Fence Pictures

We have made a lot of progress on our fence this past week.  It still isn’t finished(we only have a few more feet to go), but I thought I would share a few pictures anyway.

It has been fun (and a lot of hard work).  I don’t think we did too bad for our first time. 🙂

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What’s Been Happening

Hi!  I hope you all are enjoying your last bit of summer.  Our nights and mornings are much cooler which has me all excited for fall.

a touch of fall from our garden

Our gardening has almost come to an end.  We only have okra, watermelon, and tomatoes left.  I was seriously considering letting the rest of the tomatoes rot on the vine, but I picked 4 gallons today.  I will can all of those and pick again for tomato juice.  I will be glad I didn’t waste them when we are eating chili and soup this winter.

canned tomatoes

We have been concentrating heavily on school, and we are back to doing school four days a week.  Quentin is taking a week of vacation next month, and I am sure the kids will be good and ready for a break.

We have got a lot done on our fence.  I know you must be thinking we are the slowest fence builders ever and we are!  We now have a gate, almost all of the posts in, and started putting up the wire fence. I can’t wait to get the goats in the field and share some pictures with you!  We plan on adding a bottle baby buckling for Christmas and having our own kids and goat milk by fall 2013.

I have been in a decorating and dessert mood lately.  I will leave you with a picture of my latest try at decorating and a recipe.

I bought these metal chickens off ebay for a whole .99 and put them on top of the entertainment center. I know I am no Martha Stewart.  At least I didn’t buy another chair! 🙂

metal chickens

My dad loved peanut butter, and he loved peanut butter pie even more.  We made one yesterday and just put another in the freezer.  It will most likely become our breakfast tomorrow morning!

Peanut Butter Pie

peanut butter pie

1/2 cup peanut butter

8 oz. cream cheese

1 cup powdered sugar

1/2 cup milk

8 oz. whipped topping

1 9in graham cracker crust

mix cream cheese until fluffy

blend in peanut butter and powdered sugar

slowly add milk and fold in whipped topping

put in pie shell and freeze until set

It is very good but very rich.  Half a piece usually does it for me.

Have a great week!

:)Vicki

Homemade Grape Juice

We didn’t get a whole lot of grapes this year, but I didn’t want to let what we did get go to waste.  That is so easy to do when you are used to seedless store bought grapes. So we made grape juice for the very first time following the recipe in the Ball Blue Book.  It was surprisingly easy.  First you wash, stem, crush, and measure grapes.  Add 1 cup water to each gallon crushed grapes.

Then heat grapes 10 minutes at 190º F.  Do not boil.  Strain juice through a damp jelly bag or several layers of cheesecloth.

Let juice stand 24 hours in refrigerator.  Ladle juice from pan, being careful not to disturb sediment.  Strain juice again.  measure juice; add 1 to 2 cups sugar to each gallon juice.  Reheat juice for 5 minutes at 190º.  Do not boil.

Ladle hot juice into hot jars, leaving 1/4 inch headspace.  Adjust two-piece caps.  Process pints and quarts 15 minutes in a boiling-water canner.

We will definitely be doing this again.  Hopefully the frost won’t get our grapes next year.  It tastes way better and is thicker than our favorite grape juice from the store.

Homemade Face Wipes

My girls love face wipes and towelettes for quick and easy face washing.   Most are harsh and dry out our faces so we gave these a try.   I only used half a cup of water, a drizzle of baby wash, and 1/4 tsp of coconut oil.  They really work and leave your face clean without burning your eyes.   Madison has also been using baking soda to remove blackheads.  She just makes a paste with 1 tsp baking soda and 1 tsp water.  They are almost all cleared up.

I hope everyone is having a great weekend!

:)Vicki

 

Funnel Cakes

These are our first funnel cakes ever!  Yesterday Madison said she wants to try funnel cakes next time we go to Dollywood.  Today we decided to just make our own. 🙂  We don’t really have anything to compare these to, but they did taste really good- a lot like doughnuts.

Here is the recipe just in case you are craving funnel cakes now, or you’re like us and have never had one. 🙂

Funnel Cakes

2 eggs

1  1/2  cups milk

2 cups flour

1 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp salt

1/4 cup sugar

1 tsp vanilla flavoring

1 1/2 cups oil

Combine eggs, vanilla, and milk.  Sift all dry ingredients together and add to eggs and milk.  Heat oil to 360º.  Cover tip of funnel with finger.  Pour 1/4 cups of batter in funnel.  Pour batter from funnel into oil.  Fry 3 min.  Flip and fry 1 min.  Drain on paper towels.  Sprinkle with powdered sugar.

Yum!

Leg Warmers

Did you know you can still buy leg warmers?  I saw them online at Target and Wal-Mart.  I remember them from when I was a little girl.  They were warm, cozy, and fun.

I found lots of crochet patterns to make leg warmers online, but I can’t crochet.  Makes me wish my mom was still visiting.  I bet she could whip up a pair in no time.

We made these from a sweater that has been hanging in my closet for quite some time.  It was too big for all of us, but it was pretty so I kept it.  I am glad I did.  Madison wears skirts year round.  These will fit nicely over her tights to keep her legs warm.

I will be looking for sweaters when we thrift shop that will make good leg warmers.  I want a pair too. 🙂

Summer is Winding Down

It is starting to feel more like fall and less like summer. Our evenings and nights have definitely been cooler.  Next week we will be doing full days of school, and our gardening is coming to an end.

We have still gotten a couple of surprises blooming this week.  Our hummingbird vine bloomed this year for the first time, and a hibiscus that my father-in-law started from a seed also bloomed for the first time.

hummingbird vine

hibiscus

I think our garden did pretty well this year.  Of course I am already making plans for a bigger, better one next year.  🙂  This week we canned salsa and bread and butter pickles and froze spaghetti sauce and corn.  Our onions are ready to be pulled and dried and our peaches are starting to fall from the tree.

salsa

bread and butter pickles and more salsa

corn ready to be frozen

peaches

onions

We only got in three days of school this week-again.  Next week we will  do better.  We started reading this week instead of spelling.  We use Spelling Power, and I need to be ready to test them Monday.  I want to be sure I am starting them on the right level.

Today we have dusted, vacuumed, and made more spaghetti sauce.  Now the kids are watching westerns and making things with perler beads.

Bub’s Mario

We still need to make yogurt, sourdough bread, and do outdoor chores.  I hope you all have a great weekend!

:)Vicki