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
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
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 goa
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
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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
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 goo
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 t
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 t
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 fir
Well, if last summer was the Summer of Canning like a Crazy Woman, this summer is the Summer of Running Behind.
Last summer, I had come off of a 4-month cleansing fast that, while I was riding-a-broom cranky, I did have tons of energy which I promptly channeled into canning everything under the sun - because I could and needed to. I'm finding that the time was well spent and it has been a good gauge for what we use and don't use, and how often we use something.
This spring, I've had
Over at Preparedness Pro a challenge has been issued to go two weeks without going to the grocery store for food or household supplies sometime during the month of August. My family is going to start tomorrow. We've actually been kind of doing this for the past 2 weeks to reduce some of our short term storage...less to have to move. But, I had a small budget for fresh produce since I didn't do a garden this year. The challenge I have this time is that the fresh produce I have now is not going to
Y'all, I am SEW excited!
Last summer we changed churches and started attending a local fellowship. It was a good decision and has made it much easier for the kids to be involved with activities and etc... My dh is very involved with the boys groups, the FCF (Fronteirsmen Camping Fellowship) as well. But me, well, I don't know, since we moved here over three years ago, I've been a bit of a hermitress.
Well, this latest story that I've been writing in Fireside has made me do some so
I find it so hard to believe that July is almost over. Fall will be here before I know it, and I have so much canning to do.
I just finished a prayer quilt, this a.m., for DH's co-worker's father. Now that I have that project completed, I can start tackling a huge list of projects for around the house. From canning to organizing to painting, etc. I told DH this a.m. that by Sept. I would like to have 4 - 6 months of food, etc in place - I would like to minimize exposure to the flu bugs, as m
I did it!! I spent the money and made the commitment and signed up to Weight Watchers On Line! I've been trying to get ROUND TUIT for over a year. Kept looking for that perfect moment to get started. This morning wasn't perfect at all, but I did it anyway.
So, I entered in all my info and got my "point* allowance for the day and realized I had already spent about half of that daily amount with the big breakfast we had eaten of sausages, eggs and grits
But, I don't care, well I do
I've been neglecting this blog again, but I have actually been busy doing...getting ready for our move (37 more days!) and some prep stuff. I've decided to put a link for my other blog because I've been updating that one regularly...gotta make life simpler...
This has been a crazy-busy month, with travel, home improvement projects, extreme weather...you name it.
I've bought things I don't normally buy - even when money is okay - such as frozen corn dogs (for the kids, not me! gag). Life is settling down again now, and I started really cooking again yesterday. Look for more posts next week.
Here's something to think about: beverages.
Well, here is my first blog entry... here-a-goes!
My grandparent's garage door broke.
I'm in Miami, but I miss Georgia and the dogs and my mommy and my seester.
My best friend and I are hopefully going to have a "LAST DAY OF SUMMER BASH!" on Sunday, August 9th. It will be soooo fun. I have no idea what we will be doing, but it should be fun. I can't believe it is already time for school again... without cheerleading.
I hope that I have a tan when I come back. My grandpa and
Wow, it really has been a while since I looked in on this little blog! I meant to write in the intervening months, but somehow never got around to it. Well, we have celebrated 2 Monkey birthdays since my last post, had one heck of a hot summer, and it isn't even August yet, and dealt with nagging health issues for DH. Oh, and my mom visited this month for a few days--her first trip here, since Dad died. We had a nice visit, and my jam making adventures during her visit, have inspired her to
Wifey told me I could only do 50 lbs. of tomatos today since I kinda over did it yeasterday. I started at 8:19 am washing and cutting. I ended up with 18 quarts and 1 pint of juice. I still have 25 pounds to do tomorrow. I may make sauce with them. It does feel good to rest.
I just finished the last 25 lbs. I made quartered tomatos out of them. They were not very good at all. If they were green/white on the outside, they were the same inside. I only got 7 quarts. When I was
75 pounds of tomatos, 20 lbs. ground beef, 18 cans of chili beans, 8 onions, 8 bell peppers, unknown anount of chili powder, 38 jars, rings and lids, I'm pooped. The last load for the day is in now. It comes out at 8:00 pm. That makes for a 11 hour day. My back held up real well also. I think when this load come out, I may go to bed.
Well we had a few glitches in our plans today. Wifey didn't get to go with me so I went hunting alone. I went to a place I had got tomatos two years ago and lucked out. They had four boxes of #2's for $10.00 a 25 lb. box. As we were loading them up I asked for a phone number to make sure they would have them available when I'm ready for more. It's a 100 mile round trip, but locally the same box's go for $20.00 and up.
The lady there said, see that guy that just pulled up, he will have mor
Well, like everything in the summer, my chickens are growing. The littles that were so tiny and taking refuge in their 'cage' in the coop are now blended in (integrated?) with the larger 6 birds. They were spending more time out of the enclosure than in. I knew it was time to remove the enclosure when the big girls liked sitting on it and the little girls ran out. It won't be long before the Buff Orp Naomi is going to quickly get bigger than the Spotted Sussex Havalah.
All the girls like t
But I'm glad today is Friday. It's been crazy around here for several weeks. Our little granddaughter (9yrs old) is here visiting all the family. Our house is her base of operation, and currently she is at her other grandmother's home. She'll be back here on Sunday, and will go home the following Saturday. Our DD#2 and her DH and 3 yr old son are in Florida for 2 weeks. Her DH is taking some classes for his new job assignment. DGD decided she would have more fun here with all the grandparents, a