Monthly Archives: July 2012

A New Dress for Katie

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Remember how I told you all Mrs. Sally (our pastor’s wife) is teaching my girls how to sew.  Well, this is their latest sewing project.  Julie made the dress and Grace made the hat.  I think they did a great job.

It has been a busy but productive and fun week for us.  Monday we went down to Jessica’s.  Tuesday, I helped Hubby and then the Horn’s came over for a visit on Tuesday evening.  We had a great visit.  We had hamburgers on the grill.  The wind was blowing so hard though that we had a little trouble keeping the grill lit.  It was a beautiful evening with temperatures in the mid 70’s. We sit outside on my green swing and enjoyed the breeze. You wouldn’t know that today though.  It has been hot and humid.  Oh well.  Yesterday, the girls and I made sweet pickle relish.  I have never made relish before.  I think it will be very good.  Today, we worked on green beans.  We canned 28 quarts.  It really helps to have two canners going.  Grace has an eye appointment tomorrow in Salem.  Tomorrow evening we are going to the pastor’s house to cook out, then we will be picking beans as they are so generously sharing with us.  I hope to remember my camera so I can show you all some pictures.  His apples trees are loaded with apples this year.

Well, it is time for the last canner to come off.  YEAH!  I think we are all tired.  I hope you all have a great evening and God bless.

Sunday

Hello everyone!!  Yesterday was our annual horseshoe picnic, however, being how I am I forgot the camera.  I did take pictures last year so if any of you haven’t saw where we do our horseshoe picnic, you can check out last year’s pictures here:  http://merryheartcrafts.com/2011/06/26/horseshoe-picnic/

We had a great time yesterday, with lots of good food(of course).  After eating we played horseshoes, had some pickin’ and grinnin’ (I did the grinnin’) and all around good fellowship.  I think we are very blessed at our church.  We have lots of fun together.  Next Sunday, will be our annual picnic and baptizing at Gallimore Pond.  We do not have a baptismal at our church.  We baptize at a beautiful pond that is close to our church.  And, of course, while we are there, we might as well eat.  The next Sunday will be our annual Sunday School breakfast at Smart View Park, just about a mile from our house.  We eat a wonderful breakfast and then have Sunday School.  There’s just something about eating outdoors that I love.  Every time we are having a church service out in the open like that, I feel so blessed to live in this country and so thankful to everyone who has sacrificed in one way or another so that we can freely worship where ever we choose.   There is just something special about the sound of hymns as they float through the trees. We take so much for granted here in this country.

Okay, sorry about going on like that but it is how I feel.  Tonight is our last study lesson on Titus.  I think we are going to do Exodus next.  Not sure though, we will decide tonight.  I hope you all have a great evening and God bless.

Jelly Update

Okay ladies, yesterday we made blackberry jelly.  I used the stainless steel kettle and the pomona pectin.  It turned out perfect!!! We were very happy.  Maybe it was the kettle all along.  Wouldn’t that be something?  I never thought the type of kettle used could make a difference but I do know yesterday’s jelly turned out perfect.  I will definitely be using this kettle every time.  I was very impressed with the pomona pectin.  If you haven’t ever tried it, I suggest you give it a try.  You use about 1/2 the sugar that you would use with sure jell or certo, which saves money.  I will be using it from now on.

First thing this morning, we had some errands to run in little town.  We paid a few bills and then went to the library for a while.  When we came back we starting making bread and butter pickles. These are Hubby’s favorite.  We ended up with 10 pts which is probably all we’ll need.  We do not eat a lot of pickles.  I am thinking if the cucumbers keep producing, we will try making sweet pickle relish.  I do make a lot of egg salad  and I thought it would be nice to have homemade relish to put in it.  Have any of you ever made it?

Supper tonight is chicken, potatoes and squash all fixed on the grill.  I love cooking on the grill.  Less clean up and less heat in the house.  Hubby is mowing while supper is getting ready and the girls are taking a short break upstairs.  Well, time to check on the grill.  I hope you all have a wonderful evening and God bless.

