Sunday, April 17, 2016


Spring is here! 
The trees are in full bloom and if we don't get a real cold spell we should have apples and peaches come fall.  The blueberries are getting ready to flower as well as the sand cherry.  DH has the gardens and all the beds tilled and has started to plant.  The daffodils have died back the tulips are in full bloom and the hollyhocks are a good foot tall.  The walking onions and the chives are ready for harvest.  The peppermint and cilantro are up and the chamomile is coming too.

Friday we moved the bees to their mountain home for the summer.  The hives are large and we need to get them split.  Hoping for a good honey year.

I love all the seasons; fall is my very favorite but each new season is a blessing and I am feeling blessed by spring.

Wishing you spring blessings as well.
a little bird

Wednesday, December 30, 2015


We are having our family gathering New Year's Eve.  It was the time that worked best for all of us.  So yesterday evening I decided it was time to start some of the fixing and doing.

I have made these in the past and they were wonderful!  I thought it was time to make them again.

I wasn't willing to just toss the ends.  I could have dried them for tea but it's Christmas so I thought something more festive was in order.

Candied Orange Peel

Peel your citrus and cut into strips.  I like about 1/4".
Put in a sauce pan and cover with water bring to a boil and boil for 10 minutes.
(this removes any bitterness in the rind)
Make a simple syrup of 1 cup water and 1 cup sugar.  Place over med-high heat and stir to dissolve the sugar.  Add the citrus rind and cook until translucent (about 10 minutes).
(reserving the syrup it's infused with the wonderful citrus flavor use it elsewhere)

Put the peel on a rack to drain and dry to tacky, roll in sugar and lay on parchment or a rack to dry completely.  When dry store in an air tight container.

This is absolutely wonderful!!!

Happy New Year!
a little bird

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Canning Potatoes

Photo by Mick Telkamp

We were given a large bag of potatoes in early November.  We have eaten potatoes, we have shared potatoes and there was still a good amount of potatoes in the bag.

Reds don't store as well as russets so it was time to do something with them or loose them.  Today was the day.  Honestly I thought the job would be monumental - but in truth it wasn't.

I washed the potatoes, peeled them, chunked them into  ascorbic acid and water solution to prevent darkening, boiled them for 10 minutes and then packed them in my quart jars and pressured canned them for 40 minutes.  How to home can potatoes.

I have 2 canners  full, 14 quarts, and enough for supper tonight left over.  I think that worked out well.  Now we'll be able to continue to enjoy those beautiful potatoes gifted to us through the winter.

Sunday, December 27, 2015

Lemon Cream

This just looks wonderful. I think I need to try this today. It is very cold here -3 this morning and I think a high of 10 so this would be a good day.


Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Thankful for Family

I am just back home from the airport.

My mom flew out two weeks ago to join us for Thanksgiving.  It had been 2 or 3 years since she had been here. (Neither of us could remember which)
Of course DH and I have gone back but mom hadn't been this way which meant she hadn't seen the little ones.

We had a lovely visit.
Our sons and their families were able to come and spend time here and we packed grandma up and took her out and about too.

I'm thankful for my dear sister that took her to the airport and today will be picking her up when her flight arrives and deliver her safely back home. 

Mom's flight was early this morning so she and I went up yesterday and got a room.  Went out to dinner and did some Christmas shopping for the little girls from her.  Now there will be no mailing.

I hope you all had a beautiful Thanksgiving and that you have much to be thankful for too.
a little bird

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving

Give thanks to the Lord for he is good.
Psalm 136: 1
Enter his gates with thanksgiving
    and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name.
Psalm 100:4

Wishing you and yours a beautiful day of giving thanks.

The harvest is in. 
We finished the grapes last weekend.
All the canning and the garden hustle and bustle is done for the season. 
It started snowing here yesterday and snowed all through the night.  We have a beautiful blanket of snow everywhere.  The earth has been set to rest for the winter.
God is so good - all the time.
May you be blessed fully this day and year.

We are having family and friends in for dinner.
I am doing the easy stuff.
The guests are bringing the 'sides' and desserts.

Blessings to you.
a little bird

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Veterans Day - History of the Holiday

Thank you to all that have served.

November 10th, 1975

40 years ago...  I was a young girl.

SS Edmund Fitzgerald

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
"Edmund Fitzgerald" redirects here. For other uses, see Edmund Fitzgerald (disambiguation).

For seventeen years 
Fitzgerald carried taconite iron ore from mines near Duluth, Minnesota, to iron works inDetroitToledo, and other Great Lakes ports. As a "workhorse", she set seasonal haul records six times, often breaking her own previous record.[5][6] Captain Peter Pulcer was known for piping music day or night over the ship's intercom while passing through the St. Clair and Detroit Rivers (between Lakes Huron and Erie), and entertaining spectators at the Soo Locks (between Lakes Superior and Huron) with a running commentary about the ship.[5] Her size, record-breaking performance, and "DJ captain" endeared Fitzgerald to boat watchers.[7]SS Edmund Fitzgerald was an American Great Lakes freighter that sank in a Lake Superior storm on November 10, 1975, with the loss of the entire crew of 29. When launched on June 7, 1958, she was the largest ship on North America's Great Lakes, and she remains the largest to have sunk there.
Carrying a full cargo of ore pellets with Captain Ernest M. McSorley in command, she embarked on her ill-fated voyage from Superior, Wisconsin, near Duluth, on the afternoon of November 9, 1975. En route to a steel mill near Detroit, Fitzgerald joined a second freighter, SS Arthur M. Anderson. By the next day, the two ships were caught in a severe storm on Lake Superior, with near hurricane-force winds and waves up to 35 feet (11 m) high. Shortly after 7:10 p.m., Fitzgerald suddenly sank in Canadian (Ontario) waters 530 feet (160 m) deep, about 17 miles (15 nautical miles; 27 kilometers) from Whitefish Bay near the twin cities of Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, and Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario—a distance Fitzgerald could have covered in just over an hour at her top speed. Although Fitzgerald had reported being in difficulty earlier, no distress signals were sent before she sank; Captain McSorley's last message to Anderson said, "We are holding our own." Her crew of 29 perished, and no bodies were recovered.

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Apple Harvest

We picked the last of the apples today.  It was a great year for them.  We harvested the Honey Crisp tree mid-September.  And we've been picking the golden crisp right along but today we decided it was time to get the final golden crisp picked and the red delicious were ready too.   

Thankfully our kids wanted apples too (this is way too much for just us).  We dropped the cooler full at Son #1's and then drove up to Son #2's home to drop the four canners full and a basket of the red delicious off.  While driving north to #2 sons we drove through our first snow of the year.

I guess winter is coming.
I better get busy on the apples.

Happy Harvest to all.
a little bird

Monday, September 28, 2015

Our Kitten

I took Lucy in this morning to be spayed. I was out front signing all the paperwork when the vet came out and said, "I need to speak with you before you go". I went back and found out that Lucy is a Louie that has already been neutered.... We really tried to find the owner of this cat I posted pics on facebook, made fliers, looked at the local lost and found for pets, walked my neighborhood asking if this was their kitten, etc...  We really tried.  But since no one has claimed him. I went ahead and had him vaccinated and wormed.   So could I introduce Louie not Lucy.  My aunt thought this was a real hoot since we are animal people.  But lets face it boy animals usually have exterior parts...  I'm guessing this was a pound kitty that was neutered at 8 weeks and then somehow lost by his owners.  But he is loved at our house and fits right in.  He is 6 months old according to his teeth.
a little bird


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