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
Cinnamon
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.

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Snow Blowing Sideways & Recipe Sites

This is the 2ed day of snow storms and high winds to go with it. Dh took the 4 wheel drive to get out this morning. There were pretty good drifts out there and the grader hadn't been through on the main country road. Good thing he didn't try to take the car.

I had to shovel part of the ramp as Bear would not go through the 1 foot drift over the ramp to the yard. It was a pretty good feat with tall Lilli standing between my legs as she likes to do. I got enough shoveled to at least make it so Bear would go to the side yard.
Not much in new news around here. I am writing a new book, well I have like four of them started but trying to write mainly on one.

My health hasn't been the greatest for about a month. Caught that cold and that didn't last real long with drinking warm water, lemon, turmeric and apple cider vinegar. Doing a bit better the last couple of days. Finally. When I catch something it always leads to other things as it upsets my system big time.

A new year gets me to thinking of spring lol. With that Dutch oven cooking. There are some good recipes here. I am always on the lookout for recipes and try to convert them to our tastes and more Paleo and non gluten for me.
Dutch oven recipes

Here are 25 Taste of Home cake recipes:
Cake recipes





Tuesday, January 5, 2016

A new Year 2016

Here we are 2016 wow. I remember being a child in 1962 and the teacher asking how old we were going to be in the year 2000. I thought OH GADS I will be an old lady 36 lol. Now look its is another 16 years passed that.

Youngest son Kh. made the honor roll at College. 

We just got all the Christmas stuff down and put away in the barn. Dh had to plow his way to the barn to get to the door they go in. The living room is rearranged. Well, as much as possible with our small room and set up.

The wood rack is filled for another two weeks, feed in the chicken barrels up in the coop and a few other odd things that needed done. Oh, and the neighbors snowmobile is freed from its four foot deep snow bank. Dave took the tractor to dig his way to it so they could pull it out to the road from an upper field.

My second book to After The Dying Time Book Two: To Catch A Wild Rose is now up on Amazon, both as a kindle and a paperback. :) After The Dying Time Two Book Two:Gray's Heart.
If you would like to take a look.
Book Two:Gray's Heart, link

Just click on the above link. It was very nice to see it was up when our internet came back. It was down from the 1st to last night the 4th of Jan. Really puts a crimp in one's style when you can't conduct any business or get emails and send them.
 This was our tree after we got it up and decorated :)
I caught the fog rolling in about a week ago. Which made for some very heavy frost the next morning.

My good friend Pat in Texas just lost her husband of 45 years yesterday. Massive heart attack :(. Our deep condolences Pat to you and the family.
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Food Storage Wise:
Time to look over what you have and see if there are any holes in your foods. 
Things you used up over the holidays and etc. I know we did.
I found I hadn't bought Velveeta for around a year. I put it foodsaver bags and freeze.
DJ and his two teens were here the 26th and a few days after and he made grilled cheese sandwiches one night and dh only found one frozen velveeta in the freezer.



Friday, December 25, 2015

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year to all

Hope all are at least mindful of the true meaning of Christmas and this finds everyone as well as can be expected for all of you and your family members.

We are pretty good, had grandgirl for 6 days as she was ill and had to be here as her mom had to work.

We have had a whole lot of snow and that meant lots of plowing.



We had our Christmas dinner last night on Christmas Eve. We had 17 counting hubby and I. Wish more could have made it but we understand. Some just want to be at their own homes and we understand that also.

One of the older grand girls brought her new little boy up and hubby. My mom is a great, great grand, she was here, brought up by one of our daughters. Five of the family members had car pooled up in our daughter T's 4 wheel drive pickup. 
Hope all are having as good a Christmas season as you can. Happy New Year to come.

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Merry Christmas to All, Our Tree is Up.

The tree is a little odd, but it's ours :) The temperature dropped to 7 degrees late this afternoon. Dh was plowing the new snowfall out of the driveway, and said no wonder it felt so cold lol.

Tree time.


Our tree is a combo of store bought and what the kidlets made through the years.

The dogs were exhausted lol

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Snow, Sleet. Rain, Ice, Mud

Yep, we have gone from -2 to this week in the low 40's and melted to mud. We have had, lots of snow, sleet, ice and now dogs wallowing in mud. It is supposed to snow again starting tomorrow. Next week we will be back to the 20's for highs.

We have been trying to figure out what to do for family members this Christmas and we think we have got that on the go. Now have to mail some things out.

We found the all the Christmas boxes and have to put a tree up yet. We have been setting out our decorations. I think we will get a fresh tree from our woods.

I ended up with some kind of infection in my left eye and woke up with fluid all around my eye and swollen. Been using warm and cold compresses on it. At least it isn't hurting like it did yesterday. A great relief. I just hope it doesn't go into my right eye, which is starting to feel funny tonight. ACK.

Christmas recipes:
http://www.bettycrocker.com/recipes/rainbow-christmas-wreath/358392f7-9643-4f9a-978b-17b2889f89d6?utm_source=Email_newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=BC_12_10_2015&vcode=AQAAAAAdg1dbllAgZHi51nQ3bkDK7dZDoXKaAcjCUC72cXju1amEPKURzHuGXqTRoO6gFR9x_NEZlu2IMvRJPPZ0pZ9HFKUcafOXa1DDZfChdrgDew

http://click.e.kraftfoods.com/?qs=f0dbab8cd9fe6d0f72cdfce620d4b4262556b6839c454971f47de006b0ff20dc1fef21d4a54b65e1fd8b296edb3ace46