Monday, November 14, 2016

SWDB 11/14/16

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For Today
November 14, 2016

Looking out my window
The sun comes and goes, the few remaining leaves are hanging on for dear life, rustling branches, and rolls of hay in the pasture in front of our house.

I am thinking
How very blessed I am, I have a warm home, great friends and a healthy family.

I am thankful
For all of Gods blessings, especially hot cocoa on a chilly day.

One of my favorite things
Cuddly Kittens on crisp cool Fall Days.

I am creating
A Banner and new dress for Mountain Man Rendezvous camping (everything is pre-1840)

I am wearing
Jeans, a Thermal shirt, and a warm sweater.

I am reading 
Reading the Book of Job, in the Bible

I am hoping
That my simple post finds anyone who may read it well.

I am learning
To be a bit more gracious in my speech and action, while a bit of salt can be good, it can also burn.

In my kitchen
Not much right now, just 2-3 dishes in the sink.  But getting ready for some sloppy joe's on home made buns!

In the school room
Just me now....
Learning how to effectively and efficiently work my home based business on social media!

Shared Quote


A moment from my day
A picture from Saturday's event, small but simple.

Closing Notes
Thank you so much for stopping by, please leave a comment, I'm trying to get back into the habit of posting on my blog now that my kids are grown and out in the world, and I would love to hear from you!!!  Blessings!
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Monday, November 7, 2016

SWDB 11/07/16


For Today
November 7, 2016


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Looking out my window
Cloudy, no rain in sight though.

I am thinking
I am so blessed.

I am thankful
For 1 year of marriage to an awesome man.

One of my favorite things
Cuddling up in a big fuzzy sweater, wearing ugly socks.

I am creating
Good habits, and systems.

I am wearing
T-shirt and denim skirt.

I am reading (read) /watching (watched) / listening to
The book of Job.

I am hoping
That it finally rains tomorrow.

I am learning
To put on my blinders and stay on track.

In my kitchen
I need to can a couple of jars of spaghetti sauce tomorrow.

In the school room
Only me in the school room now, but I will never stop learning.
Right now I am learning about Social Media for Home based businesses.

In my garden
Just a few herbs this year.

Board room

Post Script
My home based business www.lillarose.biz/valeriepilgreen

Shared Quote

A moment from my day
My husband and I camping.

Closing Notes
Have a very blessed day!

Valerie

Friday, July 10, 2015

Canning 2015

I've put up about 45 pints of Bread and Butter pickles this season, and am waiting on the tomatoes to turn red so I can can them for sauce and salsa.  Both of these are done by the Water Bath Method, which can be found in the Ball Canning Guide (about $7 at any Wal Mart), but you need to have one that is at least less than 5 years old, things have changed a bit.  I have use many of the techniques and recipes from SB CANNING both for at home and my canning classes that I teach.

Start with a clean kitchen, trust me, you won't regret it.

If you are getting started, here is the prep for Water Bath Method.
http://www.sbcanning.com/2012/07/water-bath-canning-step-by-step.html

I have a table top oven (roaster oven) that I use to sterilize and keep the jars, lids, and rings warm, that way I'm not using every single burner on the stove top.  It also frees up space on the counter, I can just move it if I need to. If you don't want to heat up the kitchen you can use the side burner on your grill, or even the fish fryer, and do this outside, just make sure you have everything ready a head of time.

For Bread and Butter Pickles, if you want a more "DIY" method this is the standard method, I just get the premixed package for about $2.50,(it also calls for 7 cups of sugar-I'll occasionally use 8 cups) I do plan on making up my own mix of spices soon.  I ice my cucumber slices for about 2 hours, I just put them in a bowl of ice, or if I have a double batch (as I have lately) I use one side of the sink. Salt does nothing to help the preservation process, so if you are on a special diet you can decrease or omit the salt all together.
http://www.sbcanning.com/2010/07/bread-and-butter-pickles.html

For sweet and dill pickles try this recipe.
http://www.sbcanning.com/2012/07/pickles-sweet-and-dill-taste-of-summer.html

NEW How to store your jars!!!!
DO NOT store with the rings on, and DO NOT stack.

I let my jars sit until cool to touch, if they are near an air vent I will place a light towel over them for an hour or two so no cold air can blow on them, then remove the rings, wipe the jar, and let it sit overnight or a few more hours.  When they have sat at least 12, preferable 24 hours, I put them away.  I have an old wire hanger that I use to store my rings on, I took some pliers, untwisted the top, made a hook from the non-hook end and slide it over the wire on the other side.  Make sure they are 100% clean and dry before putting them up, inspect them each time you use them, if they are dinged, dented, or have a rust spot, toss them.  Ball makes plastic lids for storing in the fridge, I use those, and NEVER NEVER NEVER, re-use a lid.



THANK YOU SO MUCH SB CANNING!!!
If you are looking for a recipe for Ranch Style Beans, try this one, I have and it is awesome, It is Pressure Canning Method, but no need to worry or fear, if I can do it so can you.
Ranch Style Beans.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

June 15 SWDB

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FOR TODAY

June 15, 2015

Outside my window...

Rain, Rain, and more Rain,

I am thinking...

About how God is watering the garden

I am thankful...

God loves me enough to bless me with tomatoes and peppers.

In the kitchen...

Pizza rolls before church.

I am wearing...

Denim skirt and T-Shirt.

I am creating...

A mess, as usual.

I am going...

To church in a bit.

I am wondering...

If this rain pattern really will last till October.

I am reading...

Game of Thrones and Pride and Prejudice.

I am hoping...

My cat lets me sleep all night.

I am looking forward to...

This weekend.

I am learning

That the learning never does stop.

Around the house...

Getting ready for chuch.

I am pondering...

How GREAT HE really is.

A favorite quote for today...

Courage is being scared to death and saddling up anyway-

John Wayne

One of my favorite things...

Fresh Salsa

A few plans for the rest of the week:

Work, rest, chores, family.

A peek into my day...

My new business.
Click on picture for link.

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Tuesday, March 11, 2014

March Simple Woman's Daybook

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FOR TODAY 3/11/14

Outside my window...
Spring is trying ever so hard to arrive.

I am thinking...
Tomatoes, Potatoes, Beans, Squash, Lettuce, all fresh.

I am thankful...
I can roll up my sleeves and grow my own food.

In the kitchen...
Seed starting gear.

I am wearing...
Knee length overalls, tank top, & sweater.

I am creating...
A big mess in my kitchen.

I am going...
Outside in a bit, to smell the dirt.

I am wondering...
How wet this spring is going to be, and if we really will (as we always do) have a cold snap right before, on or right after Easter, which is April 20th this year.

I am reading...
 I just finished 

Letters of a Woman Homesteader

Author:
Elinore Pruitt Stewart
see my review HERE, it's free on Kindle (at time of post)

I am hoping...
That all this cold weather and more than 1 snow means I can grow my squash in peace and not have to say ugly things about squash bugs.

I am looking forward to...
Tomatoes, Potatoes, Beans, Squash, Lettuce, all fresh.

I am learning
That I don't know as much as I think I do.

Around the house...
Chores are actually almost done, well except for the mess in the kitchen.

I am pondering...
New ways to cook all those Tomatoes, Potatoes, Beans, Squash, Lettuce, all fresh.

A favorite quote for today...
We are all born ignorant, one must work hard to remain stupid.
Benjamin Franklin.

One of my favorite things...
My old worn out, one strap broken, cut off overalls and canvass sneakers, oops that's two.

A few plans for the rest of the week:
Uh, Tomatoes, Potatoes, Beans, Squash, Lettuce, all fresh, 
see a theme here?

A peek into my day...