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This is a bittersweet day for me as I have decided to discontinue my blog. I am going to print what I have, as I have enjoyed some of my memories and would like to keep them. It has been fun, but the last few months, I haven’t had time or enough information to write.

I think it will be up for a few more weeks, but I’m not going to renew my domain name and it expires soon.

If you like this page on Facebook,  I will try to be more diligent posting on there.

Thank you for following me and commenting.

I enjoyed it!

~Lynette

Update:  My Kraut didn’t have water coming over the top like I think it should have so I just dissolved some kosher salt in water to make some “brine”…I poured it over the top.  Also, I decided to put the plate  (board) on top of the Kraut, then the weight (jar of water) and then the towel. I read somewhere that if the kraut is too salty, you can rinse it before you can/cook it/eat it.—If  you have any questions, please feel free to comment here. 

 Here is a website that has some good info. Her recipe is for “Bohemian Kraut”…(Cabbage, onions & Caraway seeds)

Have you ever made Sauerkraut?

We have but it was several years ago. It turned out really good and we canned several pints. I made more today…this is how I did it.  We have 2 crocks, a 5 gal one and a 3 gal one.

First, my DH (Dear Husband) planted cabbages, but you can buy them at the store…they may be at the Farmer’s market this time of year. He let them grow and grow…here is what he picked…

(In the blog I mentioned earlier…she said to let the cabbage sit for three days after you pick it, otherwise it will have too much water…well, I had hardly ANY water…so I will continue to use it on the day it’s picked).

Then we pulled the outer leaves (looks like grocery store cabbage now!)

Then we started cutting into thin strips…layering and salting…oh yeah, you need to “smash” each layer, I used a potato smasher.

When you are about 3-5″ from the top of the crock, salt and smash. Then you lay a Kitchen towel or some kind of cloth over it, then a plate (we bought a board with the crock) to keep it smashed and a jar of water (weight)or a rock or something to keep it under what water will be bubbling up.(See update..I changed the orderof plate, weight, cloth).

Check it every couple of days to make sure it isn’t bubbling over the top and if it has “scum” on it, just skim it off…IT’S STILL GOOD!!  Change to a clean towel if you need to.

Put in a dry, cool, dark place. They say to let ferment for a week to a month….depending on how crunchy, less stong (smaller amount of time)to softer, stronger taste, (longer amount of time)

I will post again when I can it in a few weeks. I plan to use some 1/2 pint jars for a quick sandwich or hot dog…pint jars for sauerkraut and weenies…

Let me know if you try it!!

Hi!  Well, wouldn’t you know, today I’m in the mood to write, but can’t think of anything to write about.

How are your garden’s doing?  My husband’s is looking GREAT. We have eaten asparagus, snap peas, broccoli, cauliflower, onions, potatoes and cabbage & strawberries thus far. I say my HUSBAND’s garden, but really, I am working in it more this year than in the past. I’ve always said, he plants and takes care of it and then I can and freeze when it comes in the house…

Do you preserve stuff from your garden for the winter? I do. My sister does, but I don’t know many other people who do.  I have frozen Peas and Broccoli so far this year (in vacuum bags).  In a month or so I will be very busy canning tomatoes and green beans.  I will also be making Sauerkraut in a week or so. I’ll can it if I have enough.

I have even planted and revamped my flower gardens this year.  2 years ago I had tennis elbow in the spring and just couldn’t do anything and last year it got HOT really quickly so they were looking pretty awful. Well, since I had no GOOD excuse this year, I HAD to do something!  I am very pleased with the way they are looking.

Do you remember me talking about the Water Balloon fight we had last year on Father’s Day?  You can see some pics here. We’ve decided to do it again this year, we are calling it the “2nd Water Balloon Extravaganza”!  My birthday is June 19th and Father’s Day is always the Sunday before. We have invited our kids and grandkids.  We all had a lot of fun last year!

We used to have a big July 4th party, but it’s been so stinkin hot the last few years, we decided last year we would do something in June instead.  It ended up being about 105 degrees.  Oh well, it wast JUST RIGHT for a water balloon fight! One of my grandsons said, “It was the best party EVER”! I think that was because he got to throw water balloons at mom, dad, cousins and sister, aunt, uncles and grandma & grandpa.

Caleb and I are going to try out a new water park. It is called Andy’s Alligator.  We have plans to buy season passes to White Water Bay, but now we’re not sure.  Have you all been? The one in Norman, OK just opened this month.

Hope you are all safe from the storms last night in Oklahoma.  We barely got a thing, but the metro had very LARGE hail and VERY HIGH winds.  Lots of power outages. We need rain, but not the damage!

Are you all bored to tears now?? DID you get to the end? WHEW! Thanks for sticking with me.

Have a great WEEK!!

I have heard some people this Memorial Day thinking that we should be honoring the FALLEN soldiers and not ALL soldiers.  I say THANK YOU…whether you served and are passed now, whether you served and are alive and well today, especially if you served and are alive and suffering because of it now and also for the ones that are serving NOW.  I also want to thank your FAMILIES, because, although I don’t know many soldiers personally, I know it is a HUGE sacrifice to be without your family and not know from day to day what may happen. Also for the losses of your loved ones.

