The latest posts from Bacon And Eggs
With so much to do to get the garden ready for spring planting I feel as though I'm far behind where I should be. The greenhouse should be full of trays by now. With no heat yet to keep the seeds warm at night it is fruitless to even try. Heat and ventilation have yet to be worked out. That's on "The List" too. It's times like these that I have to sit back and remind myself that everything has it's own time, it's own natural rhythm.
I've already resigned myself to the fact that I'll end up buying tomato plants and other early spring plants like broccoli and cabbage this year. It's ok, even if I DID want to start them from seed this year. Things could be worse. We are having a much better winter than many folks. Especially those North and East of here.
OK, now that I got my "whine" out of the way..... I have just got to share this with anyone who's not clicked that big X at the top of the page yet....
My dad is one of those guys that hardly ever picks up the phone to make a call. He told me years ago that kids should call their parents and not the other way around. Of course whenever he does call, my heart skips a beat or three wondering who's died or injured. He's also not one for using the mail either. He's been telling me that he's got some seed he wants to mail to me. Much of it is seed from strains he's been growing for years. So yesterday when I received a box in the mail and I saw who it was from I knew exactly what was in it. I might have even done a little happy dance.
Seeds, seeds and more seeds. The picture is what the first layer of the box looked like. Dad saves his seeds in old medicine bottles like these, which is half the battle of keeping them in a dark place. There are two or three layers under those bottles. Baggies of all kinds of different varieties of seeds all saved by my Dad!
If I thought I was ready for spring to get here before, now I feel like a kid waiting for Christmas to finally get here. I'm trying to ignore the fact that another cold front will be moving in on us over the weekend with highs in the 20's and possible rain,sleet and snow.
Stay warm folks... this can't last forever!!
Most of us can't get ourselves motivated in the morning without a cup of coffee or three. I take mine with cream and sugar. I also really like some of the flavored creamers that are out there. Me being
A couple of things here. I tried this as written and I didn't care for it one little bit. I added more milk (Like to the rim of the jar) I used some Vanilla Coffee Syrup the first time. It was wayyy to sweet.
I should have let Mikey try it, he likes everything. (For those too young to remember - there was a commercial for Life cereal a few years ago "Let Mikey try it, he likes everything") Good grief I feel older than dirt for having to explain that one.!
Back to you Jane..... :-)
I would recommend using the vanilla extract instead of the syrup. It's much better and besides this recipe is already pretty sweet because of the condensed milk. You might even want to add more milk. I think next time I'll make my own sweetened condensed milk as it's pretty simpe to make too.
I had to make this a couple of times, playing with the measurements but for all this build-up its a recipe as easy as it gets.
Here's the original link
And here's mine
14oz sweetened condensed milk
2 cups milk (any kind will do)
2 teaspoons vanilla extract OR Vanilla Coffee Syrup(if you like it ultra sweet try using the syrup)
1 quart mason jar
Pour it all in a mason jar and shake shake shake.
Add it to your coffee! How simple is that?
So there you have it. I can't afford to buy fancy creamers for my coffee but when I can find the condensed milk on sale I'll sure grab a couple of cans and whip up some fancy coffee creamer! You can also make a host of different flavors using this as a base. You might even want to add more milk. Or dream up your own! I think next time I'll make my own sweetened condensed milk as it's pretty simple too.
Here's a link for some ideas.
Who knows....one day I might make some ice cream too.
I got a few seeds in dirt yesterday. Mainly herbs this time. I've got it in my head that this will be the year that I'll have an herb garden. If you've been hanging out here awhile you know I say that every year. I've not had the greatest luck with most herbs, but I keep trying. I've even got a nice spot for them almost ready. For now though they are just seeds.
The onions harvested last summer are gone now. I will sometimes pick up a few at the store for fresh cut onions along the way but for the most part this time of year I'll use the onions I dehydrated just for that reason. I should have enough to last until the newly planted onions are ready.They did pretty well and I've only been having to buy onions recently. They did "ok" being braided for storage. I'd check them fairly regularly and dehydrate the ones that were getting close to going bad.
