Friday, December 28, 2012

Christmas 2012....A Start~

This Christmas was so different for our family! We went to South Carolina to be with Dan's family. We left our house on Friday evening, December 21. Thursday evening, we let the kids open their stocking stuffer gifts....they each only had 2 things in them! :P I didn't much get into shopping this year! :P

Tamara got two new dresses for her 18" Quinn doll....

Danny got the Narnia ~Prince Caspian soundtrack.

And they both got a pack of individual poptarts! 

I'll post more about our Christmas vacation later. This was kind of a trial, as I decided to see if I could load photo's and indeed I could!! I am a little cautious though, because I'm afraid if I try to load too many it will not let me!

I'll be back.... :) The kids have a 1940's birthday party to go to this afternoon and I need to soon figure out how to do Tamara's hair!! :)

Friday, November 30, 2012

Well, indeed, it seems I can't load pics! BUT, I have a good friend whose husband is a computer guru and he also has a blog and had this same problem....seems he is going to be able to help me out. :) Yay.....hope to be back soon!! :)

Tuesday, November 20, 2012


I am trying to change my pictures on the sidebar and I keep getting this message!!? :(

We're sorry, but you have exceeded your photo upload quota. For more information, check out this Blogger help page.

There's a quota on blogger?? What?? The link to the help page didn't help much either. Does anyone know what this means? Has it happened to you?

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Canning Tomato Soup...

A friend asked how I can tomato soup, so I am going to run you through the process I learned from my Mom (including a few pics) :)

Get quart jars cleaned and ready....or pints if you are a family of one! :)

Chop a nice size bunch of celery and 6 onions. Add them to a kettle with a little water. Cook them till tender.
I love the smell of cooking onions, but not so much the celery, so burn a candle to help with that if you like! :)

 Take the centers out of 8 quarts of tomato's and cut them into quarters. Add to the celery/onion mix.
(Side note: I did a  search to see how many tomato's makes 8 quarts and never really came to a good conclusion, so I just did what I thought! ;) Not always a great idea :P I think I cut up about 30 medium-small tomato's and I think I could have done a few more!??)

Cook it all till everything is tender.....

And then run the whole kettle through a strainer of some type. I don't have the nice Victorio strainer, but one that works just as well. :)

Having a teenage son that loves cranking the soup out is a great bonus! :)

After it's all been run through, dump the liquid back into the kettle and add more ingredients.
First, whisk 1 c. melted butter and 1 c. flour together, then add that mixture and 1 c. sugar and 1/4 c. salt to the soup. Blend well and simmer till slightly thickened.

Pour into jars, add lids and rings and wait for them to seal.
TIP: I make sure my jars are nice and hot before I pour the soup in. I also let the soup continue simmering while I was filling the jars to be sure it stayed nice and hot. 
I also experimented....I turned about half of the jars upside down to see if that would make a difference if they sealed....but ALL 6 jars sealed, so turning them upside down is not necessary! :)

It seems the soup got lighter this year....not sure why? Maybe I really did need to add more tomato's?? But I know one SMELLED like tomato soup! I see soup and toasted cheese sandwiches in Dan & my future this winter!
(The kid's don't care for tomato soup!) Crazy kids! :)

I still have quite a few tomato's left from the 30 gallons I got, so I think I will make another batch of salsa! :)

Friday, November 2, 2012


On Monday the kids and I went to Jackson Farms for tomato's.
We were fully prepared to pick, but when I found out a 5 gallon bucket "u-pick" was $9 or a 5 gallon bucket of "they-picked" was $10, my choice was easy. I was more than happy to part with 2 extra dollars and save the time and effort it takes to pick them!! :)

I had every intention of making salsa on Tuesday, but Monday night I started getting a bad pain in my lower back. The only thing I can figure is that I did something when carrying the boxes of maters into the house.
 (I had a kind older gentleman help me load them in the van at the farm)

Tuesday morning, I woke up with some bad pain and after packing Dan's lunch, I went back to bed. I stayed in bed or reclined on the sofa for a good part of the day. Ice, heating pad, and pain killer was my friend and my kids did great at helping me get the wash done.
*They also told me they are glad that I am not that helpless more often :) :)

Wednesday morning I already had a Dr. appt. so I talked to the Dr. about the pain and after a brief examination and a few questions he determined that I had sprained my back. So he recommended I keep doing what I was, especially with using heat, and he also recommended Aleve instead of Tylenol.

Thankfully by Thursday morning I was nearly pain free!
So, salsa making day it was!!

