Monday, December 10, 2007
This week I spent time in the kitchen making pots of soup, I love sipping hot soup on a cold day. I just took some tired looking carrots and celery from the frig before storing my fresh food and started them in a large wok with a little olive oil, adding onion and then water and vegitable boulion. There was also a bit of cabbage and about 1/3 cup of pearl barley. After that simmered for awhile I added a can of tomatoes, the remainder of the black beans I cooked last week and the remainders of of the brown rice. I added for seasoning, black pepper, celery seed, parsley and two dried red peppers. Turned out wonderful for sipping on cold days and so thrifty and simple.
My grand daughter and I went to the ark, a thriftstore that puts all the overflow items in the yard and sells it for about $3.00 a grocery cart. I love that yard and so does she. We always leave with lots of childrens clothes and kitchen items. Those carts can include furniture and appliances. I think it is a great way to recycle. I take my stuff in there too. I also took some magazines in to waiting rooms to leave for people to glance through after sorting through my pile of magazines and tearing out the few pictures of things I wanted to keep. That was a fun job to do in front of the fire with a hot cup of soup. I really enjoy the seasons. My seed catalogs are starting to drift in and I'm making plans for next years garden. I get out an haul some manure and straw to the new garden area whenever it's a bit warm.
I had my truck serviced this week after I had a flat tire. I got a new tire and oil change the same day so I'm good to travel for awhile. I'm looking forward to my trip to California in early January for my grandsons wedding.
Tuesday, December 4, 2007
Friday, November 30, 2007
About once a week I cook a crock pot full of black beans. These are my favorites others may choose another basic bean. I cook a big pot of boiled potatoes and about 2 cups of brown rice. With these in the frig some very good meals are quick to fix. One boiled potato goes in the micro wave while you take a scoup or two of black beans and place them in a pot. Add half a can of Hatch chopped tomatoes with green chili's and heat. When the potato is hot quarter it and pour the beans over the potato, add a little grated cheese and green onion and whalla there is a great meal. I love black bean burritoes with shredded green cabbage, onion and grated cheese. I also make a mushroom gravy with green sauce that I put over my brown rice. Very fast if it's all in the frig. Take a scoup of cooked brown rice in a bowl, add gravy and into the micro wave. Yum. Fried rice, potato fritata, potato soup, egg drop soup, egg foo yung all can be made very quickly with your basices. I also steam slices of sweet potato and find that when I need a snack I just slide the skin off of a cold cooked slice I have a very healthy quick snack.
Another quick food is take a package of ramon noodles and put in a fry pan with cover with water. Add a 1# package of frozen mixed vegitables. and cook together. Filling and good for you.
Home made bisquits are so quick and easy to do. I make whole wheat bisquits in the toaster oven and love to dunk them in coffee or cocoa or even hot milk.
These are some of the fast foods I keep on hand and meals are easily put together with little mess.
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
I picked a fresh watermelon this morning and am eating some with my breakfast. I'm thinking as it gets colder maybe I should pick them and store them in the garage before the frost ruins them. The vines have died back. I still have eggplants, green tomatoes, swiss chard, green beans and small cantaloupes in the garden. My brocolli and cabbage are just starting out and there are a few late sunflowers just starting to bloom. I've been getting a few figs and the trees are all doing well. Now, I'm starting to prepare the soil for next years garden and hope to have a much bigger garden. I want to plant more sunflowers and millet for the chickens. Any patches of bermuda grass that are coming up I'm going to nurture for pasture grazing for the chickens.
There was an old wisdom that if you had some land and planted nut trees you could pay property taxes with the cash crop. I can remember when I was younger I knew several people who had either fruit or nut trees and I was envious when they got their crops. I plant my trees with hope that they will provide well for me. I would like to get more pomegranates planted as currently they are selling for around $2.00 a piece in the markets. There is a home in Kingman that has maybe 100 pomegranate trees surrounding their property. I'm guessing that on a good year they get about 100 fruits from each mature tree @ $1.00 a fruit that's $10,000. That is pretty good tax money and pomegranates are not fragile like some fruits. They are good keepers.
