Thursday, July 30, 2015

Peach Leather

While canning salsa, I've also been making peach leather and you ought to see my kitchen...not! It's a sticky mess.  When I stopped at the Rogersville Produce to pick up my Roma tomatoes, they also had ripe peaches on discount for $8.00 a basket.  Each basket is 1/2 bushel. I got the two baskets they had and went back the next day and got another. I put peaches in the freezer for 9 cobblers/fruit slushes and have been making peach leather with the rest.  I have a Bosch Magic Aire II dehydrator and fill the trays with peach puree alternating sides. It takes about 15-20 hours to make the leather and when their done, I cut each sheet in thirds, wrapping them in saran wrap. A healthy snack.   Ethan is our fruit lover and they are his very, very favorite!

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Salsa With A Kick

I have been a busy little bee, canning away.  I just got finished putting up 39 quarts of salsa, using 2 and 1/2 bushels of Roma tomatoes.  I'm "salsaed" out!  It is so worth the effort and this year the salsa seems to have a little kick to it...perfect. My sister, Brenda, called and asked what recipe I used and I said Mrs  Wages. She thought it was my neighbor's recipe. LOL  Mrs. Wages  has a five star rating and all natural ingredients, and my men love it!  A big thank you to Nana for my beautiful canning jars.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Honey Time

We extracted almost 5 gallons of honey this year...3 gallons of light clover honey and 2 gallons of darker honey.  We love them both and if you're a honey lover, it doesn't get better than this.  Today I filled our jars; we've got plenty for this winter.  Afterwards I melted the honeycomb wax, pouring it into a muffin tin to cool. It's now ready to use for crafts, creams, lotions etc. 

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Green Beans

My neighbors, Dennis and Jean, invited me to pick green beans from their garden.  I met them at 8:00am and by 10:00, Dennis and I had picked 5 five gallon buckets full. Jean made me breakfast and then we all sat on their porch, breaking the beans together. We worked almost 6 hours, breaking all those beans, laughing, talking and sharing our lives with each other. It was such a blessing to spend time with them and one of the highlights of my summer. Dennis and Jean also bought my lunch!   I ended up taking 3- five gallon buckets home to can.  I was over whelmed by their kindness...they not only helped me pick but helped me break all of those beans!! I will always remember this special day. I started processing the beans that evening and all into the next day, ending up with 75 quarts. Are we going to eat good this winter! Thank you Dennis and Jean.

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Visiting Randy and Ethan in Pigeon Forge

We missed parent weekend with Mountain Project while I was in New York, so we headed over to Pigeon Forge to see Randy and Ethan the following Sunday we got back.  We met them at First Baptist Church of Pigeon Forge, worshiping our Lord together.  Did I mention I missed them? They both grew on us while away! We took pictures of Randy and his friends who help lead Mountain Project.  After we all went out to lunch, we headed to the go-karts. Hillary, Faith and I were happy to watch the men as we were still dressed from church. The men got their speed in!  We said good by to Randy's friends and then headed to Smokey Mountain Knife works, the Creamery for ice-cream and then back to their hotel where Randy and Ethan have spent the summer. Both men are enjoying Mountain Project, growing in their discipleship for the Lord.

Hillary, Ben, Randy, Darrell and Faith

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Bee Hive Toppled Over

I was weeding outside in the yard when I heard a crash over by the barn. A loud humming noise began and I knew it was the bees. I walked over, close as I dared, and saw all the bees hovering over their fallen hive. Scott said the heat combined with the weight of the honey made the hive topple over.  He donned his suit, smoked the bees and set the hive back up. He also removed several of the frames full of honey for us to extract.  On a side note, the bees were so mad with their hive falling that when Scott went near them, he got stung in his chest. It's been almost two years since his last sting/anaphylactic reaction and I believe the two year span has helped for he had a minimal reaction. I gave him Benadry and an ice pack and watched him until 2:00 am for any delayed reaction like last time. I held off giving the epi-pen as he had no allergic symptoms. He did just fine. I told him he can't get stung anymore this year!  I on the other hand, also got stung on the leg and had a huge welt for three days!   

Friday, July 17, 2015

Misssed Our Neighbors

Our neighbor, Dennis and his granddaughter, Shelby, came for a visit. Dennis mentioned he had lots of green beans this year and invited me to come pick on Monday...can't wait. He grows the best garden on Clouds Creek.  Edda Sue, Jessica and Ezra came for a visit, driving their golf cart. I also sat on Doris and Danny's porch the other morning, visiting with them and catching up on the news. I sure missed my neighbors.

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Sarah's New Baby Elk

Sarah had her baby while I was in New York around the first week of June.  Baby is doing well and growing stronger daily. Sarah is such a good little mom! It's a boy and and we named him Nehemiah.

Gideon, (Sarah's son) is now two years old and will have three or four points this year....his antlers are still growing.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Our New Cows

While in New York, Scott bought two new heifer cows. Scott named them Timid and Patience.  They need to be separated from our cows for a couple months as they're too young to breed with our bull. In the meantime,  Scott set up our dog kennel next to their barn door so they can get sunshine; I thought that was a cool idea.  We feed them several times a day, petting and talking to them all the while and they are quite friendly.   

Monday, July 13, 2015

We still Have Blueberries

I was surprised to see so many blueberries on our bushes when we got home.  We have several varieties and those that ripen in July were full of them. I  spent two hours this morning picking them...and of course, nibbling on some! I put four gallon bags in the freezer, plus I picked several days later and put two more bags in the freezer.  I will be picking every couple of days through July.

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Home Sweet Home

I was so excited to see the state sign as we crossed into Tennessee.  Almost home.  As we drove into the yard, Bear was there to greet me...sure missed him.   We walked through the yard, looking at my plants, flowers, animals and the weeds.  My sweet husband said he couldn't tell the difference between a weed and flower so he left man! I won't complain as everything looked green, plus the yard was recently mowed by our neighbor. I had been gone 6 weeks and can say there's no place like home! I miss the Littles incredibly and so wish I could be in two places at once.  I thank the Lord for the most wonderful summer in New York and thankful too, that I have lots of  pictures to look back on. We send our love Mom and Dad. 

Rural Retreat Winery

As you can see, we took our time heading home. Our next stop was the winery in Rural Retreat, Virginia. Scott's co-worker (also named Scott) owns the winery and has invited Scott down to visit several times. I've never been to a winery before and didn't know what to expcect. As it turned out, Scott's co- worker was out of town and we were unable to see the winery. We did however, visit their store and sampled several of their wines. We also stopped at the Amish store nearby and bought some cheese curds and dark chocolate coffee beans.