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yesterday afternoon we had to find some more distilled water for DH's CPAP machine. The local food stores don't seem to carry it anymore and we had to finally go to a drugstore at the other end of our small town to find some. Yikes, maybe we need to learn how to distill our own water at home. How will we keep a CPAP running if TSHTF? Don't want to have to run a generator all night, and he really needs it to get a decent night sleep. We will have to work on that one...   Anyway, we were in the commissary looking for the distilled water and in the markdown section I found a case of greenbeans marked down to 63 cents a can. The regular stores around here are charging more than a dollar a can! We bought it and stuck it in the storage, so my gathered items just about doubled in size with that one trip. Yipee! And whats more, Mikee is supportive of the whole thing. He really likes looking at equipement (solar generator back-up, water filtering systems. etc.)   OK, so this week before I leave on my vacation, I am going to research solutions for the CPAP machine.        

nini2033a

nini2033a

 

gathering it together

Ok, so we took inventory, pathetically little, but at least it is together now. We have 15 gallons of water,a 20 # bag of rice, maybe 20 cans, mostly soup/broth ready to eat. I have a bucket of candles& lighter, and I have another bucket where I have started to gather vitamins and herbals we take, I also have 6 weeks of prescription meds for myself, about 30 antibiotics and grapefruit seed oil and oi of oregano. Now I have asked my DH to try to get ahead some on his prescriptions, but he is on 3. Oh, I also have painkillers OTC & precription stored in the bucket.   We have warm clothes aplenty, but now I need to gather some together and put them in a BOB. We have always carried warm clothes/coats, snacks, water, and first aid in the car along with chains, but now I want to get it in order in a bin or something instead of just thrown chaotically in the back.   Well, I do feel like I have made some small progress.    

nini2033a

nini2033a

 

Intro

Hi, I am Nini203a, a mom with too many allergies to an adorable kid with too many allergies.   Last week, we had a very late paycheck and so I broke into my emergency stash to see about rounding out our food. I discovered that almost everything we had stored, we have since found out we're allergiic to. Now I had other stuff stored, but have had a good friend who went thru a family crisis and I filled the trunk of her car with food 3 times in the last year. So anyway, discovered I needed to give away the foods we had stashed, and start over basically from scratch.   I have looked at emergency prep sites and foods, basically, they all seem heavily stocked with our allergens, (gluten, casein, soy, corn, eggs,poultry) and although I don't currently know how, I would love to learn to can our own allergy friendly foods.   I do have an Excalibur dehydrator and we already eat alot of beans and rice, so I imagine most of our stock pile will need to be based on that instead of all the other foods we can't do. I am not sure how much to aim for though. We are a family of 5, although 2 are currently in college, but one would hope it the SHTF that we would be able to get them both home with us. One is an hour away and one is 10 hours away by car (but looking to move to a closer college).

nini2033a

nini2033a

 

thinking

it has been one year since i joined mrs s--after lurking for a year or so--then life got busy and i didn't have access to the internet--so i was gone for awhile--now i have hughes net and am back--good to be back-- in the last year... i quit my job --FINALLY and went on the road with matt Clint went on the road also shayla started her sophomore year in college daddy had the knee replacement and the massive heart attack--I will never forget standing at the door at the clinic--watching them wheel him out and yelling i love you to him while they pumped on his chest taryn will be at least one more year daddy had two more heart attacks and the pace maker put in--thought we had lost him for awhile there--with his suicide threats and all--but he has pulled through now mom got a dog--a house dog for the first time ever then lost her to sickness we traded the trailer for a 5th wheel and a lot more debt but a lot more room   had a great time traveling...saw st louis, kansas, arkansas, nebraska, south dakota, montana, wyoming, hannibal, missouri,   shayla spent the summer and we went to... yellowstone, devils tower, sturgis, jackson hole, mount rushmore for the 4th of july, bear country, touched the berlin wall, deadwood, the badlands, rode the alpine slide, crazy horse, the 1880 train,   we saw bears, buffalo, elk, wolves, moose, all in the wild   ther eare not words to describe yellowstone and the beauty there   then went to ft phil kearny, estes park, winter park, boulder, fort laramie , billings, custer's last stand, johnson county   i learned to crochet and love every sttich!!!   me and mom went and saw taryn for her birthday--24!! i can't believe it--she doesn't seem that old   i have learned to let go and go with it!! i sure miss shayla but i bet she is growing up and enjoying me not being there all the time!!!    

