Friday, February 24, 2017

Fence Post with a View #40

Beautiful Angel in Aunt Gayle's Garden - Anna Pearl's daughter who passed away last week.  RIP, beautiful Auntie

Friday, February 10, 2017

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

The Moment I Fell In Love

The following story was posted in February 2015.  I wrote it for my Hunky Hubby for Valentines Day that year.  I wanted to re-post it this year.  Why?  It is a really sweet, true story about why I love my big burly rancher man so very much.  I hope you enjoy it.....again!
 
 
 
 
The Moment I Fell In Love
Do you remember the moment you fell in love?  It might have been the most important Ah Hah moment of your life.  For some people, it happens during a romantic date.  For others, it may happen during a crisis.
 
For Hunky Hubby and I, it happened in the Milk Shed.  After dating for about a year, I went to the barn with Hubby to do the afternoon milking.  This wasn't the first time I had sat on an old bucket, watching  his experienced hands coax milk from a cow.  Hubby had been milking twice a day throughout most of his life.  There had been many milk cows come and go over the years.  I heard tales of a Jersey, a Brown Swiss, and a Holstein.  They each had a name and were regarded as part of the family.  My mother in law sold the cream to the local creamery for years.  She would use the money for groceries that they could not produce themselves.
 
On this particular day, Hunky Hubby was milking a Guernsey cow.  She was a gentle soul with all the patience of a saint.  With just a call, she would make her way to the milking shed, which was built of logs in the late 1800's.  Upon entrance into the shed, she would dutifully go to the feed trough and start munching on the waiting grain.  It wasn't necessary to put her in a stanchion, she was content to stand quietly.
 
The cow was lowing as she nuzzled her nose into the grain.  Three barn cats had gathered around the back end of the cow.  They were watching Hubby intently, as though they were expecting him to do something.  Intense stares, followed by a rub on his leg brought them his attention.  "Oh, what do you guys want?", he said, softly.  The cats gathered in closer to the back leg of the cow. 
 
Hunky Hubby turned the teat that he was holding.  A steady stream of milk sprayed across the room, landing resolutely in one of the cats open mouth.  A gasp escaped my lips as I realized what was happening.  My big burly rancher man was going to feed those cats straight from the cow! Who does that?  One does not imagine that a macho, testosterone driven , outdoorsy man would even think of the welfare of a few barn cats.  I was in LOVE! 
 
On each pull of the teat, a different cat would get the stream of milk.  While the other two were waiting for their turn, they would lick their fur, making sure not a drop of precious milk was wasted.  Two squirts for the bucket, three squirts for the cats.  Two squirts for the bucket, three squirts for the cats.  This process continued until the cow was milked or the cats were satiated.
 
The milk shed has been torn down.  We no longer have a milk cow.  We only have one cat.  She isn't a barn cat.  She is a back porch cat, who yells at us to feed her.  Her cry is not "Meow".  It is "NOW"!  The charming setting of this story has been replaced by reality.  We have a mortgage, two car payments, and adult children.  We live in a little log house that we struggle to pay for.  Sitting on the front porch while watching our bossy cat take a bath, we are transported back to 34 years ago.  We fell in love in a milk shed.  I am totally okay with that!

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Custom Wedding Florals


Anna Pearls Attic Creates Custom Wedding Florals! 
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Below are some examples from Ashley V's beautiful wedding in July 2016.  Stay tuned for more pictures for our portfolio.
 
Bridal Bouquet
 


Bridal Bouquet

Bridesmaid Bouquet and Hairpiece
 

Mother's Corsage
 

Friday, January 27, 2017

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Chicken Kale Quinoa Soup

This recipe is so good for your body and your soul.  It's loaded with healthy proteins from the chicken, quinoa, and chickpeas!  There is lots of vegetables to give you precious vitamins and minerals.  It's hot and steamy.  Top it with a little parmesan cheese.  You will think you have died and gone to heaven.


Anna Pearl's Chicken Kale Quinoa Soup

Makes 6 servings

1      Tbls. Olive Oil
1      Yellow Onion, diced
1      Green Pepper, diced
4      Garlic Cloves, finely diced
2      Chicken Breasts, Boneless, Partially Frozen,     diced into bite-sized pieces
2      Quarts Water
1      Knorr Chicken Bouillon Cube
2      Teas.  Italian Seasoning
2      16 oz. cans Tomatoes, diced
1      16 oz. can Chickpeas or Garbanzo Beans
1      Bunch Kale, chopped
Salt and Pepper to Taste
Parmesan Cheese to garnish

In a Dutch oven, heat olive oil.  Sauté diced onions until translucent.  Add diced green pepper.  Sauté for 4 minutes.  Add diced garlic and sauté for an additional 3 minutes.  Transfer onion/pepper/garlic mixture into a stock pot. 

Place chicken into Dutch Oven.  Sauté until no pink shows in center.  Add to stock pot.  Add a little bit of water to the Dutch Oven, stir around, and pour into the stock pot.  

Add Water, Bouillon, Italian Seasoning, Tomatoes, Chickpeas and Kale.  Bring the soup to a boil.  Lower the heat and let simmer for 30 to 40 minutes, until kale is tender.  Top with Parmesan Cheese to garnish.