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Busy weekend ahead.

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We spent most of the week relaxing as the kids have been visiting their grandmother.  So we had been hoping to get a ton of work done, but then it got hot, so due to no kids we’d sleep late then it would be too hot to do any work outside shrugs it happens. Yesterday we spent about half the day helping out Queensized Tink and her family with a building project.

 

I managed to pick some broccoli out of the garden this morning which we will be eating with our dinner tonight.  We have been getting strawberries and I’ve been drying a good portion of them.  I am also putting some away to make jam with once I have enough.  My Elderberry should be blooming soon and I’m hoping  that they don’t do like last year and die after blooming.  Now the broccoli I picked today made me smile as last year we had one “make it” and it only got as big as my thumbnail.  This morning I got 4 big florets one the size of my fist with wise.

 

Our tomatoes are coming along nicely and I’m starting to get some tomatoes on the plants, my peppers will be “popping” soon.  As like my tomatoes and all my cabbages they are growing huge.  They are also covered in flowers.  The new rosemary plants we potted with my onions and hot peppers is trying to take over the pot.  Our other rosemary does not grow as happily, so that’s really good.

 

The roses are getting ready to bloom as are the dahlia’s I have planted.  Pity though that they will probably bloom this weekend  while we aren’t home.  See we have to go pick up the kids Saturday night.. and will be back very late Sunday.  So knowing my luck they will both bloom Sunday morning.

 

I have also started gathering off of my “old fashioned” day lilies the buds so I can dry those for putting into soups and stews this winter. I have a recipe for making paste that I’ll post when I have a chance that takes dried tomatoes and shows you how to make tomato paste from it.  It sounds much easier than the “cook down” method.  The person who wrote the book that it is in in stated that the point of making paste is removing enough water to make it thick so if you start from dried you only have to add enough to thicken it.

 

Well, I’m heading out now as we have some prep work for our trip and for our shopping trip tomorrow.  Everyone have a great weekend!

 

Be Well, Be Safe, and Blessed Be…

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Early Morning Bread

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So I’m sitting here this morning baking bread and I figured I’d at least mention what I’m doing different to it.  I am using my sourdough dinner roll recipe, and I’m going to stuff them before baking.  Well, all but one that is.  My son the picky eater is getting a plain one.  The stuffed ones are going to be stuffed with some   fine diced lean pork, bell pepper,onion, and cheese.  I have precooked the pork to be safe at the second rising so that when I form the rolls I can do the stuffing.  Also that perhaps the meat will be slightly cool then.

 

Dinner Roll recipe follows…

 

Sponge:

 

1C sourdough starter

1 1/2 C white flour

1C warm water

 

Place your starter in a at least 2 quart bowl,  add flour and water and mix.  Cover to prevent flies or anything else from getting into it and set in a warmish place for 8hrs or overnight.  Before working the second part return 1C from this to your starter.

 

Rolls:

1 1/2 C of the sponge (remember you put back 1C)

1 T sugar

1/2 t salt

2 T melted butter

1 egg beaten

1 3/4 C flour

 

First make sure your ingredients are at room temperature.  Then (I use the same bowl that the sponge grew in), make sure your sponge is in a warm bowl and add to it the salt,sugar, and melted butter and mix in; I use a tablespoon to do this.   Then add in the beaten egg and mix it in well.  Then you add in 1 cup of the flour and mix until it kinda forms into a single piece of dough.  Then turn out onto a floured (3/4 C ) board and knead until smooth and elastic.  Then place in a warm bowl (I grease it first) and cover with a towel for at most 2 hours or until it is doubled in bulk.  (fyi… easy way to tell is to take your first 2 fingers and try to make a depression and if it leave a depression it’s double)  Then punch it down and let rise again for an hour and a half.  Then you put it on your board and shape it into the size rolls you wish, place on a greased baking sheet and let rise again for about 30 minutes.  Then bake in a preheated oven (400 degrees) for 20 minutes or until browned.

