Sunday, May 17, 2009

Animal Lover

Evie loves animals. I mean, really loves them. Lately she's been so attached to all the farm kitties. She wishes she could keep one (or all of them!) for a house cat. Our convenient answer to her is that Daddy is allergic. So her prayer at night lately has been...

"Dear God, please heal daddy's allergy to cats, Amen."

Saturday, May 16, 2009


"Mom, it's called "Lick-a-rish" because you have-a lick it."

Spring Baby!

Miss Eden is quite a character. She usually puts on a serious face and it's hard for people to get her to crack a smile. Once in awhile those who are closest to her get to see this silly side. She scrunches up her face and makes silly squeaky sounds:) People often ask if she has a cold because her voice has such a hoarse, scratchy sound. She's a unique little girl! She finally got off her knees and started walking a couple of weeks ago.... she'll be 16 months tomorrow! Pretty much the exact same age that Elijah started walking on his own. Evie started quite a bit earlier, at around 11 months.
Here's our goofy little Eden in the tulip garden...

Friday, May 15, 2009

Home Made Ice Cream

We're so fortunate to live on a Dairy farm. My dad keeps us well supplied in beef and of course, farm fresh milk! My sister in law Sheryl gave us an ice cream maker a few years ago and it's been fun to make our own ice cream. Ronny is very particular about his quality ice cream... Haagen Daz has always been his favourite. But he says that our home made stuff tops all:)

First things first, gotta milk the cows! We don't actually milk by hand... I was having fun squirting the milk at Evie while she snapped this picture though!

We fill a 5 gallon pail with fresh milk and let it sit in the pretty barn fridge for two days. This gives the milk a chance to separate with the cream rising to the top.


We make our strawberry mixture in the blender: strawberries, lemon juice, vanilla and sugar.

And puree it.

The kids tell me about 20 times that it's finished because they just can't wait any longer to dig in! It actually takes about 20 minutes for the ice cream maker to churn it.

And the best part of all....