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Hand Pies

Strawberry-Rhubarb Hand Pies

3/4 cup diced strawberries
3/4 cup diced rhubarb
1 T cornstarch
2 T sugar
2 1/4 cup flour
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 cup sugar 
1/2 cup butter
1/4 cup lard or shortening
3 T cold water

Toss the finely diced fruit with cornstarch and 2 T. sugar.
Mix flour, salt, and 1/4 cup sugar. Cut in butter and lard. Stir in water. Knead slightly. Roll out the dough and cut with a biscuit cutter (about 2 1/4 inch).

Spoon a teaspoon or two of fruit filling in the center of the dough circle. Dampen the edges of the dough with water and top with another dough circle. With a fork, crimp the edges. Cut a slit on the top. Optional: You may brush tops with beaten egg and sprinkle with sugar.

Bake at 375 for 20 minutes or until lightly browned. Eat warm or at room temperature. These are best eaten in a day or two.

Homemade Yogurt

For a quart of yogurt, you need:
1 quart of milk
1/2 cup dry milk powder (not absolutely necessary but makes it thicker)
1/4 – 1/2 cup yogurt starter (plain – not vanilla – yogurt) room temperature

To Make:
Mix the milk and dry milk powder well. Heat in microwave to 180 degrees.  Cool down to 115 degrees.  To cool faster put pot in a pan of cold water. When cool, add a yogurt starter to a small amount of milk.    Add all milk and whisk well. Pour milk into a yogurt maker and incubate for 6 to 8 hours. Refrigerate. Serve!

I got this recipe from http://homejoys.blogspot.com/2008/10/make-it-yourself-yogurt.html

Now and Then

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I posted this picture on March 11, 2012. 

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10 days later it looks like this.  Amazing!  Things are really popping out here and I am so glad.  Monday and Tuesday, I had to help Hubby with the electrical at the the job site.  Today, I am very glad to be here at home.  We are hoping to get some outside work done this afternoon after school.  I’m not sure though.  The morning has been chilly with lots of fog.  The fog is lifting now and the sun is starting to lighten things up.  It is looking hopeful for outside work.

I wanted to share with you all something I just recently purchased for our kitchen.  It is called a butter keeper.  Are any of you familar with them?  Well I just love it.  I love using real butter but do not like the fact that it is so hard to spread when kept in the fridge.  Well, this butter keeper allows me to leave the butter sitting on the table without spoiling.  And it looks cute, too.

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Here’s how it works.  Every couple of days, I put cold water in the bottom of the crock.  The butter then stays nice and cool but spreadable.  I really like it. 

Well, it is time for me to give a history test.  I hope you all have a wonderful evening and God bless.

 

Sunday

Hello ladies.  Weather here has certainly decided to change.  Just a few days ago, we didn’t even need a fire.  Last night, temperatures dropped to 5 degrees with wind gusts of 60 mph.  This put the wind chill to about -10 or lower.  To top all that off the power went off about midnight and stayed off until around noon today.  Thankfully, we do not need electricity for heat or we would have definitely been cold.  However, when the electricity came back on, our water was frozen.  We had left it running slightly last night so that it wouldn’t freeze but when the power went off the pump stopped working, therefore the water stopped running.  We worked on thawing it out after lunch.  We now have hot and cold water in the bathroom and laundry room but only cold water in the kitchen.  Thank you, Lord!  It seems no matter how hard we try, when the wind blows that fierce and the temperature drops that low, our water seems to always freeze.  I am very grateful that it thawed as easy as it did.   You all may remember a few years back, our water remained frozen in the bathroom for an entire month.  YUCK!

Well, that’s enough of my woes.  Last week, I heard a funny saying for when someone is complaining.  “Do you want some cheese with that whine?”  I think I’ve whined enough.  Sorry ladies.  I hope you all have a great evening and God bless.

Remember This

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Who remembers these?  Obviously I do.  This machine was given to me by my mother-in-law several years ago.  And yes we do still use it.   Last summer, we had very little rain.  Our water source is a spring.  So in order to save the spring water, we washed our clothes on the wringer.  Wringer washers use much less water than automatic washers.  It was a lot of fun.  The girls really enjoyed it.  Now however it will be much easier to use.  My hubby hooked it up in his wood working shop.  Am I special or what?  It now has hot and cold water at the touch of a faucet.  It also has it’s own drain.  No more carrying  water to fill it up and then carrying water to empty it.  I know the body of the machine looks pretty “rustic”.  It works great though and thats what counts.  Well, I thought some of you might like a trip down memory lane.  Have a great day and God Bless.