Saturday, August 2, 2014

Feeling Unsettled

This morning I awoke to the news that the missionaries infected with Ebola would be brought here to the states. I felt a bit unsettled with this news. Oh, if it were my family I am sure I would want them home too, but this deadly, contagious virus frightens me. And bringing them to Atlanta no less.....I know many people have had the same reaction as I have. Then there are those who say we must trust that those in charge know what they are doing. Ok, sure.
So, when things trouble me I do things that make me feel safe and in control. Today it was organizing the pantry and defrosting the freezer. By the end of the day I was feeling much better knowing that I have plenty of stores and that we could live safely and comfortably if times called us to do that.
Neat, tidy and organized. With plenty of room to add more jars!
Oh yeah! A nice clean freezer ready to fill with late season veggies and hopefully a deer or two.
I did end up with a short list of things I needed to replenish, therefor I will make a trip to Bj's tomorrow.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Filling The Pantry

And still I can! Earlier this week more salsa and tomato sauce. Today spaghetti sauce.
Thus far almost 100 jars have been filled and tucked away for winter use. Though it sounds like a lot there is still much more to go. The late tomatoes have set fruit and I will can plain tomato chunks along with homemade Rotel. Also late cucumbers are up and more pickles need to be done. Pesto to be made and frozen, I still have garlic scapes waiting patiently in the fridge and the basil is gorgeous.
The okra has started to produce so of course there must be some pickled and as an experiment this year I plan to bread and freeze some. Wouldn't that be yummy along side a pot of beans this winter?
The Red Ripper crowder peas are ready to start picking and they will go into the freezer too. Busy times here on the homestead!

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Adding To The Farm

Last fall we purchased 6 acres that adjoins our farm across the pond. This past week Doug started clearing it to ready the ground for sowing this fall. It is a lovely rolling piece of land, almost mountain like and even though I felt a bit panicky as the trees came down I think it will be quite beautiful when completed.
This is the view from our backyard looking across the pond as they started.
The view looking back toward our house. A mess now for sure but soon fencing, a barn and grass!

Monday, July 28, 2014

Roasted Red Peppers

One of my favorite sauces is a roasted red pepper sauce that is divine over pasta, zucchini noodles, chicken, crab cakes or licked off the spoon! I use the roasted peppers for other things too, but the sauce is my favorite.
Today I was gifted with a huge basket of peppers and since most of ours are still green I gladly took it. I washed and dried them and then coated each pepper with a thin layer of coconut oil. (Use any high heat oil of your choice tho)
 Then I placed them on a baking pan and broiled them turning each one as they blackened.

 Once done I put them in a large casserole dish and covered them with the lid. I let them cool for at least 30 minutes.
Next I peeled and seeded them and laid them on wax paper. They were then popped in the freezer. Using the tip of a sharp knife I pried them off the wax paper and put into freezer bags for use all winter long.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Itty Biddies

I knew she was hiding!
And now I know why.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Ziva Goes To School

Ziva has started her off leash obedience. She is doing very well and her trainer is quite proud.
Ziva thinks he is a little nutty 'cause he makes her "place" on strange things!

She has leaned to stay, even when her people walk away.
She still loves big sticks.
She  loves to swim.
and "place" on other strange things!

Friday, July 25, 2014

Storm Damage

A wicked storm blew through last night. Lots of damage and trees down and so today the clean up begins. A total of 4 trees down across fence lines and the drive washed away..again.

The rain was welcome (21/2 inches) as it has been quite dry for the last 3 weeks. The damage not so much!