Monday, April 30, 2007

Monday on the Homestead


I should probably call this post “Last Week on the Homestead”.  Life here at my little spot on the globe has gotten busy and full lately.  And it looks like it will continue for awhile.  I will post as I can, but right now I need to focus on my family more.. 


I have a nice big to-do list that I am going keep attacking as soon as I finish this blog post.  On my list today is deep cleaning my living room..  My Pomeranian, Ellie (bless her heart..   ),  is shedding EVERYWHERE and it is driving me crazy..    but we love her and know this will be over soon..  in the meantime..  I am vacuuming even more than I already do (as if twice a day was not enough! )


Other than dog hair duty I have laundry to do, school schedules for the three youngest ones to get done for the week, and just basic house stuff.. 


Emily has GED classes tonight..


I wanted to say also that I have had 4 nominations for the “Thinking Blogger” award and really feel so very surprised and amazed at this….  I will try and post later and give my own 5 most read blogs to pass on this award to..  In the meantime a very nice “Thank You” to those who have given me this award.  


Hope you all have a blessed Monday (and week, if I don’t get back here) on  your homesteads!

Saturday, April 28, 2007

Remember Me (video)

You know I am one who does not like to get into the political end of things on this blog.. I always figure my blog is about supporting the homemaker. A lady on my message board said she found the following YouTube video on Miss Catharine’s Blog (Cat from Making it Home) and then I watched it.. definitely brought tears to my eyes.

No matter where I stand on the political end of this war, I do have a son in the Army and in less than 2 months he will be deployed to Iraq and I do support him and the choices he has made. So I am sharing this video in honor of him and in honor of all the men and women in our Armed Forces who have made the decision to support our country.

Let us all “Remember” that these people are the son’s and daughters and husbands and wives, etc.. of those of us back home. (and as a warning that I did not heed and then regretted.. you will need some Kleenex nearby.. )


Sunday, April 22, 2007

This Week's Menu


Baked chicken legs

Brown rice pilaf




Broiled steak

Garlic roasted potatoes

Carrot sticks and dip




French bread





Tortilla chips




Salmon chowder

Rosemary bread sticks




Homemade pizza

Carrot sticks and dip



Navy bean soup

Homemade bread of some type

Broccoli salad

Friday, April 20, 2007

Friday on the Homestead

Yea!!  We just got Emily’s test results for the first two GED tests.  She took the math and the reading tests..  she tested in the 99th percentile on both of them!!   We are proud of her!  She takes the next 2 tests in a couple of weeks.

Today is a day at home day..  Finally!!  I do have to run to the post office in a few minutes, that is no big deal.  I have been busy doing home chores this morning and catching up from the week.

Right now I am taking a computer break and Emily just made me a Caramel Macchiato (Starbucks copy cat)…  yum..  she did a good job.

I have laundry going, my sheets changed and the beans cooking for tonight’s dinner.  The kids are almost done with school too.  This afternoon I need to finish cleaning out the first of my 3 defrosted freezers.  Hopefully that won’t take me too long..  I would rather be outside enjoying some of this sun today.  Tomorrow the rain will be back. 

Tobin said he wanted to do some mowing when he gets up.  We have to take advantage of the few dry days we seem to be having to get this done…  with all the rain, the grass is GROWING!!   

Hannah came home this morning before work with a cough..  I made sure she ate some yogurt and whole wheat toast (can’t get her to eat most of the time when she starts getting busy, eating is not at the top of her list, but Mountain Dew is! ! Kids! )..  I also gave her some good quality vitamins and some nutribiotic.  She will be home later this afternoon and she can eat a good dinner before heading back to her house/goat sitting job.   

Well break time is up and it is time to get to the Post Office and then back home to do some work…  

Have a great Friday! 


Thursday, April 19, 2007

Thursday on the Homestead


Today was just a beautiful day.  Finally we had some sunshine and it was so nice.  I was a couple of towns away for most all of my afternoon.  I took Emily to take the first two of her five tests for her GED.   While she was testing I went across the river to another town and went to Walmart and the feed store.  The goats and chickens needed feed and I needed a few misc. items at Walmart.  Emily tested for longer than I was gone, so I spent the time waiting, enjoying the sunshine and reading my book. 


I switched my menu around this week and today we had the pot roast.  I put it, frozen, in the oven this morning before I left.  When I got home I made some garlic roasted potatoes and some peas.  It was easy and so yummy.


