We have been working diligently here at Wade Acres to get ready for the Fall Harvest Festival. We have built and painted buildings. We plowed, and planted fields of pumpkins. We purchased, feed and raised various types of farm animals. We designed signage, cleaned and put up decorations. I don’t think we’ll run out of things to do, just time. Click here on the Fall harvest Festival 2012 poster and check it out.
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CHECK THIS OUT! Friends of ours are doing some good and we would like to show our support here on Wade Acres. Read the information and see what you think – You can find out more on www.alittleimagination.org
To read more about the project and mission, check out our website at http://www.alittleimagination.org and click on the Thailand graphic on the home page. It’s with an organization that exists to empower kids to dream big and change the world. The idea to build this project came from a 7 year old girl named Ellie from Castle Rock, Colorado. She started a lemonade stand this past summer to raise some money for the orphanage, but that was just the beginning of something much, much bigger… Now, the team has exploded to more than 20 people…of all ages!
June 27th, Heather Allen and Heidi Simpson, along with 18 others, will be hopping on a plane to travel half-way around the globe to Kid’s Life in Fang, Thailand, to build a playroom. To raise the $2,500 per person necessary for the project, we’re doing all sorts of fundraisers over the next few months, including a sleepover benefit, cupcake sales, silent auction (March 22nd in Parker), White Elephant Gift Exchange Benefit and Flamingo Flocking.
In addition to all that, we are telling the story to all our family and friends to see if anyone is interested in helping this dream become a reality. Not only is this an incredible cause, but it’s also an opportunity for us to experience something that will change our lives forever.
The box provides details for how you can make a tax-deductible contribution. Please email email@example.com or call (303) 396-7127 if you have any questions. You will receive a tax receipt once donation has been received. Be sure to include your name and address.
Step 1: Make checks payable to The Rock (our church)
Step 2: Write #1 in the memo line (each team has a unique number)
Step 3: Mail to:
832 Tarpan Place
Castle Rock, CO 80104
Thank you for helping us change the world one step at a time!
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Wow! Another crazy year behind us… It was a very dry winter this year and a pretty dry summer too…This winter is looking a little better so far. We had one heifer and one bull this year. The heifer was named Beretta in a contest and I named the bull Dieter.
We had a great Elizabeth Stampede Rodeo in June. Simone is in charge of the VIP contestant tent Bret takes care of the sponsor banners and signs. During the rodeo Justin and Bret help with tickets. Amanda works in the beer tent. The Elizabeth Stampede won the award from the PRCA for best small town rodeo beating out over 400 other rodeos.
We lost our Dog, Shy-Anne during the rodeo. She was hit by a car. We miss her. She was a very fun dog to have around. One of our friends from the rodeo had to get rid of his dog (Jade) so we took her in. She is Golden retriever, Chow and Timber wolf mix. She is working out fine. We did have to train her not to eat the chickens or the kittens.
We built a drip system and planted about ½ acre of pumpkins. We watered about 600 gallons per day and ended up with a little over 200 pumpkins. We are going to expand to 1 acre next season, working our way up to 1000 pumpkins, some day.
The summer was busy working with the animals, the garden and the pumpkins. We continued to get more chickens all summer. We had up to 35 at one point but we still couldn’t keep up with the egg demand so we are probably going to get 50 or so more chicks in the spring this year.
Amanda and her boy friend Darren live 5 miles away. They have a nice log house on 80 acres with a big garage that Darren uses to do some more side work. Darren works forElbertCountyand Amanda is the shift manager at IHOP in Limon.
Justin is now a junior volunteer fire fighter with the Simla Volunteer Fire Department. He is doing well in school (Mostly A’s) and is the vice president on the student counsel. He is a Center and Nose-tackle on the football team. They ended up making it all the way to the Simi-finals. He got his first letter in ‘match wits’ where they answer trivia questions as a team. He is really into hunting – We got 3 Antelope this fall and had a lot of good jerky and other meats from it.
Simone had to sell her horse to get tickets for Germanyto see her mom but she has another horse she is training now.
We brought one steer to process this fall. We sold 3 quarters and kept one for ourselves. We bought a goose from the auction for $4 and had that one for Thanksgiving diner. Our neighbor gave us 4 more geese and a turkey that weighed in at 47 pounds. We also traded some antelope for pork so the freezer looks pretty good right now.
