Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Started with plugged plumbing & Recipes

Dave took Thursday off and this is what he ended up doing instead of what he took the day off from work to do.

Broken pipe here and came apart above this on the old paper pipe.

Old paper pipe from the 1940's that's flattened instead of round. But is under the concrete slab of the back porch and we are hoping to reroute form kitchen before the ground freezes.

Done with clean out, this is just temporary until we can redo it all.

Setting up for Pioneer day

 Dave, sons and grandsons getting ready to cut up watermelon.

My display table (oldest son there at the end)

Dave and grandson sawing

 Our group, missing Terra's spouse (he had been working overtime), daughter Tanya & her hubby and 2 kiddos, Christine and her 2, Coral her hubby and her 2, Son Khris & his wife. And they are all looking at the camera at one time.


Large batch of Wheat Bread

5 c. warm water
1 can evaporated milk, or if u don’t have any add 12 oz of regular milk scalded & cooled, I have used dry milk with this also
4 tsp. yeast
½ c. molasses or dark Karo
½ c. sugar
1 c. vegetable or olive oil
1-tablespoon salt

16 or more cups of wheat flour or if not used to straight wheat bread use 8 white and 8 wheat, add another cup of flour if it doesn’t feel right.
Add together water, milk, and then yeast, let stand about five minutes then ass molasses, salt, and oil, add in ½ of your flour or eight cups of wheat to sponge for thirty minutes to one hour stir down if needed.  Then add the rest of the flour, mix well. The dump out unto a well-oiled counter or board; knead well, put in a well-greased large bowl till double in size. Punch down, knead and pull off hunks and shape and put in your pans, let rise. 
Bake 350 degrees thirty minutes.
Can also use this to make cinnamon rolls and etc.

Monkey Bread   

Makes two large loaves.
8-10 c. whole-wheat flour
5 tab. Yeast
4 tab. Honey
½ tsp. salt
3 c. milk
2/3 c. margarine or butter
2 eggs
1 ½ c. butter, melted – cooled

Knead and let rise and punch down and knead again.  Divide dough into 2 equal parts, roll out each in a 12x18 rectangle.  Cut in strings ¾ in. wide.  Dip each strip in melted cooled butter and puts into tube pans.  Cover and let rest for 1- ½ hours.  Bake at 425 degrees for 30-40 minutes.

Oatmeal muffins

1 c. rolled oats
1 c. milk or sour milk
1 egg
½ c. brown sugar
1 c. flour
½ tsp. salt
1 tsp. baking powder
½ tsp. baking soda
1/3 c. butter melted or shortening
Soak the oats 10 minutes in the milk add egg mix well.

Stir in sugar, mix. Then add other ingredients.  Spoon into greased muffin tins 2/3 full Bake 400 deg. 20 minutes.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Busy Week & Pioneer Day Time

We have been working on weeding and got the soaker hoses int he garden, all i have to do is unhook and hook up hoses to them a section at a time.

We got the drip system fixed and redone in the parts that needed it in the area that has the fruit trees and bushes.  Kaylee helped papa in the garden a bit on Friday. She grabbed the water hose and got her feet and pants legs all wet and then muddy and blamed her papa and accused him of doing it lol.

 We pulled staples in the floor boards last night and hammered down nails and Dave put screws in it to hold better.  Wish we afford to fix the real wood floor under the floor boarding, but oh well.  We know its a mess and needs a lot of work.  Right now we can feel where a wall was taken down and not fixed real well.  It s just more then we can do right now.

 It's Pioneer Day time again. Dave is in charge again this year. I have been pulling stuff together on the parts we or I am doing.
72/96 hour kits, food storage, canning and drying, Dutch Oven seasoning, cleaning and some recipes.  I will have some samples of homemade soaps, sewing, knitting etc.
I am not taking my spinning wheel this year, but will have some wool people can hand card.

Here are some sites that have good ideas on making homemade vinegar, Dutch Oven cooking and etc.

 Seasoning and cleaning a Dutchy

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Another Working Weekend & Recipes

Our daughter Coral graduated with her Masters on the 29th of June 2012. Wow what an accomplishment.

Finished Trap door and ladder pull down. We need to put a hook up for the pull that hangs down.

Old colors

New colors and taken down old broken fan.

New Fan with lights.

Painting dining room.

 We still have the kitchen to paint, but will take more work with so much to move in that little kitchen lol.

Kaylee showing off the dress she will wear to a wedding Sunday 8 July.


Cocoa Hot
½ to ¾ c sugar
1/3 cup cocoa
1 tsp. vanilla
4 cups milk
Combine sugar and cocoa, mix. Put in large saucepan, add ½ cup milk a little at a time, and continue to add milk until all is mixed in.  Cook this over a med. heat, stirring often. Four servings

1 egg beaten well
1 cup milk
1 and ½ tsp. Sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
Dash of salt.
Beat well together chill. 2 servings

Orange Delight
½ cup orange juice concentrate
½ cup plain yogurt
½ c. milk
Whip all these together in a blender or a mixer. Also you can substitute a banana for the yogurt.

Orange Pineapple Punch
1 large bottle of 7-Up
1 large can orange juice concentrate
1 large can pineapple concentrate
1 large bottle of ginger ale

 Any comments are welcome, please.