Deerslayer

Deerslayer

 

Journal entry

It has been a while since I've sat down to write/blog or anything. Life has been so hectic and I've mostly been bogged down in life. I miss coming here and relaxing with friends and continuing my "education", but it seems lately the only thing I have been able to do is drop in for a second or two and that is about it. This week we are off for intercession so I have the week....YAY!!....and I thought I would play catch up. I thought I would just use this as my journal entry. A record or where I am right now...my "me" time.   As I sat here sipping my coffee thinking of the long list of things to do, I read back over my blog and it was great reminder of some things that I needed to remember or refresh.   My Neice pulled through and although she is paralyzed from chest down she has use of her arms and she is alive. Her attitude is still up-beat and positive. We are so thankful. Through the accident Pam, my son's Aunt, and I have become so close and I praise God for our relationship. She and her husband are going through the Bankruptcy thing and have the same attorney. The attorney is a sorry excuse and has cost us so much grief it is unreal. I'm strongly considering reporting him to the bar association and hoping that none of us loose our homes before it's taken care of. He was the cause of our elderly neighbors loosing their home....we helped them move their stuff out this past week. Wish we would have known what they were going through because I would have used someone else. But of course, who wants to tell anyone they are filing BR? I would love to warn others of this man...but I'm too ashamed of where we are. At any rate, God blessed me with Pam because we have gone through so much together for the past few months and I'm so thankful for such a friend.   Husband lost his job. Actually quit his job which most would say is a foolish thing to do in this day and time. I would totally agree normally, but this time I supported him 100 percent. For him to quit took a lot and it is not in his nature. It is also not in his nature to stand up for himself or anyone else. He is just very passive. Since he has been with the company everyone has called him for everything. The boss rides around in the vehicle, disappears and stays on the golf course. He gets people to lie to cover for him, has his guys clock him in and out and even bring the company truck around for him in the mornings so he doesn't have to walk from the parking lot. They did all of this because they wanted to keep their jobs and they knew how he operated. Of course, one thing that my husband will NOT do is play that game. He minded his business and did his job. When work was slow and they faced the possibility of lay offs he hustled some outside work for them to do and other businesses contracted wtih their electrical dept. They got to keep their jobs and guess who took all the credit....you got it....the boss. So he started giving DH cold shoulder every now and then. Then he started double crossing him. Lying on him...just setting him up and DH never saw it coming. When DH took a day of vacation the next day he came back to find that he had been suspended for 3 days. Boss never gave him the vacation day either. DH fought it and went over the boss's head but boss was best friends wtih big boss. I thought I'd have to get him out of jail, but he kept his cool and lined something up while he was off. He tried to go back and planned to give two weeks notice but it didn't work and he walked out. So now we have no insurance. One of the places that had contracted his company to do electrical work had been paying him to do some side work so they plan to just let him do all their electrical work and want to hire him permanently. Should be a good deal for him because he will be the only electrician and most likely the guy will help him get his masterman's liscense. They really like him. Because of what his old boss did they now loose this company's contract and two others....too bad for them.   Kids are doing great. The oldest's attitude has changed a lot and is much more manageable. Still classified a Junior but he should be able to take Senior English online and walk with his class. He knows what he wants to go to College to do and seems pretty focused on it. I try not to think about him leaving. My middle man's grades have come way up and we are so impressed. He's playing football and is really good!! I think we have finally found "his thing". He looks like a little wishbone in his football pants...it's hilarious. My four year old has hit that moody whinny stage.....how early does PMS start????   Finally made it back to Church on Sunday. I realize that I have really messed up with my kids. I haven't given them the opportunity to know the Lord as I should have. I have let them think that God and Church is an option by our half-hazard attendance. Now the two boys are at an age that I don't know if it is fixable. How could I do that to my boys? It is surely my biggest failure as a parent. However, baby girl loves going and would live at Church if she could.   Coffee is getting cold, and I'm determined to get something done today. I worked so hard on TEA party stuff yesterday that I got nothing done at the house and I'm determined to have something to show for my time off. Hopefully I can make it a point to set aside more "me" time so that I can keep up my blog/journal and visit with my friends here.