Bret built a new web site for the farm www.wadeacres.com . There is not too much going on with it right now but we are going to have live farm animal video on it soon and we will be able to schedule events. There are continuous changes on it so keep checking back. We still have the blog, www.ranchwabble.com. We hope this new year is your best year ever.
Happy New Year,
You and Wade Acres in Elbert County, Colorado are opening a new Agricultural Entertainment hot spot. We’ll have a ton of events and special attractions. We want you to be a part of it all and some attractions will need sponsors before they will be available. From farm animals to fun rides to all kinds of pumpkin excitement, Wade Acres is going to show off the eastern plains of Colorado. If you or someone you know has a product they would like to sell in a farm market let us know. Check out the information below and if you are starting to think thi may work for you – Contact Bret Wade for more information. 719-541-5555 or firstname.lastname@example.org .
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Heli’s Bistro Breakfast sandwiches
8 slices of sourdough
4 slices, or enough cheese to cover 4 sandwiches- cheese that works:
Fresh edam, feta, havarti, or irish white cheddar, torn in pieces or shredded
¼ c chopped onion
¼ c chopped green pepper
¼ c chopped tomato
¼ c chopped fresh spinach
1 c of chopped meat of some sort (*veggie friends* leave this off*) – meat that works:
Gyro meat, leftover lamb or beef from a roast, pastrami, corned beef
¼ c Mani Royal Olive Oil
Brown the pieces of bread first in a non-stick pan with a little butter on med high heat
Remove the bread and set aside
Make yourself a veggie hash with the vegetables. And really- you can use whatever veggie combo here- the ones above are suggestions only. Brown vegetables and the meat in the olive oil until crisp tender.
Remove the vegetables and meat, and toss them in a medium bowl with the cheese and set aside
Same pan- wipe it out and put a little more olive oil in there. Break 4 eggs and separate.
Beat 4 egg whites together with 2 yolks and a little milk or water and toss the eggs in a delicate scrambled format in the pan
Spread some Dijon on the bread pieces and, with the same butter knife, spread the vegetable/meat/cheese mixture on 4 of the 8 slices of bread and top with the other 4 slices.
Serve with a side of fruit.
Here we go with another year behind us. Did everyone get what they wanted for Christmas? I hope everyone had a wonderful year. Here is a month by month review of what happened in ours:
January – In Colorado, when I see snow I always think about the National Western Stock Show in Denver. We also got some new Lowline Angus Cows and Heifers.
February – The pipe to our septic tank broke and everything backed up in to the basement. Simone, Justin and I dug a 7 foot deep hole by hand to repair the pipe. That pipe was sticking out of the ground all summer long.
March – New horses come into the Ranch and friends chip in to buy more chickens for eggs on the farm.
April – Gathering supplies such as seeds and compost for spring planting. A bull calf is born… We name him Junior.
May – Our Family volunteers for the Elizabeth Stampede Rodeo every year. May is when we really start to get ready. We also started to plant the garden and the pumpkin patch.
June – The first weekend in June is the Elizabeth Stampede Rodeo. That’s the most fun we have all year. It was very hot and someone has to run home every day from the rodeo to feed and take care of the animals. All the plants really start to grow good.
July – There was a huge hail storm on July 4th. All the vegetables were turned to salad. We replanted some and hoped the others would come back.
August – Remember that septic pipe issue? We used the pipe and built an outhouse on top of the pipe. This month was also the last time that we got rain this year.
September – Built a pond fir the cattle and horses in the pasture and turned our driveway into a circle around the outhouse.
October – The fall party was a blast – Pete Pino and his some took first in the blind tractor races. We gave away the pumpkins to people who came to the party and we shot the rest. They didn’t fully recover from the hail and were all very small. I started buying equipment to grow lettuce inside.
November – I was still trying to perfect the indoor lettuce and we started to get the basement in our house finished. Purchased 2 Angus cross bottle calves.
December – In the last 3 months we went from having 10 horses to having 3. We are cutting down for the winter because we had such little moisture. We had our first promising lettuce growth and some tomatoes. I guess we’ll see how that turns out in 2011!
Today we got in 2 bottle babies. They are Angus Cross. We named them Dip ‘n Dots. Well… Justin named them. He bought one of the steers himself. For now we need to feed them by bottle at least twice per day. There is a video of Dots below and the photo is of Dip. Dip was a little tired when I was filming the action.