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Rainbow

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Hello everyone!  I thought I would share a few pictures of a beautiful rainbow God gave us the other evening.

It was very pretty.  Today we went to Pastor Tom’s to pick apples.  We ended up picking about 11 bushels.  I think you all can guess what we will be doing for a while.  I also wanted to share with you all a great post I found this morning on making coffee creamer.  This sounds delicious and I can’t wait to try them out.  You can check out all the flavors here http://www.mrshappyhomemaker.com/2013/03/homemade-coffee-creamer-over-20-flavor-varieties.

Well, I better get off here.  I hope you all have a great evening and God bless.

A Little Decorating

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As our morning low was 37 degrees, the girls and I decided it was time for a little fall decoration.  Now at this time in my life I am not a lot on seasonal decorating.  I have no idea why.  I love to look at other people decorating and I think it makes the home look so good.  I guess I’ve just gotten lazy about it.

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On our enclosed front porch, we have two tables.  They are now ready for fall.

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Inside we did the mantle.  That’s it-that is the extent of our fall decorating.  Not too much.  Easy to take down but enough to make it look a little different.

Hubby is working on the other two chairs today.  Hopefully, they will soon be finished and we can get it all painted.  I hope you all have a great day and God bless.

A New Chair

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I thought I would show you all a new chair design Hubby is working on.  I have requested 4 of these to use with an outside table we have.  After years of use, the bench chairs we used with this table finally gave out.  I think these will look very nice.

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Just a few flower pictures.  It won’t be long until these will be all gone.  I have a fall flag hanging under the goldenrod but the wind was blowing it too much for me to get a good picture of it.  You can see Shadow sitting at the stoop in the background.

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As you can tell, this little arrangement is in the green swing area.

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I almost pulled these up earlier in the summer because they are right in the doorway.  Every time I would go out the kitchen door, I had to walk around them.  Now I am so glad I didn’t.  I think they are very pretty and they have decided to behave and fall over in the other direction.

We went over to a friend of ours yesterday to collect some wood pieces he had that he didn’t want.  Some of it will be for burning, some will be for making toys.  Hubby usually finds all kinds of things to do with scrap wood.

That’s about it.  Not a lot going on here.  I hope you have a great day and God bless.

 

Dried Beans

When I was growing up, dried beans or as some call them leather britches, was a staple in our home.  Every year, we spent many hours stringing them up on strings and carrying them to the attic to hang on nails.  I can still remember going up to the attic and seeing rows and rows of green beans drying.  I SO wish I had a picture of that to share with you all.  However, I searched the internet and found this one at wildwoodforestlogcabin.com.

Yesterday, though, I thought I would try something different.  We dehydrated them in our dehydrator following the directions in the book.  They were finished in about 10 hrs-not weeks.  However, I do think we might do it the old way sometime, just so the girls can have that experience.  I hope these taste as good as the ones we used to do.  Enjoy your day and God bless.

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Around the House

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Today, I thought I would show you all a few pictures from around the house.  These are the cosmos flowers we planted at the lower garden.  I am amazed at how tall they have grown!

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These are marigolds.  Vicki gave me the seed.  Ain’t they pretty!  I love the different colors in them.  I have already been collected seeds from both flowers to plant next year.

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I wanted you all to see these carrots we pulled the other day from one of the raised beds.  I have never had success raising carrots before but I think maybe the raised beds helped.

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Here’s a picture of the lower garden.  See how tall the cosmos flowers are.  Underneath them are tons of marigolds.  I definitely know not to plant them together next year.

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This is the upper garden and the raised beds.  I really didn’t know if I would like using raised beds or not, but I think they are pretty good for certain types of veggies.

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Last week we re-purposed this gate.  It was a gate we used at another house probably 12 years ago.  We took it apart as some of the boards were no good.  We built another frame and used the gate boards to make another gate for the chicken lot.  Remember how we used the old crib springs for the gate.