Tuesday

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Hello ladies!  I thought I would make a post and give everyone an update on how things are going.  We have been busy, isn’t everyone these days?  I have been helping Hubby yesterday and today.  The sheetrock is being delivered today and he will start hanging tomorrow.  The insulators came last week.  They sprayed this insulation in that looks and acts very similar to Great Stuff.  It was pretty amazing.  Anyway, I think he is going to get someone else to help him hang the ceilings.  (Someone maybe a little stronger and taller than me).  I don’t mind.  We have plenty to do here.

Tomorrow morning, we will start picking blackberries.  I think there will be plenty for canning, juicing and making jelly.  Speaking of making jelly, I still am having no luck getting my jelly to set up.  I just don’t understand what could be going on.  The other day, the girls and I made 15 pints of peach jelly.  None of it set up.  Very disappointing and very expensive.  I went to our local health food store and purchased the pomona pectin that my blogger friend Cheryl uses and redid it.  It finally set up some but it is a soft set definitely not as firm as jelly usually is.  So I used the magical powers of google to see if I could find out what was going on.  Now I am not a novice at making jelly and jams.  I’ve been doing it for years. Anyway one person said they had to switch kettles that they were using and then theirs did just fine.  Do you all think it could be the kettle I am using?  I tried to remember how long I have been using the kettle and it could coincide with the jelly problem.  My old kettle finally gave out and I did switch to a different one.  The kettle I am using now is a teflon kettle.  The next time I do jelly I am going to try a stainless steel kettle and see if that makes a difference.  What type of kettle do you all use?

The girls and I picked a mess of green beans for supper this evening.  We also dug our first hill of potatoes.  We will be having pork tenderloin, green beans, potatoes, onions and peppers and cucumbers for supper.  Everything fresh from our garden (except the pork tenderloin).   I can hardly wait.  I could just feast on the veggies but Hubby always wants meat.

Our pullets are starting to lay pretty good.  Yesterday we got 6 pullet eggs.  Our old layers though have slacked off for some reason.  Probably the heat.  We have been hot for the last several days.  Low 90’s.  We did get a storm yesterday evening and it brought a pretty good rain with it.  Lots of thunder and lightning too.

Well, I guess I better get busy starting supper.  Enjoy your day and God bless.

 

Blueberry Muffins

Blueberry Muffins

Recipe courtesy of Paula Deen

2 cups all-purpose flour (I used whole wheat)

2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 cup sugar
1 stick unsalted butter, melted
1 egg, slightly beaten
3/4 cup whole milk
1 1/2 cups fresh blueberries
1/2 cup granulated brown sugar or white sugar

Directions

 

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 12-cup muffin tin.

In a bowl, combine the flour, baking powder and sugar. In another bowl, combine butter, egg, and milk and mix well. Pour the wet ingredients into the flour mixture and with a spatula, stir until just combined. Do not beat or over mix; it’s okay if there are lumps in the batter. Gently fold the blueberries into the batter.

Spoon the batter into the muffin tray, filling each cup about 2/3 full. Bake for 10 minutes and remove from the oven. Sprinkle the tops of the muffins with the granulated brown or white sugar and return the muffins to the oven to bake for an additional 10 to 15 minutes, until the tops are golden brown and a toothpick inserted into the center of a muffin comes out clean. Cool for about 10 minutes in the pan before turning the muffins out.

Zucchini Brownies

I got this recipe from Vicki and they are delicious!!

1/2 cup oil, 1 and 1/2 cups sugar, 1/2 cup cocoa powder, 1 tsp salt, 1/2 cup walnuts-chopped, 2 tsp. vanilla, 2 cups all purpose flour (I used whole wheat flour) 1 and 1/2 tsp baking soda and 2 cups shredded zucchini.  Mix everything together except zucchini and nuts.  Fold in zucchini and nuts.  Bake at 350 degrees unitl done.  Approximately 30 min.  9 X 9 pan makes thick brownies  9 X 13 pan makes thinner.

No mistake-this recipe DOES NOT contain eggs.

 

 

Blueberries and Squash

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The girls and I picked a gallon of these beautiful blueberries yesterday.  It was a nice day for picking.  It rained on us before we got to the blueberry place but stopped before we got there.  The bushes were wet but the temperature was not bad and the bugs even left us alone.

