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  1. As you said, His faithfulness is something we can always count on.
  2. Hoot..I’m tired. We’ve been blessed. Praise God! I saved the bones & juice from our turkey and made bone broth this morning, starting around 5am. That turkey gave us 10 vacuum sealed packages for meals- sliced for sandwiches and scraps for anything else. The broth made 5 pints & 3, 1/2 pints of broth, plus 3 cups of scraps for munchies, after I removed the squishy bones. I got the turkey at .68 cents/lb. because I couldn’t afford $6+ / lb. for hamburger! The elk... went over & picked up the ice chest, he told me to get. There was two game bags covered in ice. I brought it home, but, waited until I finished canning the broth. Gunny was overwhelmed by the smell and “guarded” the chest outside. Lol. Pulled the jars out of the canner and washed all my bowels & utensils. Then, as usual, fed the hens, re-filled their water, did poo patrol and sat a moment before coming back in to have my breakfast... an avocado, around 9am. Took my large bowl out, opened the ice chest, brought in one game bag of meat and washed all the pieces off. Lots of hair, normal. Ended filling 2 large bowls with meat. I emptied the ice/blood into my mulch bin and rinsed their ice chest. Gunny was beside himself because I didn’t let him have it. Lol. I started processing the meat, removing the sinews. He gave us mostly the legs, a piece of the neck, and one rib cage meat. I was able to get 2 lbs. of “steak medallions”, and 15 lbs. for meat, which I ground into burger, adding an 1/4 lb. of bacon. The 1/2 lb. sinuses were packaged in 5 small bags for Gunny. And, the rib meat I packaged by itself for an elk rib meal. We have a total of 15 lbs. of ground meat to last us the month. Simply amazing how God provided for us. I am in awe. And... praise God for my dearest DH, for giving me the KitchenAid for Christmas last year, with the meat grinder attachment. Otherwise I would have had to grind it all with my hand crank meat grinder.
  3. DH’s friend stopped by and asked me to go to his house & get an ice chest with elk meat he hadn’t finished processing and doesn’t want it to go to waste. I know what I’m doing today, after I finish processing the turkey bone broth I started earlier this morning.
  4. Indeed I do! Lol. DH has his tools and borrows mine and keeps them. I find them and put them back into my tool chest. Lol. I also have a carry tool box that goes with me in the vehicle. Mine! While making the enchilada sauce, one clove of garlic slipped out of my hand, into the sink, I picked it up, washed it off and set it on the counter, where it promptly rolled back into the sink. After crushing the other cloves, I picked it up again and looked at it. It was beginning to sprout. I set it down and finished prepping the sauce, thinking, if I really needed it, I would use it. I picked it up and it slipped out of my hand again. I thought, ‘it wants to live’. The following day, I got a small planter & planted it. By the end of the day, it had grown almost an half an inch. It is now almost 3” tall and growing like a weed. It will live in the kitchen for a while. Silly things make me happy. We are still trying to recover from the crud. We are feeling better, but our energy levels are still low. God willing, this too shall pass quickly.
  5. Last month, DH completed watching the Stargate series, all of them, in order. We stream and watch one or two shows a couple times a week, in the evening. He has been trying to get me to watch “The Expanse”, by James S.A. Corey. It’s got monsters... monsters give me nightmares.... I gave up and let him play episode one. The next day, I had a lot of questions, what, why, etc. The nerd, my dearest kind hearted husband, leaves the room and came back with the book. So, I began reading it, which it did answer a lot of my questions, making more sense of the story line. BUT! Yes, there is a “but”.... he tells me it is book one of 6! To be honest, I read my Bible, and very little else. I usually have much too much to do, than sitting reading. Plus, sitting too long hurts and I stiffen up quickly. I’m now trying to read it fast enough to keep up with the episodes.
  6. We had rain come through, started Saturday evening into Monday, off and on. Everything is wet, heavy dew in the morning. Low 40-50 at night, mid 60’s - 70’s during the day. Today, it is slightly overcast, 49* and brilliant fluorescent red skies! Not much activity on radar, a little down in the Baja.
  7. I don’t always see everything, but when I do, I try. As DH says, “I’m very trying.”
  8. Kathy, great seeing you again. Here’s what I found... https://pinchandswirl.com/green-enchilada-sauce/ Then, canned them per these instructions... https://nchfp.uga.edu/how/can_salsa/tomatillo_green_salsa.html I doubt the jars will last very long in my house, DH has already munched a jar with his tortilla chips. I wish I had the Ball Blue Book, instead, I rely on the .edu websites. I have a couple small canning books, but, they do not cover a lot of things DH likes to eat. Anytime I get a chance to go to the used book store, 65 miles, 1 way, I search their cooking section.
