Monday, September 29, 2014

Fall Is Here and Nosy Turkeys

Well the potatoes are all dug up, the garden is all done, what we had of one this year anyway.
 One of the turkeys got nosy and was looking in on us.
Wood rack is all filled and ready.

Grandson Xander had tubes put in his ears and his adenoids out today, he is 4. He is home and recovering.

Kay was wearing a dress made out of a blanket when she came over the other day. She was also trying on makeup lol.

Trying to get some projects finished to give out to grand girls.

Don't forget to stock up on sewing needs. 
I found that through the past 2 or 3 years I have gone through a lot and needed to pick up more ribbon, rick rack, white thread etc.

Friday, September 19, 2014

More Canning and now Indian Summer

Making apple marmalade today. Dave cut up the apples and the lemons. He is headed off to the Temple in Spokane in a bit. We also canned up the other box of peaches this morning. 

I got the potatoes put away we had drying in the sun, we still have over half of them to dig yet. Being in a Indian Summer will help us get the others dried before they are stored away in pine shavings for eating and seed potatoes next spring.

Speaking of storage. I just looked around and found I needed to purchase more products for cleaning. I have gone a very long time without buying some of these. Some of these are great for natural cleaners. The rest for making sure germs are not lurking around. Always good to have a few boxes and bottles of these.
Baking soda in large bags: everything from putting in with clothes in the wash to brushing your teeth.
Washing soda
Pinesole: ants hate this product

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.