 

 

I have in the last few days bought a few new plants.  a watermelon, a cantaloupe, and a lavender.  I planted them and didn’t water them as we were suppose to get rain.  Well the next morning I had to water them, as it did not rain.  We bought some cherries for $4 a bag at the store.. one for eating and one whole one for drying.  I love cherries and I want some for the winter. Maybe I’ll make some oatmeal cherry cookies this winter.

The kids go and visit my mom for a week starting Saturday, so me and Silver will be having a nice quiet week then.  Maybe we can “recharge”  as I think the teenager is designed to make a parent’s life stressful.  Well, I have to get back to my bread for breakfast.  Everyone have a great day!

 

Be Well, Be Safe, and Blessed Be…

Sunday Musings

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Well, it’s been a wet couple of days here. ..wet and cold, we’ve had rain,snow, sleet all in the last few days. Fun times! (my sarcasm over bounds) I am hoping the weather will be good Monday as our strawberry plants arrived and I need to get them into the ground soon. I am hoping to get pictures of them.

 

I’ve been downloading some info on various wildcrafting methods in the hopes of broadening my skills a tad more. Some are about making primitive tools, which I do find fascinating. So we will have those things to work on as well.

 

Soapbox time…

 

I had received on one of my posts the other day a message from “Heather” to email her as she wanted to talk to me about something. Now what happened after has me slightly annoyed.

 

#1 her name is Heather Von St. James

Good, so I have a name yes? Well there is more…

 

#2 She sent me a “canned” email asking me to post her story on my blog.

Which outwardly I have no issues with, however I did a bit more digging and sent another email asking a few questions about her as person. As I will not post about someone’s story without knowing what kind of person they are. Just telling me you survived mesothelioma won’t get me to post your story. Even telling me your daughter has it won’t get me to either.

 

#3 She has through whatever method this is she contacts people she has at least 100 private blogs posting her story.

Ok, so again we fall to a question I sent her.. why my blog? I have a small amount of followers on my blog, so why would someone who needs to get info out about mesothelioma use me to do so? Doesn’t make much sense to me.

 

#4 She has a facebook page and a Twitter feed.

This tells me she can reach millions of people is she truly wished to. Again why my blog? So I sent her a facebook message to her asking the same message I emailed her with.

 

#5 Upon digging deeper I have found out she herself has through lawsuits gained $5mil due to lost wages and medical bills.

Well in my opinion, if she has gained that much money she does not need my help gaining any more money. If she wants money for mesothelioma research then she should send me a message saying that. Not sending me a message saying she is trying to gain money for her daughter. Why not put aside some of her money just for medical expenses for both her and her daughter? Makes more sense to me.

 

#6 If you wish to make someone pay for what they did for you, do more than hit them in a pocket book.

Besides, the people who made the materials that did this nasty thing to them are probably not being bothered by it. Also, the biggest issues with it is if things are tested more/longer then maybe they will learn that the “thing” is bad and not use it.

 

Now go back to #2, I sent the email early this week. I still am waiting a reply. Same for the Facebook message, and I know she has her facebook page very active. So my guess is she doesn’t truly care if I post her story or not. Now digging I found out that people call Heather the voice of mesothelioma good, they need a voice. However, a good voice would be very concerned if their message got out to all the people they contact. Not send one canned message and then ignore them.

 

Just wanted to put all this info out to everyone out there, just so that if you get the “hey email me I want to ask you something about your blog” message you you have info to look back at and make a informed decision based on more than just a canned email.

 

Now it’s time for me to step off my soap box and finish breakfast.

Be Well, Be Safe, and Blessed Be…

Family problems

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Fun times, fun times indeed…   My grandmother last year was initially diagnosed with throat cancer.   Now this came on as a surprise to her supposedly.  However since the tumor at the times was very large I don’t think it came on suddenly.  I believe she just ignored it.  Half of her throat was gone when the disease was “discovered”  it had spread badly enough that it had gotten into her mouth.  She was on a feeding tube and medicines for months.

