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We had a really heavy frost, but the sun is out and it doesn't seem bad out there at all. I am inside trying to do some cleaning from the dust that was created by the bathroom redo. Haven't dusted anything that can't be closed away by doors yet, am afraid that if I do it, will just have to do it again.
Cold out there this morning. Looked like a young snow. Market wasn't too bad with long johns and 4-5 layers of clothes. As long as you stood in the sun you were pretty warm. Trying to skin a few late tomatoes before they totally go bad.
Bonnie, I'm supposed to have 2 more bids coming in. I might give that fellow a call. I haven't gotten anyone from Shelbyville yet. I just hope we have enough money to do this. I hate the thought of putting this off one more year...
Ric, my white nicotina is blooming like crazy. Noticed it today, and it doesn't look like the frost did any damage to them.
Yep, we had a hard frost. Looked like a layer of snow on the ground when I went to get the paper. I have one daylily, can't remember the name right off, but it has bloomed almost non stop all summer, and has more buds yet to open. This sure is a great performer. Another one has buds and I hope it has time to bloom before it dies back. Still need to dig and move that hibiscus, just have so much to do and so little time to do it.
Janet, how much longer for the markets? It was chilly this morning, and wondered if you were out there in it. The day turned out really nice, but I was tied up inside cooking. Got some apples cooked down and will finish turning them into apple butter maybe late tomorrow. Have pears that I need to do something with. We need to do lunch one day soon. Maybe the first part of November. After this week, I think I am good. Have an epidural scheduled for Monday, but after that, nothing on my calendar for a couple of weeks.
Marcy, how is it going besides being sore? I would think that drinking from a straw would be good exercise for those muscles, so keep trying. If nothing else, get a child's sippy cup, until you can figure out how to drink without that side leaking.
Celene, will you have any more shows to do before the holidays? Looks like your products would make good Christmas gifts.
Carly's soccer team lost their tournament game and they are done for the season. Maddie's team won the first round and lost in the second round so they are also finished. Jazzi's team is still undefeated. They play today for 1st and 2nd place. Either way they are going to state tournaments which are the second and third weekend in November.
Carly got her cast off a week and a half ago and has been in a brace since. We go back to the Ortho Wednesday to see if she's cleared to run or not. She still has physical therapy this week and maybe next week. She only made it to 2 basketball practices since she's not allowed to run. She spent her time doing pushups and situps. She decided to go ahead and play basketball here. Hopefully we can get moved into Mt. Orab by the time basketball ends.
We still haven't heard anything from the county about getting help with the heat. Luckily it hasn't been too cold yet but we've had a few frosts. Last night the frost finally blackened the plants.
Here's a pic of Maddie, snapped by a friend. She's in yellow on the right.
Morganne went out and walked with some of her friends and took Nolan but he was being a little shy monster so she called me to come get him after about 25 minutes. LOL
Morganne takes her STNA the 2nd week of November, then she'll be certified for home care or nursing home care. Other than that, she only needs one English credit to graduate. She's thinking about finding a job and finishing that class online. The schools are being very unhelpful and uncooperative. She either has to sit at school all year long to take one class and several fluff classes which will allow her to go to homecoming and prom or she can do online and not graduate with her class which is ridiculous!
Kristenne got her temps yesterday! Now we have to figure out how to get her into driver's ed. She's still staying with Melissa during the week and depending on where she can take her driver's class, it's $250 and up. Ouch. Morganne never got her temps but she'll be able to get her's and get her license right away if she can pass the test since she's already 18.
Remember the consignment shop woman that ripped me off? Well, her daughter took a stray from us last year and brought it back this year. Guess they didn't have her fixed. So now we have four male kittens.
Nolan will be mad if someone takes his friends but quite frankly, I don't need 6 cats!! They are litter trained, nearly weaned and eating solid food.
Chelle all i can say is ROFLLLLLL... Nolan sure is cute with all them kittys. My kids did the same thing when we had ours. GOod luck trying to get them homes.
Don't bother with an animal rescue , it will cost a fortune ! sad but true.
not much here
here is my costume.
Chele, thanks for giving us an update. So I am assuming that moving is in your near future? Loved Nolan's kitten transport! He is a cutie.
I don't see how you keep up with everybody's schedule, and make it there on time. I can't even do it for the two of us.
Not planning much for halloween. We are too far in the country to even worry about having trick or treaters. When we lived in town, loved to see all the little ones all dressed up. I do have candy if anyone happens by.
Nice costume Sue! Yeah, Nolan has a great time with the four kittens, 2 cats and a ferret in the house. He gets to have extra fun when the girls bring the rabbits in. He made that contraption himself. I guess he needs a new ride on toy with a wagon. LOL
I have to drop Kristenne at school on Monday mornings and pick her up on Friday afternoons.
Jazzi has soccer Mon, Wednesday and games on Sat and Sun.
Carly now has basketball M-F. Morganne and Carly just finished volleyball which was Mon and Friday. Maddie just finished soccer which was Mon, Wed, Sat and Sun.
Now Carly has to go see the Orthopedic surgeon every other Wednesday and has physical therapy 2-3 days a week. Whew.
Jazzi's team won today. They are undefeated, 1st place in the league. Now we have 2 weeks until the first round of state tournaments and finals the weekend after.
Chelle i got confused half way through your explantion of what kid does what sport and who is with that sport ? LOL I m so ADD.
awww a ferret ! that would be cute indeed.
well its a weird weather day
tomorrow i start my vegetarian menu. I was planning a gluten free vegan menu for a 30 day trial to help lose some lbs and get some energy back in me. But honestly roots , nuts and leaves just doesn't seem to cut it with me LOL so its a vegetarian menu.
besides what would i do with all them eggs ???
Volleyball and soccer go at the same time. Volleyball ends before soccer. But then basketball starts before soccer ends. Thankfully I get a break between basketball and spring soccer which overlaps softball. LOL Then in the summer we finish softball and have open gyms for volleyball and basketball. I've been joking about buying an RV and living in the school parking lot!
A lot of doctor prescribed diets cut you down to 30 grams of fat per day. The flip side is a low carb diet. I find I do best if I just get rid of anything processed-peanut butter, salad dressing, cheese, mayo, etc. My problem is not so much what I eat as it is, I usually only eat once a day and it's usually around 8pm.
Reporting in from the westside. Looks like Neil has an iron deficiency anemia due to weight loss surgery. WOn't know for sure for another couple weeks, but I'm feeling better abt it. I take Ann back to the eye doctor tomorrow.
I am having such problems getting things done. Every day the list of things gets longer & longer, & I getting paralyzed by it. And puppy is a major, if adorable, distraction. She's so upset that the cats won't play with her. Maybe I should get the dog a dog, LOL.
OK, I'm going to get something accomplish, even if it's just one thing.
Well, a dog for a dog, and before you know it you are an animal hoarder. We will be able to see you on Animal Planet. Lists work for me, and you get to feel good about crossing something off your list.
I have come down with a cold/sinus infection, aka as ORVCRUD! Coughing, sneezing and all the stuff that goes with it. Forgot the name of the medicine that the slogan advertises, but wish I had some!
Haven't done much today, and don't plan to do much tomorrow. Shower is about finished, just some little tweaking things to get done tomorrow. If the windows come in, he will be installing them tomorrow also.
1 thinly sliced lemon
2" of thinly sliced fresh ginger root (I use more)
10 black pepper corns (don't use ground pepper, it doesn't strain out well)
2 T. echinacea
2 T. whole cloves
1 T. licorice root
1 t. (more if you like) green cardamom pods
1 4" cinnamon stick
additional lemon juice (optional)
Combine all in 4 cups of boiling water, and simmer very gently for 10-15 minutes. Strain out herbs, and drink with raw honey and additional lemon juice if desired. Some people like this tea better with some black tea leaves added for flavor. My niece likes to add hibiscus flowers, because she likes the pink color and taste. I drink at least one recipe per day when I'm sick.
I mix the dry ingredients together ahead of time in snack size ziplocks, so they're ready when I'm sick...all I have to do is add lemon, ginger, and honey.
Sort of got snookered into going down to see Dad last night. Wasn't planning to since he was home but he called and asked me if I was and if I'd pick up his medicine so who was going to say no? Even if there were other people in the house doing absolutely nothing... Therefore, I just got my canner of beans in the jars last night instead of it and the two batches of chow chow. At least DH and the kids got the bruised apples peeled and ready for the freezer. A few more things that won't rot...
Bonnie, the 2 Saturday markets will go year round. Lexington moves inside Victorian Square the first of December and the Douglass Loop inside the first of January. I'll obviously be the colder of the two!
Youngest DD got all the fabric mat pulled up and put away out of the garden last night. That was good. Now I won't be out there in the middle of nasty weather trying to get it done. Alls left in the garden now is the turnips, and greens. My brother planted some turnips and kale and they're the most beautiful stand you'd like to see. Mine's all too thick in drifts. I'll do better next year.
You had asked about us moving in the near future. If I don't get Carly moved before her freshman year, she'll be ineligible for sports for one year. If I don't get her moved before this school year ends, she'll miss all the open gyms and practices they have over the summer. Contrary to what is said, coaches already have their teams picked during that time and not at actual "try outs". Softball and spring soccer actually have signups in March and begin shortly after.
The number of available cheap/foreclosed houses is shrinking in that area. People are buying them up quickly.
Do you have to sell the place you're in now to get into one of the others? I like the looks of the Pleasant Hill Road house, altho---- is there a kitchen? If "Finish to your liking" means there's no appliances or cabinets, then it's still overpriced, even with all the acreage. I just knew I should have bought the decaying mansion outside of Middletown last year! We could have split the manison for both families, plus there was that 2 family ranch house, plus barn, plus 2 garages...
Ladies, I have lists. Lots of lists. Yes, it feels good to cross things off. But I'm still seriously lagging behind on getting everything done, shall we say, in a timely manner. I did get the results of my neuro-psych testing back & I don't have Alzheimers-- for which I'm very grateful!-- but I do have some other attention problems, which I'll discuss later this week with my doctor.
Bonnie, I hope you feel better.
Celene, is there a holy bible of clicker training? So many puppy books, but we need a basic one. It's been a long time since we had a puppy, and I'd like to avoid some of the traps we fell into the last time.
OK, better get back to my list! Everybody take care!
Pat, if you email me at my work email, I will send you my recommended reading list. A good, inexpensive general puppy book is Sophia Yin's Perfect Puppy in 7 Days. You can download the book or purchase a paper copy, from http://www.askdryin.com. She has excellent training/behavior articles for free, too.
Pat, we would either have to sell this house or lease it out. We can actually just walk away since we are covered by the BK back in 2008 but we are trying not too. For what houses here rent for, we could actually make a little profit renting it out.
The house on Pleasant Hill has a renovation loan available, up to 35%/$35,000 based on the completed value. It last sold for $212,000 in 2004. It's actually listed for less than the bank 'paid'. From what I can tell, the last owners started remodeling it, then gave up, moved into an apartment down off Beechmont and let it go. I don't want or need 40 acres so most of that could be sold. It's in a great location about 3 miles from the school. It does have a small shed (not in great shape), a nice garage, a big 2 story barn and also a gravel pad next to the driveway which would work out really well for plant tables. :P
I hope you get your medical issues settled. Are you sure you aren't trying to take on too much? You have a lot responsibility and you run all over taking care of everyone else. LOL @ "getting back to your lists".
Hope you are feeling better Bonnie.
I took Morganne to the doctor yesterday. She has a double ear infection. He gave her a script, said if she wants to take it fine and if not fine. He said most of the research shows that most ear infections clear themselves if given a few days, then went on to discuss the drug resistance with a lot of infections nowadays. At least he gave us the prescription in case it does not clear on it's own.
Carly goes back to the Ortho today to find out if she's cleared to run/return to normal activity yet. The girls on her team are still little snots. Most of them begged her not to leave because they know they need her and a few just keep being their snitty selves like they were going to get her position anyway. Geeze. I wonder how long it will take for her to regret switching schools.
Guess I better get out of this damp robe and see about hitting the road!
Well, Carly is finished with the Orthopaedic doctor unless she has any other problems. She still has 2 days of physical therapy next week and she's cleared for regular activity as of the 14th. Just have to get her through 12 more days.
Chele, hope that if those properties is something that you want and can manage that you get it in time for the girls to continue to play sports at the new schools. That is always a big thing, changing schools, but to have to sit out would not be a good thing right now for them.
Celene your cold remedy is helping. Still coughing my head off, but was less achy and no fever, so I guess that is improvement. I didn't go to the health food store myself, but went by to get my DS and was going to ask him to ride with me and go in to get all the stuff. But he was sick in bed, with the same thing I have, so got his SO and she bought enough for both of us. Guess it is just something going around. I really think that I caught it from her 2 weeks ago, so it may be one of those things we trade all winter long.
Marcy, how are you doing? Forgot when you were supposed to go back to the Dr. Are you able to drink from a straw yet? I sure hope that the incision is healing well, and that the nerves will come back quickly.
Celene-- Thanks for the Perfect Puppy tip. I just bought the kindle edition (which I can then download to my iPad---- isn't technology great? When it works, that is!).
Bonnie, glad you're feeling better. Sounds like you're getting your cold & stuff over with so you'll be ready to go for the holidays.
Marcy, I've been thinking of you, & remembering when I had to have neck surgery. It feels so much better when the drain's out & the swelling goes down. Hang in there & let us know when you get your results.
Chele, the idea that I might be doing too much, when you list your schedule, gives me a good laugh. I don't have too much to do, I just don't have the clear thinking to get the stuff done! I'm seeing the doctor Friday to consider whether or not I should start something like ritalin or adderall. Good God, I turn 59 on Monday & have to start on learning disability drugs?
Talk to y'all later,
If I have a cough, I add some horehound (bitter and weird in taste), coltsfoot, and marshmallow. I make horehound lozenges, because they're easy and I kinda like the taste. I just make hard tack candy with honey, cayenne, horehound and lemon essential oils.
glad your feeling better Bonnie. hope you two heal quickly
good to hear on Carly Chelle. i bet she will be glad when she is in the clear and its all over . She can get back to normal.
Pat i m thinking of getting my DD one of them Kindles for the holiday. so i can get my ipad back LOL
well got a Jan project out of the way . I organized my office... LOL well almost but its almost finished.
got some plants in the winter houses.
Lucy got a walk
made some yummy veggie soup
got 8 qts sheesh.
Heyyyy everyone...so sorry to be missing in action here! Seems I've been doing a LOT of sleeping...lol...pain meds!
I am actually doing most wonderful as of yesterday! The stitches n staples all came out...and things are healing well for only a week out he said. Then he tells us that they had to send the tumor to Indiana University , as Reid hospital lab couldn't figure out what it was?????? Yes...it was a tumor...but????? So...he said it would be another week before we would know anything. Well...this kind of made dave n i worry a little more, naturally.
When we got home a little later on, had a msg on the machine...saying ..we got the results back AFTER you left today...and it was benign!!! So that made up for everything!!!
She said he would discuss it further with me at my next appt in two wks. But that was what i really wanted to hear!!! Big smiles here.
I should tell you...I am still having trouble eating and drinking...because of the one side and numbness. He is pretty sure that will go away in time. I also have some trouble with some words..not bad...and my smile is very very crooked...lol. If that is the worst I have to deal with..so be it. A friend just told me she knows a boy that has the same thing..only his is cancerous...and he cannot swallow or talk. I am so blessed!
I really feel bad for him.
Bonnie, yes I can use a straw now..so I am improving!!
Huggs to all..and thank you all so very much for your thoughts n prayers my way. I appreciate it!
Have to go get supper started here now...before I fall asleep again...lol!
Marcy so glad the tumor was benign hooray. Glad your feeling a bit better. hope the numbness goes away soon fer yah's
started raining here a bit.
got chickens inside just in time
garbage guys didn't pick up today grrrrr. apparently i missed them ! ? they came before 7;30 am . The last year they have come between 9-11 am so why so early today grrrrrr... so they said i should use cans... ever try and hoist a garbage can into a bed of a 1 ton truck hmmmm have you ??? well i can tell you its not easy LOL . also ever try and catch a can 1 mile down the road, when its snowing and blowing outside ? again not easy ( i m not 22 anymore ) and then i told her our driveway is 1/4 mile so i can't wheel it out ... that is why i use the bags. so its such a no win situation.
don't they know i m a princess and i don't do trash ??? ! ?? :)
Marcy, that is GREAT news! I have been waiting to hear that too. I was talking to my DTS tonight, and asked how long that her DS's numbness lasted. She said it was much improved in 3 weeks, but it took about 8 weeks to be completely gone, and things back to normal. They say that the nerves in that area are extra sensitive and don't like any kind of disturbance. So it is just a matter of waiting. We do that in the winter time, waiting for spring!!
