Sunday, March 29, 2009



Mary Mary quite contrary,
How does your garden grow?
With silver bells and cockle shells
And pretty maids all in a row.

Loose Leaf Lettuce, zucchini, broccoli, tomatoes








Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow








Ps You may post your comments on my blog and I will pass them on to Sharon.

I promised You Pictures of Sharon’s Easter Decorations


Finally yesterday I made my way to Sharon’s and got my camera.  I suggest to see the beauty and creativity of each picture I took in her  home that you click and enlarge each picture. 

Sharon is a talented and giving friend.  I am lucky to be among her friends. I will not comment, just show you pictures, they speak for themselves.







The darling white cones hanging were for each member of the Bunko group, Sharon made those and put a little green bracelet in each one (she made) and some candy.  She covered them with green wrapping paper, dollies and add the handles and the little green birds were originally gold, which she colored green.



I sat at this table for lunch, which was delicious…what else?















024 By the way, this was not the whole house.  If you didn’t get and idea or two for your Easter decorations, I give up!

Sharon has a beautiful home and she shares it and her talents with her friends.   I wish I could say it was my house, but she comes and helps me with mine…..thanks Sharon for being my friend.


Saturday, March 28, 2009

ps Saturday morning dawned cold and windy….

It was warm and a little rain yesterday but in the 70’s.  This morn it is 38 degrees as we speak and the wind will be 60 with high winds.  35 degrees tonight……..?????????

One of my favorite recipes from South Louisiana


Corn Macque Choux

1 can (14oz.) cream style corn

1 can (10 oz.) whole kernel corn

1 tablespoon sugar

1 egg, beaten

1  tablespoon cornstarch

1 package dry onion soup mix

1/2 cup diced onion

1/2 cup diced bell pepper

1 teaspoon minced fresh garlic

Cajun seasoning…..salt, pepper and a little red pepper

1 medium tomato peeled and diced or 1/4 cup tomato sauce. 

Mix all ingredients and cook until thickens.



Goats…..thanks for your loving comments,  one of Mama’s babies died and I don’t know what happened.  He was not the little one I was worried about. I am still worried about the littlest one, will have to wait to daylight to see if he made it.  I will get my camera from Sharon today, so look out next week for pictures from a proud  substitute mother.


See Y’all


Friday, March 27, 2009

Catching up…….

Tuesday I drove to Port Arthur to our accountant’s office to take care of income taxes and then drove back to Houston to stay in Motel with my brother and sister-in-law.  My brother was having an arteriogram the next morning at St. Luke’s.  We received good news in the fact that he doesn’t need by pass surgery although his heart is weak.

I then got a hair cut and drove home to try and catch up with being gone 2 days.  Roy had come home from work and fed  Missy and Prissy Tuesday evening and Wed. morn and then left on a 3 day fishing trip.

Yes, I guess I forgot to tell you I had two baby goats in the playpen.  Prissy is a sister to Missy and had a neck problem, she couldn’t hold her head up, so she couldn’t suck from her mother.


By the time I got home Wednesday, the babies were starving and so were all the dogs and the ducks….then I fell over……..

Thursday started at 3:30…crying hungry babies and a ice chest full of shrimp I bought in Port Arthur on Tuesday. I count my shrimp when I put them up instead of using pounds.  I beheaded 1100 ( yes) shrimp and put them in freezer.

Gloria was here cleaning the house, so I took a stroll out to the pasture to check on expecting nannies.  Brightie was over the hill and she had a new baby and a big one.  He is a paint and beautiful. I think we will name him War Cloud.

I heard Mamma crying and found her in the old shed about to have a baby.  I left her and returned about thirty minutes later and she had three black and brown babies.  I went to get some hay to cover the dirty floor and when I came back there were four, three boys and 1 girl.  They were all doing great when I left them last night.  Only my sweet Mamma could take care of 4 babies.  Mamma and I are old friends, so I could help her take the sacks off her babies and I made sure their faces were clean.  The dogs also help, they will come and lick the babies.  I am anxious for daylight to check on them.

We now have 10 babies and still have 3 or 4 expecting nannies.  This is a wonderful time on the ranch.  New babies are so much fun to watch. They are part of God’s world and I treasure them.

Yes, my new camera has completely quit working and I took pictures with my very old one and there is no program to open them, I am still trying.

Well, hope you were not bored with my posting today, guess I need to start a new day ….Purple Goat Lady and her 10 new Babies..the care and feeding of baby goats. The only problem I would be the only one to participate.

Going to try and find way to open yesterdays pictures.

Have a great day and if you have any spare time, drop in and hold or feed a baby goat.

You will be amazed how they touch your heart.

See Y’all

Mama Barbara

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Mexican Casserole

2 pounds ground chuck

1 onion chopped

One 30 –32 ounce can of tomato sauce

1 tablespoon of chili powder

2 packages of taco seasoning

1/2 teaspoon white pepper

1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

One 14 ounce can of whole kernel corn including the liquid

4 cups cooked rice

2 cups shredded cheddar cheese or mexican cheese

4 slices of bacon, partially cooked


Preheat oven to 375 degrees

Heat a skillet and add meat and chopped onion, cook over high heat until meat has very little pink remaining in it.

