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Recipes Without

Ann Stoll

So much has happened since I last posted that it would be many posts before I got to this particular writing. In case you don't remember (because it's been, like, forever since I've written anything) , I like to cook using fresh ingredients especially if it's come straight from our homestead. 

This recipe I'm going to share with you, comes from Two Peas &a Their Pod website, but I tweaked it to suit me and my ever shrinking food list. So without further adieu, I give you a a comfort food that is easy on the gut. 

Roasted Creamy Cauliflower Soup


1 large head of cauliflower chopped

1 tbl olive oil

3 cloves of garlic

1/4 c unsalted butter

1 onion chopped

2 carrots chopped  

2 celery stalks chopped

1 bay leaf

1/2 tsp dried thyme 

1/4 c rice flour

qt. Of homemade chicken stock or two cans of vegetable broth

1 1/4 c almond milk unsweetened

salt and pepper to taste


1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Place cauliflower and garlic cloves on a large baking sheet and toss in the olive oil. Season with salt and pepper. Roast in the oven for about 29-25 minutes, stirring once. Remove from oven and set aside.  

2. In a large pot, melt the butter and add the onion. Cook for a few minutes. Add the carrots and celery, cook for a few minutes more. 

3. Pour in broth and stir. Simmer for about 10 minutes. Stir in the milk. Salt and pepper to taste.  

In this recipe, I omitted adding 1/2 c cheese and used rice flour in place of Regular flour. I am gluten free, dairy free, and we keep the salt to a low level (for my hubby). This soup was amazingly satisfying and very delicious.   

I Have Reached The End Of 30 Days!

Ann Stoll

Well, the end has finally come to the Blog Your Brand 30 Day Challenge. I made it. Just barely. So many times I wanted to quit, whether it was because I was tired, internet was horrible, no cell service, whatever excuse I could come up with, I over came. I hope you enjoyed a better look behind the scenes of our daily lives here on our homestead. Part of the rules of the Challenge was to not promote our products, at least not very often. So with that, I am shamelessly going to promote something that is new for us.

I'm super excited to tell you about how Blossom's Barn can now be obtained through hosting a Facebook Party. No need to get dressed and put pants on to go to someone's house. Pour a favorite beverage, get the jammies on and fire up your computer. All that is required from the host of the party is to be a cheerleader and invite all of your friends to do what you just did. Slip into something comfortable, pour a drink and let's have some fun! I do all the rest. 

There are always prizes to be won, hostess gifts of free stuff. Ya, who doesn't like free stuff? And I pad everyone's boxes with some extra special goodies, just on the the party night. So if you want to earn free stuff, have some fun, and all without really lifting a finger (okay, I guess you have to type, if you want), then contact me at and let's set up a date. I will then share with you the way to earn free product and extra credits. 

I know it's a bit early to even speak of this, but here it is. Start thinking about (Christmas) and please keep us in mind when picking out the perfect selections for your loved ones. We make great gifts for all occasions.


Annie Get Your Gun

Ann Stoll

Do you have any idea how many times I've heard that in my lifetime? Too many to mention. I was raised around firearms, so they are not a scary item to me. Although, when my kids were small, I didn't want any in the home. As my boys grew, it became increasingly evident, that it is ingrained in them to be intrigues with military arms or firearms. Believe me I tried to keep our home "gun free". They weren't allowed to watch any sort of violence on TV. No water guns allowed or anything that looked like a gun. What a joke. So even though my boys really weren't around any sort of guns, they still made them out of Tinker Toys, Legos, and just using their fingers. I gave up.

Instead of trying to keep them away from guns, we decided to allow them to learn about them and go to NRA summer camps, so they could learn to properly use firearms and be able to shoot all sorts of them. They learned to respect them and safely hold, carry and store. They even went small game hunting a couple of times and brought home some squirrel and pheasants. I needn't worry about them starving in their futures. They will be able to provide for their families, if need be in this fashion. It's only been done this way since forever. And it's healthier.

While I have never feared firearms, I also never really learned much about them. Well this weekend changed all of that. This lady here, went through the Conceal Carry course, all 16 hours of it, in order to apply for conceal carry in Illinois, if I should choose to apply for the permit. There is a lot to think about. A lot of responsibility that I never thought of. And let's just say, I'm not running out any time soon to send in my application. I need to pray about this.

As you can see, I'm not a bad shot! Part of the certification requires you to shoot thirty times, ten times each at three different locations. The shots are also not to be trick shots either. No smiley faces or continuing to shoot out the same hole. The teacher is suppose to be able to count all of the shots. I think all 30 of mine made the mark. Not bad for someone who hasn't used a firearm much, ok barely.

I'm not one to live in fear. I have God on my side and when my time comes, then so be it. But also, I believe we have a right to defend ourselves with force if the need arises. It was long days of learning, but I think overall, it was worth it, whether I choose to go through with obtaining the permit or not. Hey, at least I know I'm a decent shot.