It is that time of year again….Christmas is not that far away. The snow is here…and the scents of Christmas are in the air. As a Grandma I am always trying to find that impossible gift for the grandchildren. Grams is doing her best and checking off the list. Our honey has been spun and ready to be included in some Peaceful Valley Christmas baskets. We can customize your baskets to anything you want …perfect for Teachers gifts, housewarming presents for all those Christmas parties coming up and for beloved family and friends. Just let us know you budget and we can create something special for you. Everything is handmade with love. We have in stock our roasted peanuts and almonds now. If you would like any baked goods included in your baskets we can do this …even gluten free options.
Remember to always take some time for you in this busy season. Let us do the work of creating some special gifts for you.
Tom and I have developed a great love for the people of St. Maarten. They are always friendly and welcoming with a smile on their face regardless of the great adversity that the island has faced. We decided we wanted to find a way to give back. Our journey began at the ICAN Shelter which is the only government funded orphanage on the island. The ICAN Shelter is where I met Kayla and Haylie. I did crafts with the kids each week and attended to Kayla’s medical needs, brought her to physio each week and help support Kayla’s nutritional needs. Recently I received a friend request from a young boy on Facebook. I was a little apprehensive at first than I saw he was a friend of Dahalia ( Haylie and Kayla’s Mom) so I accepted. He asked me if I knew who he was? I said remind me. He said it is Devon from the orphanage. Devon is 13 years old. His brother is with him in the orphanage. I was emotional as this young boy reached out to me. We talked for a bit. Than I asked him if there was anything he needed. He said a new pair of black shoes for school. You will never ever get a request from any of the children for anything but their basic needs. I asked him to prepare a list for me of what the other children need. The list is attached. I wish I could take each one of those children out of the orphanage and give them the life they deserve. But what I can do is provide my love and support to each of them when I see them. If you have anything on the list you would like to donate , bags of used clothes, and shoes ( the kids run around in bare feet- a kind family bought the kids shoes for Christmas last year) When we drop off your eggs we can pick up any donations. If you are not on our delivery route we can come and pick them up. Haylies Birthday is October 30th so we are going to St. Maarten for a brief visit to have a party for her. She has never had a birthday party before. Miss Brenda is bringing a mermaid themed party to St. Maarten…lol Thank you in advance and have a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend with families and friends.
As if Gram did not have enough to do around the farm…she is now doing gluten free baking, Christmas baking and gift baskets. If you need a teachers gift, hostess gift or gift basket for any occasion let us know. Everything is handmade with love at Peaceful Valley Farm…now off to more baking…and gift baskets…
Well, I managed to clean 6 flats of strawberries. They are ready now to make some jam. Porsha and Rolls got a good bath today as they were playing in the garden…I think…not sure where the mud came from..lol…Tom raked and Bayled the hay today. In the heat…I took a bee run to get 4 more nukes to add to our hives in the fields. We are going to have a lot of honey this year. I let Billie and Sapphire have the run of our bedroom today as I think I have them litter trained…Bentley, Porsha and Rolls were not sure what to make of them..but they like chasing them around. Than I made asparagus pesto. I have never made it before…looked at some recipes, found one I liked and it turned out pretty good if I do say so myself. Now on to making Tom a Father’s Day meal…he wants pork chops…and he is dirty from head to toe being under Baylers today…so he needs a shower….a lot always going on at Peaceful Valley Farm…next our first…we are going to pickle some eggs…I will let you know how that turns out.
Toms Father’s Day present I wrapped in TSC (farm supply store) flyers. Gramp loves this store for all his haying…he sure is doing a lot of haying lately…his wallet was falling apart so I bought him a new wallet…after a lot of research to find the right one.
We are starting our preserves. The kitchen will be producing some strawberry jam. Does anyone have any winderful recipes for jam? We have tried making it with less sugar but it seems to never turn out the same. We purchased 6 flats today, three cleaned…tomorrow three more to clean.
Gramp and I are getting married on August 11th, 2018. There is so much we have to do to get ready as we are getting married here at the farm. We are building the little chapel we are getting married under….we are very excited…the countdown is on 56 days to go…trying to think of a hashtag for our wedding to list pictures …any ideas??? We have a countdown on mugs we write in each day for the countdown..I changed Gramps to 363 days today to see if he was awake…lol
Missy our barn cat had a litter of kittens….Gramp reached in to get some eggs from the nesting boxes and there was five little kittens. We left them with Mama so she could feed them for 6 weeks. Than I had to take 3 to get them forever homes. We still have two “Billie” and “Sapphire” They are both thriving and eating well. I am an animal lover at heart ❤️ so I am having trouble letting them go. We already have three dogs and a cat, two horses and lots and lots of laying hens. Missy was spade this past week. We did not want to add to the cat population anymore. She is recovering and will be out roaming the barn again soon enough.
Gram is starting to do some haying, a lot of work and the weather has to cooperate to be able to cut and bale without rain…yesterday I did the parts run for the rake, had no idea what a spring, bolts etc were but sure learnt in short enough time. I told him I am his business manager for the haying..lol
The flowers are blooming and the birds are singing this morning…everyone is happy at Peaceful Valley farm today…