Feeling much better today, but still have that horrible cough, I guess I am going to the pharmacy tomorrow and beg for something behind the counter to see if I can get this tamed. I slept in the recliner last night, as anytime I try to lay down, the gunk that is draining down my thoat just about chokes me to death.
Sue now that just aint right. They ought to know that your princess status exempts you from hauling garbage out to the road. In our county you can apply for an exemption if you have any kind of disability and they will come right to your house and pick it up. Now ain't that nice? It will be if I am alone or something makes it impossible for me to do it. Enjoyed the pics of the cider press and tanks. Thats a bunch of cider.
Bonnie, you can get horehound drops at the Vermont Country Store (online or catalog). It's a pound for 6 or 7 bucks.
Marcy, excellent news! Now you can just relax and heal.
Sue, I'd seen the cider making process on one if those "how it works" kind of tv shows. Amazing how much work goes into a gallon of cider. Makes me appreciate every yummy drop of it. I like to simmer it with allspice & cloves & cinnamon sticks, then strain out the spices & put it back in the fridge. Then I can microwave a mug of it whenever. Like now!
Good morning and thanks everyone!
I tried to do without a pain pill yesterday afternoon...ummmmm...too soon I guess.
Sue...loved the cider pressing pics. I grew up next to an apple orchard...plus grandfather had an orchard too..so brings back memories. I always associate the smell of apples with my grandma's house...and our spring house too.
We had a stone spring house...built into the side of a hill..grandfather, dad and uncle built it. In the winter, my grandpa would store his apples there.
And some they would keep on their enclosed back porch, as it was unheated.
Favorite memories!!! Plus...grandma always made the best apple pies!!!
Bonnie, glad you are feeling some better. My little grandson has had that too. He is better, but that cough just seems to hang on!
Have a wonderful day everyone!!
Got a call last night from DS's SO, and he went to the ER with something similar to what I have. She called back later, and he was admitted with pneumonia, very low oxygen level. He called this morning, and I told him that I wouldn't be visiting, because I don't want to pick up anything to go with what I have. He said the whole floor he is on has this crap.
So will just be hanging out again today, and will see how I feel leter, as I really need to make a trip to the grocery.
Bonnie good idea to stay home and not worry about getting sick again or getting more sick. Hope DS feels better soon.
Yah i know i can't believe my Princess Status doesn't get exempt status ??? go figure . :(
Pat i like my cider the same way :) soo yummy. i like those shows " how it works "
Marcy those do sound like great memoris. Great how some smells of childhood last with us for ever.
not much here.
Just been dozing off and on all day. I am better but you don't know how big this monster was that attacked me. Been a couple of years since I have been this sick. Not complaining, but it just hit me out of nowhere.
I really need to go to the grocery, Mr. B is completely out of food, so it is imperative that I get there tomorrow. DH has to go to a meeting in Alexandria tomorrow, and will be gone most of the day, so it seems if groceries are bought, it will be up to me.
You know Pat I used to get the Vermont Country Store catalog, but just realized that it has been some while since I have gotten one. Guess I will look them up online.
Marcy, hope you are taking your pain pills and being comfortable. No need to suffer if you have something to make you comfortable. I know you aren't a sissy about pain, just look at all the surgeries you have had.
Janet, anything different going to market with you tomorrow? Bet apple butter or pear preserves would go over good.
Ric, sounds like the major thing to remember, IS STAY OUT OF THE WAY. Being hit with a pumpkin would be a major ouch! And who is going to believe you were injured by a flying pumpkin. They would be doing a BAC pronto.
Well, I worked on my sermon today. Got a rough draft, and the major thing is going to be whittling it to 5 minutes without losing the meaning. You know me and talking.
It was beautiful here today, but I stayed inside and avoided the chilly wind. I ran out of cough syrup and Musinex, and have been struggling to get my breath. We went out to the grocery tonight, and I picked both up, and after just one dose, a major difference. Things are beginning to loosen in my chest.
Ric, you are right about me having one major episode a year, so if that holds true, guess the winter is going to be illness free for me. Nope, not gonna brag, just knocking wood.
DS is still in the hospital, and seems that he will be there for a few more days. Every time he starts moving around, or even talking his CO2 levels drop. I think he wants visitors, as he mentioned tonight, that "if we were up that way, we could drop in". Now is that a hint or what? I may go for awhile tomorrow afternoon, if I am feeling like it. If they hear me coughing, they may just put me in the other bed in the room. He says the whole floor is filled with patients with the very same thing. Not calling it flu, but an upper respiratory infection.
Louisville market was't too bad on Saturday but the Lexington market was pretty sorry. It was nice not having to pack up for a Sunday market but we were out of bed at the same time Sunday morning 'cause they wanted to bring calves home from the hill farm. Got a batch of BBQ cooked and in the jar, three pumpkins baked and processed, 2 apple pies and 2 meat pies made and some of the daylily patch mowed. Also got a batch of chow chow soaking in salt. That'll go in the jar tonight hopefully. Then of course I, for some reason, couldn't sleep last night. Since I slept like crap Saturday night too you'd think I'd be ready to snooze like a rock.
Better get running, I'll be late for work. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ to all!
Hope everyone is getting to feeling better. We've had a slight case of the cruds here but nothing too bad.
Maddie's team finished 2nd place at the Grothaus tournament Sunday! It was pretty amazing. They only won one game during the season and one at local tournaments. They played two games Saturday and two games Sunday. We all about died when they won the first game on Sunday and went on to play in the final game. The went up against a Milford team that was undefeated. Those girls threw elbows, shoved, tripped and everything else, even set up a trap to catch our girls off sides. Maddie played tougher than I've ever seen. The other team scored one goal in the first half and even though our girls didn't score, they didn't let the other team get another one either.
I think there were 21 teams there in their age group, broken down into 3 brackets. Ours had 6 teams. The girls did great! No one expected them to go so far. Goes to show adults don't know everything. :) We only had 8 girls and we play 7. Nobody got too much of a break. I think each girl sat one quarter out of the 8 each day. Maddie got hurt in the very last game when she body slammed a girl. She went right back in. What a Meyer!
We were all thrilled to death and in shock when they actually walked away with 2nd place. Their coach kept saying they could do it and finally they did! We lost the goalie we had all season and went into tournaments short one kid but we still had enough for a team and one to spare.
Jazzi plays in state tournaments the next two weekends, hopefully! It's a one loss and out deal. If they can get through next weekend, the following weekend is the final games. She's already one state once and made it a second time so this will be her third time which is amazing! If they don't win, it'll be okay. :)
Last one! Couldn't help myself. This was just before the fourth and final game. Trust me when I say, she didn't look quite so happy or cute by the end of the game. It was rough! I think the trophy and patches cheered them up and got them past the war wounds.
Each team had to pick one player from the other team, after the game and give them an extra patch. It was a "sportsmanship" patch. Maddie was chosen to get the final patch. I jokingly said I didn't think they felt bad for knocking her around so much as they were shocked that she kept getting back up. LOL
Great on the games. I just love the fighting spirit in participants on a team, but not to the point of being rough. Glad Maddie gives as good as she gets.
Pat, I am asking your forgiveness. I noticed your Bday listed yesterday, and kept saying, I have to get back and give Pat good wishes. As you know, I didn't get back here. So the best I can do is wish you a happy belated birthday, and declaring that you get to celebrate an extra day!!
Had the epidural this morning, and the site is still numb, but I have done a few things around the house, and will be keeping my date with the couch in just a few minutes.
Hi everyone! I should be outside..it is sooo beautiful today!!
Just wanted to jump in here and say hi to all.
Bonnie...hope you are feeling better?
Pat...happy belated birthday to you!
Chele...congrats to the girls!!
2 wks ago today had surgery...wow does time fly! Healing up nicely! Still numb though.
Not much going on here...got a couple things to pot up and bring in...so guess i will be getting out there to do that this afternoon.
See ya all later!!
Bonnie- No problem, I may stretch it out all week if I can! I did pretty much just what I wanted, & that was my perfect day.
Give your warriors a hug & kiss from me & tell them I think they are AMAZING.
Puppy is biting everything she can get her sharo little teeth onto. This includes feet, toes, ankles, arms, & in one case, my neck! Maybe we should call her Draculetta, or Morticia.
It is so achingly beautiful here today. The sweet gum trees have been spectacular all week, but with the wind, I don't think much will be left by the weekend. At least the mulch pile will get replenished.
great team work on them kids of yours Chelle. Glad they won. sounds like a great time.
BOnnie hope your feeling better
Marcy how is the neck today ? better i hope. Is your smile getting better ?
Pat Happy Belated Bday. sorry i missed it ? where was i ? did you eat cake ?
nice day here but windy
got some more mulching done , made some nice curves ( radius ) to the flower beds in back added more manure and compost to some flower beds
dug up darius's daisy she gave me and moved them out to the feild by the garden. Trying to get a butterfly and bee garden going next to the veg garden.
boy am i hungry
time for soup
Thanks for asking Sue, I am much better. However I did go for an epidural today, and they almost didn't give it to me because my oxygen level was so low. Comes from all this gunk still in my lungs, that I am working on coughing up.
Pat good idea, to have a birthday WEEK. I will also adopt your idea when it comes time for mine.
Marcy, I hope you are not working too hard. Sounds like today was the last pretty day for awhile. My weather guy even mentioned the sssss word tonight on the forecast. I am acting like I didn't even hear that, well except for telling you guys. He said some flakes and maybe a flurry along with the rain. I didn't go out and look for the snow shovel, but I am gonna quit making fun, cause you know what happened to the east coast!!
Morganne passed her STNA test! Now we have to figure out how to get her driver's license and a car! Since she's 18, she won't have to do driver's ed but she still has to practice driving and take the test. LOL At least she knows who's hiring so if she can land a job, I guess we can drive her until she can save some money.
Chele, congrads to all your goslings. They've worked hard!
Worked up some more tomatoes tonight. I've quit counting the crates in the cooler. I'll get through them sooner or later. Got some greens cut for market tonight. Hopefully will get to mow tomorrow since I'm off work for Veteran's Day.
I hope everyone is starting to turn the corner in the crud department. We've dodged the bullet on that front and really don't need the stuff down here thank you.
Bonnie, I'll see you next week. Looking forward to it.
Bonnie glad your feeling better
COngrants Morgan hooray.
Ric how is the cider coming along ?
Savannah is addicted to old reruns of Laverne and Shirley LOL she just can't get enough of Lenny and Squiggy LOL .
goodness Janet all them tomato's . what are you making with them ?
we are heading off to a poultry show on sat. we have a hook up on some silkies and a rabbit... just what i need another rabbit... i was suckered with the boo boo lips on Austin... i m so weak.
got things to do
off and running
Not much going on here. The drought was broken yesterday, but there wasn't enough to rain to measure. The water table is down to about 8 inches. Did settle the dust. Frost has killed everything except some Rudbeckia flowers and Johnny-jump-ups. Been building beds higher to avoid the Spring flood next year. Hopefully I can plant before June. I bought a used shredder so I can make some compost. see pic.
I"ve been going to the Y Wed and Fri for yoga stretch class and exercise after. I'm getting stronger as I get older, just like cheese. Just don't stand down-wind.
Wow! Can't believe I haven't been here for so long..geesh!!
Glad to hear you are doing better Bonnie! Yessss...that nagging cough...always seems to hang on for a while!
Morganne...congrats girl!!! I see...in Greenville...at a nursing home...they have a sign out for STNA's..I know..i know...its too far!
What does that stand for anyway????? I'm guessing the last two letters mean nursing assistants?
Well..was cold n blustery yesterday...snow flakes..yuk...and today is warming back up!
Fine with me!!
Looks like we will be digging out bananas next spring. They have multipled so much in the last few years. Turning into a banana grove!! Whomever wants some...you are welcome!
I am doing much better pain wise...and the healing looks really good. I do heal fast...and think that might be a very good thing!
The smile...not so much. Although I do have to say...I feel some changes happening...so not giving up! As of yesterday...I don't seem to be talking the same????? Some words...harder to say...so don't know what is going on with that? I go back to the dr this next Wednesday.
Maybe he will shed some light on it?
I am feeling good though. Still a lot of numbness around the ear...and feels like it is swelled inside too...very touchy. Dave has a habit of grabbing my face with both hands to kiss me...lol...puts them right on my ears...no no noooo!!! LOL! Trying to retrain him!!
Ok...guess we are on our way out of here..where? Who knowssssss??? We did see a new antique shop in New Paris...so might head that way! Have a wonderful day all!!!
we are back from the poultry show. whew what a day.
got two new birds Silkie breed and a rabbit. Lion Head breed. its so cute ! I want to name him Leo but since its Austin's rabbit he gets to name it.
we left at 5 am this morning
got home around 2 pm. long drive and i did get lost Ric LOL its not a trip until i get lost .
i refrained calling Ric LOL
Marcy glad things are going ok with the pain. Sure hope you get some of the swelling down .
Good to see you posting Herman. Yoga is a fun thing to do. keep up the good work.
Tell Morganne I am thrilled for her! (Marcy, STNA is State Tested Nursing Assistant).
Herman, that is one impressive pile of mulch. What sort of used shredder did you get?
DS and I are inching closer to agreement on the fireplace redesign. We're down to 4 different samples of granite or slate for the surround. Who knew there could be so much variation in black and gray?
Oh, Puppy has been officially named "Zoey." I hadn't even heard it mentioned until yesterday. DS said she tought Poppy was too hard to say. I did NOT point out that Poppy was just one letter different from puppy, which is what we've been calling her since she got here. I read somewhere that in Denmark, babies are always called "kynt" (basically, kid) until they're baptized & get their baptismal names. Interesting.
Marcy, don't get discouraged with your progress. Even though you seem to heal well, this surgery is a bit different, in that it is in an area that is filled with nerves. Takes awhile for all the nerves to regenerate. You will get there. Here's hoping that by spring everything will be back to normal for you.
Herman, it's good that you still are able to do the yoga and stay limber. I have found so much relief with using glucosomine. Way better than any prescription meds that I have been prescribed.
Today was the end of my Lay Speaking classes. It was a good 5 months, and I am glad that I did it. Don't know that I will ever use it, but if needed, I can, and am certified to boot.
Pat, it's an 8 hp Sears with a side shute for strait sticks. Having trouble getting the winder to engage. Lots of pep, does a good job even with wet leaves. It's not in the catalog now.
Bonnie, who says I'm still limber? This yoga is about breathing and stretching, no contortions. I think the only joints in my body without Arthritis are my knees and they are less than 3 years old. I use 600mg ibuprofen and OTC acetaminophen when I need it. That and an ice-pack keeps me moving.
The eye doc says my vision has improved over the last year. I said it must be the hot peppers i eat and she agreed.
Pat, it's an 8 hp Sears with a side chute for straight branches. Not in the catalog now. But lots of compression.
Bonnie, who says I'm still limber? I think the only joints in my body without arthritis are my knees and they are less than 3 years old. Wait til they catch up with the rest of me. My sacrum has fused all by itself. I don't have much pain, only take OTC acetaminophen and 600 ibuprofen when I need them. That and an ice pack are all I need. On the good side, my sight is 20-20 corrected for astigmatism. Better than last year. The eye Dr says its from eating hot peppers. She and her receptionist both eat them. No I have to figure out how to incorporate them into desserts.
I had a chute type shredder that was great for leaves, but wasn't made to handle the sticks. It only lasted a couple years. This year I switched tracks and got a toro that is a leaf blower, vacuum,and shredder. Virgil, the yard guy, likes it. It shreds like crazy, but it's a little heavy for me, though I am a wimp in that regard.