Another of the lessons I learned last year was that I need to buy my onion sets at places I trust. I made the mistake this past year and picked some up at the local grocery store. I had picked up yellow onions and they grew just fine. The problem was that they all were like double onion? Each one seemed to have two separate onions in one bulb. I don't know how to explain it. They were fine for eating but a PITA to peel.
We've got a great feed store over in Little Big Town that buys their onion sets and bulbs, potatoes and vegetable plants locally. New sets are starting to show up there and that is were I'll get my sets for this year. Last year we planted 75-80 feet of onions. We'll plant at least that much again this year. I'd like to plant some red onions and of course yellow onions. Maybe even a couple of other varieties.
One of the things Mars has been working on (when the weather allows) is trying to clean up the area where the old house used to be. It's the last of the "clean up" of the property. We know that there was a fire here but don't know exactly how long ago it was. Mars thinks that someone had bought the place with intentions of remodeling the old house. They probably stayed in an RV while the remodel was going on. There was an old electric pole with a breaker box on it once upon a time where it was probably hooked up to. There's a newish septic tank . Mars found the original septic tank when we planted the Redbud trees. There was a place in front of the dilapidated barn that had lots and lots of drywall pieces that was probably once a big stack of sheet rock. There's a spot inside the house area that had piles and piles of glass. Some of it got so hot it sort of melded together. So far he's picked out over 7 feed bags FULL of glass. Most in one spot, which leads him to believe that there were probably new windows stacked there to install during the remodel job. The house was set on pier and beams and there's a section toward the back that looks like it was probably an addition. That's the area we plan to build on some day.
Oh HECK.!!! I just looked out the window and all the dang chickens are all out. I best go so I can find and fix their escape hatch. Later ya'll.!
Why am I sharing all this with you? OH, now I remember! People watching. I've been known to sit in a parking lot just watching folks do their thing. WalMart parking lots are especially entertaining. Parking lot People Watching isn't really all that uncommon. I've met lots of folks who do the same thing. You would be amazed at what all goes on in parking lots.
Here's where my having a confession to make comes into play. I watch folks in the grocery stores too. Not just the people themselves but I watch what they have in their grocery carts. I don't know if many folks do this too but I find it fascinating to watch what they are filling up their carts with.
I see the harried business guy/gal tired from working the daily grind with what who looks like picking a few things up after a day sitting behind a desk somewhere. There are what looks like fresh organic vegetables some 2%milk, orange juice, a bouquet flowers and grass fed beef in their cart.
Conclusion: They are watching what they eat and trying to eat healthy as well. Except for that carton of ice cream. Gotta have a snack now and then right? These are the folks that get snowed in and panic because they only have a day or two's worth of food in the pantry.
Then there's the little old lady with her small careful choices. A couple of banana's, maybe a small package of chicken breasts that have been marked down, one of those small loaves of bread, half a gallon of milk and maybe some lettuce or a little package of cheese,two or three cans of cat food and a couple of small yogurt cups.
Conclusion: She probably lives alone with her cats. and buys small portions of her groceries at a time. Not only to be frugal but it gives her an excuse to get out of the house if only for a little while. She's probably got food at home but likes to get out of the house and actually talk to someone, even if it's just the brief conversation with the cashier.
There's the 18-19 something guy who loads up on chips, Fruit Loops, and frozen burrito's. He's probably never even lit a stove.
There's the pregnant woman who can't be more than 22-23 with three small screaming ill mannered children running amuck and picking up everything in their line of sight, and running down the aisle. They scream at the top of their lungs running into folks like they were bowling pins and trying to make a strike. All the while the mother sweetly repeats over and over "No Johnny stop running, Ronnie what did I tell you about using your "indoor" voice" yet they still run wild. Her basket is filled with frozen pizza's, sweet sugary cereals, 2 liter bottles of soda, hot dogs, chips and all manner of boxed "meals" (think Hamburger/Tuna Helper) and other processed foods. I'm quite sure she has no idea that her screaming children's actions are not just a matter of bad parenting but the awful foods she feeds them regularly paid with her food stamp card.
