Monthly Archives: October 2013

Thursday

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Wow, it sure has been a while since I made a post.  Time sure does go by quickly.  I thought I would share a few fall pictures with you all.  Our leaves are mostly gone but we have a few still holding on.

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Last week was spent mostly cutting, splitting and stacking wood.  Hard work but fun.  We take a picnic snack and hot chocolate in a thermos.  I think it is enjoyable just being out in the woods with my family.  This year getting the wood is much easier that last year.  You all my remember last year we had to wheelbarrow the wood around the side of the hill to load it in the truck.

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This year it is on level ground.  Much easier.  The wood house is 3/4 full.  We think maybe 2 more truck loads and we will be done!!!  “Old Red” aka “the bumpy truck” has really worked hard the last little bit.  Nothing makes me feel more ready for winter than a pantry full of good home canned food and a wood house full of wood.

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Hubby and I very seldom have our picture made together.  Do any of you all watch Duck Dynasty?   The girls said we were like Phil and Mrs. Kay in this picture.  We love that show.  Well, our lunch break is over.  Time to finish up school.  Enjoy your day and God bless.

Sausage Potato Chowder



4 lbs potatoes, peeled and chopped into bite size pieces
1t salt
1 to 2 lbs ground sausage (I used Jimmy Dean brand)
1 medium onion, chopped
2 cans corn, drained or 4 cups frozen corn
Whole milk, as needed
Salt & pepper to taste

In a large stock pot (6 to 8 quart) add chopped potatoes. Just cover with water. Add salt. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, cover and simmer for about 20 minutes or until potatoes are soft. Drain almost all the water off and set aside.

In a frying pan cook sausage with onion until the sausage is fully cooked and onion is soft. Add this to the potatoes. Add corn.

Add milk and mix gently. The amount of milk you add depends on how thick or thin you prefer your chowder. If you add too much milk, simply mash up a few of the potatoes to help thicken. Taste and add salt & pepper as desired.

I got this recipe from http://homesteadinghomemaker.blogspot.com

Sinkland Farms

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Last Saturday, we had a fun day.  We went to Sinkland Farms with Dave, Jess and kids and our friends the Horns.  The kids had a great time playing at the hay maze.

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Sam was very busy climbing.  He didn’t have time to stop for a picture!

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Daniel did finally stop just long enough for one picture.

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Miss Katie just being adorable!

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Here we are waiting for the main attraction!

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Julie and Madison getting to ride the horses!

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They both love horses and very seldom get the opportunity to ride.  They have looked forward to doing this together for a long time.

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It was a wonderfully fun day.  After riding, we went to get pizza.  We stopped at a little park and had a pizza picnic.  We came home for a short time and then went to the Coon Hunters Club for our annual “critter chompin”.  I was so happy Dave, Jess and kids got to come with us.  They had not come to the critter chompin in several years.  We all had a great time and there was lots of food.

We are chilly here with frost.  Our temperature this morning was 24 degrees.  I hope you all have a great day and God bless.

 

Drying Peppers

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Hello everyone!  I wanted to share with you all what I do with the last of our peppers.   I don’t care much for frozen or canned peppers.  I did this last year too and it seemed to work really well.

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I gather all that’s left in the garden.  This is a combination of bell, banana, jalapeno and anaheim.  I slice them about 1/2″ thick and dehydrate them.  This took about 6 hrs in my dehydrator.

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After they are dry, I put them into a blender.  I didn’t get a picture of this step but you all know what it looks like.  If you are using a lot of hot peppers and you have problems with the fumes from them, at this point you might want to use a mask.  They can be a little powerful coming up from the blender.

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This is the finished product.  Isn’t it beautiful.  I store this in an airtight container.  I like to have some on the table in a homemade shaker right beside the salt and pepper.  It is a great seasoning to add to food.  I especially love it sprinkled on my eggs.

If you like this idea, check out http://homejoys.blogspot.com/2013/10/how-to-make-tomato-powder.html and see what she did with tomatoes.  Our tomatoes are gone but I really want to try this next year.  I hope you all have a great day and God bless.

 

Marigolds

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Hello everyone!  I hope you all are having a good week.  Things are good here.  This is a picture of the marigolds that are at the upper garden.  I had no idea they would look so pretty.  I thought I had maybe planted them too close together but I think they look very nice.

We are still working on apples.  We are almost done.  We started school last week.  It has went very well so far.  Of course, usually the first weeks are mostly review.  They are working on history as I make this post.

I am trying to think of what to tell you all we have been doing.  Nothing exciting.  APPLES, school, wood cutting.  Just the normal things that we do.  We cleaned out one of the freezers yesterday and did some organizing.  Something that was much needed.  I wanted to get an idea of what was in there.  Things manage to float to the bottom of the abyss and get lost.  Anyone have any ideas on how to prevent this?  I am wanting to keep up better with what is in there so there won’t be any waste.

Well, another batch of juice is ready so I better get off.  I hope you all have a great day and God bless.

Canning Salmon

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Yesterday we did something totally new to me.  We canned fresh caught salmon.   I have canned beef, deer, chicken but never salmon.

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My friend, Retia, getting the jars ready.

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Salmon in the jars ready for canning.  We followed some directions I found on line.  One tablespoon of vinegar and 1 tsp. salt in each pint jars, then the salmon.  We pressured it for 1 hr. 40 min. on 10 lb. pressure.

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We ended up with 25 pints.  I love doing new things!  Enjoy your day and God bless.

A Few Pictures

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Last weekend we took a ride along the Parkway.  Things were beginning to look like fall.

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There are some absolutely beautiful views.

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The fall colors are really coming on now and I hope to get some more pictures this week.

I took this picture along a back road.  I think it used to a church from the way it looks but I’m not sure.

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Enjoy your Sunday and God bless.

 

Old Fashioned Molasses Stack Cake

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Hello everyone!  I know for those of you who have been reading my blog for a while, this cake is nothing new.  This is the first time though I have managed to get 7 layers.  Usually it is 6.  Yeah, me!!  This recipe comes from my aunt who made the best stack cakes EVER!

Saturday we went with the Horns to Grayson Highlands.  Guess what I got?

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That’s right-molasses.  They make them fresh there every year and they are SO good.  Of course having fresh molasses makes me want to make stack cake especially when I have fresh made applebutter to go between the layers.  God is so good!

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This was the view as we stepped out of the vehicle-so beautiful!!  It was a nice day.  Last year when we went it rained.  However, the rain must have kept lots of people away as it was much more crowded this time.

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They also have a craft sale at the festival.   So much to look at.

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Beautiful quilts!  We had a great time with great friends!  I hope you all enjoy your evening and God bless.