  9. Moved my thermometer, from the breast, into the thigh, it’s dropping. Still don’t like all the liquid. Removed 6 cups of broth, stuck the thermometer into all the thick areas, nothing under 160*? Left 1/4” water in the pan, an old fashioned ceramic coated turkey roaster, my mom gave to me. DH said I had to take my thermometer out because, it heats up, causing a false reading. Ok.... I will use the broth, for the stuffing, and freeze the rest so I can can it. Frying the liver in the butter, I’ll use the remaining butter for the onions, fresh sage & celery sauté to prep the stuffing. DH said his Gramdmother used to do it that way. oh, the pop up gauge, that came with it hasn’t popped up yet. Maybe he was right. Just a side note, MIL dislikes turkey, we never make it for her. Me? I can guarantee, I will pass out within an half an hour after eating it. Anyway, bumped the heat up to 450*, to crisp the lower area that was sodden in broth... And I put my thermometer next to the pop up... yeah, too late, 190*. Ack...pulled it up a fraction & it unstuck and popped up. Sigh. Hopefully it isn’t too done & dry. I don’t cook turkey very often, this is the first time in over 10 years. Here it is fresh out of the oven... no temp under170*. Sigh. I tucked the legs down so I didn’t need to use aluminum foil. It worked great. DH had a taste, he likes it.. And... stuffing.. maybe enough for leftovers. Lol. Turned out to have 8 cups of broth. De-boned it, thighs tonight, breasts for micro thin sliced turkey sandwiches, bones & broth for canned turkey bone broth, maybe Monday or Tuesday. If I have enough jars & lids. Done, snacked, as I de-boned it.....dishes are done.... sleepy, sleepy, sleepy... WE2, you can re-use tattler lids? Is it safe to re-use them?
  10. Ok, got a 15.2 lb turkey for .68 cents/lb. I’m using your recipe Midnightmom... However, 35 minutes in, my thermometer says the bone is 160* already! Turned down the temp from 475 to 350*. Making old fashioned traditional stuffing from scratch, home made bread, herbs from the garden... DH is apprehensive. I added 1” of water & it now has 2”. Didn’t need that much juice.
  11. Canned 4 jars of green chili enchilada sauce. Made 2 pints for DH to “OK” the recipe. Thumbs up.. he said, “ That’s awesome!”. I think I scored. 1 jar overflowed and didn’t seal..... green chili chicken enchiladas and chimichangas for dinner in the next week or so. Still need to process 10 mor lbs. of tomatillos.
  12. Ambergris, take care. I’m sorry you have to return so soon. God willing, you will do fine. Miki, mmmmmmm...banana bread, tasty... Littlesister, it is acute bronchitis. Just got a call from, they who gave it to us, 2 month old baby, was hospitalized for bronchitis and he tested positive for rhino virus. Really!!! Sigh. God willing MIL won’t/didn’t get it. We are barely starting to feel better. It’s been tough. Trying to keep from overdoing it. But, stuff needs to be done. Processed 5 lbs of tomatillos, into enchilada sauce... and canned it. Still have 10 lbs. of tomatillos and another 5 lbs. on the vines. Thank God, a friend of DH, is going to get a bunch, because he wants to make his own salsa. Hahaha, what he doesn’t know, is how much I’m gonna give him. Trying to not over do it and relapse.... this crud is a bear....
  13. I love to see where prayers are answered!
  14. That’s terrible, Dee. “...why?...”
  15. 1. In my house, there are numerous personal protective items in every room. A perp, might be a little upset by getting pummeled with a letter opener, 3’ long metal ruler, or screw driver, until I can pull the concealed items, just in my office. Lol. The kitchen has the knife block... In the yard, I have various walking sticks stashed all over, jic I need one, then, garden tools etc. 2. Situation awareness. Parking, scan the area, noting vehicles, buildings, doors & windows, and, of course, people. Inside, keep scanning... exits... even shelter... The WM shooting in TX is still in the news paper daily. A constant reminder to stay alert, no matter how familiar I am with the stores or areas, and even the people. Years ago, our town had a siren that went off, whenever there was a prison escape. That trained me to always be aware (beware) of people and their actions. Since the town doesn’t do that anymore, it has heightened my awareness, because now, we never know...
  16. Awwwww, thank you, Mt_R, for the chicken soup. I made a big pot of old fashioned chicken soup last night, with celery and carrots freshly pulled from the garden, it was nice and comforting. Doc said no strep, but, called in a prescription, however, the pharmacy texted a “delay due to the insurance company “. I have no idea why, I need to call and find out. Hopefully, they will get it done by the time we go to get DH’s & I can get some supplies we need at the same time. Managed to get most of the laundry done, paid bills and added things to the shopping list. Tried to start the monthly book work, then, ran out of time. I functioned on autopilot most of the day. Today, my head isn’t as befuddled as yesterday, God willing I can get some things accomplished that were postponed. 42*, mostly clear skies, clouds around the mountains are pink/red, indicating possible weather change. DH said we might get rain tomorrow...
