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15 posts from March 2013

boiling time

Well, here it is, our boiling area.  I so can't wait to get our sugar shack built, but first things first around here.  This boil is from the other day when we gathered all the frozen sap from the trees.  This was a boil from heck.  Mr was trying out his new evaporator pan and things just weren't going too well.


BUT, the good news is we did get some syrup out of the whole mess.

First batch 2013

And...It ended up being top grade at that.  Mr tested the sugar content in the sap and it was at 5% which means the sap had a high sugar content.  Of course I had to make breakfast for dinner just so we could have some of the new syrup.  Mr did think it was a bit sweeter than our last years batch, but I really liked it.

Batch one 2013

 Linking with Madge for Rurality Blog Hop.

hanging out the laundry

Driving the other day I spied an Amish farm and could see clothes hanging on the clothesline, along with two barns on the Amish farm.

Amish farm

If you look just above the clothesline on the left you can see a small red barn as well.

Amish laundry

There's something about seeing clothes drying on the line, especially Amish clothes and especially in the winter.  Throw a barn, or two, or three in there, and it's even better.


{happy homemaker monday}

Good evening!!!  Wow, I can't believe Monday is almost over and I didn't do Happy Homemaker Monday.  Well, I'd say better late than never.


The weather...

It's 35 degrees out, the sun has gone down and the temperature is dropping.


Right now I am...

Doing this post.



That I would love to really say what I'm thinking right now, only I don't know what or who it would benefit, other than maybe, just maybe, make me feel good, and really does it make me feel good?  No, not really, so I'll just hold my tongue :)


On my reading pile...

I just hate to say that I just haven't had time to read.


On my TV...

Not really anything right now, too busy.


Favorite Blog post this week {mine or other}...

Vicki from Turkey Feathers.  Seeing her daffodils was something I needed to see, especially with all the snow we still have on the ground, it was a Breath of Spring :)


Something fun to share...

                                                                    Source: on Pinterest



On the Menu this week...

Monday-Oven Baked French Toast with pork sausage and Maple Syrup from the 2013 batch.

Tuesday-BBQ Style Pork Chop, Roasted Potatoes--Bobby Dean: From Mama's Table to Mine.

Wednesday-Chicken Pot Pie--Bobby Dean: From Mama's Table to Mine.

Thursday-Slow Cooked North Carolina Style and Oven Cheese Fries--Bobby Dean: From Mama's Table to Mine.

Friday-Sloppy Joe's


Blog hopping (newly discovered blog)...

I love vintage things and Amy's blog  with a Vintage Twist has just that.


On my to-do list...

Getting things ready for this weekend.

Making more syrup this weekend.

Clean the house.



In the craft basket...

Quilt top to finish.

Continue to work on the socks I'm knitting.


Looking forward to this week...

Get to see family and making more maple syrup.

Looking around the house...

The lights are down low casting shadows all around.  I see Mr relaxing with his feet kicked up after being outside ALL day in the cold yesterday.  I think he needs the rest.


From the camera...

Looking at the boil

On my prayer list...

To all who are victims of abuse.


Bible verse-Devotional...

For I said, "Do not let them gloat or exalt themselves over me when my foot slips."

For I am about to fall,

and my pain is ever with me.

Psalm 38:17


Linking with Sandra for Happy Homemaker Monday.


gathering the sap

Wow, it's been a month since we tapped the trees.  The weather kept changing on us, when we thought the temps were going to be just right, it would change, and it kept doing that for a whole month here.

Loading the buckets

Compared to the previous years it's getting late it seems to be tapping trees.  The buckets are full of sap and frozen sap.  We're going to boil it any way and see what we get.  I'm sure it's going to be a very dark syrup and that's okay with me because I will use it for baking.  We not only use the traditional sap buckets to gather the sap, we also found that these buckets from DQ work just as great.  Our daughters mother-in-law works at a DQ and would save these buckets for us.  There's Mr's deer stand, it could use a bit of TLC.

Deer stand

The snow is making it very difficult to drive into the sugar bush, the path is getting very icy to drive on.  We need to get some chains for the tractor tires and that should help.

Getting the trailer

Sadie is loving it now that we are outside again.  It's been a long winter so far and all three of us are happy to be working outside, despite the snow that is still on the ground.

Sadie girl

Well, we'll see what kind of syrup we get tomorrow, dark or light it's going to be very yummy.

{pie*ography thursday}


 I have to say I'm loving this meme, and Mr isn't complaining too much either :)

We often frequent a restaurant a couple of towns over and they have tasty pies for dessert.  Mr tried their Sour Cream-Raisin Pie and liked it so much that I figured I could find a recipe and make it myself.  I know, I thought the same thing when he ordered it...sour cream AND raisin...How good can that taste?  This recipe isn't exactly the same, but according to Mr, it tastes BETTER!

Sour cream pie

Whole pie

Pie slice sour cream

Sour cream and raisin slice

 Gram's Sour Cream-Raisin Pie

1 1/2 cups raisins

1 cup water

2/3 cup sugar


2 Tbsp cornstarch

3 Tbsp cold water

3 eggs, separated (with yolks beaten)

1 Tbsp butter

2 Tsp vanilla

1 cup sour cream


1 Tbsp cornstarch

2 Tbsp cold water


6 Tbsp sugar

1 Tsp vanilla

Bake a one-crust pie shell.


In heavy saucepan, cook raisins in 1 cup water until plumped and hot.  Add 2/3 cup sugar and continue to cook until sugar is dissolved.

