That picture is so good, I can almost smell the hay. I first drove when I was about 9 years old and it was during haying season. I got to drive the pickup really slow while the guys loaded the hay bales into it.
What a surprise to come home to Birthday Wishes, literally. from "around the world!"Thank you so much!You are all giving my "isolated farm girl" wonderful new friendships! It is great to read all your comments.Looking forward to our visit to the farm in September!Love, Mum
look at that wilderness creeping up on you!! Love it!
Oh Hay!Yay Hay!Good Hay! :)not a prob mummy FG :)
Hay-llo FarmGirl et al! Last night I was reading your Crazy Cookie post and mentioned the recipe to my fiancé. Well, of course, I was then bound to making them and there would be no more discussion! Lesson: Mentioning cookies can be interpreted as a verbal agreement and you may be held liable for baking them! *sigh*I didn’t have all of the ingredients (which still was not an accepted excuse) so I got a little creative. -Sub’d 3/8 applesauce for eggs-Only had ¼ c oats so I used flour for the rest-Only had some mini choco. chips and carob chips. I liked the smaller bits.-No nuts, much missed for their texture!These turned out w/a little extra moisture – so a longer cooking time is needed. I think the applesauce really enhanced the softness of this cookie though! Try it and let me know what you think.I’d like to try using dried fruit instead of half the chips for a more trail-mix texture. The coconut was perfect!!!Anyway, took some over to the Grandparents and in return they told us stories about WWII, what KC was like in the 1940s and about dating and socializing before they met each other. Not sure if it was the sugar high or the great conversation but we had a wonderful time – now that’s what I love about food!
who is in the photo with the hay? is that bear? good luck with all the baling (sp?)
pretty! looks a lot like my valley... btw, tag, you're it... :-)
Susan, the Farmgirl,Some day, I would like to know where in Missouri you live--not because I'm a crazy stalker but because I grew up in rural MO and have lived in all its major cities now. My blog does not follow the topics you do, but I'm interested in hooking up with more MO bloggers.Nice to meet you!
Hi Linda,Thank you. So you're an experienced hay truck driver, eh? We could have used your skills the other day. Actually, what we really could have used were you and "the guys!" What a great way for you to learn how to drive.I did most of the driving this time, but it didn't get me out of picking up bales--it just meant I kept having to hop in and out of the truck! : )Hi Mum,Glad you enjoyed your birthday heart surprise!Hi Wendy,Yes, we are definitely surrounded by wilderness. This is not the land of wide open spaces. Most of the fields and pastures around here have been carved out of the woods. On one side of the hayfield there is a (usually dry) creekbed at the base of the hill. While we were haying, I peeked down into the shaded darkness at all the brambles and vines growing up the trees--it was almost more "creepy" than "creeping!" Hi Clare,I agree completely--Yay Hay! Hi Cherrybegonia,So glad you tried another one of my recipes, despite your recent pizza disaster (about which I will get back to you soon--I promise!) Cookies for all those wonderful stories? Sounds like a fair trade to me.What I like about the Crazy Cookies is that they are sort of a cross between chocolate chip cookies and oatmeal cookies. (When I make oatmeal cookies, I use a lot more oats.) Your impromptu version sounds pretty yummy. It also reminded me that several years ago (when the fat free craze hit) I used to use applesauce in place of some of the butter in my oatmeal cookies. It does make them nice and soft--and adds a pleasant flavor as well.Definitely experiment with adding dried fruit to your batter. I've put all different kinds in my regular oatmeal cookies (but not the Crazy Cookies). The other day I tried a new combination: dried pineapple, dried apples, coconut, walnuts, and cinnamon. It was a hit! The soft, dried apples are really different.Hi Leigh,Yep, that's Lucky Buddy Bear. He ran out into the field after something just as I went to take a picture--and it ended up working out quite nicely, I think. After I took this one, he turned around, sat down in the grass, and stared at me, but that picture didn't come out as well. He is such a ham. He was a good haydog this year--he kept Joe company for hours and hours while he was out on the tractor. Hi Kitchenmage,Welcome to the farm! Though I feel like I already know you since I've been over checking out your great blog. We certainly enjoy a lot of the same things. : )Hi Spiral,Welcome to the farm! So glad to hear you're not a crazy stalker! : )
Oops. That "such a ham" link for Bear didn't work. Let me try this again: Tummy Rub?
January 2013 update: Hi! I know word verification is a big pain, but it's the only way I can stop the ridiculous number of anonymous spam comments I get every day. I don't want to require commenters to be registered Blogger or Open ID users because I know many of you aren't. Thanks so much for your understanding!Hi! Thanks for visiting Farmgirl Fare and taking the time to write. While I'm not always able to reply to every comment, I receive and enjoy reading them all.Your feedback is greatly appreciated, and I especially love hearing about your experiences with my recipes. Comments on older posts are always welcome!Please note that I moderate comments, so if I'm away from the computer it may be a while before yours appears.I try my best to answer all questions, though sometimes it takes me a few days. And sometimes, I'm sorry to say, they fall through the cracks, and for that I sincerely apologize.If you're waiting for a reply to your comment and have a Blogger profile (it's free to create one) you can check the NOTIFY ME box that is below and receive all follow up comments to just this specific post via email.I look forward to hearing from you and hope you enjoy your e-visits to our farm!