Pinterest Pig Cake for Gabrielle’s Birthday

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Yesterday was Gabrielle’s birthday, and we wanted to share some pictures of her cake with you all! Gabrielle has had her birthday cake picked out ever since she saw this piggy cake on Pinterest a few months ago. She has always liked pigs, but has never been able to convince Mom and Dad to get any.

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Saturday night, Gabrielle and I assembled the cake. We had had a long, hot day on the farm, so this was a perfect way to wind down the day.

This video helped us know how to assemble the cake and what ingredients we  had to purchase. Although we made our own chocolate cakes, we did use Betty Crocker frosting because the lady who made the video recommended it since it would set up firmly. We used two containers of frosting: one for the cakes, and one for filling the pig sty. Also, we used dark chocolate kit kats  because we thought they coordinated with the frosting better than milk chocolate 🙂

Amongst the dark chocolate cake, the dark chocolate frosting, and dark chocolate kit kats, the cake was very rich. We just cut smaller slices though, and ate it for lunch 😉

DSCN7881DSCN7891I purchased these fondant pigs off  Etsy for an early birthday present for Gabrielle, and she was so excited to use them on the cake. (Many tutorials for the cake showed how to make fondant piggies, but it is worth buying them if you have never worked with fondant.) The pigs that I purchased from Luli Sweet Shop did not disappoint; they were professionally crafted and adorable. I definitely recommend purchasing from her!

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Happy birthday little sister! 🙂

 

Elisabeth

 

 

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Simplicity Skirt Pattern 1109 Review and Outfit Post

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The pattern was simple to follow; even I, a beginner sewer with minimal pattern experience was able to understand it 🙂 The only part of the pattern that gave us difficulty was the pleats, but Mom fudged them a little and they turned out beautifully!

I am still searching for a shirt or cardigan to wear with the skirt. The black shirt is a little warm for the summer, so I will be wearing white t-shirts with the skirt until I find something else! I think a pink shirt or lightweight cardigan would match perfectly.

The black pumps that I am wearing are from Kohl’s. I had been looking at them for a while and finally bought them when they went on sale. I know that I will be wearing them until they are worn out!

 

Thank you for visiting A Homespun Country Life!

~Elisabeth

Meat Chickens and Coop

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This is our first flock of meat birds of this year. They are going to be butchered tomorrow. All of this flock is spoken for and we’ve started taking orders for the second flock! These fellows are a little smaller than we’d like to see, but they will still be a good size.

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Mademoiselle Elisabeth with a superb specimen of the first flock. 🙂

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Here I am holding one of the chickens from the second batch. They are 5 weeks old and gaining well.

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Because the weather is feeling like summer now, Dad helped Elisabeth and I redo the doors. He cut each door in half; now the lower portion opens inward and the upper portion opens in and up. Not only does it allow more airflow in, but it also is easier to get into the coops. It looks really fancy, don’t you think?!

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Another change that we recently made was to remove the plywood that had been covering the back portion of the coop.  Above is what it looked like a few weeks ago;

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This is what it looks like now; we have a fan in a front corner of the coop that blows the air through to the back of the coop. The chickens stay much cooler with this set-up!

 

Thank you for visiting A Homespun Country Life!

 

Gabrielle

 

 

Rhubarb Custard Pies

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Every year around Memorial Day, we make rhubarb pies. I suppose you could say that it is one of our spring/summer traditions!

This year we made the pies before Memorial Day; we made them last week, if you want us to be precise. Of course, they were eaten before today rolled around, but I don’t mind making more. Rhubarb custard pies are my favorite 🙂 They aren’t that hard to make either..the worst part is that the kitchen gets so warm because of the oven! But I have a solution to that-learn how to use Dad’s grill so that I can bake on it.

 

Rhubarb Custard Pie

 

For a 9 inch pie: (We have 10 inch pie dishes so we adjusted this recipe to fit the dish, and we did not make a cover for it, just added the stars!)

1 1/2 cups sugar

1/4 cup flour

1/4 teaspoon nutmeg

Dash salt

3 eggs, beaten

4 cups rhubarb, sliced 1/2″ think

2 Tablespoons butter

Prepare pastry. Mix sugar, flour, nutmeg, and salt. Add eggs; beat until smooth. Stir in rhubarb. Pour mixture into pastry-lined pie dish. Dot with butter and cover with top crust. Seal and flute edges. If desired brush with milk and sprinkle with sugar. Cover edges and bake at 400 degrees for 50 minutes. Cool before serving.