Friday, October 24, 2008

Our Family Making Apple Cider

We have an apple orchard. What do we do with all those apples? We make applesauce, apple pie filling, and apple cider of course.
Saturday morning we decided to get out the cider-press and make as much as we had time for.
After picking fresh apples and washing them we put them in the hopper.
We take turns turning the grinder. Here is our daughter Jessica taking a turn at the wheel.
Next we press those ground apples into juice.
Our son Harrison takes a turn at the press.
We use fresh picked apples. Our daughter Jessica and I were the pickers this morning.
Here comes the juice.
We continually change the containers as they fill up quickly.
Now our daughter Victoria helps
We ended up with 20 gallons this morning.
This is me going back out for more apples.
We use clean milk jugs for cider and store them in the freezer. My husband Stacey delivered jugs to several of our neighbors.
Garrett enjoys the taste. There really is nothing like the taste of fresh cider. Have a great day, ladies. Love, Kathi"Strengthen me with raisins, refresh me with apples." Song of Songs 2:5

Monday, October 20, 2008

Family Fun In Autumn

I absolutely love this store. I bought a birthday gift for my friend. Since our daughters Victoria and Jessica were with me, along with their friend Abby, we simply had to stop in at Taco Bell.
The girls just love this place and decided to split a big box. I had two tacos.
The girls enjoying their food. We continued our shopping at the mall.
Girls being silly at GI Joe's. We met Abby's mother at the mall so she went home. Then we picked up my husband at the auto body shop where he dropped off the BMW. When something breaks he fixes it immediately. I appreciate that about him so much.
Since he was not able to have lunch he was quite hungry, so it was off to the Asian restaurant for yummy food.
We love this place. The food is as good as you'd get in a big city. The owners take pride in cooking excellent food. Thank you Stacey for taking us out to dinner and for taking the car in. That broken window was fixed in two days!
I like the atmosphere too. Harrison had the best day ever. He gets to shoot air soft guns all afternoon with Quintin and Kyle! A few weeks ago our friends Doug and Norie and their children came to our house. Well, our son Harrison and I got to come to their home for the day. Harrison and their boys went to a paintball place and played air soft for four solid hours while I visited with Norie and saw her beautiful new kitchen. Norie's new kitchen is so nice. I love her new pantry.I love the way the pretty glass door looks when the light is turned on. Remember the apples I gave her? She made this much applesauce and pie filling in one day!!
Norie is amazing!!
She built a six stall barn with beautiful tack room. Her children help clean stalls each day without complaining. When I picked up Harrison, his buddies posed for this shot. They had a blast.
I took this photo through the glass window. It looks like a war zone; just perfect for these teen boys. They bonded and covered for each other. Harrison said he made some great buddies.
When we got home we found my husband Stacey painting the bathroom. He paints with one hand in his pocket. He's always done that. I love you Stacey. Thanks for all you do.
Stacey put the tile floor in himself. He did such a great job. Stacey painting trim. This room used to be an ugly blue.Our new shower installed!! The bathroom is coming along. I will show before and after photos soon. Stacey and Garrett having fun carving pumpkins.
I decided to get in on it too. I love the smell of the inside. It reminds me of being a little girl.
The kids danced to the "Thriller" song after we carved pumpkins. Garrett wanted to be a robot for school. I found these aluminum things in the pantry. He fixed a hat and flashlight together for his head. He was a bit nervous about walking into school. He thought that the other children might make fun of him. He was elated when several wished they'd though of it.
The girls wanted to dress up like a singer named Avril Lavigne.
In other news, I bought one more sweater to keep me warm while substitute teaching. I get so cold. I just love Ross Dress For Less. I think this one was less than $15 and keeps me warm.
There is so much more news. I will tell it soon. I must finish reading to Garrett and go to sleep. It's been a wonderful month, week and day. I have so much that I am thanking God for. He is so good. Have a pleasant evening. I will hopefully get back to all of you tomorrow. Bless you, Kathi Then thou shalt call on the Lord and He will answer; thou shalt cry and He shall say, " Here am I..." Isaiah 58:9

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Canning Salsa With Grace Kelly

Hi Dad and Mom. Today I will be making salsa. Can you guess...
These stocking feet... Have to do with this salsa ready for simmering? Well a lot. It seems that when I am wearing flats or stocking feet all day while standing my back begins to hurt. I also notice how tired I become at the end of the day after all that chopping.

Day one; dealing with tomatoes. I blanch them to remove the skins, then chop them. Always wear gloves when handling hot peppers.
Day two; the peppers and onions. I chop faster if I am standing. My solution? Clogs! The Scandinavians and the Dutch got it right. I wore these the second day. My back did not hurt and I was not tired by the end of the day. More energy! My daughters would've said, "Mom, you're not supposed to wear that kind of shoe with "skinny jeans." Well, I won't tell if you won't. Let's face it, there is nothing glamorous about making salsa. there is just nothing glamorous about chopping and blanching all day to make that wonderful salsa. We must find our glamour someplace else. So... We did. Grace Kelly is the glamour in this day. "Rear Window," has tons of glamour, suspense, romance.. .you name it, it's all there. Her clothes, taffeta, silk, and crepe are all divine. She has such style and grace in her walk and talk. Her jewelry is tastefully worn. Each outfit complete.
I got so caught up in the movie, when my husband came in the room I turned to him, very seriously and said,"We think Thorwall's guilty." This brought an all knowing chuckle to my fun loving husband. My time making salsa became an event. Cilantro is a must for good salsa.
So all that time and chopping are now on the shelf waiting for winter. Yum! If I have not been to your blog dear ladies, it's because of all this chopping. My feet are saoking and soon shall be elevated. I shall visit you soon. Hugs, Kathi "Go to the ant...it stores its provisions in summer and gathers its food at harvest." Proverbs 6:6

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