Monday, March 28, 2011

We have it all

Lost all of what I wrote earlier sheesh.

We have had it all alright sun, wind, snow, rain, sleet. I feel like we have had about all the kind of weather early spring can bring.

It is a beautiful morning so far partly sunny. It was 28 when I went out to open the chicken coop. At least the snow and ice are half gone from the back yard and it is much easier to walk up to the coop now.

I got the wood stove going and other morning chores done.

Dave had a check up with the doc. and the doc. found Dave had 3 spots of precancerous cells on Dave shinny head. The doc. froze them and we will keep an eye on what happens from there.

We had a busy weekend, Friday we left around 10 AM after chores to head to town to do business errands, shopping etc etc. We try to get all the errands done we possible can in one trip. We got home around 7 PM.

Saturday we headed up to Spokane before 8 AM got back to the valley and picked Kaylee up at our daughter Terra's house. Then on to the Clarkston chapel to help clean it for Sunday.

Well I guess it is unto the laundry.
I just finished watching or mostly listening to the show on NBC Who do you think you are.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Food Storage Grocery list week by week and recipe 2011

New 51-week storage Ideas Week One

This is for two (2) people so buy according to your family’s size.

 From President Gordon B. Hinckley, the Lord's prophet, we hear:

"The best place to have some food set aside is within our homes. . . . 
"We can begin ever so modestly. We can begin with a one-week's food supply and gradually build it to a month, and then to three months, (and so on). . . I fear that so many feel that a long-term food supply is so far beyond their reach that they make no effort at all.”

List: Peas 6 cans
tuna 6 cans
cream of mushroom soup 4 cans
pasta of what kind you prefer 3 large bags
salt 2 containers
toilet paper one12 pack to 24 pack
cold medicine box, bottle or pack.
*If you have children don’t forget children's cold medicine.
If any one is interested in powdered vanilla, these are the best prices I have found.

Imitation and enter powdered vanilla in the search window at the site.
I have already tried this product and it works and tastes good. You use ½ teaspoon of it when recipes calls for 1 teaspoon of liquid vanilla,

Real vanilla powdered vanilla:, click on arrow in search window and a list of products will come up.
They also have ground and vanilla beans.


Simple Stove Top Tuna casserole:
Boil until done 1 bag of noodles, drain, put back in pan
Add 1 can of drained peas
1 or 2 cans drained tuna, (some like 1 some 2)
1 can mushroom soup
1-cup milk or water
Salt and pepper to taste
1-teaspoon onion powder optional

Mix and stir until warm enough to eat.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Sandy and surgery

I just heard back from my brother here is what he wrote:

As far as the surgery went, they opened her up, found to much infection, cleaned it up and closed it back up and delayed the surgery again.

I know she is very disappointed to have to wait.

Dennis Japan and Sandy's Surgery

I am waiting to hear back about and from both of them. Dennis on how things in Japan are with all the news of more problems and Sandy about her surgery. 
My brother Tim hopefully will get back to me today sometime. On top of things he had to go out of town for a couple of days.

It is snowing hard here today, it started out at 34 degrees and rain, went to sleet and now has been snowing for 4 hours. The temperatures are dropping not raising as they said they would be.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Birds are singing

We got another 2 inches last night but it has melted off today and the other snow that was already on the ground is starting to melt. Slowly each day it isn't as deep as it was the day before.

The birds have been around now about a week, It sure seems strange to hear them out there.

Dave is back safe and sound from western Oregon where he had a meeting on Thursday, he had driven over there on Wednesday.
Then on Friday it was off to Spokane for the day for him.
This morning he had a 7AM meeting at Church, so he has had a very busy late night week.

I have been watching Kaylee quite a bit, she is growing like a weed.

Recipe for coleslaw dressing.(When I was growing up this was used for cucumbers, lettuce you name it.)

Mom's Salad Dressing, double as needed.
1 cup miracle whip
2 tablespoons milk
1 tablespoon vinegar
2 tablespoons sugar(or to taste)
salt and pepper.
Mix well

Plus I recommended this Sour Dough Cookery Book.

