• Hamscher Homestead

    Warmer weather, growth, weeds and a baby…

    With the last bit of warmer weather, the pine trees experienced a POP of new growth color. However, the oak trees did not want to disappoint either… Holy Cow, the street is well shaded now! I did forget to share this… it has been two weeks now since the dump truck came and delivered our first round of gravel. Now the area up by the house is stable and ready for all to drive on. We have several more deliveries to make before the whole driveway is done. And it is my understanding that the next one could come this month.. we will see?? I am happy for this one.…

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    Just simple shenanigans… well LOTS!

    I know, I am not the only one missing out on bakery treats. WELL good bakery treats. What would you say?? I think… I NAILED IT!! These are blueberry lemon donuts. Just enough in the recipe to make 6.. perfect!! Needless to say they were GONE by the next morning. yummmm! Right now there are 7 little eggs hoping and dreaming about being BIG someday VERY soon! On Day 10 which is this coming Sunday, I will be “candling” the eggs. Any guesses on how many will have baby chicks?? Em and Ad (my nieces) have been after me to have some baby chickens. It has been a year since…

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    Chickens, gardens, trees, more garden, fire pits and water.

    Well, let me start by saying Joe came home from midnights on Wednesday morning full of energy. Determined not to waste a beautiful sunny day. Off to the races he began. Starting with the chicken coop. What am I talking about, well, lets just say that all the “fertilizer” was creating an issue with drainage. And doing it by hand with a shovel was just too big for either or both of us. Off came the side of the pen enclosure, in came the tractor. Now, there is a nice pile of “fertilizer” to spread around the trees. The small area is left, but the rain needs to quit to…

  • Fairs / Events,  Hamscher Homestead

    Crunch Crunch….

    Joe is home AND…. Ohhh YES!! He made the first batch of caramel popcorn… Sorry but my fingers are just toooo sticky!! Crunch Crunch CRUNCH!! Guys he is home for the next 9 days… hummm, do you think we will be getting into trouble?? I can pretty much guarantee it! Check back on Monday to see what has been going on here. Well, besides pop corn eating!! Ohhh, one more thing! Are you on Facebook?? If you are you will want to head over and see what is going on in the… This is an invite only event!! And if you are half as much of a shopper as I…

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    Birds, frost and more birds

    Darn bird decided to make a nest in the broken soffit above the nesting boxes of the chicken coop. There are now babies in this nest. I have not tired to take a picture, it has just been too cold. Sorry! I am sooo bummed!! My Magnolia was getting ready to POP open, but this darn frost… killed them all! Ohhh, I am soo bummed. The bush was just loaded with flower buds. However, there is always next year. Here is another update on the Clematis, soo much more growth this last week! WoooooHooooo, at this point I am saying that we are safe! I took a chance moving this,…

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    More flowering trees and a fire

    But first.. An update on that clematis, that I moved closer to the fence. I know you can see all those little shoots… YEAH!! Still, keep your fingers crossed that it keeps growing!! Two of the four apple trees are about ready to POP!! However, I sure hope that the weather cooperates. Adding all those little worker bees that I have seen. Are they hungry, yet?? Could you imagine all the apples we are going to get?? One of the other apple trees bloomed last week. The plum was right there with it. I can say with all the flowers that it had, the poor thing will be snapped if…

  • Hamscher Homestead

    What a Great Day!!

    It is a great way to start the day …. When you have a little, drop off flowers for your Birthday! It was just amazing. But the day started with a video chat from my nieces. Was able to get what I needed mostly for the garden too, Now to plant. YEAH! Hummm, what all do I need to plant?? Suggestions? Well, Off to relax and enjoy the last few hours of my birthday. Thank you everyone for the Cards and Birthday wishes. You have helped make a great birthday during this crazy time…. Hugs and Have a Great Day getting Crafty!!

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    A big surprise package??

