(Update - Now I remember something...we ate the last of the oatmeal pie an Amish neighbor brought by for us, as "a thank you" for helping them a couple weeks ago. Do you think the white flour and sugar put my brain into a coma? I must say...it was tasty though! You don't think there was lard in that crust do you?????)
Monday- Check Marks on the List - Today was such an exciting day. It seemed like we just nailed down lots of little things that have been in conversation for a long time now. Not finished these things, mind you, but started them. It is the next best feeling to finishing them! Here are couple of those things.
1. We went to an Amish neighbor and put money down on a 12 x 32 shed which will act as our new pantry. It will sit on top of our new root cellar and cold room. (We will post on it when we have pictures to show.) We had seen and talked with him about it before, but I got to stand in one he had on the property thatw as already built....Oooohhhh it was NICE! A huge upgrade from our current 8x20 car trailer we have been using for a year.
2. Decided on one avenue we will go for income to "bring Papa home again", requested our business license, secured our web address, established contact with our first wholesale account for it. It is a work in progress and will take a couple years to come to pass...but it is a PLAN that has been activated. An object in motions, stays in motion...right?
3. Received our bulk grain co-op order and chatted with friends in the process (always a beautiful thing when you here the crackle of a friend's car rolling up the semi gravel road!)
4. Ordered our stainless maple syrup cookers/waterbath canners that we have been shuffling around to find/build/get. (Hope to post more on that when there is more to tell too.)
5. Received our 50 cheap buckets for collecting maple sap. Unfortunately, cheap did mean CHEAP in this case. Hopefully we will get through our first season with these...but we will have to look for another vessel for collection for next season. Almost 1/3 of them were cracked during the chipped shipping process!!
6. The kids layed the last of our tin roof out for our garden row (to kill the grass and prepare it for an initial tilling). The last bit of the fire pit was moved. Elijah started diggin our second 2o gallon garbage cans for mini food cellar, (as seen here in a previous post) we have a third one on deck to go next to it. They a small extention of our large root cellar project and "in the mean time" method of storing some organic produce we buy in bulk as it warms up. we think they will probably function as our "apple cans" once the root cellar is in place, since we want to store them seperatly, because of the ripening effect the apple gases have on other produce in storage.
Tuesday- Friends, Hats and Cement Block, My Tortilla Master
The Watkins live about 2-3 miles away from us, they moved here the same month we did from Georgia. They too are homesteading and Torah Keeping Believers. She is pregnant with her 5th ready to go any day now. They will be having the baby at home (which has been renovated from a garage in a flurry of activity in this last two months). She is "in the window now", we are excited for the wee one's arrival and will be hosting the kids for a few days (or as long as they need/want) when momma goes into labor. Anyway....we had a nice dinner with them here this evening. The table gets extended so you have to squeeze by to get between it and the counters. (Thats what it looks like at our place when we have company.) It is so sweet to sit and talk with friends. The time always passes so fast...before we know it, we are all yawning and little kids are melting down because it is 3 hours past their normal bedtime...it's an oddly beautiful thing! :-)
Knitting (hats to start) is all the (NEW) rage in our house. We have been recently introduced to the beauty of loom knitting and we are very excited to use to make baby items so many of our expecting friends. (Will post more later when we have something to show.) I love working with 100% cotton!
My Tortilla Master (and assistant):
You gotta love the flour all over the shirt...it is a very realistic picture in action! Elijah has become my tortilla master. He loves doing it and does a fine job at it! Our favorite recipe was posted by our friend Carmen. It has become a staple in our home. Here you also see his number one helper and apprentice, Naomi. She is helping him put them in a towel lined Ziplock back to keep them warm and moist for dinner (which will not be for another hour and half later! It works quite well!)
Wednesday- 'Til Next Time Papa decided to take advantage of the warm weather and rent a rototiller and get to turning up some ground in the back yard. We are planning a very large garden by anyone's standards, but it seems MONSTEROUS to us. :-) I hope we survive it. The 'tiller he got was...less than wonderful...but he was diligent. I was glad it was him and not me! Elijah was eager to help and Hailey even gave it a whirl. It was the little kids job to chase the chickens out of the garden (we will have to secure them before seed goes into the ground!) As they were stealing our worms! Most of the while, I stayed inside and finished a baby quilt. (I am hoping to finish the next one this week.) It was only a dent in what needs to be done, but it is a start! Equipment would be SO nice!! Here are Hailey and Elijah, I can't believe we didn;t get pictures of Papa! Next time..we're not done yet!
Thursday- Makin' Hamentashen
The kids and I had fun making Hamentashin today. We made three batches! Apricot, strawberry and aprocot chocolate chip. That was LOT of cookies. They require rolling and cutting out and filling, but its worth it. Gideon, Naomi and Eliana, each ogt to work with momma to make tehir own batch. We had the help of Hailey and Elijah to speed along the rolling and cutting stages of it - which was a real blessing! One tray got a little darker than we liked, so we had to "take care of those". :-) It was a family fun day.