Friday, July 29, 2011

Veggie Juice

We still had quite a few tomatoes in our freezer and new green tomatoes are coming onto the plants in the garden so I decided it's time to use up some of last years bounty before this years takes over.
We've made tomato juice several times and it gets drank up in a hurry.
It's great mixed with a cold brew.
We vary the recipe according to what we have on hand & add a bit of dried salsa mix.

In a large kettle cook the tomatoes, onions,peppers,celery sticks and water until the veggies are soft and mushy.
                                             Remove from heat and strain in a large bowl
Then put the juice back into the large kettle.
Add the salt, sugar, lemon juice and celery salt.
Boil for 10 minutes on medium heat.
Pour into jars & process.

Vegetable Juice
12 cups cut up tomatoes
2 large yellow onions, cut up
2 large green sweet peppers, cut up
4 large celery sticks, cut up
8 cups water
1 1/2 T. salt
4 T. sugar
1 T. lemon juice
1 tsp. celery salt

Monday, July 25, 2011

Singing in the Shower

 Don't you just love to sing in the shower?
The acoustics are great in there.

My favorite song is
One Tin Soldier
Listen children to a story that was written long ago
about a kingdom on a mountain
and the vally far below.
On the montain lay a treasure
buried deep beneeth a stone.
The vally people swore they'd have it for thier very own.

Go ahead & hate your neighbor.
Go ahead & cheat a freind.
Do it in the name of heaven
Justify it in the end.
There won't be any trumpets blowing
come the judgement day
The bloody morning after
One tin soldier rides away.

Now the valley sent a message up the hill
asking for the burried treasure
Tons of gold for wich they'd kill.

Came an answer from the kingdom
With our brothers we will share
all the rich's of our kingdom
all the secrets burried there.

Now the valley roared with anger.
Mount your horses
Draw your swords.
And they killed the mountain people
so they won there just rewards.
Standing on the mountain dark and grey,
turned the stone and looked beneath it.
Peace on Earth was all it said.

Go ahead and hate your neighbor
Go ahead and cheat a freind.
Do it in the name of heaven
Justify it in the end.
There won't be any trumpets blowing
on the judgment day.
The bloody morning after
One tin soldier rides away.

What have you been singing lately?

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Treasure Hunting

Dawn & I went exploring today.
Our expedition took us to Fessedden North Dakota.
A town 37 miles away from our farm.
People said that Fessedden had a great thrift shop
so the treasure hunter in me wanted to go check it out.

 We did find some treasures at the shop.

Strawberry Basket, cards & cream & sugar set

Look at this rock barn where they hold the Wells County Fair.

Up the street we found this neat old brick building.

A couple of bears where standing guard at the high school.

What places have you been exploring lately?

Sunday, July 17, 2011

My Space

This used to be a gas station in the small town of Anamoose North Dakota.

 Years ago the previous owners moved this cute little building to their home "The Swarze Buffalo Ranch" and set it up as a well stocked bar.
 The barkeep and owner of this ranch passed away ten years ago abandoning this sweet little building to mice, dust, bugs and spiders. It had quite a stench as you opened the door.

 We went to work a bucket of soapy water in one hand and bottle of Windex in the other scrubbing and painting until this building and it's collected treasures where sparkling clean.

 I've claimed this space for now as my painting studio. I've dug out my paints (some that hadn't been used in eight years and where drying up) and brush's. Brought over my painting books for inspiration.

This is my first project.

Just knowing my paints are waiting for me in my new space is such a great feeling.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Artisan Bread

Delicious, home made artisan bread bought at the farmers market.
I traded my strawberries for this bread and feel I got the best end of this deal. Yum!!!!

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Turn The Page Tuesday- The Daughters Walk

 Once again through her newest novel Jane Kirkpatrick has spoken to my soul.
 "A Daughters Walk" is one of those books you savor. You don't want to read it to fast. When you are finished you will miss Clara's friends and relatives who are brought to life through the pages of this book.

 In 1896 Norwegian American Helga Estby accepted a wager from the fashion industry to walk from Spokane, Washington, to New York City within seven months in an effort to earn ten thousand dollars and save the family farm. She brought along her eighteen-year-old daughter, Clara, and the two made their way on the 3,500-mile trek by following the railroad tracks. After returning home to the Estby farm more than a year later, Clara chose to walk on alone, leaving the family and changing her name. Her decision initiated a more than twenty-year separation from the only life she had known.

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