Saturday, February 28, 2009
I came across this beautiful woman today, Clara. She is in her 90s and has you tube videos of her cooking secrets from The Great Depression. She tells great stories of life during the depression while she cooks. Check her out! She is so cute!
Here is her blog also.
They even have a website where they sell Dvd's of her.
Friday, February 27, 2009
Thursday, February 26, 2009
Monday, February 23, 2009
I buy the generic yellow lemonade powder (equivalent to country time type).
I make it as directed, but put a bit more powder in to give it more umph and then I add slices of lemon, orange, strawberries and blueberries...any fruits or even a few marischino cherries, that will "pretty it up"
It looks really neat and it turns pink from the strawberries and it looks like you went to trouble to make it homemade and everyone loves it. lol.
I serve it in a nice glass pitcher and serve it in wine glasses (I got at the restaurant supply store, it was missing two from a case, I paid about 40 cents each because it was on clearance because of the missing glasses).
Thursday, February 19, 2009
One day not too long ago I was struggling with the boys over some minor details which come up when a lot of people live in a small shack in the woods. Details like the value of picking one's dirty clothes up off of the living room floor when company has been spotted driving up the mountain. The boys were unusually stubborn that particular day. Rather than fight with them over their household responsibilities I picked up the dirty clothes myself and crammed them into the washing machine. I ran some soapy water in the sink to get a start on the dishes before the company arrived.
Now usually I am not one to hold a grudge over small disagreements like laundry on the living room floor. This one settled in my brain though, and I felt compelled to mull over it for several days. It was the outright insubordination which offended me the most. After I figured that out I went in search of solutions.
About the same time I was in the process of Spring Cleaning. I was having a great deal of trouble motivating myself to wash the walls in the kitchen and mop the back porch where the cats live (blessedly with a doggie door so they don't need litter boxes).
Well, the more I worried about these twin dilemmas the more I felt the need to discuss them with the queen of solutions, my momma Darthulia. As I suspected she had the perfect solution. Darthulia told me I needed a uniform or costume which would reassure myself and others of my intention and status in the home. She claimed it would remind me of my duties, inspire me to greater levels of cleanliness (which as a hillbilly I sorely need), and reaffirm my authority in the home.
Darthulia then went on to describe the homemaker's uniform to me in detail. "Imagine the modern archetype of the housewife." She began. "Think Donna Reed, or Beaver Cleaver's mom. They wore full skirts, and stockings, and heels when they vacuumed. But you knew they were doing housework because they had their aprons on. A string of beads graced the necks of their classic shirtwaist dresses, and a lacy bibbed apron proclaimed their role as matriarch in charge of household management."
I only have a fleeting memory of Donna Reed. I sort of wish she came on television regularly so I could take notes but she doesn't in my area so I am stuck looking for other heroines-of-the-home to model myself after. Most of what momma said made sense to me though. That very day, I put on a full skirt, stockings, sensibly low high heeled shoes, and a string of pearly white beads. Then I sat down at my sewing machine and ran up a couple of bibbed aprons, decorated with lace and ribbons.
I made up the pattern as I went along using a small rectangle for the first bib and a heart shape for the second bib. Then I stitched lace around the edges of the bib and attatched it to a simple tie with a full apron skirt gathered to the waist. I made them short waisted so they would fit my maternal figure a bit better, and voila, I was set. I put the first apron on, a creamy white or ecru, and looked in the mirror to admire my handiwork. I expected to see myself staring back at me, probably looking a little silly in this frilly piece of confection designed to protect my clothing.
Boy howdy, was I in for a surprise. In the mirror I saw a vision of the homemaker I have always strived to become staring back at me. Her cheery face glistened in the sunshine. Her hair tied up neatly in bun looked authoritative, and compassionate all at the same time. The apron covered several figure flaws and accentuated the fertile curves of the woman I saw in the mirror. This woman had purpose. She had status. She had clout. I stood there, contemplating the wonder of the homemaker that shone through my image in the mirror. "This is who I want to be" I told myself. "This is the Keeper of the home, with a capital 'K'. "
I wear my aprons every day now. I have made more, in different colors and configurations so as to be pleasing to my senses. I have come to believe they are a like lacy bits of lingerie, only worn on the outside, and a quite a bit more respectable. When I put on my aprons the children mind me better, wandering visitors immediately know my role as a stay at home mom. Door to door religious missionaries assume I am a virtuous woman and cheerfully move on to the next house. Fred thinks I look cute as a button, and neighbor children hug me more often.
I like my aprons. They have changed my life, raising my standards, inspiring me to greater feats of home making skill, and making me more effective as a parent. Whoever thought that a dollars worth of fabric and lace could effect so many changes on one woman and one family? Since my success with aprons I have become a true believer. I am now called to spread the word among my fellow housewives. Join the crusade by sharing your love of aprons with friends, family and internet buddies around the world. Together we will change the face of the House Wife, the world over.
Sunday, February 15, 2009
Thursday, February 12, 2009
I have tons of these, my husband is a painter.
I am totally giving this guy credit, this is an awesome idea..see his website.
Get a 5 gallon bucket and lid. (hardware stores sell them for about 2.00 )----------------------------------------------on one of the yahoo group that i belong to someone suggested you might get 5 gal buckets at local restaurant/grocery for free
Drill 2 inch hole in the center of the LID and center of the bottom of the bucket
Fill Bucket with Dirt.
