Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Episode 07 - The one with no intro

Welcome back! This week something wonky was going on with the software I use for putting the intro and outro on my videos.  I decided it was best to simply load the video. If you have any questions, feel free to leave them in the comments. Thanks for visiting with me today!


 WIPs
Crochet blanket
Started: Oct. 25, 2018
Hook size: 9 m.m.
Yarn: Red Heart
Colorway: Black and the "Favorite Stripes" colorway.

Crocheting two strands together. 

 




Vanilla Socks
Started: Around Oct. 22, 2018
Needle: US 1, 2.5 mm
Yarn: Knit Picks Felici
Colorway: Lost Lakes

 

Yarn chat
I'm watching two new-to-me YouTube channels. They are Jayda InStitches and The Crochet Crowd

Nature notes
Deer hunting update - My son filled his deer tags!  
Snow finally happened.
Sun!

Homstead
Harvesting trees project.  

Books
I gave up on "A Tree Grows in Brooklyn." It's just not the season for that heavy tome.  

I'm waiting for "Ender in Exile" to be come available again. The library audiobook expired when it was getting *really* interesting.

Currently listening to "The Rosie Project."  If you like screwball comedies and romance, go get this book!  The voice actor is Aussie, and he does a wonderful job. It's been a while since I laughed so much listening to a book.

Coop news
I found a second secret nest, and the babies have moved themselves into the big coop.

Barefoot in the kitchen
Making venison summer sausage and venison jerky. We had to buy a second smoker. 

 

Coffee talk
Thanksgiving is just around the corner.
Christmas is happening too soon in the stores. I'm not the only one tired of this.

 



Sunday, October 21, 2018

Episode 06 - The last hurrah

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 WIPs
A modified umbilical cord hat
Needles: U.S. 2
Yarn: Knitpicks Felici
Colorway: "Teaparty" maybe?
Started: October 17, 2018
Finished: October 19, 2018

 

Finished objects
Pumpking dishcloth pattern
Needles: U.S. 5 - 3.75 mm




Book chat
Have not touched "A Tree Grows in Brooklyn," by Betty Smith.
Ender in Exile by Orson Scott Card has not been listened to.

From the coop
I found a secret nest!

From the hutch
Getting the bunnies all set up for winter.

In the kitchen
Carmel apples
Lamb roast in the Instant Pot
Banana bread

Banana bread recipe
1 - 1/4 cups sugar
1/2 cup stick margerine or butter, softened
2 eggs
1 - 1/2 cups mashed ripe bananas (3 to 4 medium)
1/2 cup buttermilk
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 - 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup chopped nuts (optional)

1. Move oven rack to low position so that tops of pans will be in center of oven. Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease bottoms only of 2 regular loaf pans.

2. Mix sugar and margarine (or butter) in large bowl. Stir in eggs until well blended. Add bananas, buttermilk and vanilla. Beat until smooth. Stir in flour, baking soda and salt just until moistened. Stire in the nuts. Pour batter into pans.

3. Bake 8-inch loaves about 1 hour, 9-inch loaf about 1/14 hours, or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 5 minutes in pans on wire rack. Loosen sides of loaves from pans; remove from pans and place top side up on wire rack. Cool completely before slicing. Wrap tightly and store at room temperature up to 4 days, or refrigerate up to 10 days.

Nature notes
The last of the nice weather.


From the homestead
Outdoor clean up has started

Coffee talk
No episode next week.
Halloween
Faster internet
More about the weather

My happiness this week
Music - Music is an important part of my life.

Songs I mentioned:


The song that I couldn't remember the singer




Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Episode 05 - Frozen

Welcome back!  If you have any questions, feel free to leave them in the comments. Thanks for visiting with me today!
 

Finished objects
Vanilla socks on two circs
Needles: U.S. 1 (2.5 mm)
Yarn: Knitpicks Felici
Colorway: The Countess
Started: To be filled in
Finished: To be filled in

 

Baby Surprise Jacket
Needles: U.S. 5 (3.75 mm)
Yarn: Lion Brand Mandala
Colorway:  Gnome
Started Sept. 21, 2018
Finished Oct. 6, 2018

 

 

Baby hat - A modified umbilical cord hat
Needles: U.S. 2
Yarn: Knitpicks Felici
Colorway: The Countess
Started Oct. 7, 2018
Finished Oct. 11, 2018

 

Book chat
I am *DONE* Crossing to Safety by Wallace Stegner. 

"A Tree Grows in Brooklyn," by Betty Smith has been started.  

