Sunday, October 31, 2010

Knowing Who You Are

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The moment you know that your little girl is becoming a young lady. Wasn't it just yesterday when Kristen was a little baby in my arms? She is finding her style, talking about the future, making plans for her life. I'm so proud of her. The best part about her little life is that she know the Lord as her Savior and I know that her life will be amazing and that I will always get to be her mommy. Thank you Lord for blessing me with my children.

I am Happy,

Sarah

Thursday, October 28, 2010

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Psalm 37:4

Delight yourself in the Lord: And He will give you the desires of your heart.

He did! A family that I love. A home to Love them in. A place where I am content. Thank you Lord!

I am Happy,

Sarah

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Pumpkin Patch Tradition

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Every year we visit this little pumpkin patch to pick out our fall pumpkins for the front porch. I love to come here and every year they seem to make it more special and beautiful.We meet with my mom, dad, sister and her family and enjoy the nice fall air as the kids run around and play. We search for the perfect pumpkin as if there is one and take pictures for the memories.

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I am Happy,

Sarah

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Happy Birthday To Me!

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A wonderful breakfast in bed and beautiful handmade cards from my family! Its a great day. Having a wonderful 35th birthday with the ones I love most!

I am Happy,

Sarah

Friday, October 22, 2010

Grapevine Pumpkin

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Is this not the cutest? My mom and I made some grapevine wreath a couple of weeks ago. They are so simple to make and free! As a frugal homesteader you cant beat that. You can do all kinds of things with these wreath like glue silk flowers, sea shells, ribbon, kitchen utensils. They make very inexpensive Christmas gifts. I saw this one and thought I could paint this into a very cute pumpkin. I just painted it orange and painted the end of one of the vines green. I also painted a couple of the natural curly Q's green. Yes, its that simple. It coast me pennies and I love it! What a fun Thanksgiving hostess gift. I'm enjoying fall.

I am Happy,

Sarah

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Laundry Celebration



OK celebrating laundry is a little weird, but I'm not celebrating laundry I'm celebrating homemade laundry soap! It has been one year sense I started making my own. I kept track of how much everything cost me and how long it lasted. I made it four times in one year. Each time I made a five gallon bucket. I saved my old laundry containers (2) and used those to dispense the soap. Here is what I figured I saved by making my own:

1 bottle of laundry soap every 3 weeks $9.99 = $169.83 not including tax
1 five gallon buckets 4 times a year = a total of $12.39 and that rounding up on my ingredients
My total savings is $157.44. That is worth CELEBRATING! Don't you think?

This is the recipe that I use:
1/2 a bar of grated Zote (Jenna love to grate this)
1 cup washer soda
1 cup borax
Hot water

Grate soap and put it in a saucepan cover with water and heat until dissolved
poor into five gallon bucket
add washer soda and borax
stir
fill the rest of bucket with very hot water
stir
let sit over night

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It's that easy!
You can also add essential oil to this about 20 drops. I have not done this but will try it soon (waiting for birthday present). I do pre-treat stains with Oxi Clean Laundry stain remover. It is like a spray and wash. My clothes always smell, feel and look clean!

picture from fairygraphic.com

I am Happy,

Sarah

Monday, October 18, 2010

A Harvest Ending

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Our raisins have been shaken. They are dumped from their bin into the shaker where a crew sorts through them to help get out all the stems, leaves, and z grade raisins.

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A bin of raisins that will go to market.

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Roger and our Foreman Lupe looking at the z grade raisins. These will be sold either to distillery or for cow feed.

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This is a bin full of all the stems and leaves that will be dumped into the vineyard and be disk  under. We will also use some for our garden compost.

We deliver our raisins to Sunmaid which we are members of. I will have to explain from memory what happens when they are delivered. It has been a few year sense I have gone. When you get to Sunmaid you pull up to the scale house where you exit the truck and they weigh the truck. You are given a number that you write on your bins with chalk. This number follows you raisins through each step so if a problem is found they are able to track where it came from. Then you get in line to have your bins inspected by the USDA. They pull a few bins off of the truck and an inspector test and looks through the bin. If you pass you are sent over to have your truck unloaded. Then you head back to the scale to weigh your empty truck. You are payed by the tonnage and your payment is spread out over three years. After leaving the raisins they go though some serious cleaning and then are shipped all over the world. After harvest the vines are given a good drink of water. The vines will soon start to loose their leaves and go dorment for the winter. We will prune the vines in January for the next years harvest. The best part is when your check for the harvest comes in the mail! We are truly blessed to have this vineyard and thank you Lord for always providing for our family! Amen!

I am Happy,

Sarah

Friday, October 15, 2010

Thank You

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I really had a fun time being Blogger of the Week! I wish that I could of posted more, but had a busy week. I truly enjoy blogging here at HSB and I am thankful for the wealth of information and the kind people who call this site home!

I am Happy,

Sarah

Saturday, October 9, 2010

From Dad to Son

Roger had a big surprise for Joey this morning. He had found his old trucks, tractors, and trailors. Joey was thrilled and he not only got to spend the day playing with dad, but heard story about when his dad was little. What a wonderful memory here on our little
homestead on a warm fall afternoon.
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I am Happy,

Sarah

Friday, October 8, 2010

The Harvest Continues at The Vineyard Homestead

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The trays have been rolled. They sit like this a couple of days so that the raisins even out. Some are dryer than others so they will absorb the juice from the more plump raisins.

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A crew goes down each row all with a job. They routate their job so no one gets wore out. The first and I think best job is the tractor driver.

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The two men on the outside row pick up several of the rolled paper trays full of raisins and throw them over the vines into the raisins bins. Isn't that amazing. The trays are heavy I could not throw them over the vines and they would probably not make it into the bins.

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The two man crew that rides on the bin trailor take the rolled paper trays and empty the raisins into the bins. Then they take the paper tray and put it on the spikes on the trailor. When the spikes are full they will burn the paper trays at the end of the row. I didn't get a picture of this. I love the smell of the paper trays burning on a cool crisp morning.

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When the bins are full they roll them off the trailor where Roger and Joey picked them up with the forklift and stacked them up to store them until thier next step.
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The raisins in the bins. Ready for the next step of the journey.
Please check out the first harvest post a few post back. I am sorry I haven't figured out how to do a link.

I am Happy,

Sarah

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Patchwork Pumpkins

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How fun this was. The kids made these easy and cute pumpkins. I let the kids pick out fall material which they cut into little squares. Then they took Mod Podge and painted the pumpkins and attched the fabric patches. So simple and fun. Even Joey had fun with it and did a fantastic job. I glued the fall leaves and jute bow. The best thing is I got the pumpkins at the $ store and the fabric was under $2 dollars. These will come out every year for fall decorating! I think that is the best part.

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So blessed to be a mom of such wonderful kids!
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I am Happy,

Sarah