I have just about enough strength to start my shredder. Have to keep working out. There were 34 bags of leaves lined up down the street waiting for the garbage man tomorrow. I took pity on him and took them home. Took 3 trips but they are mostly oak with some maple. I'll have fun tomorrow if the rain holds off.
Oh, Herman, wish I lived close, I would come and help to get a portion of those luscious leaves!!
I guess the weekend has been taken up with catching up from the last week. I am beat. Maybe just the stress of doing the sermon and the travel involved with it yesterday.
Supposed to rain beginning tonight, so don't know if there will be a chance to do anything outside before it gets here. Not a problem, I have plenty of inside things that I need to do. The first of which is stripping paper and border from my bathroom and getting it ready to paint. That will be a good job for a rainy day.
I still have about a third of the leaves still hanging on to my oak tree (plus the neighbors' 7 or 8 other oak trees whose leaves end up on my property. I should go into the oak leaf mold business!
This is ceetainly a well-treed neighborhood. It's been fun watching to see which trees start to turn & lose their leaves first; their bare branches mean that then a new batch is exposed to the sun and wind and cold that encourage the same process, over & over again as fall extends its reach into our neighborhood in deeper and deeper layers.
LOL i got 37 acres of oak leaves . anyone is more then welcome to come get them :)
waiting for the school bus
then i take my oldest DD to her therepy. would love to be fly on the wall in that office.
Good morning everyone.
Lots of maple leaves around here. It seems they blow right into my flower beds...and cover them for the winter. That's fine with me. I leave them till spring...and then they are half decomposed...and they go to the compost.
Love taking them off in the spring and seeing all the new growth coming up!
It has been raining here...and is really black in the West...so more coming! We can use it.
I will help all the plants and trees going into winter.
Bonnie, thanks for tellin me about how long it took your nephew with the regeneration of the facial nerves. That helps give me a time frame for things. You know how drs are..!
Mine is nice...and jolly...but ...I would rather have information..plain n simple. I realize they like to CMA..!
Well...I need to finish my grocery shopping today...lol. That means going to our little town grocery and getting my meat. Gary...the meat guy..cuts everything to your specifications...love that! People come from miles around to buy meat here...really they do!
Some even from out of state!
Have a wonderful day out there!!
Well it is cloudy here but no rain yet. I am stripping wallpaper and border from the bathroom, about 3/4 of the way done. I will tape and get it ready for paint, and maybe by the end of the week, it will all be pretty and new.
Marcy, don't get discouraged, it really does take more time than surgery in another place.
An inch of rain in the guage--Water table in the back went from minus 8 to positive 2. The street in front is almost half covered. Most of that will be splashed into the yard. I'd hate to be on the sidewalk when a truck comes by. But the rain has stopped for now and the sun is trying to break through. I'm sure it won't last. Guess I'll bake something sweet.
lots of rain here
tornado watch too until 8 pm
oldest dd is off my " to do list ."
its such a bad scene there.
Herman send your " something sweet on over to my house " i love cake ? ! hint hint LOL :)
got soup for supper
Sue..I made homemade chicken veggie soup yesterday for us. It was good too!
Well..finally..today..I can get my front end allignment on my jeep! Not sure if I told you all...but last week I had new tires put on..and they were to do a front end allignment too. Well...the guy came out and said he couldnt because there was some sort of "arm" broken...and that would need fixed first...to the tune of 300.!
Sooo..I came home..told dave. He happened to look out the back door..and saw a puddle under the car. Checked it out...it was brake fluid. I had a major leak in the big brake line!
Ok...so I call this place where we get that kind of work done...instead of the dealer...(major bucks there!). Took it up with dave following me (scary driving with hardly any brakes!). They put on a new brake line plus fixed that arm..which wasnt broken..just sloppy they said...and it was less than the dealer wanted!
Too bad they dont also do front end allignments!
Pretty soon my jeep will be brand new again! LOL! I wish!
Wow Marcy! You've sure been through the ringer! Glad you are getting everything taken care of with your car. Curious how and when the oil line got busted?
I know someone answered above correctly and yes, STNA is a state tested nursing assistant. I have an application sitting here in my printer tray for Morganne to work in a local nursing home. They have several openings. She's also applying for another, to work 4 twelves in the telemetry department at a hospital. She's still in school right now, planning to figure out what she's going to do if/when she gets offered a job. She still needs her English 12 class to graduate. She also likes her Pre-Calc class because it's "easy". ha! The only class she's not loving is Chemistry as it's not "taught". She said the instructor just passes out dittos and tells them to work in groups. Geesh.
Jazzi's team went down in the first state tournament game. :( There really isn't any good way to talk about the game without it coming out wrong. Ummm. The other team was from Trotwood and I seriously joked about asking for birth certificates. Most of them were a foot taller than our girls. My family wasn't phased by the other team, aside from size. I'll suffice it to say that some of the girls were very intimidated and they lost the game for themselves. That says as much about where we live now as it does where the other team is from. They weren't their usual selves and wouldn't believe me when I said they were much faster than the other girls. They could have easily outrun them and got around them.
Kristenne is still with Melissa during the week and loving her new school. She got all A's and B's on her report card. Carly is finally cleared to run and has been working hard at physical therapy and at home and on the court. Some of the girls on the team continue to be snide and ostracize her and blame it on her not having a cell phone. I told her when she did get one, she wasn't giving them the number. LOL Anyway, she goes for her final appt tomorrow for reevaluation and to see if she's finished with physical therapy. She really only complains about pain when she has to full out run but she's not done that for 2 months so it's to be expected.
Craig is still working full time and no longer working at the dollar store. I guess everything is going well as they keep giving him more and more duties and he's waiting on his permanent desk. They are doing some remodeling and the person at his desk will be moved to the new area.
Someone put a bid in on the house I liked on 40 acres. boo hoo. Oh well, guess that one wasn't meant for us. We honestly like the property on the other one better but loved the house on the 40 acre parcel.
Sorry, Sue. no cake. I made cranberry-nut bread but instead of a loaf I made muffins and cookies with the batter. That fits my life style better. I'm a nibbler. I did get 13 bags of leaves plus some stuff I had waiting, shredded before the rain came. Another 3/4 inch. Most of the severe storms went North of me. Working in the house today. Not much cleaniing just re-disarranging.
Chele...sorry bout the girls losing!
Great to hear about Morganne though!
That brake line was the main one that runs full length of the car. It was just rusting through...nothing caused it..other than the rust and old age...lol...kinda like me!!
Marcy very typical of them machanics with trying to rip us women off. Can't say how many times it has happened to me.
glad you got it all fixed for a much lower cost .
not much going on here
got the winter cover for the winter hoop houses.
will get all the leaves out friday and cover them and hope the mice don't eat it all down. I will put bait in the hoop house.
still waiting on word of Tim and if he gets his last two paychecks. Some of the villagers have not been pd in months ! good thing i m not there. cuz you would see the first chinese picket line lead by a crazy american woman. ! LOL Martha Rae style.
Well, I typed a long post and it went who knows where!
Marcy, glad that you found out about that brake line, and the arm thingy. That must be catching. DS came down yesterday to use the garage to change his oil and put on brakes, and when he got under it, found that he had a very sloppy arm. They don't have the money to fix it right now, so DH loaned them one of our vehicles to use.
Janet and I went out for lunch today. Decided that it is good for the mental health, so will be doing it monthly.
Herman, that is what happens to my house, only I straighten it, and somebody else unstraightens it for me.
Chele, sorry about the girls losing. Mental attitude can sometimes lose a game before it is even played. Why should Carly take the blame for the game. Snots all of them. Sorry about the house, but if it is meant to be, it will happen.
Lou, are you all planning on traveling this year for the holidays to see the grandkids?
Pat, do you have a winter project for this winter, or just more family genalogy?
Sue, how many hoop houses do you have? Are you adding more trees to your business for sale in the spring?
I'm not sure what I'm going to do this winter, except theusual genealogy & reading 7 needlepoint etc that I do anyway, Bonnie. I think I've given up on trying to make decent pie crust, & just settled on buying Pillsbury ones, LOL. I was going to resign from the halfway house Board, but the director talked me into staying for at least another year. I've been on the Board so long that I'm getting crochety when newer members bring up some hare-brained idea that just loads the staff down with more busy work. I've made a resolution to try and make my point with info, not attitude. Here's hoping!
We got almost 1 1/2 inches of rain last night/ this AM. No more water in the basement: Hallelujah!
Chele, I'm sorry about the house on 40 acres! Susan said she'd be happy to take a couple acres of that off your hands when I told her about it.
DS & I have selected a granite for the fireplace surround (after only 2 years of looking at the cinderblocks after we tore the old facade off). Now I just need to find a contractor to frame the new surround and drywall it, & put up the supports for the mantle. Yee-haw!
Pat, My wife made great pie crust using oil instead of solid shortening. I haven't tried it. With my diabetes I shouldn't. I'd end up eating the whole thing. I know what someone is thinking, but pies don't ship well.
I have been up since about 4:30, evidently because I went to bed early last night, that and the combination of Mr. B whining wanting to go outside. DH is making him a temporary dog house out there by the kennel, so that he can sniff the females all he wants, and get as dirty as he wants. I am chaining him, because if I don't he will be at the door wanting in every 15 minutes. When this is all over, I will take him to a groomer to get all clean and prettied up!
During the time I have been up, I have successfully completed all the conference reports (about 20 pages) for our charge conference on Thursday night. I have had the blank forms since September, and here I am just getting them finished a day before they are due. I seem to do better under pressure!
It is still raining here this morning, and has turned cooler. Just a miserable day outside all around.
Herman, you shouldn't just assume pies don't ship well, until you try it. I would be happy to be the recipient and let you know how to pack it better the next time!!
Pat, great that the decision about the tiles has been made. Something like that doesn't need to be rushed. What was that saying? Decide in haste, repent in leisure? Seems to be what I do all the time.
DID SOME ONE SAY PIE ??? you all know how i feel about pie's ! oh soooo guuud.
Pat hope you can get the fireplace up and going soon. Big project . :)
i m experimenting with some pie recipes
this weekend i will be making a upside down apple prailine cake ...
then i will work on some pie crust.
i want to freeze as many as i can for spring sales .
BOnnie sure hope you can get back on your regular scheduale with sleep. Does Mr. B like his new house ? IS DH doing much hunting this fall ?
trying to get myself to g et some of my cuttings potted up... just kinda lazy today.
need to get a blender. and a new rice cooker.
off and running... maybe LOL
The lurker is posting for a change! I have Bursitis in both hips (getting better after cortisone shots) bothering me and then I got an abcessed tooth. My usual dentist closed his practice due to health issues.
So all the local dentists I called wanted to make an appointment for a check-up and then would schedule an appointment for the extraction or refer me to an oral surgeon for the removal. I told Dave if I didn't get it pulled last Monday, he was going to have to pull it himself or suffer the consquences!~ I am not nice when I'm in that much pain! We went up to C olumbus Indiana and went to a walk-in dental clinic called Dental Solutions. I was pleasantly surprised by their professionalism and resonable prices! They extracted the tooth, gave a RX for an antibiotic, and sent my partial into the lab so have another tooth added to it. It hurt all week while progressively getting better . I have only a slight twinge of pain in it now. I feel like I woke up and have lost a week somewhere.LOL
We are going down to Texas to be with the Grandkids at Christmas. I don't know yet if we will fly or drive. It will depend on flight fares and how my legs feel. But, I'm getting very anxious to see them!
We certainly have enjoyed the fall weather this year. I hate to see it end, but tonight looks like the cold air is coming in to stay for a while. We went down to the smokeys and the trees were unbelievably pretty this year.
Celene, I know you grow great Episcias. I received two Wardain Cases by luck and chance last month and now I want to plant them. Do you know how much (In inches) of potting medium I should use to get good condensation? They are about 12 inches high in the main plant part which is about 8X10 inches . Then they have the top that fits on and the tops are about 4-6 inche high and peaked.
My SIL found one at country yard sale on a Sunday and bought it for me for 6 dollars. He texted a picture of it to me and I was so excited , I showed my neighbor the picture( and explained what it was and what I'd do with it) She and her SIL went to an estate auction that evening and saw one and wanted to get it for me. She bid 5.oo and no one bid against her.LOL So I was a lucjky lady and got my Christmas early.
Lou...yayyyyy!!! What a find! I'm excited for you too!
I would check online as to the soil requirements...thinking you need crushed charcoal in there too?? Like a terarium? And that's certainly not to say Celene isn't right!
I have two of those...and would you believe...I've never planted them??????? Mainly because I have no place to put them!
Hi everyone...got a little excited about Lou's finds!
Went to dr yesterday...and don't have to go back now for 3 months! So that's how good I'm doing!!
He did tell me that my tumor was a rare one...oh yea..leave it to me! They sent it to Reid hospital pathology in Indiana...who, in turn, sent it to University of Michigan Pathology, because they didn't know what it was? They called it a basal cell adenoma? Whatever that is!
And it was a pretty good size too, I guess.
So they removed that, plus a benign lymph node, and most of the parotid salivary gland along with it. I'm just losing body parts right n left!!!!! LOL!
Pie crust! I make pretty good pie crust..my grandma taught me...but I'll also confess to using the Pilsbury ready made crusts a lot! They are great..and a wonderful timesaver.!
Ok..gotta go...shower is calling!!!
Well, I posted last night about Lou's find (don't have a clue what she is talking about) but my pitiful internet provider gobbled it up and spit it out somewhere. Hope it doesn't look like dog barf!
Marcy, leave it to you to have something so rare that it takes several universitites to identify it! Yep, I say if I lose any more body parts I will have to be junked like an old car. My back situation changes daily. Yesterday it was so painful (maybe because it was raining) and today, I am painting. No go figure.
Mr. B is pinning away to nothing. He does not even take the time to eat, and hasn't eaten in several days. Those little girls (in heat) are consuming all his waking moments. I kept him in bed last night, but I also had the fly swatter laying on the end of the bed, just for good measure.
We had 2.5 inches of rain, and when he came in at 8:00 last night he was a mud ball. Since I put in the shower, and lost the tub, I have no place to give him a bath. So improvised and gave a partial bath in the kitchen sink (there were parts hanging over) but got most of the mud from his legs and his stomach. He is so low to the ground, that his stomach seems to catch it all. Now I will have to figure out just how this bathing is going to work for here on. Can't be using the kitchen sink all the time. Guess I will just have to get a big rubbermaid tub and use that.
Bonnie , the mental image of the dog wash is funny, but I'm sure it wasn't comical at the time. Hope your back stays good. I know the weather does have a large part in the amount of pain. Don't paint too long or hard. It will be there to finish up tomorrow!~ Lou
LOL...I know Bonnie! That's what Dave says too...I always get the strangest things! I'm just glad there are people smart enough to figure it out!!
Funny about Mr. B! Poor guy! Oh..and poor Bonnie...having to bathe him. That's certainly not good on your back! I would keep doing it in the kitchen sink..since that doesn't require so much bending?
Bonnie take care of that back.
well its cold out today brrrrr. and the wind sure has picked up !
watching Martha Stewart.
got my hair done. so no more grew for another 5 wks :)
tomorrow is get the winter hoops closed up .
Just wanted to pass along the good news that me friend Neil has gotten the confirmation that he has vitamin B deficiency/ malabsorption syndrome from his weight loss surgery. He may also have pernicious anemia, which has a hereditary factor, which would require him to get shots once a month, but everything else was back to normal in his bloodwork. Our mutual friend Anne, with the detached retina, had problems after her laser surgery, so she's having a different procedure today (out- patient) to try and glue it back on where it belongs. Thanks to everyone who prayed for them, or sent some good thoughts their way.
Back to pie crust-- I think the problem may be that some things you learn better from a human being rather than a book. My grandmother was a great cook, but she didn't always appreciate having kids in the kitchen. I did watch enough as an adult to figure out the dressing for turkey or chicken, and shortcake and cornbread or sticks, but I never figured out her biscuits or pie crust. Since she died, I've tried pie crust with crisco, lard, butter, or liquid shortening. I've tried different flours, adding vinegar, and 3 different rolling pins. I used forks, fingers, food processor and pastry tools. I've tried chilling it, freezing it, making it directly in the pie pan & patting it into shape. I can get it to taste OK, but I can never get it rolled out evenly, and it always falls apart on the way to the pie pan, and it's never the right size for the pan. So I think I should admit defeat-- after quite a few battles, and surrender to Pillsbury!
