Category Archive: food

2018
10/15

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food
Life
spinning

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Land of living

After 2 weeks of some type of bug, I feel that I’m back in the land of the living.  I was not completely without something in my hands though.   Here are two  fibers which I plied

 

And I was given a sour dough starter which did very well the first try.

The weather forecast is for a week without rain, so there is much to do around here in that week to get ready for the rainy season.  And I am loving the new tractor which is making some chores possible to get done.

2018
09/19

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food
spinning

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Applesauce and plying

   Over the last two days I’ve canned 24 quarts of applesauce  plus 2 pints.   But if I could say 50 pints, it would sound more impressive.   They are cull apples because we didn’t get them sprayed with anything so, I’m losing about half of each apple to insects.   Still there are plenty of apples to go around.   I’m canning the sauce now and when it’s ugly and cold, we can make apple butter.

And in between batches, I’ve decided it is past time to turn some of my spun singles into plied yarn ready to use.

 

This is the soft luscious wool from our dog, Beau.  I am so pleased with the way it spun up, but don’t have a project in mind yet

 

 

 

 

  A pretty red wool, probably destined to be a scarf as there isn’t enough for a sweater.   I think I fell in love with this color, so purchased the roving.

 

 

 

 

I’m guessing this was one of our Babydoll sheep.  But when I don’t label things, I forget.  Since there isn’t much wool, that’s my best guess.

 

 

 

 

All of these are now washed and ready to wind and use when I decide what to knit.   Plus I am plying a lot of – maybe 2# of brown yarn I have spun singles.   It looks as if there is enough for a sweater.   Maybe I can show that tomorrow.

2018
09/17

Category:
farming
food
Garden
Knitting
Life

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Chicks moving day

Chicks moving day finally happened!.   They are now in the barn in a safe cage and out of the sewing studio.  I know they weren’t in here very long, but they don’t belong in here.   They belong in the barn and now that they are feathered, that’s where they are.  They also have perches and more room, so win for all.

We picked up the building permit to be able to double the size of the barn roof, picked up a gift for a friend and went to the feed store.

Many of the apples are ready to pick, so I spent some time picking 5 grocery bags full.   I don’t climb ladders, therefore I tried to shake some down.  I will pick more tomorrow and then the rains will be back.   It seems at this point, I’m running out to do what I can on the days that it doesn’t rain.   And it wasn’t that long ago that we were wishing for rain.  It would be nice to have alternating days.The last three days, I worked on this scarf during appointments and free time, but decided there are things, I don’t like about it, so raveled it and will start again.   The white is angora rabbit plied to black wool, so it is very soft and warm and I anticipate wearing it during the cold this winter.

2018
08/19

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farming
food
Life
sheep

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Chasing my tail

 Today was spent “chasing my tail” and waiting.   I dislike very much when someone makes an appointment with you and then keeps pushing it back and finally 4 hours later you get together to do what you need to do together.   It wastes so much time, because not knowing when she will be there, you can’t really start anything.

However, we did start organizing the fleeces, marking which ones still need to be gone through and which ones are ready to advertise.   The ready ones are now on a rack like in the back and I’ll start going through the others this week.

To make my time more valuable because there will be less of it, I had to tell the young man who sometimes helps me, that I can’t afford stand around time.  So either I try to find someone else for a day a week or try to get it done myself, or leave it undone.  Unfortunately, weeds still grow – even when it’s dry.   Stalls still need cleaning.

I used 3 very large zucchini making this zucchini soup and have 4.5 quarts made so will put 2/3rd into the freezer for an appointment day.   I’ll just take it out in the morning and it will thawed in time for dinner.  It really is a very simple recipe.   I used three large, seeded zucchini, 3 red bell peppers, onion, celery and water to cook the veggies.   Then I made a “cheese” sauce to blend into it, seasoned it and done.  And even better, those huge zucchini that got away from me are used.

2018
08/16

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food
Garden
Life
quilts
Sewing
sheep

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Moving boys, hoop house update, quinoa casserole

 The young boys are moved away from their sisters and mothers.     One here seems to think the trip was just too hot and tiring.  They and their mothers have “baa-ed back and forth all day about how evil we were to separate them.  Such is life on a farm

The hoop house has been overrun with growth plus the fact that I haven’t had time for it for over a week.  After a number of foods were nearly done, I poked some “delicate” squash plants along one side.   Well that’s what the label on the plants at the store said.   They are not Delicata, but they are squash and at least one pumpkin.  They are threatening to take over the entire place.   It’s near enough to the end of the season, I won’t pull them, but neither will I believe labels next year.    Squash plants are now forever banned from inside the hoop house.   They are just too happy in there.

This morning I picked tomatoes, onions, parsley, cantaloupe, cucumbers, red and orange peppers from the hoop house.   Now they all have to be dealt with.

Then I picked some overripe apples as I’m out of applesauce and it makes a great sweetener in baked goods.  I was able to can 10 pints.   I picked a lot more apples – or rather shook them out of trees.  I’m not sure how ripe they are.   I’ll test them tomorrow.

