Little House on the Ranch Update: Week 6 and 7

WALLS! We have WALLS!

Well, some of them. They are still working on it right this minute. But man is it cool to see some walls up there. It actually looks like a house now, not just an epic line dancing floor. The thing we can’t get over is how TALL this house is going to be. The builder has told us it’s a tall house, but we didn’t really believe him until we saw the walls for ourselves. He wasn’t lying.

Week 6 of the build really didn’t see much progress because a certain hurricane named Harvey came to south central Kentucky and set up shop. The good news is that the 8 inches of rain we got really settled all of the dirt around the house. The other good news is that we didn’t have 50+ inches of rain. I absolutely cannot imagine what those people in Texas and Louisiana are going through.

For week 6 being slow, week 7 started off with a bang. The framers have been getting to work sometime between 6 and 6:30am every day and getting after it. I’m so amazed by the skills that all of the people have that are involved in building a house. They make it look so easy. Meanwhile I’ll keep smashing my fingers with my little hammer trying to make fall crafts.

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We could have hosted a helluva hoe down!

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Pretty surreal seeing it all come to life!
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This is the living room/kitchen area. We were worried we wouldn’t have enough windows. I think we are good. HA! 

Last week I did have what I can only describe as the door hinge debacle all over again. I thought I was going to the siding place to give them our final color choice. Then they started off on eves and pitches and channel locks and board wraps and I was gone. Before I left all employees of said siding building were in the show room with me thumbing though magazines and google-ing stuff. God Bless them. We did finally come up with a plan for what we are doing. (I think?) Good news! The final colors are finalized!

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Granite Gray and Snow. Classic colors that will never go out of style. #winning

In other news, the mum ranch opens up this weekend and we have officially started corn harvest! I’m relishing in these last couple days of somewhat normalcy because fall gets pretty wild and western around these parts!

It’s the most wonderful time of the year!

Oh, and my awkward self is going to be on a Bowling Green news station next week. I’m sorry for advance for any of the channels viewers.

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I apologize for this giant picture of me looking, well, giant. I don’t know how to shrink this picture. Technology is hard.

Laney

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Little House on the Ranch Update: Week 5

We survived The Great American Solar Eclipse! And it was super neat. And I met someone from the town next to the town I grew up in. Which was bizarre. It was a madhouse in Franklin for about 6 hours, but then as quickly as all the people came, they were gone. Last I heard they thought there was 30,000 visitors to our county for the eclipse. But seeing the totality was SUPER COOL. Way cooler than I thought it was going to be, honestly. I’m sorry for the rest of the world that didn’t see the totality, because, well, it wasn’t really all that awesome until it got dark. HA! Side note, I’m pretty sure at least half of the population of Ontario, Canada was in Kentucky this week! Which is cool because I love me some Canadians.

Anyway, the eclipse hasn’t slowed down #littlehouseontheranch progress! It’s pretty wild to think we are only 5 weeks into this build.

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In the past week they have finished the floor joists, framed up the basement, put in the basement stairs, finished the subfloor, poured the back lanai(re: patio) and marked out all of the walls with chalk for the framers. Side note – we aren’t finishing the basement, it’s was just framing necessary for the floor and stairs. Today they are planning to pour the front porch. Framers are set to start next Thursday or Friday! My only question is if it rains will it wash away all of that chalk? I’d hate for them to have to go do all that again. Surely it’s some kind of super builder chalk.

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This is me and my freakishly small falling-apart-Tom’s feet standing in my pantry. At the last minute I decided to put in a linen closet that required taking out a little bit of space from either a walk in closet or my pantry. MyFarmer actually called to ask me if we should take space from the closet or the pantry. My response was something like, “If all of future Drewcilla’s crap doesn’t fit in the closet that’s his problem. I need room for my Cheetos.” #priorities

Needless to say, one of the closets in the bedroom is going to be a little bit smaller than we had planned.

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I particularly love getting random snapchats from MyFarmer regarding the house. If you said to yourself “that’s what she said” as soon as you looked at this picture, call me. We need to be friends.

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My other random house demand: A circle drive. If you pulled around a trailer as much as I end up doing, you would understand. Life is just simpler with a circle drive.

Now that there are floors and porches the room that will be the living/dining/kitchen is looking humongerous. I seriously hope it ends up being smaller than it looks so we don’t have to buy a bunch of furniture when we move in. HA!

Well friends, this brings us to the end of another exciting Little House on the Ranch update. See you next week!

Laney

 

 

 

Little House on the Ranch Update: Week 4

Hello again friends!

We are now into week 4 of the #littlehouseontheranch build and I swear it seems like we have been doing this for 7 months already! HA! But, every day when I go down to feed the horses I see more progress, so that’s fun.

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It’s actually starting to look like a house! Our framers are still a week or two out from being able to come do our house, but we think that if Glen keeps going at the rate he is the house will be framed before the actual framers get there. HA!

Check out that stud. Every time I take a picture he does something weird. Then when I tell him “It’s going on the blog!” he pleads for me not to. Sorry honey, I can’t resist.

