Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Four Legged Company

Here is our company for a while. The mules will be great for our pastures.
 Of course I guess Bear dog thinks they are great big dogs and kept escaping into the pasture to be with them and walk around and under them. I think I have that fixed. Lillie would bark and tell on him.

The layers are growing.

I also dried some lemons and made some rhubarb/strawberry rollups.

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Tilling Time

We're trying to get some work done before it rains again. 

He did spray around the house to stop spiders and etc from coming inside but now the chances for rain have gone up for tomorrow and Thursday.  He also tilled three quarters of the garden area and mowed the high grass.

Last week I manged to get several pints of rhubarb/strawberry preserves made. Dave helped fill the jars for canning.

Yesterday I sliced  quite a few oranges up to dry in the dehydrator. I want to buy some lemons and lines to do this with also. You can but these in a blender or food processor to make a powder out of to add to and make desserts and so on.

Friday, April 15, 2016

There Be Daffodils

Its odd for us up here but the daffodils bloomed out a week ago. This is the earliest we have had them in the whole 12 years we have been up here.

Our neighbor M came over Tuesday and he and hubby built a new back gate up by the coop. We had just field fencing up there when the old gate finally gave up the ghost.

It was way to warm for us as bam it was in the 70's. The last couple of days it has been in the 40's and we had snow and an ice storm last night.

By Monday it's supposed to be back in the mid 70's again. We're either freezing or roasting.

Dave put this together today for the new turkey and x-rock chicks we will get on the 19th of April.

I had a bad headache so I was lying down and wasn't much help. He did a great job. All I could help with was the finishing touches. We even made a step on the outside and the inside to help getting in and out.

I had to redo the book covers on here as After The Dying Time I and II, the publisher changed the covers. :)


Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Been a nice March.

It has been a while since I posted again.
Life just gets in the way of posting here it seems. I will catch you up on things.

We have had some snow off and on, waking up to snow and having it melt off as the day goes on. Not bad some days with flurries off and on and rain. On a few days we had it all, snow flurries, hail, sleet, rain, sun and then back to snow again.

Lots of wind, some even blew some of our flashing off the barn left top of the barn. Here is dh putting it back up, it was ripped in half and crunched but he did a good job. barn needs painted again.

We also helped our neighbor slaughter and then 10 days later butcher it. They cut up on side and then 3 days later did the other.

DH was ill most of the month and is going in for more tests this morning. These were his better days and things had to be done.

On one of the butcher days I handed my camera to grand daughter and that kept her busy, she ran around taking pictures of all sorts of things. The creek, plants, dogs, rocks, the truck and so on.

I made biscuits and chili on and in the wood stove you see in the back of this last picture. The temperature was in the 30's so it helped. They guys finger were numb from the cold meat.

Heard from my brother T in Illinois, my sister in law's brain cancer is back big time and she only has 2 or 3 months left There is nothing the doctors can do now. She has fought a good fight and had been around longer then many others that ended up with this in McHenry IL. brain cancer cluster area at McCullom Lake. Videos next.

Sis in law in beginning Sandy.

Another with Sandy and my brother at the end.

Maybe someone will get something, my brother had to settle for very little just to pay the bills and then the money was gone. The amount was under 400,000. Way under :(. The lawyer got more than they did. We are all ticked about it. But what can we do. 

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Snows Been Melting

Been a while since I got to post here.

I caught something a couple of months back and it has been tough to feel better again. I think I am on the road recovery. I best be I am getting tired of this lol.

DH is off to activities tonight as March his his month to be in charge.

Taxes are finished and we had to pay into the state enough but not as bad as last year. One has to pay on your social security if you worked over a certain amount and he didn't retire until last April, so we had to pay.  Ack.

The snow is melting well here, only the tallest of the drifts remain. We received about a 1/2 inch of new snow last night but is almost gone now.