There's the older widowed gentleman who has some milk, butter, and a half dozen eggs. I assume he know how to make breakfast but apparently that's the extent of his cooking his own food because he has a pile of TV dinners, frozen pizza and some pot pies. Maybe he never learned to cook because his late wife always took care of the meals.
There's the 30ish lady with a fist full of coupons and a list. Unfortunately her basket is full of processed foods cookies and diet sodas, because it's on sale and she has a coupon for it. I didn't mention she is obese? She stands defiantly in front of the cashier making darn sure that not only does the cashier ring up the sale price but also the corresponding coupon.
I've often wondered if grocery store clerks do the same sort of thing. I'd imagine that their focus would probably be on getting everyone in their line out of it as soon as possible. If it were me though, after hours of standing on my feet swiping item after item across the scanner I'd probably be cart watching. I bet they have all sorts of horror stories about the people that come through their lane though.
Maybe because no matter what line I choose to check out from something is bound to happen to make my wait longer. It gives me time to shopping cart spy, eh? The cashier needs change or runs out of paper, someone presents a hand full of WIC vouchers, ( I didn't mention this shopper on purpose) something has been rung up at the wrong price, a manager has to do a code override, someone forgets "one little thing and I'll be right back" or it's shift change and another cashier has to tag in and take the others place. I've got a friend who I used to go shopping with that refuses to let me pick which lane to check out from. If I pick a lane, she'll just look at me and say "Seriously?" It's like that!
So I guess my question is ... Are you a people watcher? A shopping cart spy? Maybe a bit of both?
Heck I don't know why I'm telling you this.... I'm sure it's the same all over. I do know my attitude is getting worse as the grey and gloomy days go by. I'm a sun person by nature. These sunless days are starting to get to me. Heck I seem to loose all my "want to" after awhile. You would think that as much as I love reading all your blogs and messing around on the net that I would be doing more "puter time". I don't even feel like lifting the lid on the laptop most days. Which is really weird. I haven't even been to "the ultimate suck my brains out slowly all day long" site called FaceBook. This must be what they call the Winter Time Blues. Whatever you call it I want to call it OVER!
It seems none of the seeds I was trying to start did anything. I need to replant them all and try again. It's been pretty hard to keep the greenhouse at a decent temperature. There's still work that needs to be done on it. That and these grey gloomy days. I can't blame them for not wanting to sprout up into this weather!
They are promising temps actually above freezing for the weekend. I should be able to turn the water on long enough to do up the dishes, mop the floor and re-fill all the jugs. Then start all over again with another front on Monday that's supposed to bring some snow.
This has been a brutal winter for many folks. Heck even MMPaints hasn't tried to start seeds yet! If you're a regular reader of hers you KNOW it must be cold if she's not got something started by now. Speaking of MMPaints,.....Hop over to Self Sufficient Living and check out the cool raffle she's holding. Better hurry though, It'll be over soon!
It's snowing right now. I never had any idea how hard it is to capture snow falling in a picture! Picure? Did I say picture? Yes sir! My mom and dad sent me the most awesome birthday present I think I've ever received. A Canon EOS Rebel, complete with zoom lens, filters, and all the goodies. Top of the line. Pretty darn awesome. I almost cried when I opened the box and saw it. I've been messing around with it for a couple of weeks and now have NO excuse for not taking pictures. Now that it's snowing I'll actually have something to take pictures of besides naked trees!
It seems that none of the seed I planted came up. Which means I'll have to start over again. I think it might be due to not having consistent heat in the greenhouse. That's something that still needs to be worked on. It doesn't help that we've only had a few days of sunshine the past couple of weeks. Our "vacation" time should be over soon as spring is right around the corner. Sorta....
The rising cost of groceries is starting to become alarming. I know we are feeling it here. Things are getting really tight. Our grocery money is buying less and less. I'm struggling to admit it to myself but it won't be long before I'm going to have to budget more towards the grocery bill. Even with growing our own vegetables and having the chickens and the rabbits there are staples that have to be bought. Things we aren't able to produce here on the homeplace Things like coffee, tea, sugar, flour, butter and cooking oil are some of them. I'm sure you are feeling it too.
