Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Locavore

I learned a new word today thanks to Astrid and her work at school.  I now want
to research and learn more about locavores.   I am not researching in the correct area
because I am not finding much information about it.  But I now know what one
is and I want to be come one. LOL

lo·ca·vore
ˈlōkəˌvôr/
noun
NORTH AMERICAN
  1. a person whose diet consists only or principally of locally grown or produced food.

Did you know about this?  I strive to eat locally but it is truly a difficult thing when
on a limited budget.  I grow a lot of vegetables, buy local honey, get as much
local fruit and berries as I can, and I have had local meat. 
I have come to realize that is about as close as I can get.  I am going to strive
to make a greater attempt to do this.

I am going to continue my research. :) 
 
My Granny Helen is second from the left.  I miss her so much!  She was always such a classy lady and dressed
to the hilt. I miss her especially around this time of the year because she always made the best
homemade candies that were just as beautiful as they were delicious.

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Autumn Where Is It?

Judging by the weather we have been having you wouldn't think that Autumn is anywhere around.
But I'm sure if we hang on we will be wishing the cold hadn't moved in. I remember the year we moved back to Arkansas, 1976, it was just like this and the 1977 came in with a wintry blast.  We were wearing short sleeves and shorts in December then we were making school upon Saturdays in Feburary! Crazy I know but I remember not liking Saturday school!  I do believe my mother loved it. :)

I received some pumpkins today...what a blessing.  I am going to bake them then freeze the pulp for my pies, bread and cookies.  I love fresh pumpkin.  My son's favorite pie is pumpkin so I guess I will bake him one.  If you have a favorite pumpkin recipe, please share.  I would love to try it.
                                                          Image result for pumpkins

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Nice Cold Nip in the Air

With the nip in the air, I felt it called for a good pot of beans to be cooking today.  I love it when I get home from work and the house smells so yummy.  I believe I will make a pan of cornbread and fry some potatoes.  As my Grandad Roger always said...."A king couldn't eat any better than this."  A nice cup of coffee or hot tea will set the evening off.

Image result for beans in a crock pot  
And yes I like my cornbread made in an iron skillet.   I am making myself hungry just thinking about it.

Monday, October 10, 2016

Chicken in the Pot

Well,  I couldn't wait any longer.  I made chicken and dumplings and they were divine!  I had such enjoyment getting to make a wonderful homemade meal and then the pleasure of sitting down with my husband to eat it.  Comfort food is so necessary and I consider chicken and dumplings definitely a comfort food. Next, I'm going to bake an apple pie.  I believe my friend, Laura made an apple pie this weekend but forgot that I was her friend.

This weekend was beautiful and I enjoyed every moment of it.  I only wish it would have lasted a bit longer.  The weather was perfect.  We got a lot of things done around the place to get it prepared for the winter.  I got the rest of my apples put up and ended up with 8 gallons in the freezer.  I will make pies, breads, applesauce, and anything else I can think of to make out of apples.  I bet I managed to make a fresh apple cake too.

Apple Cake
Ingredients
    Cake
  • 1 c vegetable oil
  • 2 c sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 3 c flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 c chopped pecans
  • 3 c peeled and chopped apples
  • Frosting
  • 1/2 c butter
  • 1 c brown sugar, packed
  • 1/4 c evaporated milk
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
Instructions
    For the cake
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9 x 13? pan. Combine oil, sugar, and eggs. Stir in flour and baking soda. Add vanilla, pecans, and apples. Spread in prepared pan and bake for 45-50 minutes. Cool for 2 hours. Then prepare frosting.
  2. For the frosting
  3. Boil all ingredients in a small saucepan for 2 minutes. Set pan in bowl filled with ice water. Beat icing until of spreading consistency. Spread over top of cake.

Friday, October 7, 2016

WAY BEHIND

I am way behind in posting  on my blog.  UGH!  Life has busy moments and somethings have to take priority.  I have had to play catch up on housework, gardening, and yard work.  Doug is continuing to heal and is now able to do a whole lot more.  He still tires easily and strength/stamina is not where he wants it to be but he is getting there. We give the glory to our Heavenly Father.

I have dehydrated tomatoes and apples.  They are so yummy!  Most of our garden items we put in the freezer or gave away to wonderful friends and family who so willingly pitched in and helped us.

I'm ready for some fall weather.  We have harvested 10 chickens and I am ready for a good pot of chicken and dumplings  
                                          .  Image result for chicken and dumplings recipes

I am working on knitting some dish rags for Christmas gifts.  I know that it may be a little early but I'm trying to get some finished in all my spare time.

Hope this post finds every one well.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Late Summer Babies

They have hatched! My baby birds have hatched and flew the coop!  They were so cute and I enjoyed having them to help they get a start in life.  My fern did suffer from housing them but oh the joy they brought us.

These pictures are hard to see but three of the four hatched.
Doug is doing better every day.  We went back to Springfield for his follow-up visit and got a wonderful report.  The vertebrates are aligned and the ligaments are strong enough to hold the neck in place.  All the praise goes to our God.  We thank everyone for all their thoughts, concerns, texts, and prayers.  It has given us strength for each day.

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Hot, Hot, Hot

Today was extremely hot again.  Our grass is quickly dying, which means the mowing has slowed down extremely.  I am trying my best to keep the chickens cool and fed.  I have changed them over to a layer feed and they do not like it.  I told them they will have to eat it or do without.  They are begrudgingly eating it.

The tomatoes are still coming on but have slowed down considerably also.  I am still enjoying their sweetness.  A tomato that actually taste like a tomato is beyond delicious.  Summer will soon given into fall and cooler temps will adorn us.  At this moment, I would take a few cooler temps.


Doug is healing well and recuperating nicely.  He needs to build up his stamina but that will come in time.  I thank God that he has been so blessed.

School is coming along nicely and I am already one week into it.  It is hard to believe.