Pat sorry to hear of Neil's condition , was that a side effect that the dr's told him of or new about ?
i sure hope your other friend can get her retina back in place and she will be free to see again. :)
i do have a pie crust i have been toddling with its a Pasta ( paste ) Frolla ( Tender ) from Julia Child book it has sugar , eggs and baking powder . it can handle miss use and since it has sugar in it . But i m still working on perfecting my technique. I agree some things like baking a person is a great way to learn . Books only tell so much and technique is not one of them. Technique is key to baking IMHO :)
i did lots of baking in school but as far as the pie crust . it just wasn't a class they taught.
I am feeling challenged to bake a pie. I have the wife's recipe and gave it to #3DD on the phone the other night. Chilling was part of it.
Got another 10 bags of leaves shredded until the greedy shredder ate a bag and stalled. Added some wattling to make the piles higher, but they are overflowing. Water in the yard is receding to just the holes. How much is evaporation I don't know, temps and wind both in the 30's today. Stopped at a friends on the way to market, got a mini loaf of pumpkin bread. Yum. Gotta start watching the carbs.
very chilly here today brrrrr. about 28 i think it said but sunny.
pumpkin loaf is a yummy
not much here
dh did get his one paycheck. lets hope for the rest in the next few days. he may be home by thanksgiving ? or not . depends on the pay check if he gets it or not.
off and running
Pat the secret to Pie Crust is touch.
Most people use way too much water or liquid and then work the dough way too long.
My Mother and G-Mom made the best crusts ever.
But Mom only as she started loosing her sight and had to work it by feel.
Then she realized what G-Mom had been telling her.
Try watching Alton Brown's The Crust Never Sleeps.
Google or Bing
good eats crust
Then hit Video
Thanks, Ric, I'll watch it-- maybe. I do enjoy Alton Brown. For the most part, though he obviously knows more about food than God forgot, he doesn't act like a "chef." I had to stop watching Top Chef because I just wanted to kick the teeth out of most of the contestants, they were so obnoxious! I don't think that cooking should be elevated to the scale of brain surgery, and IMHO, most of the brain surgeons I know are less dramatic than the reality show chefs.
Herman, I'm not sure why, but when I read your most recent post, I thought you referring to a bra size, not your offspring. Wondered why you were giving a pie recipe to a well endowed lady over the phone.
Sue, Neil's condition is actually good news. When they sent him to the hematologist/ oncologist, all the other causes of his low platelet counts were much grimmer, i.e. aplastic anemia, leukemia, hodgkins lymphoma, multiple myeloma, etc. My mother died of the last one, although she had 6 pretty good years between diagnosis and death. Neil was pretty new to the family circle at that point, & just getting used to my mother's matter of fact approach to life. She was telling him abt getting the diagnosis, & then writing for a booklet on her type of cancer. "What did it say?" Neil asked. "Don't plan any long trips, basically," she replied. He told me later that he wasn't sure how to take it, but he laughed, which was exactly the response she wanted.
DS had to take her car in for brake pads, which turned into add discs & rotors, too. Merry Xmas!
Sorry Pat, in the future I'll add the number after. But I guess it wouldn't matter if it was DD 1,23,3,or4. Today it was yoga and weight room after, then shopping, lunch and moved the rest of the bags of leaves back to the shredder. Still some ice left from the AM and the wind was bitter. Tomorrow I have to put the fig tree to sleep for the winter. Quite a chore for 1 old man, but it will be done. I have it cut back and tied. Even ran the cuttings through the shredder. Wrapping and covering is the worst part. Weather should be better.
Pat I agree on the Chef's for the most part.
(Especially the TV competition chef's. Iron, etc.)
I worked w/ them for over 20 years when we were in the restaurant supply business.
Most were OK but there were certainly some Prima Dona's.
I find 'Good Eats' Alton Brown to be more like Mr Wizard or Bill Nye.
Very good educators and passionate about the subjects.
His Ice Cream recipes and techniques are all I use.
I think TV 'reality' show Alton Brown is dumb... but hey it's acting and pays the bills... lol!
Pat sorry i guess i miss understood about Neils condition . So its good news about his condition . yes it could have been much worse prognosis .
I love Alton B. i always do his turkey cooking method and it has yet to fail me. BAsting is evil and stuffing is wrong IMHO.
Ric remember i got a Chicago hardy with your name on it . if you want one.
Celene to funny LOL
I will admit i m a Martha Stewart Junkie but i don't always agree with her cooking techniques.
I like Paula too but good god, not a diet for everyday living ! LOL just on occasion. i love her cakes . but not the ones the sell at Walmart. yuk.
maybe at our next round up we should do a pie crust demo ... ? hint hint
yes keeping the chunks of lard or butter some big and some small is key . IMHO.
all is quiet on the homefront here .
I can skype you for a pie crust demo, I'm doing it for one of my husband's coworkers. She is a newlywed, never made pie, and invited BOTH sets of in-laws for Thanksgiving dinner. And she's never cooked a real meal before. I see most of turkey day morning on the computer. lol I helped her pick a few make-ahead dishes, and each set of guests is bringing something.
I like Martha Stewart's recipes. She annoys me as well, but she can cook. I actually own two of her cookbooks, and I publicly admit it. When I flip through Rachael Ray recipes, I see things like...oh, put three scoops of different sherbets in a bowl. Thanks, Rach, I got that one without a recipe, sweetie. Paula Deen was tolerable (if artery-clogging) when she first started on the Food Network, but she's become a caricature of herself. That's what happens when you become a product instead of a person, I guess.
LOL...Good morning all!
Just had to jump in here and make a few comments...lol.
First...Pat...I just absolutely cracked up at your post to Herman..and the bra size..hahahaa!! Really started my day out right..both of you!! Hilarious!
As for all the tv cooks...well...what is left to say??
I have always been an adventurous cook...ask Dave. I don't worry about things...I just DO them. I don't "take to heart" what the tv tells me either...but sometimes you do learn a few things from it.
My grandma...was an excellent cook and baker. Everything was homemade back then.
I learned much just by watching her...and listening.
And when you walked into her kitchen...and she asked if you wanted a cookie..you better not ask what kind..or you didnt get any! LOL...yes...learned that the hard way!
And now I will admit to one failure...lol...only one..hahahaa.
I never did learn to make noodles like grandma! I still maintain it was because I don't have radiators in my kitchen...!! She always hung her noodles over a clean dish towel...up over the radiator..to dry! Ahhh...fond memories!
I used to have to cook supper for my family when I was a young teen, as my mother worked. So that taught me a lot too...hmmm...come to think of it...all of my family is gone now but me?????? Oops!
But my hubby and kids have all survived...so guess I did learn along the way...lol.
Ok..I know..I'm silly..so what?
I hope you all have a great day...I'm going to!
cold and windy day here.
Celene i may take you up on it . :)
i want to win at next year's county fair pie contest.
Marcy your not silly :) i tried making noodles but alas, i don't have the patience.
I do have the RR 30 min cookbooks. but honestly ummmm some of them are just not 30 in the real world, so i don't know what world she is from ?
Marcy, remind me and I'll make you some homemade fettucine. I was born to roll noodles. lol I have been able to do it since I stood on a chair to reach the table, and my nonna put a shower curtain on the floor to protect from the flying flour, apparently I was liberal with that.
The problem with celebrity recipes is that they call for a little bit of something you have to buy a lot of and the rest you never use.
I got the fig tree wrapped and with tar paper instead of plastic. I have cuttings, 3 with roots if anyone wants. Plenty without. Wind wasn't too bad and I had it cut low enough that I only had to use a 3-step ladder to finish. The clouds rolled in as I finished but no rain. Picked some mustard for dinner, some for the neighbor, too. Had oven-fried chicken, mashed sweet potato and baked apple for dessert. Belly full, dishes done. nothing left but to sleep.
I don't know what my problem was, Marcy, but I'm glad it gave you a good laugh!
I'm still pondering my cooking dilemmas. The things that I do know how to do, limited tho they are, I learned by watching someone else do them repeatedly. My dad always made the mashed potatoes, & I do that now & do it well. My mother made homemeade caramels and toffee, and every Xmas I have people in three states that ask if I'm making them, so they must be pretty good. I have lots of stuff I bake successfully, just not pie crust.
Now I need to eat!
I ordered a wooden dog gate to keep puppy out of the bedrooms, and it arrived yesterday. I showed pup how to get over the stile when the gate was open, & then I shut the latch. 3 minutes later a cat jumped over the gate and puppy went right through the bars to go after the cat. I guess I forgot how much of her exterior is hair!
I am really looking forward to Thanksgiving this year! And then Winterfair on the weekend. I'll have my fireplace done soon, too. Whoopee!
Pat, is it a working fireplace? That is so cozy in the winter, being able to have a fire in the fireplace, and sitting with a good book. Well, if you consider energy efficiency, not a good source for heating the whole house! Ruined that idylic picture didn't I? Ah, well the gate was a good idea, even if you will have to wait until he grows some for that to be successful.
I was cooking when I had to stand on a chair in front of the stove. My DM liked to work outside rather than be inside, so me and my twin would trade off. One week I would cook, she would clean, next week, I would clean, she would cook. DD was a farmer, and DM would much rather be in the fields working. Maybe it was to escape "twins"! I remember teaching DH's grandmother when she was in her 70's how to make milk gravy. She was a good cook, but confessed she never made gravy, because it always turned out lumpy.
Some of the tv cooking programs like RR, are only a course on how to assemble things. She doesn't really cook. Have you noticed how many pasta dishes she does, and how many hamburgers? Well, it doesn't take a gourmet to do that!
I never made good pie crusts till my twin sister gave me her recipe. Now it is a never fail.
Marcy, you were being silly today, but that must mean that you are feeling better, and we all need a good dose of laughter and if silliness is what does it, then so be it.
Celene, I have never made noodles of any kind. Just always thought it was too intimidating. So guess we need a you to do a you tube video showing us how. That is funny about the shower curtain on the floor. Sometimes, I could still use one.
Sue, now if you do enter the pies in the fair, you will have to share the awards with all your friends here who gave advice. I don't do cakes at least to take anywhere. That is a sure way to ask for a lopsided cake or some other disaster. DH has a cousin who makes the best fresh coconut cake, and I got her recipe and when I tried it, it was more like crumbling it in a bowl and eating it. It was still good, but nothing to look at.
Herman, thanks for the offer of a fig cutting. I am just not up to covering it every year, so I would just end up killing it. I am sure it is a pretty tree, and when it blooms in the spring I bet it is spectacular. We went out to eat tonight, as I had cooked all day foods to take to our church Thanksgiving dinner tomorrow. Cooked a ham and a turkey, and will do the dressing and gravy in the morning.
It is an inside, wood burning fireplace. I know that the fire draws air out of the room and up the chimney, but nothing smells as good as a wood fire, or feels as good to just sit in front of and bask in the heat.
Been warm here today, and very windy. They say rain is coming in, but my joints haven't notified me yet.
Hi everyone! Celene..thats a deal..on the fettucine!
Greatttt...on the fireplace Pat! I have a woodburning stove in my kitchen...and I love to have a fire in the winter while I'm working in there...even though it runs me out sometimes...lol! I keep saying I'm going to get one of those small corner fans..that fits in a doorway, to direct the heat to the other rooms...but haven't so far. That stove will heat the whole house.
Well..the weather let me know it was coming too, Bonnie. I woke during the night to aching legs...big time. Some of it might have been because we went to this open house at a big antique mall in New Paris, Ohio. 4 floors..4 sets of steps..big wide steps...up and down. That was quite a workout for me! I know my fake knees felt it right away...LOL!
Yes...I am feeling better, Bonnie, except for not wanting to eat. NOTHING seems to sound good or taste right to me????? I'm wondering if maybe the dr disturbed my taste buds in some way???????? I should call and ask.
Ok...off to get ready here!
Marcy, I've had a ton of facial surgery, any of them that jostled my salivary glands or some facial nerves messed with my sense of taste for 3 or 6 months. It always came back, but they told me it'd depend on whether it was a saliva production issue (food tastes different with less saliva) or nerve damage (which may or may not heal in the way they want). I have a chunk of skin about the size of a silver dollar on my cheek that I can't feel very well, thankfully it wasn't taste buds. lol
good morning everyone.
well just a bit warmer today here ? uhg.
Pat congrats on the fireplace. I told my Dh when we built this house we needed a wood burning stove , but alas he insisted on a traditional fireplace ? ... he gave such a fit i gave in and welllll... we have never used it . i just give him that look of " i told you dummy " . I do agree that the smell and crackle of a warm fire is nice. :)
Marcy are you still taking pain meds for your surgery ? i think that could cause taste to be funny ?
not much here.
its official that DH will be home on sat ... the ticket is bought . we hope he will get paid the rest of what is owed but we are not optimistic on it. :(
Its so disgraceful on this job he is on. The owner is building this golf course for his family use ! and drives two Masaratti's and yet won't pay any of the people who have building this golf course ? its just a disgrace that behaviour of people.
many of the villagers have gone with out pay for over 3 months ...
Wow Celene...interesting! They DID remove 3/4 of that Parotid salivary gland...along with the tumor...and a benign lymph gland...so guess maybe that is my problem with the taste then! Also...that particular parotid gland is the largest of the three salivary glands. Thanks!
Sue..no..not taking any meds now for that. I thought at first..that was it too...but I've been off the meds for over a week now?
Great Sue, that hubby gets to come home! Bummer on the "no pay" crap!
Bonnie, my turn to laugh. My fig trees have never bloomed in Spring. The fruit itself is the bloom. It requires no fertilization to mature. I believe fertilization takes place by only a tiny fly that lives only in certain regions.
Warm and cloudy today. 70% chance it won't rain. Guess I'll clean the flower beds today.
It turned out to be a miserable, just misty drizzle most of the day, and then intermittant showers, ground fog which made visibility a problem.
The church thanksgiving dinner was good, some of the best food, and plenty of desserts. I think there were about 40 there to eat. Not many leftovers.
Herman, I thought surely with the fig producing fruit that it would have blooms in the spring. That is how much I know about the fig tree.
Celene, I didn't know that you had had facial surgery. A wreck maybe? I know my sister was in a horrible car accident and she has facial scars, even after plastic surgery. I barely notice it but she is so self conscious of it.
Marcy, the salvary glands could be the cause of the diminished taste and the desire for food. Just eat whether you want to or not. You are little enough, you don't need to lose any weight.
defoecat, one of the customers of the store where I worked in college followed me home, and kinda beat his way into my apartment and across my face. I was 20 at the time, living in a campus dump. I have bone grafts across my cheekbone, and a good chunk of my left mandible is plastic and metal. I had 21 surgeries to correct the scars, 3 were kinda major and the rest were piddly little nip and tuck sort of things--I qualify that because 21 sounds like such a high number, lol. That's why I hate being photographed.
Celene, I am so sorry for your ordeal. I hope I didn't bring up memories best left buried. Honestly, I didn't stare at you, but I couldn't tell there was anything that was not flesh and bone. You must have had a very good plastic surgeon. ((gentle hugs)) to you.
Celene, OMG! Did the guy do some time for his hissy fit? I'm the same as Bonnie; I hadn't noticed anything at all. But so much of our identity seems to be centered in the face. I have big scars from back surgery, neck surgery, breast cancer surgery, and knee surgery, but the one that I'm most conscious of is the relatively small scar on my neck. I don't even think abt the back surgery scars until I put on a bathing suit. They'd probably do that surgery now with an endoscope and cover it up with a bandaid, lol. 25 years ago they basically cut me in half.
Marcy, when I was on chemo everything tasted pretty strange. I did discover a few things that tasted "normal," like cottage cheese. So keep on trying things until you find a few that become your new favorites until things heal up and you hit your new normal.
Fireplace guy didn't come today because he got sick. I found out that the stone will take 10 days to 2 weeks to get cut, honed, & edged. Contractor has to get the drywall up so we can get the final dimensions on the stone. So I'm REALLY hoping he's better by tomorrow! DS & I debated & finally chose a granite over the slate that we also liked. I was afraid I'd drop a log on the hearth and that it would break the slate. I'll take pictures & bore you all with my remodeled fireplace.
