Thursday, May 28, 2009


We're done with turkey for a while, thank goodness!
It was on sale at Wal-Mart, so the church freezer filled up halfway, then Pastor placed an order from a bulk supplier. Thinking he was ordering single turkeys he actually ordered 3 cases of 4 each. The price was very good, but we ran out of room.

One of the members took a half dozen and smoked them...which lead to our end of season picnic smoked turkey sandwiches last night. Yummy!
And I've never seen anyone take a turkey apart like K! Goodness! She pulled the legs out, twisted them off, pulled out the wings, pulled the breast off the back, and voila! Two of us cutting the meat up couldn't keep up with her.

Monday, May 25, 2009

Apple whachamacallit

I was making bread and had a piece of dough left that just wasn't enough for a I rolled it out thin. Then chopped two slightly withered apples that were being passed over in favor of newer ones, added brown sugar, cinnamon, cloves, raisens, and a bit of butter, and spread this over the dough. Rolled it up and sliced it, poured a bit more sugar and water over the top and popped it in the oven.

Of course if everyone likes it, I'll never be able to duplicate it.....

Edited to add, it was yummy!

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Memorial Day

We ate fried apples, salad, and spaghetti, surrounded by cats and chihuahuas.....
Tomorrow and Tuesday are baking days----we're having a picnic in the park on Wednesday, and I want to bring the sandwich bread. I've been using the recipe on Granny Miller and it's really good.

Thursday, May 21, 2009


Our neighbor does wildlife rehab----she's had deer, antelope, coyotes, porcupines, raccoons, squirrels, opossums, and a variety of birds.
Last year she had two Canadian geese, a male and a female. The male had a broken leg, which healed well enough that he was able to leave in the spring with the rest of the wild geese. The female wasn't as fortunate, one wing had to be amputated, and since she isn't paired, the zoo doesn't want her.
About six this morning we heard honking on the wrong side of the house, so we dashed outside to see if the female was out, as she'd be easy prey for dogs if she were to escape. There was a lone goose circling the houses, honking, and the goose on the ground was answering. It appears the male came back for her! It will be interesting to see what develops, as she can't leave the yard. The neighbors may have a family in the back yard.....

Monday, May 18, 2009


Well, we turn in the U Haul tomorrow, and then perhaps life will return to what passes for normal in this neck of the woods...

My guest is moved in downstairs, what remains is really just details, internet, finding things, laundry, etc. The neighbor luckily had just been given a box of sheets that don't fit her bed, but do fit the downstairs bed.

Planted: potatoes, squash, chard, mustard.
tomorrow we'll get some more things in, hopefully by the end of the week we'll be done.

Still reading "A Nation of Farmers", absorbing and digesting. A LOT of it is just the way I grew up, and it feels odd to be encouraged to go back the way I came.

Friday, May 8, 2009


A Nation of Farmers

just arrived....I'll probably be short on sleep for the next couple of days!!

I need to buckle down and push a bunch of orders out the door in the next couple of days, so between that and the garden, I'll be scarce....

Tuesday, May 5, 2009


Just realized that I haven't shown any puppy pics for a while, either.....this is Peanut, the one that Connie decided to keep. We were unsure if his ears would stand, mom's don't, dad's do, so it could have gone either way.

It appears they will---right at the moment they droop BACKWARDS at the tips. I can see right now that we can't allow a single stem of cheetgrass in the yard!


I used to feature cat pics in my Ebay auctions and always wanted to publish this pose.....he's totally secure in his cathood.

Monday, May 4, 2009


Stepping off the edge a little here....what is "real"?
Someone said to me at the last show I did that there is no reality, it's all in the perception.

Is the food I put on the table any more real because I made it and not some bread factory somewhere squirting out automated loaves?
Is the mac-n-cheese any more real because I didn't use the box with the cheese-flavored powder?

Food for thought....

Sunday, May 3, 2009


I haven't shown any beads for quite some time---I'd been at burn-out and didn't want to devote blog time to something that was taking more time from my life than I wanted to give....But now the show is over, and the trunk show is on it's way home, and I can breathe again.

Saturday, May 2, 2009


I was at the library with Con and noticed a thick, heavy book entitled "Weeds of Nebraska and the Great Plains". When I opened it the first thing I noticed was yarrow classified as a weed, secondly
It's a marvelous book, but seems to follow the pattern I've noticed here, it's either a field crop or noxious....nothing in between.
so now I'm off to Amazon for a used copy for my bookshelf.

Friday, May 1, 2009

Mountains of spices...

I ordered a couple of things from the Spice Barn, star anise and ginger...the package arrived today. Even though the spices are sealed in double plastic, the scent still came through and saturated the layers of tissue paper the bags were wrapped in in. I almost threw it out, but realized I need to save it to wrap beads in for mailing....


"So when are we going to do the dishes?"
This from a child who doesn't like to empty the dishwasher even when paid to do so...hmmm. Shoulda decomissioned the thing a long time ago.

Rain last night, grey and drizzly this morning....good for the soil and makes it easier to dig. since we got a late start this year, we're going to plant directly on a lot of things. We've noticed in years past that the volunteer tomatoes actually do better than the greenhouse starts by the end of the year. They come up slower, but the plants are more vigorous, and they seem to produce just about as much. So this year we'll try direct planting since we've had so much else going on.