Adventures at Backwoods Academy and Collyott Farms

Monday, May 24, 2010

Primtives from the Attic - - -

EVERY MONDAY we will introduce a great primitive or other artisan to you. Today I bring you Wendy of Primitives from the Attic. I just recently stumbled across Wendy and her totally AWESOME primitive dolls. I soooooooo am going to have to adopt one of her babies, I have loved them all. They are full of character, there is never one the same and they are oh sooo beautifully prim. We have posted pictures of some of her creations for you to ohhhhh and ahhh over!!!

In asking Wendy to tell us a bit about herself, here is what she has to say:

Hello! My name is Wendy Turner and I am a self-representing folk artist who loves to re-create antique dolls, Raggedies and pieces of the past. I have been creating ever since I could hold a crayon and work with all mediums. I am the owner of PRIMITIVES FROM THE ATTIC and you can find my work on eBay! Most of my auctions start at .99¢! I also run a group page on Facebook.. please come and join us! Search: PRIMITIVES FROM THE ATTIC

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Chicken Poop !! LOL

OK - since we're on chickens today I just had to share this find - CHICKEN POOP LIP BALM - what a FUN gift - or even get one for yourself - there are sure to be comments!!

It's a CHICKEN world...

OK I will admit it I LOVE chickens. I love their funny antics, the roosters crow and strut (he is the MAN!) and that little cackle they do when they've laid an egg (job well done!). My family tries to steer me clear of farm and home stores during "chick days" because I always have to adopt something - I'm a sucker!!

Besides the fun chickens can be there is nothing quite like fresh chicken (fried, boiled, baked) that you know you raised yourself free range and nothing beats a farm fresh egg - even the color of the yolk is vibrant and bright like the sun - it just looks healthy!!

I invite you to consider raising a few chickens - - a lot of urban cities are now allowing people to raise their own chickens. There is usually a limit (around 6) and you cannot have a rooster. FYI - you do not need a rooster for chickens to lay eggs. Go Green - Go Healthy - Get Chickens!!!

Above is a picture of my youngest "Colten" he is the CHICKEN MAN. I get into a lot of trouble if I have collected eggs - when he gets off the school bus the first place he heads is the chicken coop - then he finds a spot and sits to sing and/or talk to them awhile.

Monday, May 17, 2010

Chicken n Asparagus

Nothing quite says SPRING like fresh asparagus. This is one of my favorite recipes to use in the spring when you can pick it fresh (or find it in the farmers market).

Chicken n Asparagus

4 Chicken Breast (or more if needed)
1 bunch asparagus
1 cup mayonnaise
block of chedder cheese
2 tablespoons curry powder
1 teaspoon lemon juice

Cook chicken breast until almost completely done in skillet - season if you like. Boil the asparagus in water until desired tenderness - I like mine really tender but if you like crisy don't boil very long. In a seperate bowl mix together mayonnaise, curry powder, and lemon juice. Shred cheese. In a 9x13 Baking Dish layer - Asparagus, Chicken, Sauce then top with cheese - Bake in the oven at 350 for approximately 30 minutes. I serve with noodles and warm bread - ENJOY!!!! (Note if you add more chicken because you need to serve more just add more asparagus as well - I usually use 6 chicken breast and 2 bunches of asparagus - play with it!)

Bathroom Shelf - Our first Custom Creation

Well this shelf takes us back to the beginning (2005). This was the first ever custom piece we did for a client wanting a shelf that was primitive that she could hang her bathroom towels on. Well we thank Krisal because this is still our most popular shelf still today!!! GoosieMoosie 2005 Copyright.

The Gangs all here . . .

Well most of them anyway. Thought I would introduce you to my partners in crime. My husband and children, they are the reason I do what I do? Jeremy is our woodworker and great at HONEY DO lists. I could not do what I do or have the animals I have if it wasn't for him. I always tell customers who want something custom made - sure no problem - then it's HONEY do you think you can do this!! LOL He is great. My children help out or kick over the paint and the cat walks through it - waaalaaa modern art!!! It's all good - -

Then there is Sadie our yellow lab she is just 1 and we're trying to get it through her head you DON'T chase the chickens even though it's FUN!!!