The tomato's were so nice looking, not real big, but not tiny either! I only found two that had bad spots.

Washing them....

 and then scalding them to loosen the skins.

After removing the skins and stem area, we chopped them with my Tupperware Quick Chef.

I used Mrs. Wages salsa mix and added extra cilantro :) Mmmmm!!

Got 27 pints total! I'm thinking another 27 would be good, but I'm not sure if I'll do anymore. Dan would like me to go back for more next week and make canned tomato soup, too! So, we'll see! :)

I think we shall sample some tonight! :)

Goat Day

October 20, was the Annual Goat Day in Blountstown. They said we had record attendance of close to 5,000 people!! It was a gorgeous day for the community to be out!

Zoo World brought an exhibit of animals to "show n tell". Spider Man got in on the action! :) I am not sure what this was but it sure looked like a chinchilla! :)

The kids look forward to pony rides each year, but I think will be the last year they ride. Only one of the horses was big enough for their weight.

Cute goat dressed up....asking you to vote for Crawford, for Clerk of Court! :)

This was the stand we chose for lunch and the stand that ripped us off!! YIKES! We should have asked prices, but we really didn't expect it to be so bad! The kids got alligator on a stick, I got chicken on a stick and Dan got a Gyro. They were $8 a piece, a little much but kind of expected.....but then Dan and I both got a lemonade....and they were $5 a PIECE!!! $10 for drink!!! :O Never again! (We could have ate at a nice restaurant for that price!!) We'll take our own drink next time and eat at the Pioneer Settlement across the bridge. It was cheaper and a more balanced meal. Chalk this one up to experience!

Going through the woods to the Pioneer Village.....

A stand with artifacts from the 1800's.

Beginning of an antique tractor show.

And that's it....I wasn't much in a picture taking mood that day! :P
We did have a good time though and got to see lots of friends! :)

This is one event we look forward to every year even though the kids feel too old to join in the greased pig chase or the coin dig like they used to when they were younger! :)

Friday, October 26, 2012

Hobos on a Fall Night

It was another beautiful fall day today, though it got a little warm! I think we had temps in the low 80's. But as the evening came and the sun set, it got cooler.

I know I've said it before, but I love this time of year!! :)

The moon is getting close to being full!

Dan started a fire for our {late} supper.

Waiting for the fire to make some nice HOT coals!

Fixin's for the hobo's....

Dan's before it was cooked....

And Tamara's....

Mine {Ma's} cooking over the coals...

This was my supper! Mmmm!!

And Dan's! We'll be making these again soon!

Thursday, October 18, 2012

SunBelt Ag Expo

Yesterday I took the kids to Moultrie, GA for the Annual Sunbelt Ag Expo. I'm glad we went yesterday instead of today as we had planned, because it is raining today (at least it is here)! That is too far to go to risk rain! :P

It was a cloudy, cool morning, perfect for walking around outside!

Danny enjoyed checking out this was just a model that was chopped in half at places so you could see how it all worked. I would ask him what different parts were and he knew most of them! I think he is turning into a gearhead!

The kids spent quite a bit of time "riding" equipment, tractors, mowers, ATV's and whatever they could get on! :)

I'm sure a little dreaming went on in their heads, too.....

especially with this one!! :) I could handle one of those.  :)

Tamara cracked me up! She loved the springy seats in the tractors and would sit in there and bounce to the music playing over the speakers. :) She was in her own little world till I got her attention for a picture! :)

Tamara and I liked the pink garden tractor! :)

I am thankful for these two blessings!! 

This large round bale of cotton could make over 1700 t-shirts! Amazing!!

Target practice

Face painting

The two ladies there did a great job! So detailed! Some of their creations were just amazing!

My flower girl :)

Here you can see how the clouds moved out and the sun shone......sunburn anyone? ;)

Alpaca's....this one seemed to enjoy sitting in front of the looked so funny, his hair was just blowing in the breeze! I should have taken a video! :)

A cute lil baby

On the way home we stopped at Walmart for a few groceries, and then I finished the day off by treating the kids to frappe's! :) We were gone from home almost 12 hours and I was so ready to be home. Squinting in the bright sun all afternoon gave me a headache and driving so far made me sleepy that time of day! But I"m glad we went! It's something they look forward to and we hadn't went last year! 

This coming Saturday is Goat Day here in Blountstown. It's another Fall event we look forward to every year! I think just knowing that the weather is getting cooler over this time, makes it more desirable! :) 

Happy Fall to you, whether it is still 90 degrees where you live, or you've seen your first snow blessed where you are!