Friday, July 26, 2013
We picked about 30 heads of cabbage - ranging in size from basketball to softball - as long as they were filled out we picked 'em!
SAUERKRAUT here we come!
We actually picked them all one day and then started our kraut-making the following morning. They'll keep just fine overnight - you're going to take a couple of outer leaves off anyhow and that's the only part that wilts a bit.
cabbage, cut them in wedges and shred on the smallest blade. We measure out 5# of shredded cabbage, sprinkle 3 Tablespoons of salt over and let it wilt for a few minutes. (We have several containers, so we do it assembly line fashion!)
Once the cabbage shreds have wilted a bit, into the crock they go and you push, push, push on it until it packs in and juices up.
Keep going! Every 5# gets 3Tblsp of salt.......
Here's the goat clean-up crew eating up all the cabbage plant leftovers.
My black New Zealand rabbit still has all ten of her new kits. They're looking good!
I'm still working on primitives. I work a bit on them each day, so today I finally finished up a few that I've had in the works all week. Three rag dolls, seven bats, and 7 witches hats. (Sounds like a poem.....)
THEN, my husband came home with an unexpected blessing from my aunt.......
a BAZILLION shipping boxes!!!!
WOW! This will save me a fortune on my ebay selling! What a wonderful surprise for me!
This is our bee house. It's built like Fort Knox because we've had bear problems in the past. So, we now call it......(are you ready?).....The Bearicade!
That's all for now. Until we meet again, may God hold you in the palm of His mighty hand!
Tuesday, July 23, 2013
DEFINITION: Muggy - [Probably from Middle English mugen, to drizzle; akin to Old Norse mugga, a drizzle.]First used in the early 1700's.
This picture is NOT a mistake. This is a very rare and wonderful thing where I live. It is called Clear Blue Sky and this phenomenon only occurs a couple months out of the year.
These are Jonagold apples. It will be a modest apple year this year and a poor pear year. Last year there were gazillions and kaboodles of pears so I guess the trees are resting up this year.
Today it is just over 90* in their barn and they are conserving energy by laying flat all over the cages! They have two electric fans to keep them cool, but it's still pretty warm today!
You can't see the white one as he was too warm and crawled away a bit, but these are a broken Chinchilla and two broken Magpie colored English Lops (or E-Lops). Their mama is a silly goose, so their nest box does not stay in her cage. I put them in her cage every morning just long enough for her to feed them and then back to a separate cage they go. Some E-Lop moms will spend all their time sitting comfortably on the babies.....who then perish by being suffocated & squashed!
I found this FABULOUS old screen door for just.....(drum roll please.....)........$7.50!!!!! I LOVE it! It was just weathered wood colored but I wanted it to be RED, so I painted it.
It's going on my bunny house!
No doubt I will think of this again.....when the power is out and we have neglected to have it serviced.....
Must get back to it now as tomorrow we have designated for harvesting the cauliflower and freezing it, harvesting a bunch of cabbage and starting our sauerkraut.
I'll try to remember to take pictures of the kraut making and post them next time!
Thursday, July 18, 2013
Hamburger buns. I detest those puffy, stale tasting storebought ones. So I made a couple dozen.
This is my favorite recipe. It's quick and easy and makes DELICIOUS buns.....2 dozen of them.
Wow. Those LOOK like my mother's hands.....or maybe my GRANDMOTHER'S HANDS!!!!! Ugh. They're mine. Well, at least they're doing a good job flattening out those hamburger buns.
Don't they look yummy? This is only half of them!
Guess what we had for dinner the day I made these?
(duh, hamburger on a bun!)
This was yesterday, I think. Or maybe the day before. I can't keep up!
LEMON CURD. When I first heard of it, I thought it sounded GROSS. Who ever heard of.....curd anyhow? Well, it's more like a sweet/tangy lemon pudding and it's DELECTABLE.
Put it in a double boiler (water in the bottom kettle, lemon mixture in the top....) and cook over high heat, stirring until it begins to thicken....like pudding.
Turn your oven on to 400*. In your mixer bowl, put 2 cups flour, 1/3 cup sugar, 1 tsp. baking powder, 1/4 tsp. soda, 1/2 tsp salt and a cube of frozen butter chopped fine (yes). Mix. Then throw in 1/2 cup sour cream, 1 egg (work those hens!) and a handful of craisins (or raisins if you like). Mix until dough forms. Roll or pat into an 8 or 9" circle, cut into wedges (I did 12). Place on baking sheet.......
