Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Lost Yesterday's Post!

Here, I thought I had all the kinks worked out.....and found to my surprise this morning that yesterday's post did not follow the new header pictures.

There is no way I can recreate it.

It was just written late in the day after the snow had stopped. We ended up with about 15 inches of the fluffy white stuff. No really bad wind. The temperature did drop as predicted and we got down to 5° this morning at daybreak.

When I did the chickens around 4 PM yesterday, I had to wade drifts 24 inches deep, and we can't get into the chicken yard with the tractor so that snow was 12-15 inches deep. They did reward me with three eggs!

I plan to do some shoveling today. DH said the generator vents were blocked so I will clear those first. I won't let him touch a snow shovel. It is one of the things the doctors warned him about and also to do nothing strenuous in high heat or cold. I will just do it in short spurts once I figure how to cover my face.

We stayed in most of the day except for routine chores.

The birds flocked to the feeders all day long. DH had to refill the black oil sunflower one out on the tree. I need to clean out some of the feeder holes on them this morning. They refuse to peck through the snow to get the seeds.

Biscuit refuses to come inside but he has lots of good places deep in straw to bed down and the vet told us he has a double layer of fur because he is part retriever.
He followed me around as I took care of the chickens, going to the feed room and then inside the Milk Parlor to mix the warm mash for them. He sat outside the chicken yard waiting for me.

I took this photo to try to show the whiteout conditions of early in the day yesterday.
and this is the drift around the cistern planter on the patio by the back door,

I will post the recipe for the Lemon Meringue requested:

From Joy of Cooking:

Bake pie shell, reduce oven to 325° and leave on for meringue.

Combine in a 2 or 3 quart saucepan:

1-1/2 cups sugar
6 tablespoons cornstarch
1/4 teaspoon salt

Gradually blend in until smooth,

1/2 cup water
1/2 cup fresh lemon juice

add, blending well

3 egg yolks, well beaten


2 tablespoons butter cut into small pieces

Stirring constantly add

1-1/2 cups boiling water.

Bring to a full boil, stirring gently. Once it begins to thicken, reduce the heat and simmer l minute. Remove from heat and stir in

l teaspoon lemon zest

Pour into baked pie shell. Top with meringue. Bake at 325° until lightly browned.

Here is the end result:
From Food


  1. That Biscuit is sure an obedient dog. You'd think his feet would get cold. Sonny is a real weenie. Put him out to pee and from the expression on his face, you'd think he'd been dumped out of a car onto a county road. Again. (no, not by US)

  2. I struggled with all kinds of scarves to keep my face warm when shoveling snow or snowblowing, but I couldn't really breath well through them, or they slipped, etc etc. So a couple of weeks ago I was at the hardware store and bought a balaclava. Now I don't know why I never got one before. It keeps my face warm, is adjustable, and easy to breath through the knit.

    Wow -- 15". Please go slow, Glenda. Stay safe.

  3. Biscuit is like Ben, polar bear fur so he should be just fine! Glenda I love your layout on the blog. I am thinking of taking away the green vine background and just do a picture at the top. Did you use Blogger's template or did you go to another site to build? I am not up on things like this so give me some pointers when you have the time today. Be careful out there in this extreme cold!

  4. Oh Glenda I am so glad to see this post from you. I've been wondering about you, Illene and Denim hoping you are all warm and safe. You sure got a lot of snow and I just love your photos. They are fantastic, showing your winter weather as it is happening.

    I like lemon merigue pie DH does not. :-) Tomorrow I plan to make your banana cake recipe.

    Biscuit is a real sweetie pie.

    Have a great day, and don't work yourself too hard.

    Love and hugs to both you and your DH.

  5. Love your new header. All that snow is pretty to look at but not pretty to deal with. Please be careful doing the shoveling. Can't have you getting sick or hurt. Hazel will love the pie recipe. :)

  6. 20 inches here...and some drifts over 3 feet. Glad to hear you all are doing good. We're hunkered down and waiting it out. Brrrr!

  7. All those amazing pictures, such a wonderful post. And all I want is pie.