Good morning all. Wow...Celene...I had no idea either! So sorry all that happened to you!
You look normal to me...lol!!! Good surgeons are the best!!
Pat...sounds like you and I have all the same scars...except for the breast cancer ones. I've never been sensitive about mine either...and doubt this one will bother me either. It is...what it is.
Yea...I shouldn't complain about the food tastes...at least I can eat...and I am. Dave makes me...lol.
Bonnie so glad your church dinner went well. Sounded good! I'm ready for Thanksgiving!
Pat...please DO bore us with pics...love to see what others are doing!
And no..it won't be boring...lol.
We are going to our youngest son's house for Thanksgiving. He is going to smoke a turkey on his smoker grill and also do one in the oven. He invites not only family...but friends that have no place else to go...so will be a big crowd. Everyone brings food...so there will be a large variety. I will make all the desserts...(pies)...sugar cream..pumpkin...pecan...apple...6 altogether...Thank you for crusts Pilsbury!!!
Also making a fresh veggie tray...cranberry salad...hmm what else? Ohh I know...going to make some parmesan crisps to munch on before dinner. Oh and of course...turkey cookies..gkids have to have those. Sounds like I better get busy huh??????
Everyone have a great day out there!!!
Fireplace guy got part of the framing up yesterday for the drywall, and pulled up the ugly marble heart, at which point he scratched his cornea, refusing, of course, to do anything about it until the end of the day. Finally saw someone at Walgreens "care center" last night, who numbed it, washed it out, & told him to wait 48 hours, & it should be better by then. I'm relieved that he hasn't ruined his eye & yet selfishly thinking this means I won't have my fireplace done in time for Xmas. I could fire him & get someone who would wear their safety glasses, except I know this guiy's family & I don't want to do that to him or them. Hopefully he can come Friday & finish the framing enough for us to get the final dimensions for the granite. Stone place says it takes about 10 days to get granite fabrication done, so I need to adjust my expectations.
Still looking forward immensely to turkey day!
Pat gosh that is to bad. Sure hope he can get it done for you. Yes safety glasses should have been worn.
well got things ready for our TG
nothing fancy as its just me and the kids. Heck they would be happy with mac and cheese and hot dogs LOL
Things are pretty drippy here. Been raining off and on all day. I'm still making chow chow. I think I'm down to one crate of tomatoes left. Then it's on to corn relish or salsa. DD has been hinting that it's time to send another steer off and she'd like some of her space back in the walk in. Surely this weekend I can make those tomatoes disappear.
Going to my Mom's for Thanksgiving on Thursday. I guess I need to find out what she wants me to bring. We'll do the DH's side of the family on Friday. Oldest DD left for OK today to spend Thanksgiving with her husband. She was kind of sad that they weren't going to be here for their first holiday together but at least they'll be here for Christmas. Her hubbie has been having a stressful time. He's dean of students at St. Gregory in Shawnee OK and they've had a time of it with those earthquakes. It's practically ruined one of their main buildings and while they were trying to get parts of it down without killing someone the main waterline to the campus broke over the weekend. No water in the dorms or anywhere on campus. He's learning a lot about how to deal with the unexpected for sure.
Pat, hope you can get the fireplace done. I ran in to my electrician yesterday at the grocery and kind of stirred him up about finishing the house. I doubt that my septic pit will get dug this year since someone that I live with always put everyone else and everything else in front of what I wanted and now it's wetter than a rice paddy but I figure that I'll do everything that I can to keep the work moving even if it's at a snail's pace...
There was earthquakes in OK ? when ? my gosh i missed that somewhere . Sorry to hear of this and i sure hope things can get back to normal for them quickly.
tater tots for dinner and Reddi Whip shots for dessert yumm. LOL
Everyone have a good time at your familys this week.
many many blessing to all my friends
Son just called to remind me of one of our favorite thanksgiving moments:
When we firdt moved to Springfield, we lived in an apartment complex next to a youger kid. Josh was in 2nd grade; I think the other kid was 4 or 5. He came over one November day, bursting with excitement to tell us about what he'd learned abt Thanksgiving at kindergarten. He described these "penguins" that were black and white, and they were animals, but they were people too. It seems totally obvious now, but I had to listen for awhile before I realized that his teacher had been saying "Pilgrims" while he was hearing "Penguins." He did this on another subject later that year, mixing up mommies with Egyptian mummies. What a great kid.
Sue, when does Tim get back? Will you have another Thanksgiving then? Hot dogs and macaroni & cheese sound pretty good-- maybe I'll have that tomorrow when I'm waiting for Thanksgiving.
My grandmother always had a cornucopia on the table. I'm thinking of hitting Hobby Lobby & getting a wicker one & filling it up with fresh fruit. At least I'd have something healthy for later!
Pat, good idea. That is probably one of my most favorite decorative items for the season. Had to laugh about the little kids "hearing problems" I wonder sometimes what they do hear and intrepret. Good stories told about things in church. Like God's name is Art "which art in heaven", bringing in the cheese, etc. others I have heard/read but can't remember now.
We are invited to DS's SO's DM's tomorrow. Did you all follow that? Well, anyway no relation, and I doubt that we will go, because I have only talked to her on the phone, and have never met her. It would feel strange going up to a door, knocking and introducing myself as that voice on the phone, and I am here to eat!!
Thursday we are going to DH's niece's house. She is having all of the Ethingtons, and is cooking it all. A brave soul for sure, as if all come it will be about 50. All she asked me to bring was a card table and cards!
DH is determined to go to Rural King on Thursday morning, for a pre Black Friday sale. DGD and I visited that store last weekend, and frankly, I am not impressed. They had very little in the line of women's shirts and sweatshirts. That is about the only thing I would buy there. DGD did find some boots there, but none in her size, so will probably go to Tractor supply to buy them. I really am not into Christmas shopping while the turkey is still digesting, so absolutely WILL NOT be going shopping on Friday. Sheesh, fight that crowd and parking spaces that are 2 miles from the store. I will find something constructive to do on Friday, instead of jostle for position at a store, that is assuming that I have successfully found a parking spot.
Janet, I know that your DD will do fine spending the first holiday away from home. I hate it that she has to go home to all that turmoil at the school. , but I am sure that she is anxious to see her DH. Glad to hear that the electrician may get some more work done for you. When you get the pit dug for the septic, can you push your DH into the bottom of it, weighted down with some concrete blocks? I would if I had been waiting as long as you have to get that dug, grin. I don't think there is a jury in the state that would convict you of anything.
Got the epidural today, and in addition to that shot, I got a "trigger point shot". First time I have had that, but they explained that the most painful, sore place on my back was likely the "trigger" for the pain. So it was injected, with the hopes that it will calm down, and that in conjunction with the other shot, that I can be pain free. Have to wait 6 months for another round of them, so I am hoping that I do get long lasting relief.
Sue, if you do have mac and cheese, call me, and I will be there to eat with you. Oh, I am assuming that it is home made and not that orange stuff from the box. DGD insists that the box kind is the only kind.
If that poor child thinks that "stuff" is mac and cheese she's been psychologically scarred somewhere along the way! Tonight it was meatloaf, mashed taters, biscuits, corn and cooked apples. Putting those apples on that hot buttered biscuit was almost as good as an apple pie...
Janet, what would you give for a pint of homemade apple butter? He he, I have more apples that need to morf into something so it may just as well be applebutter.
I don't know where DGD learned to like that stuff, but it she sure didn't get it here. Her DM is not a really good cook, so I am supposing that it was quick and easy,and she has gotten used to it, and thinks that is the only kind. DGD is a much better cook than her DM, and since her DM is going to school, most nights DGD has supper cooked when she gets in from class. She is coming down tomorrow, and staying till Sunday afternoon, and she says her DM is sort of upset with her, as she won't be there to help her out.
I'd say it kind of throws DGD over a barrel. You've had a mighty important hand in raising her and there's strong feelings towards her DM too. Makes it hard to choose where to go without hurting one or the other. I didn't figure she learned about that box stuff from her DGM. I've used it a time or two but once the kids latched onto either Velveeta or the baked mac and cheese they didn't want that other crap. I prefer the baked but they like the other cause it hits the table faster.
Last day of work before the weekend. Yesterday drug on and on and on. At least I got a few things done. I haven't had to bake much for market this week. It's been slowing down that much.
Better get running. I've got some pumpkin that needs to get bagged up and in the freezer. Y'all have a good day!
sorry to say that yes it is the blue box crap . i bow my head in shame . can't stand the stuff myself .
but my family is not the " foodies " that i m .
they are fixated on the textures , salt and fat impact that most have with canned goods. jar sauces, boxed meals, canned soups ect...
i hope to slowly get them off the stuff.
Dh is the king of Velveeta... uhg ;p
Good morning everyone!
Well..Sue...I have to say I'm with you! My little GS won't even touch mac n cheese unless it comes from a blue box!! GD likes the real stuff! Kids!
Just a short run through...and wavin~~~~~~~~ to everyone! And sayin Happy Thanksgiving to One and All...as I might not get back here before it's all over!
I seem to work best under pressure...so today I have to make 6 pies...cranberry salad, ice n decorate the turkey cookies...make parmesan crisps...a veggie plate...hmm...what else? Just know I am forgetting something! AND...I have to figure out a place to keep all this stuff cold too!! Told Dave...I need that red cooler from the barn...ut ohhhhh...he says..it's buried! Grrrrrrr...well you can just dig it out for me...LOL!! Don't think he was too happy to hear that!
Ok...I'm outa here to get to work!!!!!
Happy day everyone!!
I have been laughing at myself from some of these posts. My mother wasn't much for cooking at all. My Dad was a good cook, but worked all the time. Dad taught me to fry bologna, eggs and bacon, and to make pancakes. I took baking in 4-h and all the neighborhood ladies helped me with my projects, because we didn't even have a cake pan or a cookie sheet. We grew up on peanut butter and karo syrup sandwiches and wondered why we all had a weight problem!LOL
My daughters were close to being teenagers before they knew there was "real" mashed potatoes and mac 'n cheese. To this day, they talk about my cooking and one won't eat box potatoes or mac 'n cheese, the other one loves the box stuff and doesn't like the real thing!
I can however make great yeast rolls , bread and cakes. LOL And I wonder why I have a weight problem still. LOL
My family asks me to bring rolls or fruit salad to our get-togethers as they think that is the sum total of my expertise. I can now cook if I need to, but don't enjoy it and would rather eat card board anything than to cook.
I did teach my girls what little I did know about cooking and they are pretty good cooks , so at least I was the good example of what not to do in the kitchen. Neither of them would ever let a hamburger helper box into their house!
We will be going to my niece's house for a Thanksgiving dinner and it's always a good time. I am feeling very grateful for all the blessings in my life and I count all of you good folks among them. Lou
Amen, Lou, I think that at some point in my day, I will sit down and count my blessings, and all DG friends will be near the top. Don't know how the days would pass without a few words from all of you.
Had to laugh about your cooking expertise, at least the class did teach you to bake, so you are not a complete helpless person in the kitchen.
Happy Thanksgiving to all! I guess I started cooking when the wife was ill. Amazingly the offspring still like pea soup, they sure got a lot of it. As Helen got better so did her cooking. At the end she was a very good cook and all the kids have her recipes. I used some when I lived with the GF. She could never cook for just 2. Now it is either cook or starve since I cannot afford to eat out, monetarily and physically. It is fun even if I have to eat the mistakes. Last night I made chicken divan with leftover oven-fried chicken. It was good. It did say PEPPER to taste. Finished it tonight. Since I'm the only one eating I tend to use the Thai Dragons freely.
I have a recipe book from 1925. Has a recipe for Apple Slump that I have been looking for. Next on the agenda. Also Indian Pudding. (No pepper in those) Pie crust was interesting; Cut the lard in with a cold knife, use ice water, put the dough in the ice box for 1/2 hour, pound the dough with a cold rolling pin before rolling on a cold board. I'm gonna try it if I can find an ice box
Enjoy your feast!
Sounds like finding that ice box is gonna be the biggest problem with the pie crust recipe. Love to look at the old recipe books, some terms are almost extinct. DGD was looking at recipes a while back and came across the word oleo, she asked what it was! She really thought that was wierd.
Went to a Thanksgiving service at church. It was good. Only a few, so that makes me wonder if we are recognizing thanksgiving by the turkey rather than celebrating the blessings in our lives. And so that goes by the way of the dinosaurs. We commercialize everything to the point of forgetting the real meaning.
i m just looking forward to having my MIL dry. leather , rock hard turkey loaf :) MMM MMM good.
but i m thankful for them in my lives. They are the best MIL and FIL a person could have. Bless them for their spirit.
so i got some quiet time to this morning.
got some Arabian java Mocha coffee my mom sent to me. its realy good.
Sue, you crack me up! My mother used to bake a cooked ham for like, oh...twelve hours and I am NOT exaggerating, she put that ham in the oven at midnight on the day before a holiday. She basted it with a mixture of pineapple juice, brown sugar, and Southern Comfort, which formed this black shell on the outside of her porky jerky. At the end of the baking period, she'd leave the ham out and trim the black crust away, then eat the middle. I rarely see my husband refuse food, but he would eat as little of that ham as humanly possible.
My friend's four year old is gobbling. The six year old is drawing personalized Thanksgiving-themed place cards, and decorating the kids table. I cover it with paper and park a bucket of crayons and markers and hole punches. My cousin is learning how to use a burr coffee grinder. Fill the hopper, hit the button, it grinds the right amount. How does it know? It just does, just hit the button and make coffee. Do I add water to this pot? Only if you want coffee to come out the other end...
hahahahaha...I love my life, and I'm not being sarcastic. It's so fun.
The turkey is in the oven, the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade is on the TV, the kids are bouncing off the walls.
This is the easiest pie crust mix that I have ever used! Turns out perfect every time.
Pie Crust Mix
6 cups all purpose flour
1 tablespoon salt
2 cups shortening or lard
1) Mix flour and salt. Cut in 1 cup of shortening until the texture is like cornmeal. Cut in the remaining cup of shortening until the pieces are the size of small peas.
2) Store mix in tightly covered container.
Enough mix for about six 9 inch pie shells.
Pastry for 1 crust pie
2-3 tablespoons cold water
1 1/2 cups of Pie Crust Mix.
Sprinkle water over dry mixa little at a time, mixing with fork. Only add enough water to hold pastry together. Do not over handle.
Shape into a ball and flatten on a lightly floured surface. Roll from center to edge until about 1/8" thick and 1" larger than the pie pan. Loosen from surface with a spatula, quarter fold, lay in pan and gently unfold, fitting into pan so it's not stretched. Trim edge so it extends about 1/2" past the pan. Fold under and flute.
For baked shell, prick with fork in several places. Bake at 450° for 15 minutes or until crust is light golden brown. Check frequently. If blisters appear, prick with fork and return to oven.
For 2 crust pie, double the above recipe, split into two balls, follow above directions. Put in desired filling. Cut crust at the edge of the pan and do not flute edge. Leave top crust 1" larger than pan. Place on top and slit in several places to allow steam to escape. Moisten the edges to seal crust, then fold top crust under bottom crust and flute.
This recipe is from The Budget Cookbook from the Culinary Arts Institute. It's the only pie crust recipe I ever use unless I need graham cracker crust or similar.
Here's the little guy & his girls. 5 generations.
His mother is holding him. Middle generation, my stepson, not present.
Then my wife, Bertha, Great-grandmother.
Great-Great- Grandmother, who is 93 years old. She resides at a nursing home, but we brought her out for the day.
Have been home about an hour from DH's niece's house. About 30 in attendance, and more little ones than I could count.
Great food, great fellowship, and I am stuffed. Had to taste everything and only a little spoonful, but it added up to a great big plate full. Oh, well, I don't do that often, and I will try to get in extra exercise tomorrow to work some of it off.
Chele, thanks for that pie crust recipe. Have you ever separated it into balls and frozen it? That would be great to just reach in the freezer and have pie crust in just a bit.
Sitting here with the best of Thanksgiving: the leftovers! Eating some of sister's delicious yeast rolls. Turkey & dressing will get reheated for tonight. Had a wonderful day yesterday with the inner circle of family & friends. The only problem was that I got tired fast & came home earlier than I expected to.
