Goodbye October…

October was Another Busy Month.

Filled with many Highs and Lows.

The Highs:

  1. We learned that our daughter from Scotland will be coming ‘Home’ for three weeks for Thanksgiving and into December. She has lived there eleven years, we have not seen her in three. I pray, I / we will have Good days.
  2. We got to attend several events:
    • Historic Market & Encampment Days at Washington Crossing on Oct. 15 Demos and tours, plus Thompson-Neely House and Bowman’s Hill.
    • Historic Bristol Day (Bristol founded 1681) on Oct. 21
    • 146th Annual Carversville Oyster and Pork Supper on Oct. 21
    • A surprise Retirement Party for an old friend on Oct. 22
  3. We got to visit, and dine with some friends and family from out of state.
    • 2 times with a young cousin from Arizona. There were 10 cousins getting together. Always nice to be with family. She was in town for 6 days.
    • 2 times with our best friend from Florida. She was in town for 4 days.
  4. We finished bringing in all the house plants and prepared them for winter.

The Middles:

  1. I am continually working towards basic good health, after the sudden onset of Diabetes due to my rejection medicine. This month I had 3 Doctors visits: one with the transplant team and one with the eye specialist; two blood draws, two weeks apart, and a lot of paperwork.
  2. I am working on increasing my walking and balance aided by my Rollator (It allows me to sit and rest as needed). I am making goals on my Fit-bit.

The Low:

We are very sad… My husband lost a dear friend, he had suffered for a decade with a rare peritoneal cancer. We know that he will no longer be in pain, but we are very hurt that he and his family had to endure for so long. I could have never and can’t even imagine it. He was one of the Bright ones, (a Bright Soul) he always made you have fun, smile, laugh, and feel good about yourself, even during his battles. See you on the other side my Friend, but for now, Goodbye...

Goodbye October…

.

Thanks for stopping by, and Thanks for ‘listening’.

I hope you join me on my journey, as I recount many things from my past,   and explore the many other creative possibilities in my future. – OmaEagle

Advertisements

Thrift Shoppe Finds

.

So Glad We Stopped into The Hospital Thrift Shoppe

We have had a very busy day on an emotional roller coaster ride. We attended a Funeral Mass in the morning. Then in the afternoon, we had to return to the Hospital to follow-up on some business from the week before. On our way driving to and from each place, we would drive past the Hospital Thrift Shoppe, thinking we should stop in there soon.

On our way back home, we had talked about stopping in, but said we said No, it would be too much, because we are spent, we don’t have the energy left. We decided to head straight home, and perhaps take a nap. However, as we were driving by, at the last minute, we said, “What the Heck, just a quick look around.” Boy, am I glad we did…

Here are our finds…

  • 2 Sterno Emergency Preparedness Kits, each kit includes:
    • a Sterno 6″ pillar that burns for up to 60 hours.
    • six Sterno votive candles that burn up to nine hours each.
    • two 7-oz containers of Sterno gel fuel that burns up to 2.5 hours each.
    • and  a Sterno folding stove, so you can prepare food over the flame.
  • A BBQ apron with tools:
    • A nylon apron / that becomes a roll-up storage bag.
    • A BBQ spatula with bottle opener.
    • A BBQ knife
    • A BBQ fork
    • BBQ tongs
    • A BBQ mitt
    • and 2 shakers
  • A glass cake stand – (we will use as a plant stand)
  • A glass serving plate – (we will use as a saucer under plants)
  • 2 small lead crystal candle holders. (for battery taper candles)
  • A small square apothecary jar – (for the bathroom)

Sterno setsThrift glassBBQ tools

.

All the above for an unbelievable price of… Two Dollars and Twelve Cents. 😀

.

But then he ran back in and bought… a 2 gallon thick glass water dispenser jar without it’s lid for only a quarter. (we might use it for fermenting)  🙂

Glass jug

.

Thanks for stopping by…

What do you think of our finds? What were some of your best bargains?

.

I hope you join me on my journey, as I recount many things from my past,   and explore the many other creative possibilities in my future. – OmaEagle

 

 

Confetti Matzoh Ball Soup

An End of Summer Treat

.
Confetti Matzoh Ball Soup a.k.a. Matzoh Minestrone

It’s the beginning of the ‘End of Summer’, the garden goodies are coming in full-fold…    Fresh green beans, okra, corn, tomatoes, etc. Now is the time to enjoy and get your full of your garden’s bounty. For me one of the best ways is to enjoy them in their veggie broth with matzoh balls… YUM

10514695_10204003159295797_8184520013374908495_n

Start with 2 to 2 & 1/2 quarts of homemade veggie or chicken broth. Bring to a slow boil. Add sliced okra, green beans, corn from cob, and tomatoes. Let simmer until near tender. Meanwhile mix up the matzoh dough, make walnut-sized balls, let sit as soup simmers. (You can use the Matzo Ball mix.) When veggies are near tender, drop balls into soup and simmer until they are done… Yum

 

What are some of your families recipes?

