This morning, it’s chilly here on Sunrise Ridge.
Searching for today’s entree, I found the freezer held some nice chicken parts; that suggested a big pot of chicken noodle soup.
The kitchen is steamy with the scent of simmering chicken, carrots, onion and peas are ready to go in after while. A few ‘secret family ingredients’ will be added as things cook.
Gramma always made her noodles, using fresh eggs, flour, baking powder, a little salt and water… rolling them out thin on the counter and letting them dry for a couple of hours before adding to the soup.
Art Ritis is clamoring for attention today, so mine will not be home made. The taste and texture will not be quite the same. I will miss that, but the warm comfort of hot soup on a chilly day will make up for it. At least, I hope so!
Hubby decided to take advantage of some cooler weather this afternoon. The recent rains have certainly convinced the grass to grow in the yard.
When he lifted the riding mower hood to check the oil, he was surprised by this eastern garter snake, resting quietly atop the motor.
We were glad it was not a copperhead or rattler.
As soon as I snapped the photo, Hubby got the snake off the mower and it rapidly slithered away to parts unknown.
Garter snakes eat bugs and small rodents for the most part, so we consider them partners in the life of Sunrise Ridge.
Last weekend, Hubby and I attended an auction.
Some repair and TLC are going to be needed. One of these days, in the not far off future, this lovely Admiral sewing machine will have a place of honor in my sewing room.
I really hate to admit how behind the times I am. Apparently I still live in the past.
Technology and I are on a speaking basis. I can operate my computer and surf the internet. I have even progressed to using Skype, something I love, to chat with family and friends from time to time.
But I have no idea how to do more than run through the channel listings on the satellite box to find a TV channel. I have no idea what many of the options on the remote even do. I could manage quite well when we only had 3 channels and a dial.
I know the TV has buttons to make it do things or change functions for the DVD player. I do not know how to do those things. If I want to watch a movie, I require assistance, usually from a preteen. :\
My cell phone is prehistoric, it makes calls and I have managed to figure out texting, but not ‘test-speak’. It won’t even take a picture. It stays for the most art in the bottom of my purse and reminds me of its existence, most often in church, when it beeps (loudly) to let me know it needs to be charged.
My kids have asked on occasion, that I answer their phones – forget that! They have no buttons or keys, I can never figure out what to do.
Don’t get me wrong, I appreciate technology and many of the things it does.
Instant communication, social networking and millions of choices for entertainment are great, I think I will see if some of the little kids can teach me to use what I have.
Several years back, I did quite a bit of babysitting for family members. It included some ‘Mom, I need some laundry done’ and a parent who worked night shifts.
In order to hang on to some small shreds of sanity, I developed this set of general rules.
We are having lot of guests here, this end of summer time, so I dug out the rules to make sure everyone is on the same page; that page being mine.
There are other rules enforced, respect for one another, a loose division of labor, (If you can open the bread, get it out and spread peanut butter, you may be on lunch duty.)
It worked quite well before, it will be interesting to see how it works now.
If you read the recent post, “Green beans in a jar”, you know that I had some great help and fun with canning vegetables this summer.
Grandson Erick entered a jar of green beans and one of tomatoes in his local county fair last week.
I proudly add pictures of his blue ribbon winners.
Three gallons of green beans arrived in the kitchen on Sunrise Ridge.
I shanghaied one of he current resident teenagers this morning and demonstrated the fine art of tips, tails and snapping to a more or less willing apprentice. Before long, aid apprentice got the hang of things and we raced through the last half-gallon to see who was faster. ;)
The next part of the lesson involved jar and canner preparation.
While water was heating in the pressure canner, the assistant finished heating beans and getting them properly into the jars.
Soon we had 7 jars of beans in the canner and a respite of time while they cooked.
I regaled my young helper with tales of long ago July days when canning meant keeping the wood stove going, and how glad we were when another was procured and set outside under a big oak tree. There was still a wood fire to feed, but being out where there was a breeze sure beat doing it inside.
Now, I admit, I am pretty sure my helper still has no idea about the wood stove canning and I hope never as to learn how to do that particular thing.
We got the second canner load ready and all finished by 11:30.
That gave us plenty of time to fix dinner and prepare for the second lesson.
We did tomatoes this afternoon, and assistant was pleasantly surprised to find out by dipping the lovely red orbs in boiling water for a few minutes then into ice water, the skins slip right off.
So, now the pantry shelves are filling. A teenager has learned some new things and I have had a very good day. Yes, a very good day!
This week, it has been ‘just the two of us’ here on Sunrise Ridge. Digging through the freezer in search of inspiration, I came across a beef roast. o doubt, I purchased it a while back when there were more mouths to feed, but since we hadn’t had beef in a while, I decided to fix it.
Sunday, it had not thawed, so Hubby cut thin slices and fajitas were the dish of the day.
Monday, I put the roast in the slow cooker with veggies and after several hours it appeared with biscuits and grave as the centerpiece for dinner.
Today is Tuesday and roast beef sandwiches were tasty for lunch as well as roast beef hash for our dinner.
There is still a pretty good chunk of meat left for two people. I packaged it up for a return to the freezer, it will appear again when I feel a hankering for beef. I Wonder what guise it will have then?
Someone asked about the worst kitchen disaster you ever had.
I ran that through my brain and thought of this one: Several years ago, I was getting a ‘company’ meal ready. The dessert was to be a pineapple upside down cake. As I was removing the cake from the glass pan to cool, there was a knock at the door. Startled, I bumped the tray it was on and at the same time dropped the glass baking pan on the floor. It shattered, the cake went down right on top of the scattered shards of glass. Truly the worst disaster. Dinner was late, after the cleanup and I have no idea what I might have served for dessert that night.
The second worst, when I think of it, was one night when there was sleep over at our house. The girls decided to make fudge. You know how fudge is sometimes, this was one of those times. It did not set up. The girls poured it down the sink. You guessed it, it set up in the drain! Hubby spent much of the next day unclogging the pipe.