Monday, January 6, 2014

Weekend News

Good Monday Morning. I hope you all had a wonderful enjoyable weekend.

Friday night I took to Jill to her Birthday party and had a lovely time. It was soooooo cold when we came home. The poor jeep sounded so rough all the way home.
We went to bed soon after getting home, as we were both tired.

Saturday morning was another freezing cold morning. I got up and had coffee with Hubby and put a crock of beans on, then went to help with the barn work. Thank goodness no more water line problems

I had to make a batch of laundry soap as I was just about out. I finished my morning by doing laundry.

I made pizza dough to rise to go with supper, and Jill helped me make a skillet corn bread. Hubby and Justin shoveled off the snow on the sawmill and shingle mill roofs. Hubby's cousin came over and helped them with some more fire wood after that.

We made a huge all dressed pizza to go with the beans,and cornbread and he stayed for supper. It was really good. .

Sunday I put on a roast of pork on early in the slow cooker with a bottle of apple jelly. Justin left early with his grandfather to go to there camp to shovel off the camp roof. They got back around lunch. We had a Sunday brunch of scrambled eggs,bacon,sausages,has browns,and toast.

I washed all the floors, and filled the wood boxes. We left both fires go out in the house for the afternoon so we could clean the ashes. I never thought of that while washing the floors,and after we took the ashes out the dust goes everywhere. Oh no! Now my floors are dirty again :(

We had a our supper and retired into the living room for the evening to watch TV. We all love Alaska The Last Frontier. Next week will start back Heartland again.

As I was sitting on the couch my lower back began to hurt. It got really bad and I had to go lay down. I'm not sure what happened.
It has hurt all night and it still is. I don't remember doing anything different. I hope I'm not putting back out like before. But this time it is even lower.

Tonight we are having pork ribs ( yes pork again) my family loves pork. I have a little of the roast left and will put into my pork fried rice to go with the ribs, and make beef fried macorroni to go with it too, as well as garlic bread.

It is going to be a messing day here weather wise. The temps have sure warmed up. It is only -11 here this morning and it is suppose to get +4 here today with 10cm of snow, then freezing rain or ice pellets( is there really a difference ) then changing to rain. That will make everything including the roads very slippery.

It will be a early evening tonight as the Kiddies head back to school tomorrow from Christmas break. I am sad to see them go back as always. But like I have said before I also like routine. I will have to come up with a good supper for tomorrow night as with it being there first day back they will be starving when they get home.

Well I better go get my ribs on to boil before going to Moms.

Friday, January 3, 2014

It's Still Freezing...

Just as the title is still freezing out.... -34 was the high yesterday and it went to -40 throughout the night. And we are expecting 2 more days of this weather.

The firewood is getting hit hard. Thank goodness we had extra, and Hubby had cut and brought out some more. He spilt it up small and Justin made 3 piles on the front porch. It is green and froze but when there is a good fire on we fill the stoves and it burns great. We also pile it in under the steps behind the stove and it drys in no time.
So our little home stays very warm and cozy.

Hubby had a terrible time yesterday trying to my jeep running but finally after supper it went. He had to come back home from work at 1 yesterday as the water in the barn froze again..... But he did some modifications ( which we call Jerry rigged) as his name is Jerry. Hehe! And he got it going much better now. After -40 last night it is still running.

I walked to my Moms yesterday and when I was coming back home over the hill. It looked so cute to see all the chimneys puffing smoke out. 2 from the house,1 from Hubby's garage, and a little ones from my old chicken coop, which is now Justin garage. It looked like a little village down in the valley.

As for my fridge. Well they called and said that they were not replacing the fridge now, because the part will be in today and the repair will be out to fix it. Very upsetting on my end!!! Last item item I buy from that store.....

Jill has a Birthday party later this afternoon at a good friend of ours home. We both ate looking forward to going.

I have gathered up all my new seed catalogs and am going to sit by the fire with my cup of tea tonight and browse and start to get my orders ready for the 2014 growing season even though it still is months away. Something about that just warms me up.