ANewMe

ANewMe

 

Creative Camping

This weekend we set out on a new adventure, in our own backyard nevertheless!   A family with seven children and chickens and goats and dogs (plus a parrot) does not travel much, or at least ours doesn't.   So, we decided to take advantage of a very low cost method of family vacationing and entertainment, camping. Under our particular circumstances we had to be a bit creative...therefore...CREATIVE CAMPING.   Upon considering the choice of location for this camp out, we decided there was nothing better than our own backyard. After all, there would be no noisy neighbors, we could still see about the goats and chickens and it was free (free is good). Besides, I realized, minimal packing would have to occur and this was a VERY good thing. This left more time for fun and took a load of stress off my shoulders.   The next step was the putting up of the tents. Our youngest four children had never slept in a tent before and were particularly excited.     In this picture you see the youngest five all snuggled up in their pajamas and holding bears...well except for Jeremiah who opted for the family parrot (Jonah) on his shoulder instead.   We were also celebrating Henry's (dh) birthday and he was glad for the opportunity to try his new Black Powder Gun (his birthday present). So target shooting was definitely on the agenda! Here you'll see the birthday boy and his seven kiddos, my oldest two preparing for their turn and me as well, trying out my new toy, a Mosin Nagant, made in 1939 (91/30).           Of course the guns were totally unnecessary as we had our valiant family guardian there to protect us from invaders...that's him, Aslan, passed out on the grass while the goats investigate the tents.     We also had a camp fire, which we sat around and sang Christmas Carols... ,hey, that's what they wanted to sing!   We made smores, chili, hotdogs, and a huge breakfast cooked over an open fire.   We played games around the picnic table using solar lanterns and today we're finishing up my attempting to make some moccasins (we bought a kit at Hobby Lobby. The rain has moved in and we took down the tents but continued the fun and activities inside. And that, is how you manage Creative Camping.

Stephanie

Stephanie

 

RANDOM!!!

i'm feeling random and crazy today...   ...   here's some smileys!!! mmkay?         k i'm done. good night!

Lizzy

Lizzy

 

Yesterday's Preps

I got really busy yesterday and didn't get to post, but here is what I got: 25 lbs. sugar 25 lbs hamburger 4 boxes family size tea bags more toilet paper (of course) 3 family size packs of bologna and hot dogs   It isn't a lot, but a little at a time is the way to go if you have a budget like mine.   Today we are working outside, getting the shed organized, and trying to see how many totes we can empty so I have more storage. My SIL is supposed to get her stuff out of the shed on Monday so that will give me more room. Hopefully my MIL will be moving into her new house soon and that will give me my extra room back. She has been living with us until the house is ready and I really need that room for my preps.

AnnaTX

AnnaTX

 

Autumn's Musings

<center><font size=3><font color="b22222"><font face="Papyrus">~*AUTUMN'S MUSINGS*~<P> <center>   .As I've matured I've learned...   ...that you cannot make someone love You.all you can do is stalk them and hope they panic and give in.   ...that you shouldn't compare yourself to others- they are more messed up thaN you think.   ...that depression is merely anger without enthusiasm.   ...that i don't suffer from insanity,i enjoy it.   ...that we are responsible for what we do unless we are celebrities </font></font></font></center>  

autumn7

autumn7

 

Harboring RESENTMENT

Harboring RESENTMENT 'n Have you ever been upset with someone at work? Perhaps a promotion you had been working for was given to that person, and you know they don't really deserve the reward. Very soon your anger over the situation can turn into resentment that grows and blossoms into something you never imagined. If left to fester resentment spills over to other areas of our lives.   To harbor resentment ,to not forgive, can affect us physically. It affects those around us.can Grows to bitterness. "We make believe we are at peace,while venom lies just beneath the surface"   This message spoke to my heart .I don't know about you ,but I've had to deal with anger 'n resentment over circumstances in my life. we all have hurts and angers we have to deal with sooner or later and,if we are honest,find it very hard to truly forgive those who've deeply hurt us or the hand we've been dealt in Life.   "Resentment is like a Cancer it keeps us chained to the Past"   "Love keeps no Record" I Corinthians 13   It's an excellent message.by Dr.David Jeremiah on Slaying the Giants in our Lives.     Listen Here to this message on How to Deal with Resentment.    

autumn7

autumn7

 

Adventures in Prepping

Well, here it is, my new blog. It will chronicle my preps from now to whenever. I will try to post every time I get more preps, but no guarantees. Big HI to Maggie! Tomorrow starts the regular posts with my trip to town.  

