Hello, friends. This is round two from the $1 amaryllis M gave me, much appreciated on these winter days. Last week, yogurt and suet was made. I didn't have quite enough milk for the yogurt, so mixed up a small amount of powdered milk to make up the difference. Orders were cleaned, painted and packed for shipping. A few months ago, I learned about the site Find A Spring, while listening to a podcast on water. You can search for springs in your area, or wherever you might be travelling. I found one nearby, which a friend already knew of, and we took off on a spring adventure. The spring is located on church land. I filled several large jars with spring water. Unfortunately, the towels I had placed between the jars didn't quite protect them, and one broke on the way home. There was a water test posted that was done just last month, and all looked good. I've been mixing it with our filtered rainwater to drink. Before heading home, we stopped at a couple of thrift stores. I found a brown plate to add to my fall collection for $1. Winter greens were harvested, and a winter salad made.
|Mt. Vernon Spring|
In October, I had mixed up some spearmint and honey for herb tea on the recommendation of Susun Weed. I got around to trying some today, and will be making that again. It was lovely. I strained and bottled a few herbal tinctures started last year, jars of nettles and usnea. Though small, I've gathered some usnea on my wanderings the past few weeks, which will eventually fill the tincture jar. I worked on organizing and cleaning the pantry. For a dinner, I baked our sweet potatoes, which we had with rice and mushroom gravy. Late last year, Daisy wrote about an interesting antique mall less than two hours from here. Last week, I picked a friend up, and we took a little road trip there. I found a couple of kitchen utensils, a large silver plated ladle and tongs. Before we went, I found a discount variety store nearby, where we headed after lunch. It was a disappointment, though I did pick up a couple of cans of organic chickpeas at .69, natural peanut butter at $1.50, and whole grain pasta (dated 2022... crushed boxes) for .75/lb, so not a total loss. A requested library book was picked up on the way home, and a few groceries as well, which cost slightly over $30 for the week, including dog food on sale and 4 avocados at .50 ea.. My friend does needle felting, and gifted me this chicken to add to the collection. Doesn't he have personality?
A bin of shredded paper was emptied into the compost. On a dreary rainy day, I caught up on paperwork, working on my business bookkeeping, J's business expenses and bill paying, and my personal finances. Not my favorite thing to do, but it seemed a good day to get it done. For a half hour or so, there were large, pretty snowflakes mixed in with the rain. There are at least two dozen peas up now. A pumpkin pie was made with a jar of home canned pumpkin, our eggs, and pantry items. Baking it helped warm our home, and it made our bellies happy. Some of the pumpkin water moistened the pups dinner. The rest of it watered two plants. For several days, I gave small amounts of the milk solids strained from the ghee with the pups dinners. They're hoping I make ghee on a regular basis :o). I made a pasta dish I don't often make, spaghetti with olives and bread crumbs. For the green olives, I opened a large tin I had gifted J last Christmas. I think it's such a pretty tin, I plan to use it for a plant.
Some coffee grounds were used to fertilize two house plants. My siblings and I met our stepmom at a restaurant, to wish her happy adventures on her move to CA. What appealed most to me were side dishes, so that's what I ordered. It was cheaper than an entree, and was delicious. I stopped at Tractor Supply to get food for the cat, dogs and chickens, and used a 15% off coupon. I also picked up a few things at Aldi's. No fantastic sales, just the usual good prices. The oils to make a batch of Skin Bliss soap were melted on the woodstove. A fresh batch of natural throat spray was made, which uses colloidal silver and essential oils. This time, I made 8 oz., by multiplying all ingredients by 8. It still works very well for my sore throats. J worked on pruning the fruit trees and kiwis. We've got some warm days coming up, so I hope to manage some yard and garden chores in between other commitments. Wishing you a lovely week!