Well I better get out to my Moms for the day and I wish you all a warm wonderful weekend.

Thursday, January 2, 2014


Happy New Year to all of you.Our New Year is starting off very cold.
Yesterday is stayed -30 as a high for the day and it's -38 when we awoke this morning.
And I am sure you know what comes with freezing temps that cold....... Freezing water lines in the barn..... ( no fun) 
Hubby got up every 2 hours to put wood in stoves,and at 4 we got up. He went out to the barn to check and our water lines had froze. It is a big job to pull them out and get them going again. Then he went to start his truck to warm up to go to work and it did not want to go. My jeep was the same. So it took him awhile to get them going. Oh the joys of cold weather.....
It is suppose to stay upon us until the weekend and then warm up. There is a snow storm coming our way for Monday. 
We had a terrible thing happen to us over the Christmas break. On Boxing Day our brand new 20 day old fridge stopped working and everything I had in the freezer defrosted and the fridge got warm. I called the store that we bought it from the next morning when they reopened and they told me because it was a Samsung that I had to deal right with the company. After a few hours I was able to get in touch with the repair man in my area and he came to see it. He did get it going again but said he needed to order a new part and was not sure if it would stay working until then. Well it didn't on New Year's Eve it stopped again. This time Hubby called the store. He was not happy and he did not want our 20 day old fridge fixed. He wanted a new fridge. He had a rough time with them, but they agreed and are suppose to deliver on today. In the meantime we brought our old one back in turned it on and away it went. ( can't beat the old ones) at least you an work on the old ones.....
So ladies I guess I better get a move on, I still have a few boxes of christmas decor to put away in the dining room, and more to put into boxes before heading to Moms for the day. Take care and stay warm:)

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Holiday Food

I hope all my blogging friends had a wonderful Christmas surrounded by family,friends and great food. We sure did.
We had a semi quite Christmas. I tryed posting before Christmas a blogging post of our Christmas preps but with the crazy weather we had power,Internet were very hard to come by.
Then before I knew it, it was Christmas.
So I'm back and I thought I would share a little of our family traditions of Christmas food.
The last couple of weeks leading up to christmas we were very busy little elves in the Kitchen.
The girls made up there traditional gingerbread house. (But this year we had a box kit)unfountuantly I just did not have the time with Mom to get ours done from scratch. But the girls were just as happy with doing the kit.

Jill found a recipe that totally caught her eye out of the new Pioneer Womans cookbook. Marshmellow pops.
They turned out great and tasted just as good I must add.

I made our donuts,and we have been enjoying them with breakfasts. Yum!

I made chicken pot pies(it is what we call our meat pies)

The girls and I also made Christmas belly buttons. A nice little citrus refreshing cookie after all that sweetness.

We made Christmas fudge. Mmmmmmm,!

Then I made egg rolls.

And Jaynes pizza rolls too.......and Justin's cinnamon rolls......
The freezers were filling quickly.

Besides food I attended Jill's Christmas concert.
It is the last Elementry  school concerts for me. :(

Christmas Eve we had another.....yes another....snow storm.....
We headed out on the terrible roads to my in laws. It took so long to get there and we did not stay very long.
Christmas morning we had to do our barn work, and clean snow before we could have our brunch, and open gifts. My parents came but my Mom was not well enough to stay and I took them back home for a few hours. My inlaws came and the children really enjoyed themselves.
We all received wonderful gifts. ( ill share a little about those in a later post)
Boxing Day we had our turkey supper and my parents came. We had a lovely meal.

We used all the turkey up by having turkey spring rolls.turkey supper paninis.Hubby took turkey sandwiches to work with him.

I made turkey soup. I even through in the left over peas and carrots at the end for added flavor.

I made a pot of turkey stock,and got 19 cups out of it.

I froze 4 cups of turkey for turkey casserole a little later on.

We used some of the leftover cranberry sauce for dipping sauce for the turkey spring rolls, and the rest Jill and I made muffins. We made blueberry cranberry muffins.

I guess our holidays were mostly around good food.

What was your highlight of Christmas?