Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Busy Bees!!

The girls are coming and going today! They are very active and loving this 75+ degree day. So many of them that I couldn't get any closer to take pictures; they let me know that I was close enough!🤔😒🐝🐝

Monday, February 3, 2020

January 28-February 1, 2020-BUSY!!

Been busy around here this last week. Started out making spicy, hot ketchup for the first time. It was fun to make and not too much trouble; will make it again this summer when our garden veggies are ripe. Have a little over $8 in it, so not too bad for 5 pints. I couldn't stand to throw the thick paste looking leftovers out, so I canned them up for tomato paste. But this stuff is HOT; might leave the habanero peppers out next time?


The next day I decided to make homemade kolaches; I'd never tried this one either... Kylee was home sick from school, so I had her and Jordan helping me out! They came out really good, but next time I won't cook them near as long.

On Friday we stopped by the feed store in Coldspring and picked up 10 lbs of seed potatoes-could NOT believe they were 90 cents a pound! WHAT!!!! Also picked up a few herbs, brocolli, cabbage and lettuce plants.

Saturday morning brought with it hog butchering day! YEAH!! Had lots of help from Alana and some of the grandkids, so it didn't take too long, but still a long day for us. But so worth it!

Sunday morning Jeff got the link sausage out of the smokehouse and I got the last of the fat rendered out. Ended up with 45 lbs of sausage and 6 1/2 quarts of lard to fry fish in and for making biscuits! Yummy! And the bacon is curing in the refrigerator!!

Then today Jeff got the garden tilled up and ready to plant potatoes next week. The ground looks and smells so good!

Saturday, January 25, 2020

Got the Black Krim tomato seeds planted yesterday.  Then my seed order came in, so this morning got Homestead and Floradade planted.  Floradade is the new variety for this year,  hopefully they'll do great here in East Texas!

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Made cookies today :
 Then 2 loaves of bread:
 Then chicken spaghetti for supper!
Been working getting our raised beds cleaned up and ready to plant.  Got snow peas,  beets and spinach in today ahead of tomorrow's expected rain.
Baby chick hatch not good. Only had 5 hatch,  but 1 has died. Will set up the incubator again in a few weeks. 
We've decided to go to the Mother Earth News Fair in Belton this year.  We skipped last year,  but looking forward to it this time around and Kaytlynn is going with us!! 

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Only at our farm! He finally got the legs stuck in the fence and Jeff was able to pull it off his head. Never a dull moment!!

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Got the baby quilt finished this morning along with two burp towels. The picture makes it look much darker than it is. Not perfect; I like to think of them as artisan!!

The tomato seeds are finally popping up! The older seeds haven't yet, but I'll give them a few more days.
Birds have finally shown up on my birdfeeeders at the back porch. I love watching them! Our weather is so sticky and warm, supposed to stay that way all week. Another cold front is due in this weekend; sure hope we don't need to turn the a/c on. We can't even hang the laundry outside, it gets wetter out there..... Have a Blessed day!

Friday, January 10, 2020

Soap Making/Quilt Sewing Day

Decided to try out a new soap recipe/ technique.  Crock pot soap was a little different than what I've made in the past.  We'll see in a few weeks how it turns out!!

Mixing it all together. 

After a few minutes,  it comes to "trace". Looks like pudding...

What it looks like after cooking for 50 minutes. 

Got it in the molds to harden overnight.  Will pop them out tomorrow and let them cure for a few weeks.  I added lavender essential oil, so we'll see how good they smell....

Spending time getting the quilt top sewn up today and also planning to make homemade tortillas for supper tonight for the first time.  Fingers crossed,  been wanting to try doing this for a while.