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This beautiful statue is lovingly known as “creepy girl.” She’s been on a stump on the farm since before we bought it. Trust me when I say that when your headlights hit her at night you will pee yourself a little. Well, we took out the stump and now we don’t know what to do with her. We’ve become oddly attached to her creepy self. Like, I’ve grown accustomed to avoiding eye contact with her going down the driveway and it seems odd to not do so. I’m happy to give her to anyone that likes her and will give her a good home though… any takers?

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In other news, since I have a whole bunch of spare time this fall, I’m currently doing the Kentucky Master Cattlemen Program. And my nerd self is LOVING it. I never took any beef science classes in college so I feel like I’m learning a ton. Luckily I have not been asked what type of cattle or the number of cattle I have by any of the other participants. I don’t think either of my answers would be popular. (Corriente and 4) LOL!

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We also got pansy plugs in a couple weeks ago. I love how cute they are when they are babies. It’s pretty darn amazing how they go from these little bitties to gorgeous flowers in 4-6 weeks.

I’m not sure if you all have heard, but there’s a complete solar eclipse heading across the US next Monday. It just so happens that our little town is right in the main path of the eclipse. They are estimating anywhere from an extra 50,000 to 300,000 people in our town. (Mind you Franklin has a population of around 9,000.) This could get interesting.

Wish us luck!

Laney

Little House on the Ranch Update: Week 3

Quick quiz. No cheating. What color are your door hinges?

If you can answer that instantly without looking, you are my hero. I can honestly say that never, ever in my life have I given any of my attention to the color of a door hinge. I seriously had never considered that there were even multiple colors of door hinges out there. But there are. And when you’re building a house you have to pick out your door hinge colors. Also the number of lines in windows. Never paid attention to the different options there, either. Oh, and when you build a house you should know what kind of front door you want to have. Who knew?!

MyFarmer and I went to the booming metropolis of Bowling Green on Monday to pick out our roof, windows, front door, interior doors, door hinges, door knobs, trim, the trim around the windows that has a fancy name, and a bunch of other stuff that I can’t even remember. (We had no idea… we seriously thought we were going to pick out windows and the roof. Whoops.) Before we could pick the roof and window colors out we had to decide what color the actual house was going to be. The two color options we had it narrowed down to were a buckskin color with brown trim and brown windows or a medium gray color with white trim and white windows. As soon as the window guy told us that brown windows are “considerably” more expensive than white windows all of our house color questions were answered.

Y’all we gonna have a gray house with white trim.

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We honestly had a BLAST picking all the stuff out. Drew and I are both so “basic” that we just really don’t WANT anything extra and extravagant. Literally everything that we liked the best ended up being at or under what we had budgeted for. #winning. Our new BFF/sales guy was so helpful and fun and was totally cracking up at MyFarmer and I’s complete lack of previous research up to this point. But that’s how we roll. When I apologized for being so unprepared he laughed and said, “You are seriously my favorite female customer this year. You’re the only one that hasn’t pulled out your phone and said, ‘Let me show you what I saw on Pinterest!'” I don’t have Pinterest. In fact I just had to google how to spell Pinterest. That’s the level I’m at. MyFarmer and I just know what we like, go with our gut, and roll on. We had all of that stuff picked out in less than an hour and a half and I promised him that I will not change my mind. I intend to keep that promise.

Next step: picking out lighting and plumbing fixtures. Hopefully the salesperson for those locations are as cool as the door and window guy. They have to have a good sense of humor to deal with us. HA! And no, we have no idea what we want for that stuff either, but we are trying to get everything possible picked out before harvest and Ruby Branch season completely takes over our lives.

Another fun thing MyFarmer and I did the last couple weeks was drive the tri-county area and look at houses with the type of siding we are doing. (Vinyl Board and Batten). We only know of 4 in our area so we spent a considerable amount of time road-tripping. Luckily MyFarmer is my favorite person to get lost in the middle of Logan county with. Also, if you are one of the 4 families that have those houses, I’m sorry for creepily doing picture drive-bys of your house. I promise we are harmless.

We had a couple of MUCH needed rains over the past week, so they didn’t get a whole lot done on the house due to the mud for a couple of days. But they are now laying the block for the non-basement side of the house. Things are moving along!

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3 weeks down… a considerable number of weeks to go!

Laney

Little House on the Ranch Update: Week 2

I’m not sure how it’s possible, but the more the house gets dug out, the smaller it looks. HA! It’s such a strange optical illusion. MyFarmer and I often find ourselves standing in the middle of “rooms” to remind ourselves that we aren’t building a crackerjack box. We are very well aware that when you put walls up it will all the sudden grow – it’s just hilarious right now! It’s also strange how different everything looks with all of the dirt work they have done. We want the house to go at the same angle as the creek, and it is, but because of the dirt it looks completely strait. That probably doesn’t make sense to you so you just have to trust me on this one. I’m sure once all the dirt is flattened out it will look the way we want it to.