From the Coop
Mama and babies update.
Update on the main flock.

From the Hutch
Hoss, why you pout so much?

Nature notes
Gales of November have arrived early.
Frost last night.

In the Kitchen
It's soup for all the lunches time!

Made my first quiche in ages. 



Coffee talk
Travel for work
Sabbath
Hunting update

My happiness this week
Nature - more specifically: Lake Superior.  I put a couple vids up at the end of the video. 

Monday, October 8, 2018

Episode 04 - Fall is here

Welcome back! Thanks for visiting and letting me chat at you today. Grab your favorite drink, and come sit a spell.



Works In Progress
Vanilla socks on two circs
Needles: U.S. 1 (2.5 mm)
Yarn: Knitpicks Felici
Colorway: The Countess

 

Needles: U.S. 5 (3.75 mm)
Yarn: Lion Brand Mandala
Colorway:  Gnome
Started Sept. 21, 2018

 

Finished Object
I have an FO!

Lake shore scarf by Mara Jessup. Pattern available on the Knit Picks website.
Needles U.S. 3 (3.25 mm)
Yarn: Knitpicks Stroll fingering weight hand painted.
Colorway: Great Lakes
Started: Aug. 25, 2018
Completed: Sept. 30, 2018

 

I placed an order to Knit Picks and chat about the purchases and the patterns I've got picked out for them.  Next on the to do list includes the Lia pullover pattern, and the Mosey legwarmers pattern.

Spinning
No spinning this week. 

From the coop
I give an update on Mama Brahma and the babies. I think Mama is ready to call it quits on motherhood.

I chat a little bit about the roosters and *finally* share the size difference in the eggs from the older girls and the ones who are just starting to lay.


From the hutch 
I introduce this sweet little girl.  My son is fairly confident she's a girl.  Say hello to Shadow.


Barefoot in the kitchen
I tried two new recipes this week.  One was a bit of a zonker. The other was a winner!

Creamy chicken soup. I didn't follow the recipe exactly.  We also added a cream of mushroom or cream of chicken to the soup and it added that little extra something.  No flour since we try to keep carbs to a minimum.  You could use a little bit of guar gum for thickening. The soup smelled divine as it was cooking. 

The zonker was the recipe for roasted Brussel spouts.  This was also my first time cooking Brussel sprouts. I didn't roast with the Parmesan, but added it after the fact.  I don't think anyone was keen on Parmesan on the sprouts. 

The tried and true recipe for chili is at the Top Secret Recipes website. 


Book chat
Book - I'm still plugging away with Crossing to Safety by Wallace Stegner.  I'm on page 280-something of 341.

Audiobook -  Ender in Exile became available from the library. I am on part six of 12.


Kindle book - Cat Trick (A Magical Cats Mystery, book 4).  I haven't touched it yet.


Next on the list is A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith. 

Nature notes
I chat about the fall colors, the desire to start fall clean up but it's raining, and the photos I took this week.
 
From the homestead
Carrots still need to be pulled out of the garden. 
Gardening plans for 2019
Hunting update

Coffee talk
I chat about the Oulu Corn Maze.

My happiness this week
Soup. It's so comforting during the cooler days. There are endless varieties of soup and many ways to make it.

Friday, September 28, 2018

Episode 03 - Chatterbox

Give me time to speak uninterrupted and I will take advantage of it, apparently.  It didn't take long for me to go from deer in the headlights to chatterbox.

Thank you for joining me this week. Grab your favorite beverage and join me and I speak a little bit about everything.



Works In Progress
Lake shore scarf by Mara Jessup. Pattern available on the Knit Picks website.
Needles U.S. 3 (3.25 mm)
Yarn: Knitpicks Stroll fingering weight hand painted.
Colorway: Great Lakes
 

Vanilla socks on two circs
Needles: U.S. 1 (2.5 mm)
Yarn: Knitpicks Felici
Colorway: The Countess
 
I cast on something new: A baby surprise jacket.
Needles: U.S. 5 (3.75 mm)
Yarn: Lion Brand Mandala
Colorway:  Gnome
 
Spinning
No spinning this week
From the coop
I give an update on Mama Brahma and the babies.  I also answer a few questions about chickens.  
I finally got a decent video of Mama and the babies. Friday, Sept. 28 I let them expand their horizons and they are having fun. 
From the hutch 
A little bit of chatting about Hoss and Feffer. Their winter coats are growing in. We won't be able to bring them into the house many more times.
Barefoot in the kitchen
I tried a new recipe for cauliflower mac and cheese. Recipe turned out well, though I didn't follow it exactly.  I didn't include the Dijon mustard. 

