Monday, November 29, 2010


Good Afternoon everyone
Well, its here,  the four letter word, SNOW, only I have other words for it, and they are not fit for the blog to read.
We don't have a terrible amount on the ground, maybe less than an inch, but we do have 30+ wind with a 50+ gust and we are in a wind advisory, so I'm not going out today, folks.

This morning, I felt ambitious, why I don't know.  Fixed oatmeal, with brown sugar and I guess the sugar got me going, so I had some somewhat tart oranges from my prairie land food paks this month and I made Orange marmalade.  Wow, talk about where the energy came from.....

I even had some photos taken by D, so, don't look at the kitchen or the stove, they are a federal disaster area.  I don't like my photos taken at all but I'm in there, hope it doesn't break your computer monitor.
Anyway, got some photos, and I hope that the marmalade turns out, this was a complete shoot from the hip from my head recipe.  Won't know until later if they set up.\

I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season with family and friends, and everyone made it safely home from traffic, and weather, and the general public.

Tomorrow, I hope that I have some energy, I'm going to do some Granny Smith apples. These were in my paks also, and I don't like to waste food, so I made do these for use on oatmeal, or bagels.

Really other than that, not too much is going on.  I have been reading several blogs I follow and I am afraid the winter is decending upon most of us.  Guess we just pull in, keep busy, start planning gardens for next year, which is what I do, to keep the winter blues under control and then visit some blogs that have the most beautiful tropical florals ever, I don't think that the blog owner would mind me mention her blog, it is the lovely FlowerLady, her blog is listed on my as Flowerlady's Musings and she and her hubby live in a magical, charming cottage with wonderful gardens, and it will surely get your through the winter.

Well, I think that I am going to fix some lunch, probably leftover turkey on homemade bread and then I will tackle the apples and get them done, I already have everything set up for canning anyway.
So, please take care all and I will try to post later in the week.

Love and thoughts to all.


  1. I love the pictures and I don't see any mess at all!

    I am the world's messiest cook....

    I have never made, nor tasted marmalade. I don't know why. It is funny you are making mamalade. Chickens in the Road blog's author is posting about her marmalade for Christmas gifts.

    We had a couple of warmer days but today is going to be ugly. Glad I milked yesterday morning.

  2. Dear Denim ~ Boy, I'd not want your cold temps, except maybe for a couple of days, just for a taste of winter. It's too warm and humid for this time of year down here, but it is what it is.

    You sure are busy. I wish we had a freezer other than the one in the fridge, because we'd have bought a couple more turkeys at 59 cents a lb. But we don't and they are all gone now, back up to $1.29 a lb. I do have the other turkey breast in the freezer for Christmas dinner, and some of the dark meat too.

    I hope your marmalade comes out.

    Today I want to get something going in the crockpot, some kind of beans. Plus do some laundry if the weather is nice. Make another loaf of bread in my machine, and work some on my latest needlework project that I started yesterday afternoon. It's a different piece than usual as I'm using laces, we'll see how it turns out. I was inspired by this kind of work on other needlework blogs.

    I'm starting to feel like getting down the 'small' Christmas tree to decorate. Not sure if I will or not yet.

    Thank you for your kind words about our 'magical, charming' cottage. We don't see it that way most of the time, as we see all the work we'd like to do here, or that needs doing, but it IS our little haven from the crazy, hectic world that we live in.

    Keep warm and have a wonderful Christmas season.


  3. Good morning. Enjoyed the photos they reminded me of what I use to do and enjoyed before I got busy with other adventures. I remember the wonderful aroma. Keep warm.
    Mary Nida

  4. Just added your blog to my favorites under "Interesting Green Folk" ! Oh and FYI...not that I'm trying to be cruel or anything...yesterday I had to turn my air conditioner on it is so stinkin" hot here! Snow? You've got to be kidding.

  5. Wow! You did get some energy. I'm jealous. That is great that you are putting up some food.

    The Flowerlady' blog is beautiful.

    Have fun and stay warm!


  6. I thought I had left a comment. Don't know what happened.

    I am so glad the marmalade set up. I have never even tasted it before. I should buy a jar and see if we like it.

    I have tossed out oranges before that weren't very good; yours is a much better way!

  7. Hi Denim; I know NE winters are nasty--been across there in a semi many times with my husband. Our 12 years in WY gave us a formidable experience of winter/cold as well.
    Here is something I've been meaning to share with you.
    My husband was reading the free State Farm Insurance magazine last week while waiting for me at the PO.
    When I came out he read this to me.
    Encouraging, I think.
    "We grow more of our own food and enjoy the benfits. Seed sales are increasing--an indication of how much gardening we're doing these days. And all that fresh adn healthy home-grown produce is feeding another appetizing trend: canning. The maker of Kerr and Ball brand mason jars reported canning equipment sales increases of 30 percent in 2009. Suburban canners number almost as many as those in rural areas. Half of all people preserving their fruits and veggies are under 40. Even better: growing, canning and eating your own food allows you to get good exercise and reduce food bills."
    I'm all for this--it would be itneresting to know if the greater motivation for the trend is economic or based on more awareness of good nutrition.
    We started using some of our home-canned foods this week. Makes me nervous--I liked counting the jars on the shelves, sort of like a miser.