AnnaTX

AnnaTX

 

The Lesson of the Nine Bean Soup

This morning, as I was taking an inventory of my dried beans I decided to make a Mix. We love the mixed bean soups and those bags of beans are much more expensive than individual bags. So, we looked at our assortment of beans, we had nine. I commented that this was one variety of beans per person in our family. I used one of the storage containers on wheels that I have mentioned before and we began to pour in the beans (4lbs of each variety).   Black-eyed Peas Navy Lentils Green Baby Limas Small Red Beans Black Beans Pintos Green Split Peas Large Limas   Because the container is clear, it was really neat seeing the layers that the beans made. It was very attractive as each bean represented different colors, shapes and sizes. I once again commented that these beans were like us, all unique and different.   Some of the children thought we should leave them like that until I pointed out the problem. Our goal was to have a mixed bean soup and if we didn't mix them up and combine them we would never have the full flavor that they could only bring together. As a matter of fact I concluded, we wouldn't even be able to experience the bottom layers of beans for a long time to come and if we weren't going to mix them up...we should have just left them separate. Talk about a teachable moment!   Our family does not consist of all the same 'variety' of people. And yet, God Himself combined us together to create a special family that holds a unique flavor, all its own. While we are each individuals, we have been put together and made into something lovely...a family!

Stephanie

Stephanie

 

Significant September

For months, literally, I have been wondering what September would bring. Why September?   Well, it started about seven months ago when I was on the treadmill and reading my Bible passage for the day. I was reading about Joseph when he interpreted Pharaoh's dreams.When Josephs explained to Pharaoh that this was a time of 'plenty and prosperity' and that during those 7 years that should prepare for the 7 years to come, I just knew that I was to do the same. Not necessarily for the seven years (more like months), but for the spring and summer. I felt VERY impressed that we needed to be very diligent and productive during the Spring and Summer so we would be prepared for the Fall/Autumn and a Significant Event. Yesterday was the first day of Fall/Autumn and I took a moment to look back over our Spring and Summer, to take a good look at what we had managed to accomplish. It is a lot, a whole lot, but is it enough?   I don't know what the rest of September and the subsequent Fall/Autumn season will hold for us, but it has already been significant with the torrential raining and floods here in the Southeast. So, was this the Significant Event that I was preparing for? Perhaps. Perhaps Not. I do know that they just announced that more rain and more potential flooding are on the way. I do know that this all happened in the same time frame as Rosh Hashanah (Yom Teruah) which is significant to me. This Biblically mandated holiday is also known as the Feast of the Shofar, which signifies a warning, an alarm.   Perhaps this flooding is just the sounding of the Shofar, the warning of things to come? I do know that I felt like my family would be significantly impacted and that has not happened yet. I also know that I've made a genuine effort to prepare and set aside and gather in and clear out and increase skills and grow in knowledge. I also know that when I'm not enough, the Lord is.

Stephanie

Stephanie

 

Influence

From Ginger’s Heart To Yours….     Have you ever thought yourself to be a woman of influence?   Influence :1. an effect of one person or thing on another [Latin influere to flow into]   Each one of us has been entrusted by God with an area of influence within in our homes and community. Someone today is watching and witnessing how you handle yourself in everyday life and ultimately, it is up to you whether that influence would be a positive or a negative one. I’d like to share with you what two of my favorite Bible passages have to say on how our lives are meant to flow into one another for God:   But Ruth said, "Don't force me to leave you; don't make me go home. Where you go, I go; and where you live, I'll live. Your people are my people, your God is my god; where you die, I'll die, and that's where I'll be buried, so help me God—not even death itself is going to come between us!" (Ruth 1:16-17 The Message)   This is a true account of a mother/ daughter-in-law story that portrays a positive theme contrary to our society’s negative spin on mother-in-law relationships. Naomi was a seasoned woman of faith to a much younger Ruth. Naomi’s love of God and obedience to Him greatly influenced Ruth. Ruth saw something truly life-changing in the older Naomi and in her God, so much so that Ruth desired to pattern her own life in the same way as her mother-in-law. Ruth’s faithfulness to remain with Naomi led her to future husband Boaz. Ruth is recorded in scripture as the great-grandmother of King David, and thus is included in the lineage of Christ our Lord! A study of Naomi also reveals the importance the influence a younger woman has to an older woman. Naomi needed Ruth just as much as Ruth needed Naomi. This further goes to show how vital every generation is within the Body of Christ.   Guide older women into lives of reverence so they end up as neither gossips nor drunks, but models of goodness. By looking at them, the younger women will know how to love their husbands and children, be virtuous and pure, keep a good house, be good wives. We don't want anyone looking down on God's Message because of their behavior. Also, guide the young men to live disciplined lives. But mostly, show them all this by doing it yourself, incorruptible in your teaching, your words solid and sane. Then anyone who is dead set against us, when he finds nothing weird or misguided, might eventually come around. (Titus 2 : 3-8 The Message)   Our second New Testament Scripture reference is one that is my personal favorite and the call upon my life to be a Godly woman of influence. My life has and is blessed with many “Naomi’s” and “Titus 2 Women!” These faithful ones have come alongside me in grace and wisdom, teaching me to live my life out loud for Jesus! First and foremost, these seasoned women of faith taught me to prioritize God 1st, my marriage 2nd and my children 3rd. I have learned that I cannot be a Godly influence for others unless these three priority areas that God alone has entrusted to me are well cared for. Why would you feed the neighbor’s children if your own at home were starving?? It’s the same with how we care for ourselves and the well-being of our families. If these 3 areas become neglected, it is a red flag that we may be focusing on other areas that will distract us from our God-given priorities. When our priorities are in order, then God may also lead us to be His influence with our friends, neighborhood, workplace, church, ministry, etc.   We have many women in our midst, who long to know Jesus more and follow Him. They need Godly women of influence to show them the way of this wonderful life of faith we share. It is a poignant reminder to my heart to know that I am now the older woman J (when did this happen?) following in the footsteps of those that have led before me. It has been said that there is no retirement for the Christian soul and I know this to be true. To God alone be the glory!   Ginger Warren      

