Friday, August 31, 2012

Our Last Weekend Of The Summer

Well we can not complain about our Summer this year. I can not remember a Summer in the last few yeas that the kiddies were able to get into te pool ever single day.
They have had a full,Summer and are ready to go back to start another school year.
Justin is starting high school,wow grade 9 already.
Jayne is starting middle school, wow
Jillian is starting grade 4.
Next Wednesday is their first day back. They are both nervous and excited. And me well I am both scared  and nervous.
Today the girls and I are going to travel to the city,2 1/2 hours away to do some shopping. Justin went to his grand parents camp for his last weekend of summer. His grandpa and him have a big fishing trip planned. They will be back on Monday. Hubby has to work as he Could not get the time off today to come with us.
Tomorrow morning we are heading up to the trailer for our last weekend there for the season. It was a great summer for the trailer and the kiddies will have lots of memories for years to come.
We will be back on Monday as well.
Have a great labour day weekend everyone!

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Finally Back with Internet

I started my last post on Monday and was not able to finish it, or post it as we had a very bad thunder and lightening storm, that took out our power for 10 hours. Along with that it also took out the internet, which was out till this morning.

I am sorry for not posting my Jam Jam cookie recipe until now.

Jam Jams

2 eggs
1 cup brown sugar
6 tbsps. syrup
2 cup shortening
2 tsps. soda
1 tsp lemon or vanilla
Flour to roll thin
Mix all ingredients. Add enough flour to roll thin. Then cut and bake at 350F for 12 - 15 minutes. While warm, put together with favorite jam.

Another Great Weekend At The Trailer

We had another great weekend at the trailer. The girls and I left Friday to go up, and had pizza for supper went to the beach,and went for a great hike.

We came back had our showers, sat by the campfire and made nachos. We headed in at dark to watch a movie and found that we had a little visitor in our trailer. A mouse had ran across the floor and went under the couch. After trying to find him I gave up,and we watched our movie.

Saturday morning after breakfast we went for a walk around on the trails,the girls biked and Franny and I walked.
We came back relaxed a bit and then had lunch.
The girls joined in on a game of soccer base ball with others from the campground. After 6 I decided to get supper on as the guys would be coming up. Hubby and Justin stayed home as they were baling hay Saturday. They did not get up to the trailer until 8:30 as they wanted to finish up.
Hubby came with 2 baskets of strawberries that we're delivered to the house from our friend who grows them for the stores. He had a overload so he dropped off 2flats and hubby thought that he would bring done up for our neighbor. Hubby put the others in the fridge so I could make jam with them.

We had another great campfire, and headed to bed after dark. Sunday we had a campfire breakfast of bacon,eggs,beans and toast.

We tided up and the guys headed back to town as they wanted to finish up some more hay. The girls and I stayed for the day and headed down at supper time.

I worked on my jam with the strawberries, and made 3 batches of strawberry jam, a tray of muffins to freeze, another to eat right away for breakfast, and a Strawberry coffee cake crumble.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Late Night Post

It is 11:15 and I should sound to sleep by now,but i'm not. Instead I am in the kitchen making pickles. Why? you might ask.Well......

I picked cucumbers yesterday and I filled my basket. I put a few in the fridge for eating, I left 12 out on the island for my celery relish. I gave 4 to the neighbour, I gave 2 to my Dad,and I dropped off 8 at the library today while I was in picking up books. I still have 14 left in the basket and the garden is pretty much ready to be picked again and again. Cucumber overload.......

I needed to get those cucs off my island as they kept looking at me every time I walked past. I wanted to make relish today but somehow or other I never seemed to get a moment to cut everything up.
So after having a early morning as Justin was going to work over the road for 7 and Hubby was leaving early to go and get out new Billy goat. Breakfast got made,laundry got done,dishes were loaded into the dish washer,went outdoors making my new Billy goat a new home in the barn, and after bringing Cinnie Belle back in from getting out of her pen 6 times and then out through the barn hall twice I then helped Hubby unload our newest addition then helped him out with some welding before having to come in and get his lunch made up and his supper cooked as he was going in on night shift. We had a BBQ of steak, new potatoes in foil,veggies in foil as well, and salad. I only cooked his and then left after him to go to the library and then came home to make our supper.

My Inlaws came for a visit tonight to see our new farm additions. I served coffee cake and coffee. Got everything cleaned up and began to cut up my ing. for the celery relish. One of the barn kittens fell in the pool. (Jill's kitten snaps) I felt terrible for her as this is the second one she has lost to the pool. I wiped away a half hour of tears into my apron and kinda calmed her down. She was still pretty upset when she went to bed tonight. Funny how cats would even go near the water. We lost 2 that way and another last year in a bucket of water in the barn, we almost lost one the other day in my pond but we caught it right after it fell in.

