Monthly Archives: December 2012

What We Still Look Like

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Hello everyone!  I thought I would show you all what it STILL looks like here in Floyd.

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Ice still covers everything.  I was hoping to show you all how beautiful it is when the sun shines on it but none of these pictures do it justice.

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We are still snuggled in and enjoying the slow pace of days with nothing major to do.  We will be starting back school next week.

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I have to tell you all about all the fun we had last evening.  We opened the chickens gate to see if they would come out and explore a little.  Well, they came out just fine.  The problem was, they didn’t want to go back in.  I think they didn’t want to walk on the ice.  When it started getting dark, instead of being on the roost, they were scattered everywhere-under buildings, in the wood shed.  We had to gather them all up and put them in their house.  Needless to say, we were SO COLD!  Silly chickens, they will not have an open gate this evening.

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Our actual temperature here this morning is 15 degrees.  I’m not sure what the wind chill is but I am certain it is in the single digits.  COLD!!  I am working on another afgan.  I made  Jessica and Chuck one each for Christmas but forgot to take a picture of them.  Jessica’s is purple and white-Chuck’s is green and yellow.

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

 

 

Snow and Ice

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I thought I would share a few pictures with you all of what it looks like here this morning.  We had some snow fall during the night and then the ice came.  We have some wind and lots of trees are down because of the ice.  So far, we still have power but I’m sure lots of people do not.  We have water collected in buckets for just in case.  When the power is out, our pump doesn’t work.

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These two pictures were taken looking out from the dining room window.

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We are snuggled in for the day, staying warm and having fun.

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Enjoy your day and God bless.

Merry Christmas!

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Hello everyone!  I hope you all had a great weekend.  We certainly did.  Saturday was a full day.  All my kids and my grandkids here at our home.  God is SO good.  We enjoyed a good meal.  We had ham, rolls, potatoes, green beans, corn and so many desserts I don’t think I could name them all.  It was such a fun day.

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We will be having our candlelight service this evening.  We all look so forward to it.  I think it is a beautiful service.  I wish I could get pictures of it but my camera doesn’t take very good night time pictures.

I pray each and every one of you have a wonderful Christmas.  God bless.

 

 

Mrs. Sally’s Decorations

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We love to visit Mrs. Sally and see all her Christmas decorations.  Her walls are covered with these beautiful wall hangings she has made.

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She also has so many nativity scenes.

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This one came from Israel.  I think it is my favorite.

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She has lots of snowmen.

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We had a really nice visit.  She cooked a beef roast with potatoes and carrots.  I took fresh made rolls and an oatmeal pie.

Not much going on here.  Just normal stuff.  Hubby is gone to work and I am letting the girls sleep in a little bit.  Clothes are in the machine washing and dishes are waiting.

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

Monday

Hello everyone!  I hope you all had a great weekend.  Things were kinda slow for us-just the way we like it.  We didn’t do much of anything on Saturday, just normal cleaning chores.  Yesterday,  we had a nice day at church.  My Secret Sister gave me a tin of homemade cake pops.  They were delicious.  We came home, ate lunch and then the girls and I went to the movie theater.  We very seldom go to the theater.  It is reserved for big treats.  We usually try to go at Christmas time as part of their Christmas gift.  We then went to Wal-Mart and finished up some shopping.  Everyone is coming to our house Saturday for our Christmas get together.

Not much else going on here.  I am making another batch of homemade yogurt.  This time using the pureed fruit.  Supper tonight is cabbage casserole, pintos and cornbread.  We are warm here today-mid 40’s.  I do not have a fire as of yet.  We are holding off as long as possible.

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

 

Homemade Yogurt Update

I wanted to give you all an update on the homemade yogurt.  I did like it very much.  I think it is the best recipe I have tried so far.  I am going to try using pureed fruit next time as I think it could be more fruity.  I used peach jelly with this try.

Not much going on here today.  School, cleaning and laundry as usual.  Our temperatures have dropped considerably.  25 degrees this morning when we got up.  It is about 30 degrees right now as I type this.  Needless to say, we do have a fire.  I do not like cold but I do like having a fire.  This way, we can cook on the wood stove and not have to use the electric stove.  Saving money, yeah!  Well, I don’t know exactly how much money it saves but I do enjoy doing it.