And that brings us to what is happening in California. Just the other day Gov. Brown declared the state in an extreme drought. My mom was telling me there has been hardly any snow where they are up in the northern part of the state either. Not to mention the ongoing water right feuds.This is the worst drought that California has ever seen.
Here's a partial list of the percentage of our fruits and vegetables that come from California. Click here for a full list
Head Lettuce 70%
Leaf Lettuce 85%
They also grow a healthy amount of melons. Did you know they produce half of the bell peppers in the US. One third of the fresh tomatoes and 95% of the processed ones come from the state.
If those numbers don't tell you what we are in for in the coming year then I just don't know what to say. If you think things are expensive now just give it a bit. Add to that the price of meat. Beef hit a 61 year low. That will push the beef prices even higher than they are now.
If there is any way that you can stock your pantry deep you'll be ahead of the game (for awhile at least) Heck consider it an investment . What you acquire today will most assuredly be worth more in the coming months. Hedge your bets and hold onto your hat's folks. It's going to be a wild ride.
I sometimes get comments from readers who are more than happy to jump in and try to shoot holes in the way I try things. Don't get me wrong. I'm not against constructive criticism. I'm more than happy to hear from folks who have suggestions as to how I could do things better. I'm not perfect and neither are some of the methods I use from time to time.
I follow a ton of blogs and truly enjoy reading about folks adventures through this life. I feel kind of blessed that all these folks are sharing their lives with me, a virtual stranger. I also try to respect their "place". If I were in their homes I would do the same. And really, isn't blogging sort of like visiting an extension of someones home? I see comments around the blogosphere sometimes that make me just shake my head. Would those same people use the same bad manners in a person's home? These days probably so. Would I invite them back again? Probably not.
This past summer another one of the "new" things I planted was Lemon Basil. Basil's such a pretty plant. When you walk past them you can smell the lemon. It tastes exactly what it's called. Lemon(y) basil. I found that it goes real well with chicken dishes. I'm betting it would be pretty darn good on fish too. I saved a bunch of seed so I can grow this again in the spring. Have you raised Lemon Basil? Any good recipes that you'd like to share?
It's also the day I started planting seeds for the coming spring. Broccoli, Cabbage, and some cauliflower seed are now all tucked into their new dirt home. I know it's pretty early for some folks BUT .... The "garden guy" on the Saturday radio said it's time to start seed if I want plants that are ready to be set in the garden come early spring. And who am I to argue??? LOL Give me a reason to stick some seed in dirt and watch me go.
I need to get the greenhouse all "back in order" too. I've got all sorts of empty containers for seed starters setting around. I'm still not sure how I feel about the egg cartons that I used last year. They worked out for the most part. I just need to do some adjusting on them to get better water absorption. I've also been wondering how the "baggie method" would work in the greenhouse. I've got some pepper seed I might try to start like that since peppers really need a warm soil to germinate well. I might have to do an experiment and see.
It seems like a good time to take stock of what seed I have and what I might need. I've already got the Baker Creek seed catalog all dog eared. So far it's the only one that has come. It seems by this time last year I'd already received several. I'm sure they'll start coming in soon.
Oh and it's time for tomato seed to be put in some dirt as well. Like I said if I want plants that are ready to be planted outside come early spring it's time to start piddling around in the greenhouse. I might be a couple of weeks early with the tomato's but I can't see what it could hurt to get them started. Another thought is that if for some reason I don't get good germination from them then I'll still have time to start more seed and hopefully have it ready to plant when the time comes. As usual I'm pretty much playing it by ear. Last year the greenhouse wasn't quite ready for starting the tomato's and so a new learning experience begins.
When we made the land payment this month I actually had a smile on my face. Trust me when I say I don't smile while doing the bills for the most part. This month was different though. This was where I got to look at Mars and tell him that we only have ONE more payment before this place is really ours! Of course there's a balloon payment but it's not too terrible. We can pull it off. I've been trying to build up the groceries enough that we can actually go until March before having to hit the grocery store for anything more than the basics. I'll use the money to toss to the last payment. I know we can do it hands down but I've really been trying to focus on not even noticing that we went two months without a grocery shopping trip. Our preps are not what they used to be, but even so we'll do just fine. Shoot, if nothing else we have the trusty beans and rice in buckets. Good thing I like beans and rice is what I've been telling Mars. lol
So if you were wondering what's been going on around here I can truly say... Not Much. It's been cold, snowy and icy in no order at all and the wind rips around a lot of the time. I'm really really ready for spring to show up. The sooner the better!
