Tuesday, August 19, 2014

A Very Busy Month.

Can not believe it is time for school to start already not to sure, where all the time has gone. I has been so busy around here the past few months.

We got most of the bathroom remodeled still some trim work and a few small things but it is looking real good. So glad it is now doable sharing a bathroom with two teenage girls isn’t that much fun lol.

I got a case of cherries put up into pie filling, 3 cases of peaches canned, 3 cases of corn canned, case of mangos dried, several gallons of milk canned, 10 quarts of sour kraut, 21 quarts16 ½ pints of raspberry chipotle, of beans, lots of bananas canned and in the freezer and all the fruit and vegetables I get in my bountiful baskets ( I get 3 baskets ) put up. I ordered 4 cases of Green chili which I should be getting soon.

Been mending several of Andy’s pants and shirts still some to go.

Working in the gardens they are both doing very well will have tomatoes soon and some of the peppers are ready to pick.

Seems we have had to move cows almost every week. Been trying to get a little yard work done but don’t seem to be able to get much done.

 Got some plantain and yarrow picked made tinctures, oils, and dried some of them. I also got some garlic oil and tinctures made. I made a salve for Andy’s eczema which seems to be working pretty good, I will post the recipe soon.

Even found time to go to a couple concerts Asleep at the Wheel and Clay Walker . We were going to go to the Bar D and stay the night in Durango but we had to haul two loads of cows, and take a load of horse’s to Travis. By the time we got all that done and headed to Durango it was to late to get to the hotel shower and get ready to go so I called and canceled our reservations at the Bar D, we did stay the night in Durango just went to Applebee’s to eat and went back to the room and watched a movie ( we don’t have cable so I like to see what is on it when I can). The next day we were going to go by a new lake and then go for a drive in the mountains, but not to long after we left Durango we get a call saying we had cows out so instead, we ran by Travis’s picked up the trailer and hurried home to deal with cows.

I have several post I am working on hoping to get them out soon.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Freezing Bananas

We eat a lot of bananas I use them in bread , cake , smoothies , Ice cream and all kinds if things
I have been canning bananas and freezing them before they start going up in price.

 Here is how I freeze them. I just peel them then put on a pan with wax paper ( so they don’t stick to the pan ) then I slice them in to ½ to 1 inch slices ( I just slice them on the pan then I don’t have to move them to the pan after they are sliced.) If I have enough for more then one layer I put two sheets of wax paper in-between each layer ( I do two then that way they come off the paper easier). I freeze them for 24 hours then take them off the pan and put into baggies. When we need some bananas you can just grab how ever much you need. When we use them in smoothies I will put them in the microwave for about 45 seconds just to thaw them a little so they are not so hard in the blender.
The girls got to go to Salt Lake a few weeks ago and do a photo shoot. Here are a couple of the pics that they took Troy Lynn did a great job of the pics they turned out so good. Here are a couple of them. Seeems funny to see them dressed up in "City Clothes" ha ha.

Can not wait to get the rest of them.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Branding Day

We finished up Branding ( Got all the late calves ) this week end . The weather was just right couldn't believe the wind wasn't blowing a million miles an hour like it has done all week.  
My Brother came up to help with his  kids and my cousin came up also, she hasn't every seen this done she had lots of fun, we even let her try to brand a calf.

 The kids love being able to pet the calves.

Katie is pushing the calves up into the ally way some of the calves have a mind of their own and keep trying to go any way but the direction you want them to go.

One of my nieces who is scared of cows got in the alley and pushed the cows to the shoot was very proud that she got in with them and did a great job. Although the last three were the largest calves and she got out then and said she didn't want to do the larger calves lol.

My nephew trying to ride on of them. Thats one of the fun things on branding day the kids trying  to ride some of the  larger calves they don't usually last to long before they fall off.

My nieces just love the calves I think they petted almost every one that came through the shoot.

After we got done with branding  we had to move the horses to different pasture so we let the girls have a ride. Rosie ( the horse)was being a little stupid so they didn't get to ride very long but I told them to come up this summer after we have worked them a little and ride again.

As you could see when we brand we use a calf table, run the calves in give them their vaccinations and then brand them. My brother and sister in law do it the old fashion way, catch them on horse then tie them and brand them.

Joleen and Katie always try to go and help.
Here they are giving vaccinations.
Branding is a lot of fun and a lot of work. Its probably a good thing it only comes once a year.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Canning Frozen Orange Juice

I have been reading a lot about food going up with all the droughts ,viruses and all the things that are going on. One thing that is also going to go up is oranges. And I really like my orange juice. When I canned oranges last fall I didn’t do much juice, so I have been buying the frozen and canning it. My freezer space is pretty limited so I just can it. Very easy to do.

First get you OJ then let it thaw. I just use the cheap store brand.
Pour in to a large pan. Do not add any extra water, warm up and simmer for a couple minutes.
Pour into sterilized pint jars. And Water bath for 5 minutes ( Be sure to adjust for Altitude I have to do mine for 20 minutes).


It will darken a little with age but still taste good. I opened one the other day from 2 years ago and was great.