Wild roses are blooming everywhere here. We took this picture over at the job site.
Also, blackberries are in bloom. If the amount of bloom is any indication of how many berries we will have, there should be an abundance of them this year. I helped Hubby again today at the job site. We pulled wire all day for the electrical. I think I have always taken for granted the amount of wire that is run in a house to make everything work. I will be helping him again tomorrow. Hopefully, tomorrow will finish up most of the electrical.
I wanted you all to check out the size of this toad frog. He was huge!! He had wondered up in the back yard. The girls carried him back down to the pond. We thought he would be much happier there.
Another picture of the goslings. I hope you all don’t get tired of seeing them. It seems every time they come up into the yard they have gotten bigger. Well, that’s about all for today. I put a beef roast in the crock pot before we left this morning. Green beans and biscuits sound good to have with it for supper. I try to keep supper easy when I work with Hubby. Enjoy your evening and God bless.
Well, we have decided to give Mr. Rooster a chance. If he is a good boy, I guess we’ll keep him. We all think he sounds so cute when he crows. We have decided his crow adds a little something to our day. Wow, we really DO need to get out more. Anyway, we’ll see how it works out.
Yesterday, we worked with blackberries. We made some blackberry juice. Then took the berries we had cooked down to make the juice and put them in the Roma sauce maker. The sauce maker takes out all the seeds. We then make blackberry freezer jam. We had some blackberry puree left over and I wondered what I would do with it. Then I thought HOMEMADE BLACKBERRY ICE CREAM! It was so good. I tried to take a picture to share with you all but I couldn’t get it to turn out right. I got the recipe online at Cooks.com but altered it some to better suit us. Anyway, here is the recipe I used:
2 cups blackberry puree, 2 cups sugar, 3 eggs beaten, 1/4 tsp salt, 1 tsp vanilla extract, 6 cups milk, 1 can (12 oz) evaporated milk. I mixed all the ingredients together and put it into the ice cream maker. I plan on making peach ice cream this weekend when Dave, Jess and the boys come up.
I went to work with Hubby this morning and helped him until lunchtime. Then came home and the girls and I started working on the peaches. We made some peach freezer jam and then canned some of the peaches. We saved the peelings again and got 2 more qts of peach juice. We also had a peach cobbler for supper. I love peaches.
I am looking forward to tomorrow as Sam and Daniel will be coming up to spend the day with us. Enjoy your evening and God bless.
Wineberries are starting to get ripe here in our area. They grow wild however we are hoping to get a start of them this fall.
I think they look a lot like red raspberries (maybe they are but folks here call them wineberries). They have a tart taste.
Grace and I picking berries.
Julie picking. We all wore our rubber boots in case we came across any unwanted critters. Next time we will wear long pants as well. We took some down to Sam when we went and he dearly loved them. Daniel would not even try them. As I have mentioned before, he is not a fruit eater. Hubby is gone today with his brother down to Grundy. His Mom has a couple of apple trees that need to be cut. She was afraid they were going to fall on the power line.
I plan on working on a few aprons today and maybe going back to pick a few wineberries. I did make the pickles the other day but I didn’t add the squash. I had enough cucmbers to do one batch so I just made them using all cucumbers. I got 8 pts though instead of 6 as the recipe said. They seem very similar to bread and butter pickles. I think they will be very good.
Friday evening we went to our Pastor’s house. As I mentioned earlier, he gave us some peaches. He has a small orchard at his house. All his trees were so full of fruit. It was beautiful.
These are only a few of the trees. Grace took lots of pictures. I will try to post more of them tomorrow.
This is a view from his yard. Very pretty. We also ate supper at his house. Almost everything we had was home grown. I love to eat this way. We had hamburgers on the grill, cucumbers, onions and tomatoes from the garden, fresh homemade applesauce, and fresh peaches. Delicious!
The girls and I did not get to can our beets yesterday. As it was raining most of the day, we decided to run a few errands in town instead. Jess had given me some coupons she had for canning jars and lids. We decided to go to Wal-Mart and get these. They are a little cheaper there than there are at our local supermarket. We will be canning the beets today.
The sun is shining here nicely today. Temperatures have cooled down some, thanks to the rain yesterday. Outside temperature is about 80 degrees. This is one of those weeks when things begin to start building up. Much to do. Beans are ready to pick, berries are ready, beets are ready and I think we might have enough tomatoes ripe to make a batch of salsa. I love to can and put away food for my family however when I start getting behind, it is easy for me to allow that to become a stressor in my life. I do not want this to happen. God has given us this bounty and I thank Him for it. When I was growing up, the garden and canning controlled our summers. I do not want that for my girls. I want the garden and all it involves to be enjoyable and fun for my girls. I want to keep a balance. This is hard, as old habits are sometimes difficult to break. Pray that I will do this well-that my girls will have a love for gardening and canning and not see it as just hard work.
Here on the farm we are blessed to have lots of blackberries. They are not the thornless kind, however, so they can be difficult to pick. They are domestic though and have huge berries on them, so it doesn’t take long to pick a gallon. They looked so pretty with the snow on them. My thanks to Julie for the pictures. We got about 3-5″ of new snow yesterday. More shoveling! My peach pie was very good. I also made homemade rolls. I kinda made up a recipe for supper. We had some chicken left over from Sunday. I sauteed onions, garlic, italian seasoning, and spinach. Added the chicken. Next I added a can of my homemade spaghetti sauce. Then I added cooked whole wheat penne noodles. Mixed it all together, added cheese to the top and baked covered 30 min. at 350 degrees.(cast iron skillet of course) It tasted really good. Well time for school. Take care and God bless.