Did you know that not only is tomorrow is a New Moon but it's only the third time in 300 years that the New Moon has fallen on the first day of the new year? AND it's called a Super New Moon because it is the closest the moon will be to earth all year!
Out with the old and in with the new! I've got a feeling 2014 is going to be an interesting year. It's sure starting out that way. This is also the only time in my lifetime my birthday will be 1-14-14.
I want to wish each and every one of you a Very Happy New Year! If you go out to celebrate please find yourself a designated driver. Cops will most definitely be out and looking for any excuse to pull you over and that could get really expensive really fast. I'll have to tell you I can't remember the last time we actually went "out" on New Year's Eve. Let me parrot what my friend Jerry over at MDR... Leave it to the rookies to go out and party, we pro's stay home. (paraphrased of course)
!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I don't know if I was bored or what but I felt the need to bake today.I got my bread made and then I figured there's no time like now to make banana bread. While I was searching the freezer for banana's I found some strawberries hiding in the freezer. I figured I might as well put them to good use. It turned out pretty darn good if I have to say so myself. Sorry there are no pictures but... my camera's still not working. *sigh*
Strawberry Banana Bread
3 1/2 cups of All-Purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
2 sticks butter ( or sub 1 cup of shortening if you'd rather)
1 1/2 cups of very ripe mashed bananas
1 cup smushed strawberries
1 cup sugar
1 cup brown sugar
1 tablespoon vanilla
Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Grease two 9x5 loaf pans.
In a big bowl beat the butter and gradually add your sugar. Add eggs and beat well. Stir in mashed banana's, strawberries and vanilla.
In another bowl whisk together the flour, baking soda and salt. Blend into the banana/strawberry batter. If you want to add nuts, now is the time. Divide the batter between the two greased pans.
Pop it into the hot oven. Bake for 1 hour and 15 minutes, or until a toothpick stuck in the center of the loaves comes out clean.
Grab a cup of coffee and a big slice of hot goodness slathered in butter and you have.... Bliss!!
I didn't really cook anything fancy for Christmas Dinner. A baked chicken with carrots and onions, black-eyed peas from the garden, a salad and homemade bread and I called it done. Since we don't really like turkey much we'll usually have chicken in it's place. We've been known to frequently have Non-Traditional holiday dinners. Before the BP oil spill many times we'd have a nice seafood dinner. Shrimp, oysters, scallops etc. These days we've given up on seafood. It's just not worth risking eating tainted seafood. Being raised around Galveston Bay we would have seafood pretty regularly. Not these days. We've also stopped buying canned tuna for fear of contamination. I've still got a couple of cases of tuna in our food storage but once that's gone I'm not sure we'll try and replace it.
My mom is something else I tell ya. Last year she sent Mars a Kindle Fire for his birthday. Being a "real" book lover he wasn't really sure he was going to like e-books. Let's just say that I "borrowed" his Kindle A LOT and I just loved it. After a bit he slowly started using the Kindle more and more often. There are just tons of free books available. I was spending less and less time on his Kindle because he was slowly using it more and more. Well, my mom (being the great gift giver that she is) called a couple of weeks before Christmas and told me that there were packages coming in the mail. Once they got here I was instructed to wrap them both and stick them under my imaginary Christmas tree! When I opened it up I had to just start laughing. In the box was my very own Kindle Fire! She's cool like that ya know! lol
And in other news..... When we first moved out here to the homeplace there were piles and piles of debris from the house fire that needed to be disposed of. We took several truckloads of scrap metal (lots of siding too) to the recycling center. Now, most of that is all gone but there is still lots of things like brick, firebrick and cinder-block that need to be removed from where the old house stood. Much of the cinder-block isn't any good. For the most part they pretty much break into smaller pieces when picked up. Mars has used some for the parking area for the car, He also crushed up a bunch of it with a sledge hammer and used it to make walkways so we weren't walking in mud. The newest thing to do with the old cinder-block pieces is to use them to build up the corner at the front of the property. There's a pretty good slope there and that part of the land is mostly huge sandstone boulders with just a little bit of dirt and grass growing over it. So the idea is to use the cinder-blocks to build up the corner. Once that is done Mars wants to dig out the top few inches of dirt from where the old house was sitting and cover up the cinder-blocks with it. Eventually there might even be grass or something covering up that little corner.
