Sunday, December 2

Sunday Farm Photo: Hello, December.

Chainsaw Joe turning a fallen oak tree into fuel for the wood furnace -
We're getting ready for you.

The calendar may say December, but the thermometer here in Missouri says it's a balmy 70 degrees. Two days ago I was watering the kitchen garden. It's a little disconcerting. But those 20-degree nights will be back soon, so on Friday afternoon my hunky farmguy Joe set out with his chainsaw to start turning the huge oak tree that fell during a storm back in July into a nice big stack of firewood.

Yesterday we went to town and bought 500 pounds of sheep feed, 30 pounds of flour, several bags of chocolate chips and toffee bits (I'm making these scrumptious baby shortbread cookies for gifts), and an extra five-gallon gas can. Tomorrow we'll head out in another direction to have some work done on our 'new' (2002) main truck, then pick up some other parts for it and the '81 flat bed ton truck, along with 100 pounds of dog food, a case of Irish malt for brewing beer, and a new stack of books and audio books from the library.

When bad weather hits, we'll be ready.

If you'd rather hunker down at home than face the holiday crowds, check out my Holiday Gift Ideas for Bakers and Cooks: 15 Favorite Kitchen Essentials, Most Under $25. These are the kitchen tools that I love and use all the time. Whether you're buying for yourself or someone else, they're sure to be appreciated for many years to come.

And if you're looking for a useful gift or stocking stuffer that's under $10, how about with these handy dandy Fiskars Take-Apart Softgrip Garden Shears ($8.35). I have two pairs and have used them nearly every day for the past year and a half. I rave more about them here.

Thanks so much to all of you who have been starting your amazon shopping trips at a Farmgirl Fare link. We receive a small commission no matter what you end up buying, and I can't tell you how much we appreciate your kind support.

©, the cold weather loving foodie farm blog where the two three tubs packed with polar fleece are ready and waiting. Bring it on!


  1. Ohhhhh, I was just looking at your toffee cookies! Boy, those are great cookies! Envy your weather, we're anywhere from 17 degrees all the way up to *gasp* 40 degrees.

  2. I bought a couple of things via your link to amazon, but I wasn't sure if you would even get anything. Worth a try at least. I don't comment often, but I love this blog- the pictures are the best.

  3. Sounds like you guys are all ready for the winter weather to come! Jeez, we are STILL in the mid-to-high 70s for at least the next week. :(
    I'm going to add some Christmas-y cookies to my offerings for the Farmer's Market this week, Chocolate Peppermint drop cookies, Brown Sugar Pecan shortbread and I'm going to give Rugelach a try this year.


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