Sunday, November 26, 2023

Happy Thanksgiving

 We had a wonderful Thanksgiving with a close friend and her daughter. My husband made a fabulous turkey.  Ironically, I spent most of the day shooing turkeys off of our deck. Little did they know what was being eaten inside. I am thankful for a loving husband,  good friends, an old dog, delicious food, and a cozy cabin.

I appreciated a long quiet weekend, and was able to make good headway on the graduation quilt.  Nine patches are so soothing to make.  I love the rhythm of sewing strips and cutting them into blocks.

I also used the leftover mashed potatoes to make a huge batch of lefse. I am not Norwegian, but I love all types of bread.

3 c. Mashed Potatoes
1/2 c. Cream
1 t. Salt
2 t. Sugar
1/2 c. Butter
2 c. Flour

Mix all ingredients together then roll dough into little balls. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour. Lightly roll them out being extremely generous with the flour, until they are very thin. Lay the flat bread on a hot griddle. The dough will start to bubble after 3-4 minutes and then flip it and let it sit for another 3 minutes. There is a long flat paddle just for this, but I used spatulas. Lay the warm lefse on a flour sack towel and cover. Continue to stack them in this manner. Wipe the flour off of the griddle with a wet cloth before putting on another flattened ball.

I made 27 pieces of lefse.  Plenty to share.  It sounds more complicated than it actually is.  It is another project that flows along once you get a rhythm going. 

The sunset tonight was breathtaking.  What is your favorite type of bread?  Did you have a big Thanksgiving?  What are you thankful for?  

Sunday, November 19, 2023

Now we know why...

 We have a couple of game cameras set up on our property.   This summer we have had a mountain lion stroll through once a week.   It is unusual to have one stay in one area for such a long time.

Now we know why...

Yikes!  She is going to be busy having 4 cubs to feed. It certainly explains why we see this in our yard daily. 

I guess they feel safer close to the cabin.

Life is always full of surprises. Just when you think you have something pegged it takes an unexpected turn.  Any surprises for you lately?

Sunday, November 12, 2023

Care packages...

 We have been deer hunting all weekend.   My husband had tag for the prairie.   He harvested a beautiful buck, so now I am also butchering.

I also did some baking.   I have several nieces in their first year of college.   I always try to send a care package that first semester.   
I remember getting homesick my freshman year.  I also have fond memories of my grandmother's both sending me cookies.   I would tell them how great the other Grandma's cookies were.  Next thing you would know more cookies. 😏 
I made some hot cocoa mix and homemade peach jam.  I bought boxes of band aids for paper cuts (ha ha), but the joke is on me I can't remember where I put them. 
I love the sunrises and sunsets on the prairie.   Go figure I sat so the sun was perfectly behind one of only four trees.  Since you are supposed to be quiet and sit still while hunting,  I husband wouldn't appreciate it if I marched across the plains for a better shot.

Did anyone ever send you cookies?

Sunday, November 5, 2023



What a busy weekend.   There were many things to catch up doing.

I cleaned my sewing nook.  I seemed to have a lot of long scraps around an inch wide.  I decided the best way to deal with them was to braid them.   I can use them for tote handles or apron ties.
The weather was fabulous, so I did a lot of hunting this weekend. Quite a few deer passed by my stand, but not what I was looking for.  It is so peaceful sitting quietly in nature.
The sunrises were inspirational. 
The sunsets were intense.
My husband saw a rainbow from his deer blind and sent me a picture. He is such a romantic.  I couldn't see it from where I was.
I didn't see a rainbow,  but did see these mammatus clouds.  Like giant cottonballs in the sky.
Sunsets after a rain are always colorful. 

With the sewing nook clean I settled in and started on my next quilt.  It is a simple checkerboard pattern, but sometimes simple has its own elegance. 
I also did my monthly wine bottling.  Last year it was too dry an I had no berries.   This year isn't the same.  I had 7 bottles of Dandelion Wine and 24 bottles of Rhubarb Wine.  It is a lot of work to rack and bottle wine, especially after sitting in a deer blind for 3 1/2 hours.  It is worth it. Just in time for holiday gift giving. 
We didn't have any trick-or-treaters, but we did have a nice spooky moon.
How many trick-or-treaters did you have?  Any fall projects or plans?  Hope you had a great weekend.