Ginger

Ginger

 

Making Lemonaide from Lemons...

I now know with great clarity what it means to get up BEFORE the chickens. Yes, yes, I do.   Since my DH had to work a night shift Sunday night, he's getting back to days and was up until 3 am last night. When he did come to bed, he flopped like a fish and snored like a lumberjack. Finally, I just got up. What do I need sleep for anyway? It's not really THAT important to life....   Then I looked at the clock...It was four-freakin'-o'clock ...in the MORNING.   So, I read some e-mails, played a computer game and realized, with some grumbling, that I was awake, WIDE awake.   So, I thought, what could I do before 5 AM that was away from the bedroom and needed to be done, besides laugh at a facebook post from my best friend "are you okay? It's 4:30 am there!?"   Like a song from the heavens, I received inspiration: "Clean the study! If you hurry, you can have extra recycling and garbage removed before the haulers come."   So, I got dressed, pulled my hair back, and sorted....and sorted...and sorted...I realized I wasn't really messy, just that I hadn't been taking time to stay on top of things.   Found some missing phonics and language books and sorted some more. Emptied two shoe boxes of school supplies (from my teacher's desk) back into the general office supplies (where I got them in the first place). Discovered I had more pens, rulers, and scissors than I started with! What blessed things!   Arrrggghhh! The closet! In putting coats etc. away, I had discovered that the kitten had gotten into the kitty BOB and it spilled into the closet...she had skated across some papers and decided to try and open a small sample of crunchies. There was spit-out, cat-chewed plastic and crunchy bits adhering to my long winter fleece coat...that had been pulled off the hanger, kneaded into a nice nest and COVERED in black cat hair. I had found her secret lair and snack supply.   Sigh. I should be grateful there weren't real mousie parts.   I now have a great huge bag of shredding a more piles for sorting.   I had forgotten the carpet in here was pink.   The bittersweet thing was that I also found a couple of things of my sister's. She died in early 2001. I've been tripping over a tote that had her favorite CDs in it. Sigh. It's time to sort it. I just incorporated them into our huge CD collection. Now the tote can be used for something else. I also found her business card holder...it was just as she left it...so, it is terribly useful, but all the business cards were obsolete. I recycled them and will use it for my own stash....and yes, I kept one of hers in the front pocket 'just because'.   In the midst of all this dust and frantic cleaning, it made me ponder. If life is this cluttered, how was my soul? What was I holding onto for a while that was cluttering up my soul so I couldn't commune with God? Hmmm. I thought of a few things. As I paused, I looked through the window and saws the sky turn pink. The sun was rising. I couldn't remember the last time I had seen the sun rise.   I was reminded again - the sun always rises. I thought back to that terribly dark time when we lost my sister. It was so dark and depressing, but every day the sun rose. My eyes turned glassy, for I realized that even in the chaos of dark grayness and acute sorrow, the sun rises. Darkness flees and light creeps across the earth, peeking into the windows, doors, and homes; waking us, rousing us, bringing us another day - another day to live, to actively choose how we use the precious gift of life that we've been given.   The sun rises...and I am grateful. ~ ~ ~ ~ ~   Weds. 9/16 - I am happy to report that this cleaning has resulted in some good things....my DH and I are finally sorting through our VHS, CD & DVD collection. It's just chaos. BUT, we bought some organizers and are slowly getting this dealt with. One more area of order....may it spread to the rest of the house!

Crazy4Canning

Crazy4Canning

 

It's Time for Making Rum Cakes!

