Welcome to Cranky Puppy Farm!

This blog belongs to two Gen X-er's smackdab in downtown Kansas City where we've been renovating and decorating two old Victorians built in the 1890's. Our life is filled with 3 demanding Pomeranians (1 of them cranky, of course), honking cars, noisy neighbors and the hustle and bustle of city life but we dream of the day when we can move to our 40-acre farm and hear nothing but the wind and the cows next door. Until then, we're chronicling our triumphs and mishaps here as we try to garden and preserve on 2 city lots, raise chickens, and learn all those things we should have learned from our grandparents. Welcome to our world - we hope you'll stay awhile!

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Sunday, January 20, 2013

Sixty degrees on Saturday to 40 today and 23 tomorrow.  We spent the nice weather yesterday cleaning out the cars and washing them, piddling around the yard and chicken coop, and talking with the new neighbors after they brought a friend over to show them the house.

Now that our warm spell is over, my behind is sittin' in the warm house and cruising the Intertubes.  I thought I might share a little linky love for some of the more interesting things I found today. 

On the heels of J.'s yeasty masterpieces yesterday, I came across a new blogger who's also based in Missouri, albeit more south of here.  I'm talking about Farm Girl Fare, and I've added a link to her blog over on the sidebar.  She's got some marvelous recipes on her blog, which makes me forgive her for having 240 acres down south in God's country (southern Missouri).  Folks, if you haven't been there, you haven't seen perfect.  Anyway, she's written what I think is THE most informative post I've ever seen about making bread.  If you're having trouble with something or want to get started baking your own, I'd recommend taking a look at it.

I somehow stumbled onto a post over at Wild Blue Bus on DIY solar energy.  Actually, that's part 1 of 2 (you can see part 2 here).   I think I've given up on the idea that we could afford a solar setup that would run our entire house, but I'm intrigued by the idea of reducing our reliance on the power company.  Kansas City Power and Light actually offers rebates of $2.00 per watt for a system connected to their grid.  Our neighbor looked into this last fall and seemed to think that he could get the system to pay for itself within 10 years with all the rebates from the utility, State of Missouri (up to $1,000)  and federal government.  I've put this on my list to look into some more...

And, last but not least, I ran across this really cool post over at Glory Farm on how to recycle and make your own paper.  I had no idea it was this easy and I'm excited about using this as part of one of my new hobbies:  making my own cards.

Well, it's late and probably time for me to hit the sack.  I have to be up early tomorrow to hit the grocery store for some free grapefruit juice and grapefruits (yea, couponing!) and then we have some folks coming over to look at a kitchen island we have for sale on Craigslist.  They said they're bringing their truck and trailer, so it sounds like it might be sold.  And that's a good thing, since it's in the house that will no longer be ours in just over 2 weeks!

G'night, sleep tight...


  1. Two weeks, two days and counting. And how did you manage to snap that picture of the chicken in mid-hop?!

  2. Susan at FarmGirlFare has been on the web six or seven years. She has a great blog, it was one I used to feature my first year. She has a lot of good recipes and a lot of nice donkeys.


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