Monthly Archives: October 2010

Apple Cider

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Today we made something new!  I love doing new things.  We made apple cider.  After much research on the internet, we decided that what we were making is correctly called cider.   Cider is homemade apple juice that hasn’t been filtered.  Isn’t it such a pretty color.  We used the steamer/juicer to make it.  We got 3 qts of cider and 2 qts of applesauce from a little under a half bushel of apples.  We plan to do more tomorrow. 

The room is coming along nicely.  Hubby put another coat of mud on today.  It has rained here most of the day.  We really needed rain.  The sun started peeping through the clouds in late afternoon.  Alll in all it has been a nice day.  Temperatures around mid 50’s.  I spent the first part of the day running errands.  Not my favorite chore, but it has to be done. 

Time to cook supper.  Enjoy your evening and God bless.

Fall

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Hubby took this picture from our dining room window.  I think the dogwood is looking very pretty.  Yesterday was a busy day.  Remodeling always makes the whole house a mess, not just the area where you are working.  Our house seemed to me to be very chaotic.  The girls and I took some time before school to straighten up a little.  Then we decided to take a morning walk.  It would have made a good picture.  Myself, Julie, Grace, our two dogs and one kitty cat.  The little black cat, Moon, always loves to go on walks.  She was very tired when we got back and had to take a long nap under the maple tree.  Hubby got the first coat of mud on the drywall yesterday evening.  It is starting to look more and more like a room now.  Gets me excited thinking things will soon get back in order. 

Today seems to be another beautiful day.  Yesterday was very nice-sunshine, warm temperatures, breezy, a nice day for drying clothes outside.  We made homemade doughnuts yesterday.  They turned out okay, I guess.  The girls and I did not care a lot for them, but Hubby thought they were good.  He likes doughnuts much more than we do.  I made the dough in my bread machine and then fried them.  If I do them again, I think I will try baking them.  A blogger friend of mine bakes hers and they like them better.  I did discover though, the doughnut dough is excellent for making garlic bread sticks.  The girls liked them better than the ones I did the other evening.  The recipe I used is:

1 1/4 cups milk, 1 beaten egg, 1/4 cup shortening, 3 1/2 cups flour,1/4 cup sugar, 1 tsp. salt, 1 1/2 tsp. yeast.  I put this in my bread machine in the order listed.  Set it on dough cycle and let it work.  I love that. 

  Today I think we will make some cookies-chocolate chip of course.  They are the girls favorite-not mine.  I am not much of a chocolate person.  I know that goes against all nature-for a woman to not like chocolate- but I just don’t care a lot for it.   Well, we better get started on our day.  Take care and God bless.

Bread Sticks

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One of the girls favorite eat out food is crazy bread from Little Ceasars, so today I decided to try my hand at making it.  They actually turned out really well.  They tasted very similar to crazy bread.  I used my butter rich roll recipe for the dough, then when they were baked I brushed melted butter over them, sprinkled on garlic salt and parmesan cheese, and YUM!  I think this will definitely be a keeper.

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I thought you all might want to see our progress so far.  The electrical is done, insulation finished and the drywall is hung.  Hubby will start putting the mud on next week.  Thankfully, he has some work for next week. This means the room will go slower but we need the work.  I am glad to have it this close to finished.  He estimates it will be finished and everything moved in by the end of the month. 

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This has been my major project all day.  We decided to do a recipe exchange among the ladies at church.  We ended up with about 40 recipes. We thought it would be nice to have them in their original form so most of them are handwritten.  I arranged them into categories today.  I have only a few that I need to find out who donated them.  I hope to find this out tomorrow, then I will put them all together into books.  This has been a really fun project. 

Cooler temperatures have arrived here once again.  We had a fire yesterday and last night however we didn’t need one today.  Temperature is about 58 degrees here now with lots of sunshine, quite a brisk wind though.  If you are outside, a lightweight jacket feels pretty good.  I think I will enjoy some of that sunshine while we still have  it.  Enjoy your evening and God bless.

Flowers

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I thought we might all enjoy some flowers.  There are not many left as fall is quickly approaching. 

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I thought sure these marigolds were not going to come up this year.  They were really late coming up but I think  just in time for the fall show.  They look very pretty beside my front porch.

