Friday, July 31, 2009
Okay so tomorrow is a busy day. Wood hauling in the morning, cherry canning in the midday (they are finally ripe), maybe raspberries too, and finally, groceries and finishing Chelsea's bonnet for the Martin Cove trek! I am getting excited for her to go!
And with that, I am off to bed!
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Monday, July 27, 2009
So in honor of chocolate lovers everywhere, open a cold one in the morning!
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
But to me she will always be more like this-->
This was more recently, when she got to ride in her dream car ( see July 3 post). But the title really fits Chelsea, my classic beauty!
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
If you are interested in getting a dehydrator, be sure and buy the Nesco/American Harvester Snackmaster. It is cheap ($59) and you can get extra trays and jerky and fruit leather trays for them! I have gotten them at Bed, Bath and Beyond and also Basic Living in Rexburg, and the Preparedness Store in IF. So check around.
One more tip, when you dry stuff and put it in a quart jar, leave it open for a day or two to make sure there is no residual moisture, then put an 02 pac in the jar and close. The O2 pac will pretty much seal the jar and help keep your stuff fresh longer!
1 1/2 C brown sugar
1/2 C shortening
1 tsp vanilla
1 C buttermilk
1 tsp soda
1/2 tsp salt
2 C flour
1 1/2 C diced rhubarb
Put in 9 X 13 pan.
1/2 C brown sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 C nuts
Sprinkle over top. Bake 25-30 minutes at 350 degrees. Serve warm with whipped cream.
Have a delicious day!
Friday, July 17, 2009
So happy bday to the happiest place on earth!
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
My grandma Alvey was a great quilt maker! Her and all of her sisters (7 of them) used to get together to do quilts all the time! It was a big event, with pot luck dishes and tons of visiting! I went a few times in my teens and loved listening to them! When I was 19 I got engaged! The sisters got together and quilted me a tricot quilt (remember those?) with the Idaho Falls Temple in the middle of it. It was very beautiful and had tons of quilting on it! I decided to try my hand at quilt making, however, I decided to make my first one a tied quilt! So I bought blue gingham check for one side and a blue flower pattern for the other, all cotton broadcloth (got a good deal since I was working at House of Fabrics). We put it on on the back covered patio, since it was summer and everyone came to tie! Now my grandma Alvey may have been the quilter, but my grandpa Alvey was the tie-er (sp)! He taught everyone in our family a neat way to tie, learned from his grandma! Anyways, before it was done, not only did the women tie on it, but my now husband, my brothers and my dad tied on that quilt!
I still have the quilt! As a matter of fact, if you check out my bed, after 32 years it is still on it! However, it has become threadbare in a few spots and is pulling apart in others. the other day I told my husband I needed to get rid of it, and he said no way! So I guess I am going to be making another ginham check quilt soon!
Thanks for the trip down memory lane today, Lori! I am so glad I found you again!
Everyone, make a memory today!
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
First off, Tiffany (my daughter) and I went to a Preparedness Fair in April at the Ucon Elementary School (if you were involved, it was awesome!) It inspired me to keep doing the things I do (canning, dehydrating) and try some new ones (sprouting)! One of the ladies had the book, "Putting Food By". As Tiffany and I thumbed through it, we really liked it, so I came home and got on http://www.amazon.com/ ( a great place to find things cheap), and found it and several other books, so I bought them!
Here are the titles of the books shown in the picture:
Putting Food By, 4th Edition, Newly Revised (Janet Green, Ruth Hertzberg, Beatrice Vaughan) This covers all kinds of preserving, has some recipes and has dietary tips to minimize salt and sugar!
Preserving Summer's Bounty (Edited by Susan McClure and the staff of The Rodale Food Center). This has ended up being my favorite book! Talks about what to grow, how to use it fresh and how to preserve it. Clear language and explanations. Lots of recipes! Excellent Book!
