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Friday, July 31, 2015

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I wanted to share this beautiful song!

What have I been up to...well let's see....I finished canning the venison! The garden just keeps on giving...will be out in it today gathering the goods. Mowed the neighbors and the cemetery on this cooler day yesterday.

I had to open up one of the jars I canned because I was curious! I packed the meat in those first jars and lost sleep over the fact that I may have stuffed them to full and they didn't get cooked through. Well I was happily wrong! And no I didn't feel any better for losing sleep! LOL! But I am pleased that the meat is cooked through and falls apart nicely!!

Yes I do believe they will work for us this winter!!
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Oh and on another note.....
Peanut The Nut is back to her old self once again!! Thanks for checking on my girl everybody!
Ps...she still hunts snakes!

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Thursday, July 30, 2015

The Simple Life


I have been thinking about writing about the Simple Life! I find it interesting that people in the city think living out in the country is Simple (easily understood or done; presenting no difficulty). They probably are right.
It is simple in the fact that we don't have to deal with "Nascar drivers"

or grouchy people because they hate the idea that they have to report to a job they hate daily.

 Or that they have to deal with screaming babies through a bedroom wall, blaring music, fighting parents, ambulance/police car noise, highway noise from cars and trucks rushing by, or gun shots ringing in the night.
Life in a city is complicated on most levels. It is not simple!

Country life can be complicated if you choose it to be. Depending on the place of dwelling whether it's a working farm, retired farm, country house, vacation spot or camping spot. They all can be complicated and trying if you choose it be. Most farmers you ask if they would have it any other way and their response for many is ...they would do it all again!


Living this "Simple" life is a reward that most don't get or understand who haven't lived it. We know where our food comes from, is prepared and by whom. 
We enjoy raising our own animals for the food we prepare. We enjoy the vegetables that we put on our tables cultivated by our own hands. We choose this simple life because out there it is complicated. We enjoy the peace it can offer. We enjoy the solitude it can offer.   Some places come with more responsibility than others but if we choose they all come with the same result. It is Simple!

The best part for us is that in this simple life we chose, we can hear God. When you live in the city sometimes it is really difficult to hear God even if he is yelling to get your attention. We live in such a "me, me, me" world that most don't hear him nor take the time to listen.


I guess what I am trying to say is, yes, we live a simple life and we love our simple life.
Oh, don't get me wrong...we have bills to pay like everybody else. Sometimes we have to make large sacrifices to pay those bills. But we still get to enjoy our peaceful, fulfilled, God filled, Simple Life!




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Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Garden Goodies & Canning-Updated

I finally was able to get out in the garden yesterday.
Oh my goodness! I came out with a lot more than I thought was in there!
Look for yourself
I went to baggin up the jalapenos, okra and the green beans while I ate my only lemon cuke. So good! I put the squash in my bucket for eatin on later. I then sliced into the Sugar Baby watermelon! Oh it is sweet!! 
Talkin about watermelon I had to go and look up when to pick them. I found this great video on Sugar Baby's. The tendril that is above the stem on the watermelon should be brown before picking the melon. It works!

The roma tomatoes that filled my big bowl I had to do something with. I remembered seeing a post over at 5 acres and a dream on canning pizza sauce. I am on day one..started last night. Hopefully by tomorrow evening I will have the sauce in jars! Yeah!
This morning I woke to sauce that was done....I turned it off and took the crock out of the cooler so it could cool! This cooked down to about a serving for two people.
So I started with about 5-6# of tomatoes, cooked them down for day and half approx on high in the crockpot for a serving for two! Not bad really!
 



Last but not least I pulled out all the venison from our freezer to can in jars. I have been putting it off because of the process I thought it would take to do that. Much to my happy self I found an easier and safe way to can my meat, raw packed. So happy! They are in the canner as I type this...will finish the rest of it tomorrow night. The days are way to hot to can...temps in the upper 90's with humidity at 80% and heat index 105*. Not canning weather!


This morning(Wed 29th) I went out to my canner that I left out to cool and opened the lid and Viola'!

7 Jars of finished canned cubed meat!  This will come in handy this winter for stews etc. And my freezer is ready for more fresh meats and things.
 
The evenings are cool enough after the sun goes down.

Hope everybody is having a good week thus far.
Talk to ya later! 

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Monday, July 27, 2015

Relaxing Monday

Cute toes, right? New product that I have discovered...will share soon!

 My Mtn Man fixed our hot tub for me. I have to say I am really HAPPY that he fixed it. My migraines have snuck back on me once again. My muscles get so tight in my shoulders that it cuts the blood off to my brain (medically diagnosed, Basilar Artery Damage) causing the migraines. Plus my limbs go to sleep or most of the time they are half asleep. Getting in to that HOT water and soak plus the jets it works wonders. When my body hurts a lot sometimes I get in it a few times a day to get through. Thank God literally that he provided a way for me to get relief. This is key to me to continue to move about. 
I tell ya I have been without it for months now. Trying to find someone to come down here to figure out what the problem was, is like trying to pull teeth that are well rooted! So I waited until God sent somebody to us that could figure it out. Thank you to my FIL & Big W! It turned out to be something with the heat sensor. Bought what we needed to fix it and Mtn Man applied what needed to be fixed. It is working beautifully!!
Awwww.....