(Miracle grow dirt is best)
Put a coffee filter over the dirt in the center, then put the top on. the coffee filter is to hold the dirt in the bucket when you do step 5 and 6
Flip bucket upside down, so its now on its lid. put the tomato plant inside the hole. Water it and if needed add more dirt.oh ya.. we use celebrity tomato's
Let the plant grow for 1 week to let the roots grow into the soil before you do step 7
The reason you let it the plant grow for 1 week before doing step 7 is so the roots can grow into the dirt since you just planted the plant
If you don't have the room to let it grow for 1 week out side you can put it inside by a window.
Water the plant as needed in this stage.
Now that the plant is 12 inches tall flip it upside down and hang it some where. I hung it from a clothes line pole. (make sure its strong enough)(Also now you may take off the top lid if you like, you don't need to but some might find it easier to water if you do.)
(don't forget to water it)
This shows it weeks later flowering
(don't forget to water it)
Here it is weeks later again and you can see 13 or more tomatoes on it in this photo (its only July)
(don't forget to water it)
Tips for inside growing You can get some nice plant lights at hardware stores. I suggest the spot lights so you can beam it right at the plants from different angles. 3 60watt spot lights are just fine. Make sure they are Grow lights. (as the store if you are not sure) put them around the plat in a triangle. so all of the plant gets the light. (if you want you can use more then 3 lights, 4 or 5 is good too. I use 3 and its just fine. Keep the lights 5 to 6 feet away from the plants. (WARNING its a fire hazer if you allow the plant to touch the bulbs)
Remember tomato's need darkness too. so light should only be on for no longer then 12 hours, and off again for 12 hours. keep them in a room that will not have light in it. such as a basement or spare bed room that's not used) if you use a timer set the time for 6am for the lights to go on. and 6pm for the lights to go off.
Wednesday, February 4, 2009
My husband and I grab a few of our friends, we hop in the truck and head out to wineries in our area. There are so many and we have such a good time. The wineries we frequent have never charged us for our "wine tours". We don't go on wine tour weekends, we go on off weekends. We also come home with a case or two, or three of wines in all varieties.
My favorite wine comes from Clover Hill Winery. http://www.cloverhillwinery.com/ They make a few varieties that top any wine I have ever had, including wines friends from France have brought us. The Concord is a gold medal winner, year after year, and one of our favorites. It's sweet, but its great. They have so many wines that have won awards, I could talk about them all day. The Catawba is my absolute favorite wine in the world. No Catawba or blush wine I have tried can compare! I do not care where in the world I go, I have a huge soft spot in my heart for Clover Hill Wine! Their Vignoles is wonderful, as are the fruit wines they make. I love the Red's too. There are so many that are great tasting, you just have to get there and try for yourself or call to order a bottle or two. There wine prices average 10-12 dollars a bottle.
I must say, I am extremely disappointed in the Mt. Hope Winery at the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire. They have superb wines, but took all of the romance out of it, by going with screw caps. I do not mind the faux corks wineries are using today, in fact, I prefer them. I just expect to open a bottle of wine with a cork screw not a screw cap and my last two cases I got there last fall, will probably be the last I buy from them, unless they resort back to corks. Their Blueberry was out of this world...better than any blueberry and what a great price, full size bottle was about 10.00. Unlike some wineries that go with a small bottle when they give you a fruit wine.
I realize that some wineries are going to screw caps, but I will not support them. I have many reasons for drinking wine and the romance of using the corkscrew is one of them. They should be going with the "fake" corks if they are having problems with mold on their corks.
Lastly, but not least, in fact,its a tie for first place in my favorite wines....is that Long Trout Winery that I mentioned above. http://www.longtroutwinery.com/ Talk about a fun winery! We make this our last stop. They have a bar you sit at, and goldfish crackers on the bar for in between palette cleaning. They have hippie memorabilia, and John Lennon's pics (even a nakey one of him and Yoko!). It's a truly amazing place you have to see. It's in a log cabin in the woods with a pond and disc golf available there (for those not aware, that is golf with frisbees)
The wine is not super sweet, but that is okay with me, I like all types of wine. Their wines are good and a bit odd, in a really good way...things like Burning Bra, which is a peach, Instant Chocolate O, a chocolate wine! Yes...chocolate strawberry, they also have Berried in Chocolate, which is chocolate berry, they have quite a few chocolate varieties. Delish! The Berried Alive is out of this world, mixing a few berries together. Waskfully Wrasperry another notable goodie. Their wine list is so long and there are too many great tasting one's to mention.
I do want to note, they have come cooking wines that really caught my eye and I have many of them here in my wine collection (collection is a fun term, as I don't hang onto them very long lol...dust does not collect on my wine bottles!). Old One Eye is a garden vegetable medley, Yellow Snow has hot pepper and garlic...yum, its not only good to cook with but fun to sip. check out their wine list and give them a call if you live too far away. I should note, their wines average in price around 10-12 dollars a bottle!
Berks County has many wineries and many Bed and Breakfasts to stay in if you want to come out and try some small wineries in our area. There are also many wineries close by in surrounding counties, as well as the Amish communities to visit in the Morgantown area and nearby Lancaster County.