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Monday, September 1, 2014

New Guest To The Ride

Please welcome Jason and Michelle from http://mccain4.blogspot.com/ .
Happy you joined us!
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Sunday, August 31, 2014

Sunday Passage

After traveling around catching up on blogs I enjoy reading this chapter in Proverbs seemed appropriate.
Proverbs Chapter 3 
Proverbs Chapter 3: Rewards of Obedience
Rewards of Obedience
Proverbs Chapter 3 : 5
Borrowed from King James Bible Online
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Saturday, August 30, 2014

Tribute to SciFi Chick

Friends for those of you who don't know SciFi Chic has gone to the other side. I was totally in the dark on this and needed clarification which I received via Sandy from oklahomatransient.blogspot.com . 
SciFi's blog http://baconandeggs-scifichick.blogspot.com/  , which so many of you who stop at my porch come from, is full of useful information for those who are interested in storing food or cooking/baking it. It makes for a great read. Her last post was Aug 10th and even tho she was "In the weeds" she still found time to reply on the 12th.
This is us wishing her family best wishes. She, like my children, are now just waiting for us to finish our journeys as they did theirs.
Prayers for you all, Mars and Family, straight to the top!
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Thursday, August 28, 2014

Looking Like Fall


Those White Squash are supposedly "Sweet Potato Squash" not sure wonder if they didn't cross breed. Anyhow, they each weigh 13.8#.
We are set for winter on the squash front... we tore out all the remainder squash, broccoli, brussel sprouts (we did not get one at all).
The garden is looking bare....what's left, let's see.... tomatoes, sweet potatoes, okra, peppers and our fall garden stuff. Turnips are showing....
That is all for now.... temps are HOT!!! 

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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

New Old Permanent Guest

 Please meet "Annie". She is the family pet belonging to FIL & MIL. But she has decided after spending a week with us that she wants to live here. Plus IL's have acquired a new puppy and Annie is tired of playing with the puppy. Annie is about 12 yrs old.
Here she has "Peanut" as a companion to run in the woods and check the goats and chickens. So much to do all the time!
Headed to move the goats, the girls usually go with. This happens about 4-5 x's a day








These two were racing me back like they do everyday

Wiggly Happy Dog!

Annie Cooling Off
 She probably will go for visits to her other home but I think she is settling in here wonderfully!


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Monday, August 25, 2014

Weekend Updates--UPDATE

Worked at the sawmill on Sat. then went for a much needed swim at the creek. Company stayed the night for some much needed R&R at our Serenity Valley (as he calls it, altho I like the name)




Sunday Mtn Man worked the rototiller in the garden... I planted turnips. And after a much needed nap we moved the sewing room into the laundry room.... So excited! 
The heat is terrible right now... Thank the Lord we haven't had this all summer!
k gotta go the Doctor Appt this morning.... Prayers please!
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UPDATE-
Mtn Man continues PTfor another 6wks.....
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12qts & 1pt homemade tomato sauce out of 40lbs of tomatoes

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Sunday, August 24, 2014

Sunday Passage

Happy is the man that findeth wisdom, and the man that getteth understanding.
Prov 3:13 

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Friday, August 22, 2014

Food Storage For Winter




Our pork, beef, chicken & tuna arrived today. As soon as we got home we set the table up right there outside and processed it. We had all the meat but 6 butts in the freezer in an hour and half.  What a deal! 
The canned stuff went on the shelves and viola' we are ready for winter.
I have been hearing, not sure if it's true or not, that storing up food has become or is becoming illegal in some states. As long as there has been Americans in this United States we have been storing food in our pantries/root cellars or what have ya. I personally, have been helping with and storing food since I was in my tweens. Many a time did I have raw hands from hot food for jars and many a time we ate straight out of these same jars time and time again. I tend to believe that those who are either jealous or ignorant or envious or just plain ol meanies have no clue what they are missing. Storing food is also the way God has directed us to do to make sure we eat healthy and do for ourselves & our families in times of hardship (for example, winter time)
Proverbs 27:12
“A prudent person foresees the danger ahead and takes precautions. The simpleton goes blindly on and suffers the consequences.”

 1 Timothy 5:8 (KJV)
" But if any provide not for his own, and specially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel."

 So my question for you is, Are you going to let some simpleton decide for you whether you should prepare for you and yours? Or are you going to listen to "The Man Upstairs" and prepare for you and yours?

It takes a lot of time and forethought to prepare ahead. Plus knowing where your food comes from is always a benefit!