  17. You are so right, Jeepers, “You don’t want this”. Mine started in my nose, decided to move along into my lungs and turn a vibrant shade of green, with every bone in my body screaming at me, even my eyeballs ache. Lol. Trying to keep the fever in check. Doc got me in around 3 today & DH tomorrow. He’s beginning to catch it too. Now, I’m trying to move and get my work done, to keep my mind off of it. Beautiful crisp morning here. In the 40’s and warming up. It’s beginning to cloud up with a thin layer of grey. Laundry, from our trip is cooking, and I’m getting ready to do the month end paperwork and bookkeeping.
  18. Beryl, I’ll go upstairs and let you in. ....done.
  19. OOTO, I hope those storms don’t hit you too hard. When we got home, the puppy pool had over 2” of water in it. Pools of water along the road and mud everywhere. Our neighbor said he couldn’t see across the street. Hoping your DH will be OK working those longer hours & driving late at night, Mt_R. Thank you for rescuing Charlie, Kappydell. I can only imagine the adrenaline rush you had freeing him. Littlesister, I hope all turns out well for your DH & he starts feeling normal again. How is your shoulder, Ambergris? We2, any timeline on when you are going to be able to move into your newly remodeled home? I bet your Christmas decorations look wonderful Miki.
  20. No they don’t include shipping. MIL used to order the food, when she & Da were both working. She had the money, but not the time to cook from scratch, and she really didn’t/doesn’t like to cook. That’s the reason I prep 1/2 portions of food & bring it down to her, vacuum sealed, frozen & dated. Like 1 cup per bag of bean soup, 1/4 cup refried beans w/ 1/4 cup Mexican rice per package. 1/2 red beef & cheese enchilada per package or red chili n cheese enchilada. 1/2 cup spaghetti. 1/2 cup lasagna, etc. And I caught the crud going around. I will try to get a doctors appointment tomorrow, it’s that bad. I can hardly breathe, among other things, and am freezing with a fever.
  21. Thanks Miki, I will try it. It rained all morning yesterday then the sun came out. I went through the boxes of Christmas decorations and hung Mom’s wreaths on the doors & windows. Then, she asked me to put up the tree anyway, she said she’d be sadder if it wasn’t up. The rose I brought her began loosing its petals, but she didn’t want to throw it away yet, because it still smelled like a rose. Lol Then, I cooked, everything but the rice, came out well. The 1/2 gallon water bottle had leaked and emptied itself on the trip here, soaking the box of food and my BOB! I will never use it again for traveling, that’s the 2nd time it has done that. Lesson learned. Found out the BOB will withstand wet weather. I’m going to take it easy today. Achy from putting up her decorations. Mom collected all the catalogues she got in the mail and saved them for me to browse through, there’s at least, 40. Lol. I’m keeping the Neiman Marcus food catalog, to pick our Christmas dinner from. NO, I won’t be buying it from them, instead, I will be making it from scratch. There is no way I would pay their prices. Herb roasted turkey, $105. Green bean casserole, $60. Hickory smoked peppered ham, $150. Hickory smoked ham, $160! Turkey breast meal, $376. Vegetarian cornbread dressing or traditional cornbread dressing, $85. Good grief! I’m very grateful I know how to cook.
  22. Annarchy


    zzelle! So very nice to see you again. I have been wondering how you were doing. Sorry about the stress you are feeling. Praying God showers you with “something good”.
  23. Might check something I’d like to get Mil for Christmas is discounted for Black Friday. Other than that, we don’t do or go anywhere. Our go anywhere will be going home. Miss the traffic, if I can. MIL wants me to decorate for Christmas. Then, I will cut the cantaloupe into cubes, peel & dice potatoes & mash ‘em. Mom got a brisket from Sam’s, pre-made. I brought Mexican cornbread & long grain & wild rice, and will cook some mushrooms to complete the meal. We went to dinner today and brought home, beer battered shrimp, onion rings, TX beans, pineapple coleslaw, and bollio loaf bread. That’ll add additional snacks, if she wants. Cold here, 47* and overcast this morning, didn’t warm up, instead, it started blowing and raining the rest of the day. Mom has the house at 76*. Ack! Too hot for me, but, I’m ok. I opened the window in my room & shut the door. Keeps my room around 68-70*. Nice comfy temp for sleeping. It works for me. Post meno hot flashes don’t let me sleep well in heat. I’m not saying anything, she’s still coughing congestion from the flu she had 2 weeks ago. Sigh. Then, I’m upset at the people that came to our house on Saturday. An off comment about having the crud, from their kids... I got a major sore throat last night, then, today, a drippy nose, and headache and... irritation. I stuck my face in a book and ignored everything. Ugh. I took extra oil of oregano, trying to feel better and praying Mom doesn’t get it too. God forbid! Tired.. cranky... and know I need to buck it up, pretend everything is fine.
  24. I saw all the snow hitting you Mt_R. Brrr......
  25. The cantaloupe began to split and is ripe. And I harvested about 5 lbs. of tomatillos. I used a quarter for scale. Still more on the vines. Radishes, beets and carrots are all growing great.
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