Category Archive: food

2017
07/04

Category:
food
Garden

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Happy Independence Day

HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY

Summer and it’s produce have official arrived.   We are scheduled for an 80 degree week and we have started picking zucchini, cucumbers and tomatoes.    The tomatoes and zucchini, I’m fine with.   And I can make some pickles, but these plants are loaded.  Besides pickling and eating fresh, how else does one save cucumbers.

And we now have 12 cups and 1 pint of strawberry jam.  In this house, it’s not good to run out of strawberry jam or peanut butter and we ran out of both.   Therefore, tomorrow must include a run to Costco for their Kirkland brand organic peanut butter.

That was the limit of our work today.   We enjoyed a bit of sun and are listening to all the crackers that are popping while still daylight.  The noise scares the animals, so they are locked up for the night.    Enjoy the sights and sounds tonight.

 

July challenges and Elm Street’s OMG

I didn’t quite finish all of June as I didn’t get the Sparkling snowmen done for Judy’s challenge.   The others I did finish.   Now for July is seems there are more that I want to get done, but there is strawberry jam to make and pickles to start preserving, the tomatoes are starting to ripen,  the garlic will need to be pulled in about two weeks,  and the garden is needing watering 3 or more times a week.  Plus there are 4 birthdays.   However will I fit all this into a month that is always shorter than I need.   Summer is here and I am loving it.   So I’ll do what I can.

July challenges:

 

  1.     Linking up to Elm Street OMG with the Winter woodland paper pieced fox.


  2. Patchwork times #12 will be to finish the binding on the sunbonnet Sue that has been quilted.

  3. Washington state quilters to finish the Sparkling snowmen

  4. My Hatched in Africa challenge will be to use one of their designs on something, but as of yet, I haven’t decided.

Have you committed yourself to some challenges this month?   If so, I’d love to hear about them.

2017
06/29

Category:
food
Life
quilts

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Lemons and skips

Yes, we have lemons – that is 4 lemons the size of cherry tomatoes.   It’s time study up and see what went wrong.  The little tree is now full of fresh blossoms and seems to be very happy out in the hoop house this summer.

 I continue to have new experiences and usually just when I think I have learned this machine.  This is a scene put down with heat and bond.   The quilting machine didn’t seem very happy about that.  See those skips.   I continued on and then took it to the sewing machine, which also refused to sew on it.   I washed it and then I was able to stitch it on the sewing machine.  I have quilted through this before without any issues.  Does anyone have any ideas what was happening?

I did finally finish this “cabin in the woods” hanging and it’s okay, but I wish the quilting would have gone better.   This was a test quilt for the on-line Quilt Magazine.  I think it was featured in the October 2016 issue.  It was in line to be quilted last fall when it decided to vanish.   I found it after Christmas sitting between two stacks of drawers.   It finished at 34″ square.

2017
06/23

Category:
farming
food
Life

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Gym, dogs, groceries and heat

I was off to the gym this morning and when I returned, it was to a mind exercise.   I had to trick the dogs into going into the upper pasture that is now secure so they would be with the sheep.   They’d so much rather be close to the house.    So I felt that I had exercised both the body and the brain.

Then it was time to read email and download the grocery freebie.   Our grocery store offers a free item every Friday.   It can only be downloaded on Friday.   Often it is something we don’t use, so I pick it up and it is always welcome in the food collection basket at the church.   Some of the items are things the grandchildren will enjoy – like the gummy bears.

By then it was  lunchtime.   So that accomplished, I went to the grocery store and bought some petunias for the front yard as well as the few groceries.   Petunias always look so happy.   I will try to get them planted Monday, because it is forecast to be in the 90s for Saturday and Sunday.   So I’ll leave them in the shade until I plant them.

Does heat encourage you to take a siesta?   We did and then it was time to feed animals again.  I am not complaining about the heat, but I do go just a bit slower.   The weather is certainly not typical as June is often a very rainy month.   These are August type days.  So I just keep watering and try to keep up with the most important things and my sewing/quilting has to take a back seat, just as the plants did during the winter.

2017
05/19

Category:
farming
food
Life

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Shopping for essentials

We spent much today shopping for essentials.   That is if you call tractors and washing machines essentials.   We looked at both and will take the next week to make decisions.   The tractor salesman may have talked himself out of deal.   He is coming over next week to look at the land, but really thought he knew someone who would do the work we need at an incredibly low price.   But then sometimes that is too good to be true.   We will wait and see.

The washing machine has a higher priority.   I am not finding a top loader that has all that I want and that I can still fill with water if I want to soak something or even dye it.  So I’m still searching.   It seems the companies have gone to the programmed machine that weighs the clothes and decides how much water that load will need.

We did buy groceries and light bulbs, so we are all set for the weekend.

Overwhelmed, understaffed, and lists

What do I do when overwhelmed and understaffed?   I make more and more detailed lists.    At the top of the day, when I wasn’t sure which way to go, I started writing down all the things that were bothering me.   I knew they couldn’t all be achieved today or even this week.  On paper, they are not bogging my brain down.  Having made these lists, I could then do a better job of prioritizing.  And yes, more was added as the day went on.  I mean who knew that

the washing machine wanted to die today?    And who knew that when I went to REI to get a pair of gym pants, they would have nothing casual?  Every pair they had were meant to show every wrinkle in the skin.  So after an hour of driving to and from REI, I went to my list and added, “shop for pants and a washing machine”    Costco is sending me pants to try and probably Sears will be delivering a washing machine (still deciding).   Now that was so much easier and better than chasing all over the countryside, wasting time and gas.   I do love some of these modern conveniences even though I believe that we should know how to be self-sufficient.

