Pioneer Woman at Heart

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Adopted Motto

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

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Winston Update ~ Jam ~ Leftover Chicken

 (Winston, playing under the rug during a snowstorm)

I don't know if you remember or not, but last winter (before last Christmas) we found this cat in one of our barns - declawed, neutered, and the best behaved, loving cat I ever met.

Unfortunately, with 3 indoor cats already, and two that are males, spraying was a huge problem.  Unable to find a home for him myself, he went to a shelter about 1 hour away. I don't think I even blogged about it either.  It was just a sad moment for me.

I named him Winston.  I loved this cat, and taking to the shelter was the hardest thing for me.  Now Tiger loves to visit me, but Winston was different.  He let me hold him all the time.  I cried when I had to take this guy there.

This week however (and months later), I found out he was adopted into a home with no cats, and is doing fine.   Although I do miss Winston, that was awesome news. 

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And it begins - canning.  June did not leave without the start of this year's canning season.  

I canned reduced sugar,wild black raspberry jam.  I forgot how many berries it takes to make 4 - 1/2 pint jars (4-5 days of picking).  I also canned reduced sugar, strawberry jam.

Got leftover chicken?

I took my leftover chicken, and cut it into shreds.  I tossed it into the crock pot.  I then made a batch of homemade mushroom soup and tossed that in, added a bit of homemade garlic powder and topped it off with goat's milk.  I did not add crushed crackers.  The only reason I did not make cream of chicken soup for this sandwich, was because I already had veggie stock open.  I needed to use it up.  

Then in the garden we had more sugar snap peas, broccoli, one green pepper, and a zucchini.  All were cooked with some onion and garlic for the side.  


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

So glad to hear about Winston. Congrats on your canning. I wish I had your garden!

Susan said...

I would love the recipe for the homemade mushroom soup! Such great news about Winston - I am always drawn to the adult cats in a shelter. Kittens are cute, but with an adult cat, you know what you're getting. I am going to try and hold myself down this year and just can tomato products. I have enough other stuff canned to last a few years!

Patricia @ 9th and Denver said...

It's always nice to hear when the strays get adopted! I used to make my own "CREAM OF" soups--they're good too!
I am interested in reduced sugar jam. I was given a small jar a few years back.
I need to look up some recipes before the figs come!

Happy Fourth!

Katmom said...

I am so sad that some people can be so uncaring and just 'dump off' a cat or dog with out regard for the poor animals safety... It just breaks my heart.
I am so glad to hear that Winston found a good forever home...
We love our 'critters' just wish everyone did...