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Rain, Rain.. we need it…

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We do, just hopefully not the severe stuff that is moving around.  My new day lilies are coming up and I have seen that the cattails are all sprouting nicely.  I was worried about the cattails, but seems that I did ok on the moving of the plants, a big THANK YOU to Rich and Daina who own the property kitty cornered to us for the cattails.

I got a plant/seed catalog the other day that has pond plants in it and I’m considering some of the irises.  I would not mind a few flowers there in addition to the other plants there.  My lettuce is coming up, and I believe my mini Pak Choi came up as evidanced by the “mowed down” look they have this morning.

I have found a variety of Jalapeno that is almost the size of my hand that we are considering planting this year so we can make our own “poppers”.  I had gotten some a year or two ago and we stuffed them with cheese and a beef/rice mix before breading and deep frying and they came out wonderful. I’d like to try it again.

My grape has flowers on it and the red current while it lost it’s top leaves, the lower buds are growing.  Also the Pecan tree seems to be holding it’s own.  My mother sent me an early (one week early) birthday gift off my Amazon.com wish list, it’s a large Ball brand water bath canner.  To see the wish list here’s the link:

http://www.amazon.com/registry/wishlist/L8YKMO2HVVP9/ref=cm_wl_act_vv?_encoding=UTF8&reveal=&visitor-view=1

 

It’s so pretty I can’t wait to get a chance to use it!  However it’ll probably be a few weeks as I need more lids to do more canning.  I am planning to make a “stew mix” to dry can as the year goes on, this will be a simple pour into pot add water and heat meal.  It’ll contain:

Jerky

bouillon

dried berries (probably blue and black though if the currents produce them too)

dried potatoes

dried garlic

dried onion

dried day lily buds

dried peppers

dried potato flakes (home made hopefully)

Now why two kinds of potato?  Simple mashed potato flakes make a good thickener.  So it’ll make it into a nice thick stew.  I’m going to tinker with it as I make them, and I’ll probably not “assemble” them till later in the year when I have everything setup.  So we’ll see how it goes.

 

BE Well, Be Safe, and Blessed Be…

 

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About rivenfae

A homesteading mom with 2 teens,12 cats, 4 dogs, a flock of chickens. small goat flock and a piggie. Also a dream of a sustainable homestead out in the woods of Missouri.

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