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

Homemade Yogurt

I got this original recipe from  http://www.lynnskitchenadventures.com/2009/08/easy-homemade-berry-yogurt.html#respond.  I have altered it some to suit our tastes.

Homemade Flavored Yogurt ( leave the jelly out if you want plain yogurt)

  • 4  3/4 cups milk at room temperature ( do not use fat free milk, it does not work well)
  • 8 ounces of high quality plain yogurt (yes this is more than most recipes, but it works)
  • 10 tablespoons of powdered milk
  • For flavored yogurt use:
  • 1/4 cup of jelly or jam or 1/2 cup pureed sweetened fruit (I have frozen fruit already sweetened that we picked this summer)

Milk must be at room temperature!  I measure it out and place it in a bowl that is covered for a few hours or heat milk to 180 degrees then cool to between 100 and 110 degrees.   Once the milk is at room temperature mix together the remaining ingredients(these need to be room temperature as well) , including the jelly or pureed fruit  . I find this mixes together best in a blender.  I let mine sit for a while after blending as I did not want frothy yogurt.    But if you are just making plain yogurt you can mix together with a whisk.  I then fill my yogurt cups and heat for 12 hours. Yogurt makers are different.  Adjust time according to your maker.   Remove jars from yogurt maker, refrigerate, and enjoy.

Christmas Play

Sunday our youth performed their Christmas play.  They always do such a great job.

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It was hard to get a good picture that showed everyone.  All the youth participate and even some of the adults.  Our pastor said he thought this years play was the best one yet (of course, he says that every year!)

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This beautiful kingfisher came by for a visit the other day.   Grace did a good job of getting his picture.

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She also took this picture of our sky the other day.  We have been having beautiful weather here.  We are in the low 50’s right now.  It is cloudy today though with wind.  I think we are supposed to get some rain later on.  We are hoping it holds off for a little while as Hubby is working on my car.  I don’t know if I mentioned it or not but my car is not working.  Hubby thinks it might be the distributor cap.  He is replacing that today.  We are all praying that fixes it.

We have been doing school this morning, laundry, etc.  All the things that seem to build up during busy weekends.  I am making some homemade rolls to go with supper and I also am trying a new recipe for homemade yogurt.  I’ll let you all know how it turns out.  I really like the idea of homemade yogurt but I REALLY prefer the taste of flavored store bought yogurts.  I am just not very fond of plain yogurt-kinda tastes like sour cream to me.  Anyway, this recipe has jelly in it.  We’ll see.  I don’t want to say much about it until I have tested it.

Time for lunch for us.  We are having homemade chicken noodle soup.  Tonight’s supper will be meatloaf sandwiches (on homemade buns), fries (using our home grown potatoes) corn on the cob (frozen from our garden).  I love it.  Eating fresh made and home grown.  I hope you all have a wonderful day and God bless.

 

 

Little Angels

Hi everyone!  I hope you are all having a great week.  Things have been nice here.  Warm temperatures and sunshine.  I LOVE it!  I know it won’t last but it sure is nice for now.  We did build a fire yesterday and I already have one going this morning but it is December, right.  I thought I would share with you all a fun craft we did at church Saturday.

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But, of course, we had to eat first.  Can you see the red striped dish in this picture?  I would have never guess what that is.  It is turnips!!  I have never seen turnips that look like that.  They were really good though.  I would like to find out the name of them.  That would be the type I would like to have next year.  The lady who brought them didn’t know anything about them.  She had bought them at a local store.  If any of you know the name of them, I would appreciate you letting me know.

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A lady from our church had all these little terra cotta pots.  She painted them for us.  Actually she did all the prep work for the craft day.  All we had to do was put everything together.  I wanted to get detailed pictures for you all but once we started on them, everything went too fast.  Anyway, here is the finished product.

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Aren’t they cute!  I made the red one, Grace made the purple, Julie’s is next and we all worked on the pink one.  It is for Jess.  I think they are adorable.  They are supposed to be ornaments but we don’t have our tree up yet.  As of now, they are brightening up our dining room window sill.

Well, time for us to get started on school.  I hope you all have a great day and God bless.