Winter Sowing


Winter sowing is a really great concept. I have been reading up on it for a few weeks now.

Here are some sites that will give you a good understanding of what it’s all about:


Basically, you plant your seeds in mini greenhouses in winter, and when spring rolls around you have plants that are ready to go. And my favorite part is there is no need in hardening off your plants.

I have been saving and preparing my containers and will give it a try in a couple of weeks.



2014 in review

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Christmas & Birthdays

We go straight from Christmas and into the birthday season around here.  Seems like spring arrives in no time at all after 3 birthdays followed up by Valentine’s Day and Easter.

We had an excellent Christmas Eve and Day at home. The past 3 days have been beautiful with spring-like temps. I worked in the garden and flower beds all weekend. Even got 2/3 of the garden tilled. I think every muscle in my body hurts. It’s a good kind of hurt though!

Today we celebrated Bub’s 14th birthday. Time sure has flown by! I love the person he is growing into.




Opening his gift from Madison

Opening his gift from Madison

And from McKenzie

And from McKenzie


My attempt at a minecraft pizza :)

My attempt at a minecraft pizza 🙂

Ranch Oyster Crackers

It is snowing this morning and really feeling like Christmas!

Last night we went to the movies and saw The Hobbit. Before coming home, we rode around looking at people’s Christmas lights. There were some pretty impressive displays!

Tomorrow evening we are celebrating Christmas with my mother and father-in-law at our house. I plan to make pepperoni balls, sausage cheese balls, pigs in a blanket, ranch oyster crackers, meatballs, veggie tray, cheese ball, cream cheese with pepper jelly, and a deviled egg platter.

We had the ranch oyster crackers at our neighbor’s house last weekend. They are simple, delicious, and SO easy to make.

Original Ranch Oyster Crackers

16 oz oyster crackers

1/4 cup vegetable oil

1 oz ranch dressing mix

Place crackers in a gallon sized zipper bag. Pour oil over crackers; seal bag and toss to coat. Add dressing mix; seal bag and toss again until coated. Bake on ungreased baking sheet at 250º for 15-20 minutes or until crackers are golden brown.

I hope you all are enjoying the CHRISTmas Season!



Easy Peanut Butter Fudge & More Pictures

This is an easy fudge recipe. It must be super easy since it turns out for me!


Peanut Butter Fudge

2 cups sugar

1/2 cup milk

1 1/3 cup peanut butter

1 7 oz jar marshmallow creme (I used marshmallows. 4 marshmallows=1 oz creme)

Bring sugar and milk to a boil. Boil for 3 minutes. Remove from heat. Add peanut butter and marshmallow creme and mix well. Pour into buttered 8 inch pan. Chill until set.

A red and green velvet Christmas cake that Madison made.

A red and green velvet Christmas cake that Madison made.

Meringue cookies because our chickens are laying lots of eggs.

Meringue cookies because our chickens are laying lots of eggs.

One days worth of eggs!!

One days worth of eggs!!

Cute little sweet potato pies that Madison made.

Cute little sweet potato pies that Madison made.

McKenzie, Madison, and Bub on Thanksgiving.

McKenzie, Madison, and Bub on Thanksgiving.


Venison Jerky


We love deer jerky. This was my first time making it without using the jerky packets. It was wonderful!! It took mine 7 hours at 160º to dry. I placed it in the oven for an additional 10 minutes at 180º.

Beef/Venison Jerky

  • 5 lbs ground beef or 5 lbs ground venison
  • 2 tablespoons mortons tender quick salt
  • 1/3 tablespoon fresh coarse ground black pepper
  • 1/2 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1/2 tablespoon liquid smoke
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper(I used paprika)

Mix all ingredients. Pour over meat and mix well. Put it in the fridge overnight. I use a dehydrator and a jerky gun to dry the stuff as I’ve found this is the best way to make jerky. Usually takes about 7 hours to dry.


Chex Party Mix

I know Chex mix is old news, but this was my first time making it. I didn’t even realize it had to baked! I mixed it up thinking we would fill the empty popcorn tin and snack on it through out the week. I was wrong, and it was gone in two days. There was barely enough time to get a picture. 🙂


The Original Chex Party Mix

  • 6 tablespoons butter or 6 tablespoons margarine
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons seasoning salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 3 cups Corn Chex
  • 3 cups Rice Chex
  • 3 cups Wheat Chex
  • 1 cup mixed nuts
  • 1 cup pretzel
  • 1 cup bite-size garlic bagel chips or 1 cup regular-size bagel chips, broken into 1-inch pieces(I used cheez-its)
  1. Heat oven to 250 degrees.
  2. Melt butter in large roasting pan in oven. Stir in seasonings. Gradually stir in remaining ingredients until evenly coated.
  3. Bake 1 hour, stirring every 15 minutes. Spread on paper towels to cool. Store in airtight container.