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All the flowers in this bed had already bloomed and gone to seed when SURPRISE these late bloomers just popped out beautifully.  They give such a splash of color to the yard. 

Enjoy your day and God bless.

Progress

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Here’s our progress so far.  The outside is finished except for the siding.  Hubby calls this “dried in”.  Anyway we are glad we got this far yesterday as it is raining today.  We will be working on the inside of the room today.  I think we will be moving some of the plumbing over  and putting up the insulation.  Maybe even working on some of the electrical. 

Sunday was Pastor Appreciation Day at our church.  We had a potluck dinner (of course).  We take advantage of every chance we have to eat!  It was a nice day.  We didn’t have Sunday night study as we were there so late for the dinner.    Sunday evening we went down to Jessica’s for a surprise visit.  They did not know we were coming.  Hubby needed the little window that you see in the picture of the room.  There is a place near Jess that sells used windows at a good price so we went down to get the window.  We spent the night with Jess then went and got the window Monday morning and heading back home.  It was a good visit.  She was so surprised when she came to the door and saw us standing there.  I love surprises!

Well, I guess I better get busy.  Hubby is ready to work.  Enjoy your day and God bless.

Laundry Room

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We finally have the time and money to begin framing our new laundry room.  Hubby had put down new flooring for it earlier in the summer.  Then work stopped for a while.  Yesterday we framed it up.  Today we will be going to get the OSB for the walls and begin putting them up.  I am so excited.  Hopefully, we will be able to get it done before it gets too cold to work on it.  We will be moving the washer and dryer out in this room.  Hubby is also putting in a small bathroom area.   One bathroom is hard sometimes.    Our laundry room now is very small and crowded.  It will be so nice to have extra room.  We had a really nice day yesterday to work.  It was a little windy, kept blowing away our tools, but other than that really nice.

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Beautiful sunshine.  Temperature in the upper 60’s.  A really nice day.  Well, I better get busy.  Enjoy your day and God bless.

Potatoes

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The girls and I took the morning off from school to dig our potatoes.   If we did not count wrong, we had 8 drywall buckets of potatoes.  YEAH!  I think homegrown potatoes are so much better than store bought.  But then I think everything homegrown is better.  The temperature here is still chilly.  Around 50 degrees.   Feels like fall.  I guess I will have to build another fire this evening.  The girls and I also gathered about 2 gal. of peppers this morning.  We just gathered them all as it is sure to frost here soon. 

I think tonights menu will be hot roast beef sandwiches with green beans.  Maybe some chocolate chip cookies for dessert.  Take care and God bless.

Our First Fire

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Okay, so it finally got cold enough to build a fire.  The temperature inside the house was 61 and I decided we really did need a fire.  This stove may look small but it is a real workhorse.  It heats our old farmhouse, keeps us toasty warm.  We do use the gas logs some when it gets really cold but most of the heat comes from this little stove.  It even keeps the upstairs warm.  We are very blessed to have it.  A few years back,  Hubby and I traded some electrical work for this stove.  I think we made a good bargain. 

We had to make a run down to Jessica’s today.  She has been sick over the weekend with strep and thought the boys might be getting it too.  Praise the Lord, Daniel just has an ear infection, which is bad but not as bad as strep.  Sam seemed to be okay, just congested.   We had a good visit anyway and she made some awesome chicken noodle soup for lunch.

Well, I think I will relax and enjoy the coziness of our fire.  Enjoy your evening and God bless.

Searching For Treasure

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Today will be a busy day.  We will be doing our bible study, then cleaning the church and of course, school.   This is our last week of cleaning until next August.  After we clean, we will  be going to a friend’s house to gather pears.  She has generously offered us all the pears we want.  Thank you, Becky.

Yesterday, we did school and then we had to go to C-burg to pick up a few things.  Our printer was out of ink, Hubby needed some banjo strings and some shells for the Saturday shoot.   Temperatures are still a little cool here but very beautiful.  Low 50’s, lots of wind and lots of sunshine.  I like that. 

Better get busy.  I am doing a applesauce pie for dessert today for the ladies.  Take care and God bless.