Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Homemade tortillas

I am getting better at making homemade tortillas. They are getting to be more round and look a little more like they are suppose to. They have always tasted good, just looked like some weird abstract thing. My friend Rosemary told me about the tortilla flour she uses. Its at Wal-Mart in the Mexican food section. It already has everything but water in it. Its in a green bag and its called flour tortilla mix by great value. Its a bit more than regular flour but its way less than buying tortillas. You can make as many or as few as you want. They taste so much better than store bought and are so much cheaper I am going to try not to buy them anymore.
Every time I learn to make something else from scratch it makes me happy. I know what is in it and I know there are no preservatives. I am a simple woman and strange things make me happy. Oh well.

Monday, December 29, 2008

Getting the house ready to sell

We have been working like crazy getting the house ready to go on the market. It is a bad time to try to sell but if the Lord is willing it will. Our friends are praying for us I think. Maybe they are praying it wont sell. LOL. We live in a beautiful home that many would like to have, problem is that most don't have the finances for it. Please pray that God will direct a buyer to us and we can join Jeff in Tulsa. I will post pictures of the interior asap.

Friday, December 26, 2008

Kaleena and Justin

My girls

All of my daughters were together this Christmas so of course we had to get a picture.

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

This sometimes happens

Happy Birthday Jeff

Today is Jeff's birthday. Happy birthday dear. I love you.

Monday, December 22, 2008

Canning last of the pork chili

I am canning the last of the pork chili right now. It has about 45 min left and then that is done. I will can the beef in about a week and a half. It was nice having Jeff home because he cut up the last four pork roasts for me and we had an assembly line going. Worked great. Total pork chili canned will be 38 quarts.


Our blow dryer is about to give it up. Walgreens just happened to have a one day only sale on this great hair dryer. Reg. price 19.99 on sale for 10.00 and get a $10.00 RR. Free hair dryer. Whoo Hoo. Free is my favorite price.

Making gingerbread houses at grandma's

My pretty grandkids

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Fun time at chruch

Tonight we had our Christmas supper. Our pastors invited the other churches and a few came, it was nice. There was so much good food as always.

My granddaughters are here and my girls and the grands all wanted friends to spend the night. Joy stayed at the preachers. The preachers girls are here as are two other friends so that makes, let me see, 8 girls here plus Jeff and I. Joy wanted sleep so she begged to stay with the preacher. LOL. Tomorrow we are making the gingerbread houses like Joella made with the kids. With all these kids it should be fun.

Friday, December 19, 2008

Fun with Joella

Some of the kids with their gingerbread houses.

Christina, the preachers wife.

Rosemary a good friend.

Sammy, the preachers little boy. We watch him while daddy works. We love this guy like crazy. It will be hard to leave him. Maybe I will just take him with us. Mom and dad wont mind. LOL

Joella, a woman with so many great ideas and talents. She loves kids and fun.

Me and Sammy boy.

My friend Joella Karber had her Sunday school class and a bunch of other kids to the church to make candy and gingerbread houses. The kids had a blast.

The aroma here is fabulous

I am canning the sweet pork right now. Four pork roasts made 14 quarts of pieces with sauce. I filled each jar about 2/3 full of pork pieces and filled the rest of the way with sauce. I left one inch head space. Pressure canned for 90 min at 15 lbs. pressure. It sure smells good and those from the canner that is done look good.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Chicken Spaghetti- my way

Cook as much spaghetti as your family will eat, first breaking it into 2-3 in. pieces. In another pan make a thick white sauce with 3 T. butter 3 T. flour and about 1 1/2 c. milk. when that is done add some dried celery or drained mushrooms, what ever you have on hand, a sprinkle of celery seed and a can of diced green chilies. I used celery today, if you have fresh you can use that too. Salt and pepper. Then add cooked chicken or canned chicken diced. Stir well. When the noodles are done drain and mix the sauce with the spaghetti and put in a casserole dish. Place in the oven at 350 degrees for about 15- 20 min. Sprinkle cheese on top and let melt. Serve with a vegetable and bread and butter. Yummy. This picture is before adding the cheese.

Birth of a King

This Christmas I am happy to celebrate the birth of my King. He is not just (a) king, He is the King. I am proud to be his daughter. I pray for all of my brothers and sisters who are suffering for His name and will not reject Him even upon penalty of death. Pray for our sisters and brothers around the world who are suffering for our precious Lord.

Winter canning

I picked up some pork roast yesterday to can. It was on sale for 99 cents a pound. That's about as good as I can get it. Today I am picking up some chuck for 1.40 a pound. IT needs to age for two weeks in the fridge. While it is aging I will can the pork. I will be making sweet pork for tacos, that's about the only way I like pork roast. After I get the beef canned that will give us chicken, pork and beef canned. I am looking froward to some easy, stress free winter fare.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008


Barbara at Barbara mom of 12 has pictures of ladies in aprons today. I was thinking it would be nice to have my friends pictures in their aprons. So send me your pictures in your aprons and I will put them on my site. My email is bootstrapdko at yahoo dot com.

Homemade cough syrup-easy

A very effective and easy way to make homemade cough syrup is as follows. Cut up one onion and place into a bowl. Pour honey to cover. Let set at least 12 hours. Strain into a container with a lid. Use a teaspoon or two when needed. Children will take this just fine. Just don't tell them there is onion in it. I just say here is some honey cough syrup and it works great.

Saturday, December 13, 2008