Plow, Plant, Fertilize, Harvest…

Close-up of a chocolate-dipped strawberry on top of a pile of fresh strawberries
So, fancy me a farmer.
It has finally happened.  I posted about my being gardening challenged a while back (check it out here) but there has been a breakthrough and I wanted to share it with all y’all.
I now grow and harvest everything from strawberries and raspberries to cotton and aloe vera.  I have chickens and collect their eggs and even fertilize my crops.
So how did this happen you ask?  Did my thumb turn green overnight?
You’re cold.
Did I make friends with a farmer and pick his brain?
Still cold.
Maybe I moved to a magical farm with multiple climates where everything seems to grow perfectly at the same time of year…
You’re getting warmer.
Here’s what happened:  Farmville.
It’s this ridiculous”application” on facebook that lets you plant seeds and grow produce all while making money and buying farm animals.
I am sure a lot of you are like, “What the *bleep* is she talking about?”  While others are reading  this with knowing smirks because the farmville has gotten you too.
I long protested Farmville.  I said it was for people with way too much time on their hands.  Well, I now supposed that this is me.
You see, I kept getting these “gifts” sent to me on facebook.  Lovely friends wanting to gift me with say a cow, or a chicken.  Or giving abundantly in the form of a Plum Tree or a butter churn. “Ignoring” these gifts seemed rude and I am a people pleaser in its greatest form.  SO I caved and I gave this Farmville a sneak peek.
Upon first glance it is lame.  Why would I do this?  Is it a game?  Is there a winner?  I don’t get it.  But after accepting a few random chickens from friends my farm started to grow.  I began planting seeds for Morning Glories and cranberries and they GREW!  Success!
However, with every success there comes failure.  Yes, some of my plants have withered and died…but this is not the failure of which I speak.  I’m talking about the failure at letting stupid virtual strawberries rule my life.  I literally rushed home the other day to make sure that I harvested my fruits.  Seriously.
This is a hard thing to write about…but they say that admitting your problem is the first step.
Yes, saying this out loud to people who have been able to resist the ‘ville is tough.  But right now, especially in the dead of winter, this is the only way I will succeed in gardening.  I will call it practice for spring..honing my gardening skills, of which I have few.  I know it is pretend, but for the moment I am ok with it…please don’t judge me 😉  Better yet, be my neighbor!

Now, speaking of fruit, how about these?


Everybody loves chocolate covered strawberries, right?

And if you don’t, how about these?


Even cuter.


and tasty too!
They are decorated cookies dipped in chocolate…YUMMMM!


With Valentines coming up I figured I would start the prep…
and while I had the chocolate out…


Why not, right?
Also, just to let you all know, since everyone was super helpful with the royal icing post…
I got back my mojo back…

Woo Hoo!  Thanks everyone for all the helpful tips!
Enjoy and Happy Thursday!

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Hi! I’m Shelly and I’m an addict. Of the buttercream sort. I started this site a few years ago as a way to justify my sugary, buttery obsession with desserts. It has worked out well for me so far, because as it turns out you guys all love sugary, buttery desserts too! It feels good to know you're not alone, doesn’t it?

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Mar 25, 2010 7:21 pm

Your cookies are so cute!! I am totally addicted to this game. I to resisted to play for the longest time and now I have to check my farm constatly!!

Jan 25, 2010 10:33 pm

I have a serious farmville addiction too. And whenever I'm done I wonder what my problem is – why did I just waste the last 15 minutes harvesting fake crops?

Those cookies are adorable!

Jan 21, 2010 7:45 pm

how do i find you on facebook? i would be happy to add you as my neighbor on farmville! LOVE that game. My husband and I are in serious competition on it right now! lol

Candy and Cake
Jan 19, 2010 7:58 pm

LOVE the choc dipped strawberry cookies!!!

Sara Tea
Jan 18, 2010 6:21 pm

these are unbelievably cute. my mother hates chocolate covered strawberries, but i know she would LOVE these! also, i love how your red heart cookies are iced perfectly. i always try to leave a bit of a "cookie" border and fail. :/

Jan 18, 2010 4:23 pm

Beautiful!! I love your creative genius!!


Jan 18, 2010 3:35 pm

You are like the best cookie decorater ever! I love them and your strawberries too!
Ya that Farmville is the latest thing, isn't it..Im hooked on Cafe world! I yet to get over to Farmville, I know I will become addicted.

Jan 18, 2010 6:19 am

my 17 yr. old son is obsessed and also said to us we had to go home from somewhere so he could harvest… or something!! i want chocolate strawberries!

Jan 17, 2010 2:51 am

Hahaha! Farmville was a total time-stealing device for me! I stopped playing it because I would forget to harvest my crops and they'd go to waste! 🙂 Those strawberry cookies are adorable…much better than fake computer strawberries, right?

Shauna from Piece of Cake
Jan 16, 2010 12:06 am

Adorable cookies! And I totally don't get Farmville.

bridget {bake at 350}
Jan 15, 2010 11:15 pm

I was thinking….how is she getting STRAWBERRIES in January?!?! 🙂

Darling cookies…I'm so glad your mojo is back. 😉

Jan 15, 2010 3:28 pm

I ignore the farmville invites, but I was sucked in by the "brimmies" roll up the rim game a few years back on facebook! The chocolate dipped strawberries are delightful, and I bet they taste amazing too 🙂

Jan 15, 2010 2:45 pm

That's hilarious! I'm addicted to Farmville as well. I started about 2 weeks ago and can't get enough. And better yet, Cafe World. Now that one, I tell ya is even more addicting. Between the two, I could spend hours and hours online.

Your cookies are adorable!

Sinful Southern Sweets
Jan 15, 2010 12:37 pm

I know what you mean….I got sucked into the facebook games too(head hung in shame). But I love those strawberry cookies 🙂 Adorable!

Jan 15, 2010 11:57 am

I am not on Facebook, so like Ingrid, I am clueless:)

The strawberry cookies are just wonderful, so cute!!

Shelly Hi! I’m Shelly and I’m an addict. Of the buttercream sort. I started this site a few years ago as a way to justify my sugary, buttery obsession with desserts. It has worked out well for me so far, because as it turns out you guys all love sugary, buttery desserts too! It feels good to know you're not alone, doesn’t it?

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