Early Spring Sunrise Snow on the Silo

Monday, December 5, 2011

A (little late) Thanksgiving Post

I'm a bit behind the times, but I wanted to share my Thanksgiving pictures, particularly the turkey. I was able to get a locally raised and butchered, free range bird.

Since the weather was too warm to cook him (yes it was a him) on the wood stove, I used the grill instead.

He got stuffed with fresh Rosemary and Sage, had a nice mayonnaise massage and a dusting of salt and pepper. I put some water in the b
ottom of the roaster, tented him with foil and cooked for 3 hours in a 300ish closed grill.
These birds have more natural fat so basting was not nec
essary and he came out moist but with crispy brown skin.

Boogie enjoyed him very much!

'Tis The Season, Already?!?!

OH MY! Hard to believe how quickly this fall flew by. The weather has been fairly decent and we are just getting our first week of consistently below freezing weather. This is the time of year I like the least, primarily due to frozen water buckets! That and the fact that it is dark by 4:30pm. A friend of mine observed that after the 20th the days get longer and spring will be right around the corner, but I am not that optimistic.

I have a critter in my pasture that has been helping itself to duck dinners! It is likely fox based on the dens and the fact that it takes the s
maller ducks and doesn't carry them off. Time to dust off the live trap. I'm guessing my first capture will be the barn cat, and hoping it won't be a SKUNK!

I've finally gotten back to knitting in earnest and have a number of hats and scarves for sale at my Hyena Cart shop, EUC. I can also knit a variety of styles in colors to match your coat or jacket.

Boogie had one visit to Santa so far and actually sat next to him and told him what he wanted for Christmas. Last year he was absolutely terrified of the guy. I guess our weeks of practice paid off. He swore he would 'be brave' and ask Santa for a 'Diesel 10 with Pinchy'. For those without young boys, it is a specific 'Thomas the Tank Engine' train. I have it on good word that he just might get one. Now we have to write Santa a letter so he can give it to him next time he sees him 'just so Santa will remember'.

Still need to drag out the tree and decorations, hope you are all into the spirit of the season, I need to get myself into gear.

Friday, September 16, 2011

The Harvest

It's much too early for this frosty weather. Three weeks too early by our average first frost date. With the cool spring I still have far too many tomatoes on my vines and I am not ready to start carting firewood.

The apple trees planted last year produced a small harvest of very yummy fruit. We also discovered this interesting looking creature munching the leaves.

Boogie really enjoys apples (and is asking for one now as he sees these photos LOL).

Looks like there will be plenty of squash and beets. The eggplant and okra and beans were also good producers. The tomatoes were mediocre and I didn't plant nearly enough of them. By next spring I want a better tiller so I don't have to depend on anyone else to get the soil ready.

We did have a beautiful harvest moon.

And a worn out helper.

Still need to get the plastic on the hoop house so the potted tomatoes will have some extra time to ripen. Some of the plants were touched by the frost, but none seem to have been killed off. Here's hoping the warm weather returns and hangs around for a bit.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Say It Ain't So......

WOW, I knew I had been lax in posting, but didn't realize I missed the whole month of August. It's not that nothing has been happening, there is just way too much going on.

Today I had a BIG scare at Walgreen's. If you don't know, I do a lot of couponing and when I stopped today at a friends to pick grapes (she also happens to work at Wags) she told me they were notified TODAY to stop accepting printed Internet coupons. O.M.G. does that throw a spanner in my works.
I don't have a CVS or Rite Aid nearby, nor do I have access to any of the big grocery chains that double coupons, so I channel my efforts to deals at Walgreen's. Using printed Internet coupons is an integral park of my system. So quick like a bunny I checked out the corporate coupon policy on line and it still plainly stated they accept valid home printed Internet coupons. So twenty minutes later, with Internet coupons and printed policy in hand I was at Wags for my regular Thursday shop. Immediately one of my regular cashiers broke the news to me so I showed her the policy and she called the manager. At that point I was told i could use my coupons today, but I would need to check on the Internet next time as the policy would be changing. Next I was told it would be at the managers discretion and FINALLY, what sounds like the most sane option. They will take the printed coupons if they can be scanned or recognized when the numbers are entered. They must also have a picture or list the item(s) they are good for. The cashier cannot over ride. Sounds good to me, I can live with that. It really stinks that folks will actually fake coupons and ruin it for the rest of us.
So I was able to breathe a sigh of relief for now, but I can only believe that between 'extreme couponing' and counterfeiters rules will just get tighter and tighter. :-(

The heat and humidity today is putting a damper on my canning mojo, maybe I can catch up this weekend. I also have a ton of posts I'd like to catch up on in the next few days too.

Have a fun and safe Labor Day weekend.

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Dog Days......

We are preparing for a long stretch of weather with highs in the 90's and lows only in the upper 70's with high humidity and stagnant air. Times like this makes me want an air conditioner!

