Monday, November 23, 2009

The Pioneer Woman in Minnesota!

We had so much fun meeting Ree, The Pioneer Woman on Saturday. I didn't get as many pictures as I had wanted. I think it had to do with sweaty hands and the possibility of my camera slipping right out of them. I did have a chance to get a few pictures of the line that was so anxiously awaiting her arrival.

We had a great opportunity to meet her downstairs before she went up for her book signing. She was just as wonderful as she sounds on her blog and it was so great to meet her in person. Marlboro Man and her two little boys were there, and they are all just as cute in person as in the pictures!

The cast of characters, my wonderful mother and the mastermind behind Plain Jane Primitives to the far left, I am in the black turtleneck and my sister-in-law on the far right. Oh yea, The Pioneer Woman is in the middle, as if I needed to point that out! She so graciously signed my cookbook in 3 spots, one for each of my daughters. I found pictures in her cookbook that represent each of my daughters well. She personalized each one, by just knowing the little I mentioned as to why I chose the picture. This one is for my youngest daughter who loves cows, because she is going to be a "Cowgirl!"

Here is the one for my middle daughter, Riley, who is absolutely crazy for horses and the reason I started to read The Pioneer Woman blog in the first place. It all started just so she could look at all the pictures of the horses.

This last one is for my oldest daughter Taylor who will soon be thirteen, the flower represents her well, carefree and beautiful.

We had a great time, even though when it was time to meet her we lost all rememberence of what we had planned to say. Let's just say a deer in headlights would describe it well. Quite embarrasing, so Ree if your reading this, thanks for taking the time to meet with us and we love all that you do!

Friday, November 20, 2009

Exciting News!

Another Rip Roarin Day on the Farm! All the kiddos are in school, check. The morning feeding chores are done, check. Time to have a moment to myself, no check. Ugh! The Farmer is home today, and he always has a list of stuff to do. As if my own list is ever empty! So much for me relaxing!

On another note, my oldest daughter has her very 1st Middle School dance tonight! I don't think I can handle this. I have threatened to chaperone several times, which always results in the famous twelve-year-old eye roll, which is always one of my top 5 daily goals,I love that. Since chaperoning is out of the question, I guess my only other alternative is to hide out and watch from the sidelines. Which is more embarassing, seeing your mom at the dance as a chaperone or seeing her Army crawl on the school lawn? That's what I thought, maybe that will teach her a lesson. All fun aside, I am very proud of her and I wish I could make time slow down just a little. My little girl is growing up so fast.

Ok, Ok, are you ready for the very exciting news? I'll give you a few hints....

1) Her husband looks fabulous in Chaps!

Enough said, right? You all know who I'm talking about! Ree, The Pioneer Woman! She is stopping in Minnesota on her cookbook tour!
We are going to the Mall of America tomorrow to meet her and get our copies of her fabulous cookbook signed, we are so excited! We will take plenty of pictures and tell you all about it! Here is the information for her book signing tomorrow, if you happen to live in this neck of the woods and want to stop by and meet The Pioneer Woman in person.

Saturday, November 21, 2009
1:00 PM – Nordstrom Court
60 E Broadway
Bloomington, MN

Have a Great Weekend!

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

What a weekend! We did a lot of cleaning outside this weekend since we were blessed with wonderful weather again. The days are much shorter and the wind is a little more brisk, but wonderful when we think of what typical Novembers are like in Minnesota.

The barn was our biggest task by far. It was a family event cleaning the barn and to my surprise they all did very well. Not much fighting, no manure throwing and not to much arguing, at least for a few hours. However, there may be one little reason behind the enthusiasm of cleaning the barn together in harmony.......

Actually 3 little reasons! The girls each got a little piggie on Saturday!Aren't they just the cutest things you've ever seen?

My sister-in-law came over with my two adorable nephews for the fun arrival of the little guys! We had quite the time with the first pig, who decided he was making a break for it and ended up giving Farmer aka hubby a run for his money. If I wasn't busy trying to help catch the little guy, I would have been busy snapping pictures of Farmer diving and missing several times. Dang it, those would have been good!

After all the excitement of the pig on the run, my nephew decided he wanted to try a more relaxing past time on the farm, feeding the chickens! We enjoyed the rest of the day just hanging out and keeping it a little less eventful then the morning! All in all we had a great weekend!

Another busy day, many things on my to do list and one of them is making a few apple pies from scratch. I have the darndest time with the pie crust. I am always looking for tried and true tips, so if you have one for pie crusts, please leave a comment and I will give it a whirl!

Enjoy the day!

Thursday, November 12, 2009

A Day of Certainty!

