Thursday, September 11, 2014

First Night Below Freezing

Well we know it had to happen sometime, we got up to 26 degrees this morning and it dipped to 24 just before sunrise. Water troughs we frozen and etc. So much for a low of 40 :(. So I didn't pick any tomatoes that were close as I didn't think we would have a problem. So much for thinking.

We got the apple tree picked last Saturday, along with getting the wood rack out unto the now covered deck :).

28 quarts of applesauce and boy does it taste great. There have been years we have had more on the tree, but after 3 years of late frosts and so none this was still good.

I made a applesauce cake yesterday, very yummy.

Applesauce Cake
Preheat oven to 350 degrees
1/2 cup butter
1 and 1/2 cups sugar (I used a blend of sugar and Truvia which made it 1 cup worth of that.)
Add 2 eggs, blend
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 and 1/2 cups applesauce
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1 cup wheat flour
1 cup white flour
(Or 2 cups of which ever you have)
Optional 1/2 cup raisins or dried cranberries(or both if you wish)
Optional 1/2 cup chopped walnuts or pecans
Blend well  and bake for 30 to 40 minutes until springs back in the middle.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Roof is all Shingled

As of today the roof is all re-shingled, new metal striping and etc. on. Dh worked hard to get it finished. He took a few days vacation to get the last of it done. Roof cap going on.
 The deck is all supported, fixed and deck-overed and ready for winter. The wood rack will be moved out there to give us more room on the front porch.

Leaves are turning already.

Also as of 2 September 2014 my 3rd cousins husband Ira passed. He will be missed greatly. I was blessed enough to get to know him and my cousins the last four years. He did so much of the writing to me the first year I found them.

Storage and Kits:
Time to get those winter car kits looked through again and ready to put back in your vehicles. Looks like fall is hitting some of us earlier then others.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Getting There and a Cold Morning

It is 44 degrees this morning.

K making herself a bird house.

 This ended up being the tool I got to use up on a ladder. A joist straightener.

 We need to put the flashing on and then the last row of shingles and the deck roof will be finished.
The roof over our bedroom is all done, yayyyyyy.

This will be the hard one. I don't think you can see the dip in the roof in this pic but this is the one that has to be taken down to the rafters.
Here's a look at our turkeys. They have the run of the place. Our grand girl was in the chicken yard picking up one of her Top hat chickens and the turkeys were watching through the fence and acted like they didn't like it, lol. They kept close watch.

How to Make “Magic Mix” for Homemade “Cream of” Soups, Puddings, Sauces, and More!

How to make Magic Mix link. 



Saturday, August 9, 2014

Great recipes & stories also

This lady is such a hard worker, plus takes the time to post her recipes and writes up a storm as her time permits. She has some great ones of all the above. Well there all great, lol. There is a link to her stories on her pages.

KathyinFL recipes

I was finally able to get our family recipes book up on Amazon. I am hoping to add a book with recipes from many cousins next year.

Our Special Family Recipes

Dave has been making progress on the roof but had to stop before he put a ridge cap on the bedroom section. We talked and decided it was best to go get so zinc strips and put them up to stop the moss problem on the roof we have up here.
He also got up some of the 2x6's for the roof over the deck.

Fire on the ridge, across the fields and river from us. Waha
Quite a few people lost their homes. Yesterday the smoke was billowing a lot but seemed more under control later in the day. Today there is just a hint of smoke in the air. I can't see this mountain side form our house as we are down in a valley. Have to go up on the road to do so.

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Progress on the roof

A bit of progress anyway. Took us a few hours to get another part of the roof ready to be shingled. Hubby is working on it almost every spare minute he has.

I helped cut the quick start and stand on a ladder and hold the edging, fascia board and etc while he fastens it to the roof edge.

 Our daughter has been busy sewing a Cos-play outfit for a room mate of one of our grandsons. Almost finished. :)
Here is a great article on:  What you need to know about Lice.
Never a fun subject. It always makes me go ick, ick.
I have fought that fight a few times. NOT FUN.

Growing up I never had them, none of my friends had them or anyone I went to school with. But that isn't the case anymore. 
If family members are chemical sensitive find some natural ones that work. 
Be careful with the chemical ones because I feel the chemical ones made two of my daughters chemical sensitive. But this article has a lot of great advise and information.

My books:
I managed finally to get my books up on Amazon kindle :). 

Ruby's Time Out

Down the Hole

After the Dying Time

Gray's Heart After the Dying Time II

Shaken Sari

Seeing the Fire

Our Changed World

The Empty Plains

An Unexpected Life

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Hot, Hot , Hot

After that cool front last week, this week feels unbearable. We reached 100 degrees yesterday and 104 today. For us up here this is roasting. The valley was 107 yesterday but they are hotter than us 99% of the time. We haven't seen these kind of temperatures in over four years.