And who knew my neighbor would call trying to find another neighbor who was no longer in the nursing home (she was transferred back to the hospital)?   Who knows what a day will bring, which is one reason I need my lists for a larger picture of what has to be done and what can be pushed off.

What did I achieve today?

  1. made these muffins that we had with yogurt and fruit for dinner.

  2.  made a list of things to be done by the woman who periodically helps me with the garden and animals.

  3. Called repair for washer and water under wood floor.   Will run fan for 2 days to try to save floor.

  4. at stated above made a trip to REI

  5. researched which washer I want to buy and sent link to

  6. checked bees water

  7. went through fleeces and put a lock in that sheep’s folder

  8. watered hoop house

  9. paid the bills that were due

  10. Copied the utility bills and delivered the neighbors for them to pay

  11. Checked in with a sheep neighbor for info and to see she’s okay

  12. contacted sheep person for registrations for sheep I purchased a year ago

  13. ordered dog food

  14. did two loads of wash before disaster

  15. got lemon tree moved to hoop house

  16. checked on Aunt and found she was moved to rehab today

  17. sew a button on a jacket

  18. and all the things we do every day and don’t count – sweep floors, make meals, feed animals, etc, etc, etc.

  19. There will be more things done between now and bedtime that I can check off.  But then again, I’ll think of more to add.

  20. sewed on my bunny.

Did you notice how many of these items only took a few minutes?     What did you achieve today?   I’ll bet it was a lot more than you gave yourself credit for.   Make a list of everything you do in a day.   It will surprise you, because normally one gets to the end of the day and can’t think of much that was accomplished.  At least that’s what happens here.  When I make a list, I can see that something is done which in turn makes me feel better.

Okay, it’s your turn.   GO make those lists.  And I would love to hear how it went.

2017
05/15

Category:
food
Garden

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Tied to the kitchen

I’m starting to feel a bit tied to the kitchen, which is never good, because bites of food find their way into my mouth.  We finished processing the soup between other jobs.   Two students came to help me today in the rain.   One of them cleaned stalls in the barn and worked in the hoop house, weeding, fertilizing, watering, thinning lettuce and planting carrots. The other cut blackberry vines and planted corn (I hope it’s not too early)

We harvested two crispers full of lettuce today.   We need to up our intake or we will have a refrigerator full of lettuce.

Meanwhile, I got some basic house cleaning done and tried a new recipe for “kamut sandwich bread” – yes, kneaded by hand.  It did not rise like I would have liked.   I will buy fresh yeast and see if that was the problem.  It does taste good and is not heavy, so I’m not sure if it is the yeast or that kamut doesn’t rise like the wheat I normally use.

I’m still a bit tired from our mad dash across the mountains Saturday to see my aunt who is in the hospital (8 hrs of driving), so I spent part of this afternoon sitting and plying some more of the wool for the sweater.    Maybe,  just maybe, tomorrow, I’ll visit the sewing/quilting studio.

 

2017
05/14

Category:
farming
food
Life

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Bees and pea soup

The new bees arrived today.  I hope they will be happy here.   We will do our best to keep them comfortable.  Maybe I can find a spot to put in a bee garden of flowers they especially like.  We got them set up and then couldn’t find their water bottles so we called several stores.   All were out of them, so we are improvising with chicken watering bottles.  By the time, we had done what we could to make them happy, we had spent 3 hours.  And that doesn’t count the hours, we go back out just to look and see that everything is good.  Does anyone know if I have to fence around them so the sheep won’t knock them down?

We were out of split pea soup which is a big calamity around here.   But someone forgot to tell me we were getting low, and I wasn’t keeping track.   For him, it’s a staple.  He likes about 5 pints a week.    I made up 50  pints because that was all the jars I had available.   I processed 2 batches today and will do the others tomorrow.   That will give him enough for 2 more months.  Then I can do some more just before it gets hot which will probably be about the end of July.  However, it’s been a cool spring, so it may not get really hot this summer.   It seems as soon as I get a few jars empty, there is something else to put in them.

Sheep fix:  https://youtu.be/kASFnc3ReK0

 

 

 

2017
05/02

Category:
farming
food
Life
spinning

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Weed whacking & spinning

I had a pair of younger women who wanted to work doing some weed whacking.   Do you see all those nettles?   We have a good acre of them that no animal will touch, so they have to be manually cut back about 3-4 times during the summer.   While they did this

I made some brownies

Cut and dehydrated  half a quart of parsley for the winter

Canned 26 pints of black beans for quick cooking, and relaxed while spinning this gorgeous wool with angora blended in.   It is so soft and wonderful feeling.   I hope your day was as beautiful.

2017
03/30

Category:
food
Garden
Life
quilts

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Gardening, cooking, some cleaning

After finishing the flimsy for the table runner that I can’t show until October, I headed out to the garden.The bowl on the left is HUGE.   After cleaning and stemming, I stuffed 3 gallon bags full of parsley from the hoop house.   The other bowl gave me 2 gallon bags of kale after stemming.   There is more kale out there, but since I had already planted and watered 48 little lettuce plants, I was tired and moved into the kitchen for the cleaning phase.

After cleaning all the greens and feeding the sheep, I made the potato casseroles for Sabbath company.  Then I prepared a salad with lettuce, red cabbage and celery.   I will add the walnuts and let people dress their own.  We will also have roasted cauliflower and broccoli.  I’m debating if that is enough variety, but I don’t think anyone will starve.   I have frozen corn I could cook as well.

We will end the meal with apple cobbler.   Wish you could join us.

There may not be a blog tomorrow as I have to leave at 8:15 to attend an all day class at city hall for landlords.   In that case I’ll wish you a wonderful weekend today.