Saturday, December 17, 2011

Friday, November 25, 2011


Found an almost empty bag of navy beans in the pantry, several years old at least, and thought it would be a good time to try my hand at canning beans again. I found a recipe that sounded good in Jackie Clay's canning book and decided to give it a whirl.

I made two batches, the first, exactly as per the recipe, until I realized there was nowhere near enough liquid and had to make another batch of sauce. They still came out very dry--I was afraid to really stuff the jars in case there was something I didn't know about expansion and tomato juice.....

The next batch that's in the canner right now looked wonderful---I mixed up a quadruple batch of sauce and then added a quart of last years tomatoes for a bit of texture. I made sure to run a knife down the sides to get out all the bubbles and get the sauce all the way down to the bottom.
I'm betting there was a mis-print in the book on the quantities, and hopefully these beans come out as wonderful as they looked going in!!

Sunday, November 13, 2011


She loves her the point that she growls and barks while trying to get back in it when it moves.

Saturday, November 12, 2011


I've been very remiss in my blogging lately.....working on orders and trees...

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Tuesday, October 4, 2011


Tuesday, September 27, 2011


Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Etsy coupon

Chuck needs to buy some new gear for the job, before his first paycheck comes in, so I'm offering a sale coupon for Etsy....just use "newshoes" at check out for 20% off.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Fall is here

we tipped over the edge and it's all a downhill swoop from here! Then a slooow crawl back up to spring and start the cycle all over again.

I really don't feel like I did anything this year. Hubby has been pursuing a better job all spring and summer, and it looks like it's finally happening. He'd been working two jobs, both part time, and this job will replace them both.

We're all glad to see the end of that night job, let me tell you!

More later!

Friday, September 2, 2011


Well, I rather liked having 333 posts, but it's time to move on now...

transition time......I feel kinda stuck & not sure what I should be doing, what plate to catch & what plate to drop...

Monday, August 29, 2011


Sunday, August 28, 2011


Not very much happening at the moment...Moshe the lizard has passed on, and Punkin is not very happy about that.

Beads are being made, bread is being baked....

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Monday, August 22, 2011


Thursday, August 11, 2011


Rye bread!
I've been tweaking an old recipe, and greatly enjoying the process, especially now that there are tomatoes to put on it...

Wednesday, August 3, 2011


Sunday, July 31, 2011


Saturday, July 30, 2011

More Sara

Since she was a bottle baby, she still likes to nurse on a finger, it's a social thing for her. She'll hold your finger with both paws, suck on it for a bit, then fall asleep in your lap.


Early snow, I wish....

Thursday, July 21, 2011

It pours sometimes

But thankfully it's plenty warm! The hot water heater just sprang a leak....I'm very grateful that it happened now and not in the middle of the winter.
Last time this happened we did the camp shower thing, and we can again.

Guess I better get my orders caught up & do a "water heater sale" on Etsy!!

Friday, July 15, 2011

Wednesday, July 13, 2011


Monday, July 11, 2011

Just pics