Thursday, December 9, 2010
Up at 4 AM, 30°.
Just routine housecleaning day.
Errands: Library, pickup up DH's meds at local pharmacy, and local grocery for few items.
Bottled Wednesday's milk. One full pint of heavy cream skimmed.
Friday, December 10, 2010
Up at 3 AM. 33°
Made KA's recipe for English Muffins...........a disastrous flop, edible but ugly.
I had made them before and they turned out super.....finally realized I had used the recipe from my old Farm Journal Bread cookbook! To be honest, I haven't had great luck with King Arthur's recipes....they always require some weird specialty ingredient that you buy from them ................ wonder why.
Saturday December 11, 2010
Up AT 2:30 am (I know, it is just ridiculous!)
It warmed during the night, 49°. The front has arrived now though with 30 mph winds and the temperature is dropping rapidly. It is hovering around 32° .
I made an executive decision to milk today even though I had 3 bottles of milk in the outside refrigerator. I thought it would be much nicer milking in the relative warmth of 49° than single digit temps we are supposed to have for the next few days.
After milking I stored a couple more large flower pots so they wouldn't freeze and break. I also took some plastic off the small hoop house and stored it.
I brought some strawberries and (I think) apricots down to make jams for the grands for Christmas. I will do that tomorrow sometime.
During these last few days I have started a new book that was so big some time back, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. I am thoroughly enjoying it. When I told my son, he ranted against the book for some time. He has very strong opinions about most things and especially books. He is a devout follower of Cormac McCarthy and got me reading his books. I agree the man is probably a genius, but after reading 4 of his books, I grew very depressed and refused to read The Road!
We have some interesting discussions! Our daughter wanted to read the Larssen books, but the waiting list at the library was so long, she bought all three of them. She brought them to me over Thanksgiving. She wasn't overly impressed with them, but the mystery genre isn't her thing.
I sent my sis a quart of my 2010 mincemeat; she thought it was very good, maybe better than last year's. She said my BIL even tasted some and said it was good. High praise since he won't eat it unless it's buried in some kind of baking. He won't eat it as pie. She is the real cook so when I get praise from her I really appreciate it.
Stay warm everyone.