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Today we made this zucchini pineapple recipe.  We used yellow squash instead of zucchini.  It actually tastes like pineapple.  You would never know it had squash in it.  I got the recipe from here.  http://www.thefamilyhomestead.com/zucchinipineapple.htm  A blogger friend of mine had made it the other day.  She posted about it here.  http://holcombhappenings.wordpress.com/2012/07/11/a-day-of-canning/  I think it will be really good.

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Now, question time.  I found out from the internet this squash is called a patty pan squash. Do any of you ladies have a recipe for it?  Our pastor gave them to us and I really would like to try them.  Online it says it pairs good with tomatoes but I thought I would ask you all.

Our weather change here has been amazing.  We had rain yesterday which we so much needed.  We laughed and said the plants in our garden were doing a happy dance for God.  The temperatures have cooled off so much.  We are right now at 73 degrees!!!  Thank you Lord.

Well, that’s about all.  I hope you have a great evening and God bless.

Eggs

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Just look at all our little pullet eggs.  Ain’t they cute?  Notice the ameraucana one.  We were so happy to see it in the nest.  We have been busy here for the the last few days.  Thursday afternoon we went over the our pastors house to pick peaches.  I, of course, forgot my camera so no pictures of his beautiful trees.  They are all full of fruit.  Friday and today was spent working up the peaches we got.  We ended up with 15 qts canned, 3 qts frozen, and 10 1/2 gals of peach juice.  YEAH!  Such a blessing.

We have been HOT here.  Not as hot as some of you all but hot for us.  Upper 90’s for the actual temperature.  I’m not sure what it is with the humidity, feels like, at least, 110 degrees (to me).

Well, that’s about it for now.  I hope you all have a great evening and God bless.

July 4th

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I hope you all had a great 4th of July.  This MawMaw was very happy!  For the first time, EVER, all our grandkids were here at the same time.  Chuck and his crew arrived first.

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They managed to find a few ripe blackberries.

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We did hamburgers and hotdogs on the grill and sit in the shade most of the day.

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My oldest granddaughter, Alexius.

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My youngest, Miss Katie.

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Everyone was very impressed by the little frogs that are in the “little pond”.

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Sam, just being Sam.

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The swings got lots of use.

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I think the hammock was the most loved though.  They spent lots and lots of time making the hammock into a big swing.  After we ate, we all took a ride down the Parkway to Mabry Mill.  I, of course, forgot my camera but Dave took a picture of everyone there at the mill.  He is going to email it to me so if I can figure out how to transfer it over I will post it.  I so badly wanted to get a group picture but the day just sped by and it slipped my mind.  Then on up to a little place called Meadows of Dan.  We ate pizza in a little gazebo there.  Thanks Dave!  The little boys had tons of fun playing with rocks that were there.  We then came home and Dave and Chuck set off some fireworks Dave had brought with him.  The first boom sent 3 or 4 deer running out of the cornfield.  I guess they thought it was hunting season starting early.  After that it was off to “little town” to see the big fireworks display.  We all had a great day.  From about 10:30 in the morning till about 9:30 that night, my entire immediate family was together.  God is good.  Now, I wonder when we could do it again!!

I hope you all have a great day and God bless.

 

Eggs

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We got our first egg from the chicks we bought this spring!!  Isn’t it cute?  I thought I would show you the difference in sizes.  The one on left is the pullet egg, the middle one is our regular size and the one on the right is our extra large.   We have a few white hens that were gave to us last year.  They are the ones who lay the extra large white ones.  Anyway, I guess it doesn’t take a lot to get us excited.

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Here’s a picture of Chuck and Hubby working on the car Sunday.  They replaced several things.  I guess we’ll just have to wait and see if that fixed it or not.   The girls and I have been busy this morning doing laundry and some house cleaning.  Our Pastor brought us a 5 gal. bucket of peaches Sunday night.  We are going to work those up after lunch.

Not much else going on that I can think of.  I hope you all have a great 4th of July and God bless.