We haven't been able to work on the roof since last Thursday. Just been way to busy other ways. Dave put 10 hours on the roof that day. To say he has been hurting this week is an understatement. (He won't like me telling anyone this.)

I have printed out a couple of articles from One is the

How to Make a Bucket Survival Kit, 34+ Items to Add to Your “Bucket List”

I added  few different things on mine but you can add or subtract the things you need to. This is a good start. I did the same with the water bottle kit.[543017499136620]&action_type_map=[%22og.likes%22]&action_ref_map=[%22addtoany%22] 

It also has how to make a water bottle survival kit.

Even if one makes these, I still like my packback to have redundancy and be able to have more. If one can use a vehicle these buckets with extra gear and foods and other necessities would be great.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

New great grand nephew

Our niece Steph has a new little boy. A hearty welcome to the world young man.
Our granddaughter K has had the flu this week, never fun for anyone. She is feeling better this afternoon.

Here is a good recipe from a great site.
Posted: 21 Jul 2014 08:00 AM PDT
Have you ever had those Datrex or Mainstay Emergency food ration bars? If so, you may have realized that they aren’t the best of survival rations for taste but they will keep you alive. Nuff said. And hard tack? Yikes! You may as well be eating a brick. ;)
Well, I came across this article a while back on making survival bars and I thought I would give it a shot myself to see what they tasted like. Please read the original article if you like, though, I will post the ingredients and steps below, as well as my own experience making them.
Also note that according to the original article the entire batch makes approximate 2000 calories, NOT just a single bar. Depending on how you cut it, a single bar will be a few hundred calories at most. This is about the same as the Datrex or Mainstay rations.
As for taste, they’re not bad at all. In fact, I was surprised that they tasted so good.


  • 2 cups oats (I used regular oats)
  • 2 1/2 cups powdered milk (I used nonfat from LDS storage)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 tbsp honey
  • 1 3-oz. package lemon jello (the recipe says you can use orange instead)
  • 3 tbsp water


  1. Mix oats, powdered milk, sugar in a mixing bowl.
  2. Mix water, jello, honey in a saucepan. Bring to a rolling boil.
  3. Add jello mixture to oats mixture and blend well.
  4. After being thoroughly mixed, press into a lined (with parchment paper) 9″x13″ pan.
  5. Cut dough into bars and ensure they’re completely cut through.
  6. Bake bars at 200 degrees Fahrenheit for 1.5 to 2 hours. Remove from pan and allow to cool. Alternatively, you can dehydrate them at 145 degrees for 4-6 hours.
  7. After dry and cooled, separate bars and package in a foodsaver bag or mylar bag.
I choose to bake half the batch in the oven for two full hours and I would say that was just about right. The other half I choose to dehydrate for about six hours. Either way, when I was done the bars broke in half with a crispiness that tells me they were done.
I should also note that there was a noticeable difference in the color of the baked versus dehydrated bars, in that the dehydrated bars were significantly lighter in color than the oven bars. The taste seemed the same.


  • If dough is dry add water 1 tsp at a time until the dough is still crumbly but able to stick together when pressed. I ended up using about two tablespoons and that worked well for me.
  • Do NOT purchase Jello instant pudding mix. That’s what I bought the first time I tried this and it didn’t work out well. My wife laughed at for a minute or two. ;) When finished laughing, she told me I needed the actual lemon Jello packet that says “Gelatin” on it. In my defense, the box said Jello right on the front.
  • Remember, the drier the better because moisture will cause them to go bad and possibly even to develop Botulism depending on how you package them for the long term. My advice: take your time drying!!

Caloric Breakdown

I decided to do my own math and found that the entire batch made up over 3000 calories. If cut into 12 roughly equal bars that’s 260 calories per bar. Unless I did my math wrong here’s what I found:
  • Oats = 560 calories (at 140 calories per 1/2 cup)
  • Milk = 1333 calories (at 100 calories per 3 Tbsp; there are 40 Tbsp in 2.5 cups)
  • Sugar = 720 calories (at 15 calories per 1 tsp; there are 48 teaspoons in 1 cup)
  • Honey = 180 calories (at 60 calories per 1 Tbsp)
  • Jello packet = 320 calories (at 80 calories per serving, 4 servings per package)
Well, that’s about it. I packaged mine in foodsaver rolls, marked the date, and stashed them in my workshop for a while to see how they do over the long term. Compared to what you can purchase commercially made and certainly when compared to hard tack, these are winners!