 

While the apples were processing, I cooked some quinoa in broth.  In another pan, I sautéed onions and added broccoli until just cooked but still green.  Then I made a cheese sauce.   I mixed it all together, reserving half the cheese sauce, put it in a greased casserole dish, topped it with the rest of the cheese and that will be our casserole for the weekend.

After lunch and a rest, I had to sit down and pay bills.

And this is why you have not seen sewing or quilting.  When the rains start, and days are shorter, there will be time for sewing.  “To everything there is a season”

2018
08/12

Category:
farming
food
Knitting
Life
sheep

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Headband

The winter hat left me with extra yarn, so I knitted a headband for fall using K2, P2 ribbing for 4″, then bound off.   I chose 4″ because I wanted to get it done, but may do 5″ next time I make one.   I like a headband when I don’t want to mess up my hair or flatten it, but want my ears covered

Today was busy from start to finish including business calls, picking blueberries, cleaning one stall, and so the day went.  Tomorrow, I hope to clean another stall, pick apples, and get a massage.   The apples are early this year and have started falling and I need applesauce.  It seems I usually put more on my agenda for the day, than I have either hours or time to do.

2018
08/08

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food
Life

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Quick cookies

Want some really quick cookies that aren’t overly sweet?   Take one banana and about 1 cup oats.   Mash the banana and start with half cup of oats.  Keep adding as you continue to mash.   I added a few raisins this morning.   If you add too many oats they will be crumbly.  Bake 15 min at 350F degrees.

A good share of the rest of the day was spent getting DH’s new hearing aids fitted.   Now if he wears them, I should not have to repeat things 6 times and he should enjoy being back in the world where he can hear what is going on around him.

 

Surprise vacation

I was given a surprise vacation this week.   Wordpress updated automatically and a number of us have not been able to get into our blogs and websites.   I have spent hours upon hours this week.   I am tiptoeing in here, because things aren’t quite right yet

At any rate, I hope you had a marvelous Independence day, whether Canadian or American.  This usually indicated summer as officially here in the Pacific Northwest, although it was early this year.

As you can see from the above photo, I haven’t made much quilting progress.  Maybe tomorrow, my machine will be ready to come home.  If so, I can pick it up when we get the hearing aids fitted and ordered.

Most of the sheep have fresh coats on now and will move Sunday to a new field of weeds.

We have been picking and eating blueberries and other foods from the garden, and most of all, we have been watering and watering and watering.

So my plan is to be back to blogging again on Sunday to fill you in on life on a mini farm near the city.

2018
06/11

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food
Garden
Sewing

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Hunter star update #2

 

I now have 30 out of 150 of these blocks complete.   They are not difficult, but it does require I sit at the sewing machine.  I would like to get this quilt done by the end of summer, but I’m going to have to spend more time sewing for that.

 

Today I pulled 2/3 of the garlic.   It is early, but we had a good spring and because I didn’t have an outside garden ready, I put them in a corner in the hoop house.  They will lie here for a week curing before I braid or otherwise store them.

I picked these zucchini while they are smaller so I can use them raw.

Have you ever eaten the big leaves that grow around the cabbage head.   We have found them to be very good – much like collards – only better.   DH likes them better than the cabbage head.

After washing and stemming them, I slice them the long way

then crosswise.    You could just slice ribbons if you prefer and sometimes I do.   I then boil them for a few minutes and we like them with vinegar over them.

2018
06/08

Category:
food
Life
Schedules
Shopping

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I had plans

 

Today, I had plans to make a  quick trip to the auto repair shop to get an estimate for a cap that was broken.   Then i would stop at the grocery store, pick up a few items, come home and clean the sheep pen that i didn’t get done yesterday.

God laughed because He had other plans.   I did go to the repair shop for the estimate.   In fact, I was there just before my 8.30 appointment.  Once the mechanic got the car up and the wheels off, he found the car unsafe to drive and would not let me leave with it until they had the dangerous items repaired (They have known us for over 30 years so we trust them).

At 11.30, I went straight home, and talked with my husband.   I relayed to him that the shop thought that 27 years and nearly 300,000 miles on that car was enough.  They explained the things they felt had to be fixed in the next few months if we kept driving it as the main vehicle.  This was not good news to me as I hate having to deal with cars and though I enjoy the fact they get me where I need to be, I don’t enjoy buying them.  DH has been after me for the past 5 years to replace this one and I kept putting him off.

 

So to better deal with all this, we first enjoyed our favorite Mexican restaurant’s offerings.   Then we set out to look at cars, really not knowing whether it should be a car or a small truck.   We did know we needed something easier for DH to get in and out of and possibly carry a lot of feed bags or a dog.

Since we have had Hondas for years and years and years, we started and ended there.   We chose a used car – 2015.   Then instead of my car we traded in his which was only 17 years old and opted to buy this CR-V as a “family” car.   We will keep my old car in case we need to haul sheep or ? until we do get a small truck. (I’ll try to get a better photo outside the garage when the sun shines again)

I am so thankful that God cares about these little parts of our lives.   He had this car waiting for us at the price we were willing to pay.  I never did get to the grocery store or get the sheep pen cleaned, and this was certainly not my plan for the day, but He knows what I need and when I   need it.   Before I knew what I needed, he set it all in motion.   What an awesome God!