Thursday, July 30, 2009

Yikes Copperhead Snake

Now I know I can jump fast when I have to-lol

Such a cool morning with no sun,so I decided to work on trimming and getting rid of some growth around the propane gas tank and our pump house. The tank needs a new paint job this fall, and we need to do work on the pump house-so need to get all that stuff cleared away good-and then I will spray with a weed killer real well too on the stuff I didn't get out.

photo from online-not mine

Well, I had been working for almost 2 hours which is actually a little long for me on one project (carpal tunnel etc) and I stand up, get ready to pick up the brush I just cut and to put in the wheel barrel-when I look down and I am circled by the above. Yikes!! So I jumped over it and I yell to Larry who is outside working at his building-well by that time the copperhead is gone-these snakes move so fast.

I probably startled him as well, and actually good that autumn was not real close or it might have killed him. Larry says never jump over a snake-and I said well I didn't have much choice with it circled around my feet. Oh he says in surprise-lol

I am not one for just killing a snake for no reason, as I believe I live in the woods with the critters by choice, so I share the land with them, but when it comes to a poisonous one up by the house-now thats a different story. whew!!

Did you get an email from the President this Morning?

I was actually quite taken aback by this, I am not signed up for any of his "agendas" He was telling me how important his healthcare bill is.

Of course I wrote him back and told him, yes I agree with healthcare reform, possibly a big co op type that persons with no healthcare coverage from their employment or those that can't afford it, could buy into as a large group and get coverage cheaper that way.

However, I told the President-- I absolutely do not want a government take over, this is American not Europe, I do not want socialized anything-period

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Dragonflys

These are photos I just took today on my walk.

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Photos of Dragonflys and More

I am a bit stressed out again today, agravation with the clinic, and other stuff coming up this week; so decided to take a little walk to the back pond-and grabbed the camera as well.

Have you ever tried to capture a dragonfly? There were lots of kinds on the pond just buzzing around all over the place-I did get a few good photos. Enjoy!

Beading

Have you done any beadwork? I never have as of yet, however my hubby had done lots of beading on a little bead loom for his mountainman attire "back in the day"

I sent a little surprise to our native american friends and they called last night to thank us, and the lady was getting into beading and was excited about it. She has alot of health concerns including poor eyesight now-but she says she just sooo enjoys this this new adventure of learning.

some links for information to get us started:

http://beadwork.about.com/od/freebeadlessonstutorials/a/Learn_Beading.htm

videos:

Lots of information here too: http://www.firemountaingems.com/beading_howtos/default.asp

and interactive here: http://www.nativetech.org/beadwork/beadgraph/index.html

and a little more native american information on beading: http://www.native-languages.org/beadwork.htm

Political Humor This Morning

I got this in my email this morning, and since I am still laughing and giggling had to share. If you approve of the Presidents "agenda" for our country you may not want to read.


Date: Thursday, July 23, 2009, 8:35 PM

Congress Votes to Outsource Presidency

Washington, DC - August 10, 2009



Congress today announced that the office of President of the United States of America will be outsourced to India as of September 1, 2009.



The move is being made in order to save the President's $500,000 yearly salary, and also a record $750 billion in deficit expenditures and related overhead that his office has incurred during the last 3 months.



It is anticipated that $7 trillion can be saved to the end of the President's term. "We believe this is a wise financial move. The cost savings are huge," stated Congressman Thomas Reynolds (R-WA). "We cannot remain competitive on the world stage with the current level of cash outlay," Reynolds noted.



Obama was informed by email this morning of his termination. Preparations for the job move have been underway for some time.



Gurvinder Singh, a tele-technician for Indus Teleservices, Mumbai, India, will assume the office of President as of September 1, 2009. Mr. Singh was born in the United States while his Indian parents were vacationing at Niagara Falls, NY, thus making him eligible for the position. He will receive a salary of $320 (USD) a month, but no health coverage or other benefits.



It is believed that20Mr. Singh will be able to handle his job responsibilities without a support staff. Due to the time difference between the US and India, he will be working primarily at night. "Working nights will allow me to keep my day job at the Dell Computer call center," stated Mr. Singh in an exclusive interview.



"I am excited about this position. I always hoped I would be President."



A Congressional spokesperson noted that while Mr. Singh may not be fully aware of all the issues involved in the office of President, this should not be a problem as Obama had never been familiar with the issues either.



Mr. Singh will rely upon a script tree that will enable him to respond effectively to most topics of concern. Using these canned responses, he can address common concerns without having to understand the underlying issue at all. "We know these scripting tools work," stated the spokesperson.



