November 28, 2009
Libraries (check, Although recently I've had a good supply of hand me down books!)
Lay away plans (I don't think the stores offer that any more...)
FRUGAL: is the practice of acquiring goods and services in a restrained manner and resourcefully using already owned economic goods and services to achieve a longer term goal.
STRATEGIES: reduction of waste, curbing costly habits, supressing instant gratifications, using financial restraint (self-control), not getting trapped in the social norms, etc. (as defined by Wikipedia)
November 11, 2009
October 31, 2009
October 27, 2009
Broccoli Soup (Cheater's Version)
October 25, 2009
BREAD BOWLS (Taste of Home Test Kitchen)
cornmeal (to sprinkle on top of bread bowls before baking)
October 24, 2009
October 1, 2009
September 14, 2009
See how his fin is kinda green looking! That is because of the plankton & other food that was sooo thick in the water for the whales to eat! Here is just coming up from under the boat... He dove a couple of times and lifted his tail out of the water for us to see!! Eventually, we had to leave this amazing spot and head back to shore. We were out from 2-7:30PM and watched a gorgeous sunset!! WOW doesn't even begin to describe this trip!!
June 23, 2009
What does next year hold for them?? Hmmm, that is the million dollar question! Austin plans to take the next year to work & SAVE money while pursuing his music. He is interested in a school in Florida... MMI (Motorcycle Mechanic Institute) and maybe by this time next year, he'll ready to go. Audrey is looking into some online courses and also taking photography courses a tech. school. Eventually, she'd like to work with young children!
CONGRATULATIONS AUDREY & AUSTIN! We are proud of you both!!
June 15, 2009
Well, a few of the key things that I heard were:
June 11, 2009
We belong to a small, but state wide organinzation that helps beginner & small farmers! This is one of the pieces of equipment that can be rented for use! :) In order for others to rent it, they need to be shown how the stuff is used properly..... that is where we come in! We house it, rent it and hold training clinics each year!!
We had maybe 12 people here Saturday morning ...... lots of fun! OK, if you remove yourself from the actual activity, and focus on meeting new people who have a common goal which is: raise our own food! It is fun to hear the stories, compare notes and trade ideas!!
After we were all done and cleaned up, one of the men was able to teach us how to process two of our rabbits. I know.... DON'T get all worked up, it was quick & easy! I was able to do most of it!!
For our first dish, I used a friend's recipe for chicken pie and substituted rabbit for chicken! I have to say.... the meat is very mild, very tender and very good! There is a difference, but not a bad difference. Will we do this again? Well, voting from all 6 eaters in our family say YES!
FYI: none of the rabbits that you have seen on this blog were 'processed'. :) Thus far, our policy is that if they have names.... they stay on the farm!
April 26, 2009
These are the two we brought home Friday morning! Introducing Anna & ??..... actually, we haven't decided for sure on the other name! :) These little beauties are Californian Rabbits...... most noted for the dark ears, nose, tail & feet and white bodies! We also got a Californian buck on Saturday morning (not entirely sure of his name yet) and 2 New Zealand does a few weeks ago!! They have been named Gracie & Clara! I think we have finished buying our stock.... at least for now!! :) We've been busy building cages and deciding how to arrange everyone!Since it is such nice weather around here (finally), we brought the bucks outside and hung them on the outside of the barn..... they seem quite happy with this arrangement! Above is Max (NZW) and Jackson (Flemish Giant). And below are Silas (NZW) and Sinatra.... our mystery buck!We call him our 'mystery buck' because are aren't too sure what breed he is..... he is a big, beautiful buck with blue eyes!! We have sent his picture to someone who will hopefully be able to tell us what his opinion of breed is! Until then..... 'mystery buck' sounds good! :)
Soooo, that is what I've been up to as of late! I am still driving a 'school bus' (ok, a mini-van) in the AM & PM and trying to get the 'spring clean-0ut' done! I tackled my 'to-do list' this past week while I've been on 'April vacation' and I did manage to cross a few things off! (BUT, I STILL HAVE LOTS MORE TO GET DONE!)
Until next time..... please enjoy a tall glass of iced tea and a good book! Find a hammock, a yard swing or a bench near a brook and treat yourself to a mini-vacation! Ahhhhh, don't you feel better already! :)
April 12, 2009
March 24, 2009
Everything is ready for warmer weather! Audrey and I went to Connecticut this past Sunday to pick up two New Zealand White rabbits (does) and all the way down we could see 'spring' arriving! We were in Waterbury and they have GREEN grass!! HURRAY! I know, for those of you who live in warmer climates, you may think I'm a bit nutty..... but it has been a LONG time for us who have been seeing white ground everywhere!
Today the temperature is 42* and there is a bit of cool breeze, but the sun is shining absolutely beautiful!! God's creation is awakening and shouting for joy all around us!
Next sign on spring..... potato salad and veggies & meat on the grill!! (Can't hardly wait!)
March 8, 2009
Hazel is checking out her babies!
Here's a quick peek! They are about a day old here.... we took a quick count, I think we saw 9 or 10 babies! YIKES!!
Here they are at 5 days old! (Update: We counted 11 babies, WOW!! Unfortunately, 2 of them died.)
Their eyes opened around 10 days old and here's a 2 week old picture that we took with a cellphone camera! A few of them have started jumping out of the nesting box... but they can't get back in! :) We carefully pick them up and put them back in, wearing a glove and under the watchful eye of 'Mama Hazel'!
March 6, 2009
March 1, 2009
This picture was taken this past summer at my mom's church! They have grown up from the cute little toddlers into wonderful young adults! You are blessings to us! We love you!! Happy Birthday Audrey & Austin!!