    Hummmm, what could it be?? Joe called me out of my “office” to talk about this box that got delivered. What the heck?? He told me that it was one of my birthday presents. Let me just say this thing was up to my waste. What the Heck?? We had been talking about a toaster the week before, but no way was it a toaster… NOPE!! I was really trying to think … hummm, What big thing has I suggested for him to get me?? hummmm.. I had nothin’. However there was a way… Open it, right? OHHHHH YEAH!! A new popcorn machine… Remember everyone, the old one. It quit…

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    Flowering Trees…More then one build going on…

    The top two are my magnolias… The one on the left is out front. The one on the right is out by the back forty. I am sorry, I thought the bottom left was a better picture, that is the plum tree… ohhh please hold off until it gets a weeee warmer! However, the bottom right is one of two Redbuds out front and they are about to BURST. Five brand new straw bales… ready for planting!! Joe was moving the BIG dump truck today, which means the garden edge needs to be tilled again. Good thing the discs are still on the tractor! hummmm I went to check on…

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    Spreading Sunshine

    Have you done a walk about in the yard yet?? I sure have and ohh sooo many changes from day to day. Have you noticed? Woke up this morning felt the sun on my face and decided it was going to be a day to be outside. So the Sunshine I will be spreading today is… the organic kind. The above photos were from this evening. The fruits of my labors…. It sure does not look intimidating, right?? That clump of stuff has been haunting me for two seasons. This spring was the time to move the Clematis. Not far, but that was what made it questionable. Did I really…

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    More Spring found everyday…

    Have you noticed?? Mother Nature is still marching on … In her normal crazy fashion. Last year I decided to see if the irises will truly grow any where. Out by the street we have several old oak trees. One of those has a “hole” just at chest height. While “thinning” out a batch of these crazy tubers, I wanted to see if it would even be happy here. Apparently happy enough to sprout. But the big question will we get a flower?? The Red Delicious apple tree is getting ready to show off for the neighbors.. Thankful that this cooler weather came now before the flowers opened all the…

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    Enjoying the Sunshine

    The girls loved being able to run around this past weekend!! Spent the day outside and enjoyed every minute of it! Even got some extra eggs out of the happiness! Earlier in the week I was able to take a few minutes to cover the chairs that go with my new craft room table!! I found thee perfect fabric in my stash. WoooHOOO!! Sooo, looking forward to when you can come stamp with me SOOOOONNNN, fingers crossed! The first window sitting of the season… there were some very happy kitties on Sunday, windows and doors open, slight breeze. I was sure that more of the windows would be full, ohh…

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    Could it be, signs of Spring?

    But first and update… For those that inquired and worried. The pen area for the chickens is once again secure. The smaller gauge wire is secured ever so fancy. Yes those orange zip ties, do the trick!! Even the kitties have enjoyed having the windows cracked open. Snuggling together and all. From left to right, White Sox and Mooch, Penelope and Gabby (sister), Mr Bigglesworth. Here are some interesting prints… the top possible Duck?? and the lower come of find out is a dog. However, the dog owner has officially been advised of the coming consequences, if this is to happen AGAIN. I hear you… The paw prints were located…

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    Ducks and Ducks, a Treasure and Cleaning

    Ducks are back! Soooo excited, because this was day 4. These were taken on Sunday morning. There are 8 couples. Three Wood Duck couples and One Mallard set. Joe and I are beyond excited!! We decided that we are going to make duck nesting boxes. However, maybe not for this year. Really not super excited to go out to a store right now. Boy ohhh, boy we need a barn! Why?? So that we can have a space to have a stash of supplies for times like these. Right?? Joe has been spending some time in the basement to find this treasure. Do you know what it is?? Did you…

  • Hamscher Homestead

    Snuggles, Funny, Pretty and more Funny

    Furry Snuggles… These two have been on top of me this weekend. I can not sit without one or both of them on my lap or up against me. I do love the snuggles, but I need some space too!! What makes you feel FABULOUS?! She is sooo cute!! I do see some shopping in my future… however, it will be online shopping. When was the last time you got a surprise in the mail?? A friend in Canada mailed this to me!! Soo beautiful right?! Check out my post on Instagram (link at top of page) tomorrow I will share her account! She sells on Etsy too! Lastly, one…

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    New to me, LuLu, a new kitty?? and wind powered…

