Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Vinegar-Based BBQ Sauce

My 'just one' goal for this week was to make vinegar-based BBQ sauce, so this afternoon I took some time and did just that.   (Setting a goal each week helps me be intentional and to look for an opportunity to get it done.)


Here's the recipe that I use ...

Vinegar Based BBQ Sauce

10 ½ cups apple cider vinegar
8 oz. black pepper
2 ½ teaspoons dry mustard
5 ¼ tablespoons red pepper flakes
8 oz. salt
10 oz. Worcestershire sauce

Mix all together really well and place in glass jar/container.
Let set for 2 weeks before using.
Shake well before each use.
Label, date and store in a cool place (I store mine in the refrigerator for space reasons.)

 

We love this on pulled pork, chicken and turkey!

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Monday, November 18, 2019

What's Growing in the Greenhouse: 11/18/2019

With all of the unusually cold and sometimes freezing temperatures we've been having recently, we've been keeping an eye on the things growing in our greenhouse.

We have a heating system set up to come on when the temperature inside the greenhouse drops below a certain point, but weren't sure if it would be enough since we expanded the greenhouse earlier this year.

Come take a peek at how things are doing ...

Sunday, November 17, 2019

Weekly Goal: 11/17/2019

It's been a few weeks since I've been able to set a weekly goal so I'm making an earnest effort to get back to it starting with this week.  

Setting goals keeps me focused.  For those weeks that have 'crazy' written all over them, accomplishing just one thing helps me know that the week wasn't a complete waste … as far as getting things done go!


This week my 'just one' goal is to get a batch of home-made vinegar based barbeque sauce made.  We ran out back in the summer so it's time to make it again!


Friday, November 15, 2019

Making Bread Crumbs Using Marked Down Bread!

When our children were young and at home, I made home-made bread on a weekly basis.  But, now that they are all grown with their own homes and now that hubby and I need to watch our carb intake, we eat very little bread.

Consequently, when I need bread crumbs I have to buy them from the grocery store or do this ...


Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Our Winter Preparedness Checklist!


In our area we have skipped fall and gone from a hot and humid summer to a cold winter!  Normally, this time of year, we are enjoying days in the upper 60's and 70's and getting outside projects done, but not this year!  Currently, the temperature is dropping, it's 38 degrees going down to the 20's overnight with rain and a breezy wind blowing.  It's quite miserable outside!

Since we lost our prime 'getting ready for winter' time (fall) I'm scurrying around trying to make sure we have everything ready for the winter temps we are experiencing.  Here's my check-list:

Wood for the woodstove … we have enough to last the winter but will be cutting more as the weather allows.

Well-stocked pantry … Done  (and inventoried)!

Monday, November 11, 2019

I Finally Finished It!

I've had this quilt made and quilted for several years  … yes, years … except for the binding.  While fall cleaning, I ran across it and put it in my 'get-it-done' area!  

On Saturday, I pulled it out and did a very simple fold-over for the binding and stitched it up.  It was perfect for the quilt.  Now, we have another lap quilt to use this winter and I have a 'finished project!'

Sunday, November 10, 2019

Drying Herbs by the Wood Stove!

Since we started using our wood stove a couple of days ago ...

and since I had herbs I had gathered right before our freezing temps arrived ...

I decided to take advantage of the dry heat of the woodstove and dry my herbs!

Saturday, November 9, 2019

How We're Treating a Sprained Ankle!

Yesterday, while out and about, my hubby twisted his ankle and immediately had trouble walking.  When he got home I took a good look at it and it had all the signs of being sprained (my diagnosis, not a doctor's).

Here's how we're treating it:

keeping him off of it as much as possible

soaking it in Epsom salt foot soaks

applying comfrey salve to the area

If the symptons get worse, new ones develop or there doesn't seem to be any improvement after a couple of days, we'll consult a doctor, but for now we're in a 'treat and observe' stage.

Friday, November 8, 2019

We've Done All We Can Do!

Our local weather forecaster keeps sending out alerts about the possibility of freezing temps for tonight … this still just seems so hard for me believe!  But, believe I do, because the temps outside are changing, the wind is blowing and it's getting colder!

So, we finished up our preps this morning ...

I harvested:
green onion blades from my multiplying onions
mullein
comfrey
yarrow
spearmint
lettuces and mixed greens

Thursday, November 7, 2019

Getting Ready for January Temps in November!

Today was supposed to be our last day of fall like temperatures (we were in the 70's)!  Overnight a cold front is supposed to come through and drop our temps down to the lower 30's for tomorrow night and mid 50's during the day.

For us, that's cold so I spent the day getting the hearth and woodstove ready to use should we need it.


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