"Obama has used them successfully for years, with the result that some people actually thought he knew what he was talking about."



Obama will receive health coverage, expenses, and salary until his final day of employment. Following a two-week waiting period, he will be eligible for $140 a week unemployment for 26 weeks. Unfortunately he will not be eligible for Medicaid, as his unemployment benefits will exceed the allowed limit.


Obama has been pro
vided with the outplacement services of Manpower, Inc. to help him write a resume and prepare for his upcoming job transition. According to Manpower, Obama may have difficulties in securing a new position due to a lack of any successful work experience during his lifetime.



A greeter position at Wal-Mart was suggested due to Obama's extensive experience at shaking hands, as well as his special Howdy Doody Smile.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

My Dinner Was in There

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A big storm came thru, right when I put dinner on the grill. Kinda funny actually dodging all the rain-all turned out good though

Healthcare Debate on C Span

I was taking a break this afternoon and looking for something to watch for an hour-not a thing on, so I go to C Span in the House to see what is going on, as I knew the Healthcare plan was on that floor.

This is excellent to listen to. The Republicans have unlimited time on the floor for a minute each. Quite an eye opener-and I am so glad to finally hear our representatives call this new "reform" socialized medicine-a total government take over.

One even said our forefathers came here from Europe because they wanted their freedoms. This will be a total government take over of our Healthcare. We will have no choices if we have healthcare already-as there are things in this bill that will eventually destroy the public healthcare system as we know it today.

The worse thing is the President wants this rushed thru with no time for the representatives to read and understand this bill as written, or to go home and talk it over in town meetings. Doesn't matter if you are a democrat, republican, independent-you must inform them-you don't want this rushed thru without knowing what they are doing.

This bill will destroy most small business's as they will not be able to afford the insurance or the penalty taxes this bill will issue.

I don't want the government telling my doctor how to treat me-do you???

If you have C span and care about our freedoms-turn it on.

A Little Recap of Summer so Far in photos

I have posted most of these before, but thought I would put together another little slideshow

Blackberry Vinegar

Yesterday for a little break, I thought I would check the blackberries one more time to see if there were any nices one left to pick. It started out hot and dry for their season and then we got lots of rain. The blackberries are not as sweet this year, and since I still have some left over from last year in the freezer, I didn't pick any to freeze this year-just to eat and enjoy.

There were only a few nice berries-so I picked enough to half fill a quart jar and then poured vinegar over them-thought this would be nice to use on in a salad dressing or perhaps as a marinade.

This morning I thought I would check online for a recipe and see what they say to do. Most recipes called for Lots of sugar after a week of sitting in the vinegar and then straining off-used this way as a drink. I am thinking no I don't want all that sugar. This following recipe is more of what I was thinking of.

Blackberry Vinegar

Ingredients:

2 cups of blackberries.
1 tablespoon of Sugar.
2 cups of white wine vinegar.

Directions:

Place the blackberries in a glass jar and sprinkle with the sugar; then stir for about 60 seconds to release a bit of juice.

Pour the white wine vinegar over the blackberries, cap the jar and allow to sit on a dark shelf for about a month.

Pour the mixture through a fine strainer to remove the berries and seeds.

Transfer the strained blackberry vinegar to bottles

and here is the 18th century recipe I found

BLACKBERRY VINEGAR

18th century recipe

Blackberry Vinegar is a wholesome drink that is easily made and can with advantage have its place in the store cupboard for use in winter, being a fine cordial for a feverish cold.

Gather the berries on a fine day, stalk them, put into an earthenware vessel and cover with malt vinegar.

Let them stand three days to draw out the juice.

Strain through a sieve, drain thoroughly, leaving them to drip through all day.

Measure the juice and allow a pound of sugar to each pint.

Put into a preserving pan, boil gently for 5 minutes, removing scum as it rises, set aside to cool, and when cold, bottle and cork well.

A teaspoonful of this, mixed with water will often quench thirst when other beverages fail and makes a delicious drink in fever.

Popcorn Toppings

Herb Snips

from Susan's Collection of Herbal Lore

Mix-N-Match Popcorn Sprinkles

Tired of the same old bland popcorn? Reduce or eliminate salt and add healthy taste with your own garden-grown dried herbs and a few from the grocery. For easy preparation, make several different sprinkles at one time and store in labeled shaker-top bottles. Each recipe uses dried and finely powdered herbs and makes about one-half cup. A great kids' project-the sprinkles make unique gifts, too!

