Our Days

Our days are filled with Christmas music, Christmas movies, and Christmas baking.

We are on break from school. Quentin has been watching Voyagers with the kids. It has been great for reviewing History and even led to research and discussions about things they have not learned.

We are looking forward to visiting family the next couple of days and spending a quiet, peaceful Christmas at home.  Our Christmas Eve menu is sausage balls, smokies in a blanket, chips & dip, Oreo cookie cake, and peppermint pie. On Christmas we will have a ham, rolls, punch, and Christmas Eve leftovers.

Some of our Christmas goodies.

homemade peanut brittle is the best

homemade peanut brittle is the best

peanut butter fudge

peanut butter fudge

soft pretzels

soft pretzels

sugar cookies for friends and neighbors

sugar cookies for friends and neighbors

molasses cookies-our favorite

molasses cookies-our favorite

gingerbread men

gingerbread men

 

A couple of our meals from this week.

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chicken pot pie

cabbage rolls-I drowned them in tomato juice before baking

cabbage rolls-I drowned them in tomato juice before baking

See how puppy has grown!

nap time with McKenzie

nap time with McKenzie

nap time with daddy

nap time with daddy

I hope you all have a very Merry Christmas!

:)Vicki

Our Week

We have had a good week. Things are going smoothly, and we are enjoying this slower time of year.

McKenzie had an eye appointment on Wednesday. Her eyes have improved so she was given a new prescription that is not as strong as the one she had.

Bub had a follow up appointment on Friday and also received good news. There are still white blood cells in his spinal fluid and some inflammation in his spine and head, but everything is trending back to normal. His tests were all good so his neurologist is thinking he had viral meningitis which takes a long time to completely recover from.

School is moving along nicely. We have been reading A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens this week. 

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In the kitchen we are enjoying lots of soups and stews. It is a great way to sneak in lots of veggies, and I have always been fascinated with “peasant” style cooking.

Potato Soup

Potato Soup

Orange-Onion Deer Liver

Orange-Onion Deer Liver

Chili Beans with Cheese, Sour Cream, and Cornbread

Chili Beans with Cheese, Sour Cream, and Cornbread

Snickerdoodle donuts

Snickerdoodle donuts

Apple Oat Coffee Cake

Apple Oat Coffee Cake

Today the ice and rain have been taking turns. We woke up to a light dusting of snow but there is no trace of it now. I am hoping to get a little snow before Christmas. If it is going to be cold there might as well be snow. :)

I hope your weekend is super!

:)Vicki

 

 

 

 

 

What’s Cooking & Some Recipes

What is there to eat? I get asked that question a lot.

It is nice having a stocked freezer and pantry. That means I can feed my family well for well under $100 a week. And that makes me happy!

This is some of what I cooked this week to keep those tummies full. :)

Turkey Noodle Soup
& Garlic Toast
I used homemade stock that I made with my Thanksgiving turkey bones.

BBQ Sandwiches & Roasted Potatoes

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Deer Stew (using McCormick Beef Stew seasoning mix) & Crescent Rolls

I added potatoes, carrots, celery, and a can of drained peas.

I added potatoes, carrots, celery, and a can of drained peas.

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Mexican Enchilada Casserole

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Lasagna & Whole Clove Garlic Bread

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Deer Fajitas & Corn on the Cob Using Cheryl’s Fajita Seasoning

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Banana Bread

It takes longer to bake in a loaf pan. :) I made a simple glaze with powdered sugar and water.

It takes longer to bake in a loaf pan. :) I made a simple glaze with powdered sugar and water.

Double Chocolate Banana Muffins

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I finished up my last day of work this week and am back to being a full time wife and mom. I typed that with a big smile on my face because nothing makes me happier. :)

We just finished up a two week vacation from school and will get back to business Monday morning. I can’t wait!

