Thursday, September 23, 2010

Subpump working overtime!

Autumn decided to welcome us with lots of rain!  It started raining last night, rained all night, and is still raining.  We can't take much more rain around here.  Posting a few pictures that I took this morning on my way to town.  They are kind of dark, it was raining pretty good when they were taken.

The two pictures of this field is about three miles from our house.  When I came home the water was coming over the side road where I had parked to take these pictures.

Field about 1/4 mile from us.

Neighbors yard right across the street.
Yesterday I planted my strawberries that have been waiting in the crisper drawer.  Not to sure how long they can stay under water and still survive, guess we will find out.

Hopefully your first day of Autumn is a little dryer than ours.  On the up side it could be cold and rainy,  we have a lovely 68 degrees.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Did something I have never done before!

This weekend we went with our grandsons (should say grandson, the oldest was sick and not up to going) to the Eve of Devastation.  This is what happens when you only have grandsons.  You get to go and watch a car being blown up, along with numerous races with cars and trucks doing all kinds of smashing each other. (not that granddaughters wouldn't enjoy this also)  They even had a contest to roll a vehicle, didn't do well the drivers could not get then to roll over.  The evening ended with a demo derby and fireworks.  We had a blast!!!    Forgot to take my camera :(

I just love Marigolds this time of year, they seem so much brighter than in the summer.

The last of the sunflowers that seeded themselves from the bird feeder.

I am keeping and eye on the apple tree, some of the apples look like they are getting very close to being ready to use, with out having to cook them forever.  Each year that we have been here my husband has been pruning the tree.  Each time he does I am just sure we won't have hardly any apples because of the branches that he takes off.  But each year the tree does better and better.  It always reminds me of Gods pruning in our lives.  We go through different trials and struggles, but if we keep our eyes on Him it improves our lives and we see more fruit.

I am also keeping a watch on our raspberries.  We brought a few plants from the other house up north last summer and started them here.  A teacher from the college had given them to me and they had not had a chance to do anything up north yet.  I believe that they are fall raspberries.

 We have had a few to eat.  So good!

But most of them look like this yet.  I am hoping the frost holds off so they can ripen.

It is always fun to see what comes up in the garden that you didn't plant.  This year I had some sunflowers, a cherry tomato, and a gourd plant.  We did get a few tomatoes off the plant and there are some gourds that are ready to pick.  I had bought a few gourds last year to decorate with and had thrown them out by the end of the garden last fall.  It was a pleasant surprise to see the plants coming up.  Now I have gourds again to decorate with.  I let them grow up over a couple of bushes by the garden.  Just couldn't pull them up after the seed survived the winter.  

I can never quite figure out gourds, I could only
see one plant growing, but there are different
shapes of gourds on the vines.  This is a couple of them.

Off to get a few things done for supper tonight.  We are having meat loaf, squash, fresh apple sauce, and baked potatoes.  Have a wonderful day!

Monday, September 13, 2010

Celebrating Grandparents Day

We had a great weekend!  Our grandsons spent the night on Saturday, that is always fun.  We had to save our Friday night pizza for Saturday night for them.  It is funny how kids can make little traditions for you.  They like to have grandpa's pizza, malts, chocolate cake, and caramel corn at sometime when they are here.  They went to church with us on Sunday morning then they were all here for Sunday dinner.  Always so nice to spend the day with family.

Yesterday was also special for us as we joined the church that we have been attending now for almost a year.  I get a little nervous when I have to stand in front of people and give my testimony, but it was a blessing.  I am so thankful for parents who took us to church and we heard the gospel preached every Sunday.  I realized at the age of eight that I needed the Lord as my Savior.  It is always such a blessing for me to listen to my husbands testimony.  He grew up in a home that was completely different than mine.  On the night that he proposed to me, he asked Jesus into his heart.  He always says that he received two gifts that night, eternal life and his wife.  It is good to be part of a church that holds strong to what the Bible teaches and won't change what it believes just to go along with this world.   We thank the Lord for leading us to this church, it truly has become a family to us.

This week there is some canning to do and working out side cleaning up the garden and flower beds.  Perfect fall weather for being out.  What are your plans this week?

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Fall Like Weather

We have been having fall weather this past week.  I love this time of year (I seem to say that about every season).   The days have been cooler, a nice change from the hot weather. The fall weather has also brought in the cold season for me.  This is the time of year that my cooking turns to more of the comfort foods.  Time to start making chili, bean soup, apple crisp, pumpkin bread, you get the picture~smile. 

The other day we had bean soup, last night chili, and today I am baking an apple crisp.  The house smells so good.  Yesterday when my husband came home from work he came in the door and said "I just wanted to get home to my Molly and some chili", we both had the same idea for supper. (It was colder and rainy day) Forgot to take a picture of the chili, but here is the bean soup.

Bean Soup

8 c. hot water
2 1/2 c. dried navy beans
1 ham bone
1/4 c. finely chopped onion
bay leaf
1/2 tsp. thyme
2 ~ 3 Tblsp. chicken bullion
salt and pepper to taste

Add beans and water to large pot.  Bring to a rapid boil; boil for 2 minutes.  Remove from heat.
Cover and let stand for a couple of hours.  Stir in remaining ingredients.  Heat to boiling, reduce heat and
simmer until beans are tender about 1 1/2 hours ( I let mine simmer all afternoon).  Add water if needed while
cooking.  Remove ham bone; trim meat from bone and stir into soup.  If you want the soup thicker, remove
1/4 cup beans, mash and stir back into soup.  Salt and pepper to taste.

If you do not have a ham bone you can use left over ham. With out the ham bone I add a little liquid smoke and some ham bullion.  Very good served with corn bread

 Apple Crisp

4 c. chopped apples
1/2c. sugar
1 tsp. cinnamon (optional)
Toss fruit with sugar and cinnamon and put into a greased baking dish.
1 c. quick oats
2/3 c. brown sugar
1/2 c. flour
1/2 c. butter melted.
Combine oats, brown sugar and flour.  Stir in melted butter until well combined.  
Pour over apples.
Bake 30 minutes at 350 degrees (until apples are tender).

Enjoy with whipped cream or ice cream.   yum!

I will be serving mine with ice cream  tonight.  

First apples that I have used from our tree this year.  We don't know what kind of apples they are, our neighbors mom planted the tree in the late 60's.  The apples are better after a frost, but I couldn't wait any longer~smile.

Monday, September 6, 2010

Check out this giveaway.

 If you like chickens you may want to check out this giveaway from Prairie Flower Farm.  She is having a giveaway that has chicken feathers in it.  They are sooooo pretty!