My mom had chemo treatment today, so I had to run into town (40 minutes to town, 40 minutes at the Cancer Center and 40 minutes back!). I stopped in a fruit stand in town and bought a flat of raspberries and a box of pickling cukes. Froze the raspberries to make jam later and will make pickles tomorrow.....stay tuned!
Now I'm tired. We also are watching the closest neighbor's doggie, so had to run down there (3/4 mile and actually I drove) three times today to walk ShayShay.
Here's my sentiment for the evening, now that day is done.....
Out of the dreariness,
Into its cheeriness,
Come we in weariness,
Home. (author unknown)
Monday, July 15, 2013
Today we're pouring the second half of a concrete slab in our barn, so I've got to imagine lunch for hungy concrete-pouring-people so today's blog is short! Breakfast first.....bacon & pancakes, then milking chores, bunny chores and then back in to start on lunch............Gotta run!
Tuesday, July 9, 2013
I made these from osnaburg (rustic fabric).
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopediatextile fabric, named for the city of Osnabrück (from which it may have been first imported into English-speaking countries). Originally made from flax yarns, it has been made from either flax, tow or jute yarns, sometimes flax or tow warp with mixed or jute weft, and often entirely of jute. The finer and better qualities form a kind of common sheeting, and the various kinds may contain from 20 to 36 threads per inch and 10 to 15 picks per inch.
It began to be woven in Scotland as an imitation from a German import of a coarse lint or tow-based linen cloth in the later 1730s. It quickly became the most important variety in East-Central Scotland. Sales quadrupled, from 0.5 million yards in 1747 to 2.2 million yards in 1758. It was exported mainly to England, the Netherlands and Britain's colonies in America, and some rough fabrics were called "osnaburg" as late as the mid-twentieth century. In the Atlantic plantation complex, prior to the abolition of slavery, osnaburg was the fabric most often used for slave garments.
I mixed acrylic paints into colors I like, painted them, added stems & then 'grunged' them with a coffee/spice mixture & baked it on!
Don't laugh.....it's one of the ways I earn a dab of spending money selling on Ebay!
These were fun because they called for mini charm squares of fabric (precut into 2 1/2" squares).
The 285, built in 1963-64, was considered an economy model, a straight stitcher, and not necessarily one of Singer's finest machines, but I liked the blue color and the price was right, so he's getting an overhaul.
I've been working on primitive Snowmen, too, but that's a picture for another day. We've been picking pie cherries GALORE off our two little trees, so one of the next posts will be canning cherry pie filling! Right now it's entirely too hot/sunny outside to be INSIDE canning pie filling, so they are going straight to the freezer until canning day!
Monday, July 1, 2013
This is Armazindy. She's a sweetie pie. She's waiting for my other hand to scratch her head and ears and then plant a lil kiss on her pretty head!
These are Pinky's children! Haven't they grown?? Already they are right at the front of the cage for attention! Go ahead and pet one, they love it!
This calendula was glowing so nicely, it begged for a picture.
I was noticing ants on the sidewalk and wondered what the flowers looked like if you're an ant......
Apparently, snapdragons are tall as trees if you're an ant.
See that little pile of grass? That's because I never quite get anything COMPLETELY done. I flit and flitter from one thing to the next and hardly ever sit still......
James 1:17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.
I love that God is the same forever. You can't say that about much of anything or anyone else! He can be trusted! I like that.
SWELTERING when it gets over 75 or so and the last couple days have been hitting a little over 90....and the ground is still damp, so it's muggy. HOT.
I made a nice dent in the weeds!
What's wrong with this picture? Well, besides the fact that you can still see some weeds, the HEN does NOT belong in my garden!
I found this in the grass. It's from a Stellar's Jay. I saved it and maybe I'll use it in some of my craft work.
The girls are waiting to be milked. Again. They never stay milked......
This was a little walking tour around the place tonight. After weeding this morning, we headed to town for my mom's chemo treatment and then....horror of horrors.....Walmart for groceries! Everybody and their brother was there! Those shelves were getting bare with all the shoppers choosing their 4th of July feast foods! Lots of busy people and I was glad to get home! This life is busy and hectic, with times both good & bad, but at the end of these busy days, if we've put our trust in Christ, we'll have the peace of home (heaven) at the end of the day to look forward to.
"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life." John 3:16.