    More room! This new to me table is just what I was hoping to find! Can easily fit 5 people! WoooHooo! I do owe a friend of mine back in Illinois a HUGE favor, but she knows I am good for it! Now to find fabric for the four matching chairs! I do NOT know what someone was thinking putting white fabric on kitchen chairs YIKES!! I sure did enjoy the sunny day Sunday. LuLu and I relaxed by the bbq while Joe was cooking. All of the chickens enjoyed being able to run around and take sand baths. Some even went foraging by the bird feeders for seeds. Here…

  • Hamscher Homestead

    SNOW, a kitty and a kitty…

    Tuesday the snow started…. the above photo is from Wednesday morning! We for OVER 24 hours of snow! You bet I was loving it!! You know I was enjoying the snow STILL on Friday! Sat with my coffee, some tunes and a kitty on my lap! However, Penelope sure was not friendly on Thursday morning… ALL the kitties took a trip to the Hamscher Salon. Penelope sure was MAD at me! She did not want to even look at me, left photo. She sure changed her tune later when she was ready for a snack!! Figures, right?? Meet the outdoor kitty… no name yet! He is warming up to the…

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    Slow week…

    Good Morning to you! Gabby wanted to say good morning to everyone. She was enjoying the sunshine while we had it! I can be honest with you guys, right?? I did enjoy the peak of “spring” we had over the weekend. Did a couple things outside. Joe fixed the truck, YEAH! Again actually!! Finger crossed it’s all good now. Big Plans are coming… Joe and I even found time to play a few games of scrabble. Three rounds and both parties won. WoooHooo. The only left to do on his long weekend is to get tamales. However we have three days left! Well, plus some more relaxing!! This mess will…

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    They are DONE, Snow and buddies

    taxes, Taxes and TAXES They are done and Penelope will be very happy because she NEEDS more attention! Hahaha The big snowflakes covered everything! And yes I enjoyed every bit of it! My coffee was extra fabulous. Enjoying this view! New Friends? Gabby and Penelope right net to each other. The best part NO hissing. You can not see Mooch in the second picture but he is under the blanket and White Sox decided he wanted to lay there too! Fingers crossed that they keep snuggling! I will leave you with funny!! Does this apply to you too?? Hugs and Have a Great Day getting Crafty!!

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    Baking and Kitties

    Found what I thought would be a pretty good recipe! AND OHHHH BOY!! It sure was. Poor Gabby she really wanted to try some too!! I can not make this too often because it has 3 sticks of butter. But soooo worth it! One sleepy boy (Mr Bigglesworth) and one of the Snoopervisors (Penelope). She was following me around all day. Apparently Paula did not talk with her enough! Poor Penelope all she wanted was a few pets! Hugs and Have a Great Day getting Crafty!!

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    Critter Highway

    I am not sure I have seen sooooooo many different tracks before on our property. Walks have been interesting these days. No sun, but lots to look at!! Round and round the edge of our property I go.. and the beauty does NOT escape me!! No matter sunny or cloudy. No matter snow or brown. There is always something new each day. Perfect example… Last night, waking up in the middle of the night. I looked out the bathroom window to see a doe munching on “grass” under the outside light. It had to be 2:30 in the morning. I wanted to get a picture, but was not that coherent.…

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    Finally… a party!

    Saturday, finally SNOW!! It was wonderful!! It fell ALL day! BIG …. FLUFFY…. SNOW!! I sure do not want to hear ANY complaints. This was the first snowfall. I was happy to to be invited to this beautiful ladies birthday party. Thank you sweetie!! Joe and I enjoyed spending time with you and your fun family! I know you had a wonderful BIRTHDAY!! Lastly, working on my end of month order… if you need to add to my order contact me by Wednesday morning please! Ohhhh, did you know that the new battery operated “candles” have timers?? YES a timer! That cute candle was a Christmas gift from my sweet…

  • Hamscher Homestead

    Fluffy blue jay and medicine

    Okay, so due to the blog hop on Tuesday things are shuffled a little bit. I sure hope that is alright with you guys?? The temperature tanked last night. Sure happy that the feeders were full! This poor Blue Jay was patiently waiting his turn. To be honest though.. I surely hope that we get more snow then this. Ohhh, I know you don’t want to hear that….not sorry! After being sick last week … and going to the doctor… medication on board now and feeling almost back to normal! Just need a little more sleep. Thank you for all your well wishes! Ohhhh soo excited for the blog hop…