My pickles smell so good simmering away as I type my post......

Tomorrow I have a full agenda as well.Justin is working early again and Hubby has a friend coming in fom the next town at 9. I have coffee cake left so he can serve that while I am away to have a overdue, well long overdue hair appointment at 10, then I am off tot he hospital to visit with Mom. I have a few things to clean up here in the house and I want to load the line up with work pants from the men of the family. The girls and I are going to the trailer at lunch time and staying the night. Hubby and Justin will come up with the truck on Saturday afternoon as Justin is working in the morning, and Hubby wants to do some work around here. I want to make a campfire pizza with the girls and I will make a pan of brownies to take along with us. I will make a list for Hubby so he can bring what we will need for Saturday night and Sunday then.
We are bringing the paddle boat back home as we only have next weekend at the trailer and then we have to have it out of there by the 8th.
So I will be back on Monday with another Cookie Jar post for my Jam jam cookies.
I wish you all a well and safe weekend.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Welcoming Cinnie Belle To The Farm

I have been missing the goats here on the farm. I have been wanting to add some more to the farm, but with all that has been going on here with life, we had to put it on the back burners UNTIL now!

Last week I found just what I was looking for a good milking goat. We went to see her last night and she was everything I was wanting in a goat.(I sound like a girl looking for that perfect guy) LOL
Anyhow I was not long helping Hubby load up the crate into the back of his old truck this morning,and heading out to bring her home. The people we got her from had her since she was a kid and she had a set of twins this past spring and was a great mother,they have a great milking line of goats as they run a business of soap and cheese making, along with glueton free baking.
We loaded Cinnie Belle up and headed for the farm.

Sorry for the pics being small,but I took them on my Ipad and still am trying to figure all that out with the whole camera thing. Anyhow here we are heading up the highway for home.

She has fit in so well already and the girls have been busy walking her around all afternoon on the lead. She even managed to get out of the sheep carreol 3 times already.(yep, I remember those days, there goes the rest of my flowers)
She seems to like to be high on the farm as her favorite place seems to be on top of the hay bales so far.
Isn't she just lovely. She is a purebred Toggenburg. She is 3.

(Maybe she wants to be level with Lea the Llama.)
So it does not end there. Hubby got on the phone before leaving for work and found Cinnie Belle a friend, a saanen billy goat. He is going to go and pick him up tomorrow morning and I am super excited.

Monday, August 20, 2012

Trying To Get Back On Track

It's been awhile since I have been able to sit and blog. Things have been so busy around here the last couple of weeks.
We have been busy with making hay, then trying to deal with a whole lot of rain that came way to late.
Since the hay came to a holt due to the heavy rains, we worked on repairs for the equipment. Mucked out the barns, and chicken coop. Scraped down the horse paddock with the crawler,which looked so much more like a pig pen then a horse paddock. Worked on some firewood,sawed cedar shingles at the shingle mill for the new part of the house,did up 10 gallons of yellow beans in the freezer,and a mixing bowl of peas,2 batches(20 pounds) of beets, and went to the trailer for a little down time.
Last Friday night we left for the trailer and had a great evening we had a campfire and then moved into the trailer to watch a movie before heading off to bed, so we could be up early. Saturday morning we were up at 6:30 and packed and on the road around 7:30. We headed over to the Grand Falls farmers market. (we were at this market last summer and enjoyed it do much) and we did once again. We headed over to Wal mart to get school supplies, and then to giant tiger. We left and headed out for more to our road trip. We saw a lot of country side and went to a nice picnic stop and had lunch we had taken along with us. We headed out for more of the country side views. We stopped at a few little shops and antiques places and enjoyed our day out.
This past week Mom has been doing really good, she is still on her feeding tube, but has finally decided to eat. She looks really good and is back to her old self again.  I hope this stays.
Saturday afternoon we headed to the trailer once again. We had supper,went for a swim,and had a wonderful campfire with marshmallows and popcorn.
We went to bed and slept like babies. We decided on another road trip Sunday morning going in the other direction it was a great day,and we seen a lot more country side and stopped at a friends place for a great little visit. They are about a hour and a half away. Then we headed home and spent the evening mowing the lawns and working in my flowers.
This morning I made westerns for breakfast and cleaned up the house. Got the cloths line filled up,and then went to my kitchen garden. Oh my! Beans ,beans,and more beans again. The girls and I picked and we ended up with about another 5gallons. I put then in the wood shed till tonight and I will get to them and get them done up.
We are having a BBQ tonight with hamburgers, salads,and homemade fries with some new potatoes.

Ok, well I have decided to start back in the cookie jar next Monday,sorry I have not been around to keep up with my Monday posts.
Next Monday I decided to post My favorite jam jam recipe.