Category Archive: Life

2017
07/28

Category:
Life

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Day off

Have a marvelous weekend

2017
07/27

Category:
food
Garden
Life

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Relish making, watering, summer produce

The relish I started last night turned into a lovely product.   I made a double batch and canned 11 cups of relish.  DH can’t have sugar, but can have honey.   So I substituted 1 cup honey for the cup and a half of sugar.  Next time, I may go down to 3/4 cup of honey.  It does have salt, but I’m hoping that if he eats a little once in awhile and we aren’t using salt other places, he can get by with it.   If he gets swelling in the legs again, I’ll be sharing it with the children instead.  If you are interested in the recipe, let me know and I will share.    Thank you so much Dar for sharing with me.

Harvest today, included more blueberries, tomatoes, onions, zucchini, basil, and potatoes.   The summer produces so much bounty that it keeps me  busy.   That’s why you see very little creative work then.  In the winter, we live off the summer’s bounty and I have more time for the fiber arts.   Maybe some of you can send me some photos of your work and I can help you enjoy your creative arts.

Even so I need to use fiber just to stay sane.   I thought the month was nearly over, but I just looked at the calendar and I still have most of a week.   Maybe I can sneak in another finish this month.

 

2017
07/26

Category:
Bees
food
Life
quilts

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July monthly goal link up + cooking

 

I am linking to http://www.elmstreetquilts.com/2017/07/one-monthly-goal-july-goal-setting-link.html with this little fox.

I won’t make all my goals this month, but that seems to be the new normal.

Today, after going to the gym and picking blueberries, I tackled Lasagna from scratch, making a double recipe of marinara sauce.  It took two hours to chop and prepare everything for the marinara and “cheese”, then an hour in the oven.   It will be gone in two meals.   Something seems wrong with that, however, that’s goes to show how much being able to buy preassembled items affects our lives.  And I do have enough of the marinara sauce for another meal.

Dar, one of the readers here, sent me a relish recipe to try.   This is as far as I am.   Everything is cut and salted and spending the night in the refrigerator.   At least when I tackle that tomorrow, it will be half done, so it won’t seem like it is taking so long.  I am nearly caught up on the cucumber issue.   Next I’ll tackle the zucchini.  I can grate that and put it in the freezer to make items during the winter.

And I did get a chance to check on the bees who are doing just fine.   One hive received another box today.

 

2017
07/24

Category:
Garden
Life

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No free fats, no sugar, low salt = blueberry muffins

Since DH is now on a no refined oils, no sugar, low salt diet, I am using my PLANTPURE NATION cookbook by Kim Campbell.   I have not been disappointed.   the recipes have been good.   Here is today’s trial.

Colin’s blueberry muffins;

1 T flax meal in 3 T warm water – set aside until thick

3/4 cup non dairy milk

1/2 cup applesauce

3 T agave or honey

2 cups whole wheat pastry flour

1 T baking powder

1/2 teas sea salt

Mix dry ingredients together in one bowl and wet ingredients together in another bowl

Mix two items together only until moistened.   Then gently fold in blueberries and walnuts.

1 cup blueberries

1/2 cup chopped walnuts

I used parchment paper cup cake holders.   Bake 400 for 20 minutes.

We picked about 18# of blueberries today – they take a long time to pick, but the taste is so worth it.   There were also more tomatoes, zucchini, cucumbers and a single bell pepper to pick.

 

2017
07/23

Category:
food
Life
quilts

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Paper pieced fox; dogs, cucumbers

I used both ends of the day to be able to complete this little fox.   The pattern comes with two sheets to paper piece, one facing each direction.   I decided with this month’s intrusions, one will have to do.

This is the way the cucumbers looked going into the dehydrator and here they are finished.    Then I crumbled some in the blender for sauce or soup  so you could see how that looks.

This is a quart of dried basil.   Growing and dehydrating basil takes so little time and is really cost effective.

The rest of the day was spent trying to outsmart the 2 dogs who live here, but would rather be off checking out the entire neighborhood.    They are in escape mode once again.   So I erected some electric netting in one place and am hoping it stays hot.   In another place, I put a 2 x 12 x 8.   Let’s see if they can chew their way out of that! They can be challenging.   DH says it is because they have the coyotes trained to not enter and they have nothing else to do but think up escape plans.

And we did get a visit from youngest grandson  who turned 12 yesterday  – (along with his mother who is tad older).  It was terrific to have a normal day.

 

2017
07/21

Category:
food
Life
quilts

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The little fox and cucumbers

I’m currently working on this little fox, but progress is slow right now, and there are many small pieces.

The garden also beckons me and there are now 9 trays of cucumbers on the dehydrator.  These will be great for sauces, dips, and flavoring.   Although there are still many cucumbers to share.  I am only making a very few pickles this year, because there are still some from last year.   I am also looking for a great relish recipe if anyone has one and is willing to share.

The current plan is rest and relax tomorrow.   I hope you will join with us in enjoying the day.

 

2017
07/19

Category:
Life

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Slow sock progress at hospital “hotel”

We saw so many doctors and DH had so many tests that when there was down time, I did more resting than knitting.   So only a few rows were added.   I’m hoping now that we are home, that can change.

Saturday evening, the doctor did a marsupialization on the liver.  We are hoping that will end the liver misbehaving.   The heart is in need of something, although, we still aren’t sure what they have decided there.   But that is a month away and will be either medication or 2 stents.

Usually the hospital had a cot, or a chair that converted to a bed, but I thought you’d enjoy seeing this unusual “cat perch” which was the only available place one night.  On it one never really goes to sleep because it is too narrow.  With a family this large, we had the luxury of always having someone with DH.   The service was excellent and it was great to have at least two pairs of ears whenever a doctor showed up.   The surgery waiting room was fairly crowded as most of the family and in laws were there.

MEANWHILE back at the ranch………….

  I have a young lady that has been helping me with the gardens 2 days a week.   It was marvelous to be gone all that time and not have to worry about the watering or picking.The top shelf is now nearly all cucumbers.  I put 5# of blueberries in the freezer (we have been eating them a lot of them as well), there are also zucchinis and tomatoes.

We thank each of you for your prayers and thoughts and though there will still be doctor appointments, maybe by next week, life will be normal again.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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2017
07/14

Category:
Life

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Very fast update.

DH is still in hospital.   Dr. is planning on doing the liver surgery in the next 3 days.  Unclear when heart surgery will be.   Thanks for being so understanding.

2017
07/10

Category:
Life

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7/10/17 update

Update for Monday  7/10/17 is that I spent the day sitting at the hospital.   His cholesterol is about 150, which should indicate no heart problems, however, because he has autoimmune issues and has meds for that, he may have small blockages, so tomorrow he will undergo more testing.    Therefore, I have not done much and may not have a post tomorrow.   That will depend on how all this goes and when we get to come home.   Thank you for your prayers and thoughts.

2017
07/09

Category:
farming
Life

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Farming can be interesting

Farming can be interesting.   Last night Lacey dug out of the pasture she was in with sheep { but if needed she could have gone back in through the same hole}.   I forgot to put the chain across the gate where Beau was supposed to be attending sheep, so he was not in that pasture (though again, the door was open so he could get in if needed.  5 of the sheep went through a door to get the grain put out for them, but somehow, one of them backed into the door and closed it so the other sheep couldn’t get in and they couldn’t get out.   Did I say “Farming can be interesting”?  And just look at these predicted temperatures.

Guess where we’ve been again.   DH is spending the night there for observation.   He had some chest pressure and better safe than sorry.  He will undoubtedly come home in the morning.