Friday, February 21, 2014

Random Musings From the Mountain

We are still gripped by the strong hand of winter. 
Many cold, dreary days & nights. 
We've lost a few loved ones over the last few months. 
Otto and Yumyum continue to have health issues but are still with us and are not in any pain.
My Yoga classes are small and get cancelled a lot because of the weather. Clients too, who wants to drive on treacherous roads if you don't have too?
As I write this, mercury is in retrograde and has demonstrated his power by bombarding me with missing checks and miscommunications between friends and colleagues. So, I work harder at something I already work hard at!
(Hmmm, this all sounds a little depressing, but I am not! I am actually starting to "feel" spring!)

Spending so much time alone up here on the mountain, I get to thinking about things. 
This particular thought/question, keeps coming back up:
"What would you do, if your one true love, the one who completes you, in a way that can not be described, but is understood by everyone who has experienced it. That knowing that this is THE one and only for you. That one other that can make you smile when they are not around, just because of the overwhelming love you have for them. What would you do if that person were to come back as the opposite gender that you are naturally attracted to?"
That's what I have been thinking about lately.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

August Blues

I don't know why I get a little sad at this time of year, but I always do. It's kind of silly because I think August, September & October are my favorite months. Except for May, when all the birds are nesting. Oh, and December, when it really snows for the first time! But summer has the dirtiest months. The windows are open, so dust & pollen get all over everything. You're always dragging in grass & dirt on your boots from the garden. The kids are running in and out, with God knows what on their feet. And the wet bathing suits dripping all over the place! The dogs shed a little more and there is an endless stream of company, making incredible amounts of laundry. Which must be hung on the line, because I can. Then there's the canning and pickling. Pots of boiling water, jars everywhere, the kitchen never seems to get clean, or stay clean.
                                                      But you can't beat those sunsets on the deck, hanging out with the kids and the dogs and now the grandchildren.
 I guess I just don't want it to end. 

Monday, May 13, 2013

Cold May nights, Piggy helps out!

So much is happening I don't know where to begin! So I'll start with today. I had a cancellation this morning so I have some time to fiddle around with the blog.
We are getting some mighty cold weather for May over the next fews days and I was concerned about the more delicate veggies. Turns out, so was Piggy.
Well, he insisted on helping protect them. And then, he insisted on having his picture taken at the first greenhouse. So, here he is, farmer Piggy. You'll be seeing more of him in the coming months. He may even get his own Facebook page. What do you think? Isn't he cute?

He is a very proud Pig.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

My Little Dumpling

Look who came to our house for my birthday!
She is such a little dumpling, I could just eat her up.
They surprised me, my husband, my kids, some of my family and even Junior's future father-in-law!
It was a very nice evening. I like low key.
I have been working hard on the "Stilla" project. Should be up and running by spring.
Stay tuned .....

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Hot and Sweet Green Tomato Chutney

It seems like all I do these days, in between teaching and massaging, is put up food.
Yesterday I blanched and froze about 3lbs. of green beans from a neighbors garden. 
Today it was green tomato chutney.
I got this recipe from a fellow blogger named Andie. The blog title is "Books, Cooks, Gadgets and Gardening"  I did make a few minor changes and this is the recipe I used. I love the bite in this one!

4lbs. green tomatoes
3 large firm fruit. I used apples.
3 large yellow onions
3 jalepeno peppers with seeds
1 cup golden raisins
2 cups brown sugar
3 Tbs. finely chopped fresh ginger
2 Tbs. pickling salt
1 tsp. ground nutmeg
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp. ground cloves
1/2 tsp. ground black pepper
4 cups apple cider vinegar

Core and peel fruit.
Chop all fresh ingredients into small dice.
Place vinegar, sugar, salt, ginger, spices and raisins into a large non-reactive pot. Bring to a boil.
Add all remaining ingredients and stir well.
After liquid returns to boil, continue to cook for 30 minutes.
Reduce to a simmer and cook uncovered for 2 1/2 - 3 hours, stirring occasionally. If mixture gets too thick add a little boiling water ( I didn't have to do this ).
2/3 of the way through the cooking time, remove a small amount to a dish, taste and adjust flavors as you like.
Ladle into sterilized jar and water bath process for 15 minutes.
I love harvest time!

Monday, September 10, 2012

Next Summer's Project!

By next summer we hope to have two or three of these platforms up in the woods. You'll be able to come, pitch your tent and hang out on the mountain!
We will have toilet facilities and an outdoor hot water shower. 
Cooking will probably be communal. But I'm not sure about that yet.
Anyway, check back in with us now and then to see how it's coming and if your interested, to get pricing.
I want to sleep out there!

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Made Me Some Carrot Cake Jam Today :)

Do you love carrot cake? Me too.
When my garden exploded with more carrots than I can eat I decided to try something different. Carrot cake jam.
This recipe is all over the internet, and now, here it is again!
1 1/2 cups finely grated peeled carrots
1 1/2 chopped, cored, peeled pears
1 can crushed pineapple with juice
3 Tbs. lemon juice
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
1/2 tsp ground cloves
2 Tbs powdered pectin
6 cups granulated sugar

Prepare your jelly jars for canning. This recipe makes 6-8 jars.
Combine carrots, pears, pineapple and juice, lemon juice and spices.
Bring to a boil over high heat, while stirring.
Reduce heat, cover, boil gently for twenty minutes, stirring occasionally.
Remove from heat, whisk in pectin until dissolved.
Bring back to boil, add sugar all at once, return to full boil and cook, stirring constantly for one minute.
Ladle into hot jars and water process for ten minutes.

Note: If you are new to canning, please seek out proper instructions on on of the government sites that tells you all about it :o)