So so so many things going on this time of year. Picking the last of the broccoli and the first of the cucumbers, tomatoes and potatoes with beans added to the list before long.
I have had dismal results with Muscovy eggs in the incubator this year (ironically I'm having trouble keeping the humidity high enough) but the hens are doing a good job setting.

The Guinea keets are also starting to hatch and the 4 Light Brahmas are producing a steady stream of eggs for the incubator. I did purchase a few from a hatchery to diversify a bit and hope to have my flock up to pre neighbors dog decimation levels soon.

Sunday, June 26, 2011

One Fish, Two Fish!

Grandpa has made it back up North for the summer and a few weeks ago we managed to get over for our first visit of the season. I have spent the winter listening to Boogie ask to go fishing with Grandpa on an almost daily basis, and finally he can! Boogie is old enough this year to have a grasp of what fishing really entails.

While it was too windy to take the boat out on the lake, there were plenty of pan fish within easy casting distance from the shore.
Grandpa cast out a bobber with a piece of artificial worm on the hook ( this things are really weird, they are not the plastic kind and look incredibly lifelike, ick!) and the impatient Boogie-monster wanted to reel in every cast.

Well his technique worked and his first ever fish was a really nice bluegill.

He had a bit of a problem with releasing the fish, but I explained that the fish needed to go back in the water to live and he finally agreed. He went on to catch two more small fish before the ADHD kicked in and he ran off to explore. We are planning to head over again this week and Boogie is hoping we can go out on the boat this time.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

More Robin News

The last few days it looked like there was no room left in the nest for all four fledgelings. It got to be a pretty tight squeeze and then * POOF* they were all gone.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Quick Robin Update

Parent on patrol!

Spring finally appears to be here and a lot of things are (in addition to a 3 1/2 year old!) demanding my time. Lots going on in the garden, chicks are hatching and the robins eggs have hatched.

I have been trying to take pictures every few days despit
e Mom and Dad being very protective.

Just hatched.

2 days

Six days

Watchful eye!

On a sad note, the ground nesting Song Sparrows that have nested in the front garden the last few years returned only to find one of them dead of unknown cause near the fence line. The mate has been calling and I am hoping it can find a new partner.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Robins Egg Blue

Despite Mother Natures best efforts to the contrary, including a frost last night that managed to kill some of the tender plants out in the hoop house, some signs of spring are still emerging.
You may remember that last summer I was able to chronicle a family of ground nesting Song Sparrows in the garden. This year a
Robin has decided that the support po
st for the over hang above the door of the shop was a good place for a nest. This is greatly hampering my ability to work on getting my resale store ready to open, but it has taken this long so a few more weeks really won't make a big difference.

There are 4 eggs in the nest and I will update as soon as they hatch!

Sunday, April 3, 2011

From the kitchen......

A flat of basil seedlings, waiting on spring.

I like to cook, not the 'Mastering the Art of French Cooking' cooking, at least not every day. I really like simple, yummy food. Meals that make good use of my stockpile and garden. Meals that you cook once and eat twice, maybe even three of four, times.

Since I am starting to work out of the house again part-time I really need to find time savers. I don't like processed foods from a can or a box and try to watch out for sodium and artificial ingredients.

Breakfast is always a tough one for me. I was looking for something to do with the ridiculous amount of cereals I have stashed and remembered a recipe I used to use to make muffins with Raisin Bran cereal. I happened to have a box of Raisin Bran Crunch that we were not fond of and had some buttermilk in the fridge so I made up a batch. The recipe is available from

1 (15 oz.) box Raisin Bran
2 1/2 c. sugar
5 c. flour
5 tsp. soda
2 tsp. salt
4 beaten eggs
1 c. vegetable oil
1 qt. buttermilk

Mix dry ingredients together, add beaten eggs and buttermilk and oil. Fill muffin tins almost to top.

Bake at 400°F. for 15 minutes. They will be dry if baked too long.

I KNOW! It makes a huge batch, but I just bake what I need and then keep the remaining batter covered in the fridge. Fresh, hot muffins in just the time it takes to bake them in the oven. It really will keep 4 - 6 weeks. They are actually better after the batter rests a day or two.

You really can have fresh baked muffins whenever you want!

I'm planning on taking a dozen into work with me, may as well start working on my job security right away!

Sunday, March 27, 2011

A Snake in the Wood Pile!

While preparing dinner Boogie was occupying himself with the fire wood we had carried in. It wasn't long before I heard screams of "SNAKE! Mommie! Mommie! SNAKE!" from the dining room. Dear Son, it's 20 degrees out, I'm certain there is no snake. As a dutiful Mommie I responded to his cries and found......

a grub!

He was quite fascinated by it and fortunately was in bed before it met its end in the wood stove.
Yeah, contact PETA, but I wasn't going to try to raise the darn thing!