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.