About The River

Friday, February 26, 2021

Thawing Out


Hello Friends,

We are officially thawing out. Our cold weather started the week of February 8th and continued until February 20th.  Our lowest temperature was NEGATIVE 30 and that was the temperature, not adding the wind. My big worry was that our chickens would struggle during this cold spell. 

They were brave Wisconsin Hens!! They took the challenge of the cold weather and blessed us with eggs each and every day.

 We have five hens, Lolly, Polly, Molly, Dolly and Holly.

If you guessed that big egg was a double yoke, you guessed right.

Quiche has been a favorite meal for my husband and I, we have been on a quiche kick around here.

Bacon and Onion Quiche

1/2 pound of bacon

5 large eggs

1 cup heavy cream

1 medium onion

1/2 teaspoon of ground white pepper

8 ounces of Gruyere Cheese shredded (about 2 cups)  

* NOTE* we will substitute 1/2 cup of Swiss and 1/2 cup of Munster if we do not have Gruyere available

1 unbaked pie crust ~ 9 inch

*NOTE* when making pie, I will make extra crusts to freeze. When we get a taste for quiche, we  can take a pie crust right out of the freezer, let it sit for an hour or two and it is ready.


 Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Arrange the bacon on a sheet pan, bake, drain, roughly chop and set aside.

Chop your onion.

In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs and cream until combined and smooth. Stir in the bacon, onion, white pepper and cheese. Pour the mixture into the pie shell.

Transfer to the oven, bake until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, about 35 minutes.

Remove from the oven, let cool for 15 minutes to allow the eggs to set.

Slice and serve warm.

Store leftovers in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. We enjoy left over quiche just as much, it is easy to reheat and the flavors have blended more. Yum! Yum!

 My friend Kathy shared this poem with me.

I officially have spring fever! How about you?

Have a Happy Weekend!



Monday, February 22, 2021

Joy List Monday



 Joy List Monday

 ♥  A weekly ritual 

a reminder to stop and pay attention to the little beauties and graces

 that make life magical and to set aside time for gratitude each day

  ♥ the days are getting longer

 ♥ pink sunsets

  ♥ icicles catching the winter sunlight

 ♥ hot chocolate with peppermint


Friday, February 12, 2021

Happy Valentine's Day

 Happy Valentine's Day

 Happy Valentine's Day my friends.

My grandma shared with me her Autograph book many years ago.

I enjoyed reading the messages. The messages are from 1945.

My grandma had a green hardcover, My Autograph Book.  

The inside cover has the following message..

As the years roll on in the march of time,

 Each little thought and each little line 

That is written now, in these years the best,

Shall be a part of my treasure chest.

So before you write, I think you ought

To give your prose or poem a thought.

Make it happy - make it gay!

In later years of you I'll say,

"Here are my friends-I know them well, 

Who have written here-in my memory dwell."

I am going to share a few of the messages. Some are the perfect messages to share with your Valentine this weekend.


♥ Yours Till Table Legs Wear Socks ♥ 

They already were text messaging in 1945.. 


2 sweet

2 be

4 gotten


 ♥ Girls like tulips in the park    But boys like two lips in the dark ♥


Yours till the sink sinks.


The higher the mountain the cooler the breeze. The younger the couple the tighter they squeeze. 

Happy Valentine's Day






Monday, February 8, 2021

Joy List Monday

 Joy List Monday

♥ a weekly ritual  ♥

a reminder to stop and pay attention to the little beauties 

and graces that make life magical and to

set aside time for gratitude each day

 ♥ Cross country ski time with my sweetheart.

A fun little story to share.. two orange kitties have been meeting up with skiers at the trailhead of our local ski trails, Rockman's Woods. Last Tuesday, I got to see one of the kitties. They live at one of the homes along the trail. They enjoy getting social with the skiers, hikers and snowshoe peoples.

Click here to see more of our local ski trail 

 ♥ Hershey's Kitchen Sea Salt Caramel Chips.. these are so good. I made the recipe on the back of the package. I ate three of these cookies just as they were cooling. I lost my self discipline. Ha! Let me know if you try them and how you use them.

 HERSHEY'S Kitchens Sea Salt Caramel Chips 10 oz 

♥Our son Atticus wanted to feed the birds at his apartment. My husband created the hanger the feeder is hanging. The feeder is hanging from the above apartment deck. Our boys have the first level apartment. Atticus was so excited to share with us that chickadee are visiting the feeder.

♥ Help from my cousin Kris.. she sent me the following article 

Keeping Chickens Warm During Winter

We have enjoyed a mild winter so far, but as Kris from Junk Chic Cottage, shared, "Winter is in full bloom now!" We will be getting some very cold temperatures this week. The article was just what I needed to read, to get our hens ready.

 ♥ A text message from our oldest son Sam.. out of the blue.. I LOVE YOU, MOM! 

It is the sweet, simple things of life which are the real ones after all.

Laura Ingalls Wilder

Wednesday, February 3, 2021

February 2021 Hodgepodge


Hello Friends, it is Wednesday and that means it is time for the Hodgepodge.

Joyce asks the questions.

We answer the questions.

Click here to join the fun! From this Side of the Pond

 1. Feb 2nd is Groundhog Day in the US of A. Tell us about one day you wouldn't mind living over again, and why you chose that day. 

Oh, I have so many. I will decide on a recent day, 2020 Christmas with our family. My parents hosted Christmas at the farm. My mom, dad, sister, her husband and our family of four gathered. It was a fun filled time, with belly laughs, good food and more belly laughs. We laughed so hard we had tears running down our cheeks. It was a very special Christmas.

2. Something you know beyond a 'shadow of a doubt'? 

It is Well with My Soul

When peace like a river, attendeth my way,
When sorrows like sea billows roll;
Whatever my lot, Thou hast taught me to know
It is well, it is well, with my soul.

It is well, (it is well),
With my soul, (with my soul)
It is well, it is well, with my soul.

Though Satan should buffet, though trials should come,
Let this blest assurance control,
That Christ has regarded my helpless estate,
And hath shed His own blood for my soul.

My sin, oh, the bliss of this glorious thought!
My sin, not in part but the whole,
Is nailed to the cross, and I bear it no more,
Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, O my soul!

For me, be it Christ, be it Christ hence to live:
If Jordan above me shall roll,
No pang shall be mine, for in death as in life,
Thou wilt whisper Thy peace to my soul.

But Lord, 'tis for Thee, for Thy coming we wait,
The sky, not the grave, is our goal;
Oh, trump of the angel! Oh, voice of the Lord!
Blessed hope, blessed rest of my soul.

And Lord, haste the day when the faith shall be sight,
The clouds be rolled back as a scroll;
The trump shall resound, and the Lord shall descend,
A song in the night, oh my soul!

3. Give us an example of history repeating itself in some way, in your own life or the lives of your children. 

 Our son Sam is balancing work, college, time for family, friends and his girlfriend.

4. Snowed under, snow job, not a snowball's chance, snowbird, on thin ice, snug as a bug in a rug, tip of the iceberg, snowball effect, run hot and cold....choose a wintry idiom and tell us how it best applies to your life right now. 

Snug as a Bug in a Rug

that is what we will want to be as a cold forecast is on the way

NEGATIVE TEMPERATURES as our high temperatures.. 

oh goodness, this is when I do not enjoy winter.

 5. Your favorite sign of spring? 


6. Insert your own random thought here.

"Courage is doing what you're afraid to do. There is no courage unless you're scared."

Eddie Rickenbacker