Hello everyone! I hope you all had a good weekend. Ours was very nice. On Friday, Jess and the kids came up. She had found a new laundry soap recipe she wanted to try. So far, we like it.
On Saturday, it was absolutely BEAUTIFUL here! We worked outside all day, trimming trees and such. I love days like that. We, however, woke this morning to ice covering everything. Oh well, I know spring is on its way. I have a big kettle of homemade soup cooking on the wood stove. It smells go good.
I guess I better get busy. Enjoy your day and God bless.
I wanted to give you all an update on the homemade yogurt. I did like it very much. I think it is the best recipe I have tried so far. I am going to try using pureed fruit next time as I think it could be more fruity. I used peach jelly with this try.
Not much going on here today. School, cleaning and laundry as usual. Our temperatures have dropped considerably. 25 degrees this morning when we got up. It is about 30 degrees right now as I type this. Needless to say, we do have a fire. I do not like cold but I do like having a fire. This way, we can cook on the wood stove and not have to use the electric stove. Saving money, yeah! Well, I don’t know exactly how much money it saves but I do enjoy doing it.
Well, I hope you all have a great day and God bless.
Friday was chicken butchering day for us and the Horns. We had a really good day, learned a lot and had lots of good fellowship. All together we butchered 10 roosters. We were kinda amazed at how big they looked before we butchered them versus how small they looked when finished. Huge difference. We are kinda talking about going with the bigger meat birds next year. We’re not sure yet though.
Our pastor made us these killing cones. They are really neat. I would recommend anyone butchering their own chickens to have one. They make it a lot easier. Saturday, the girls and I went down to Jessica’s. We watched the kids while Dave and Jess had a date afternoon to celebrate their anniversary. They have been married 12 years. They went to the movies and David brought us back sushi to try. We had never eaten it before. It was actually pretty good. Grace really liked it.
Sunday, I went to church alone as Julie, Grace and Hubby were not feeling very well. Julie and Grace seem to have a cold-congestion with lots of coughing. Hubby is having tummy troubles. Hopefully all will be well soon. Today is a beautiful day here in Floyd. Sunshine with temperatures in the mid 30’s. It could be a little warmer for my taste but the sun is beautiful. I have a pork tenderloin cooking away on top of the wood stove. It smells yummy. I think I will have potatoes, green beans and cornbread with it.
Well, we are starting school so I better get off. I hope you all have a great day and God bless.
We celebrated Miss Katie’s first birthday this weekend. Her actual birthday was Friday but we partied on Saturday. Jess made these beautiful cupcakes for Katie. They were delicious.
We traveled to Pikeville Hospital Sunday to see George’s Dad. He is still in intensive care but seemed to be improving. I talked to George’s sister today, however, and she said his mind is coming and going now. I am so thankful that when we were there he knew us and even talked some to us.
Yesterday, my baby girl Grace, turned 13 years old. My, my, how time does fly by. We didn’t celebrate yet as she had a sore throat and wanted to wait. We will be doing it on Friday. Friday will be a big day for us. We are butchering our spring roosters. The Horn’s are coming over and bringing their roosters. It will be a fun day. Our pastor and his wife are coming to help. They are the experts, we are novices. I plan on making a huge pot of 15 bean soup. Vicki is bringing drinks and making cupcakes which will serve as Grace’s birthday cake. Doesn’t every girl celebrate her 13th birthday with a chicken butchering day. Well, she’ll always remember it.
That’s about it for now. We are finished with school for the day. I cooked a beef roast on the wood stove for supper. I added some potatoes, turnips, onions, broccoli and carrots to the pot just a fewinutes ago. YUM!.
Grace and Sam are pretty big buddies. She is usually his watcher and Julie has Daniel. As you can see, Sam must be barricaded away from the construction zone. He is just a little bit too much help.
He looks a little sad, don’t he?
The electrical is all done and the ceiling is hung. Monday we will hang the walls and start putting the mud on (hopefully). After that, the new floor goes down. Hubby will be building her a pantry to go beside her new stove.
The boys were very happy when they were allowed inside the construction zone to help. They worked very hard pulling up the old tile. Daniel would pull it up with his special tool and Sam would carry it to the trash. Very good helpers.
Temperatures here are very cold. Wind gusts of about 40 mph with an actual temperature of 13 degrees, putting the wind chill below zero. Our wood stove has been working hard keeping us nice and warm inside though. I hope you all have a great weekend and stay warm. God bless.
