Monday, August 1, 2011

Visit My Farm, Have a Great Cookie -- and an Award!

When my stepdaughter posted these pretty pictures on her blog,
b e h i n d  t h e  m o o n, I quickly glanced at the photos and thought to myself, "Isn't that pretty? I could live there."  Then I quickly realized, "I do!" 
Krista's camera and artist's eye really made our farm come alive.  She saw beauty in even the most humble of farm equipment.  (Our horses always look great.)
Take a look at what I mean:

The grandsons seem to love everything about the farm!

even the equipment looks pretty!

My favorite view.

And after their last visit, we roasted good ol' hot dogs and marshmallows at the fire and had some of these cookies, which the boys devoured.  Hope you like them, too.
White Chocolate Chip Cookies
From Pat at church who can’t remember where she got it

¾ cup sugar
¾ cup firmly packed brown sugar
1 cup shortening
3 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 ½ cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
1 cup coconut
½ cup rolled oats
1 cup chopped walnuts
1 12-ounce package white chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In large bowl, combine the sugars and shortening and beat well. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well each time. Add vanilla; blend well.

Add flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Mix well. Than add coconut, oats and nuts. Drop by rounded tablespoonfuls 2 inches apart on ungreased baking sheets. Bake for 10 to 15 minutes until lightly golden brown. Cool 1 minute on sheet, then remove to rack to cool completely before storing in airtight container. Makes 5 dozen cookies.

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I hope you'll visit Krista's blog.  She's a young mother who has a sunny outlook on life and writes beautifully about her family and friends.  She also has an etsy shop where she sells her handmade jewelry.  Beautiful stuff!

And now for the awards . . . . I was a lucky recipient of the award below, thanks to the very kind and generous Elisabeth at food and thrift finds.  And so now it's my turn to pass it on.  I decided to go exploring and find some bloggers new to me, since I seem to share a lot of my readers with Elisabeth.  It was definitely easy to find blogs that were appealing.  There's so much great talent out there! 

So here's a great bunch of bloggers to check out, if you haven't already.  A lovely variety.  Congratulations to:


  1. The photos are amazing! It's true that when we look at something as a whole, we miss the small things that can be quite interesting and beautiful.


  2. I didn't know that u have such a beautiful farm. And the view is great. Thanks for sharing with us.

  3. Your farm is amazing! You're so lucky to live somewhere so beautiful :) Those cookies are pretty beautiful too! Yum!

  4. It's always a revelation to see our lives through other peoples eyes.

  5. Stunning! The photos are beautiful and do a great job of capturing the serenity of your farm. Thanks for taking us along n this photo journey.
    The white chocolate chip cookies are delightful too.


  6. What a fantastic post!! It's so lovely to see your environment through new eyes - the cookies sound delicious!!

  7. What a beautiful post... I love the pictures of your farm, and I would love to live in such a beautiful place! Or at least visit so I could taste some of those yummy white chocolate chip cookies... Great post! :)

  8. The chocolate chip cookies look great! The farm looks great too! The pictures are very interesting!

  9. Your farm is amazing! Love it. Beautiful photos! Cookies look wonderful... yum! Congrats on your award.

    Also, thank you so much for the award! I'm very happy to receive the award. Thanks again.

  10. What lovely photos!! It must be a real pleasure to live in such a beautiful, restful environment.

  11. Aahh Nona! Thanks for the kind words! I didn't do much, the place is just plain beautiful. The one of Levi rolling in the mud still makes me laugh!

    Love ya!

  12. You have a farm, and a horse named Levy?...Wow, and wow, again! I'm so thrilled, and impressed! So lovely, and pieceful.
    Love the photos, and especially the one of your grandchildren, and the horses!
    Rosemary, I was so happy to award you, and now thank you for the kind glad that you passed it on!
    The cookies are so amazing, crunchy, and full of the white chocolate. Thanks for sharing the recipe:DDD

  13. It's a beauty. Lucky grandsons. My husband's fondest memories of summer were all at his grandfather's farm in WI. So much exploration and beauty and knowledge of the land. And after a day of work, those cookies would be extra-special.

  14. Thank you for sharing those beautiful photos. You do live in a lovely place. I especially like the black and white photos.

    I haven't seen a white chocolate cookie with coconut before...sounds delicious.

  15. I want to come and visit! It is just beautiful! I love horses, and seeing pictures of them just made my night. Thank you for sharing yourself and your yummy treats. I hope you had a great day today, and I hope you have an even better day tomorrow. Hugs and love from Austin!

  16. Beautiful pictures!!! What a place!
    THank you SO, SO much for the award! You are awesome!!

  17. Mmmmmm...what delicious looking cookies!!! And your step-daughter's photos are amazing. What gorgeous country~

  18. Thank you soo sooooo much for the award! Apologies for getting back to you so late! I have been all over the place in the past few weeks. Thanks again for thinking of me! I am honored...

    Your pictures are quite fantastic by the way!

  19. Rosemary-I totally missed the mention about the attention gazing at your amazing farm, the cute photo of your grandchildren, the horses...and drooling over the white chocolate chip cookies, just got lost in the shuffle.
    So sorry about missing the mention about me giving you the award. Where are my manners?!

    Now that I'm back again, I glanced through this same post, and I see my name "pop up"
    Thank you so much for the mention, and congratulations to the bloggers you passed it on to!!!

  20. I really love the photos, thanks for sharing them.

  21. Beautiful farm Rosemary! Your stepdaughter took amazing photos. Your favorite view looks like it would be mine also - so peaceful. I think I'll stop by your stepdaughter's blog now. I love the name!


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