A winter storm is supposed to be headed our way tomorrow morning. We are supposed to get 1-4 inches of snow with lots of ice on top of that. I do hope the power stays on if it hits. :)

Snoopy Tree & Nativity

Snoopy Tree & Nativity

I hope you all are enjoying the Christmas season and keeping warm!

:)Vicki

I’m linking up to:

Homestead Barn Hop

The temps have been pretty cold here! Our animals are all tucked in for winter. I couldn’t help but think how much I love our little homestead when we tucked in the “meat birds” too, and as Bub fed his pet “meat bird” on the back steps. :)

Silkie tractor

Silkie tractor

Guineas

Guineas

We are getting all cozy for winter too. :)

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Love this picture of my babies.

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving.  We spent our day at home with good food and family. It doesn’t get any better than that!

Chocolate, cucshaw, and pumpkin pie

Chocolate, cucshaw, and pumpkin pie

Now it is that time of year. Time for Christmas fun!

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I can’t think of a better reason to celebrate than the birth of our Savior!

This years "new" thrift store nativity.

This years “new” thrift store nativity.

A couple of weeks ago Quentin and Bub each got a deer on the same day. So exciting. We now have 4 deer in the freezer.

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We use the meat in just about everything-quesadillas, tacos, fajitas, BBQ, lasagna. This year we made bone stock for the first time. You can roast the bones first to make your stock darker, but I know what that smells like. :)

To this we added more bones, celery, carrots, garlic, and onions.

To this we added more bones, celery, carrots, garlic, and onions.

We have several recipes that call for venison stock. Can't wait to try it out.

We have several recipes that call for venison stock. Can’t wait to try it out.

The forecast for today is sunny and 52º. I hope to get outside this evening to clear out all the flower beds.

I hope you all have a wonderful week!

:)Vicki

Stay at Home, Homeschooling, Working Mom……

That’s me-at least for a while. It definitely puts limits on my time online, but I will still update here as I have time. And catch up with you all when I get the chance too!

Up until today our daytime temperatures had been sunny and warm.

We got our garlic planted before the ground froze. I have always planted it at the wrong time-in the spring. I am hoping to actually harvest some garlic early summer.

126_4587The garlic is under the hay. It should stay nice and cozy if the wind doesn’t blow it away.

A cozy fire to keep us warm on the first cold day of the season.

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We are starting to get excited about Christmas. Here is an advent calendar using K-Cups. We are going for the 12 days of Christmas since we don’t use a lot of K-Cups.

All filled up with goodies.

All filled up with goodies.

Just poke through the paper to get the prize. :)

Just poke through the paper to get the prize. :)

Madison took this picture of the meat birds.

We will need to "suck it up" soon and get these guys in the freezer!

We will need to “suck it up” soon and get these guys in the freezer!

Poky is still such a joy to have around.

Nap time.

Nap time.

Still trying to convince Bambi they should be best buds!

Still trying to convince Bambi they should be best buds!

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Keep warm everybody!!

:)Vicki

 

 

 

 

 

A Picture Post

I have been busy but wanted to at least share a few pictures.

I carved a chicken into our pumpkin. We called it our chicken-o-lantern

I carved a chicken into our pumpkin. We called it our chicken-o-lantern

This is the only tree in our field displaying its beautiful fall leaves.

This is the only tree in our field. I love how it is  displaying its beautiful fall leaves.

A few pictures at the pumpkin patch.

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This is the road we live on. So beautiful in the fall.

This is the road we live on. So beautiful in the fall.

Another picture taken from our road.

Another picture taken from our road. So blessed to live here!

A spoiled puppy, indeed!

A spoiled puppy, indeed!

The strawberry popcorn that we grew.

The strawberry popcorn that we grew.

Quentin got his first deer last week.

Quentin got his first deer last week.

We are learning to harvest all of the meat.

We are learning to harvest ALL of the meat.

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Meat birds will soon be ready for the freezer.

A sweater to keep puppy warm.

A sweater to keep puppy warm.

I hope you all are well! I will be catching up on blogs this weekend.

:)Vicki