Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Julie & Julia Party At My House

I wanted to get to know my neighbor Mariann. I decided to invite her and her two daughters over for a party, which I called "A Julie and Julia Party." Mariann's two daughters had not seen the film yet, so it was especially enjoyable for me arranging this. The plan was to cook a meal together using Julia Child cookbooks and then watch the movie together. Sounds like fun huh? We had a festive evening.
My daughter Victoria, skillfully made the brochette, however, she did slice her finger in the process.
We toasted with our sparkling cider before we began.
We used her old and new cookbooks.

Since I have eggplant growing in my garden, we decided to try something new and different. I believe in experimenting. So Mariann's daughter, Charlee, took on this recipe.
Our eggplant was tiny, but Charlee did a first-class job.
Charlee is at our house spending the night nearly every week this summer. We love having her, so it is especially nice to include her mom and sister here tonight, getting acquainted with them.
We really had marvelous time together. I love doing things with my two daughters, Victoria and Jessica.
Mariann and Lindsey made the fried zucchini using the Cuisinart.
Mariann and her two daughters, Lindsey and Charlee are so cute together.
"Bon appetite."
Fried zucchini looks good and tastes great.
It was such a pleasant evening, we ate outside.
Yum! Oh, I made a simple chicken pasta for the main course, seen in the background.
Jessica made the chocolate cake for dessert. It was heavenly.
I feel like I'm beginning to know my new friend Mariann much better. We enjoyed the cooking, eating and watching the film so much, we think we will do this monthly. We have rules: The movie must be upbeat and happy! We also will incorporate a theme around cooking with each one. They have not seen "Ma Ma Mia." Mmmm, maybe we'll do that one and make Greek food. The possibilities are endless. I know I am not the only one who's thought up this idea for a party, but if you yourself have not thought of this or considered doing it, I'd like to encourage you to. It's an enjoyable way to get to know someone better.

"...and on the fourteenth they rested and made it a day of feasting and joy." Esther 9:17b

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Time to Bale

We had enough rain to make good hay this year. My husband Stacey and the kids checked the hay to see if it was ready to bale.
It seems ready. When our neighbor Millard, comes to bale he will know for sure. I will be sharing with you are three days of baling hay this week. Enjoy your day. Kathi
"She said, ‘Please let me glean and gather among the sheaves behind the harvesters.’ She came into the field and has remained here from morning till now, except for a short rest in the shelter.”
Ruth 2:6-8

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

What The Hay

Today's the day we haul the hay and stack it in the barn. Garrett's pretty excited.  My husband did not hire helpers this time, instead he paid our own kids and they did a great job. We are so proud of them.
My husband Stacey.
Harrison worked really hard and shared the heavy lifting with his dad.

Jessica did most of the driving.

I believe the final count was 647 bales of hay.
Everyone took turns driving.
Even Garrett drove when necessary.
I kept the water coming.
Stacey checking the tire pressure.

It's fun to work together as a family.

It's important to salt the bales to dry excess moisture.
Jessica did her share of heavy work.
We borrowed our neighbor's hay elevator, which was a tremendous help not only for getting the bales in, but also up to the loft.
You may be wondering where our other daughter Victoria has been on day one of hauling hay. She had suddenly come down with a fever and chills, with a headache.
"She slept most of the day, but was all well and ready to help us the next day. I am so thankful to the Lord for our healthy bodies and the strength He provides us.  I will show more photos tomorrow. “The LORD is my strength and my defense ; he has become my salvation. He is my God, and I will praise him, my father’s God, and I will exalt him."Exodus 15:2

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Hauling Hay: Day 2

Victoria is feeling better this afternoon, so she got up and wanted to help haul hay. We told her to take it easy and just take photos of everyone until tomorrow.
She took some pictures for me like this one of Jessica on the tractor.
And Stacey and me.
The next morning we had all of this hay to unload. Can you believe it?
Every available vehicle and trailer was put to use; including the forks on the tractor.

Here are this morning's workers: Harrison, Stacey, Victoria and Garrett. Jessica had to babysit our neighbor's little boy.

Victoria doing her fair share of the work.
Garrett salting the upper deck.
So glad for that hay elevator.

Lunch time for the crew.

 Victoria likes her lunch!
The barn in nearly full of hay. We only have a small amount left to stack for tomorrow.
Mostly done. Quiting time and time for fun around the campfire.
Our neighbor Norm dropped in to visit with us. Harrison drives a combine for him.
I love to see my children being good friends with each other.
We are so blessed to have all of this good hay for winter and to have healthy bodies to do the work ourselves. We thank God that no one got hurt and everything went smoothly. Another added blessing was that it did not rain, so the hay did not get ruined. "May God give you heaven’s dew and earth’s richness— an abundance of grain and new wine." Genesis 27:28


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