Can't go to the Winterfair yet because I need to be here for the contractor. He keeps trying to change things, and I keep saying No. So far we haven't started yelling, so I'd say it's going pretty well.If they keep going at this rate, I should be able to order the stone on Monday.
Here's the fireplace as it was when we bought the house.
Pat, can't wait to see the "after" pictures. That is going to be beautiful.
Spent the day doing laundry and some cleaning. I do not understand how this house gets so dirty and disorganized. DH just left to take DGD to a friends house. She wanted to make a pie to take to a friends house tonight, so I helped her make a chocolate cream pie. It turned out really well. She made one yesterday using Instant Jello pudding, and it was a complete failure. So just wanted her to know that homemade isn't that much more difficult and doesn't take any longer. She was pleased with her efforts. Darn, wish I had taken a picture of it.
Heading to the kitchen to try to figure out what to cook for supper. Now this is where I miss leftovers, they would have come in handy tonight!
Bernie, great picture. Gosh you already starting on the greats, I sure hope it is awhile till I get to that point.
i decided to drink wine instead of doing black friday. watched Lady Ga Ga special.
drank more wine.
Celene it sounds like a great house at your place. Love to hear of kids doing fun arts and crafts. and making turkey noises .
ate some left overs.
still trying to get the velvetta slices off a plate :P
tonight watching Santa Clause with Tim Allen.
great pics Pat. can't wait to see more
BOnnie your day sounds like mine. doing laundry and cleaning floors.
Bernie sure hope sales are good this year for you.
OUr salvation Army thinks it is a antique store. They had a oil hurricane lamp for $25 ? i think this is a bit steep ?
There is a chair there i m dying to get but , they want $65 and i won't pay it . really its a $40 chair . i wonder if i give cold hard cash if they would drop the price ?
I've had a busy 2 days. Yesterday an avalanche of papers and magazine in the kitchen. Sorted and tossed. Then, even though I could still see the pattern on the linoleum, I swept and mopped the kitchen floor. Good for another 6 months. After a much needed rest I got cleaned up and went to a friends for dinner. Came home with lots of left overs.
Today was yoga and exercise, home for lunch and shredded the rest of the bagged leaves and the last of the garden plants. In the bottom of one bag were some acorns. They came out as fine as my nut chopper would do. An idea if I make a lot of nut bread. NO! Too hard to catch them.
Did anyone do black friday ?
just listening on the news of the fatalities and the injuries that this stupid day consist of. i mean really are we a society that will trample a human to get a $35 phone ???? :P
yep great sales ... ?
not much going on here
Herman sounds like you had a busy day :)
Tim is due home and will land in the USA at 4 pm and will be home around 5 pm . he lands in Dayton this time.
I am doing Small Business Saturday. :) More polite, and lots of good quality stuff. No cheap plastic crap made overseas. I bought a necklace of glass beads seven years ago from a local glass artist, and one of the beads cracked because I dropped it, not a fault of manufacture at all. She is replacing it for $4, and restringing the necklace for free. Try to get that kind of service from a big box store!! You end up with less packages under the tree, but they're more durable, well-constructed items.
Tim has landed and is home.
lots of fun presents from china. I like the scrolls that he brings me. One huge one is the great wall. another one is a tiger and a bird one.
lots to catch up on .
Can i do small business on monday ? i won't have any money until monday :)
Michelle will you have daylilys this spring .
Another day at market yesterday. It's getting slower and slower. Thankfully it was wonderful out yesterday and since only the more dedicated customers come anymore we use the time to visit among the vendors. Early spring and late fall and winter is when I get to know folks. It's visiting time and a little more laid back. Got back and had leftovers for supper. Guess I'll have to cook tonight.
Making salsa this afternoon. I figure I can have two pots cooking while I fininsh the last of the green tomatoes. I bought 2 new 20 qt cooking pots a couple weeks ago. I absolutely LOVE them to can in. Their bottoms are so thick you really have to work to scorch anything.
we got a new bed. Tempur pedic one. we went down in size so i could get the ergo something ? basicaly a hospital bed type. Will make reading much more easier .
didn't get much done yesterday but that.
rained all day
going to Outback today for an early dinner for Tims birthday.
I m ready for my routine to come back and get back to business. This lazy thing only is good for two days . LOL
back to the gym and healtheir eating .
Yes, nothing says Christmas joy like making underpaid retail workers give up any shred of Thanksgiving by making them stock & reprice things & then go to work to get stampeded at midnight! Nothing, that is, except toy and electronics manufacturers who deliberately restrict distribution of products to convince people that they have to be out at midnight to get the overpriced thing. My only hope is that God has enough humor to make Purgatory just like that for every executive who participates in the sham!
And on that happy note---- I spent the weekend visiting the Winterfair craft & arts show in Covington. I spent some money & had a great time & got some one of a kind things. They're in Columbus this coming weekend, Sue; go see it if you can. Oh, and enjoy your tempupedic bed. It does make reading easier. You'll need to get sheets that have really deep corner seams, though, or else the sheets will pop off when you raise & lower the head of the bed! Lands End usually has good & reasonably priced ones. Their flannel sheets are the best, too.
Pat ROFLLLL your to funny. yes i agree . purgatory should be exactely like that for them.
I do love Lands End ! we get lots from there . i just love the totes.
i will try and see if i can get away and see the show. sounds great !
we will sure try :)
its slushing outside
half snow and half rain. brrrr its cold.
got some things done today
ran our of olive oil :(
got our new bed today.
hopefully i can get the new sheets on before i fall asleep.
its a queen and boy compared to our old cal king... portion distortion ! its soooo small ?? . the old bed took up 75 % of the room LOL
we can actually walk in the room ? and not feel like we have to climb over the bed .
our barn is going to start being built in two weeks. very excited about dat . don't cha know.
still thinking on the color ? we like the red and clay color combo .
It's snowing hard here and has been since around 4 pm. It is sticking on the trees and grass, but hasn't made to roads slick yet. I have been in denial about Winter coming and this sorta just smacks that right out of my head. Yuck!!! Lou
I hear you Lou. We have snow falling, don't know if the roads are being affected, guess we will find out on the news tonight, by the number of accidents reported!! Stupid people always have to learn on the first snow of the season.
Wow Sue, I guess the bed is a lot different in size and in the number of positions or configurations you can have. The bed people, the bed!!
Is your barn gonna be log, or will it be a metal one? Storage for the greenhouse business?
I am recovered physically, just meaner than a witch today/tonight. Everything is getting on my nerves. DS and his SO decided to come and strip tobacco for a farmer down the road, and to stay eat supper and spend the night again. Now this is after I have been on my death bed, had to cook supper, which I probably would have done anyway, but not as much as I did when you have extras around. I am thinking I need to get to my devotionals early tonight.
I bet that queen sized bed is a quite a downsize from the Cal king. Cal kings are like--- well, they're so big I'm surprised that they don't have extra property taxes! My bed is a double. I was working my way up from a twin bed, & DS kept trying to convince me that I should get a queen. Why? It's me & 2 or 3 cats, plus a remote control or two, and a box of kleenex & a book. Double is a fine size for one overweight little old lady.
No snow in Westwood, but it's cold & windy. For all I know, they may have an inch over in the heights of Price Hill.
My uncle, who is 90, is going to give me a DNA sample so I can get some more info on that side of the family. Now if I could only find an Irons cousin I'd be in clover!
Pat LOL to funny . yes the Cal King was huge ! it was nice . When storms came both kids and a dog could sleep and have enough room in it.
good luck on the DNA . that is very fascinating to find family history.
Oh gosh Bonnie. DOn't them men know that you need your rest to recover from recovery ? . hope you can get some rest and get a better mood in too. no fun to be grumpy
got snow last night too. stuck to the ground a bit .
Lou i think you hit it right on the head. I think we all got spoiled by our warm November. even my forsythia started to bloom ????
welp time to get the gym
Winter is here! At least 2 juncos among other little peckers looking for a handout.
Had to wipe the snow off the back window before I drove to the gym today If we don't get any more than this I'll make it through the winter.
Good morning everyone!
It's sunny and COLD in New Madison countryside!!
Not much going on here either...just trying to stay warm. Have had a bad cold, but it's getting better. Dave has had it even worse than me.
Got the Christmas tree up, but waiting on the gkids to come n decorate it...like they always do.
Finally found something my kitty would eat without wasting half of it...chicken livers! 1 lb. will last all week. I just cooked them in some water for a few minutes. She dearly loves them...and it's cheaper than cat food! Especially since half of it gets thrown away!
Ok...so it's December...I'm ready for April!!!!!
Let's get this winter over!!! Lordy...seems like I am always wishing my life away!!!
Well, we certainly are a slow bunch. Either that or just darned onery!
Finished all the green tomato relish and make a double batch of salsa Wed. night. Finished coring the last of the peppers last night and ran some pumpkin through the grinder and set it to drain last night. Almost done with those suckers too. I think there's 4 pumpkins and a big cushaw plus some little ones and I'll be done. Could use some more but I think most everybody that had them have either let them freeze or fed them to the cows. They are a lot of trouble to process.
Looks like I'm going to try to do my Christmas shopping by computer this year. I'll probably enjoy it a lot more. Less Wal-Mart is always good. I realize those folks need jobs and my going there insures that job but I just hate having to drive around like a shark on patrol to find a parking spot and then having to wait 5 deep in a check out line because they only have 2 lanes open and I refuse to use that self check out when I have a cart full of stuff. I hate that thing on a good day so you can imagine the mood I'm in on a bad one.
Better get ready for work. Bonnie, glad to see you're back on deck. Hope your MD appt was good.
Thanks Janet, it was. Macular is stable, the first time in 3 years. Didn't post last night because the dilation of my eyes always gives me a whopper of a headache. Guess it is the squinting trying to keep the sun out of them.
Bonnie...don't they give you dark glasses to wear home after dialating??
Do you drive yourself? Just curious.
Morning everyone. Not much going on here...grocery day again. Trying to figure out...do we eat too much? Or not enough?
Guess I missed the country Christmas special last night...darn! How did I do that????
Ok...off to get a shower and get moving here.
Well, I'm in a mess, & I'm in a funk over being in a mess. The fireplace project has ground to a halt. The first crew who started 2 weeks ago & was supposed to be done in 3-4 days: they put a first coat of mud on the drywall last Monday, promised to be back on Tuesday, & I haven't heard from them since then. Yes, I've called, with no response. They've left a bunch of tools in my garage, so I think they'll show up eventually, but I don't want to put the tree up without getting the drywall finished. Then, Monday afternoon I went to the stone place to get the stone ordered, & decided that I really wanted one of their contractors to remeasure and install because of the uneveness of the hearth pad. They called with a material bid & pro installer's name. He called me Wednesday & showed up Thursday. Turns out he's a musician in his spare time & played with a guy who played with my father
in the 50's & 60's. He said he'd call & come Friday to build a wood template for the hearth. So I'm waiting around all Friday, & discover abt 4 o'clock that the base phone unit got unplugged, so nobody could call. I left him a voice message on his line, but no call back so far. What this means is I will not have a fireplace for Xmas, because of the fabrication time.
I realize that the fate of the world doesn't depend on this, & having written it down, I'm starting to count my blessings instead of my dilemmas. It would have been nice, but I still have some family, a house, a yard, a car & a new acquaintance that I can swap George Mehas stories with, eventually.
Plus, no one is playing Tony Orlando & Dawn! Gosh, Sue, I hope you can keep your spirits up with that groove going on. Put some Christmas music on!
Pat that is so disapointing ! i m sorry to hear this . Do they realize that their tools are still at your house ? i sure hope they come back and get the job done.or i would start selling the tools on Ebay or Craigs list :)
no more Tony Orlando and Dawn for me Pat. LOL we got some christmas country going on.
Tim is playing with google earth.
anyone try google+ yet ?
well the house is in tip top condition . by tomorrow it will be a mess again :(
well not much else going on
Not much happening here. Yesterday I went to the Y for yoga and exercise. Went to pick up monthly supply of pharmaceuticals and stopped by the EX's house to pick up the compost bin they are not using. The lawn hasn't been cut since last summer.
The only work done on the beds is what I did So sad!
Then home to make Carrot Qunoa Medley and apple slump for dessert . Enough for 3 meals.
Today I worked in the yard. Still about a third under water and more coming. I have to cut Winterberry and the path to them is between 2 ponds and is about 2' wide with about 6" of water over it. It is all one big pond. That will be fun. Herman
Snow? Yikes. I'm glad the weather held out here, my last big show of the season was well-attended. So many nice people, and fantastic vendors. Not to mention Jeni's ice cream and the chocolatier...mmmmm
Now I am going to get some flats and pots ready for winter sowing, I like to start it on the Solstice :)
Bernie, the snow is pretty when viewed as a picture that someone else took! The WL are saying we have a chance of some later this week. Although they promised us 4 inches of rain today, tonight and tomorrow, and so far all that has fallen has been sprinkles. My thinking is that the sprinkles are gonna have to get faster to give us that amount in the given time.
Celene, so glad you had a good show. Hope you visited the Chocolate booth and loaded up for the holidays!
Ric, I wondered if you would be putting up the lights as always. Since I am leaving shortly after Christmas for a month in Florida, my decorations are pretty slim, as I don't want to feel rushed getting them put up, and barring that leaving it to DH to do, and coming home in February to still find a tree and other decorations still up.
We had our family Christmas dinner today. Had about 40, 2 not attending because of sickness, and 3 college kids who didn't make it home. Plenty of food (well that was a marginal statement, as I was last in line) and enjoyed visiting with everybody.
I took a pecan pie, and there was one piece left, and I thought I would bring it home and that would be my dessert for the day. When I got ready for it, DH had already eaten it. So evidently it was good.
We started this tradition of having Christmas dinner early after DM passed away. She died a week before Thanksgiving, and we just didn't feel very festiive. So we had our "get together" the first Sunday in December, and have decided to just leave it there permanently. That frees everybody to make other plans for later in the month, and probably solves some "where do we go" issues.
We will have immediate family dinner on Christmas Eve, and go to DH's cousin's house on Christmas day.
Have an appointment to get my vision checked tomorrow. I had hoped to do some shopping while I was out, but my eyes will be dilated, so guess it is straight home.
Another 1.5" of rain but only about 3" in the basement. Picked some winterberry and dug the cannas before the rain. I didn't know canna roots could get that big, some 3" in diameter. Too bad they aren't edible.
The CIncinnati total for yesterday was 2.72", the most ever recorded in one 24 hour period in this area (since the beginning of written records, tho'). I got "only" 2.54". It was plenty. I feel like I'm living in monsoon territory.
Finally got ahold of drywaller who says he coming tomorrow AM. Now I just need the stone guy to show up & at lweast get the hearth template made.
I don't know how much we got but it was waaaaaay too much as far as I am concerned. On the brighter side, it could have been snow falling, and it would have measured way more than that.
Yesterday's vision appointment went well. However, they have moved me up to come in every 3 months. My insurance pays for it as it is considered a medical issue, but just hate the thought I am going to need to have my eyes dilated that often.
Did get a couple of gifts bought, and a piece of "wall art" to complete the bathroom redo. So when I get stuff on the wall, it is finished, and I will post a picture of it. This should last until someone else takes over the house after we are gone.
Grocery day tomorrow. I just hate the Kroger's senion first Wednesday of the month shopping. I would much rather go someplace else and pay twice the price of things rather than to fight the crowds. But hi ho, hi ho, it is off to Kroger I go in the morning.
I don't know where the official rain guage is. It is a little backwards to have the Cincinnati temperatures being determined by the Northern Kentucky airport. I remember booking a flight for Cincinnati from LaGuardia once-- we're talking probably 30 years ago. The reception person was giving me my ticket & she leaned forward and said, "You do realize that the airport is in Kentucky?" I reassured her that I did & she said some people complained that they hadn't been informed. LOL.
I still have standing water in the back yard. It's a toss up whether I should go towards french drains or just putting a dam up on one side & buying a rowboat.
MyCast uses the weather at Lunkin Field, which is about 2 minutes from here.
BUT they are down in a river valley so the temps are rarely right w/ the river effect.
COV is at least 25 miles as the crow flies, and most of the rains appear to head that way.
Everywhere I step around here it squishes. The dogs can't go out with the kids to feed that they don't need a full bath when they come back in. Then they pout in the basement until they dry off.