Take Care, Thanks for stopping by.

I hope you join me on my journey, as I recount many things from my past,       and explore the many other creative possibilities in my future. – OmaEagle

Summertime Treats…

Eggplant, Tomatoes, and Sweet Corn

Yummy Fresh Eats… Loving July into August.

We live in PA.

However…                                                                                                                 We make a run over to Jersey once a week to buy Old Mr. King’s Sweet Treats.  I don’t know whether it is the Jersey sandy soil, or that his farm is in the middle of the Wharton State Forest. Maybe it is the Love he puts into his craft. Perhaps all three combined that make his Eggplant (he says it’s male), Tomatoes, Corn and, last but not least, the Zucchini the Sweetest ever. He has been working this farm since he was a kid. He always says: “I’m happy to still be working this side of the grass.” 😀

For us the near 2 hour, 66 mile round trip a week worth it. 🙂

Eggplant

I cannot get enough of his fresh Sweet Jersey Eggplant.                                        I eat it hot, fresh off the griddle, topped with Sweet Red Jersey Tomatoes.         Then later that night, I eat it cold right from the Ice Box. (ahem… Fridge)

Finally for the ‘Desert’, Sweet, Sweet Jersey Corn.

Eggplant, Corn on Cob, Tomato

The best way to fix eggplant for Our Family is:

  • Peel then slice just under 1/2 inch thick.
  • Salt, and set aside for near an hour.
  • Rinse and blot off excess water.
  • Have skillet / griddle medium hot.
  • Press slices into  flour on both sides.
  • then dip into a beaten egg, thinned with a drizzle of water or milk.
  • Press into bread crumbs on both sides. (your choice of seasoning)
  • Then fry, until golden brown on each side.

My Happy Summer Song – DD

Summertime and the Livin’ is Easy,                                                             Summertime and the Livin’ is Right,                                                                       Summertime and the Livin’ is Breezy,                                                                 Oh.. Oh.. Oh.. Summ… Sum, Summertime.

Summertime is sweet, sweet Eatin’,                                                       Summertime and the Veggies are Ripe,                                                               Summertime nights are long and Bright,                                                                 Oh.. Oh.. Oh.. Summ… Sum, Summertime.

 

What are some of your families recipes?

Take Care, Thanks for stopping by.

I hope you join me on my journey, as I recount many things from my past,       and explore the many other creative possibilities in my future. – OmaEagle

Holiday Foods – Easter

.

Easter time / Spring is all about renewal…

.

The Birds, the Bees, the Flowers, and the Trees are all ‘waking’ up.
All the critters are ‘twitterpated’. Their songs fill the air, Spring is everywhere.
You will notice decorations of colorful eggs, baby bunnies, ducklings, baskets full of beautiful flowers, etc.

This is a time of rebirth, roots to shoots, flowers to fruits. Eggs bringing forth frogs and birds to serenade us. Baby Mammals being born. Life springs anew, bringing us hope.

.

Our Easter Feast

.

In our family our feast reflects all things new.

We rely on all things right outside our backdoor, Strawberries, New Potatoes, Parsley, Thyme and other herbs from our wintered herb tub. We also forage out our backdoor for wild edibles for our spring greens salad: Wintercress, Dandelions, Violet leaves and flowers, Nettles, Mints, etc. We buy regional and seasonal Asparagus (since our beds died out), and our Spring Lamb. I guess the only exception to this rule would be the Coconut? The Lamb is a spiritual and humbling reminder of Jesus’ Grace and Sacrifice for Us.

.

This is our Bullseye Menu

.

OUR  EASTER  FEAST

  • Spring Fruit Cup
  • Hot Dandelion / Spring Greens Salad
  • Lamb with thyme and homemade mint jelly.
  • ,Asparagus & Parslied Potatoes
  • Easter Egg Bread
  • Coconut Bunny Cake
  • Coconut Custard
  • Homemade Coconut Cream Eggs

.

But on occasion, the best laid plans get thwarted…

.

Easter Dinner…
Lamb with jar mint jelly, Asparagus, Scalloped Potatoes,

Easter Dinner

and Homemade Artisan Bread.

Artisian Bread

I did not even get to make my Beatrice Potter tablecloth, :/

20170405_223723

.

This post is a little behind schedule, but I needed to get it up.

Foraging wild edibles, always puts me in mind of our Old World Folks gleaning farms, fields and by-ways for their Spring Tonic / Winter Purge. -Future Post.

What are some of your Traditional Easter Holiday Foods, and why. – OmaEagle

.

Walking My Talk

HOW DO I WALK MY CONSERVATION TALK?