Mama Mia Sprinkle
2 tablespoons each of basil, thyme, marjoram, garlic powder.
Serve with a shaker of Parmesan cheese.

Creole Crazy Sprinkle
2 tablespoons of paprika
1 tablespoon each of onion powder, garlic powder, oregano, basil
1 one-half teaspoons each of thyme, lemon pepper, cayenne pepper, salt

MexiCorny Sprinkle
2 tablespoons each of chili powder (mild, medium, or hot), parsley flakes, cumin
1 tablespoon each of onion powder and garlic powder
1 teaspoon dried red pepper flakes

from here http://www.abouthyme.com/HerbSnips/popcorn.html

A Little Chocolate This Morning

Chocolate Covered Bacon
1 lb. bacon (we used thick sliced bacon)
1 package dark or milk chocolate, melted

Cook the bacon until crispy. Thick sliced bacon works best as it will hold the weight of the chocolate better. Drain cooked bacon really well and allow to cool.
Cut bacon into bite-sized pieces, if desired.

Melt your chocolate according to package instructions. Dip bacon pieces into chocolate to coat and place on cooling rack or wax paper. Allow chocolate to harden and enjoy.

Chocolate Covered Jalapeno Peppers
Jalapeno Peppers
1 package dark or milk chocolate, melted

Clean jalapeno peppers. Melt chocolate according to package instructions. Dip peppers in melted chocolate to coat and place on cooling rack or wax paper. Allow chocolate to harden and enjoy.

Chocolate Covered Potato Chips
Potato Chips (the thicker cut, the better)
1 package dark or milk chocolate, melted

Dip potato chips in melted chocolate. Place on cooling rack or wax paper. Allow chocolate to harden and enjoy.

Monday, July 27, 2009

Big Canning Day Again Today

Started early and made another batch of salsa with half tomatoes and half tomatilos. Turned out nice.

Larry got a few more green tomatoes, but not quite enough so I picked most of what I had-and made up a big batch-lots and lots of chopping. This was for my Jalapeno-apple-green tomato relish-I had a little left over and Larry was like wow!-this turned out hotter than it usually does. so hoping its not too hot.

This is the last of the canning for awhile until I can some peaches and hopefully pears too.

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Cookies with Habaneros

I am wondering about All About Thymes recipes-wonderful stuff there and ran into this-so if you are growing some hot habaneros in the garden---dry into powder and make this:

Ruby Wilcox's Hot Lips Cookie Crisps
  • 1 cup soft shortening
  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1� cup finely chopped cashews
  • 1� cups whole wheat flour
  • 1� cups unbleached flour
  • � tsp soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • � tsp habanero powder

Preheat oven to 325F. Cream butter and sugar. Add the vanilla and eggs and mix well. Mix the dry ingredients together with the nuts, and stir into the creamed mixture. Chill. Shape into a log about 2" in diameter, slice, and bake until golden.

Easy Slow Cooker Herb Bread

Mmmmm Just got this recipe from All About Thymes newsletter this morning

Susan's Easy Slow-Cooker Herb Bread

Baked in your slow-cooker, this crisp-crust oat-and-wheat herb bread is moist and good-tasting. Great for summertime cooking or anytime you don't want to heat the oven. This recipe makes one small loaf.

  • 1 tblsp yeast
  • � cup warm water
  • � cup warm milk
  • 1/3 cup quick-cooking oats
  • 1� tblsp olive oil
  • 1� tblsp honey
  • 1 egg
  • 1/8 cup wheat germ
  • 2 tsp fresh or dried minced rosemary
  • 2 tsp minced fresh parsley
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • 1 tsp salt (optional)
  • 2 cups wheat flour, plus up to additional 1/3 cup

Turn on the slow cooker to high. Place a trivet (try a couple of fruit-jar rings or crumpled aluminum foil) in the bottom. Add 1 cup water.

Grease a deep bowl or other container that will fit your cooker. I use one of those 9"x5" disposable aluminum foil bread pans.

Dissolve yeast in warm water. Combine with warm milk, oats, oil, honey, egg, wheat germ, herbs, and salt (if desired). Stir in 2 cups flour, a cup at a time. Turn the soft dough out onto a floured board and knead, adding more flour as necessary, until the dough is soft and elastic. Shape to fit your cooking container.

The herbs are a suggestion; use your own favorite savory combinations.

Place dough in the cooking container and arrange on the trivet. Make a tent of aluminum foil and place loosely over the dough (this keeps moisture from dripping off the lid and into the dough). Bake on high for 3� hours (no peeking until the end!), or until a toothpick tester inserted into the center of the loaf comes out clean.