Been peeling apples and making apple pie filling. 14 qts. so far. Unfortunately it's out of McIntosh apples so it sort of looks like applesauce with some chunks but it tastes pretty good.
I've still got a bushel that's gotten too bruised for anyone to buy at market that I have to process. Does anybody have a good recipe for apple butter.? Those apples should be prime for that.
Bonnie, I guess if you don't like Kroger you could try Save-a-Lot. With that horribly big Kroger there in Shelbyville I'm just as happy at SAL. I've only been in there a few times and probably looked like the country mouse coming to the city. I couldn't find anything and only got more frustrated by the minute. And I hear they're fixing to make the west side Kroger in Frankfort one of these monsters too. I absolutely despise it!
Got to work. Everybody, have a good day. And if you have that apple butter recipe be sure to post it!
Good morning all. Not sure how much rain we got, as Dave takes the rain gauge in so it doesn't freeze...lol. But it was plenty..I do know that! And this morning there is a coating of snow on things...grrrrrrrr.
Well...I usually shop at Walmart for my groceries...but am about to end that...as they keep taking things away...that I use! I'm really getting tired of that!
I do go to Krogers for things I can't find at Walmart.
I wish we had Giant Eagle here Celene. None in this area.
We have to take Mandy to the vet this afternoon...due for her shot updates. Actually she was due in Sept...and I am just now getting her there...time just gets away from me!
I'm anxious to see how much she weighs...she seems to have really gained some weight since I've been feeding her chicken livers. She loves them. No more wasted cat food!
Janet...I love McIntosh apples for apple pies! I like my apples cooked up a bit in pie. So either those or Granny Smith are great to me.
Have a great day all..gotta get!!
I'm going to Jungle Jim's tomorrow to see if they have any Cortlands. If not, I'll probably get McIntosh too. All the new apples-- jazz, honeycrisp, etc, taste the same to me. I miss the variety of flavor & textures with the older ones-- rome, jonathan, paula red, and the like.
Getting curtain rods hung right now by one of Josh's friends. Still need to get the screens out of the doors & the glass panes in-- I think the cold is here to stay. The wayward drywall guys just showed up-- after promising to be here first thing this morning. I want to go out and play, or shop, or something! Gotta get out of this house!
There are people at our market that if they can't have honeycrisp they just don't want an apple. Well, the fellow I get my apples from doesn't have honeycrisp so I guess they'll do without. It got to where my supplier only had McIntosh and Golden Delicious. I think I have a bushel of Mac's left and 2 of Golden. Then I'm out of the apple business until next summer. The people at the market want to know if I'm going to have apples all year. Well, no, I don't ship them in from far, far away and they don't sit in the cooler all winter. I had to laugh last week, one woman came up and looked at the apples and told another that they weren't fresh. Geez, I wonder if she honestly thinks that we go out to the trees every week and pick a bushel when it's 25 degrees and snow is blowing? I guess she thinks that's how they get those wax covered store bought apples.
I need to get some plastic over a few of the windows at home. The bathroom is starting to get a little chilly when you're in there in the all together. If I see the shower head spewing sleet I guess I'll know I'm too late!
I hate Kroger and I hate Wal-Mart but that's about all there is anymore. I just get in and out as fast as I can. Did that run yesterday. Hopefully I won't have to grace their doors again until next week.
Janet. my thermostat is set at 61 and when I want to shower, I have a little space heater to warm the bathroom. I like Save-a lot and only buy specials at chain supermarkets. Penn-Dutch market for produce and cheese.
Basement starting to dry out. Water heater didn't go out this time. Back yard still flooded. No snow yet. Have to bring potted trees in tomorrow..
lots of rain here.
My chickens sure wish they were ducks
got a light dusting of snow , about 30 degree's not including windchill brrrrr.
still getting about 6 eggs total a day from 11 hens. sure hope the other ones start laying in spring or they are soup .
going to try and get holiday lights up tomorrow.
Janet to funny on the apples. our market usually close up around nov 1 .
well i m having a dilly of a time trying to find "light coconut milk " i may try Dorothy Lane . i have to go that direction to drop off my comp .
i was going to head up to Franklin this week but just got so busy with other things :(
got lucy a new pillow and she was afraid of it LOL but savannah got her in it so we shall see.
Lucy is bored being inside so much. i think we all are.
Pat if i had known you were going to JJ Cookie and i could have meet up with you !
i have come to a conclusion that i hate frozen veggies ! uhg i just can't choke them down.
16 Cups thick apple pulp
1 cup vinegar
8 cups sugar
4 tsp cinnamon.
Cook cored and peeled apples with water added until soft. Cook until mixture remains in a smooth mass. About 1 1/2 hours. Pour into sterilized jars, and seal while hot.
I made some with some apples that were getting a little soft, and it is delicious on hot biscuits.
This recipe is from the ball canning book but about a 1950 edition. Was my DM's. All the recipes I have tried from it turn out well. Can't beat the older cooks.
Today was grocery day, and all the little old ladies and little old men from 3 counties were out riding the carts, socializing in the aisles, effectively blocking them, and eventually buying groceries. Gosh, how I hate going on senior day. But I do get an extra 10% off.
When I came out of the grocery, it was snowing. It is too wet and warm for it to stick, but a difference of a few degrees in temperature and it would have given us a good white coating on everything.
Pat, whoopee, at least the guys showed up. Sure hope they get to working and get that fireplace operatinal soon.
Went to the doctor today thinking I had a planter's wart my foot. No he says. It's a corn. I paid him to tell me I had a corn???? Never had one on the bottom of my foot before so I just assumed it was a wart. I guess I'll get out the corn remover and have a go at it.
Got the apples run through the food mill. I'd forgot how much time it takes to do that. By the time I finished it was too late to start the apple butter and expect to get in bed before midnight. And I'd promised DD a cheesecake with apple pie topping for a long, long time. At least I got that finally done.
Irritated with the postal department. I shipped a flat rate box to Austin Tx before Veteran's day and it's never got there. That's the first time I've never had one arrive. Now I get to go out and dig the order and ship it again. Who knows if it will ever show up. I guess I'll do delivery confirmation this time, though it's not worth the paper it's printed on.
I think I'm going to bed. Found a recipe for raisin rum apple butter. I think I'll skip the apples and just drink the rum...
That's a thought Janet. When we get a little further along in the season and I am so harried that I don't know which way to turn, may have to come over and sample your rum, er, your raisin rum apple butter! That sounds good, let me know how it turns out. Well I must be hungry, as the apple cheesecake sounds good too. I used to make cheese cakes all the time, but haven't made one for a long time. I may just decide that cheese cake will be the dessert for christmas.
Well, that was the pits having the Dr tell you it was a corn. I have never had one on the bottom of my foot. You should have asked him to trim it for you, then at least you would have felt like you got your money's worth from the visit.
I have been trying to get to Louisville to visit Trader Joes. They opened about 6 weeks ago, and it always seems when I head that direction, I have other things that I need to do.
Sue, that is funny about Lucy being scared of her new pillow. She will get used to it. Mr. B goes in and out at will, so he seems his lazy self. I was cleaning today, and had the front door open, with the sun streaming in, and he laid in the sun most of the morning.
About 4 this afternoon, heard a bumping sound at my front door, and when I opened it to see what it was, the neighbor's Jack Russell Terrier was wanting in. When he gets mad at his mom, he finds a way to escape the house and comes over here. He is so funny. He knows all kinds of tricks, so I am glad to have him perform for me. When his mom came to get him, he wouldn't even look at her, so I had to pick him up and carry him to her car. She said that he was napping on the couch, and she got the vacuum out to clean up some of his hair that he had left, and he got mad because she interrupted his sleep. Mr. B is not sure that he is okay with him being in "his house" though.
Well, nothing planned for tomorrow, so may brave the crowds and go shopping and see if I can finish finding gifts for everybody. I cleaned house and did laundry today, so everything is all caught up. May wait to see what the weather is like, cause I am a wimp, and if it is really cold, may rething that plan.
Has everyone gone shopping, or Xmas partying?
I just realized that my mega back surgery was 25 years ago! I went in on Thanksgiving evening, and was discharged on Xmas Eve, having stood up exactly once. Waiting for contractors certainly pales besides that!
The drywall is done and the stone guy promises to come Monday and build the hearth template. We'll see. It will still take 2-3 weeks for the stone to be honed & edged. In the meantime I can get the wall painted, and the firebox cleaned and repainted.
We had a nice bit of snow flurrying around yesterday, but not enough to stick, for sure.
Going to the Art Museum Sunday afternoon to see the Art Deco clothing exhibit, and to eat lunch in their cafe. REALLY good food the last time we were there. Sounds odd to be going to the museum to eat. We'll just say it's a feast for the eyes and the stomach!
Pat, I went shopping today. Didn't really feel like it, but decided that closer to Christmas the crowds would probably be horrible. It will take me another day to finish, but was pleased with what I got done.
Sounds like the fireplace is slowing coming together. You may not have it in time to use for Christmas, but there are those long cold January nights, when it will really feel good.
Pat...my mega back surgery was 21 yrs ago! In January 2012 that is. Ohhh...never will forget that...I couldnt even stand...let alone walk. Lots of therapy ...he came to the house. And then a second surgery 6 mo. later because the rods pulled loose from my pelvis..geezzzzz..what agony that was. Ok..enough.
Hi everyone...yesssssssssss...been shopping here too...plus a birthday party for grandson in there. Busy busy time of year!
Ohh and also a dinner out with g/f's. That was yummy!
Ear is still numb but slowly getting better..not as bad as it was. Mouth still doesnt work right though. Keep biting the inside of it when i try to chew...grrrrrrr. Yes i know...chew on other side...lol. I do..mostly...but forget every now n then...since i always chewed on that side.
Going to try n finish up the shopping today i think...hope.
Hope you all have a wonderful day!
Nothing exciting going on here. Just the same old, same old.
Kristenne still isn't here during the week. Carly's still playing basketball..with less enthusiasm than usual. Craig's still working 5-6 days a week. He's no longer at the dollar store. We did get approved for the winterization program but haven't heard what or when, just that we were approved. I think I already posted that Morganne passed her STNA. She had her first interview the other day and is supposed to hear something by the end of this week. We just came home from the soccer recognition program. They gave out t-shirts and awards, the usual.
We're in for the night. Waiting for the crock pot to spit out dinner.
I have decided that I am not making any cookies or candy. Nobody is coming to our house, and I know if they are here, I would have to taste them several times a day to see if they had gone bad. Rear can't stand that kind of food and calories.
I am leaving January 1 for Florida for a month, so no need to have a lot of stuff around. DH would finish it off, and he doesn't need the calories or sugar either.
I can't believe it will be 2 years since I had such a close call with the kidney failure. Seems like ages ago. Those things just stand out in your mind, as not so pleasant things, but then again, a feeling of overcoming obstacles to regain good health. A late christmas present for sure.
Chele, my winterization was put on hold until Jan. Not the people i'm dealing with but the people they are dealing with. Need work around basement door frame.
Not much doing here . Back yard still flooded. Elevated one cherry tree to get more light on the gardens. For you non-tree people that means removing the lower branches, not lifting the tree. Shredder took care of most of the smaller branches. Now the cats have some new litter. Finally got a downy
and nuthatch at the feeder. They have been absent for a few months.
Off to the Y tomorrow . Try to sell some branches to the florists .
Latest GGD born Fri. That makes 23 Greats. Haven't seen about half. Only one in OH.
well i got my comp fixed, just a small repair but sure works a lot better.
not much going on here.
i think i did a boo boo . i had a potato that i cooked on sat . i sat it on the counter. ( been doing this for 20yrs ) fried it up . hope i didn't poison my family ?
got the new Coke in the white cans. Tim don't like it , i think its the same. funny how people don't taste the same thing ?
no barn up yet :( we sure hope the contractor will start this week.
my oldest DD is up to her old tricks :( but since she think i m a personal taxi , i now charge her $10 bucks if she wants a ride anywhere LOLLLL and i only take cash and no IOU's LOL
other than that ? eh :)
not much to report here
Bonnie how are you feeling today ? how is Mr.B ? did he get a bath this week ? Is Dh hunting this year. ?
Chelle how are the girls doing ? are they excited for vacation . Did your one oldest hear back from the job yet ?
Ric how is work going ? did you get a day off this week. ? hey lets try and get together soon . I am doing the Chocolate Rum Fruit cake this weekend.
Pat how is the fireplace coming along ? any word on the contractors ?
Herman how did it go at the gym for you ? got the big muscles yet to show off to any cougars yet ??
Celene what kind of cookies are you doing ? or you up to your eye balls in cookie dough ?
Marcy hard to retrain the brain to chew on the other side... i tried once ... didn' t work LOL hope the ear feels better today . How is your family ? are they all coming to your house for holidays ?
Kydaylilylady how many jars of apple butter did you do ? or did you ax the butter and just hit the sauce :) LOL ( just joking )
ok i guess it s time for me to stop with the 20 questions fer you all's.
I can't help baking a couple of test cookies from the dough, but mostly freezing it. *mostly* lol I did test some cardamom butter cookies today, I thought the recipe needed some orange, so I added it, they were pretty good.
I have made dough for:
three ginger cookies
berry shortbread dreams
Ooh, Berry shortbread dreams sound realllllly good, Celene.Would you mind sharing the recipe?
The guy who is going to install the stone came and built the hearth template and rechecked all my measurements (I asked him to). I was only off his measurements by 1/16 on one measurement. He brought a couple pictures of the mutual friend we'd had in the music biz.
Finally bought a tree last night, & yard guy helped me get it in its stand. I have lights on it but no ornaments yet. Latest I've ever put up a tree. We ended up getting a slightly smaller tree and putting it up off the floor so we could save the low-hanging ornaments from getting chewed on by the puppy.
I've been invited to celebrate the 11pm Christmas service at St. Barnabas in Montgomery. The minister there is retiring, but he wants to play the timpani at the late service, so he asked me to celebrate. This will probably be my last Xmas Eve service that I'll be celebrant, and I'm really looking forward to it.
good morning everyone
raining and drizzly here today
Pat congrats on the measuring , i can't measure my own hand LOL . fun to see pics of the friends of the past.
have a good time at the holiday service. So you will not be doing anymore sevices on the holidays ? sorry if i ask a dense question.
Celene i m with Bon's i will have to come and test out the cookies too. they sound yummy.
our barn project won't be this week. The rain is not cooperating with us. :(
so we may be getting a new wireless router. may go into town today.
Here's the recipe. These are hands-down the best new cookie recipe I've tried in years. I use my own glaze recipe and not the one that came with the recipe, I'll post it after. It takes longer to dry and never gets rock hard, but it tastes good, I just slip sheets of waxed paper between the cookies when I put them in the tin. This is a more creamy glaze than the plain powdered-sugar glaze.
Berry Shortbread Dreams
Amount Measure Ingredient -- Preparation Method
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1 cup butter -- softened
2/3 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/3 cup seedless raspberry jam
1 cup confectioners' sugar
2 teaspoons water
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
1. In a mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar. Beat in extract; gradually add flour until dough forms a ball. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour or until easy to handle. Roll into 1-in. balls. Place 1 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. Using the end of a wooden spoon handle, make an indentation in the center. Fill with jam.
2. Bake at 350 degrees F for 14-18 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Remove to wire racks to cool. Spoon additional jam into cookies if desired. Combine glaze ingredients; drizzle over cookies.
* Exported from MasterCook *
Creamy Glaze and Variations
Amount Measure Ingredient -- Preparation Method
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1/3 c. butter or margarine
2 c. confectioner's sugar
1 1/2 t. vanilla
2 T. hot water or whipping cream-may take up to
Melt butter in saucepan. Blend in sugar and vanilla. Stir in water or cream, 1 tablespoon at a time, until glaze is of desired consistency.
Browned Butter Glaze:
Heat butter in saucepan over medium heat until it becomes a delicate brown color, proceed as directed.
Substitute 2 T. white rum or if desired, 1-1/2 t. rum flavoring for the vanilla, proceed as directed.
Stir in 2 oz. melted unsweetened chocolate, cooled slightly, with the sugar.
Orange, Lemon, or Lime Glaze:
Add 1 t. grated peel to melted butter, and substitute fruit juice for the vanilla and cream.
