Thursday, December 7, 2017
I've still got a quilt in progress and an afghan almost finished, a new, big order of primitives to work on and, of course, the usual everyday stuff so I'm kept hopping!
I asked my hubby for a box of oranges and a bag of lemons and he brought them home the other day. I've got an amazingly simple method of making Orange Marmalade. You just put 6 oranges, 4 lemons, and 2 cans of pineapple in your food processor and grind.
These three guys (hard bald eggs, of course) are in my fridge....
Zephyr and Zelda are standing in the pile of carrot scrapings they disdained when I generously offered them. No accounting for taste. None of the animals wanted them!
Imagine what our forebears would think if we tried to convince them that we could 'see' the baby and know if it's a boy or girl when the mother was only half-way along!
Wednesday, November 1, 2017
Tiptoe down to the red cellar door and see how much we've accomplished this canning season!
Our birds free range through our orchard, but one of them is a LONE FREE RANGER, lol, as I often see her strolling through the yard or chasing grasshoppers out in the pasture. It is a time of plenty and I have at least 6 or 8 dozen eggs in my fridge. I send them home with anyone who stops by, so if you need eggs, you know where to come, lol!
Seems like there have been a million things to do. We had a cider-pressing party and after everyone took cider home, we still had 14 gallons to can. We've been canning apple butter & apple sauce, harvested onions, garlic, squash, tomatoes, raspberries, blackberries....and I'm sure more stuff I've already forgotten!
Today I canned applesauce for my married daughter and her hubby as she is expecting my first grandbaby and lives in a house too tiny to think about canning at the moment. Did you hear that??? My FIRST GRANDBABY! Can you say...GrammyPammy? I'm already starting a collection of toys. Of course, I've always loved toys and still have quite a few from my own childhood!
In between all the canning, I'm working on a quilt, an afghan and primitives as someone purchases some.
People usually comment on how busy I am. It's true, I do a lot of things, but I don't work outside of home, so I have more time to do it all than some. I'm also a type A, like my mother before me, so I hit the ground running around 5:30 or 6 each morning and don't usually slow down until after dinner. I LIKE to work. I LOVE my farm and all the chores. Sometimes I feel a little overwhelmed and wish I had a few extra hands to help with it all, but still, I'm never bored!
The gourds and Jack-be-Littles were a gift from my neighbor!
This bread is about 2/3 whole wheat
and 1/3 unbleached flour. I usually make 5 loaves at a time, but this time I made 3 loaves and 8 big sandwich or hamburger buns.
We joke that even after a trip to the grocery store or Costco, there's nothing to eat around here except ingredients. That's the only disadvantage to cooking everything from scratch....if you don't cook, you don't eat!
Well, 'nuf of this sitting around with a computer on my lap. Those ingredients will not be supper-time's meal if I don't get a move on! I'll leave you with a song that's been blessing me all week...
Thursday, August 31, 2017
I believe my last post was back in June when we were getting ready for my oldest daughter's wedding. Is that enough excuse to be gone so long? It did take a lot out of us and we were tired for weeks after...But I think we're over it now!
Summer is always a busy time on the farm and this one is no exception. Western Washington is known for its massive rainfall, but we do have very dry summers and things are definitely suffering the lack thereof around here. Our low flow well is struggling and we've put ourselves on water-watch!
A close friend of his (pic below) is Pam (no, not me, it really is called Pam). I picked this one out especially, not just because we share a name, but it is my favorite hue in flowers - shades of yellow, orange & red! Sunset colors!
Canning season is upon us and we're working hard, even though our own garden is kind of puny. A friend 'down the valley' let us pick their green beans and we put them up.
This time as we drove & walked around, we discovered something new to us....Cat Feeding Stations! I saw this little birdhouse-like structure (and a shiny black crow exiting....) and wondered what it was. There are actually about 3 or 4 of them along the big rock jetty in Westport and they are cat feeding stations for abandoned cats!
Sounds like a great start to a poem...The sleek & stealthy feral cats, dining upon the many wharf rats, stopped to feed at little cat houses and soon gave up the eating of mouses!!
Hmm. Maybe I should stick to my day job....farm wife!!
The Himalayan is a big, succulent soft berry (my favorite) and grow all along the back of our orchard fence. We have some of the Evergreen around here, too. They are a firm berry with a completely different flavor and hold their shape well for canning.
Today my daughter and I are canning tomatoes from Jean's AMAZING garden!
There is a long dock along the seawall protecting the marina from the ocean and we had walked out there and I snapped this with my new....SMART PHONE!!! Yes, I have finally joined the ranks of, well, everyone else on the planet and now have a smart phone. So far, it holds true and it is actually smarter than I am, so I try to leave it alone....
I've a bunch of other things going now, but shall save them for another post! I'll just leave you with this....
I was standing at the sink, doing a few dishes (ok, a lot of dishes), and feeling just a bit sorry for myself (health issues I mentioned earlier) and doing a bit of praying. "Lord, I just want to be able to do my work...serve my family....take care of stuff on our farm...." And I realized that, standing there at the sink doing dishes, I was doing just that. Sometimes I don't see all the good things the Lord has done for me when I'm busy concentrating on the not-so-good. It brought to mind
Wednesday, June 14, 2017
In the last couple of weeks my toaster, Kitchen-Aid stand mixer and the daughter's laptop all bit the dust. Last night the septic system decided it's ready to be pumped.
Okay, okay. Of course, we are thrilled for her and even for ourselves as her intended is a fabulous young man.....but emotions are running high and did I mention we are...well....stressed?
Deep breath. Sigh. In a house full of chronically ill people, a big event seems even bigger.
I just realized that the viewing tower is shaped like a lighthouse when I took this picture. I have been there many times and never realized it before. Duh!
It was a nice day, though the mosquitoes were fierce in the shadows. One fun moment....We were basically the only people around but then a young couple with two little girls came up the steps and in view of the battery. With a sudden intake of breath and a quick rush forward, one little girl said.....it's a CASTLE!!!!!!!
Pretty close, I'd say.
We had a close encounter with a bald eagle who swooped out of the sky to snatch up a caught-and-released trout from about 15 feet in front of us! Beautiful, but definitely startling!
On that note I shall sign off and go...eat...Jello.
Saturday, May 20, 2017
We also celebrated my son's birthday...complete with balloons, confetti, noisemakers and hats. He's 31, by the way. His request was Esther's Orange Marmalade Cake from the Mitford Series of books by Jan Karon! If you make one, you'll keep making them, I warn you!
Mushy food is the theme this week and today's
special is Chicken Pot Pie! Yes, even if I have to be propped up in the kitchen, we still eat
homemade food. If I were totally honest,
I would have to say that today I probably would
have eaten store-bought, if the darn store
weren't so far away. A 40 minute trip in,
major hike through Walmart and a 40 minute
trip back sounds as difficult to me today as
contemplating the Boston Marathon!
My computer has been my companion whilst recuperating, so I have new recipes to try. This Lemon Cake was divine (and soft!). We put Lemon Curd in between layers and a light glaze on top.
Recipe found here:
A few of the rabbits are having litters and the chickies are totally feathered out so I'll take pictures of animals next time.