I just received word that some close friends were drooling over the remembrance of my decadent rum cake recipe. I sent some to them a few years ago and haven't made it since. I just e-mailed them the recipe, but wanted to post it here so that everyone could share the love because recipes such as this one deserve to be passed on and shared. They achieve nothing by being locked up in a recipe box. This really captures the decadence and complete goodness of the holidays. You have to make it NOW to enjoy it later.   Make some extra and share with friends. I've included all my notes over the years so you can achieve the same exact taste and texture I get from Grandma's recipe. This is indeed an eye-rolling, fork-sucking, plate-licking delish dessert. It's perfect with tea, coffee, cocoa, or a shot of something. If you add ice cream, you're just sending it over the top. I remember my uncles sucking down piece after piece of it.   Some History - This recipe graced my dad's family holiday table for YEARS. Grandma took such pride in it. She did at least 4 HUGE cakes every year and held back one for Thanksgiving and one for Christmas. The other 2 she took to church for coffee after service - Presbyterian Church, mind you.   First though, get yourself a good bundt cake pan, tube pan, or one of those 6-cakelet pans. It really should be cast iron for this to work properly and get the proper golden brown hue for optimum yumminess. They have all sorts of designs and shapes for bundt cake pans, but for now if you don't have one, go to the thrift store and get one for $3. Make sure it doesn't have any big nicks or scratches in it. Season if necessary.   RECIPE - Bacardi Rum Cake   (From the 1950's when butter had no fat values, decadence was in, and Saran Wrap was the coolest new thing!)   Note: Please don't use cheap Monarch Rum. Bacardi/Captain, etc. is just a few dollars more. Pay for the good stuff. It really shows.   1 C chopped walnuts or pecans 1 yellow cake mix 1 pkg instant vanilla pudding mix 4 eggs 1/2 C cold water 1/2 C oil 1/2 C rum (80 proof)   Glaze - 1/4 lb butter (1 stick) 1/4 C water 1 C white sugar 1/2 C rum   Instructions - Preheat oven to 325. - Using Crisco, grease your pan well. No blobs of white, just a nice slick coating. If your pan has points, use a pastry brush for the nooks and crannies. - Sprinkle chopped nuts over bottom and sides of pan (I will use extra if I have them for good coverage.) - Mix cake ingredients in order on box, adding pudding with dry ingredients and rum with wet. - Pour over nuts in pan and bake one hour or until completely done. - Let cool for 20 minutes, then remove cake(s) from pan. - When luke-warm, prick sides and top of cake and drizzle with glaze. (When pricking cake, don't 'jab' it, this compresses the cake, roll the pick (like bamboo kabob skewer) between your fingers while pricking. Perfect holes!)   Glaze- - Melt butter in saucepan. - Stir in water & sugar. - Bring to a boil and boil 5 minutes. - Remove from heat and stir in rum. * You don't want to add the rum with the water for it will turn bitter. ** You can also experiment with different types of rum (Captain, Coconut, etc).   To Glaze - - Place cake (or cakelets) on saran-covered plates with enough saran to wrap up sides of cake. - Gently pour glaze over cake. DO NOT pour all at once. You will need to wait for the glaze to soak in. I think I do 3 pourings. - It is NORMAL to have some liquid on the saran. - Bring saran up sides of cake. Wrap more Saran around top and sides of cake. Place cake into zippie bag (small quarts for cakelets, gallons for larger cakes). - Age cake.   Aging Cake - - To age the cake, flip cake over once a week. - I use an extra jelly roll pan or roasting pan to store the cakes. - No need for refrigeration, there's no air due to the tight wrapping of the saran and zippie bags. - Flipping the cake is essential for even distribution of the rummy glazey goodness. If you don't age and flip, your cake will be soggy and sodden, though still tasty. - You want to age the cake about 8 weeks before consumption. So, for Thanksgiving, make cakes the mid-end of September. For Christmas/ New Years, make around end of October - I put people's names on the zippie bags and make a master list. These cakes have a tendency to disappear. If people *know* they are getting one, it makes the wait that much more bearable.   DO NOT Double this recipe - for more than one cake, mix up separate mixes. You can however, double the glaze recipe.   ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~   I'm so happy to share this. It's a classic recipe made dense from the pudding and buttery from the glaze and just a bit crunchy from the nuts.   Please don't ask about the calorie or fat content. It's astronomical. However, a strange phenomenon has occurred over the years - it is well known that when consumed with friends around a happy occasion, calories have been known to vanish.