Hannah came home from work and Emily and Leanne went with her back to the home she is house sitting and goat sitting.  She said she is starting to get worn out with all the driving.. I don’t blame her.  It is about an hour commute each way every day.  She is not use to that.  But the job is almost over.  Sunday, I think, is the last day.  Tobin went back to work tonight so it is me and the younger kids managing the homestead. This sunshine did wonders today for the chickens..  they laid almost 60 eggs!  I think we are coming out of the winter blues with them.  We have about 65 chickens so that means that almost all of them laid today.  Typically this winter/spring we have gotten 35 to 45 eggs a day. 


I am so excited..  tomorrow night my long time best friend (next to my hubby of course), Sarah,  is coming with her sweet kids to spend the night.  We have wanted a nice long visit for so long and this was a perfect way to do it.  This is the friend that came with me to California to deliver my grandson, she is very close to my kids.. they love her like an aunt and are excited for all of them to come for the visit.  So I am changing my menu ..  we will be having Nachos for a Crowd, salad and tortilla chips.  For breakfast I am going to make overnight cinnamon oatmeal pancakes and scrambled eggs.  And if they are here at lunch time sandwiches are on the menu.. 


That sums up my Thursday on the Homestead!! 

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Creamy Onion Soup

I had a request for the Creamy Onion Soup recipe that I mentioned Emily made last night.  She is turning out to be a great little cook!!  I am very proud of her kitchen skills. This is one recipe she makes frequently with me and Tobin in mind because she knows how much we both like onions. 


Creamy Onion Soup

Emily Miller


3 medium sized onions, any kind but the sweet onions are my favorite for this soup

7 cups water, divided

4 chicken bullion cubes or broth powder equivalent

2 cups whole milk (you can use 2% I am sure but we always use/have whole milk)

1 T cane juice crystals

1 t salt, more or less to taste

½ to ¾ t pepper

¾ cup whole wheat pastry flour

1 cup shredded cheese, any kind


Cut onions into slices and then cut those slices in quarters and set aside.  In a good sized soup pot combine 6 cups water, chicken bullion cubes or powder and the onion slices.  Bring this all to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes.  When the simmering time is finished, turn burner off and add milk, cane juice crystals, salt and pepper.


In a canning jar with a tight fitting lid combine the reserved cup of water and the whole wheat pastry flour.  With the lid on, shake the jar well to combine flour and water and break up any lumps. 


Add the water/flour mixture to the soup pot with a wire whisk.  Turn the heat on high and stir well until the soup boils and begins to thicken.  Reduce the heat and let simmer on low for 15 minutes to blend flavors. 


Sprinkle cheese on the top of the soup and stir that in just before serving.

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Tuesday on the Homestead

Well Tuesday was spent mostly off the homestead.  I had to go grocery shopping today.  I took the whole family with me too.  Hannah has been doing a house sitting, goat sitting/milking job these last few days.  She will be doing this for the rest of the week.  She is also commuting back and forth to work so her life has been hectic..  but today was her day off and she wanted to come to town with us.  We had a nice day.  I went to both Costco and Winco.


While we were gone Tobin took her car for a test drive.  She had been telling him it was making funny noises.  He took for a rather tough test drive and the CV joints failed. We were very happy to see this happen to him rather than to her while she is out driving on the hwy.  Her job is about an hour away from home and her work.


Tobin asked me if I wanted to join him for the trip into town (back into town for me) with him so he could pick up the CV joints…  I said sure!!  We were back home in a couple of hours and now he is cleaning up his shop so he can work on her car (these are the times I am so thankful he is a mechanic!).  In the meantime there were some goats that needed her attention so she is driving his car for now.  Emily and Leanne went with her to give her some company. 


While Tobin and I were in town everyone unloaded the groceries and put things away.  Emily made a batch of lentil chili and some creamy onion soup.  The house smelled heavenly when we walked back in.


Right now the house is quiet..  Jacob is out working in shop with Tobin and Sierra and Isaac are just playing quietly.  Gives me a few minutes to sit and blog and maybe do some writing. 


That sums up my Tuesday on (or rather mostly off) the Homestead! 

Saturday, April 14, 2007

I am home!!


We arrived home on Friday after a fabulous time together..   The flights were great..  our return flight was delayed by 2 ½ hours, but that was ok..  We both hope to be able to get away again soon…  It was much needed..


We enjoyed lots of sunshine and warm temps..  It was just my thing.. I even came home with a bit of a tan.... can’t beat that!!  (well I burned first.. now it is a tan ). I wish I had a bunch of pictures to show you..  but I tell you..  I just enjoyed myself and left the camera behind mostly.. 


I do have these two pics to share..  We went and saw the play/opera Phantom (Phantom of the Opera) and I took Tobin’s pic and he took mine before we went to the play..