Mix 2 tablespoons cornstarch in 3 tablespoons cold water, stir mixture into raisins.  Boil 2 minutes, stirring constantly.  Remove from heat.

Gradually whisk half of hot raisin mixture into beaten egg yolks.  Stirring constantly, return tempered eggs to remaining hot raisin mixture in saucepan.  Continue to whisk until well combined.  Return 1 minute longer, stirring constantly.

Remove from heat; mix in butter and vanilla.  Cool slightly.  Fold in sour cream and pour mixture into baked pie shell.

Meanwhile, mix 1 tablespoon cornstarch with 2 tablespoons cold water.  Boil 1/2 cup water in heavy saucepan; whisk in softened cornstarch.  Bring to a boil; boil 2 to 3 minutes, or until thick and clear.  Set aside and cool to room temperature.

Preheat oven to 375

Beat egg whites in electric mixer until frothy.  Gradually add 6 tablespoons sugar; beat until stiff and glossy, but not dry.  Fold in 1 teaspoon vanilla and cooled starch; continue to beat until stiff.

Using a spoonful at a time, place meringue around edges over filling, moving toward center last.  "Seal" filling completely with meringue.  Swirl into decorative shapes with back of spoon.


Bake 8 to 10 minutes, or until light brown.  Cool on rack, away from drafts; refrigerate until serving time.



I'm linking with Anne Marie for Pie*ography Thursday.



{rurality blog hop}

Nudity sign

You gotta do, what you gotta do, to get folks to slow down. 

I have to say that I don't blame the ones who put up this sign.  I've noticed since moving here that folks drive pretty fast through these hills.

I've been playing memes over at my photo blog, but thought I would play here today.

Linking with Madge for Rurality Blog Hop.


spring where are you?

Tomorrow is the first day of spring.  We had a snowstorm yesterday that dumped maybe about 5 inches of snow, tho I haven't measured it.

Snowy chair

Mr went out to plow late in the day when the snow seemed to slow down.  It got so windy in the evening that later today he has to go out and clean up the snow that drifted over the driveway.  You can see a downed tree from an earlier snowstorm on the tree line.

Plowing snow again

Moving the blade to a different position.  Sadie always is close behind, mostly getting in the way :)

Moving the blade

Snowy post

I'm so loving the blogs that are posting spring flowers, it looks like it's going to be awhile before we see any here.



{happy homemaker monday}


The weather...

Right now it's 26 degrees and snowing.  It's a winter advisory today, with snowfall rates up to 1 inch per hour.  Isn't spring a few days away?...sigh...


Right now I am...

I'm enjoying a cup of coffee with cream while watching the snow fall.



That yesterday was such a wonderful day.  We took a drive to the Mississippi River to see some eagles and have a corned beef and cabbage dinner.  When we got home we hiked down the lane and into the woods where snow shoes would have been a help.


On my reading pile...

A new book on my Kindle...The Comfort of Lies, by Randy Susan Meyers


On my TV...

Nothing at the moment.


Favorite Blog post this week {mine or other}...

Sandra who does this fun meme also has a food blog, and her post Fat Flush Water really caught my eye.  It looks like something that would also be very refreshing in the summer months.


Something fun to share...

I saw these on Facebook and thought they were so cute! 

I want them :)




On the Menu this week...

Monday-Ham shank, potatoes and carrots

Tuesday-Chicken fingers w/honey sauce and cheese potatoes

Wednesday-Cowboy Lasagna (Trisha's cookbook)

Thursday-Cordelia's Roast Beef with garlic mashed potatoes (Trisha's cookbook)

Friday-Roast Beef hash over rice from the leftover Roast beef (Trisha's cookbook)

 Also I plan to make a healthy soup to have for lunches during the week.


On my to-do list...

Laundry...I think this is a given not only for me but for most people.

Get some cleaning done so that I can get in my sewing room.

What I am sewing, crocheting, knitting, or creating...

I'm trying to finish up a quilting UFO that's been hanging around for far too long.


Homemaking tips...

When making meatballs...always dip your fingers in water before rolling the balls.  This will prevent stickiness. 

Heloise's Housekeeping Hints


Looking around the house...

I see my Christmas cactus with the blooms wilting now on the plant, thinking that I did NOT take a photo of it.  It was in full bloom while I was gone to Illinois.  I see my coffee cup needing a refill.  Tho I don't see Jim, I know he's down in his office working.


From the camera...

Sitting eagle

On my prayer list...

Praying that my mom's health continues to improve.

 The father of a blog reader from Connecticut who contacted me through e-mail.  Her father is very ill and in the ICU.


Bible verse~Devotional...

Love is patient, love is kind. 

It does not envy,

it does not boast,

it is not proud.

It is not rude,

it is not self-seeking,

it is not easily angered,

it keeps no record of wrongs.

1 Corinthians 13:4-5


Linking with Sandra for Happy Homemaker Monday.

i'm loving it

I'm liking Feedly much better than Google Reader...Whew!!!  Now I can sit back and Google Reader can shut down all it wants.

Kicking back

This shot is from when we were down in Galveston in January.  I bought myself some new boots when we were down there from Cavenders and I absolutely love them.

Since this morning is not very nice with the roads being icy with freezing rain, I think I'll just kick my feet up and watch my favorite cooking shows (Trisha and Ree, I record them), and after those are done I just might head to the quilt shop for some fabric for a Tossed Nine Patch quilt I'll be making, the roads should be much better then.

Does it seem like to you that winter just doesn't want to quit?  I seems like that here.

I hope Y'all have a wonderful weekend!