The seasoning process for the new skillet has been started. 

Cinnamon rolls in the freezer and a tip about small batches of frosting.

Book chat
Book - I'm still plugging away with Crossing to Safety by Wallace Stegner.  I'm on page 66 of 341.
Audiobook -  Ender in Exile became available from the library. I'm eager to start listening to it. 

Kindle book - Cat Trick (A Magical Cats Mystery, book 4) became available from the library, as well.  

Nature notes
Expecting the first hard frost on Friday, Sept. 28. I'm pulling out the last of the tomatoes from the garden, and a few other things. 

Fall colors are *so* beautiful. Pictures aren't doing them justice. 
 

From the homestead
Watermelon was picked last weekend. 
Hunting update
Coffee talk
New TV shows. What do you watch?
My happiness this week
Rice packs.  A few minutes in the microwave and you have hours of warmth.  


Thursday, September 20, 2018

Episode 02 - Up North, eh?

I'm back! I also have plenty to chatter about.  Grab your favorite beverage and come visit with me!



Works in progress
Lake shore scarf by Mara Jessup. Pattern available on the Knit Picks website.
Needles U.S. 3 (3.25 mm)
Yarn: Knitpicks. I think it might be stroll hand painted sock yarn.
Colorway: Great Lakes

Vanilla socks on two circs
Needles: U.S. 1 (2.5 mm)
Yarn: Knitpicks Felici
Colorway: The Countess

 Books


Audiobook - Speaker for the Dead by Orson Scott Card. I have really enjoyed this story.  The book had a variety of voice actors.  All did a phenomenal job.

Book - Crossing to Safety by Wallace Stegner. Having a hard time getting into it.  It's a slow start. I'm on page 14 so far. The name of the podcast I mentioned is "Close Reads."

In the kitchen

I made salsa and canned for the first time in a while. I forgot how much I enjoy the canning process.  We have had a bounty of tomatoes this year. This is my private stock.


I've also been using up the zucchini.  I made a zucchini cake, using a Betty Crocker recipe out of the cookbook my sister-in-law gave me many years ago.


 The recipe for this cake is:

Zuchinni cake

It is recommended to mix without an electric mixer.

1 - 1/2 cups sugar
1 cup vegetable oil
3 large eggs
2 cups flour
1 - 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
3 cups shredded zuchinni
1 cup coarsely chopped nuts (optional)

Cream cheese frosting

1. Heat oven to 350 degrees. Grease bottom and sides of rectangular pan, 13 x 9 x 2 inches, or 2 round pans, 8 x 1 - 1/2 or 9 by 9 x 1 - 1/2 inches, with shortening; lightly flour.

2. Mix sugar, oil and eggs in large bowl until blended; beat 1 minute. Stir in remaining ingredients except zuchinni, nuts and cream cheese frosting; beat 1 minute. Stir in carrots and nuts. Pour into pan.

3. Bake rectangle 40-45 minutes, rounds 30-35 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pan on wire rack.

4. Frost rectangle or fill and frost layers with cream cheese frosting.

Enjoy!

Nature notes

Mother nature did not want to cooperate with me.  After recording it started raining.  It's still gloomy as can be.


What makes me happy this week are Thermacells.  This gadget is awesome! Would not have been able to sit out in the deer blind without it.

Thanks for watching!

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Brace yourself ... Fall is coming

 

Summer is slowly coming to an end. My son started school after Labor Day. This summer seems to have gone by especially fast.  I have been looking forward to getting him and myself back into some sort of routine.  Much of this summer I feel as if I've been flying by the seat of my pants.

I'm still following the weight loss program I started last year.  I've lost about eight more pounds over the summer.  I'm hitting more plateaus this weight-loss time around.  That's all right with me, however. To-date I've lost 35-plus pounds. Slow and steady.


The entire family is getting ready for hunting season.  I bought my man a new crossbow for his birthday.  He is stoked and can't wait to use it.  He's been spending a lot of time with it, sighting it in and making sure everything is perfect on it.

My son and husband have been setting up the deer stands too, and making sure everything they need is ready.

My hunting prep is a bit easier than theirs. I was going to sit in the same shed as I did last year.  But then a certain someone had their eyes open for a portable hunting blind for me, since I don't go up in the tree stands.  It's a fear of heights.  You understand.


 You can't see me!  I'm so totally hidden!

Hopefully I will have a successful archery opener this weekend.


I think I'm ready to go.


Some humor.