Sunday, January 30, 2011

Putting Christmas Presents to Use




I got a wonderful! (can't believe I lived without one) Apple peeler/corer. I have been using this quite often. My kids love their apples cut up this way. Thanks mom and dad for the great gift.


I also received a dehydrator from my husband for Christmas. It is an Excalibur 2900, 9 tray dehydrator. I got it out and loaded it up with apples. It worked so well and the apples turned out perfect. I bought a bag of apples for $2.99 and used them all. It filled three and half trays up and I ended up with a quart jar full. I really can't wait to use it this garden season.

Applesauce using dehydrated apples

2 cups of dehydrated apples 
1 quart of water
1/4 to 1/2 cup sugar
cinnamon to taste

Before adding apples to water, cut into small pieces. Bring to a boil. Add sugar and cinnamon.Simmer for 30 to 40 min. covered, stirring occasionally. Refrigerate.

ENJOY!
I am Happy,

Sarah

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Nest Building Basket

I have been wanting to make one of these for a while now. Last fall when I picked up a garden magazine at Home Depot while Roger was looking for man things. I saw a picture of a nest building basket hanging on a fence. I had never seen one or even thought to of done something like this. It was really pretty and how fun it would be to find pieces of yarn or ribbon in a nest that came from your building supplies. Yesterday the kids had a dentist appointment in our little town and across the street is a Hinds Hospice thrift store. After their appointment we walked over and was looking at all the fun things when I came across this white basket with a flat back for $.50. It was perfect for a nest building basket and what a great price. I bought it of course and when I got home I started looking around for things to fill it with.  I put some spanish moss, red yarn, twigs from the yard, and some straw basket filler.

I put it out today and hung it on one of our evergreen trees that is always full of birds. Spring comes early around our parts and I have already noticed lots more birds sing around here. I can't wait till they start to use it to build their homes!

I am Happy,

Sarah  

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Hummingbird Cake

We went to my mom and dad's house for dinner last night. We had tacos and tamales YUM! My sister made this Hummingbird cake for dessert. It is so delicious and she gave me the recipe. The drive home was a little scary the fog was so thick and people were driving 30 mph. down the freeway. We prayed for a safe trip home and Praise The Lord! We made it just fine. It just took a lot longer than usually a 45 min drive turned into 1 1/2 hour drive.

Hummingbird Cake

1 yellow cake mix (plus ingredients on box)
1 tsp vanilla (my sister adds vanilla to white/yellow cake mixes)
Bake with directions on box in a 13"x9" pan. Let cool

1 8 oz box soften cream cheese
1 small box of vanilla instant pudding
2 cups cold milk
1 20 oz can crushed pineapple  drained
mix this together and spread on cake. Place cake into refrigerator for 1 hour to set.

1/2 cup pecans (chopped) 
1/2 cup coconut
toast under broiler (watch!) 2 min

Spread 1 small carton of cool whip onto cake. Sprinkle toasted pecans and coconut and place cherries on top.

                                                                    ENJOY!


I am Happy,

Sarah
 



Saturday, January 22, 2011

Rooster Pie


Rooster Pie

2 cups cooked chicken, cubed
1/2 cup frozen carrots
1/2 cup frozen peas
1 onion diced
salt and pepper to taste
1 10 3/4 oz. cream of chicken soup
1 cup sour cream
1 cup chicken broth
1 tube refrigerated biscuits

Combine chicken, carrots, peas, onion, salt and pepper and set aside. Combine soup, sour cream, broth and stir into chicken mixture. Spread in greased 13"x9" casserole dish. Top with biscuits. Cook at 350* for 30 min. Done when biscuits are golden brown.

recipe help from Goose Berry Patch One Pot Meals

This is Scramble our rooster (Silkie) going after Joey. I guess he did not like him jumping in the puddles. What to do? Well of course he got a big KICK, STOMP, YELL and he decided that he would not win against me and ran off. Well, Roger and I talked about it and felt that instead of a nice Rooster Pie we needed to teach Joey to KICK, STOMP, YELL at him. Scramble no longer bothers Joey, but he did chase Jenna home from the driveway :) I guess we will be teaching her to KICK, STOMP, YELL as well. Have a wonderful weekend with your family!

I am Happy,

Sarah

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Weekend Fun

We took a drive up to Pine Flat Lake and had a picnic (one of the perks of living in Ca. nice weather). It is about 45min drive from our home. We had never been up here and Roger wanted to get familiar with the area because we have towed vehicles from here. There was a lot of people out fishing and boating. There even was some people in the camp ground mostly travel trailers, but there were some tents. The picnic areas were closed so we just sat on the ground and ate our lunch.


Isn't this a cute name for a store? They had gas for $3.47 (not one of the perks of living in Ca).

We had hot dogs, chips, fruit salad, oranges, chocolate chip cookies, apple juice and root beer. 
Someone needs to teach Joey how to eat a hot dog :).


