Monday, September 15, 2014

Menu Monday

It is the third week of September already. My how time is flying!!


Chicken Cordon Bleu, rice, a salad and corn.


Leftover Beef Stroganoff from the fridge freezer, mashed potatoes, asparagus.


Leftover Chili from the freezer served over macaroni.


Beef roast, roasted potatoes and carrots.


Lazy Perogies


Chicken soup and egg salad sandwiches.


Roast Pork, roast potatoes, corn  and a salad.

Everybody have a wonderful day.

God bless.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Sunday Ramblings

I managed to get all the household chores done. I even managed to get a bit of work done on my cross stitch project. So it was a wonderful day overall.

I also managed to make some apple sauce with my slow cooker. I have almost decided that this appliance ranks up there with my dehydrators. I still have about 1/2 box of apples left and perhaps some crisps are in order.

I am back to work tomorrow, for two days so I am glad to get all that I had planned to do today actually done.

Father Brian is having trouble with his voice for the second week. I do hope that there is nothing seriously wrong. He told me that he will be undergoing tests in Regina this upcoming week. I do wonder if we will have our parish council meeting this month due to his illness.

This week I will be pondering whether the cross is my lode stone. Do I follow what the Lord has set out for me, or do I falter holding the cross up for others to follow.

I never shared the fabric I bought for my fall quilt with all of you. I am hoping to do a strip type of quilt next month and the main fabrics I bought for it are bright fall colours.

I am thinking of pairing these with cream and black. I may have to pick up some more black to make it work.

I have also been busy picking up yarn (not that I really need anymore yarn, but I couldn't walk away from these colours).

I have never seen such vibrant baby yarn and since I need to build up my baby afghan stock these fit the bill perfectly. I have lots of white I can combine with these to get many afghans to give as gifts.

Everybody have a wonderful evening.

God bless.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Saturday Happenings/Busy In The Kitchen

It has been a busy day on the old homestead. I am working hard at getting the harvest processed and in the freezer. Seems to be a never ending chore as more and more items are being harvested.

Bright and early this morning I started a loaf of whole wheat bread. We have been using so much in the bread department that it was time to begin making my own again. My trusty bread machine was put to work.

While the bread was being mixed and kneaded I started something new with the apples from my neighbour.

Here is the bowlful I used.

I honestly thought that 5 1/2 pounds would me more than this, but it was a start on that box in the hallway.

Here is the start of the cored, peeled and finely chopped apple. Okay I got a bit tired of finely chopping and ended up finely dicing them.

Threw them in the slow cooker, added sugar, cinnamon and cloves and turned on this handy, dandy machine.

After 9 hours on low (one hour on high), this is what was in the pot.

A lovely batch of apple butter!!! This is the first time I have ever made this and the smell was absolutely wonderful as it traveled through the house. Almost like having many candles burning.

Still have about 3/4 of a box of apples to get through, so I think tomorrow I will make up some apple sauce!!

After supper I processed another batch of tomatoes.

Four more bags to put into the freezer. Think I am getting very close to my goal for this month.

Everybody have a wonderful evening.

God bless.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Our First Killing Frost

It is early this year, but we just had our first killing frost last night.

My tender plants are no more.

I doubt very much these impatience will come back.

My coleus are very tender. This is what they look like this evening.
No longer the large vibrant plants they were.

My Moonflower did not fair any better.
I suppose that summer is over for the time being. However I do know that summer will come once again.

Thank heavens I still have some colour with the hardier plants like the petunias!

Everybody have a wonderful evening.

God bless.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Thursday Tid Bits

Both of us here on the old homestead are working hard to get everything done that needs to be done before winter hits us.

Tomorrow Harvey is taking his truck in to get a new unexpected but very necessary expense. Then he has his doctor's appointment on Monday of next week. Should enable him to make the winter without needing to renew his perscription.

I on the other hand have been enjoying a string of no spend days. That will end tomorrow when I buy gas for my vehicle. I was hoping to go another day, but I think my luck may run out as it is supposed to be very cold, which will necessitate a warming of the car.

I have also put up another 4 bags of tomatoes for the freezer bringing the total number of bags to 19. Getting very close to the number I want for the freezer to see us through most of the winter.

I am even almost done stocking up on cleaning items to last us hopefully a year. I still have to get paper towels and kleenix, but haven't hit a good sale as of yet.

My week of work is drawing to a close. I have really enjoyed it, but will be glad as I am getting tired out. Here is hoping they hire someone very soon for the position. I have a feeling I will be working a few days next week.... Money coming in is a good thing.

Everybody have a wonderful evening.

God bless.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Could It Be Because Of The Weather......

This is what it looks like outside today.

It has been cloudy, dark and cold for the last two days.

However the temperature today did not even reach the double digits.

While this clock says it is just after 8 in the evening, in reality it is only just after 7 (we can't get this clock to keep proper time).

The good thing about our weather is we are not getting what our neighbouring province of Alberta is getting. Here is a picture of Calgary taken earlier today.

Photo: Jefferson Humphreys CTV

Posted Sept. 10, 2014
Whoa! 17th Ave SW and 101st CTV Calgary
Relatives who live there say there are trees down all over and some roads are so covered with heavy wet snow they can not be driven down.

They can keep it.

Then again my tiredness could be from three full days of work and a meeting at the bank right after work.

Everybody have a wonderful evening.

God bless.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Busy Times Ahead

I have been subbing in one of the schools in the division and I will be there for the rest of the week. Perhaps even part of the next (hopefully not cause this full time gig is going to do me in). This means harvesting the garden is left up to Harvey.

Today since we are supposed to be getting freezing temperatures.... he pulled out all the tomatoes.

This is what I have to look forward to.

A rather large bowlful of tomatoes in the kitchen.

A box of partially ripe tomatoes in the hallway.

Thank heavens there aren't too many of those.

Another box of green tomatoes.

Not too many of those either, but plenty more in the garden if I want them and we do not get the frost that has been predicted. I think I might just pass on those.

Then after supper my neighbour Irene brought us these.

A box of apples..... With the statement that if we want more just ask.

I foresee a great deal of work in the next few nights. Tomorrow I will be up to my elbows in ripe tomatoes, processing them for the freezer.

Anyone else think that I could be very busy for the next little while?

Everybody have a wonderful evening.

God bless.