We have snow here in Floyd. The girls are very happy. It was not a lot of snow but hopefully enough for snow cream later today.
I worked on aprons most of the day yesterday. I made 4 little aprons and 2 adult size. I made the adult one a little different and was able to get one child size and one adult size from one pillowcase.
I made the back much shorter. It just comes over the shoulder and that gave me enough extra material for the small waist apron.
This one has a child one to match. I didn’t take a picture of it because I didn’t get it completely finished yesterday. I ran out of the white binding.
I was prowling around in the trunk where we store extra material the other day and found this veggie tales material. There was not a lot of it but enough to make these two little aprons. I think they are very cute. Anyway, that was my day yesterday. I wanted to make a few different styles of aprons to kinda get an idea for what sells the best.
I cooked a deer roast on the wood stove yesterday for supper. We had baked potatoes, home canned green beans, fresh homemade rolls and home canned applesauce for supper. It was very good. I think today I will shred the deer roast and have deer bbq and fries. I already have buns baking as I type this. I made a buttermilk chocolate cake the other day so that will be our dessert. It all sounds pretty easy. There was not church today because of the snow so I think today is a take it easy kind of day. I will leave you all with one more snow picture.
We took this picture of Katie Sunday when they came for a visit. She really is growing and seems to be a very content little lady. You all remember how I said it was cold here Monday. Well, Tuesday morning it was 10 degrees with the wind chill below zero. Our water froze in the bathroom and the new laundry room. A little disappointing as Hubby thought he had it fixed so it would not freeze. I tell you all, when the wind blows hard like that it can find the tiniest little hole to get in and freeze pipes. Anyway, he thawed out the water and insulated more around the pipes, so hopefuly it is fixed now. Wednesday morning was cold too. Temperature was 10 degrees again but not near as much wind so it didn’t feel as cold. Our hard working wood stove is very much appreciated. Today however has been very nice-low 40’s. Thank you, Lord.
Well, I guess that’s about all the excitement we have had going on here. I hope you all have a great evening and God bless.
I thought I would share a few more festival pictures today. These handmade baskets were beautiful! Too pricey for me but very, very pretty.
Darling sheep. They had a sheep herding demonstration. The dogs were very well trained.
And a horse pulling competition. Huge horses. 16 pair of them altogether. They had some in a trailer and you could come by and pet them. Julie loved it. There was one pair of mules but they did not pull anything. They hooked them up to the load but the mules just stood there. I’m not sure if it was too heavy for them or if they were just being stubborn.
Believe it or not, we actually had some snow flurries this morning. Our temperature is in the lower 30’s. We have a fire built in the wood stove, with homemade beef stew simmering on it. I am getting ready to make some rolls to go with the stew. It is a snuggle in kind of day. I hope you all have a great day and God bless.
Baby Sam LOVES food. Yesterday, he discovered blackberries. This boy loves every type of food he has sampled so far. Brother Daniel, however, is a totally different subject. Whereas Sam eats and loves everything, to Daniel almost everything is YUCKY. Jess has to disquise all the fruit he eats. They eat a lot of “purple snack” (blueberries combined with other fruit and pureed into total smoothness). He can’t even suspect he is eating fruit.
Today temperature is not near as nice as yesterday. Wind chills around zero this morning when we go up. It has warmed up some though-mid 20’s with wind chill around 10 degrees. Needless to say, I did not hang clothes on the line outside today. We are doing school as usual, working on history now. They are learning about Egypt. Tonight’s menu is undetermined at this time. I know, though, it will revolve around a deer roast, which is cooking on the wood stove as I type.
Good morning! No picture today. I just couldn’t find anything I thought was interesting. We had a really nice weekend. We went down to Jessica’s on Saturday, planning on coming home that evening. Things happened and we ended up staying the night and coming home on Sunday. It was a nice visit. I got to play some games with Daniel and got plenty of beautiful smiles from Sam. I just wish I had taken my camera then I would have some pictures to post today.
Temperatures are chilly here-about 14 degrees with a little snow falling. Lots of cloud coverage. I have a deer roast simmering on the wood stove. It smells so good! I think we will have mashed potatoes, gravy and green beans with it and, of course, fresh baked rolls. I have two new aprons cut out and hopefully I will get to work on them today. It is matching mother/daughter waist aprons.