Christmas Is Upon Us

Christmas really is the best time of year. There’s nothing better than celebrating the birth of our Saviour.

Thanksgiving was great. Quentin worked until 3:30, so me and my kids had all day to prepare dinner. Anyone else work retail? You just learn to roll with it. 🙂

Quentin has harvested 7 deer already. We are enjoying the meat for sure. Our venison favorites have been corned venison and a new venison summer sausage recipe. I will be back to share more about what we do with all that meat!

There have been some really cold nights already, and we even woke to ice coming down yesterday morning. We used it as an excuse to skip church and curled up on the couch together to listen to A Christmas Carol audio book.

We got a Great Pyrenees puppy back in October. He’s not only the most beautiful dog I’ve ever seen, but he’s gentle and calm and makes our days a little brighter. Yep, I love that crazy puppy. 🙂

Our garden is still producing! I am picking lettuce, kale, and radishes. We are also starting to get eggs! I think about half of our chickens have started laying. We had to start all over mid May after a predator wiped out our entire flock. We currently have 6 Americaunas and 6 Buff Brahmas.

I am going to share some pictures from the last little bit but will be back more often to share with you some of our Christmas season.

And in case you’re interested and have missed seeing my menu, this week we’re having:

Spaghetti & Meatballs, Baked Potatoes, & Broccoli & Cheese

Hamburger Steaks, Oven Fries with Fry Sauce

BBQ Sandwiches, Baked Beans, & Peas

Stroganoff & Mashed Potatoes

Steak, Baked Potatoes, & Green Beans

Pot Roast, Potatoes, Carrots, Onions, Peppers

Homemade Pizza

Take care and check back soon!

:)Vicki

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I almost forgot, Stormy is a first-time mommy!

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Andre says hello!

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Venison meatballs with our homemade apple BBQ sauce.

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Today’s lunch straight from the yard. Kale, radishes, and eggs. Dessert was leftover apples from last night that had been frozen from our trees. So good!

 

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Fall Days

It’s a beautiful day. I just love fall! Yesterday  I made a pot of chicken and dumplings. Today we are enjoying a pot of potato soup. Nothing says fall better than soups, stews, and dumplings.

My menu for last week was:

Stroganoff and Peas

Pork Carnitas

Tacos and Beans

Polish Sausage Kabobs

Salmon Patties and Roasted Veggies

Lasagna, Green Beans, and Toast

Teriyaki Chicken and Rice

This weeks menu is:

Cheeseburgers and Fries

Chicken and Dumplings

BBQ Sandwiches and Peas

Baked Hot Legs and Baked Potatoes

Stir-fry and Rice

Trout Salad and Potato Salad

Spaghetti and Garlic Toast

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Yummy Chicken and Dumplings

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Making apple butter in the crockpot.

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Making fermented jalapeno carrot sticks.

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Just now starting to pick our watermelons. They are very good!

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Making apple cider vinegar. I really like the last batch I did.

 Happy fall to you!

:)Vicki

Menu, Yogurt, Whey, & More

I’m even later posting my menu this week. And I wanted to get better! I won’t say I’ll be back later to share more. I’m just going to go ahead and do it. Because life gets busy.

Monday-Bacon & Egg Sandwiches

Tuesday- Venison Pot Pie

Wednesday-Black Bean Burgers & Oven Fries with fry sauce

Thursday-Chicken Wings

Friday-Stroganoff

Saturday-Chicken Salad Sandwiches

Sunday-BBQ

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Nothing says fall like caramel apples. I love them!

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Homemade yogurt is good for you! We are still making viili yogurt. It’s easy as pie and cultures at room temperature.

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We drain the yogurt through coffee filters to make it nice and thick.

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We save the whey to make pie or for soaking beans or oatmeal.

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Lemon Whey Pie

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It’s so good!

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homemade sourdough crust pizza

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oatmeal soaking over night.

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And we though the deer were eating up all our cantaloupe!

Take care everyone!

:)Vicki

A Day Late :)

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I am a day later posting my menu than usual.

We started school last Wednesday so our days have been a little busier.

I really want to make it back on here this week to share more with you. I am going to try really hard this week!

So, what are we eating?

Monday-Pulled Pork, Broccoli Casserole, Sourdough Peasant Bread

Tuesday-Hamburger Gravy Mashed Potatoes, Toast

Wednesday-Grilled Steaks, Potatoes, Broccoli & Cheese

Thursday-Sloppy Joes

Friday-Chicken Alfredo

Saturday-Tacos, Beans, & Rice

Sunday-Hot Dogs, Baked Beans

Menu Monday

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I hope everyone is having a great holiday!

We are enjoying the last of summer break and will start school this Wednesday. Ready or not!

I got my grocery shopping done early this morning. Here’s what we’re having this week.

Monday-Homemade chicken strips with gravy, mac & cheese

Tuesday-(eating out)

Wednesday- Chicken and Dumplings

Thursday- Grilled burgers, baked beans

Friday-Spaghetti, Cheesy Herb Garlic Bread

Saturday-Cheese steak sandwiches, oven fries

Sunday-Pot roast, potatoes, carrots, onions

Talk to you soon!

:)Vicki

Menu Monday & Pumpkin Butter

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Took me forever to make out this menu. Menu burn-out maybe? 🙂

We are going to make some yummy pumpkin butter to snack on this week. This is my favorite recipe for pumpkin butter. You can use a pumpkin from your garden, but I will have to use canned. Stupid squash bugs!

Pumpkin Butter

  • 1 (15 ounce) can 100% pure pumpkin puree
  • 1 cup applesauce
  • 13 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 34 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 14 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

 

  1. In small sauce pan, combine pumpkin, applesauce, sugar, cinnamon and ginger.
  2. Bring to a boil; reduce heat to low and simmer, uncovered, stirring often to prevent scorching, 45 min.
  3. or until mixture becomes very thick.
  4. Stir in lemon juice.
  5. Let cool, then spoon into tight-sealing container and refrigerate.
  6. Will keep in the refrigerator up to 2 weeks.

So, what are we eating this week?

Monday: Homemade Pizza

Tuesday: Grilled Steak, Baked Potatoes, & Salad

Wednesday: Grilled Chicken, Corn-on-the-Cob, & Potato Salad

Thursday: Beef Tips and Rice

Friday: Teriyaki Chicken

Saturday: Tacos & Refried Beans

Sunday: Hot Dogs, Baked Beans, & Coleslaw

It’s going to be a yummy week!

:)Vicki

Crab Apple Jelly(No Pectin Needed!)

It’s a beautiful morning in the neighborhood! It is very fall like with cooler nighttime temperatures and sunny days.

My sourdough starter was fed this morning, and I hope to have a fresh loaf of bread by supper.  I fed it with the usual unbleached white flour but will be substituting some whole wheat flour for the white flour in my recipe. I hope it turns out. Wish me luck!

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My oldest daughter, Madison, made jelly with our crab apples early this morning. No pectin was needed just the juice from the crab apples and sugar. I really like that! Now I am hoping our crab apple trees grow quickly. Not only are they great pollinators, but they give great jelly too!

:)Vicki