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Thursday, August 21, 2014

Elbow Deep in Peaches

MIL found a deal on peaches a bushel for $20. Of course, I jumped on the deal!
We tackled the peaches and put up 21 qts for the pantry....





After we finished these up we headed over to a neighbors for some canning jars that were in storage. They need a bit of cleaning up and will be used for sure..... he also gave us a rototiller.
Beans are coming along some are blooming, the carrots are coming up nicely. The beets are about 4" high and the kohlrabi is up 3 ". Planting turnips tomorrow, hopefully!
 
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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

HOT HUMID Dirt Work

We are under a heat advisory in our area. At the present time the temp is about 98 although the weather people say 91, with a heat index of 97, humidity of 49%. Another words, You sweat while standing still !
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We installed the insulation on the outside of the root cellar attaching with a spray on adhesive. It worked pretty good. Then put in the drain tile around the container spreading straw on top of that. The tractor pushed the dirt up against the container. We looked inside to see if it was starting to cave and it was holding wonderfully. And the temp was holding great too!









 Mtn Man called it quits today due to heat and therapy. This is his last week one more session to do then see the doc on Monday!

Will get more peaches tomorrow. Have tomatoes on the front porch that are ripening probably due to can.

Due to mow some yards too. JG & Cemetery will get done this weekend. 

Gave extra waterers to the chickens and goats.....

Peanut had a run in with some coyotes.... came back a little shook up but she is familiar now with them.
Think I will do some baking... Rhodes Rolls Monkey Bread.... Corn Fritters (Oysters) by Sci Fi Chick at 
Bacon&Eggs will share on my recipes tab...

 Ok those affected by the heat keep cool!!

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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Painting The Root Cellar

This qualifies as a dirty job! But it is done....even the top. No we didn't do the doors not sure why but the boss said not to paint them. He painted the one spot on the door to see what this stuff looked like otherwise they will remain green.
Next will come the insulation and plastic then we can bury it.. Wahoo!
Ps the weather has stopped us today...thunder and lightening (made my hairs stand up)



Can you see the sweat and red face? It was in the 90's and 100% humidity!!!



 I was covered in that asphalt smelling stuff....threw my clothes away..took gasoline to get it off our skin, dawn soap to get the gasoline off and a warm shower with soap to wash the sweat off!
Now I am off to make "White Chili"...look for the recipe to appear soon with pics of course in the New REcipe Tab!!
Hope your day is going great!!

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Monday, August 18, 2014

What she up to today?



If you must know I am canning up tomatoes..... yes more canning. We sat down and roughly figured out that if we used 3 qts a day for 300 days we would need 900 qts!!! If we used 3 qts a day for 180 days or 6 mos. we would need 540 qts. I have ways to go yet...... as it stands we have enough for 40 days. Or if we used 1 qt a day for 120 days.
Will keep on canning.
Mtn Man has added more gravel/dirt to his shop pad and is now watering it to pack it down..
One week left until the dr appt.. praying for a release.....
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Sunday, August 17, 2014

Sunday Passage

Ephesians 4:31-32King James Version (KJV)

31 Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice:
32 And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you.
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Saturday, August 16, 2014

Redneck Remodel

Friday we had an appt with our local grocer. We went to ask for a good price on bulk meat and case goods. We would like to keep our buying with the little guy if at all possible. We ordered bacon 30#, pork steaks #80, whole chickens #80 , ribs #?? (he said about 8 racks to a case or so), burger 60# and we can make our own sausage with the scraps from the butt roast that we make the steaks with. It will be a lot of work but well worth it as the prices are rising every week. They have risen by 90cents on some things and others as little as 30 cents which makes like the hamburger go from $3 to around $4 the pork steaks went from $2.69 to $2.99 a lb. And bacon went from $3.99 to $5.99 lb. So with our discounts the prices were considerable lower.
I brought home a case of bacon and wrapped it in pound packages for the freezer. It is nice to get our freezer stocked again.



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Today, Saturday, Auntie M and her friend came over with the folks on her way home. It was nice to meet D and see Auntie M been a bit since she moved away.
While FIL was still here he helped us move out the old boat anchor of a fridge and in with a used double door fridge we brought down from Montana. It was a huge ordeal!  We had to remove the doors from the unit to get in the house through the door. Including cutting out the cabinet to make the fit.


The Old Fridge which came with the house.





We also brought in the portable dishwasher. Just have to find a connector for the faucet to make it work.
 
At least Mtn Man didn't resort to using a chainsaw on this remodel!

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