20 Weeks of Food Storage – Week 1 – Planning

I was popping around some blogs about preparing a food store and ran in to the WeeHavyn blog and her ideas about creating a food store, not for the end of times, but for a cushion against unforeseen happenings – house problems, unexpected bills, illnesses. The basic idea is to make a list of items and amounts…

Our Julebord – 2015

We had a lovely lunch this Christmas, moving the time up to 2:00 to get everyone back on the road to home before the temperature dropped. The Julebord Menu Sliced Ham with Assorted Cheeses (Provolone, Havarti, White Cheddar) Beef and Barley Soup Assorted Breads from Great Harvest Bakery Assorted Mustards Smoked Salmon Brie with kiwi…

Winter Supper

Tonight we celebrated my husband’s birthday and the Winter Solstice with a feast.  Prime Rib with roast potatoes, Yorkshire pudding, gravy and green beans. The Roast was a bone-in ribeye roast that I started at 450 for about 30 minutes and then lowered the oven temperature to 350 to finish to a perfect 160 internal…

Fruit Cake

Preheat oven to 300 degrees 1.5 cups coarsely chopped pecan 1.5 cups coarsely chopped walnuts 1.5 cups pitted dates, raisins, sour cherries and figs that have soaked in whiskey for several weeks 1 cup candied cherries and pineapple 1 t cinnamon 1/2 cloves 1/2 nutmeg 1/2 allspice 1/2 dried ginger zest from 1 orange zest from 1 lemon…

Bundt cake and Thrift Store Finds

Today is Samhain, the day the summer comes to its end and the winter dark takes over.  We went to the local thrift shop and found some lovely items that had been carefully weeded from another home….. I found a lovely hand made pottery jar.  I love knowing that hands have touched clay to make…

Red Cross Recommends

I’ve been listening to OPB’s series about disaster preparation and it’s got me thinking that we could be doing more. So I’ve copies their list below and am going to start getting things together in case we ever need them: Water: one gallon per person, per day (3-day supply for evacuation, 2-week supply for home)…

Thanks Friend

A dear friend of mine gave me the most beautiful gift in response to my inquiry about the recipe for his salad dressing.  The bag contained not only all of the ingredients for the dressing, but the makings of a lovely salad.  Thanks TS…. Miso Salad Dressing 6 T miso 1/2 c rice vinegar 5…

End of September

It was a busy weekend about the backyard farm.  Saturday we picked up milk at the farm and did a bit of shopping.  While we were out, our oldest son noticed that Frodo, the little goat, wasn’t looking as spry as usual.  We cam home, called a bunch of vets (most of whom are closed…

Fall Harvest Weekend – Sept

This weekend I started putting up the fall harvest to get ready for winter. Grape Juice: Saturday was the day to start harvesting the grapes before the next rain storm.  I was able to bottle two batches of white grape juice from the grapes with seeds and put a couple of trays of seedless grapes…

Summer Vacation – Day ?? (only 8 days left)

Today was a busy day as we’re wrapping up our summer vacation and getting ready to go back to school.  A started out the day at the Gladstone Goodwill shop where I picked up a lovely set of casseroles and a baking dish.  The are handmade and decorated with blue slip.  I’d been waiting for…