May God Bless Your Efforts Today! 

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Sunday, July 26, 2015

Sunday Passage

I am doing something just a little different today. Enjoy!
Taken from Godly Woman Daily
There are quite a few commercials with this video...just skip them to get back to message. Great message!

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Saturday, July 25, 2015

Honoring Our Soldiers


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Friday, July 24, 2015

Deer Banana Bread

Today(Thurs) this little family stopped by to say hello. Aren't they just beautiful?





The evening brought on a craving for banana nut bread. I hadn't had that in such a long time. I ended up with two loaves, one to eat and the other to freeze.

I like ours to be a little bit chunky! Delish!

Recipe:
I mix together in a large bowl.

1 Cup of Water
1/4 C Corn Oil
3 ripe bananas, broken up in bite size pieces
4 eggs
1/4 C White Sugar
1/4 C Brown Sugar
1 Cup of Pecans (optional)
3 Cups Flour
2 tsp Baking Soda
2 tsp Salt



Mix together thoroughly!

Pour into two bread pans..the pans should be filled about half way +/-
Place in a 350* oven for 50-60 mins or until your knife comes out clean!

I take out of the pans about 5 mins after they are pulled out of the oven and laid on cooling racks.
Doesn't hurt to slice a piece while it is still warm!
Enjoy!
Ps. You will be able to find this on my recipe blog if you need it later! 

 


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Thursday, July 23, 2015

Rainy Day Entertainment


While we are seeing a lot of rain, our home state is on fire! It is breaking our hearts that our favorite spot is burning up. We pray for lots of rain to drop!

In the meantime, we are experiencing more rain. In the last 28 days, 14 days of rain. Makes it difficult to get our work done. I have only mowed my jobs once. I am thinking I will have to brush hog before I mow! LOL! Well maybe tomorrow I can tackle them. Suppose to be dry and sunny for the next couple days if the weatherman are right.



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Monday, July 20, 2015

1st Canner Of The Year

Went to the garden and lo, behold the green beans were giving again. I now had about 5-7 lbs as best we can figure of beans. In the canner they went!




Off to the pantry they go!




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Sunday, July 19, 2015

Sunday Passage

Ye judge after the flesh; I judge no man.
John 8:15 KJV

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Saturday, July 18, 2015

Ending The Week

This has been a busy week! Ending with Hot Hot Weather! I guess summer decided to make it's appearance!


Laundry hanging on the line for the first time this year!

BBQ Pork with vegie dish

The other wall up! Now for some doors.
Had to run to the Big W today for a new air conditioner. Our other one was running on its last leg along with a little help from Mtn Man. We had it for at least three years now so a new one is in!
We gathered all the burn barrels and loose trash we have built up over the last few months. Dropped it off at the local transfer station along with another snake! This was two times we have dropped off a snake for the transfer station. Not on purpose of course just that they end up on the truck! Not gonna take them back home!!

Hope you all have a great weekend! 
We may have to go find a water hole to sink into......

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Friday, July 17, 2015

Garden Update-Con't


 I was looking up how garden is said in different languages just for giggles. Because sometimes I get bored of my titles for my pages. So Mtn Man walks in and says well in Marquandian (Marquand is the nearest town to us) its called a Sweat Box! Good Morning!! I wanted to share that so we all can be in the asylum together! LOL! If you only knew......
Okie Dokie on to the garden.
I planted my fall carrots on the 14th and beans on the 15th. Beets will be at the end of Aug and Turnips the beginning of Aug.
Zucchini has officially bit the dust!
I never thought one could kill a zuke plant! But it is official! Checking it over it looks like it made an attempt at producing but they rotted. There are new leaves coming on but I don't think it will produce much of anything. Will continue to monitor.....
Pumpkin plant is not producing pumpkin... see for yourself

Not sure what these are.....won't argue with God, we will eat them.
Okra is growing beautifully. Not very tall but producing. Picked our first two day before yesterday. 
Had to dust them because the bugs were eating them up. Japanese Beatles are viscous!
Acorn Squash are growing. The fruit is a bit smaller than last year not sure why but we will eat them anyhow. 
 
Added them into a dish I made on the barby yesterday. So so good!
Crooked Neck Squash are producing but same thing they are a bit smaller. The bigger they get the more they harden. Not normal compared to last year.
Watermelons have fruit on them. I took one and opened it up. It hadn't turned color yet. The chickens loved that treat!
Lemon Cucumbers are climbing the fence to produce. Picked two off of them the other day.
Guess I didn't take a pic of those...sorry!

Tomatoes have been wrangled...see! Don't think we will grow them any other way from now on!
Tomatoes are slow to come on this year. Think all the issues are weather related.
Well that is all for now!

Try and stay cool today! It is suppose to be a HOT one here!
 

 




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Thursday, July 16, 2015

Their Free

Well just in the evenings!

These girls love the bugs and me, well I am not a big fan! So the girls go to work eating their tummies full in the late afternoon/ evenings now. Started a few days ago and they love it!!
Peanut could care less. She knows those are momma's........

Have a great day everybody!!

Ps. planted carrots (2 rows) yesterday (following the moon signs) and today planted 2 1/2 rows of  contender beans. All for fall canning! More updates on the garden coming.....Yay!


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