Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Life on the Farm

This weekend we drove up to the family farm in South Jersey for a (very) quick getaway to visit Sammi's Memom and Pops.  It was nice to escape my usual morning routine of cleaning cat puke off the basement carpet (which I ever-so-diligently resumed this morning, hence the mention...) to awaken to the sounds of woodpeckers and chickadees outside, and the smell of pancakes and coffee wafting up from the kitchen downstairs.

Pops makes some mean pancakes.  Whodathought you could mix cottage cheese and raspberries in this typically traditional breakfast food and make a whole new and tantalizing creation that people talk about for years?  He's been making them forever, and I think it's high time I stole the recipe... 



At 8:30am, I asked Samantha if she wanted to go for a walk.  She said, "to the barn."  So we did.  The barn was a little bit disappointing, holding nothing more these days than my brother's '87 Honda Element, gathering dust and waiting for a buyer while he's off at school in the Midwest.

An old farm truck that's been hiding in the trees for close to a hundred years, no doubt, was again visible with the winter absence of foliage (and ticks).  I always loved that thing.  Didn't venture out far enough to find the teetering outhouse, though, if it still stands.

The substitute for the current lack of horses...
Seriously, this dog is only 8 months old and already stands about 4' tall.  His head alone is the size of...well, I don't know what, but it's huge.

Memom and Pops, recording a storybook for Samantha.

I can't wait to go back!  I think we'll attempt a longer visit in a few weeks.

10 comments:

RobMonroe said...

Love going places like that - so much story in every single step. The stories that you heard growing up you now get to tell her, and so on. So wonderful!

Dayna said...

Those pancakes sound delish--if you steal the recipe I hope you share it! Sammi looks gorgeous as always!

Anonymous said...

I want that pancake recipe!!

Lacey said...

Ok, that looks like my parents dog. She is a giant schnauzer, and she is a monster! Looks like a fantastic weekend!

Kelly said...

Aaaahhhhh, memories! Nice to be able to share these with our little ones and at the same time.....creating new ones!!

Becca, I think it's high time you get that recipe!! I just did a post on a fundraiser we are doing for our local support group.....would love to add this to our cookbook!!

Cindy said...

Sounds like a fun place to relax and go exploring! Will you share the recipe when you get it? :)

Rochelle said...

Wow sounds fabulous, will they open as a B&B? LOL

Becca said...

I've sent a request to my dad for the recipe for those of you that are interested - I'll post it in a new blog post when I get it! :-) And just in case anyone wanted to know, Lacey was right - Ruger, the big monster in my pics, is indeed a Giant Schnauzer. Awesome dog. Soooooo cool, although we have to hold on to him when he's around Samantha to keep him from knocking her over (although he does make her laugh)!

Pam said...

The pancakes sound wonderful...my husband would enjoy them :) Love all the pictures...especially the one with Sammi in her hat.

ABandCsMom said...

those pancakes look AMAZING! I too, hope you share the recipe!

I love the pic under the completed pancakes..that would make one awesome background for a blog!