Hello everyone! I hope you all are having a great day so far. We have worked on half school today as we are going to get haircuts this afternoon. I found this new recipe for bread and so I am taking this loaf to Mrs. Faye as a thank you for cutting our hair. We also plan on sharing these cinnamon buns with her.
I got this recipe from http://redfarmhouse.blogspot.com/search?q=one+rise+bread.
I also wanted to share another new recipe I am trying. I got it from here http://belovedsbride.blogspot.com/ I had a beef roast to put in the crockpot this morning. Amazing how things work out that way. It sure does smell good cooking.
Another new thing I did last month was bake our bacon in the oven. Jess does this all the time so I thought I would give it a try. We buy our bacon at Sam’s in a 3 lb package. Last month, I baked the entire package at one time. Instructions are here: http://blog.makezine.com/craft/kitchen_101_cooking_bacon_in_t/ I then froze the precooked bacon. Wow, I’m thinking, why hadn’t I thought of this before. Now all I have to do is get out the amount of bacon needed for breakfast, heat it up in a skillet or microwave and ta-da bacon is ready. I am impressed with how fast it is and how crispy the bacon is. Of course, the instructions on the post said to throw away the bacon grease that accumulates in the pan. I’m sure that ain’t right! I would never throw away good bacon grease. Mine is in a jar in the fridge and has already been used several times. Once, for some refried beans I made the other day that was delicious.
Well, that’s about it. I hope you all have a great day and God bless.
Yesterday morning, we had a beautiful start to our morning. I love sunrises and sunsets.
After church, we came home to eat lunch. We had hamburgers on homemade buns and fries. We ate as quickly as possible and left for town to watch the Christmas Parade. The parade is a big deal here in Floyd. Lots and lots of people come to watch and participate. Here are just a few pictures Grace took.
There are lots of old cars.
wagons pulled by horses. We had a great time! The girls are already anticipating next year’s parade. We have rain here today with fog. Not a good day for doing anything outside. Hubby is working on the bed but he has to do it inside his shop. He doesn’t have a lot of room in there so he doesn’t like to work inside. He is getting very close to being finished however he still does not have his brakes fixed on the van. He has taken the wheel off several times and did different things to it but it is still sticking. He wanted to replace the wheel cyclinder today but it is just too wet to work on it. Hopefully, this will fix it.
Here is a picture of our irises that are blooming in the green swing area. These were given to me several years ago by a good friend who attends our Friday Ladies Study. Thanks again, Barbara. I just love their purple color.
Yesterday, I made buttermilk. I have attempted several times to make cottage cheese but I keep doing something wrong. So I decided yesterday to change gears a little and try making buttermilk. It turned out great. It tastes a lot like kefir. Here’s what I did. I used almost a qt. of our raw milk. I did not skim off the cream. I then added 1/4 cup of whole milk buttermilk I had purchased from the store. I shook it up and sit it out on the counter for about 20 hrs. I was told there is no set time for how long to leave it out. It all depends on the temperature of your house. This same rule applies to kefir. The warmer the temperature the quicker it will set. It is ready when you turn the jar over and it all leaves the side of the jar in one clump. Shake the jar for about 5 min and put in the refridgerator to chill. I am very happy with the results and definitely will be making more.
This is a picture I never get tired of seeing. I LOVE hanging my clothes on the line. I LOVE seeing them hanging on the line and I LOVE smelling them after they have dried hanging on the line. To me, drying my clothes on the line is one of the luxuries of being a stay at home wife and mother.
I made cinnamon rolls yesterday. Sorry for the small picture. I am having trouble with my blog pictures. I need some help, Dave!! Anyway this was my first attempt at cinnamon rolls. Jess has made them several times so I thought I would try my hand at them. They turned out pretty good. Well, it is still cold here. About 5 degrees with a wind chill of about -15 or more. Wind gusts of about 40 miles an hour today and tomorrow. Needless to say our water in the bathroom is still frozen. The girls had their first experience with washing their hair the old way today. Not a lot of fun but better than nothing, at least we are clean. It’s time for school to start so I better get busy. Stay warm and God Bless.
Our first snow! The snow started about 6:30 this morning and is still coming down at 2:00. The girls are so happy. They have been out several times to play. The Horn family is supposed to come over later this afternoon for a visit. The girls can hardly wait. Playing in the snow with their best friends. Vicki is bringing homemade potato soup. I am making homemade rolls and dessert. Our tree is up and snow is falling. It’s starting to look a lot like Christmas around here. I love this time of year. God Bless