I've shared my photo's for pretty much the entire time I've been writing this blog. It feels so strange to post without one so I found an older one today!
The storm that is moving toward the east coast left us here with everything covered in ice. It looks like a winter wonderland around here. So beautiful. Boy is it ever cold though! Temps haven't been above freezing in a few days. Mars has been keeping the water turned off most of the time. He'll turn it on and I'll refill the containers that need to be filled and get the dishes washed up. Then he drains the lines and shuts it back off. So far we've not had frozen pipes. Keep your fingers crossed will ya? Every time he goes out there to turn it on I sort of hold my breath till water starts coming.
There is a half an inch of ice covering everything. It looks like a winter wonderland around here. Absolutely stunning. Especially when the sun comes out for a half a second! hehehehe The two little Redbud trees we planted last spring are bent over in half, icy limbs touching the ground. All I can say is they haven't broken yet so that's a good sign, isn't it?? I've got my fingers crossed.
We lost electricity here on Sunday for about 24 hours Let me tell you it was COLD up in here huddled in multiple layers of clothing. I'm sure glad we both have our insulated coveralls. We really are going to have to work on getting another type of heat beyond the electric heaters. We've put it off much to long and this isn't the first time we've been caught unprepared for the electricity going out. We're ok with the lights as we have oil lamps and a couple of battery type lights. but we've got to address an alternate heating arrangement besides the stove. . Hey if it came down to it we'd just fire up the stove in the barn and hang out. I'd rather not have to do that So it has now moved higher on THE LIST.
I'd really like to thank the reader who hit the donation button. You know who you are. What an awesome surprise! Your thoughtfulness has put me into the Christmas mood. Thanks so very much.
I've not said much of anything about the diesel truck I wrecked last Spring. It's been harder here than you know without that dang truck on the road. Mars is and always has been self employed and always needed a truck for the kind of work he does. Fencing, welding, decks, small construction jobs. Most all of those things require a pickup truck. You have got to have something to haul the materials in. So the loss of the truck not only put us out of transportation for a bit (thanks to good folks we do have our little beater car!) but it has put him out of work for the most part.
Not to mention all the things that we've been unable to do around here without a truck. It's hard to haul 8' or 1o' 2x4's in a little car. I swear I can't even look at Craigslist anymore. I am always seeing free "stuff" that we could use around here for the house we will onc day build. We just have no way to haul it.
Geesh, I don't know why I got off onto this subject. It makes me sound ungrateful for all the things we do have. I don't mean it to be. There are so many who are hurting worse than we are. Once the land is paid for it will free up some money in our budget. Then we can begin to tackle some the problems that have been set before us. We've just got to hang tight for now and know in our hearts that things happen for a reason. Even though we might not see it at the time.
I hesitated sharing this, knowing full well that it is bound to open up conversations I don't really want to have. I've pretty much always tried to see the positive and play down the negative here. I've tried to be honest though. This is just the way things are. This blog is as much for me to journal our travels and experiences in this new life that we have chosen, as it is to try in some small way to help others who are walking this path too. Thanks for letting me rant for a bit. I promise not to be such a Debbie Downer again this year.
A couple of years ago we found an old washer and dryer on Craigslist . The washer's kind of picky when the weather turns cold. It seems that something (you'd have to ask Mars cause I'm clueless) freezes inside the machine (pump?) and it won't agitate. So it's either rig up some sort of light or heater OR just wait till the weather warms enough for it to thaw out.
All that just to say I need to get some laundry done in the next couple of days while the weather's nice. The dryer's newer and works great. I just don't use it unless I'm forced to so not only do I need warmer weather I also want it to be sunny out so I can use the solar dryer.