Friday, November 23, 2007
Here is Neo, in the forfront, Amy and Dethin. Dethin, gave us a surprise when he practiced what he learned at school, calling 911. We were out feeding the horse when the sheriff drove in to our surprise. The sheriff had to search my house and get id because he was afraid we were hiding someone calling for help. Funny. He saw a lot of dirty dishes. The children really loved running here and there all over the property and through the house. Love having children in grandma's house, on grandma's little farm. We gathered eggs, picked watermelons and after dinner was over we made them a little worm farm to take home in a small ice chest. They picked the pumpkins they planted earlier this year and carried them around in baskets all day, full of imagination and fun.
Monday, November 19, 2007
We are still having very nice weather here. This week I took my great grand children and grand daughter to a wild life preserve that I had read about in the newspaper. I will say it was such a treat as they had moved from a scuzzy desert area and were now in this beautiful mountain area. Lots of room for the animals and it's clean and well planned. What an asset it is. I'm addicted. I could easily go there weekly to see the animals and the mountain area. It is 32 miles from Kingman in a little area called Valentine. There are many cats but there is one special tiger there that is like this beautiful huge kitty cat. It rolls over like it wants to have it's tummy rubbed. Monkey's, cats, (all kinds) wolves, ostriches, emus, deer, tortoises, llama's, coti mundi's , racoon's, and more all in this most beautiful setting where you can walk or take a safari tour through. With the tour adults are $21 and children are $16. Walking it is $15 for adults and $10 for children. Well worth it.
Monday, November 5, 2007
I also picked up a great porch swing and a complete electric fence with charger at the yard sales. Lots of fun, meeting my neighbors and finding treasures.
Saturday, November 3, 2007
Friday, November 2, 2007
Wednesday, October 31, 2007
We also visited the little town of Chloride with all it's old mining rustic charm. All in all we had a very nice day trip and she got a break from the great grands. They were all happy when we returned with a few treats.
Sunday, October 28, 2007
Friday, October 26, 2007
Thursday, September 6, 2007
Friday, August 31, 2007
Wednesday, August 29, 2007
It's starting to look like Luchia's eggs are not fertile as they should have hatched. I looked back over the blog and it was July 29th when the 4th egg was laid. She began setting 2 days later. Gestation time is 23 days. Sigh. Poor Luchia, she's been so faithful for no reward. Perhaps the boys are too young or just respect their mother too much to engage in fertilzing eggs. I guess if I want to be a producer of peacocks I'm going to have to bring in new blood.
It's 8:30 in the morning and I came in my head wet with sweat after working a couple hours weeding and in general little farm chores. It's been a long hot summer.
Nice page for a desert garden. http://www.desertrootsfarm.com
Tuesday, August 28, 2007
They call it a journey, starting with little things they accomplish until it has become something quit significant in accomplishment. I love this series of tapes and hope you do to. They are in the following blogs.
Monday, August 27, 2007
Here are two video's part 1 and part 2 that show how to make a simple biodigestor for methane gas. It is low tech and inexpensive although labor intensive. It can provide cooking fuel if you have manure from animals. English version can be had by going to website on the beginning of the video.
Sunday, August 26, 2007
I sold at the Farmers Market today for the first time in my life. Here they have what they call a bumper crop booth, so besides the regulars who try to grow something to sell on a weekly basis they have a booth where locals can bring in their bumper crops and sell ocassionally. I took in some watermelons and they sold quickly. I then had money to buy some other locally grown produce like yard long beans, english cucumbers, lemon cucumbers, chilies and grape tomatoes. It was fun talking to all of the other gardeners and I learned what to grow if I'm thinking about selling in the future. I'm so excited, my first Farmers Market.
Saturday, August 25, 2007
Here is a video that has the life of a young couple living in Panama doing the permaculture lifestyle. It's a little long but it seems to me they have a beautiful life.