I just found we are out of things like onion powder, I found I hadn't kept track and let us run out, only been like 6 years since I bought some. I know it's not a real necessity but I like having it around as DH prefers it to pieces of onion.

No recipes this time. Will put some more up next time.

This is before the snow started to melt.

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Old Recipes

Some very old Recipes

Dutch Ham and and Fried Apples
4 cooking apples tart
1 very thick slice of ham
2 tablespoons apple cider (juice)
3/4 cup milk or substitute
1 egg, beaten
1/4 teaspoon salt
Dash pepper
7 tablespoons flour
Brown sugar
Now one was to trim the fat off of the ham and render it to grease the bottom of the skittlet. Then brown the ham on both sides and pour apple cider over it. Cover the skillet and cook on low heat for 30 min. Turning several times. Core unpeeled apples and cut into apple ring slices about 1/3 inch thick.
beat together, egg, milk, salt, pepper and flour to make med thick batter. In another skillet melt ham or bacon fat to cover the bottom of the skillet 1 inch deep and heat until almost smoking. Dip apple rings in batter and fry in the fat a few at a time until golden brown on both sides. Arrange ham on a platter with a ring of apples arranged around it. Sprinkle the apples with a little brown sugar and cinnamon. 4 servings. 100 plus yr old recipe.

Green Tomato Stew
1 small onion chopped fine
1/2 cup celery chopped fine
4 strips of bacon cut in 1/2 inch pieces
5 or 6 large green tomatoes
3/4 cup med cheddar cheese grated
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/3 cup shelled peas or frozen
Hot toast buttered
Fry bacon until crisp, add onion, and celery and cook for 4 minutes. Slice tomatoes, add to skillet with previous. Cook 15 minutes. Stir in cheese, add peas. Add salt and pepper. Cook for another 5 min. Serve this on your toast. 1800's

Potato and Carrot Pudding 
2 cups of grated potatoes
3 tablespoons of butter
3/4 cups minced scallions or onion (or to taste)
1 teaspoon salt
Dash of pepper
2 Tablespoons cream or substitute
Oven 350 degrees. Butter a 1 1/2 to 2 quart casserole dish. Cut butter in small pieces and add to combined vegetables with salt, pepper and cream. Cover the dish and bake 40 minutes.  Remove the cover and bake 5 minutes or until crisp on the top. 6 to 8 servings. 1700's

Indian Pound Cake
1 cup sugar
4 eggs
6 tablespoons butter
1 and 1/4 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 cup sifted white cornmeal
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 tablespoon apple juice
Oven 325 degrees
Cream the butter, working in sugar until mixture is fluffy. Then beat in eggs one at a time. Sift together flour, baking powder, stir in cornmeal and your spices. Blend dry mixture and egg/butter mixture, add vanilla and juice. Pour into greased 10 inch cake pan and bake 1 and 1/2 hours. Cool the cake in the pan for about 10 minutes, turn upside down on a plate or cake rack. 8 servings. 1800's New England

Around here we received around another 8 inches or so of snow. More plowing was called for and some play.

Down in the valley on Friday was Mr. LHS at the high school and a grandson was in it and did very well. Also was involved in the skits they did for the entertainment.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

New Front Cover for After The Dying Time Book one

After The Dying Time Book one: To catch a wild Rose, now has a new Cover picture.
After The Dying Time
It looks like the publisher is also going to change the picture on After The Dying Time Book Two: Gray's heart as well. 

As for us, dh spent three hours plowing snow yesterday afternoon. We have high piles of the white stuff everywhere. He said he is running out of places to pile it. Here is K climbing on one of them this past Saturday.
Our dogs went on walk about, up over the snow drifts over the back fence. OH fun, NOT going looking for dogs in the snow, the big one being white and the small one trying to plow through the snow with its head above the snow. We found them a half mile from the house down the back road. So we had to haul a cattle fence section up to opening and close anther gate so they couldn't get up that way. Walking through knee deep snow holding the back end of a section of fence isn't all that easy.