Tomorrow is the Woodsfield Christmas Festival and I've been busy finishing up items for sale, like this knitted Star garland. I've been weaving towels and knitting gloves and all kinds of warm things. It is a fun time to see people I don't see often and get in the Christmas Spirit. My kids all want money so my shopping is done, or the biggest part. Might as well relax and enjoy the Season.
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
|Woad Dye Bath|
|Woad Dyed Roving|
Friday, October 26, 2012
Thursday, October 18, 2012
This is our new BFL ram #121. We purchased him from Anne and Gordon Bisdorf. This fellow is long and wide throughout. Good bone and fleece and that awesome head. After a little time to himself ( I thought he would come over the top of the pen), we turned him in with the shetlands and they now do not have a moment of peace. It is a good thing he is in very good condition because he is in love with all of them. After a few days of thought I will give him a name, I just want to get to know him better. Thanks Anne and Gordon.
Monday, October 8, 2012
Thursday, October 4, 2012
In early June I planted a cabbage called Krautman for my sauerkraut this fall. This morning I was busy shredding cabbage, mixing in the salt tamping down with a wooden mallet and creating delicious kraut. Since my husband is both Dutch and German this is a staple in our home. The heads averaged 5 lbs. each so it didn't take long to do 25 lbs. I will let it ferment in the crock for 3-5 weeks and then can it in quart jars. I would recommend this variety of cabbage to plant as the heads are nice and solid, round and the stem doesn't invade the nice white layers of cabbage inside the head.
Monday, August 27, 2012
Wednesday, August 22, 2012
September 15, 2012 is Spin In Public Day. Old Economy Village in Pittsburgh will be featuring a free spinning day. I won't be able to make it because we have a day planned to go to the Yankee Peddler in Canal Fulton. If their are some spinners there, maybe I can talk them into letting me spin a little in public. Happy Spinning.
Saturday, August 11, 2012
Peaches are one of those fruits that just need to ripen on the tree to get the most delicious and juicy flavor imaginable. Peach trees require a sweet soil so lime should be added in the fall and top dressed with good composted manure at the drip line. I use the tiller to work the soil a little on top all around the trees' drip line and then add the amendments. When peaches are the size of golf balls I spray with Surround, a kaolin clay that protects the fruit from bugs. This freestone peach is Early Elberta and is the size of a baseball. Very easy to pit and freeze or can for pies. I think some more jam is in order too!
Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Monday, July 23, 2012
In the first place, does anyone know how to spell humungous? Just when I thought all was lost, concerning my small fruit, blueberries(none), red raspberries(few), more to come later this fall, the rain came and look what the blackberries did. I'll be able to make blackberry jam after all. These are the thorn less variety and they are so easy to grow and pick. My neighbor gave me the canes last year. We mulched with compost and old straw and they grew 6 ft. tall. In the spring you top last years canes which produce this years berries. The new canes you let grow until next year and the process starts all over again. Super easy berries to grow. They multiply fast so a neighbor just might be willing to share. Mummmmmm!
Tuesday, July 17, 2012
When the weather is hot we get tomatoes and peppers. This was a CSA share that went to our subscribers today. Since it is 95% in the shade I made Gazpacho soup for supper. This is a cold tomato soup with many ingredients chopped fine. You could serve croutons with it or some chopped hard boiled eggs or some good goat cheese. The bulb of garlic next to the bowl is this years fresh garlic pulled about 3 weeks ago and dried. Very pungent. Yum!
Monday, July 16, 2012
Sunday, July 1, 2012
"Wasn't it a mighty storm, wasn't it a mighty storm in the morning, wasn't it a mighty storm, that blew all the people away". The chorus of a blue grass song kept going through my head after the summer storm of June 2012. At top is what our front yard looked like after, to the right is what it looks like normally. In our woods, tree tops were blown out and lots of tops were on the fences. In the little town of Somerton(just 15 minutes away) the roof of a historic church was blown off, which made national news. Three of our little chicks were crushed by the chicken tractor which should have blown away were it not for a tree right next to it that held it in place. The news said it wasn't a tornado but called it something else I've never heard of. It was the biggest storm we've had since we've lived here. The Lord protected His children once more.
Friday, June 29, 2012
Ah a pigs life, eat all you want, lay around in the dirt and get scratched now and then. We don't tell her why she is getting fed so good. HUMBLE PIG
Saturday, June 23, 2012
These three aromatic herbs are the main ingredients for my herbal moth repellent. I have been drying and combining Lavender, Pennyroyal and Wormwood together for over 10 years to keep moths out of my woolen things, and to this day I have no moths. If you plan to grow and use Pennyroyal do not handle it if you are pregnant or nursing. It is very powerful stuff.
Monday, June 18, 2012
Fill pastry-lined 9" pie pan with rhubarb custard filling.
Beat slightly... 3 eggs,
Add... 2- 2/3 tbsp. milk,
Mix together and stir in...2 cups of sugar,
4 tbsp. flour,
3/4 tsp. nutmeg,
Mix in...4 cups cut-up pink rhubarb,
Dot filling in pan with...1 tbsp butter.
Cover with lattice top. Bake until nicely browned. Temp. 400 degrees for 50-60 min.
Of course I used my free range chicken eggs, goat milk and home made butter. My pastry was made with lard.