Crazy4Canning

Crazy4Canning

 

The Worth of a Week

One week ago today my mom and step-dad arrived and now they have gone. It was a lovely visit and so very productive in every way!   My step-dad brought all of his handy man tools and my dh took the whole week off to tackle numerous building, maintenance, repair projects in our home and on our little homestead. My two oldest ds's worked right along side them assisting and learning so much. A new kitchen counter top, a new bantam coop, new nesting boxes in the big coop, an addition to the goat stable and a new back porch are among their accomplishments, but there were more!   My mom brought her wonder sewing machines, a Bernina and Serger as well. We had many sewing projects but the main thing was the period correct outfits that my dh and two oldest ds's needed. I was right at her side assisting and learning. I may even be brave enough to try something on my own now. My fellows will be among the best dressed pre civil war participants!   While my mom was here I finally opened up and set up my Berkey Light! My mom is a big fan of good healthy water and so we promptly sat down and ordered her one for herself. BTW, we really like the Berkey Light and I'll try to do a review on the forums.   We intended to try my Wonder Deluxe grain mill while they were here but our time slipped away.   And to top off our wonderful visit, as they drove off this morning, we went to check on the broody hen and had the pleasure of seeing two brand new little chicks tucked under the momma hen's wings.   It is a wonderful thing to have a supportive family, what a blessing!          

Stephanie

Stephanie

 

It's Football Time in Tennessee

How did Sept. get here so quickly? One nice (but there are others) thing about Sept. is TN football. Can you tell we live in Knoxville - home of the TN Vols? lol What is funny, is that DH and I were never big football fans, - until we moved here. We laugh and say that your blood turns orange when you move here. This a.m. I woke up early (for a Saturday) and canned 3 quarts of chicken breasts, did laundry and took a load to the dump (convience center to be politically correct) and back home for a quick shower and sat down to watch the game with DH at 12:21 p.m. During the game I ironed DH's shirts and pinned the hems in two baby blankets. After I finish this post, will change clothes for 6 p.m. Mass (DH is doing the music and cantoring). Tomorrow, the family will gather late afternoon for a BBQ at DD#1's. We are all going to bring our own burgers/hot dogs, buns, drinks and something else. We will bring lettuce and brownies. I used "MiniMe" to can the chicken. It's the All American 910 (holds 4 quarts or 7 pints). It is so handy when I'm canning smaller amounts, and so much easier on my back. But, I still love my AA 925 for the larger loads, eg spaghetti sauce, chilli, soup, broth, etc. I'm finding that when I can meat, it is usually in 4 quart amounts. I have one more batch of tomatoes to can from the garden and I think that will be then end of them. The Romas did beautifully, but the others didn't. The green peppers did much better than last year. We grew 2 zuchini- made great bread. The lettuce did well too. Potatoes only 2 small ones, haven't harvested the sweet potatoes, and the carrots are still very small. Depending on how tired I am tonight, I may try and work on the two baby blankets. A friend just adopted a baby girl. Then I need to make a baby quilt for a new great-nephew that is due in Oct. I washed the material today, and I think I know that pattern I will use. But, you never know as usually my quilts take on a life of their own. Have a great weekend, everyone!

MomM

MomM

 

85# of BCR Redux...

Remember this blog?   Early this morning, suddenly, I hear a wee "CHIRRUP" noise. Now, I had replaced 2 smoke detector batteries earlier this month, so I waited to see if I heard it again. Blast it! "CHIRRUP". Again...about every 30 seconds. I couldn't tell exactly which of the half dozen of the things it was, but it sounded somewhat fainter than last time, so I was guessing it was in a Monkey bedroom.   Suddenly, after the latest CHIRRUP, there was a whining, frantic cold wet nose stuffed in my face, followed shortly after by a pair of paws on my head! Much spluttering aside, I shoved the offending mutt off the bed, whereupon he promptly did it again after the next CHIRRUP. Shoved off again, I realized dimly that he was shaking like a leaf--terrified of the CHIRRUP. Now, this is a large Rhodesian Ridgeback...3 times or more he tried to crawl into my bed (not permitted). He tried hiding under the bed--I even let him into the warm bathroom with the 2nd RR, and DH, where he sat shook & whined most piteously...   Well, this morning, at 5:45am, I was rudely awoken as a whining shaking not-quite-drooling Ridgeback sought to hide in my bed from the Evil Space Alien Smoke Detector that was chirruping from the garage...From a sound sleep I was trying to figure out Why the dog was in my bed, occupying DH's spot without the attendant Marine Corps Language from DH! And where on earth was DH? I knew he was on pager duty, but I am the one to answer the phone if it rings at night, and I could not for the life of me remember any callouts. Turns out DH had just gotten up and saw the dog freaking out, and thought he had heard the CHIRRUP, and had wandered down the hall to investigate.   Maybe the dog is afraid the smoke detector is trying to echo locate his few remaining brain cells? Sheesh...what a Big Chicken Ridgeback!  