For now I am getting back into the groove of life again..  Tobin has officially changed shifts and changed days off..  so that will take the whole household some time to adjust to as well..  He has had the same days off for the last 12 or more years and been on the same shift for the last 2 years..  Good thing we are both flexible people!! 


(now back to my regularly scheduled blogging... ).....  Here is our menu for the next week…  (I am using up food in my freezers to make room for the cow we just bought and will be picking up soon..  The meat that is..  )



Lamb roast w/onions and mushrooms

Brown Rice Pilaf

Carrot raisin salad

Mixed veggies




French bread




Goat meat tacos w/all the trimmings



Chicken Alfredo over whole wheat pasta




Beef pot roast

Baked beans

Mixed veggies



Lentil soup

Buttermilk biscuits

Carrot sticks



Mexican rice bake


Tortilla chips



Saturday, April 7, 2007

Taking a Blogging Break

My wonderful hubby is whisking me away for an entire week …  no kids  and some warmer temps ..  So needless to say it will be next week before I am back to blogging with you all!! 

Tuesday, April 3, 2007

Tuesday on the Homestead


Well it has been a couple of days since I posted..  Monday was filled with my typical Monday busyness around my home..  Mt. Laundry was facing me again and so were all the undone chores from the weekend.


Today started by me taking my daughter Hannah to the airport to hop on a plane.  She is flying down to see my oldest daughter in California.  She is giving her a little packing help as oldest daughter and hubby will be moving soon.


Emily was with me and after we left the airport we did all our grocery shopping and even made a trip to Kmart and were home by noon.  Something unheard of typically!  But then I don’t leave the house at 7:am typically either!


Now it is life back to normal..  laundry continues..  kids needing attention continues..  housework continues and..  I need to go and start a fire. I was hoping the sun would warm things up today but no luck..  oh yes, I still need to go over today’s school work and see how the younger kids did while I was gone. 


Dinner tonight is split pea soup using the leftover ham bone from last night’s ham dinner.  Plus I am going to make a big green salad, maybe some type of bread and maybe a dessert..  we will see how ambitious I feel in the kitchen when I am done here.


I plan my menus out for a month at a time and I print out monthly planning menus and I share these on my website.  I have received a lot of positive feedback on these and many ladies find them helpful.  If you would like a monthly printable menu calendar you can find them here: I post a new one shortly before each new month.


Hope you all are having a great Tuesday on your Homestead..

Sunday, April 1, 2007

Sunday on the Homestead


We were up early as usual this morning..  Tobin headed off to work around 5:am we went to church later on. Early service starts at 8:00am and we have to be out of the house around 7:30 or so...  This has become our favorite service to attend.  The sermon this morning was on love, not the silly way the word love is used today for a zillion different occasions and things…  but the love of Christ and how we are to show that to others. He preached from John chapter 13 verses 31 to 35, Jesus was talking to his disciples before His betrayal, death and resurrection ..  A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another.  By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another (verses 34 & 35)..  As my pastor said, He had to say it twice and went on to say it again before His death .. “love one another”..  there was an understanding from God that this would not always be easy for us as believers.  I would have to say that his sermon this morning was challenging in light of some circumstances to say the least (it is easy to love someone who loves you back, but not so easy when you have been hurt or betrayed).  But the Lord in His goodness gives us the grace to love in difficult circumstances.  That is what HE is all about and we are to reflect the love of God to fellow believers; that is Scriptural.   It was a powerful and moving Palm Sunday sermon. 


The younger kids stayed for Sunday school with friends, Hannah had to rush off to work and the girls and I came home to a quiet house.  Emily made us a mint milkshake and we ate pizza for lunch. 


Then I laid down for a little nap.  The boys are home now with their friend Andy here and Sierra is at her friends house.  Emily and I are getting ready to make some lotion.  I bought some new scent oils and want to try a batch or two to see if I want to add them to my store for summer time.


I have some leg of goat cooking in the oven and will add some veggies to it later on for stew..  I think.. I may make gravy and have the meat and gravy over noodles..  not quite sure yet what I will do yet.


I also have a load of laundry going so I can have a head start on my Monday chore list.


The sun is shining and Emily is letting me know she is ready to play around with some lotion..  It is time to get off the computer!  


Hope you have a blessed Sunday..

This Week’s Menu


Goat Stew




Baked ham

Baked potatoes




Split pea soup made w/ham bone

Homemade dinner rolls or bread of some type




Mac and cheese w/leftover ham




Lentil soup

Dinner rolls, bread or biscuits




Homemade pizza

Veggies and dip



Fiesta Cabbage

Brown rice pilaf