We all took turns shooting Kristen's sling shot. That was fun Roger and Kristen were the only ones to make it into the lake from the top of the hill.

This is around sunset. Isn't it so pretty how the lake is pink? It was really pretty in person.


When we were driving around the lake there were lots of run offs and they were really pretty.

 Poor Joey got car sick so I was glad that I brought him a change of clothes. We had a nice day and I was glad to get away even for just a day.

I am Happy,

Sarah

Monday, January 10, 2011

Getting Garden Ready!


I am getting very excited about our garden this year! It will be our second year and we learned a lot about gardening from our first garden. This year I wanted to keep track of the garden so I made up a binder.



In the binder I have made a sheet that has a place for what was planted, the date, where it was planted, the weight and date it was harvested. Can you think of anything else it might need?

We work the garden with my mom and dad and we will get together soon to figure out what we will plant! I'm so glad they do this with us! My mom also helps me when it is time to can and preserve our harvest. My dad just loves to be out in the garden. I also look forward to the time when we all sit outside and watch it grow :).

Have you started you garden plans? I would love to see your garden journals or hear what you are planning on planting this year!

I am Happy,

Sarah

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Apple Butter Oatmeal Muffins

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We had these for breakfast this morning warm out of the oven with a spread of butter. YUM! I'm not a big baker so this is a real treat for my family. The kids were very patient while the muffins had their photo shoot :).  We even shared some with the office and they loved them. I got the idea to use my apple butter to bake with from my blog friend Cheryl. I'm glad I gave it a try it is a great use of all the apple butter I have in my pantry.

Apple Butter Oatmeal Muffins:

1 1/2 cups oatmeal
1 1/4 cup flour
1 tsp baking powder
3/4 tsp baking soda

mix and then add

1 cup apple butter
1/2 cup milk ( I used 2%)
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 tbsp veg oil
1 egg

mix until moist

Topping:

1/4 cup oatmeal
1 tbsp brown sugar
1/8 tsp cinnamon
1 tbsp melted butter

Fill greased muffin tin with muffin mixture, top each muffin with topping, bake at 400* for 15-20 min.

ENJOY!

I am Happy,

Sarah

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Tuesday

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Well today has been a nice day. It is so warm and sunny it must be in the 60's. It's nice to see and feel the sun. This morning we got up and after breakfast we took the girls to their friends house. It is about a 30 min drive from us and ended up being about a 45 min drive because the road we take was closed due to a large sink whole caused by the rain. We could see the mountains and they are covered with snow. We are about 1- 11/2 hour form Yosemite. We also saw lots of orange orchards with a lot of oranges on the trees and I started to crave them, so I think I will pick some up this week.

We got the girls dropped off and Roger, Joey and I headed over to the hospital to see Kathy and talk to the a person about her next step in recovery. She will have to go to a care facility because she will have a wound vac until her wound closes (She has very large open wound where they had to cut out her flesh that was infected by the bacteria). She is doing so much better and thank you all for your prayers. Because of some other health issues they are not sure where she will be going. It looks like it may be in the bay area about 3 hours from us. We are hoping that she can get in somewhere in the valley! Then we will be able to visit her more. She should only be there for about 7-10 days. She will also get some physical therapy so when she comes home she is able to get around.

After our visit with Kathy we took Joey to lunch at John's Incredible Pizza. This is similar to Chuck E Cheese, but it is a buffet with an awesome salad bar! We played a few games and Roger hit the JACKPOT on one of the games and gave us over 1000 tickets. Joey got to pick out some really fun stuff with his tickets and he got somethings for his sisters. He picked out a puzzle (he loves puzzle) that was holographic and when we got home we put it together. It was hard because the picture on the pieces changed, but we got it together and he wanted to watch Thomas. My chance to blog! We will be leaving soon to go and pick the girls up. I think we will have breaded chicken tenders, mash potatoes/ gravy, green beans and I will steam me some brussels sprouts (I LOVE THEM).

I hope you all have a wonderful night.

I am Happy,

Sarah 

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Happy 2011

I am really excited to see what 2011 will bring our way. I hope our second garden is a bigger success this year. I hope to be able to do more canning and preserving of all that comes form the garden. We would also like to raise our own chickens not only for eggs but for meat this year. I would like to learn more about homesteading and make some soap and candles to. I would like to learn to make healthier meals for my family and learn more about home remedies. My biggest goal this year is food storage. Roger and I really think that it will be important to have a good year supply of food as soon as possible and have been working towards that. I am excited to do some camping and use my new dutch oven / tripod and maybe do some fishing!  I look forward to all the seasons and enjoying all that God has given to us and all the days we have to serve Him!  
I pray that you all have a very blessed year filled with Faith, Family, and Simplicity!

I am Happy,

Sarah