  • Hamscher Homestead

    Bright orb, drive thru and lap cat

    Can someone please, remind me what that super bright thing is in the sky!! I sure wish I could see more of it. Wow, it sure was gray and gloomy. That day was a great walking day. I could actually feel my batteries recharging. Uugghh, shortly lived I am afraid. Fingers crossed tomorrow!! I know not the best picture. Thankful that the chickens have been locked up! This Red Shoulder Hawk has vacationed here before. Joe even saw her try to catch something from the pond. Today I was super worried! One of the chickens got out between my legs while I was feeding them. Phew, she hurried back in!…

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    Snow and…

    A couple weeks ago we had a different kind of “kitty” up on the porch sniffing for food. Happy that we pick up the food dishes at night. But this Opossum apparently ventured out after the snow. On my walks this week I have been searching for all the different types of leaves. This Oak leaf is a new one to me. I was SUPER excited to find it. I wonder what I will find next time! Hugs and Have a Great Day getting Crafty!!

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    Christmas recap and Last warm day…

    Ohhhh looks good doesn’t it?? Well, Joe worked on Christmas Eve and Christmas day. Our Christmas celebration was moved to Thursday night. Starting with this Roast that I know I should not have bought. However, you only live once, right? The carrots and potatoes where cooked in with that meat. Can you say YUMMMMM? After that we moved on to gifts. Joe and I decided only to do stocking stuffers. Yeah, that did not work to well. I did get a few things in my stocking. Joe had a pretty full one too. However, I thing this one is my favorite… Now if you do not know me… I am…

  • Hamscher Homestead,  Home Decor,  Technique

    Window using Peaceful Boughs

    Remember back in October when we were doing the remodel and I took advantage of Joe having tools out? No?? check here. Here is a second project that was constructed that day. The first, in case you forgot, is the “ladder” that is now in the bathroom, check here. This one measures about 12″ by 12″. The perfect size for any paper crafting project!! It started with a cardinal. In addition to the Cherry Cobbler Diagonal Stripe ribbon, I paired it with the Burlap ribbon. Not using both, but layering one over the other. Using the perfect evergreen colors of Shaded Spruce and Garden Green. Using all three sprig dies…

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    Happy Day after Christmas

    What a great way to start Christmas, baking! Joe is working soooo, it was a good breakfast and off to bed for him. Eggs, ham and still warm cinnamon rolls. I did let Joe pick which coffee cup he wanted this morning. Which do you think he choose?? Yeah, he choose the nice one… WHAT?? I am not naughty, well, okay, maybe just a little. My sister-in-law found a very yummy recipe. I knew that baking them for Christmas would be perfect!! Did not take too long either. Joe and I will be celebrating our Christmas on Thursday. Humm, I wonder what Santa is going to bring?? I hope everyone…

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    Merry Christmas 2019

    Mooch wanted to be the first one to wish you a Merry Christmas! He starts his Christmas with this chair. What do I mean?? When I moved in with all my boxes he was not sure what was going on. I moved in, in April. And then in November and I brought all these boxes up from the basement he started acting super weird. Both Joe and I noticed. Until this chair was put in place and the lights turned on. That is when he became the Christmas Kitty. During the winter months this chair is out and yes, plugged in, Thankfully he is one happy kitty. Here is another…

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    Happy Christmas Eve on the Homestead

    If you know me… You know for sure I love to decorate for Christmas. This year I got a late start, BUT… Here is how it all turned out! From the foyer, top left, and to the kitchen table. The old wood, evergreens of all types, to the cardinals. It just helps to bring the outside in. Our Christmas tree in the family room, fireplace, the stocking are hung, but not in the picture, sorry. All doorways are adorn with evergreens. Remember, I try to decorate more for the season, so the snowmen will stay with us thru January and into February. Yes, I decorate the bathroom too! Lastly the…