Thanks, Celene! They look yums. I'll let u know, lol.
Sue, not a dumb question at all. Ordinarily, the pastor/lminister that's in charge of the church wants to preach and do communion on the big holidays like Xmas and Easter. The guy at St. B. has been unusual in that respect, because he's also a musician, drummer, and timpanist. I may be misspelling that. At the big holidays we hire extra musicians like violins, trumpets, etc. So the minister at St. B. likes. To play timpani. He does the first part of the service and then I take over at the offertory when the musicians are starting their offering of music.
Since he is retiring, it's unlikely that the next person will want to give up celebrating the big services. I've been very, very fortunate to have had the opportunities to celebrate as often as I have. For me, when I'm celebrating is when I feel most like "hey, this is what I was born to do!"
Have a good time in the big city getting a new router!
Yes, Sue, the gym helps. My glutes are starting to firm up. Pot luck brunch there tomorrow. Pfeffernuess and cranberry nut muffins for my contribution. Have to work extra hard to burn off the extra calories. Going to try stollen. Have the ingredients and recipe, now I need the courage. DM and DW made it now its my turn. I bought one from a "German" bakery and it was terrible.
Had just enough rain to put back what had drained or evaporated. Making some plans for next year if the weather cooperates. Either dry up or freeze hard enough to walk back there. Did sell the winterberry that I picked earlier.
Planning to go to DD#3 for the holiday if the weather is agreeable. 1 tank trip each way about 6 hours. Gas is cheaper across the river in NJ and they pump it, too.
Herman i grew up with Stollen. not many places can make it good. IMHO :)
good luck on the stollen. I want to say Wiliam Sonoma makes a good stollen . but i can't remember off hand. ?
my fruit cake starts tomorrow. i will be busy making it.
have a safe and wonderful trip Herman to you DD#3. :)
still holiday shopping for us. Tim is not one to Git R Dun , procrastination ! uhg. i just like getting it done.
so off we go again to the mall's
have a great day everyone
Good morning everyone...Merry Christmas!
I've been working on getting up my decorations around the house...and outside. Finally got the wreathes on my fence...started putting lights along fence top...ran out...as some were bad. Do you think I can find any..anywhere?????? Nope! I don't want the new ones..those LED...just the plain little mini lights...about a 100 ct. strand. Any ideas???????
Otherwise, I will have to take the ones down that I've already put up.
I haven;t done any baking yet..but intend to do some. My gkids will come and help make the cutouts. We have been doing that ever since they were big enough to help. Shhhhhh...dont say anything...but I really don't like making cutouts...they are so messy..and such a pain! But I wouldn't stop now for the world!
I am sure of one thing...I won't be making nearly as many cookies this year. None of us need it!
Ok...today it's off to the grocery again.
Hope everyone has a great day out there!
It seems that all my kiddies are wanting things that carry a higher price tag these days. Used to be they each got three presents. I could get by for under $100 each. I think this year they're getting one big present and maybe a smaller one. Youngest DD wanted a digital camera and since I'll be using it for daylily pictures for the website we spent for a reasonably good one. I still need to get my one brother and sister something. The other brother and I agreed several years ago that we were just as happy to not get each other anything so we just enjoy the day. That way he doesn't get something he doesn't want and same for me. I need to figure out something for my Mom and Dad. Probably could get them a bushel of apples and they'd be tickled. It's something they enjoy and will use and when it's gone, it's gone.
Paul had his hernia surgery on Monday. Got to come home Wed. He's sore but up moving around. Took him to have the drain taken out today. Next Wed. we'll get the stitches out.
I wouldn't mind making some roll out sugar cookies to ice. It was fun when the kids were small but I don't know if as the last is a teenager if she'd sit down and decorate them with me or not. Otherwise it's going to be chocolate chip, peanut butter and drop sugar cookies.
OHHHHH I hate this laptop! I had half a page of post going and it just highlighted and disappeared. I have no idea what I pushed. GRRRR!!
Anyway, since hubby is on the invalid list, we loaded the P/U truck for market and sent youngest DD and her best friend off to Lexington yesterday morning. DS and I started loading mine for Louisville. About 20 minutes later I got a phone call from DD. Couldn't tell if she was laughing or crying but soon decided it was the later when I figured out she said she had a flat tire on the truck and everyone on the interstate was jerks. Thank goodness it was a rear tire and not a front tire. DS started collecting every tool know to man for the rescue and of course DH had to get his clothes on to go supervise. We were expecting it to be a mess as this is a farm truck and the underside is of course coated in dried mud. That of course left me to finish loading my truck out by myself. Oh well, it's funny how that usually goes. Anyway, got down there and it wasn't too bad when the sun stayed out. I did have on multiple layers and ended up in a heavy Carhhart. Glad I had it. When I got home though it seemed like I just couldn't get warm.
I planned to hit early service at church this morning and actually woke up at 6:00. Decided to wait until 7:00 to get up and of course overslept. Felt good though I guess I'll hit the 10:30 mass. Hopefully I can convince somebody at the farm to cut some wood this afternoon If I can't then I guess I'll go do it myself. The pile on the porch is getting a little slim and it's supposed to rain this week.
Better get going or I'll be late. Everyone have a good day!
Well, a load of wood didn't make it on the porch but the calves got vaccinated, a head chute moved so they can start breeding cows this week and hay taken out to the far farm. I got two batches of salsa made and a half bushel of apples cooked and ready to run through the food mill. The last batch of applesauce. Thank goodness. I'm going to have to wash the ceiling when I'm through because the danged stuff pops like a volcano. Also got some butternuts peeled and cooked. They had a few spots on them and were beginning to go bad so I figured we'd eat them before it happened.
I need to make a desert tonight for our office dinner on Wed. Tomorrow night I'll cook the turkey. I said I'd bring that because I caught them on sale at Kroger and bought several. Money's getting tight for some of these folks so we're doing more eating in than going out. Otherwise most of them wouldn't participate.
Ky, How many cows do you run ? I was surprised at the size of some herds I saw down there. I thought all big herds were out west.
Not ready for Christmas here. I need to deliver eggs this afternoon, (ones people who couldn't get to pickup Friday night because of freaky snowstorm). So I will go shopping after that.
Merry Christmas to all my southern friends!
Bernie, I think there are about 120 momma cows out there right now. We usually keep around 30 replacement heifers and about 3 clean up bulls. Too darned many! I've been trying to convince DH to ship steers shortly after they wean instead of putting weight on them. I need my feed bills to go down this winter. If I had my way we'd get down to about 40-50 cow and sell all the beef through the market. That's leave more time in the summer to devote to vegetables and we'd need less labor. Unfortunately I think I'm loosing that battle.
oh Bernie i have some things i need picked up at market too. Would you mind ? *wink* :)
not much here
getting around 8 eggs a day. wish i had more so i could make a profit. i just donate them to the soup kitchen here in town.
still deciding on what plants to order for this years sales.
Getting closer to Christmas and I just can't seem to get much in the mood. Oldest DD and new SIL will be in from OK on Christmas Day. Of course they have maneuvered things so they're going to have to work some cows on Christmas. I don't know why they seem determined to have to do that but it seems inevitable. My SIL doesn't want to do the traditional dinner so I guess I'll just do something for the family. I think it's going to be steaks though instead of turkey or ham. We'll probably do it on Monday night. Guess I'm getting in my Christmas Bah Humbug mode.
Sue, I'm starting to get my seed orders together. Funny, how much you think you can take care of in the winter when it's nasty outside and then when summer comes you usually find that you've ordered more stuff than you can get in the ground and keep clean.
Finally got up the courage to start the stollen. Only one mistake so far. My eyesight saw 1/4th cup of water not 3/4th. almost burned out the mixer. The batter is in the fridge for the night. Baking tomorrow
It was warm enough to be sticky, but not warm enough to burn. So yes, I spent some quality time with a scrubber. The cats sat around me on my step stool, looking innocent. "Hmm, look at Mom on the floor. What's she doing? What's with the bucket and sponge?"
On the positive side, I'm getting baking and stuff done early this year. Baklava this morning, speaking of sticky. lol
LOL ..on the baking messes! Glad I'm not the only one these kind of things happen to!
Well...thanks much to Bonnie for lighting my fence this year!!
She sent me some lights to complete my fence lighting...and it was most appreciated!!
They look really nice at night, when it's so dark around here!
It's kind of hard to appreciate them in the pics I took...but you will get the general idea.
The lights run from the far front of the fence to the back door.
Thanks again Bonnie!!!
Another mistake 1 tbsp milk for the icing, not 1 cup. That went down the drain. I didn't get the idea to decorate until the first was almost finished. But I'm proud of my results. Better luck next year.
Every one have a Merry Christmas if I don't get back on.
Herman they do look yummy . congrats on the stollen.
Celene you need Lucy at your house. She would help you clean it up ... or eat it rather LOL
Oh Bonnie you mentioned fudge ! i guess it would be more ice cream topping ? mmmm
well i got my hair done and welllllll... i can't believe how bad it is ??
it looks like a zebra strip . new color , old color, older color ect... ???
then she did a quick dry job and did my hair curly , she has done it before and i liked it but this time... i have no idea what that girl was thinking ?
my hair was damp damp , then she sprayed it with hair spray. i just looked at her " what the hell are you doing " ? so i did complain to the owner. Been with this girl 3 yrs been very happy with her but like i said " have no idea what was she thinking ? "
Marcy that fence looks great !!! woohooo
Nasty mess outside today. Water everywhere. Had a doctor's appointment at 1:00 today so I just decided to take the rest of the day to run errands. Of course we were out of sugar and flour so that necessitated another trip to Wally world this week. Hate that blasted place. I wanted to also get DS some jeans to round out his Christmas. We buy Rustler jeans, and off brand of Wranglers and around $10. Boot cut. Do you think Wal-Mart carries them at either of our local stores anymore? Of course not. Straight leg. Now what farmer who wears boots can get the stupid things over a pair of boots? It's got to the point that if I buy something regularly from WM, they soon quit carrying it. Then I stopped in at Save-a-lot and got several bunches of cilantro. That way I can make salsa over Christmas. Stopped at the new courthouse and got my driver's license. Ugly place. My tax dollars at work. Then on to Rural King. All their jeans were either too thin or too expensive. Did pick up some bird seed to give my MIL for Christmas. And some cheap vinegar for the salsa. Then on to Goodwill to drop some stuff off. Guess I'll get some supper started. I think tonight is meat loaf. Need to finish wrapping some presents too. Got tomorrow off so maybe I can make some cookies.
Was looking at Jordan Seeds website. Their prices on stuff looks pretty good. Even cheaper than the place in Louisville. Guess I'll have to get my list together.
LOL Darius...you are hilarious! and a very Merry Christmas to you also!
Herman ...the stollen looks good enough to eat!!
To everyone...in case I dont make it back here before...a Very Merry Christmas to ALL!!!!!
Just back from the vet, where Mr. B's stitches from the neuter got taken out. He sure doesn't like that place, as I had to pick him up to get him inside. On his own, he was tugging at the leash, and not wanting to walk through that door.
Stopped by the Humane Society to get his dog license, and they had just made a raid on a puppy mill, and there were dogs everywhere. I made a sizeable donation, as I couldn't take one to foster. If I weren't leaving for Florida next week, I probably would have had a new dog in the house.
If I don't get back, MERRY CHRISTMAS to everyone, and I hope your holiday festivities are great.
Combine apples and sugar in a large saucepan. Mix together, then let stand until juice starts to be released from apples. Place over medium-high heat and stir frequently until mixture comes to a boil. Boil hard 1 minute, continuing to stir frequently.
Mix tapioca, cinnamon, and lemon juice into apples. Boil hard for 1 minute more, continuing to stir. Pack mixture into a sterilized quart jar, a spoonful at a time, ensuring that there are no air bubbles in mixture. Secure sterilized lid.
Place a rack in the bottom of a large stock pot and fill halfway with boiling water. Carefully lower jar into pot using a holder. If processing more than one jar, leave a 2 inch space between jars. Add more boiling water if necessary, until tops of jars are covered by 2 inches of water. Bring water to a full boil, then cover and process for 30 minutes.
Remove jars from pot and place on cloth-covered or wood surface, several inches apart, until cool. Once cool, press top of each lid with finger, ensuring that seal is tight (lid doesn't move up or down at all). Can be stored up to one year.
I've made at least 36 jars of this stuff this year. Each quart jar will fill a regular pie. I think it's a winner and may try doing some peach pie filling next year. It was especially good in that I had apples that were going soft or apples that had been bruised too much to sell so here's where they went. Plus, my family likes apple pies.
I think I'm going to try to make some cookies today. Not much going on here. Probably try to make the children's mass at 5:30. Got to get there early if I want a seat.
Here I am, a day late and a dollar short...(well, a lot more short than that, really!) This was a really tough holiday season. I'm hoping that 2012 will be a much better year. I had Dad spend the night with us on Christmas eve so he didn't have to wake up to an empty place on Christmas day. We struggled through the day together and having the family here certainly helped.
I think of all of you so much...just haven't felt like chatting. Everyone tells us that this is the hardest year...will certainly be glad if that's true.
Bonnie and Viburnum, thanks for the birthday wishes. It was a more laid back day. Did a little cooking, dug some daylilies and helped the kids get some wood in before it rained. Now it's back to the rat race.
Guess I'd better get moving and get those daylilies ready to go in the mail
I'm back. Had wonderful weekend with my daughter's family, 3 grands and 4 g-grands. Came home yesterday. six and a half hour drive. I slept until 11 this AM. Got unpacked and here I am. Nice sunny weekend and now rain again. As my DD said"there is only one rain that didn't stop, and its this one". I think I saw more sun the weekend than I did all month. I must be suffering from SAD. maybe the gym will help tomorrow.
We waent to Texas over Christmas and the weather was in the 50's and 60's but the wind was really cold. Still, better than it was here in Indiana. We had a wonderful time with the Grandkids and daughter and SIL.
Has anyone here ever had an acupucture treatment? I'm seriously thingking about trying it for my arthritis and bursitis.
Back to watching more foodball. What would I do without it??? Happy evening to all. Lurker Lou
Wind is blowing like a banshee here today. Forecast says it's going to ge colder as the day goes on. I think I'll get a bunch of turnips and get them in the refridgerator along with some kale. Otherwise, I think that'll be the last of them for the year.
My electrician showed up at the house and put up the hood over the stove area and a couple ceiling fans. He was also supposed to put up the vanity fans. Hopefully he'll get his part out of the way. One more thing I can cross off the list. There's still trim to finish but we haven't done anything for several weeks on that. Maybe tomorrow I'll get up there and do a few doors.
Hubbie when to the hill farm this morning to work on the road in front of the barn. If it freezes here this week they want to bring cows out of there and put them on the neighbor's pasture. Easier to haul hay across the road than across the county. They ladies need to come home anyway. Winter weather's too fickle to have them that far from home.
Made a bunch of salsa Friday and some corn relish last night. Got two pots of salsa ready for tonight. If I don't run out of jars first I'll eventually get those tomatoes and corn out of the freezer and out of the way.
Better get busy. Happy New Year everyone. May it be a healthy one.
Happy New Year, everyone. Windy here, too..I have spruce trees north and west of the house. Lots of noise.
Had sunshine for a minute in between periods of very dark clouds. Yes, the sun does shine here. Probably 5 minutes total today. I took advantage and cut a large branch off a silver maple and limbed it up this noon. To me, it's recreation,to my back, not so much.
I made fig bars yesterday using the jam I made last fall. Now to keep from eating them too fast. Herman
Got the turnips and kale picked. That was a darned cold wind out there. I can still hear it gusting out there. Helped my brother load some feeder calves they were taking to the stockyards this afternoon. Since no one kept up the electric fences this summer when Dad was in the hospital they were having a lot of trouble keeping them in the field so they just decided to ship them.
Salsa on the stove so I better get in there to stir it.
Wow...I haven't been here since last year!!!
Happy New Year everyone..!
This cold has really got me down. I can't even imagine why I have another one so soon?????? Guess my resistance is down?
I am soooo tired of blowing..and coughing!
Well...looks like it's been snowing here...lol. Everything is WHITE...grrrrrrrrrrr. Green is my color!
Edited to say...I think someone should make a new thread? I would..if I knew how!