Today is one of those days that I have so much that needs to be done, yet nothing seems to be getting accomplished. However, here are a few things I am certain of and I feel the need to share them with you today.

1) I love living in the country and being a stay at home mom, no neighbors, no traffic, peaceful mornings, staying in my pajamas as long as I feel like it, no need for showering early in the morning. Until the nice lady who ride shares for your kids decides she wants to talk at 6:45 in the morning and your hair looks like Albert Einstein and you have Racoon Eyes! Seriously?

2) I love my children dearly and would do anyting for them, but they will be the early death of me! It is going to be a very long winter, inside closed corridors!I can already hear you saying, they look so beautiful and innocent. Looks are very deceiving, trust me!

3)That this is not the normal behavior between Dogs & Cats! Honestly, I did not pose them this way, this is their normal hard day at work here on the farm! Meet Miss Bailey, our loveable and very spoiled yellow lab and Bootsie Kitty!

4) I truly love my life and wouldn't change it for anything!

I am off to try get my long list of items accomplished.Tell me what things are you certain of today?

Monday, November 9, 2009

Holiday Giveaway Winner

Thank you so much for sharing all those great Holiday memories! The winner of the Plain Jane Primitives Holiday Gift Basket giveaway is June B.! Please contact us at so we can get your information to send you your prize!

We haven't really had a fall this year, Mother Nature it seems decided to skip over that season in Minnesota! As I previously wrote, it snowed in October! We had lovely weather here this weekend, sunny and warm for a change! One of the last nice weekends we will see for a while I'm sure, winter is right around the corner. Hopefully, everyone else had a chance to enjoy some nice weather this weekend!

Even the chickens got a chance to enjoy the warm weather and roam the yard for a while! They even managed to find Thomas Cat lounging and soaking up the warm sun! It's a little hard to see him, but he is in the back corner! I had to put a quick halt to the playful running through my newly planted Rasberries before they scratched them all up!

Have a great rest of your Monday!

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Special Holiday Giveaway!

The holiday's are approaching quickly and it is almost time for the hustle and bustle of Christmas Shopping, wrapping gifts, visiting family near or far, eating that delicious holiday food that we all try and swear we will watch how much we eat this year. Unless you are anything like me, that thought flys right out the window as soon as I arrive home and smell that familiar smell of mom's cooking. No matter how busy we get during this busy season, there are always moments that pass that make us think of our most cherished childhood holiday memory.

Was it a special day spent with family choosing and cutting down a Christmas tree to bring home? Did you have make snickerdoodles or sugar cookies with Grandma? Maybe it was going to church at Midnight on Christmas Eve? The list could go on and on and that is exactly what we would like it to do.

Please post a comment telling us what your most cherished childhood memory is of the Holiday season. The comments will close on November 7th at 12:00 p.m. CST and a winner will randomly be chosen on Monday November 9th to receive a special Holiday Season Gift Basket filled with Plain Jane Primitives items.

Spread the early Holiday cheer early and let your friends and family know about this wonderful giveaway!

Good Luck and we can't wait to hear from you!

Long Time, No Write??

The picture of this crazy rooster of ours really has nothing to do with this post, it's just that I feel like he looks, Crazy! My Internet has been on a major hiatus, so that is the reasoning behind my M.I.A. recently. Hopefully it can be resolved soon! It seems to work when it feels like it, so I am taking advantage of it as we speak!

There has been so much going on at Plain Jane Primitives, I am not really sure to start! I think I will start off by saying a HUGE thank you to all of you wonderful customers who purchased our Primitive Breast Cancer Awareness Flicker Candle in support of promoting Breast Cancer Awareness. We sucessfully raised $250.00 to donate to the Susan G. Komen Foundation. Again, thank you so much for the support and we plan on making this an annual event, with even more products to support the cause in 2010!

Remember this picture from an earlier post? Unfortunately, when we are the Junk Bonanza, I was so overwhelmed with the amount of fabulous JUNK that the cards I grabbed from all the vendors I took pictures of became a big disaster in my bag and I was unable to remember which belonged to which while I was looking through all of my pictures. Good News is, the wonderful vendor, Tami Jordan of Little Red Hen, who was selling these Feedsack Handbags left a post on our blog and I would like to be able to direct you to her. Her etsy shop is and her little slice of Blog world is Stop by and let her know just how adorable you think these are or better yet, buy yourself an early Christmas gift, you deserve it! I still just absolutely love them! I am putting this on my Christmas list this year. Hint, Hint Santa in case you are reading!(which I know you are!)

Stay tuned, I will be posting shortly about our Olde Time Christmas Giveaway! We wouldn't want you to miss it.