I have had mine since the 70's and it is very good with great easy
to follow recipes for all kinds of things to make with sour dough.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Cousins in Japan

I have been able to contact my cousin in Japan and he and family are fine. My first cousin Dennis and part of the family are just north of Tokyo.  Such a relief.
One of my brothers in IL was able to talk with him in the last couple of days and reconnect after many many years.  
My brother Tim and his wife are the ones fighting her brain cancer. 
Sandy goes in for more surgery the 18th of March this coming Friday.
They are trying to make their finances stretch but it is getting harder and harder and he has had to sell his tools, equipment for working on cars and the classic cars he was trying to fix up.
They are trying to hang on as best they can.
Some more wells were tested in there area and they found more of the chemical in the wells. 

It warmed up enough here that it rained most of the night (mid 30's). If this keeps up we should lose our snow this week or most of it. Some of the snow drifts are still quite deep.
But I bet it is a skating rink out there as it is in the 20's outside right now.

5 foot drift in front of the barn, Lizzie's domain.

The old deserted farm next door.

The front side of this house is gone.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Long Day and hay getting

Dave has been up since a bit after 6 AM and me at 6:30. Dave had a 7:30 AM meeting in Lewiston at 7:30.
I had some computer work to do as far as collecting hints and recipes for another Food Storage Coordinator. She needed some ideas.
I had worked on it for an hour last night and took me another 2 hours this morning to get it finished and sent off for her use.
Also started on something else for Dave and looked up phone numbers and addresses for people that had hay and straw for sale.
Dave got home around 10 AM and Kathy and Kaylee had gotten up shortly before then. I had to tell Kathy she needed to get Kaylee her breakfast because we would have to take Kaylee with us as Kathy would leave for work around 12:30 she had the afternoon and evening shift.
Got ourselves ready to go after doing chores, Dave hooking up the trailer (he dug it out of a snow drift yesterday) and me getting little Kaylee dressed and away we went.
We purchased hay, straw  and some sweet feed for the cow.
Also stopped at Costco for a few things and got lunch there.
We got home at 4:00, I Changed Kaylee and got her down for a quick nap while Dave started unloading the hay and straw. 
Big black clouds were starting to roll in and just started to sprinkle as we were finishing.

Oh by the way teach me to check better, the calf is a heifer lol.

What fence?

A friend loaned us the cd pack of the book The Undaunted by Gerald Lund. A great story. This is the book.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Yum cake

This was a family recipe passed down from my mother, we love this one.

Tomato Soup Spice Cake
1/2 cup butter
1 1/2 cups sugar
Cream together, add
 2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
Mix, add
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 can tomato soup, dump int a bowl and add 
1 teaspoon baking soda, stir well, add to other ingredients and mix, then add
2 cups flour
Mix well and pour in a greased cake pan, bake 350 degrees for 30 to 40 min depending on your oven. Frost with a vanilla butter cream icing.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Warm front

We had 13 new inches of snow on Sunday and then yesterday it warmed up to 40 degrees and ended up with over 3 feet of wet cold snow and very slippery out there.
Kathy was headed to work yesterday morning, we had her park her car at the road shop 2 1/2 miles away in Anatone by the state highway.
So anyway she gets in the 4 wheel drive 3/4 ton truck to go to her car, gets part way up the first part of the driveway and the truck slides side ways and she ends up in a snow drift that's to the hood of the truck.
She and I start digging and finally get the snow dug away and get the truck straightened out and she gets on her way.
Took me a few hours to recuperate I tell ya.

I got a batch of marscapone cheese started and some neufchatel later in the day.
I buy the tartaric acid and etc from Leeners.

 A part under the joystick of the tractor broke the other day in the heavy snow, we took it in to get a replacement and they said those never breaks, lol we beg to differ.
So they ordered a new one and who knows when it will be in.
Dave went out to snow blow last night but the snow was to wet and heavy and all it did is shear a pin on it right away so he came back in.
There were inspectors in all day and work he said and he didn't get a thing done at work he needed to. 

Here is what it normally does when it works.

Warm front