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Well, we have never really  been happy with this gate.  For one thing, it is not wide enough for the wheel barrow to fit through and for another thing it keeps falling out of the hook that is supposed to hold it up.  So we built another one.  Much better and way more convenient.  The new gate is really close to the feed building.  You see all the corn shucks piled up.  We cut those out of the garden yesterday and plan on giving them a little at a time to the chickies for a treat.

We are canning pintos today.  We canned 12 qts yesterday and will be finishing up a 10 lb bag today.  I smell them cooking so I better check on them.  I hope you all have a wonderful day and God bless.

Science Explorers

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Saturday we went to http://www.sciworks.org   It was a lot of fun.  We have visited several science centers this summer and for me this was the best.  So much hands on activities for everyone.  I did remember to take my camera, however, I didn’t think about batteries.  Therefore no pictures of all the fun stuff inside.  You can tell though how excited Daniel was to be there by the picture I did get.

Yesterday we went to the http://www.greensboroscience.org.

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We have been there once this summer but not since they put in the aquarium.  It was awesome!

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So much to see and do!

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The highlight of the visit was touching a stingray!

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You can’t really see him but Sam is in there too and Katie even got in on the action.  First time for us to “pet” one.  Another first for me yesterday was touching a snake.  Not sure if I want to touch another one or not but it was not near as bad as I imagined.

We are canning rhubarb today so I better get off and get busy.  I hope you have a wonderful day and God bless.

Beautiful Corn

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The girls and I have been busy working up corn.  At first, we didn’t think it would do very well because of all the rain we had but it seems to have not hurt it any.  We put up 104 ears in the freezer.  That should do us nicely through the winter.

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I wanted to share the view with you all from my back porch.  It was a beautiful morning here in Floyd.  Our temperature this morning was 48 degrees.  Amazing!  Grace and I wore jeans to the garden this morning to pull the corn.

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This is a picture of some flowers we planted at the edge of the garden.  They sure do add color to the space and look very cheerful.

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I have shown you all this flower before.  We researched it and found some people call them “naked ladies”.  Well, this year, we found out more about them.  They are also called “resurrection lily”.  I like that name so much better.  In early spring,  they will come out as foliage, then they die back and in late July or early August these beautiful flowers come up.  Amazing how God works!  All the years we have lived here, the green foliage has come up and I just thought it didn’t have bloom on it.  I never made the connection between the foliage and the flower.  Remember last week when I helped Hubby texture a ceiling, the lady who owned the house gave me all this information.  She had them growing in her yard as well.

Well, that’s about it.  Time for us to eat lunch.  I hope you all have a great day and God bless.

 

Christmas Pickles

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I have made these pickles for about 30 years.  They are definitely a favorite at our house.  These are made from the large overgrown cucumbers.  We intentionally let these get large for the purposes of making these pickles.  The fat, yellow ones are the best but the large green ones will work as well.

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7 lb cucumbers (after cutting),  1 cup lime, 1 cup vinegar, 1 sm. bottle red food coloring, 1 tbsp. alum, 2 cups vinegar, 2 cups water, 8 cinnamon sticks, 10 cups sugar, 2 packages cinnamon red hot candy or 8-10 drops cinnamon extract.

Peel cucumbers.  Cut in half long ways.  Using a spoon remove seeds.  Slice into thick slices.  Soak in one cup lime and enough water to cover cucumbers for 24 hours. Remove from lime water and wash well.  Soak in ice water 3 hrs or overnight in the fridge.  Drain.  Mix one cup vinegar, food coloring and alum in enough water to cover cucumbers.  Simmer 2 hrs.  Drain.  Put back into ice water.  In another kettle bring to boil 2 cups vinegar, 2 cups water, sugar, cinnamon sticks and cinnamon red hots.  After boiling, pour over drained cucumbers.  Let stand 24 hrs.  Drain reserving juice.  Pack cucumbers into jars.  Bring juice to boil.  Pour hot juice over cucumbers.  Process in a water bath canner 5 min. for pts, 10 min. for qts.  Makes approx. 14 pts.

These taste like spiced apple rings.  Very delicious!