Add tomato sauce, corn with liquid, chili powder, taco seasoning, white pepper and garlic powder and heat until the mixture begins to simmer

Stir in the cooked rice and then pour this into 9x13 baking pan.

Cover the casserole with cheese and lay the bacon strips over all

Cover the casserole for the first 15 minutes of baking time and then uncover and bake 15 more minutes or until the cheese is melted and the ingredients are thoroughly heated.

This Casserole has a good “down –home” flavor, is hearty and uses ingredients most people have in their pantry at home.

This is a great casserole to take with you to pot luck or barbeque.  Serves 8.

Hope you enjoy this casserole.

See Y’all


Monday, March 23, 2009

Spinach Casserole

This restaurant recipe is flavorful, quick and easy.

1 pound lean ground beef or ground turkey or chicken

1 onion, chopped

Two 6 ounce cans of sliced mushrooms

1 clove of garlic or 1/8 teaspoon of garlic powder

1 teaspoon crushed oregano

One 16 ounce package of frozen spinach, chopped, thawed and squeezed

1 can of cream of celery soup

1 cup of sour cream

1 teaspoon salt

Pepper to taste

1 pound of Monterey Jack cheese, grated


Heat a skillet over medium heat, when the skillet is hot, brown meat and remove from heat and drain

Add the onion, mushrooms, garlic and spinach and mix

Combine the soup and sour cream in  9x13 baking pan

Add meat mixture and combine with sour cream mixture

Put cheese on top and bake in 375 degree oven for 35-40 minutes or until it is bubbling and hot throughout.

That’s all there is to it.

I don’t have pictures, one camera at Sharon’s house and the new one is not working.

Hope you have a great Sunday.

See Y’all


Sunday, March 22, 2009

A Baby Girl in the Playpen

Yesterday as I started through the gate to feed Pilgrim and Mary, I was met with the scene of Snowball giving or had just given birth to three babies.020

There were 2 brown babies and one with a white body and a brown head.  Two are girls and one is a boy. 

We don’t often have a nanny give birth to three and many times one is so small it can’t make it on its own.

I noticed immediately that the little brown headed girl was in serious trouble, she was breathing hard and could not stand up.021

They were all tiny babies, but she was very tiny and I knew she couldn’t make it without help.  So the mother instinct kicks in and I get the colostrums (which they must have in first 12 plus hours to survive) and after several ounces, she is recovering nicely.

This  morning she can get up by herself and stand, still a little weak on walking.  I will try this morning to reunite her with her mother?022


These are the other two.


Mom and two babies.

While we were gone, Susie had 2 little girls and they are darling and running and playing.


We have about two or three nannies that appear to be ready to give birth, but they can fool me for a week or two sometimes.

Well, live goes on at the Bar H and you have to run to keep up.

I named by house guest Sweet Baby, I  hope her mother takes her back, otherwise I am the mama and that makes it hard on the little goat.  They need to be in the pasture with the other goats.

Can’t wait for daylight to see if there are any new ones.  When one goat starts….the other pregnant nannies are usually not far behind.

Will keep you posted………

See Y’all

Mama Barbara

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Thanks for all the Prayers!

Roy’s mother died Wednesday afternoon and we will be on our way to Cuero early Thursday morn.

Roy and I appreciate all the prayers and kind words in the past month or so.  We are sad she is gone, but happy she is no longer suffering.

See Y’all Soon,


Happy St. Patrick’s Day

Calling all Irish and those who just want to celebrate…..have a great day.wish-rainbow-poem-card250


I receive this publication  about  activities and advertisement for Bryan/College Station and surrounding cities.

They have been printing originals from the 1950s collection of Visual Merchandise Displays of New York City.  They are so outstanding I thought you might like to see them. Please be sure and click on each one to see the details .scan0001

The Flower Cart. It was over 6 ft tall, three dimensional cart with basket of jeweled branches and flowers, and also jeweled ribbon with trim.




The Dutchie,  She is about 5 feet tall, hand painted  flat figure with full round head and egg baskets. Decorations of fabric, ribbon and jeweled felt flowers.


scan0005  Fountain of Lilacs is 8 1/2 feet tall, the base is wood with three dimensional decorated fountain of paper mache and jeweled wire, Wires bursting with jeweled lilacs, It is highly decorated.


Spring Urn is 8 1/2 feet tall.  Urn of blat construction painted to simulate Wedgewood, trimmed with gold. Manzanita tree with treated flowers of lilac or wisteria. Branches decorated with mirrors.


The Flair is published 4 times a year and the displays are always seasonal.  The Flair is 13 1/2 inches tall, so you can imagine how beautiful these pages are.

Wish you could see them in the publication and just imagine them in a store window in New York City……

Headed to Bunko with my good friend Sharon, so this is it for today. I don’t have time to visit any blogs, so I will say hello to all my friends and I will see you soon.


Monday, March 16, 2009

Blue Monday, Oh No Not Already!



Yep, Ladies and Gents time to search all blue things in and around your house.  Boy it is getting slim ‘ pickins’ around here.001

How bad is this….can goods


Necklace I made




Well she has on blue hat and blue purse!



007 Deputy Andy




This is my pride and joy…a goat doll.

Well, here is my meager collection of blue, I going to have to get ‘way yonder creative’ to post anything blue.

Have a great Blue Monday and thanks to Smiling Sally for hosting this every Monday.