I think I will substitute my spelt and sorgham flours for the wheat germ and wheat flours and try this out-sounds really good and in the crock pot too

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Neighbors

Do you get along with your neighbors? Do you expect too much out of them?

When you live in a rural area, sometimes one needs to have good neighbors to depend on. One problem though especially in a very rural area, if you are not born and raised in that area-you are never really accepted by your neighbors.

Larry and I have always been "loners", we always worked so many hours that we didn't have time to have alot of friends. However we always had a handful of friends that we considered "family" and those were friends we could depend on in crisis or emergency situations.

We have now just a couple people we consider really good friends, others we are finding out-mostly just recently-that we were never really accepted into their group of friends-they just "played" along like they were our friends.

This doesn't bother me a whole lot, Larry and I have always just depended on each other, in the end it really is just the two of us surviving in this world together. But, at this stage in our lives-it does make me feel very alone sometimes.

I would never regret moving here-I love our little piece in the world, this is a beautiful place in the woods-but good neighbors sometimes are needed, however they can be such a huge downer at times as well.

as one of my 360 friends (whom I have lost contact with) used to always say-"Such is the way of it"

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Making Pizza Tomorrow

I haven't made my pizza for awhile now, so thinking of making it tomorrow and maybe on the grill as well. It comes out really good on the grill.

I posted it once before Kathys almost famous pizza back on 360 in 2006. I just discovered that none of my photos transferred over with the closing of yahoo. I transfered all my blog posts to multiply when I first moved here. Before if you clicked on the x the photo would load, now it tells me 360 is closed-so now don't know if that means all my posts will dissappear too-will have to wait and see what happens. They posted a new date to delete everything sometime in august.

My recipe says it is gluten free-I am one of the lucky ones and can use spelt flour to replace wheat as long as I don't overdo it and not every day. Spelt does have some gluten-but way less that wheat-and in the recipe I handle the dough differently so you will get a nice rise from it.

I am not a bread eater, so I don't get flour in my diet on a daily basis anyways. If you can tolerate spelt-alot of people can-this is just the best pizza crust.

When I do it on the grill-I either do it in a really big iron skillet, or on lots of foil-I bake the dough first til almost done and then add all the toppings and just watch it til all the cheese melts good. You may need to flip over the dough as well to make sure baked thru-just depends on your grill. The flavor is just awesome.

I found this photo on photobucket-yummy!

CIMG1578.jpg Another Pizza on the Kettle Grill image by WildPig10

You are Invited to my Cyber Picnic by the River

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I've got the fish roasting-and corn on the cob coming off the grill-what are you all bringing?

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and a pitcher of margaritas too

PitcherOfMargaritas.jpg Pitcher of Margaritas image by billyp_2008

Friday, July 24, 2009

Mango and Avocado Salad with Black Beans and Lime Vinaigrette from Whole Foods


Tropical flavors of mango and citrus complement black beans in this colorful salad.

Ingredients

2 ripe but firm avocados, halved, peeled and cubed
3 tablespoons lime juice, divided
2 ripe but firm mangos, peeled and cubed
1 jalape�o, stemmed, seeded and finely chopped
Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 teaspoon grated lime zest
1/4 teaspoon sugar
2 tablespoons chopped cilantro, plus more for garnish
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 (15-ounce) can no-salt-added black beans, rinsed and drained

Method

Gently toss avocado with 1 tablespoon of the lime juice in a medium bowl. Add mango, jalape�o and salt and gently toss to combine. Set aside.

Whisk together remaining 2 tablespoons lime juice, zest, sugar and cilantro in a large bowl. Whisk in oil until thoroughly combined to make a thick vinaigrette then season with salt and pepper. Add black beans and avocado mixture and toss gently.
Add black beans and avocado mixture and toss gently. Spoon salad onto plates, garnish with cilantro and serve immediately.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

NRA-ILA :: URGENT - U.S. Senate To Consider Right-To-Carry Reciprocity Amendment Early This Week

NRA-ILA :: URGENT - U.S. Senate To Consider Right-To-Carry Reciprocity Amendment Early This Week

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follow this link and email your senators today-tell them to vote yes

Sweet Relish out of the Canner

These photos were taken hot out of the canner

I think we will like this one alot, I took notes so I would remember what ingredients I used-sweet relish with a hint of some heat-I like that in a pickle product like this one.






