Posted by Brenda Gorseth | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on 10-05-2015
Many a blog has focused on the weather; we had been fortunate to get a good, soaking rain this past week but now it’s cold out there! May is always such a weird weather month-it can be in the 80s one day and 40s the next. I am glad the garden hasn’t been planted yet; we are expecting freezing temps this week and tender plants will suffer. Mine are all still patiently waiting, warmed by the grow light and greenhouse effect going on in my living room. Someday I hope to have a real greenhouse, but this will have to wait and for now, my makeshift greenhouses do the job.
Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms out there! There is more than one definition of being a mother, and it doesn’t necessarily involve giving birth. There are many a birth mother out there who have failed miserably at being a mom, just as there are women (and men) who haven’t gone through the birthing process yet have stepped up and given a child or animal a loving, safe environment.
This past week and upcoming week are all about the last indoor push before I am outside the majority of the day. Getting the office under control, typing minutes/paying bills for the various boards I’m on, and processing the last of the produce in the freezer are in the forefront. On Wednesday and Friday, onions were the star of the show. A friend gave me a large box of huge Vidalia onions and they were sweet and delicious, so rather than let them sprout, as onions love to do this time of year, I sliced them thick and made homemade onion rings to freeze. They go in a bowl of flour/baking powder/salt, followed by a buttermilk/egg wash, and finished off with a pureed bread crumb coat. Then off to the freezer for a day, and sealed in FoodSaver bags until we’re ready to deep fry or bake them. I forgot to take a picture of the onions before, but here’s a coating one followed by the final product:
We made 18 bags and the imperfect pieces were chopped ; we froze 14 four cup bags for future processing or meals. It feels good to get them off the list! Aronias and chokecherries are the last two in the freezer and hopefully something will get done with them this week.
We have four kittens now and the mama decided our front porch was the perfect place to have them. My ingenious husband built a dog house with a flat top so it can be filled with straw and used by the cats during the fall/winter/spring. Normally, we move it to the quonset in May, but since she had kittens on it and it will be cold next week, we will postpone that move until both are under control. We also had the dog get her yearly cut/shampoo and so she’s a little chilly right now-it’s a good thing the house hadn’t been moved yet. For those who are wondering why a flat roof when the rain would settle on it, it’s under our porch, tucked in a corner as a buffer against the wind. It’s actually a pretty good spot for them year round.
With that, enjoy your Sunday indoors; play a game, read a book, or work on a project that involves more than you-share the fun!