Pioneer Woman at Heart
One Flourishing, Frugal and Fun Family!
One family learning to live off the land, cut back on expenses, and to live a simpler and a more self-sufficient lifestyle.
"Eat it up,
Wear it out,
Make it do,
Or go without."
~A Pioneer Sampler, by Barbara Greenwood~
Thursday, October 13, 2016
Sunrise ~ Pumpkins ~ Dogs and Vet Tech to the Rescue
I'm not sure if it's just this time of year, but yesterday's sunrise was just gorgeous too.
Oh, there are tomatoes all over my kitchen, but today Hubby said, "no canning" and to "take it slow and easy today." Ha ha! So, the half dozen pie pumpkins are getting roasted, pureed and frozen. At least I'm roasting a few will today. I only have so much oven space. Freezer space is also closing in. I'm a bit soured that our heirloom organic homegrown failed this year, but glad I can still put some other varieties in my freezer.
I need to stay out of the garden anyway. I cut my finger on something, and I've had to put homemade neosporin on it. It's healing, but hurts since I scraped the skin all the way off.
So....yesterday was a high-stress day. There was a lot of everything that didn't need to be, and one daughter forgot her check for cap/gown and tassle for graduation. I had to get dressed in "guest" clothing and get it over to the school. Next time, I'll show up in garden garb and muck boots, it's just not worth it.
To top it off, the dogs topped it off. They are not even puppies anymore. Oye. This is what happened. I sliced and diced garden veggies to make a huge pan of them to go as a side with stuffed peppers. I was so excited to have cauliflower, as it was still producing, so there was cauliflower, potatoes, red onion, green peppers, orange bell peppers, and yellow squash. I had everything in the pan but the squash and bell peppers. I put it to the side and put my 12th grader in charge of watching it, and adding the remaining vegetables in a bit.
I walked away to go get my car keys and was heading to the store for cat food. She was to watch the stove.
I walk back in the kitchen and "poof" the bell peppers are all gone from the bowl, but the squash was there. I screamed and hollered and Daughter came back downstairs. Hmpf. King!
Back out to the garden I went, and chopped up more bell peppers. She watched it. It smelled wonderful. I left.
I came home.
No vegetables whatsoever.
None. Not one iota, not one zippity drop of it.
She claims she took Zuri out and left King inside.
He ate the entire pan.
I was fuming. Dogs can't eat certain vegetables and I was so looking forward to those for dinner.
My vet-tech daughter in training arrived home. I told her what happened, and she immediately had a remedy to make King throw up what he ate. It worked, and the dog was saved from getting sick. Whew!
The kids now are working on better training, and one will always be behind a door, away from the kitchen when one goes out. King is kind of dumb when it comes to food. He's gotten hot peppers down off of my dehydrator before, when I thought they were in the "safe zone." That dog will eat anything.
Oh, and if my mother is reading this today, I took my blood pressure. Just to be sure, and since we had the machine....everything was fine.