Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Rolling Along

Poor neglected blog!  I'm so sorry, dear readers, for the desert of posts my blog has become lately.  I really don't know what the problem is.

It's not a lack of interesting things going on. Just yesterday, I made Gingerbread Scones from a new recipe I saw in the Dec. issue of Scrapbooks etc.  (They turned out yummy. Sorry, I can't post the recipe, copyright and all that. It's on page 74 if you want to check it out.) And there's always the silly things the chickens and cats do, if I'm looking for blog fodder.

It's not so much that I don't have time.  My phone takes passably good photos, so it makes it pretty convienient to document the fun and post.  Even the longer mutiphoto how to posts don't take *that* much time to put together.

I haven't lost interest, I'm still very proud of my blog and think about keeping it up often.

I'm afraid that in the end, the problem might be some sort of writers' block.  I just seem to be having a pretty hard time finding my starting point. Figuring out how to make real every day life bloggable.  I've never had trouble with that before, but it just seems like lately, my activities aren't fitting my blog template.

Maybe I need a site redesign?
Or an assignment?
Or theme blogging days?
Or to just be a better enforcer of myself and to stand o5ver me till I get that blog posted upon, young lady!

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Monday, November 08, 2010

Whatever you are, be a good one.
-A. Lincoln

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Thursday, November 04, 2010

Squashed!

I'm tempted to name the photo above, "Life-cycle".

We got a great deal on squash this past weekend when the feedstore was clearancing the butternuts and acorns along with the carving pumpkins and decoartive gourds.

We picked up a dozen butternuts for 50 cents each, which came out to about .23 cents a pound.  Anytime produce can be gotten for under a quarter a pound, I'm there!

I went to work roasting and pureeing them.  I like to preserve squash by dehydrating the puree on parchment paper in 2 cup increments.  That way it's all set to go and really easy to re-hydrate and use in any recipe calling for a can of pumpkin.

Of course, I can't have fresh squash puree on hand and not bake up a pie.  I'm so glad to have more squash to store again. I was saving the last of last year's for Thanksgiving, but now I'll have plenty for "just because" and even some to take home and share at Christmas.

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Tuesday, November 02, 2010

Dead mouse in my hallway!?

Yep, that's about it. So gross.

I almost touched it, thinking it was one of those pretend mice for the cats to play with. *shudder*

I'm assuming the sonic mouse repeller things upstairs in the attic drove it down here, where the cats made short work of the poor little thing.

Go cats!

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Monday, November 01, 2010

Free Range Baby!

I've been trying to let the chickens have some free range time while there's still grass and bugs to find. Looking forward to the snowy winter days ahead has made me want to take full advantage of what sun and green growth we still have for now.

I'll be home and in and out of the house all day today, so it seemed like a great opportunity to let them have a full day of freedom.  I have to keep a close eye out when they're ranging so I'll be able to stop them from ranging too far, and keep them safe if maurading dogs lay seige to the coop.

But they love getting out of their fence.  I guess the grass just seems greener.  It makes them so happy and active, it really seems worth having to check on them thirty million times a day.

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