Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Let's Preserve Some Celery!

We don't eat a lot of celery but I do like to keep it on hand for cooking purposes.  Recently, I purchased one bunch (on sale, of course) and brought it home.  It set in the refrigerator for a few days and I knew I needed to do something with it before it starting ruining. There was no way we would use that much celery at one time so I decided to preserve it.

I wash it and removed all the leaves and set them aside.

Next, I cut the stalks into approximately an inch and a half lengths.

After that I got out my food chopper and chopped it all up into approximately 1/4 inch cubes.



I removed about a cup of the chopped celery and added it to the celery leaves I had sat aside earlier.

I divided the rest of it up into 1/4 cup increments, put that amount in plastic snack baggies and then put the snack baggies into a quart size freezer bag.


I labeled two quart freezer bags, filled them with 6 snack baggies each and added them to the freezer part of my pantry.  I'll use these in soups and casseroles.

The celery leaves and cubes I sat aside earlier will be dehydrated and turned into celery salt.    The ratio to make celery salt is one part dry celery powder to one part salt.  I think I'll use less salt when making mine.  I'll use this in recipes that call for celery powder or celery salt.

What about you, how do you preserve celery?

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Monday, February 19, 2018

My 100 Day Sewing Challenge #27

This week it was a real struggle to find time to sew even 15 minutes at a time but I did manage it on two different days, which puts me at 77 days out of the 100 day challenge.

Here's what I got done ...


this cute little shabby chic style heart that I'll turn into a mug rug ...
(I used scraps to make it!)


I started stitching up the pieces to mystery quilt clue #5 ....


and these vintage style gift tags!
(I had everything on hand including the 'vintage' fabric tape.)

What about you, what have you sewn, crocheted, knitted or crafted?

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Sunday, February 18, 2018

The Ways of My Household: 2/18/2018

This week didn’t go like I thought it would!  You know how you tentatively have a plan for how your week will go and BAM, it suddenly all changes?  That’s what happened to me this week!  I thought I had a pretty good idea of how the week would go …

I was going to finish canning the pinto beans I’ve been working on off and on since January …
I was going to knock out some sewing I wanted to get done …
I was going to make some more herbal remedies …
I was going to work some more on my raised beds …
I was going to prune the grape vines …
But, instead I helped my husband do this …

(The board on the roof was used to mark where the screws needed to go in.  It will come down when we're ready to put the tin on the other side.)


Let me give you a little background.  We purchased this storage building used about 5 years ago and moved it onto our property.  We hadn’t had it long before a huge tree limb fell on it during a storm.  It caved in the roof on one side of the building.  We removed the tree limb and patched the roof.  It was meant to be a temporary patch but you know how those things go.  

(The building with the tree limb still on it and before it was patched.)
Monday morning, my husband out of the blue, said, ‘let’s repair the storage building.’  After I got over the shock, I said ‘okay’ because I’ve been wanting it done ever since we patched it way back when.  
So, that’s what we’ve been doing most of the week.  I’ve been filling the role of ‘gopher’ going to fetch this and handing him up that, helping hoist the tin upon the roof, handing up lumber, nails, nail guns, holding the tape measure, whatever he needed while he measured and marked and figured and worked from the top of the roof.  My most important job though, was keeping him from getting too close to the edge while on the roof and falling off (Let me just say that this part was very nerve racking!)!
As you can see in the pictures, we were able to get one side roofed and the frame work on the other side done.  This week, as time allows, we’ll permanently repair the damaged roof and put the roofing tin up on the remaining roof side.  Then we have to repair the damage to the back and sides where the tree came down, tin the sides, add doors on each end and paint the roof.   It’s going to take us a while ...
That was my week, what did your week look like?
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Saturday, February 17, 2018

What I'm Reading: 2/17/2018

I’m still working my way through  The Long Winter by Laura Ingalls Wilder in a group study of the book.

I’m still reading The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio:  How My Mother Raised 10 Kids on 25 Words or Less by Terry Ryan.  I went to read some more of it this week and couldn’t find it … I looked and looked for it, I mean it’s a library book and if I lose it I have to pay for it!  You know where I found it?  In my husband’s possession!  He had listened to me chuckle while reading it and so he picked it up and started reading it too.  Hmmm, I think I’ll ask him if he has it before I go looking for it again!    The book is both funny and sad; I’ll tell you more when I’ve finished the book.

And now for my ‘finish’ this week … Powerless, The Year The Lights Went Out by Suzanne Goldring ...  I finished it and I was not disappointed.
Set in the UK this book takes you through a year of living without electricity.  Here's the synopsis that Amazon gives for the book:

A nationwide power cut sends the UK into darkness and the lights are going to be off for a long time. There is no mains water, no petrol and no news. Towns and cities are chaotic and dangerous. Who will survive the months ahead without electricity? But out in the country, Sandra is determined to keep going. Can she keep her family healthy through the long, wet winter? And can they all adapt to life without power?

The book is written in a daily journal format and through it I grew to know the characters and felt drawn into the story as if I were going through it with them.

If you want to get some kind of idea of what a long-term grid down situation would look like, this is the book for you.  I really enjoyed it!

This is book one in a series of 13 on teaching children about herbs.  Yes, this is a children’s book written in a story format but don’t let that turn you off.  This first book is chalked full of simple to understand information on herbs.  If you’re a beginning ‘herb’ learner or if you just like to absorb your information in a very simple format, I recommend this book to you.  I liked it so much that I will be gradually adding the whole series to the 'herb books' library.
That's what I'm reading, what about you?
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