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Sunday, August 21, 2011


On Saturday night when nothing else is happening we go to the County Line Auction just to see what we can find and to eat!  It is held in an old building at the county line and in the kitchen they fix some cheap, good food.  Since I am a cheap date, Peanut takes me out to eat there.  It's just like church most people sit in the same place and some  have their own numbers.  Sometimes we buy some "junk" sometimes we just eat and watch.  Peanut likes to buy boxes or containers to see what is inside!  Usually something he sees on the top is what determines just how high he will bid!  The last time we were there he saw some clipper/pruners that he needed on top of a flower box container.  For just a few dollars it was his!  We brought it home and didn't really look inside until the next morning when he found something inside that everyone should have--a fog machine.
It wasn't just the Fog machine, there was plenty of "fog juice" to go with it.
So that afternoon we did the only thing you can when you find a fog machine, we fired it up and fogged up the Ponderosa!

If two grown ups can have a good time, just imagine how much fun it is if you are four!

Parker on Scarecrows

Parker looked at this scarecrow in the garden and said:
"P-pa this scarecrow looks funny.  The birds will not be scared and fly away, they will just laugh."

Sunday, August 14, 2011

This week on the Ponderosa

This week on the Ponderosa began off the Ponderosa with some of our favorite people. . . 

the Ponderosa stinkbugs are learning to smile and laugh and they make the sweetest sounds in the world with their cooing. The King of the Ponderosa learned to break beans. . .

Then, on Tuesday he started to pre-school.  He was ready to go with his backpack and lunchbox.

Of course, he brought home an excellent report from his teacher!

Back at home the garden was waiting.

And this afternoon we had the great pumpkin harvest.

 Some varmint has been helping itself to our cantaloupe harvest

so late this afternoon, we did this. . .

so in the morning there may be more to this story!

Friday, August 5, 2011

Quick and EASY Dessert

Here on the Ponderosa we never met a dessert we didn't like.  This one is easy to make and you probably have all the ingredients in your pantry.  I found it on the Pioneer Woman, a blog I read daily.
It is called Cuppa Cuppa Cuppa Cake. I made it last night and we just finished the rest tonight!

Cuppa Cuppa Cuppa Cake
1 cup self-rising flour
1 cup sugar
1 can fruit cocktail with juice
Softened butter for pan
Whipped cream for serving

Preheat oven to 350.  Grease an 8 inch baking dish with butter.  Stir together flour, sugar and fruit cocktail with juice until just combined.  Pour into buttered pan and bake until warm and bubbly, about 45 minutes.  Serve with whipped cream. 

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Day Two on the Yard Sale Trail

Day two of our yard sale adventure began early.  We wanted to get out before the day's record breaking heat was just too much!
Our only plan was to go North on Highway 127.  Our first stop in Albany was the only place we made a purchase.  We stopped at several sales between Albany and Russell Springs/Jamestown  but we did not find a single treasure.  We also safely crossed Wolf River Dam where we noticed they are still adding concrete to keep it from breaking.

 Our favorite store Mighty Dollar has a location in Russell Springs, so of course we made a stop there.
 We continued to stop at some sales, but we were just seeing junk--like old dirty junk and it was getting hot.  Just as we were about to turn around, we saw a sign advertising a place to eat called Bread of Life.  The sign said it was ten miles away and would be worth the drive!
And worth the drive it was.  Bread of Life had a buffet lunch with  salad, soup, pulled pork, chicken, ham, baked potatoes, mac and cheese, fried okra, fresh corn,  baked beans, steak fries and huge yeast rolls.  Dessert included banana pudding, cake,  peach cobbler and fresh cantaloupe.  Soft serve ice cream was also available.  The $8.99  price included a drink.  We're certain we  got our money's worth.
We stopped at a few more spots on the way back, but we have decided we will stay on the south portion of 127 from now on.  We just regret that Bread of Life is too far to visit on a regular basis. By 2:30 we were back home.
Wondering what items we bought today?
We don't normally like cider, but this was purchased from one of Peanut's tax clients.  We tasted all the flavors and this was our choice.

I'm sure this item will be featured in future blog posts!

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

First Day on the Yard Sale Trail

The World's Longest Yard Sale is suppose to begin on Thursday.  It's on Highway 127 and just a hop and skip away from the Ponderosa!  But don't tell all the people that are already set up and all the treasure hunters that were out today because they are already in full yard sale mode!  This sale began about 20 years ago and until about six years ago we did not participate because we heard about traffic nightmares and it is always very hot this time of year.  The first time we went we found so many treasures that we were hooked and we brave the heat and the week end traffic snarls each year the first of August.  Today we set out early with intentions of taking 127 toward Crossville where we knew many vendors were ready. We never made it to Crossville.  After stopping a couple of places we ran into our old friend, Lee.  He had a nice shady spot with a good breeze so we sat with him for a while.  He was neighbors with the Jesus Rocks guy who came over and visited with us.  He is the guy who makes the Ten Commandments Rocks/signs that you see in people's yards all over the region!  He also gives everyone he meets three rocks from his pocket and invites you to go to heaven with him! 
 There's our friend Lee going to visit the Jesus Rocks guy as we are leaving!

These are the little rocks he gives out!

We made our way to Clarkrange and had lunch at the Cumberland General Store where it was so busy they had run out of french fries.  We shopped our way back home only stopping where there was some shade.  Here are the treasures we found today.

 Photo paper, envelopes, candy, writing tablets, magnetic picture holders  toys all for 50 cents each.
 A new birdhouse
Wooden table for Ponderosa parties and very cool wooden chair bought for a photo prop, but it looks good on the porch by the front door.
My favorite purchase of the day, vintage hankies.  I want to be like my grandmas and carry them in my purse, just in case a grand child needs wiping off!
In the morning we are going north on Highway 127 on the trail of more treasures.