The basement is completely poured, as are the footers for the rest of the house and the front porch and back patio. I think I’m going to call the back patio a lanai because that’s what the Golden Girls called their back patio, and if it’s good enough for the Golden Girls it’s good enough for me. Granted, people in Kentucky don’t call back porches lanai’s, but they also don’t call a farm with 4 cows and two horses a ranch, so to heck with tradition. I’m going to have a ranch house with a lanai in Kentucky because that’s Ree Drummond and Sophia Petrillo would want me to have.

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MyFarmer suggested that we don’t actually fill in the front porch and we use it as a mote to keep ScubaSteve out. Okay, maybe the mote idea was his and the Scuba idea was mine… 😛 
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I’ve always dreamed of being able to see my horses from my kitchen window. Childhood dream coming true! ❤ 
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It’s going to be awful waking up to these sunrises every morning, but I’ll suffer through. 
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Queen Clementine Lillan atop her puppy dirt mountain. 

I still don’t know what will be happening next because I still haven’t talked to any of the guys… I’m just staying out of their way!

MyFarmer has decided we need to pick out siding this week. Pray for us.

Until next week,

Laney

Little House on the Ranch: Week 1

It’s officially official. We have a big hole in the ground!

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There was much debate as to whether our #littlehouseontheranch would have a basement or not. I was on team full basement with a walkout, MyFarmer was on team no basement. So we met in the middle, 1/2 basement, no walkout because marriage is about compromise… and concrete is expensive. In the end we truly needed it for storage. The house is going to have an upstairs loft that’s open to the living room/kitchen, so that won’t leave much room for attic space. The basement will also be a perfect annoying cat storage(looking at you, Zazzles) and anti-tornado facility. Both of those are much needed.

The only slight mishap thus far was digging up and breaking the water line that runs down to the horse barn. Luckily they were able to get it fixed fairly quickly and the horses never ran out of water.

We are now getting to “decision mode” so we are trying to line up where we need to go to look at siding, roofing, etc. The only thing we really know for 100% sure is that we are going to have custom barn wood kitchen cabinets made from a barn that was on MyFarmers great uncles farm. We are super excited to see those when they are done!

I’d tell you what they are doing next… but I honestly have no clue. I have yet to be at the farm when the guys are working to ask them. But I keep seeing progress every day when I do get there, so I think I’ll just stay out of their way!

Now’s the time that I ask for your opinions: What brands of appliances do you love and hate and why? We need to know! Seriously, we have no clue what we’re doing here.

Laney

Farmers Market Corn Pasta

If you are a carb-a-phobe, I’m going to ask you to calmly, but quickly, look away. This is not something you’ll be interested in and you’ll probably think less of me as a person. But, if you’re like me and carbs are friends, please continue to scroll.

I’m obsessed with those quick Facebook cooking videos. The only problem is that when I watch the videos I only remember bits and pieces of what the actual recipe was, and then I can’t ever seem to find the video again. This can be an issue when I go to re-create those recipes. I often try to replicate, sometimes I’m successful, other times… well, not so much. But let me tell you. I was successful on this one. Holy Moly it is delicious. Trust me.

What you’ll need for Farmers Market Corn Pasta:

  • Pasta of your choice(I used spaghetti noodles “made with veggies” because, healthy)
  • Cherry or grape tomatoes
  • Onion(1/2)
  • Garlic(3 cloves)
  • Dry white wine or chicken stock/broth(about 1/2 cup)
  • Fresh sweet corn cut off the cob (from Ruby Branch Farms, duh) (4 ears)
  • Fresh herbs (I used basil and parsley)
  • Fresh Parmesan
  • Olive Oil

The vast majority of the ingredients are things you probably have in your pantry already! Anything fresh can be picked up at the farmers market this time of year, so that makes this recipe even better!

Start off by heating up your saucepan with a couple of tablespoons of olive oil and throw in your cherry tomatoes. I used about 3/4 of the pint. Throw a little salt and pepper on them because it’s fun. Cook the tomatoes in the pan until they start to get plump and the skins begin to loosen up.

Add your finely diced onion and minced garlic to the tomatoes and cook them down until the onions are soft and translucent. By this time your tomatoes should be starting to burst.

Add about 1/2 cup of the liquid of your choice. I used chicken broth because I don’t generally have dry white wine in the house. I’m more of a Boone’s Farm kind of gal, if you know what I mean. Mince up some parsley and throw it in the pan, along with a little more salt and pepper.

When the liquid reduces by half, add your corn and let all of it get married in the pan. (At this point I did add a little bit of dry Italian seasoning and some garlic powder. I’m not certain it’s necessary, but it didn’t hurt either!)

After about 2 minutes, add your cooked and drained pasta to your saucepan and coat all of the noodles.

Serve your pasta up in a big plate or bowl, top with some parmesan shavings and chopped parsley and basil.

It’s fresh, delicious, easy, and full of farmers market flavors!

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If you are a fan of spicing things up a bit, throw some red pepper flakes in with the liquid. Or a couple dashes of hot sauce, if you’re into that kind of thing. You could also eaisly sub out the spaghetti noodles for zuchini noodles! I actually think that would be quite tasty.

Happy Cooking!

Laney