I'm having chicken problems. It looks like I might be trying my hand at raising some feedstore chicks in the spring. I've read and read about chickens and there are all sorts of different opinions. I'm about ready to put some hens in the freezer. Three haven't laid in over four months. I gave it some time because two that had chicks weren't laying eggs. Then I gave them a chance because they were molting. Bring that around to now and I've only got one hen laying. Part of me wants to say it's because its cold. The other part is really tired of feeding them. And we won't even talk about the three roosters who are on death row.
Now don't get me wrong but one of my New Years Resolution is going to be "If you don't work - I swear I'm gonna serve you with some carrots, potatoes and onions" I've grown really tired of taking care of critters that don't pull their load around here! I'll also know in a couple of weeks if we are going to be raising rabbits or eating them too. The new buck seems to know what he's doing though so we'll see. Ol' Bucky just might be on death row too.
Well I'm off to do some "while the sun shines" stuff. It's time to scratch some things off the list today. Who knows what in the world might happen.
We've been having temps in the teens at night and so Mars has been shutting off the water and draining the lines overnight to avoid pipes bursting. He also filled a big cooler with water and put it in the greenhouse to keep it from freezing up. That's the water I've been using to water the critters with. I've been rotating out the water we've got stored and refilling when the water's on. For a few days last week everything froze up and I was really glad that we've got several gallon jugs of water and a 5 gallon cooler for water in the house. They take up a lot of room in this little trailer but it's the only place we can keep it without having the freeze. It beats going without though.
Our local grocery store has begun a new "service". They have decided that they will honor other grocery stores sales ads. I've been taking advantage it and last week I picked up celery at 2/$1.00. So I picked up six. I still need to chop it all up and dry it but I was really happy to find such a great deal. There is an Aldi's in T Town but it's almost a 90 mile trip round trip. They have some killer specials on produce most every week and now I can still stay local and take advantage of the deals from Aldi's. For instance, the week before Thanksgiving they had cranberries for $1 a bag. I realize now I should have picked up more than 2 bags. Especially when I found out just how easy (and yummy) homemade cranberry sauce is to make.
It's hard to believe that just a month ago I was still enjoying the down time. Now I'm starting to think about spring. Especially since I got my first 2014 Seed Catalog! Baker's Creek even!! I love reading seed catalog's and Baker Creek is one of my favorites. Just think, here in a few weeks I'll be starting tomatoes in the greenhouse. Winter is a great time to go through my seeds and see what I have and also start planning what we'll actually plant in the spring.
I think I'm going to bake a batch of cookies this afternoon. Snickerdoodles anyone ?
The trailer isn't very warm but we are managing. The heater runs constantly though and I can only imagine how high our electric bill is going to be after all this. Layers of clothes, hats and gloves are still required though. I'm thankful I have a pair of fingerless gloves. They really are coming in handy.
One of the things on "The Eternally Growing List" is to make some heavier curtains for the windows. They really loose the heat. I'm sure wishing I had bumped it up a bit higher on the list. Hindsight's 20/20 though! There have just been things that were more important and I've just not had the funds for the material.
The critters are all ok. I've been breaking ice out of the water for the chickens three times a day for the past couple of days. The rabbits don't seem phased much by the weather. We move them into the barn in late fall and they overwinter there. Mars had the foresight to fill a big cooler full of water and set it in the greenhouse for critter water. We've got a little heater in there for the few plants that we are trying to overwinter and it's nice and warm in there.
I'm sorry about no pictures lately. My camera has some sort of problem where the batteries go in. It's not making a "connection" for some reason. It breaks my heart because I like to take photo's of things around here for future reference. Besides I just love taking pictures! Mars hasn't taken a look at the camera yet. I'm hoping he'll be able to figure something out. We've added a new critter to the mix and I wanted to show you how cute he is.
Ya'll all take care and stay warm. Be sure to check on your neighbors and especially the elderly to make sure they are ok too.
You saw how people acted when their food stamp cards suddenly wouldn't work. It took no time at all for all hell to break out once they all jumped on their obammaphones and called all their friends and relatives to come to Wal-Mart for the free goodies. Again, no cares as to the consequences of their actions.