Didn't this turn out pretty? This was taken after salted, iced down for a few hours, and then rinsed and drained ready for everything to boil. I decided to shred mostly just the green in the cucumbers, and then chopped red and yellow sweet peppers, onion, and for a little kick about a third of very hot korean round pepper. I am going to use the brine and method as in my bread and butter recipe-I got that idea from my friend Celeste (on Multiply).


Sunday, July 19, 2009

Bread and Butter Pickles



A neighbor brought us over a big batch of cukes the right size for pickling, so canned up two batches of pickles-yummy!!

Kathy's Bread and Butter Pickles


Category: Side Dishes & Condiments
Style: American
Servings: 6 to 7 pints


Description:
There are so many versions of this recipe thru the years, but I thought I would offer mine as well.

I combined ingredient ideas from the Ball Canning book and from the Farm Journal canning book. I usually settle on the Farm Journal recipes but didn't quite like it the way it was written. I also usually like to add a bit of mild honey to my sweet pickle recipes.

Ingredients:
4 pounds of 4 to 6 inch cucumbers cut into thin slices
2 pounds thinly sliced white onions
1/3 cup canning salt
4 cups vinegar
2 1/2 cups sugar
1/8 to 1/4 cup mild honey
2 tbsp. mustard seed
1 tbsp. celery seed
1 tbsp. ginger (powdered)
2 tsp. tumeric
1 tsp peppercorns-I had penzeys 4 color peppercorns so used that


Directions:
Combine cucumber and onion slices in large bowl. Layer with salt (may need a little more salt than recipe calls for) then cover with ice. Let stand 1 1/2 hours drain and rinse.
You can also do this in the evening-cover with lots of ice and set in frig. rinse really really well to get the salt out-start early in the morning next day so not sitting any longer.
Place remaining ingredients in large sauce pot and bring to a boil. Add drained and rinsed cucumbers and onions and return to just boiling.
a note here--I start filling the jars as soon as it starts to bubble-so the pickles don't get overcooked while you are filling the jars
Pack hot into hot jars, leaving 1/4 inch head space. remove air bubbles, adjust caps.
Process 10 minutes in boiling water bath

Friday, July 17, 2009

New Quilt I want to Make












The quilt and pattern I want to make comes from Lewis & Clark Volume two by Terry Clothier Thompson. You can see the book here http://www.terrythompson.com/book7.html

Alot of the projects in these two books are her interpretations of the era, however I first saw this quilt in the book: America's Printed Fabrics 1770-1890 by Barbara Brackman.

This quilt is an antique quilt found in Maine, estimated date 1830-1850 that is in the collection of Terry Clothier Thompson.

In Brackman's book the photo was small, and I am thinking "I need to blow this up and figure out how to make it." It was made during the time period I was interested in as well.

I then took out my Lewis and Clark books by Thompson and there it was with the pattern-Yeh! I was so thrilled.

Thompson named it Fleur D'Lis and will be 82 1/2 by 82 /1/2 inches She suggests collecting reproduction fabrics in this time period of browns, blues, reds, dark gold, brownish purples, greens and sweet pinks. but to avoid black and bright pink. also to chose small and medium printed calico, chintz, plaid, and shaded colors not pastels. The little iris petals in the corners of each block are made of the same fabric that the middle square block is in each block-and these will be appliqued.

I have not tried needle turn applique yet, these pieces are simple, so looking forward to learning that technique with this quilt.

So I am excited about this project-I have all my fabrics now, and for background will use a natural kona cotton. I was definately excited to find these pieces I bought on sale for 3.00 a yard opposed to the 9.00 to 15.00 a yard they go for in the quilt stores. I found my reproduction fabrics here http://www.bonniebluequilts.com/default.aspx an excellent online only store with very good customer service.

I won't start this one til winter probably

Photos Taken Around the yard here in the ozarks










oops I just realized the second photo is sideways-the fence is really straight up and down-lol

Friday, July 3, 2009

Life is Good-a poem by me

Life is Good

My clothes are drying at the edge of the oaks and hickorys

the blackberries are beginning to ripen

As I hang up and take down the clothes-the wild song birds share their songs with me

Life is Good

I live in a beautiful place, away from all the politics, away from the cities

I am thankful for that

Life is Good

Larry saw a baby fawn wandering near my craft building

That makes me smile, and feel happy inside

Life is Good

I thank my forefathers before me, my ancestors have served in every war since the revolution-to keep me free

I am thankful for that

Life is Good

I will think of them this 4th of July and smile-as I am free


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by "me" Kathyinozarks



for some reason this popped in my head while doing the laundry today-so just needed to write it down

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