Here are a few things I’ve gotten off Facebook…I like them all.

 

Spring Pictures

Just thought I’d post some pretty spring pics. 

Bluebirds and Cactus flowers!

**(Pictures have wrong date, When I charge the battery, I have to change the date, sometimes I don’t have TIME, sometimes I FORGET.)

Texas Vacation 2012

I have really been so busy that I really don’t have time to post this…but I’m going to anyway…a quick version of our Texas Vacation.

LM & I went to Grapevine Texas last week.  We had plans for 1 night at GREAT WOLF LODGE and 3 nights at another Marriott hotel.

Window from Lobby looking into the water park

We got to GWL on Monday afternoon and were able to check in immediately…although check in is at 4:00, you can go early and start playing in the water park @ 1:00.  Just so happened that our room was available about 1:30!  We played all afternoon and then got PH pizza in the hotel and took it to our room.  Our next plans were to go to the Northern Arcade or GR8 space.  We weren’t aware these were closed for renovations. So we decided to spend the $33.+ on the “MagiQuest” game.  You buy a “wand” and they activate it.

MagiQuest is like a treasure hunt with about 10 levels of things to achieve.  The rules are to take the stairwell and go from the 2nd story to the 3rd, back to the 6th, down to the 1st….(ALOT OF STAIRS)!!  But you have to look for a treasure chest, a picture on the wall or a star on the ceiling for instance, and then go back to collect your next “Quest”.  Top points for Gold, High Points and Ruins are listed on 2 tvs in the hotel. They activate the wand for 4 days.  Well, Caleb was at #1 in Gold and top Points and #2 after for Ruins after 4 hours of playing.  I had to do it with him, because I was not allowing him to go by himself from floor to floor in the stairwell and not knowing which floor he was on…so needless to say, we took ALOT of stairs.  (Not to mention all the stairs you climbed at the SUPER water park).

 

 

 

 

 

The water park has 2 VERY TALL slides, 3 lesser heights and then 2 smaller ones (in the tree house that are still a lot of fun). In the “tree house”  they have a lot of water buckets to fill and spill on people…some of whom are floating the lazy river…a HUGE bucket that fills and spills on whoever is standing in the way.

A lily pad pond with basketball and floating things to climb on, a Lazy River and 2 hot tubs.  A children’s (toddlers) area, a wave pool.  A snack shop, showers, restrooms.

The hotel is BEAUTIFUL. The lobby is HUGE, open and lots of WOOD.  They have a souvenir shop, 2 restaurants, a snack shop, a Pizza Hut Express. They also have story time at night and some kind of walk thing for little kids in the morning.

Food is a little expensive, but you would expect that from a place like this.

I am so blessed to be able to homeschool. One reason is to be able to go on vacation at the less busy times of the year.  There were several times that I looked around the water park and realized there were only about 50 people there.  Only ONE time did we have to wait in line to go down a slide.

We also went to Sea Life Aquarium and Legoland.

This is at the Grapevine Mills Mall. It is a really nice.

We ate at the Rainforest Cafe. That is a cool place!

I thought these may take us the better part of a day (or 2).  Well, I was really wrong about that!!  Legoland was not what I had hoped…it was for kids, I’d say about 7 or under.  SeaLife was fun, just not very big. So after 1 night at the 2nd hotel, we were bored.  My DH told us to go back to GWL…and we did!  I cancelled the last night at the Marriott and scheduled it for GWL.  This time we got there about 12:30…and checked into our room and went to the Water Park!!

We stayed until about 1:00 the next day and headed home…it was a great time and LM and I really enjoyed it!!

WOW

Well, I guess you thought I’d never post again…and to be honest, I thought I may never again…but I made a cake the other day for LM’s b-day and would like to tell you how EASY and GOOD it was! Not to mention a BIG hit with the kids AND the ADULTS!  (We fed 7 kids and 13 adults and had a few pieces left over).

ICE CREAM SANDWICH CAKE

23-24 Ice Cream sandwiches  (original, neopolitan or chocolate)

TIP: Buy a few extra in case your husband decides to eat 4-5 the night before….

2-8 oz) OR 1-16 OZ Cool Whip

Hot Fudge Topping (Caramel, strawberry…) I used about 1/2 jar.

Mini M&M’s  (or ANY topping–butterfingers, heath, oreos, Sprinkles…it’s endless!) I used about 1/2 lg bag.

Directions:

Put FOIL on bottom of 9 X 13 pan…be sure to put it up on the sides so you can get the cake out easily.

Let  IC sand set out a few minutes and lay side by side…kind of “squish” them together.

Spread Hot Fudge topping, (YOUR choice of thickness) and 1/2 Cool Whip.

Layer the same again ending with hot fudge.

Freeze for 1 hour

Take out of pan and put onto a flat pan or bottom of cookie sheet.

Sprinkle M&M’s on top.   You can use ANY candies or SPRINKLES

I also put candles on at this time.

Freeze 2 more hours.

Cut with serated knife.

PICTURES???  SURE ! I took Pictures!!

Have a good Month….(s)!

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