages, and the book confirmed what I already knew, that  mine was "acts of service", this was the way I showed my love for a person and the way a person could also make me feel really loved and special. 

I love to spoil the people that I come in contact with, so I had a cute cozy guest cottage built on my farm in order to spoil guests who want to stay on the farm and sit smack dab in the middle of gorgeous farm fields.

On  this project of mine, Randy's expertise has been a godsend.  He along side me, has worked tirelessly to get it to completion.  I think up the design ideas and he makes it happen.  (And yes, I know how lucky I am!) And of course I do have to brag a bit, he does excel at doing "acts of service" that makes this farm-chick's heart smile.

So before that sweet man of mine and I head out to go find a vintage door plate for the guest cottage, here's a quick peek at our progress.  Final touches are underway an I'm so excited!!

The B&B almost finished!
This was getting the copper pipe shower curtain installed.
Randy adding the shower rod

 Here's the outside of the guest cottage, it will be decorated in Rustic Industrial Glamor.  I can't wait to show you the final results. 

The Cottage

And of course, those iconic red lighted hearts that  sit on the vintage truck at the entrance to my farmstead. 

Thank you for stopping by and as always, if you have a question, thought or comment - feel free to email me at   Before I leave you for the day, I wanted to share a very favorite saying, that I read everyday.  "Wake up every morning with the thought that something wonderful is about to happen" ~ unknown
Wishing you a very wonderful Valentine's Day.  All my best, Gaye

Friday, February 5, 2016

Hearts and Chocoate on this Girl's Farm

A Labor of Love
The question posed was “how do you decorate” your farm up for Valentine’s Day?”  After the deer in the headlights look flashed over my face, I told my my friend and blog task master, Kristi, that I’m on it! 
Of course that meant sweetheart, Randy was promptly tasked with a project! One of the things I truly love about him, is he is creative, a perfectionist and is a willing victim for my projects.  Ya just gotta love that in a man!
I had actually wondered what to do with decorating up the iconic vintage truck that welcomes people to my little patch of heaven. And here we are, a Saturday project that makes this farm-chick’s heart smile.
The beginning, metal bought and bent into the shapes of hearts.  It was a cold rainy day too, but we were determined to get it done.
The beginning of the project in Randy's shop
 The design phase, yup he listens to exactly what I wanted.

getting the layout just right
 Installed and all lit up.  A bright spot amidst the dreary winter day.
 Another shot from the back... so amazing (or at least I think so)
2 Hearts all lit up at dusk
 One final view at dusk.  It looks just so darn pretty amidst the farm fields. In the next few weeks, there will be a buzz of activity as the farmers begin getting ready to get the Spring crops in the fields.

The hearts brighten up a dreary winter day

And what better thing  to do for Valentine's Day than besides "gussying up" the old truck, well making a mess in the kitchen, of course!  I tried a new recipe that combines two of my favorite things, chocolate and red wine.   Oh my!  I made the cake, it turned out wonderful, the pictures I took didn't so I grabbed the picture from the blog that has this recipe (Sprinkle )  she gives permission so long as you identify where you got it from. 

This will be posted very shortly on the Eat Cake page.  Of course I did have to try a different twist and try my own version. IF that is better, then I'll redo the recipe.

As always, thanks for stopping by  And as always if you ever have questions about life on a farm, how your food is raised or other thoughts, I'm just a click away at  All my best, Gayle

Perfect for that late night pilgrimage into the kitchen
It has a hint of the red wine in the case and the chocolate ganache glaze is to die for!