Vic303

Vic303

 

Of Strawberries & Garlic

Okay, who would put huge cloves of garlic INTO a loaf of bread and then put said bread next to french, wheat, and sourdough? Fred Meyer. Why am I not surprised? Every time I walk into that store, something stupid happens to me. What am I, flypaper for freakiness?   As you well know, I just finished using up every half pint jar in the house making jam and had 2 cups of strawberry that didn't have a home. Oh well, I just poured it into a measuring cup and will store it in the fridge. It's good incentive to eat fresh jam, yeah?   So, while I was out today, I picked up some fresh bread from Freddy's. I normally check labels for EVERYTHING, but I was with my sister-in-law, her 6 year old and her boyfriend, I was slightly distracted. I get it home and spread two slices - the small heel for me and a larger one for my sweetie. I bring it to him, looking forward to that wonderful strawberry taste on lovely bread... and it tastes.... odd. It has an unusual bite. Definitely weird. I thought I got french or sourdough.   As this is running through my mind, my dear, dear husband queries, "Honey, did you know this bread tastes like garlic? Um, oh man, there's a HUNK of garlic in my bread. Ick... This is definitely weird, like the time I accidentally put ketchup on my taco. Garlic and strawberry do not go together!"   Now, lover of jokes that I am, I would NEVER, EVER, in a trillion million years make someone eat something weird. As you well know, there is no way I could have planned this if I had tried.   I had to agree, bread that had garlic chunks with strawberry jam was unusual. The bread would be great toasted with cheese with a pasta dish....but with strawberry jam, not so much.   Then again, that's what people were hesitant about lime and chili chips or ranch doritos or teriyaki burgers with pineapple. I could have hit on something here. But wait, really. Who wants the reputation for a mixture like this? Um, unless I can read the future and make tons of cash, I'll let someone else take the credit, thank you.   So, I am heading out to the store for bread. Again. Maybe this time I will get the right kind.Sigh.

Crazy4Canning

Crazy4Canning

 

How is Everyone??

I noticed that our blogging efforts have really slowed down. Y'all must be as busy as I am. So much going on.   Mom and Pop will be here next Friday so we are working like Trojans getting ready for their visit, it's been a great motivator!   Dh and the boys are out in the garage cleaning and loading a trailer to go to the Thrift Store for donation. This is a very good thing!!   Not only are they coming and I'm dusting things that haven't been dusted in far too long, I'm trying to prepare for our new school year as well.   We start our new year officially the day after Labor Day, just like we use to do it 'back in the day', I like setting my own schedule.   All seven are officially being educated this year....although I have not 'registered' the youngest two. In the state of Alabama that isn't required until age seven. And once in the system, then you're in the system.   I've decided to simplify my preps, focusing on the VERY BASICS. I'll probably start a thread about my efforts later, when I have time to breathe!   We're doing really good in the 'eating what you store' plan, and I'm loving those new storage bins that I wrote about in an earlier blog entry.

Stephanie

Stephanie

 

vacation time!!!

has my last blog post really been since the begining of the summer!?!? and i'm going to school in 9 days!     I've just gotten back from vacation. mom, dad, sis and i went to mammoth caves, the biltmore mansion, and myrtle beach in the same week. mammoth caves was cool as usual. we had to big of a group to have a good tour but it was still cool. the biltmore mansion was amazing!!!!! my favorite part was probably the gardens. what i didn't like was the huge downpour at the end of our time there. luckily we made it to the green houses before it got too bad. poor sis had the only rain coat and got soaked while trying to find a way for us to escape without getting too wet. i saw the ocean for the first time!!! so pretty!!! now i'm going to want to go back every year from now on. lol

Lizzy

Lizzy

 

My First Cackleberries!

The day started out to be stressful and ugly. I was dreading setting foot out of bed. So I'm getting ready and heading out to the coop and I hear a ruckus. I knew they needed crumbles and I figured they had probably knocked over their water.   As I open the door, I see them - 3 glorious eggs on the floor of the coop! They are each slightly a different shade, a different color of lovely light brown. I let out a squeal like a little girl!   Now, I know I might not get eggs every day at first, but I'm just so thrilled at these first ones!   I just had to post quickly here, for I knew you all would want to rejoice with me!  

Crazy4Canning

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