Sunday, November 22, 2009

It's Thanksgiving Time!

My computer is fixed! YAY!! And my blogger sign-in works! YAY!
I missed posting in most of October so here's a re-cap of some frosty fall pictures out of my front door. Unfortunately, the 100 acres across the street is up for sale so this view may change soon.

Here's the last of my moon flowers after the first hard frost.

One little blossom trying to survive.

Kevin installed all new windows in our house. Now I just have to install all the trim and the mouldings and I'll be home free.

We emptied the freezers to make room for the new meat chickens and turkeys. So we tried out the new monster canner. It does 14 quarts at a time.

I did a bunch of chicken, turkey and some stock.

At the last minute I grabbed a bunch of grapes off of the arbor and threw together some jelly.

Boiled them up with a little sugar, from a recipe in my favorite Amish cook book.

Put them through my nifty new Kitchenaid squeezo attachment and filled up some jars.

Presto, some awesome grape jelly.

I discovered that an old friend that lives in Hudson, Ohio has a really beautiful farm where he grows organic garlic. It's called Thaxton's Organic Garlic. He attends the local farmers markets where he has tastings and offers samples every week. Here's a link if you'd like to take a look at his Local Harvest site.
He grows thousands of cloves of garlic every year, saving the very best for replanting stock and also selling some of the best for others to plant. We were lucky enough to barter one of our pastured turkeys for some of his stock this year. We planted our garlic a few weeks ago and he will be getting his turkey today or tomorrow.
I'm so happy that my computer is well again. The only problem is that all of my bookmarks are gone so I won't be able to visit a lot of my old favorite blogs and I've lost a lot of my farming source addresses.
Til next time,
p.s. I'm going to try and remember to take pictures when we process the turkeys so hopefully I'll post about that soon.


Kelle said...

Welcome back Beth! We missed ya.

We butchered a tom and four hens today. Two weeks ago we sold a breeding pair of Narragansets and a BBB to a lady for $35 each. The four hens are sold to friends and our neighbor for $1.50 a lbs.+ a $5 butcher fee.The hens averaged 11.5lbs. each. We could have sold at least 5 more, if we'd had them. We are hoping to have two of our young toms ready for butcher by Christmas. Maybe it's just me but turkeys are always easier to butcher than chickens.

Glad you're back and look forward to your bloggin again*wink*
Blessings from,
The Never Done Farm

The Girl in the Pink Dress said...

Wow you can a lot! This year was my first time trying, so I jumped in with both feet. :P I'm used to it now.
Would really like your recipe for grape jelly- oh, so good. Looks especially tasty bubbling in your pot!
The Girl in the Pink Dress

sariah said...

Hi there! Glad to see your computer is back up again. Those new windows look so nice. I've had enough yucky aluminum/broken seal windows in the past to appreciate a nice new window. :-) Way to go on all your canning this year!

The Unusually Unusual Farmchick said...

Hi Beth. I have a few things for you that if ya' do not mind, I could bring out this weekend. One of them being the Nordic ware Tea cake pan you won over at my blog.
I have not wrote about the turkeys and will share an update with you fi this weekend would be o.k.
I do need the address again... I am infamous for losing those things.
LOVE the rolling pin ring above the stove. I have a vintage rolling pin just like that one. Where did you find such a cool holder?

The Unusually Unusual Farmchick said...

No prob. That would most likely work better for me too. I am going out to a girl friends house for some social time and was going to swing by your place on the way back. But I do have this habit of getting lost where I have not "routed" before.LOL. So we will shoot for the following weekend.
I am going to check those holders out next time I can plan an escape to Lehmans. That place is dangerous for me so my visits are few and calculated. It's like a Teen Girl loose in the mall with a pocket full of money...Not a good thing. I'll shoot you an email towards the end of next week and we can go through any details.

karl said...

that canner is very cool.

Jeanne said...

Please Help me. I was looking for you e-mail add but could not find it. I need to replace my windows and I need some help. Could you please do a post on how to measure and replace. It would be of great help.
Greensboro, NC

Merrill Pride said...

You definitely have so many things to be thankful for, and that includes the simple things in life these pictures are telling. The new windows are something to be excited about. Were these installed by professionals? It seems that they were. Anyway, I hope you have installed the trim and moldings properly.

Merrill Pride @Love Your Windows