Friday, December 26, 2014

Dreary December

We have had about 6 days that the sun has actually been shining on our solar array all month long, and two of those days were yesterday and today. So, I have taken a trip back to to the laundry mat and have not vacuumed, charged the computer/hotspot, or the batteries that run our radio... I thought that it has been more dramatic than that, but really it's not very dramatic at all.
 I have had plenty of fun doing things that don't require any power.

I sauteed a big ol' pan of onions, so I could freeze some for later and use some for our beet sandwich

I think that cooked onions look like worms... yum! 

Beets are one of my favorite food, you can't go wrong, wrap in foil and bake until they are tender.

Glenn liked the grilled beet, cheese and onion sandwich, so that's how I will have to fix beets for him, even though I like to eat them peeled with a dash of salt. 

I started on my meal planner again... to make sure there is some sort of variety in our diet, 
because otherwise we just keep eating the same things over and over again. 

My first time using my flour grinder in the cabin! 

I love making my own fresh flour, but a little intimidated to start making bread in the wood stove because the temperature fluctuates so much, but I will be trying soon. 

 Glenn hung a rack to extend my dish drying space, it really helps.

Splitting wood

It has been a mild winter so far, with lots of rain, 
so there are tons of mushrooms that are looking as cute as ever. 

Hope everyone has enjoyed their Christmas! Can't believe 2014 is almost over!

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Frosty Winter Day

My morning tea came with a great quote.

 I decided to make some tea to replenish my kombucha ferment. 
She has been neglected since... before we moved here,
 so a really really long time for a kombucha mother to be neglected. 

I made a huge batch but this is the recipe ratio that I work from.

I had to find the organic black and green tea that I use for my kombucha, it was still packed away in the extension like a lot of my kitchen stuff that just does not fit into the kitchen. 

Found a ton of my tea that I decided I should pull out for the winter. 

Then I realized that I had mashed potatoes in the stock pot that I use to make the tea. So I googled some leftover mashed potato ideas and came up with a mashed potato crusted egg bake. 

It turned out yum, it looks burnt but it was not, just a good crisp hashbrown crust.

Glenn hung up all my cast iron skillets! 

Went for a peaceful walk with Mojo and enjoyed the frosted views.

Mojo was snoozin pretty hard after our walk.

We had another sweet girl start to lay. She is our Americana who could have either layed a pink, blue, green, or brown egg. We were hoping for anything but the brown egg of course. 

She did really well! At first I thought it was green, but now I think it looks more blue. 

The pictures really don't bring out much of the color. This is her's and one of our Cinnamon Queen's

Hope your cold winter has been as beautiful as ours.