Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Playing Catch Up

Up early. There must be something about getting older(not old, just older) that wakes you up. I have always been a morning person, but there is something about the quiet and getting things done that seem to matter more to me now.
I will try to download pictures that show some of what we did last year and will try to do better this year!
I made cheese from my goat milk. I was very pleased at the results. My husband made a press from plastic pipe and several weights, which, althrough crude looking, worked great. The cream cheese was really good and I use alot.
The eggs are probably a dead loss, but then I never intended to make money. Just have fun and eat healtier. My hens are restful to watch and they even seem to like me, which could be a mistake on their part. This fall, after the new chicks are laying, it will be time to make and can chicken noodle soup and just plain canned chicken.
We got two hives of bees last spring. The jury is still out on this venture. They were bought late so we didn't get any extra honey. Hopefully, they make it through winter and we can share the honey this fall.
It was windy and rainy this year when we made applebutter. For the first time since we began making it, We were force to move to the screenporch and use the turkey fryer for cooking. If you have never used a turkey fryer to can with you don't know what you are missing. Don't buy new, watch yard sales. Did I mention I'm cheap?
My granddaughter and I made two bushel of apples and 25 pound of flour into pies and froze them. It was the first time she had ever made pie crust and she did a fabulous job. Flaky and tender! She is the official pie maker at family dinners.
We raised cane this year!!! Well sorghum cane, that is. Raising the cane was the easy part. We don't have the equipment to squeeze the juice or the pan to cook it down with. More importantly we do not have the knowledge. Luckily we have a neighbor down the road that makes it every year. He allowed us to bring our cane and play at his house for a week. The outcome is that we are raising cane once again this year!!
Must go for today. Remember............don't just wade through life,pan for GOLD.


  1. Ooo, cane! What type of soil conditions and weather does it like? Was it labor intensive to grow / care for?

  2. Wow! We were busy last year, huh. lol