Friday, February 3, 2017

PRUNING PRODUCTIVE WEEK

This week was so nice and warm after the week of storms and teen temperatures. We had temps in the high 50's and this week they say around 61 degrees. 
It was great for our old bones to get out and get some exercise and fresh air.
We worked in the orchard and on the black berries.  We still have some work in the green houses to do.  That is where we plan on planting this year.  Maybe some potatoes in the field.  It is a work in progress.
 This was the orchard before we started.  Lorraine my daughter-in-law was teaching for 3 years and was not able to get everything done to the orchard.  So the orchard really had 3 nice years of rest. 
Dear Hubby always loved doing fruit trees when we had had them some years back.  So he started pruning them.
I painted the trunks to keep the rabbits from nibbling on the bark.  Should have seen me trying to get up after about 2 years of not much physical labor :)


The orchard after pruning and raking the leaves around the trees.  I think they were lifting their branches in praise.
While I painted tree trunks, Dear Hubby was removing salt bushes (that you see in the picture) so he could get to the blackberries.
Here are some of the pruned berries.  They look just like little green sticks now.
The fence is cleared of salt bushes and the berries trimmed.  There are more to do next week inside the garden.  That will be this next weeks labor of love to them.

Nina






Wednesday, December 28, 2016

RAINY BAKING DAY



RAINY BAKING DAY


It was raining when I got up this morning. It is unusual for it to rain this time of year. It usually snows instead. But we will take the rain for the fruit trees as a blessing from the Lord.

It was a perfect day for baking.

Dear Hubby's cookie jar was getting empty and it just seemed festive to bake this time of year as well.

I made the Chocolate Chip recipe out of the “Better Homes and Garden New Cookbook”.

I will make me some cookies that I can have. They are a peanut butter cookie with rolled oats in them. I really enjoyed them the first time I made them and not too many calories for a little snack.

The PEANUT BUTTER OATMEAL COOKIES recipe comes from the internet site SparkPeople. It was posted by BUDGETMOM.

I am not a big cookie fan, but these little gems satisfy a sweet tooth craving.

I had some apples that were not going to be too crispy to just eat so decided to make an apple pie.

I used Marlene Knoch's Pie Crust recipe out of her 375 Sensational Splenda Recipes. I used this recipe before and dear Hubby liked it too.
The recipe has corn starch in it which was unusual to me.  I have seen recipes from the 1940's that used a little baking powder. 

I doubled the recipe for the top crust. Calorie wise next time I may do a lattice on top, or just make some cute cut outs with a cookie cutter to put on top.

The cookies and the pie turned out really good.  Dear Hubby enjoyed both even if pie is his favorite.

Hope every one had a Merry Christmas
Nina

Friday, December 23, 2016

MERRY CHRISTMAS 2016


 photo moving-clip-art-moving-truck-clip-art-d8133d_zpsgzq0cnhb.jpg Boy has it been a long time.  Life just seemed to get so busy for the last 2 years.
We had moved to California to help my dear Mother-in-law.  She had fallen and needed help.
Unfortunately I ended up with what they call Environmental Asthma.  It was continually getting worse.  My doctor told me to get rid of it I had to move out of California and away from the smog.

So we got Mother-in-law signed up for help at home.  The only problem was that they take so long to get it implemented.  We had set a date that we thought it would be in affect, so told the land lord we would be moving.  As of today they still have not got her daily help.  My dear daughter lives in the area and she is having to do all the things we did for her.  Bless her heart she is doing it even though she has a full time job with the Boys and Girls Club. 

 That is life as most of us know and waiting is the name of the game. 

Anyway we have moved back to AZ and are living in the home my new daughter-in-law had on a mini farm. She now lives in town with my son.

My asthma situation has got much better but they said it can flare up from time to time.  I am just so glad that I can breath without having to use an inhaler 3-4 times a day. 

I decorated my home for Christmas and enjoying the season.  Just a little snow once, but they are actually calling for snow on Christmas Day.  I have wanted snow on Christmas for a long time. 

Below is some pictures of my decorating.

 photo xmas tree_zpsjjqzhvfv.jpg My Christmas tree all finished and decorated. Just need to put some presents under the tree.
 photo kit-cookies_zpsukgnhc7u.jpg This is my garden window with my hanging ceramic cookies Dear Daughter got for me one Christmas. Plus my Cookie Time box I painted some years back.
 photo stockings_zps4forewdt.jpg Papa's and my stocking hanging on the tv cabinet.

 photo skying pingwin tv cab_zpsnuobe7dc.jpg
My skiing penguin sets atop the TV cabinet.

 photo closeup pepsi box snowmen 1_zpsexr1ygqy.jpg
My stuffed snowmen on my old trunk in the Pepsi Cola antique box.
 photo PJ Santa 1_zpseb3xk0e2.jpg My stuffed Santa in his PJ's. He gets to over look us all.
 photo corner cabinet close up_zpsqeasilil.jpg My snow men sitting on the shelves of my green corner cabinet.

 photo bear dads table_zps44rxikrg.jpg My hubby is referred to as the teddy bear, so dear daughter got him this Christmas bear. I sat it next to his chair.  photo corner cabinet_zpsssyp0lsg.jpg My overall corner area with the green cabinet.

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My white coat storage cabinet with more snowmen.  The red tag on the it is a patch I am testing for painting it.