Canning Rampicante Squash

We have been using our rampicante squash to make delicious squash soup. I have been keeping it in a box in the dining room and it has kept well there but I decided to try canning it today. First I peeled it and cut it in chunks. Then I blanched it and put it in jars.

I followed the directions in the Ball canning book and pressured canned it for 90 minutes.

I canned 5 qts and left one huge squash to eat fresh later. I think it looks really pretty in the jar! We look forward to many pots of squash soup!

God bless!

Hot Chocolate For One

Recipe from

2 tbsp. Sugar, 1 cup milk, dash salt, 1/4 tsp vanilla, 2 tbsp hershey cocoa. Mix sugar, cocoa,and salt in large mug. Heat milk until hot in microwave, 1- 1/2 min. Gradually add milk to hot cocoa mixture. Stir in vanilla.

I use 1/4 cup french vanilla coffee creamer and 3/4 cup milk and eliminate the vanilla and the dash of salt.

Easy Peel Boiled Eggs

Good morning everyone!

I have found the absolute best way to easy peel farm fresh eggs. I got the idea from Kevin at Living Traditions Homestead.

Drop your clean eggs in BOILING water. Let them boil 20 minutes. Remove from boiling water and immediately put them in ICE water. Let them cool. Then peel. I just peeled an entire dozen in no time and all of them peeled easy.


Crochet Project

Good morning everyone! I hope you have all been enjoying your week.

Grace got me caron anniversary cake yarn for Christmas. I wish I had taken a picture of the skein. It was huge. I have wanted to try a project with this yarn ever since it came out last year but it is a little pricey. It is a bulky weight 6 yarn so it works up really quick.

I finished this afghan this morning using only the one skein of yarn. It is super soft yarn and nice and thick for snuggling.

I love it!

Meet Sparkle

Good morning everyone!

This has been Grace’s covid project!!

The character’s name is Sparkle. She is one of Grace’s own design.

Everything hand sewn by Grace!

She has spent many, many hours on this project. Almost 50 hours just in the head. Dave 3d printed the framework for the head for her.

I am so proud of her for all her hard work on this. I think Sparkle is SO cute!

God bless!

Dave’s Office

Good morning everyone! Last week Dave and I gave his office a face lift. He bought these really nice metal cabinets at Home Depot.

First we put them together. We cleaned everything out of his office. He kept what he needed, got rid of what he didn’t.

Then we started putting the cabinets in place and putting everything back in the office.

The big cabinet that went in this spot was damaged so Dave had to return it. We had a to wait for the replacement to be shipped.

We got everything finished yesterday evening, just in time for him to go back to work this morning.

It was a good week. We got lots accomplished and he has a very pleasant office area now.

God bless.

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