I thought I would share this picture of Katie that Dave posted on facebook. She certainly is growing. Thanks Grace for helping me do this.
Things have been moving along rapidly here. Friday we went down to Jessica’s to fix a railing on her porch. Saturday, Jess and the kids came up to us for a visit. Dave is down to the wire on finishing his book. She thought he might get more done on it if they were out of the house. It was a really nice visit. It had been a while since they had been up.
Jess and I went in halves on a 50 lb bag of soft white wheat. This is totally different from what I am used to using. I have always used Prairie Gold wheat. Supposedly, soft white wheat is for things that use baking powder not yeast. I have had a hard time learning how to bake with it. I made chocolate chip cookies Saturday that were FLAT and I do mean flat. Anyway Daniel said they were delicious! Gotta love that boy!! So I think I have finally cured the problem. Because I freshly grind the wheat kernels, they are “fluffy”. I need to add 1/4 cup more flour for every 1 cup the recipe calls for. I did that this morning with some more cookies and they turned out fine. Next trial-pie crusts. Our rhubarb is up and I think there is enough to make a pie. I want to try this recipe http://theblessedhearth.blogspot.com/2013/04/theres-nothing-so-sweet-as.html
We are moving right along with school. I think we will be finished by the end of May if all goes as planned. We are looking forward to summer break this year. Lots of fun stuff going on.
Well, I guess that’s about all that’s going on here. Enjoy your day and God bless.
Here are two new aprons I just finished. I think the red polka dot is so cheerful. I think it would make anyone happy wearing it around doing household chores, don’t you? Today has not been a very pleasant day here in our little section of God’s creation. High wind has been the main issue today. Gusts up to about 70 mph and a steady wind of about 40-50 mph. We tried to go down to the barn a little while ago to get milk. The drifts were too high for our old 86 Chevy truck to get through even in 4wheel low. The wind is blowing so hard, the chimney is having a hard time drawing, so it has been a challenge keeping the fire going. If you look outside, you would think we live in Alaska. Of course, I’ve never been to Alaska, but it looks like the pictures I’ ve saw. We awoke this morning to single digit temperatures with below zero wind chills. The temperatures did not come out of the teens all day and the wind has continued to blow stronger. The weatherman says we are in a “nor’easter” ( I’m not sure I spelled that correct) until sometime tomorrow afternoon and then the wind will calm to about 20-30 mph. Oh well, that’s winter. Okay, I’ve complained enough about the weather for one day. I know things could be so much worse. We still have electricity, the water isn’t frozen and it’s warm inside our home. God is good! As my step-grandmother used to say “Praise the name of my King” I pray you all will keep warm and safe this night. God Bless.
Well, we did get the snow. It started last night around 8:30 and is still snowing. It does, however, make everything look beautiful. I had a hard time deciding which pictures to use, but finally decided on these two. The first one is from my dining room window. In the second one, I thought I would show you the pond is just as pretty in snow as in sun. It really has been a great day. The snow has fallen steady all day. We made homemade rolls, a homemade cake, and had 15 bean soup for lunch. I think I’ll go start on an apron later or maybe just read a book. Life is Good! I pray your day is as enjoyable as mine has been. God Bless.
Well that batch of salsa is done. We got 11 pints. It took up the major part of the day. From morning till lunch chopping. We were blessed to use all fresh garden ingredients. The tomatoes had to be scalded, peeled and then chopped. Then from lunch until about 6:00 was dedicated to simmering and then canning. If I knew how to do pictures, I would show you pictures of the jars. The salsa is very pretty in the jars and taste wonderful. Today we will be working on some more corn. At last count we had a little over 200 ears in the freezer and around 30 cans of corn. Thank you Lord. Last night was church night. We have been working on establishing a youth class on Wed. and last night we had 7 youth. Pretty good for a small church. I think this is one of those stretching times from the Lord. I have never taught youth before(only my own) however this has truly been fun. My prayer would be to see more kids show up and that they would learn more about our Lord through this class. Well I gotta get some work done. I need to go down to the barn and get some milk. We get our milk fresh from the cow. The girls however now have a hard time drinking what we call store milk. They say it doesn’t taste good. Thanks for reading and may God bless you throughout this day.