Friday, November 20, 2009

Do you eat these??

Gotta love it!!!! :)

I'll try to feature these once a week..some of them are truly hilarious, others I'll have to be careful with...I do TRY to keep Sagewood clean..(sort of)
ENJOY!

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See ya next time......down on the farm!

Sage

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Cat's in the Cradle....maybe not



They aren't in the cradle, but Oreo is surely in the bird bath..you reckon she's waiting on something??


Of course, Sam is just hanging out next to all the plants, trying to hide. Wonder what he's waiting for?

We've been pretty busy down here on our little farm, preparing for the next years garden season. Hubby has been diligently working on the new garden space (we're expanding) and I've been working on Christmas gifts and doing a lot of 'heat padding' (ear infections are not nice!)

I'll be leaving the southern states this weekend for a much colder climate..I'm heading to upstate New York! Granddaughter Ciannon is having her FIRST birthday! I'm looking very forward to the trip and spending some time with the Son, Daughter in law and Ciannon of course. We'll be spending the Thanksgiving holiday with them. (Ciannons birthday just happens to fall on Thanksgiving this year) I hope it snows!!
In the meantime, I'll be worried silly over granddaughter number 2 who is 'on the way' and due very soon. (back here in the southern states!)
I'm not sure I'll be able to get another post in before I head out, so here's wishing everyone a BOUNTIFUL Thanksgiving....in all ways, family and food!

ENJOY!
See ya next time......down on the farm!

Sage

ONE THING MONDAYS!!

Yeah..I'm late..I know. Yesterday was well..sort of off for me. Don't ask me why, I have no clue. Matter of fact, the last week of my life has been off. Ear infections..cancelled doctors appointments..quilt guild meetings..you name it, it's just been an off week.

SO here we are again..let's pretend it's Monday. ONE THING MONDAY!

What shall we do today?

Since Christmas is just around the corner let's deal with that. Our ONE thing for today will be to get a present, no matter how you get it, I prefer making one, so make, buy, borrow, beg or steal one present. Box it, wrap it, put a tag on it and sit it aside. Get one present ready to give..period.

:)
How's that for something different!

ENJOY!!

Sage

Monday, November 9, 2009

It's Monday again..

And I never did get that picture posted did I?? Well, I will certainly try to get it done today!
But here it is ONE THING MONDAY again..so

Here's my one thing today:
Put away all "Halloween specific decorations and leave out all fall specific decorations.

(I'm late with doing this...can you tell?)

Won't you join me for 'One Thing Mondays'?

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

GREENS!

LOOK AT THESE!!

WHOOOHOOOO!! I'll be 'puttin' up some greens today!

We picked up collards, mustard and turnips from a local farmer. He'd just picked them from his garden. They are SOOO pretty! YUM!
Guess what we'll be having for dinner??



See ya next time......down on the farm!

Sage

Monday, November 2, 2009

It's Just one thing Monday!!

Do you know what Mondays are around here??

I call them "Just one thing" days.
So here is our Just one thing Monday!

I've decided that my 'just one thing Monday' will be...............

ready...................
drum roll please..............................

Under the kitchen sink.
Yep..today my just one thing is cleaning out, clearing up and organizing under the kitchen sink.

Would you join me for 'Just one thing Monday"?

Tomorrow..we'll post pictures of before and after!!

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Today..it's chicken and dumplins



Yep, we're making chicken and dumplings for dinner today. It's the first day of Nov, it's cool and it's gonna get dark early...I need no other reason for chicken and dumplings! :)


So..remember that chicken we made and all those pan juices we had left over? That will be the beginning of our soup.


Measure out about 3 to 4 C of water into a big pot.
Add your leftover chicken, 2 tsp (more or less) chicken bullion (I use a powder) and the leftover pan juices, turn the heat on medium and let it simmer cook for about an hour.
Why do I do this if the chicken is already cooked?
To leach all the goodness from the bones and meat that I can for my soup base ..oh yes..ONE HOUR. :)
While that's going on. saute up some celery..this is two stalks. Nope..no onions. :) Didn't need it..trust me!
Time for some dumplings'
Now some call these dumplings, some call them slippery noodles but you know what *I* called these..PILLOWS! Yep, I didn't leave them long like a noodle and didn't do a round lump like a biscuit.. since I cut them into little bite size squares, they are pillows! So here's what I did.

Measure out 1 1/2 Cups self rising flour.
Add about 2 tablespoons of solid shortening (crisco, lard or even butter)
Mix it in with your fingers till it's crumbly and add milk. I didn't measure the milk, but it was about 1/2 C. Mix with a spoon and give it a good stir till it all mixes together and gets sticky. It'll look like this:

Then I put a small pile of flour on the counter, poured the dough mix onto it, sprinkled a little more flour on top and began kneading the flour in until the dough was not sticky. DO this as LITTLE as possible. The more you do it, the tougher the dumpling will be and who wants tough dumplings?
HINT: If you want drop dumplings, this is where you stop. No kneading, no rolling, just the sticky dough. You'll use a very small spoon and put spoonfulls of the dough into the boiling broth.
Let your dough rest for a few mins. While it's resting, strain out all the bones, and chicken and let it cool for a min. Add 1 to 2 more cups of water to replace what was lost. Add your celery, salt and pepper and taste your broth. I added a PINCH and I do mean a pinch of sage at this point. Taste it!! Add more of what you may think it needs.
Chicken soup with our without dumplings should have a 'light' taste. Not heavy and over spiced.
Clean the bones of all chicken and put the chicken chunks and pieces back into the broth.
Start bringing this up to a boil.
Let's get back to the dumplings
I rolled out the dough (very little) to about 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick. How thick you roll it depends on what type of dumplin you want. Something like a thick noodle..do it like above. If you want it thicker..don't roll as much. It's pretty easy!

I used this handy little tool right here and cut the dough into squares. Remember, this dough will almost double in size and I wanted these 'bite' size, so I cut them about 2x2. (I said ABOUT..some came out smaller, some bigger..(shrug..it's all good!)
Start dropping the pillows into the boiling broth. (or spoonfulls of the sticky dough if you chose not to make pillows)


One or two at a time till they are all in. Stir. Cover and cook for 5 mins. When you uncover it, this is what you will have!
How cool is that??

ENJOY!!!

The time has come...

To go back in time!!
Fall..the only time you get to 'redo' an hour. Yep, it was fall back time, so here's your reminder, if you haven't set your clocks back now is the time to do it!

The sun will set faster today and the darkness will creep away earlier in the mornings and each of us will 'settle' into the winter of our lives. Personally, I'm a fall fan. I love the time change, the cooler weather, falling leaves and home fires burning.
Ahh, the cinnamon scents of fall, the spicy flavors of time as well as life. Before you know it we'll be celebrating the beginning of 2010. Scary almost isn't it?
Now, let me ask you, when you were a teenager did you ever imagine what life would be like in 2010?? WOW..is it different then what you imagined? Better? Worse??
(shrug) Life is funny isn't it?

There's one thing I do know, that no matter the year, people reminisce the days of their youth when the fall comes. Why is that I wonder? What is it about falling leaves, cooler temperatures and seasonal changes that make us remember the 'way back when' of our lives? Almost always we call them 'the good old days' too. Were they?
The bigger question may be are you making good memories for your families, children and grandchildren to reminisce on? (wink) Think about it.

Time to share..tell me about your favorite 'fall memories'.

Gotta love it!



See ya next time......down on the farm!

Sage