Maintained a mostly Pesco-veggie diet

pre 1978 and on
  • Shopped regional and seasonal.
  • Used wax paper lunch bags.
  • Used refillable drink bottles.
  • Made all meals from scratch. -no trash
  • Bought bulk in paper bags at crate and barrel stores.
  • Cleaned with vinegar; baking soda; and Bronner’s liquid soaps.
  • Refilled bottles at our old-fashioned ‘health food’ store with: Vinegars; Bronner’s Soaps and Liquid Mineral Bouillon; Bragg’s Liquid Amino Acids.
  • Used washable rags to clean.
  • Used washable linen napkins.
  • Made rag rugs for floors.
  • Used no air conditioning.
  • Owned no dryer or dishwasher.
  • Hung all clothes to dry, either outside or inside.
  • Recycled / reclaimed old wood furniture.
  • Have a garden.
  • Rode motorcycles, mopeds, bicycles and walked a lot.
  • Drove a manual 5 speed 1978 Toyota Celica GT, 24-34 mpg. (77-90, 13 yrs)
1979 on
  • Gutted & insulated all walls in our masonry home with an R16 value.
  • Insulated crawl space and attic.
  • Used thermal or wool window drapes, kept cold out and heat in.
  • Used passive solar energy -opened curtains to let heat in during day.
  • Recycled everything: Clothes -repaired, refashioned, recycled by using in sewing and craft projects, made cleaning rags, or donated; Furniture -revamped, or donated.
  • Maintain several large Oaks for Wildlife. *They provide Our family’s share of Oxygen, and they’re natural air filters.
  • Planted apple trees, grape vines, blueberries & raspberries. We do share with wildlife.  *More Oxygen.
  • Planted a lot of Wildlife cover and hedgerows. *More Oxygen.
  • Encourage Birds for Pest Control, by providing Food, Water, Shelter.
  • Use Ladybugs, Diatomaceous earth and Milky spore for pest control.
  • Used fluorescent ceiling light fixtures in the house: 2 bedrooms; 2 bathrooms; 2 halls; 1 kitchen; 1 laundry room; and 1 office.
  • Use Leftovers and Scraps:  Freeze bits and pieces for soups;  Feed to Animals- Dogs, Cats, Rabbits, Turtles, Birds (Parrots, Chickens and Wild);  Last, but not least, Compost.
  • Fought to keep our food CLEAN (Pesticides Out of the Food Stream)Mothers & Other, with Ralph Nader.
1980 on
  • Breast fed babies.
  • Used cloth diapers, sanitized in the sun.
  • Used low watt, timed motion sensor lights in all rooms.
  • Used some compact fluorescents and LED’s in lamps.
  • Used Recycled grey water for garden.
1982 on
  • Installed a new efficient oil burner.
1985 on
  • Recycled an old tub as an inground pond and water for wildlife.
  • Recycled an old bathroom sink as a inground drip fountain for birds.
  • Reclaimed outdoor cedar plank siding and reused as attic flooring.
  • Reclaimed outdoor cedar plank siding and reused for Bunny hutch.
  • Reclaimed outdoor cedar plank siding and reused for Chicken coop.
1986 to 1998
  • Drove a 1987 Manuel 5 speed Hyundai Excel 25-31 mpg (1986-1998, 12 yrs)
1990 on
  • Installed new dual pane windows.
  • Installed new Insulated siding on 2nd floor of house.
  • Use a water-saving tumble washer. On our second one.
1992 to 2005
  • Drove a 1993 Manual 5 speed Pontiac Grand Am GT 21-31 mpg.It got 34 mpg on long trips w cruise control & overdrive.(1992-2005, 13 yrs)
2002 on
  • Drive a 2003 Pontiac Aztec, 18 – 24 mpg. We get up to 25- 31 mpg with cruise control. (2016 – still driving 14 yrs)
2005
  • Installed a water saver dual flush toilet.
  • Installed a water flow control shower.
  • Recycled an old bathtub into a raised bed herb garden.
2010
  • Installed new reflective insulating roofing shingles.
  • Installed triple pane, glazed windows on north and northwest of house.
2013
  • Installed triple pane, glazed windows on the south and southeast.
2015
  • Installed a water saver dual flush toilet in 2nd bath.
  • Installed a water flow control shower in 2nd bath.
  • Recycled another old bathtub into a raised bed garden.

omaeagle

There have been so many projects, hopefully I will be able to cover them and more in upcoming posts.

I hope you join me on my journey, as I recount many things from my past, and explore the many other creative possibilities in my future. – OmaEagle

 

 

Aloe Harvest

Harvesting my aloe… halfway there.
Have some in refrigerator in baggies,
to use over the next 2 weeks.
Will be freezing some for later.
Will be preserving some with Vitamin C and E.
Will be making some mouthwash…
and I eat some… 

aloe-fileting
Filet the flat top, then trim the toothed edge.

aloe-trimed-out
Slide a large tablespoon down from base to tip to remove in one piece.
aloe-gel-slabs
Remove the gel in one piece.
aloe-gel-in-bowl
A large bowl of gel pieces.
aloe-gel-slabs-w-juice-bowl
A large bowl of gel pieces, the bowl in the back has the loose juice.
aloe-gel-in-jars
Temporary refrigerated holding jars.

 

I hope you join me on my journey, as I recount many things from my past,     and explore the many other creative possibilities in my future. – OmaEagle