Then out of the blue my one aunt told my mother that my grandmother was cured of it.  Not remission, which as far as I knew is all that can happen with cancer; except in very rare cases.  Also my grandmother is worse than a chain smoker and drinks her breakfast, so… eeehhhh… I don’t think it was “cured”.

 

My proof…?

 

I got a call last night from my mom saying she is going to be in the area next week as my grandmother is now dieing of her throat cancer that my aunt told the family she was cured of.  Seems when my grandmother left the hospital, got her feeding tube removed she went right back to smoking.

I guess the one “upside” of this is at least it’s as smoking cancer.. and not some other kind; and I don’t smoke. Yes I realize that cancer of any kind is not good, but this is my effort of finding an upside to anything.

That’s it for now… sighs

 

BE Well. Be Safe,  and Blessed Be…

Internet good times????

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Well hello folks we have at home internet and unfortunately I really can’t post that comment on Blogger due to some family issues, but I can here. We had satellite internet installed and so far I’m not too impressed with it… we can only download at night so as to not use up our 10G limit as that was the only plan we could afford.. and so far it’s hard to run more than one internet page at a time.

 

We seem to have returned to a “winter” weather pattern here 19 degrees this morning when I got the kids up. Which I am glad we are having correct temps.. now if we could just get the correct precip. I am debating if I should find a way to start my eggplants this month as last year I could not get them to grow at all. ..ok.. slightly incorrect they grew maybe 2 inches…

 

My son is staying home from school today, as it seems he has caught a stomach bug, told me he feels like he’s going to throw up and looked very pale. So he’s in bed and I took his Christmas gift from him to insure he was “honestly” sick. As anyone who was a child knows sometimes you just want to stay home and veg out… He gave it up no complaint so I’m guessing he really is ill. Considering the gift he got from his grandmother was a Nintendo DS, I know he’d prefer to be playing it if he felt alright.

 

Once the payment for the sat goes through and we get the rest of our animal feed we are going to start buying re-bar and a mini sledge to start putting the house together. We still have a small amount of minor clearing to do in the outline of the house but otherwise it’s all ready to work.

 

Hope everyone had a good New Year’s celebration!

 

Be Well, Be Safe, and Blessed Be…

 

Happy After Christmas!

Hey folks! Hope those who celebrate Christmas had a good one. ..and those who don’t had a nice day off.

 

It was a very long day for me as two of my three children have elected to be Christian I make sure the holiday that is big is theirs. That said my brother-in-law was suppose to have my nephew call my kids to talk to them on Christmas day. The young man misses them as he hasn’t seen them since my youngest was 8(?) I think. Well… it didn’t happen and my kids wound up very disappointed as they really wanted to talk to him. It bother’s me when people who are family and make a promise to some kids don’t keep it.

 

Anywho… Silver thought the turkey that I made should have been on the cover of a magazine, though I guess I should have taken a picture of it. Thing is he told me after dinner, so I had no idea till it was to late to get a picture of it.

 

Last week I started up a linkdin(sp?) account, I have not done much with it as yet though. Those of you who know me on facebook can find a link to it there. I am considering setting up an extra page on the blogger blog as a kids page for the kids to write on while they have a break at school. AS I know my son has commented that he gets at least some time once a week on the computers there as free time. So we’ll see if I get a chance to set it up in the next couple of weeks.

 

I have found already the seeds that I want to order from Baker Creek, and once I send some orders out I’ll list them here for everyone to see. Oh, something interesting; my tea trees are still in full leaf I wonder if that is because they are from Russia by the Black Sea? We’ll see how they are come spring.

 

That’s it for now folks!

 

Be Well, Be Safe, and Blessed Be…

Update 11-1-2012

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Heya Folks!

