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Theres nothin like Sunshine!

I have a weird morning routine, I like to get up before the sun rises, because when it does I want to be there to greet the day.

The first rays will start to peak thru the curtains as I start my breakfast, I can feel it slowly starting to creep in and wake up the mountains and trees first.

You see in my backyard I look out at the Elk mountain range, you could say we know each other really well, we have been together a long time, and this is where my heart is.

My rooster is the first one to let me know the night is subsiding and the day is beginning, he likes to get an early start due to his inner sun clock, he will crow and crow at the very first hint of the upcoming dawn, his girls are still nestled in their beds, and he is out in the yard just a crowing away.

Rooster crowing has been my alarm clock for many years, when I travel I am lost without him in the morning!

As the sun slowly rises and just a glimmer is now evident over the top of the Elk mountain range.

I like to get ready by rushing around the house, tossing open every curtain, starting in the front of the house first.

You see by the time I get to the back of the house, I get to experience this dramatic curtain opening ritual, and when I do, the sun has risen in all its glory flooding the house with amber light and warmth.  I can almost sense my inside plants wake up and stretch to start their day.

One of my my first views of the day are the horses and donkeys, I always marvel at how they have stood outside in the cold all night, and when that sun hits them, oh man! it is a sight to see.

I get to witness how they like to slowly wake up, and turn towards all this warmth flooding the pasture, some slowly making their way out of the shelter over to the hay feeder for breakfast.  If I time it just right, I eat my breakfast with them, as I watch them out the kitchen window.

My standard greeting is  “Good morning sun!”, as I participate with the dramatic opening of the downstairs curtains, I am bathed in morning sunlight.

Try it sometime no matter what your routine is, greet the sun each day, I’m tellin you, it certainly can give a positive feeling in your soul, at that point nothing seems impossible!

 

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AboutLong Ears Farm

My passion for living is baking and creating in the kitchen.
From canning fresh produce and fruit each summer and fall with my grown children to
Flipping thru magazines and trying those impossible dishes.
I always know that I can rely on the old family tried and true recipes.
I have written many cookbooks over the years, _this one_, thisone_ and this one, they have reminded me that I always go back to finding my true self in the kitchen, when I am covered in flour, lost in baking or making the biggest mess ever in the kitchen.
Sometimes my kitchen looks like a tornado hit it! And I have a really small space lol.
Now that the kitche and i have finally found our groove we are able to further the journey with sharing my recipes, thoughts, and kitchen wisdom with the world!
Gone are the days of rushing into the house after a long day at work, and trying to beat Betty Crocker at her own game , tirelessly trying to whip up a nutritious and delicious meal for the family, making it look effortless and taste good too!
Many a night was spent in my work coat cooking dinner, as I had not taken the time to take it off.
Straight to the kitchen , a glass of wine and my favorite casserole dish I went.
I was brought up on a salad, main entree, with a ton of side dishes, and of course a home baked dessert!
You can forge the dessert, it was survival of the fittest for my kids as they grew up.
You had one chance to eat dinner, and if you chose to sit there and pout over the broccoli on your plate, many nights when dinner was over, you went hungry. Ahhh those were the days, the days when parenting was free spirited and fun!
I hope you enjoy what I share with you, and if you ever find yourself looking for a little bit of those tried and true recipes feel free to check out my cookbook, there's something in them for everyone!

There are many things I love about living in the Rockies For instance you can literally jump in the car and get to the mountains within 30 mins. You can also enjoy the semi-arid landscape and we have access to many rivers, lakes and mountain streams.
Homemade jam makes a wonderful food gift all year long. Taking a little more effort and making your gifts from your own kitchen can go a long way in showing someone you care. Not only that, but home canning also gives you control in what’s in every jar. Homemade jam has no preservatives or unnecessary additives and you can create new flavors that you wouldn’t find in the store. These are the reasons I love to make my own homemade jam

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