Ball Complete Book of Home Preserving (Edited by Judi Kingry and Lauren Devine) What can I say, 400 recipes! Some wonderful, some really wild (like Jalepeno Jelly that my daughter swears by)! Yummy stuff!
So let's get canning! Most of the vegetables are not ready yet, but the cherries are starting and you can always do jams, either from your garden or hit the local farmer's markets. Today I am sharing 2 recipes with you, Pie cherries and Kidney Beans. The kidney beans are so easy and you can do them any time of year. The cherries are starting on and some of the fruit stands have Utah fruit now. If I had known how easy it is to can cherries, I would have done it years ago. As it is, I was dragged into it, when my husband planted a pie cherry tree about 7 years ago. Let me tell you, they produce! And when you pick them, you better be ready to can right then, because they don't sit. After figuring that out and buying a cherry pitter (a real time and hand saver) I loved canning them!
Cherry Pie Filling ( from Susan Scott)
6 quarts pie cherries, pitted
7 C sugar 2 tsp almond extract
1 3/4 C Clear gel
9 1/3 C water
1/2 C lemon juice
2 tsp red food coloring
In a saucepan, combine sugar and clear gel. Add water, almond extract and food coloring. Cook on medium heat until thickened (boiling), stirring constantly. Add lemon juice and stir 1 minute. Add cherries. Put in jars and water bath for 30 minutes.
Clear Gel can be hard to find, but I get mine at http://www.4seasonsfoodstorage.com/, either on the internet at their local store.
Pressure-Cooked Beans (from Maureen and Colleen Scott)
In quart jars put:
1/4 C chopped raw onion
1/4 C chopped raw celery
1 1/2 C dry beans (kidney or pinto)
1 1/2 tsp salt
fill jars the rest of the way with water, to the rim. Add lid and ring. Pressure cook 12 lbs for 55 minutes. For pints, use 3/4 C beans and pressure for 35 minutes.
These beans can be used in any recipe calling for storebought canned beans. I use them to make chili, refried beans and in bean salads!
My last tip for the day. Go to http://www.pickyourown.org/! It is an awesome site that can hook you up with pick your own farms, has tons of recipes, canning tips, and links to where to get anything you would ever need! Check them out!
Well all this canning talk has made me hungry! I think I am going to make a cherry cobbler tonight! Hope you try something new today!
Saturday, July 11, 2009
Friday, July 10, 2009
See if that doesn't make you smile!
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
Last night when my husband were talking before going to bed, he commented that his time was shorter on this earth, saying at least he outlasted Michael and Billy Mays. After I slugged him, I got thinking about it, and I guess what he was trying to say was he was facing his mortality. This morning I have been doing that. None of us know when we will go, so make the most of life NOW. I know Michael had a lot of controversy in life, but I choose to remember the good stuff, songs like Rock with You, I'll Be There, Billy Jean and of course Thriller. I remember crowding around our TV with my young children, anxiously waiting for the premiere of the video to "Thriller" We wore out a cassette tape of that album. And who could forget "We Are The World", when it premiered that morning on the radio, and you realized as you listened, that all around the world, everyone else was listening! So, to the gloved one, I tip my hat! Goodbye Michael.
Monday, July 6, 2009
Hope you sparkle today!
Friday, July 3, 2009
Thursday, July 2, 2009
So hope you have lots of things planned for the weekend! We don't exactly have anything planned, some family members have other plans so I don't if we will see them. Hope so, hope they know they are always welcome!
Anyways, I love fireworks! The kind that shoot in the air! This is the one time when I bend the law a little and shoot some off, even though they aren't legal! A girl's got to have a little fun sometime! We are going to fireworks tomorrow night, Saturday night, and shooting our own off on Sunday night! I am so excited and I plan on taking pictures this year! Trying to figure out this whole Aperture thingie on my camera! :)
Hope you have tons of fun and lots of family this weekend! I will check in periodically!