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One mother making ends meet and surviving today's recession by writing. One family learning to live off the land, cut back on expenses, and to live a simpler and a more self-sufficient lifestyle.

Adopted Motto

"Eat it up,
Wear it out,
Make it do,
Or go without."
~A Pioneer Sampler, by Barbara Greenwood~

Friday, November 7, 2014

Rain, Tea and Me


It rained all day yesterday, but thanks to my multitasking mania mode, I got the dogs walked, all of the remaining pepper plants pulled from the garden, stove ashes dumped, eggs collected, goat's water checked....all before it started raining.  A good warm breakfast was much enjoyed after that.

Nothing new right?  I was very satisfied with the morning progress, but rain makes me lazy.  I tend to gravitate towards a sofa, blanket and a book (or some sort of handiwork).  




I enjoyed herbal tea most of the day too.

The chill returned so I brought in more wood.  However, during the time I was trying to get housework done, pumpkin muffins baked, and floors swept, I kept getting text messages from our 15 year-old at school.

She was asking for birthdays and ages of grandparents, and siblings.  After getting 10 text messages, I finally sent her "what does this personal information have to do with learning Spanish?"  Of course she never answered.  It appears that classes are taught differently nowadays, and it can make a person roll their eyes.  Although I think it was last year, her math class required students to write essays.  Essays in math?  Rolling your eyes?  I am.



Anyway, back to the positive vibes.....I think I figured out my pumpkin muffins.  I simply added more pumpkin, and used the measurements of spices that I do for my pumpkin bread, and added about 1/8 tsp. mace.  I am fresh out of allspice, so that's what I used.  They are huge, moist, and very flavorful.  So this time, I am writing down the recipe and putting it in my recipe box.  And for a back up, I'll have youngest add it to her recipes in her hope chest.  She loves to copy family favorites for herself.



I made it past the 10,000 word count mark yesterday.  I even printed out this map (if you call it that) to keep me on task.  The kitchen corner, may just end up covered in sticky notes soon too.  I'll admit, this year's writing is not as good as my previous years, but I am staying positive regardless.



Have you seen the current issue of Country Woman Magazine?  The last page has this very cute idea.  You freeze scoops of whipped cream with mini-chocolate chips and jimmies and top hot chocolate with them.  Ha!  My kids are going to have fun with this one. 

 Five Minutes for Me ~  I, for once after a looooong summer of preserving, sat down to read for about 15 minutes.  I'm slowly checking out books I never got the chance to finish completely.  This one is a diary of a woman crossing the plains in 1865 - Days on the Road, The Diary of Sarah Raymond Herndon, Foward by Mary Barmeyer O'Brien.

8 comments:

My Garden Diaries said...

I hear you about some new ways they teach these days! And great job on getting so much done!!! Those muffins look divine and that hot cocoa idea is to cute!!! Have a great weekend friend! Nicole xo

Kristina said...

Nicole, I do think the school invades our privacy in so many ways now-a-days. Thanks for stopping in today.

Mama Pea said...

Those pumpkin muffins look absolutely WONDERFUL! (You take the best pictures to go along with your posts.)

An essay in math class?! What in the world was the topic? How I used math on my summer vacation?

Who says your writing at the present time isn't as good as in the past? Huh? HUH? I'd love to know more about your topic, story line, etc. (But I also know for a writer that's a private aspect of it all . . . until you're published!)

Kristina said...

Mama Pea, you made me laugh as always, ha ha! I told Hubby I put off writing today to clean up the utility room (it's another odd room they built over the old patio and well cap) and his response was the same. Usually he says, "a person could trip and kill themselves in that room!" Ha ha. Anyway, it's getting cleaned up as much as I can today. Then I'll write.

Nancy po said...

Muffins look good! "Whipped cream with mini-chocolate chips and jimmies and top hot chocolate with them." My blood sugar is spiking just reading that! :)

Kristina said...

Nancy, one daughter gave a tiny bite of her muffin to her dog, and he would not leave her alone after that. He loves them too,ha ha!

RB said...

I don't like sunshine much - love rainy days!!!

(God can keep the thunder, lightning, high winds, hail and tornadoes though, not that He asks me. LOL)

God bless.

RB
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Sam I Am...... said...

The book looks wonderful and the herbal tea and I love rainy days.
I sent the "snowmen" idea to my daughter for the grandboys...they'll love that.