You've probably heard about the Knockout Game. Gangs will roam the street looking for a white victim. Innocent people just walking down the street are picked out and suddenly sucker punched squarely in the face with the intent to knock the victim out. And then they all laugh and hoot and give high fives. I figure that one day soon they'll pick the wrong person to mess with and someones going to get killed.
What the hell has happened to this society? It seems a majority of people no longer have any sort of moral compass at all. The "me first" attitude has grown people who only care about themselves. People who will do just about anything anymore with no thought of the consequences of their actions and certainly no empathy for their fellow human beings.
Why should they though when even the POTUS is given to lying and only caring about his own personal agenda. I watch as each generation seeming to loose more and more of their inhibitions and human compassion. There has become a sort of a no give a shit attitude in this country. It's all about "me" with absolutely no care at all for others. If called out on it they will invariably try to put the blame on someone else's shoulders. Why not! It's what their illustrious leader does.
Can you just imagine just how bad it will be if those same people didn't have food on their table? When there is nothing left in the stores except empty shelves? Have you any doubt that chaos would soon follow?
"The last time the confluence of Thanksgiving and Hanukkah happened was 1888. This year it occurs Nov. 28, which is the second night of the eight-day Hanukkah celebration.
The next time it will occur? Hold on to your dreidels: By some calculations, it won't be for another 79,043 years, thanks to disparities between the Hebrew and Gregorian calendars."
Pretty neat huh?
Talk to you all soon, I've got
|Chili Stuffed Baked Potato|
I truly hope we don't loose power as our main heat source is electric. It's something that we need to take care of as money allows. A secondary heat source I mean. If worse comes to worse we can always use the oven for warmth as it runs on propane. We sure don't have to worry about ventilation as this old RV has very little insulation. No matter how much we try to insulate it will never be "air tight". If the power does go out for an extended period of time there is always the wood stove in the barn That sucker can put out some heat and we've got wood stacked for it too.
Do you have some meals that you like to make when it's cold out? I always think of a big pot of chili when the weather turns cold. And this is definitely chili weather. I made a big pot yesterday along with a pot of beans. I wasn't sure if I wanted chili or chili beans so I made some just in case! Today I think I'll make some cornbread to go with the left-overs. I made a big pot just so we could have it for a few meals. I like left over chili on a bed of rice. Or Chili Con Huevos. Or chili stuffed baked potatoes. There are many takes on chili around the country. Neither of us believe that chili should have beans in it. If you want beans in your chili then its called chili beans not chili! I'm just sayin.....
So how do you make chili in your neck of the woods? Beans? No Beans? Red Chili? White Chili? Hot? Mild? Big pots or Small batches? Winter meal or year round?
3 1/2 cups of All-Purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
2 sticks butter ( or sub 1 cup of shortening if you'd rather)
2 1/2 cups of very ripe mashed bananas
1 cup sugar
1 cup brown sugar
1 tablespoon vanilla
Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Grease two 9x5 loaf pans.
In a big bowl beat the butter and gradually add your sugar. Add eggs and beat well. Stir in mashed banana's and vanilla.
In another bowl whisk together the flour, baking soda and salt. Blend into the banana batter. If you want to add nuts, now is the time. Divide the batter between the two greased pans.
Pop it into the hot oven. Bake for 1 hour and 15 minutes, or until a toothpick stuck in the center of the loaves comes out clean.
Here's where I like to start a pot of coffee and pour me a cup. Cut a slice of banana bread and enjoy it with a hot cup of coffee just to make sure it's done. Cut another slice to double check for quality control. Then and only then consider maybe... just maybe... sharing with the rest of the family.
I don't say it nearly enough but one of the things I'm thankful for are you guys. It amazes me that there are so many wonderful folks all around the country that stop by here. I'd like to say thanks to you guys who have recently hit that button up there. And an even bigger thanks for those of you who have been along for the ride for awhile. I didn't know what I was doing back then and I sure don't know what I'm doing now. So I just want to say thanks for taking the time out of your busy day to stop by!
Rating 1 star lowest, 5 stars highest
Click stars to vote for Bacon And Eggs