 

Been a while I know, but again with no internet we tend to have to chose what has a higher priority. Doing the blog isn’t as high up as say gathering info about our various projects. Also, seeing as how we tend to only stop maybe once a month for internet if I don’t get a chance to post something it’ll just have to wait.

 

…and yes I am sorry I don’t post more often. I certainly hope everyone out there that does read this is excitedly waiting on my next posting (Tink told me people have been asking HER about when I’ll be posting next).

 

As for our garden, I have started my fall tilling of the main garden beds; including the addition of some lovely compost from one of our large old oaks that got struck by lightning about 2 months ago. It was one of those really big oaks that gets hollow once it hits old age, then composts from the inside out. A bonus for my garden, also it was a tree that we had been wondering if we needed to cut down. The other big plus is that “mother nature” decided to be nice and drop it into the forest instead of into the clearing.

Even though it’s not really producing nice ones to eat my tomatoes are still churning out fruit, we have figured that even though the “pots” we are using are big… they aren’t big enough for four tomato plants apiece. Next year we’ll be doing just one per pot.

The jalapenos I planted did well as well and are still producing even though the plant got snapped by my luffa gourd when the remains of Issac came through. Silver thought the Brussels sprouts had a wonderful flavor. He anticipates it would have grown more and produced more if it hadn’t been for the drought.

My luffa gourd has tons of them on it, one is huge I think it’s over a foot long and really round. We do have a few more large ones but that one is the biggest. Once the plant is fully dead I’m going to find a way to hang them so they can finish drying. We did manage to get some dried beans from my Tiger’s Eye beans that I planted on a whim this year. Considering I planted maybe six seeds and got back about ½ a cup I think it was a good return. An odd thing though they were suppose to be bush beans but they wound up vineing.

 

 

 

We used the wood stove for about 3 days at the beginning of October, and it worked out well. The base did not get overly hot. On October 15th the lady bugs were swarming for their winter hibernation areas…. I have a question for everyone. On the main day for your local lady bug swarming did you have a large amount? I know that the whole front and side of the building was covered in them. This is the largest amount I have seen since we have moved here before winter starts, and I wonder if it will be a tell of a bad winter this year?

 

On the 19th we went out and did some “yard work”, we fell back to the premise that we need to stop waiting to do all our work when we have ever possible thing we need to build or work on something. So we went out and mostly cleared an area for the pig pen we are hoping to have next spring. “Mostly” cleared as pigs need shade and with oak, hickory, and butter nuts in the area the pig will eat those things on their own so might as well keep them so they have some browse in their yard. We also started the “finished” clearing for the good chicken coop that we will be building over the winter. We are also going to plan ahead for a barn and mixed pastures, and these pastures will have a lot of trees in them as we are not planning on many cattle. A dairy cows or two and a few long horns… which btw eat almost anything.

 

Well, we have finally done it here… we are now trying out the “no poo” challenge, which refers to no shampoo. This is because lately we seem to be getting more allergic to soaps that are commercially made than before and since starting the challenge The allergic affects have dropped. I will say there has only been one downside so far… it has been harder to brush my hair. I have very thick curly/wavy hair and getting a brush or comb through it after just using water and nothing else made it very hard to remove the tangles.

Now I know this might be a tad late when I post this but…

The hurricane Sandy as it approaches NYC and the shore, a local organization here; Convoy of hope. Has sent a semi full of water and microwaveable meals. While I applaud them sending food and water, I’d like to ask people to think a moment. If the power totally goes out what will the microwaveable meals do for someone who cannot cook it? How about pallets of canned tuna, and fruit? Peanut butter and bread? To me that makes much more sense.

 

Last bit of news is kinda a explanation, I am setting out 2 blog posts today; the second is about our wood heater this winter we brought it in and set it up on Oct. 4th. It’s very cool and we will keep info about how it does over the course of the winter.

 

Well that’s about it for now.

 

Be Well, Be Safe, and Blessed Be…

 

 

 

 

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