Monday, November 24, 2008
Here is our menu:
4 lb. turkey breast
Pumpkin and Cream Cheese Muffins
What are you having for Thanksgiving dinner? How about leftovers? You could help me change my mind....
For leftovers, I'm currently planning on either Turkey Pot Pie or Turkey Shepherd's Pie. And, of course, turkey sandwiches. For drop in company, I plan on making a Maple Pumpkin Pie that Alicia from over at Waiting for Vermont is going to send me. I decided on muffins for Bill and I because I can freeze the rest to have for breakfasts.
Edit: Alicia added her recipe in the comments section. Thank You!
Saturday, November 22, 2008
2. Surf Internet
3. Check email for home and work
4. We use Word and Excel, even at home.
5. We take lots of photo's. I haven't used the movie feature on my camera yet.
6. We are not gamers.
7. We occasionally play CD's.
8. We've never watched a movie on it, can't see why we would with plenty of other TV's in the house and cabin.
9. "I feel the need, the need for speed." Yes, give me something fast!
10. I have an i-pod.
Anyway, it takes our PC about 10 minutes to warm up. It got a virus just after we bought it and has never been the same since. Only about 1/2 of our hard drive is usable. We are going to go 'look' at Best Buy today. Should we wait until just before Christmas or after Christmas to buy?
We can't go during the Michigan/Ohio State game. (rolling eyes!)
With that, I'll leave you with a couple of pics of our feathered friends.
Tasty wild turkey's. This was close to Houghton Lake when I 'went into town' to get some groceries. It was a flock of approx. 30 turkey's. They went behind a house and I didn't feel like getting arrested to get a photo, so I continued on.
Friday, November 21, 2008
In the back yard. Where the sun rises as I walk around with a hot cup of coffee to start the day in the spring and summer. Now, there is barely a sound except for a few birds and squirrels.
But, the whole place is alive when the sun is out...even in the winter.
I am at work right now. Thank you to everyone who has asked if I am still employed. Yes, I am, but terribly short handed and excrutiatingly busy. Work is interfering with my social life...LOL The cloud still hangs over that more furloughs are coming. But, for now, I am safe.
I have been clipping coupons and studying hard at being a 'strategic shopper'. Check out CouponMom.com I've been learning a lot there.
Anyway, I'll be heading up north around 4:00pm today. Hopefully the roads will be better. In the mean time, here are some pic's of Cleopatra, Queen of the Cabin.
Thursday, November 20, 2008
Michigan Chicken Salad
4 cups cubed, cooked chicken breast
1 cup mayonnaise or Miracle Whip
1 teaspoon paprika
1 1/2 cups dried cherries or cranberries
1 cup chopped celery
1/2 cup chopped onion
1 cup chopped pecans or walnuts
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
In a medium bowl, combine mayonnaise/Miracle Whip with paprika, salt and poultry seasoning. Stir in dried cherries or cranberries, celery, onion, and nuts. Add cubed chicken, and mix well. Season with black pepper to taste. Chill at least 1 hour.
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
I am back from the hunting trip. Well it looks like McDonalds tonight because there are no deer in them woods.
Saturday Morning at 630am I was on the hill setting up my blind. I got settled in and waited for shooting hours to start. As the time came I heard lots of shots around me, which encouraged me. I did not see anything moving until about 830am. When a nice buck came into view on my right heading straight away from me. He was at a nice trot. I did not get a chance to see how many points he had. I used my grunt call and he stopped, he than took a couple of steps right behind a tree. I looked with the binoculars but could not see him. He went further down the hill to the left and the next thing I saw was his tail running away from me. Other than that I saw no more deer over the weekend.
In talking to another hunter as I got back to my truck Saturday evening, he saw no deer at all. After the morning hunt the deer realized the pressure was on and stopped moving. And so goes hunting.
Although I did not get a deer I still got two days of sitting on top of the hill looking over God's country. Not a bad way to spend a weekend, just wish it had been a little warmer and not so windy. I am not done hunting, there is Thanksgiving weekend and than in December there is muzzleloading and the late firearm season. With any luck we will have vension soon.
Above is a pic looking up the hill at the blind.
Above a close up of the blind.
Take care everyone.
Monday, November 17, 2008
Saturday, November 15, 2008
Hi everyone, The material I found for the cabin, here in Florida, was almost identical to the old ones, Denise liked the curtains that had been in the cabin and wanted the new ones to duplicate them. I had never made curtains before, so I ordered an additional 4 yards, in case of mistakes and matching patterns (material is a plaid pattern), I do not sew, so it was a new experience for me, but I layed the material on my Mom's (large) bedroom floor and did all my measuring, matching up lines in the material and cutting there. I made curtains for the bedrooms from some old office drapes my niece gave me, the drapes had 2 linings, just pinned them and cut off the tops and hemmed them to fit the bedroom windows, these are ok I guess. - Mom
The valance on our front door.
Here are the curtains that she made for both bedrooms. They are HEAVY! Thank goodness, because those are the original drafty windows. See that TV? My Grandparents bought that for my Uncle when he went to Viet Nam in 1964! It's color TV - ahhhhh, what luxury to have a 5" TV in the bedroom. We only get one channel in the bedroom.
Friday, November 14, 2008
Here are a couple of pics where Bill is going hunting on State land. It is a section of forest that had a major fire that burned nearly 1800 acres about 3 years ago. Everyone in the area calls this 'the burn'. Last I heard, you are not allowed to 'bait' for deer this year because they had found a case of Chronic Wasting Disease in a private heard earlier this year. Bill hasn't ever baited anyway. Too bad the deer spread Bovine Tuberculosis and other diseases by where they eat, or I'd have a stash-o-sugar beets to watch deer all year at the cabin.
How about a woodpecker? I bought some meal worms on my way up north, but they weren't the favorite at the feeder. Woodpecker mix is loved by all. Here is a Red-bellied Woodpecker peeking over some food at the 'suet tree'. The yellow cup holds small suet balls. The White-breasted Nuthatches think they are really getting a treat when they get those little suet balls. I need to catch up with all of you blogger's out there! Let me head off to bloggy land to see what you all have been up to since I was gone! If you are going hunting, be safe. :)
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Been getting ready to go for the last couple days. So I look forward to heading out to hunt with the other 750,000 hunters that will be hitting the woods over the next two weeks. With any luck I'll be bringing home some venision. With my luck the only thing I'll be bringing home is a cold.
Take care eveyone.
Monday, November 10, 2008
Friday, November 7, 2008
We had wanted to completely strip the logs and stain them, but our log replacement contractor said that he would never be able to get all of the red out. He said maybe 90%, which didn't seem good to us either.
I really wish that I had a close-up of this. These corners had been cut off (gulp) with a chain saw! Probably due to rot. The smaller section of the cabin is our utility room. The window toward the left is the window over my kitchen sink.
Corner detail at the side door of the utility room after log replacement. They used car jacks to hold up the cabin while they cut out the bottom logs. I really wished that I could have been there to see it, but I had to work. When I arrived around 1am, I walked around the cabin...in awe...with a flashlight....shouting with glee! LOL The log guy left us a couple of the original iron pins that held the logs on top of each other. He replaced those with bolts.
Thursday, November 6, 2008
'Vintage' style spigot. I LOVE this cute little copper spigot and want Bill to make me a couple more of them.
Fence planter. Indeed, there are petunia's still hanging on this late time of year. In fact, they reseed themselves every year in this little planter. I originally bought this at Michael's, but I'd like a few more and don't know where to find them. If you know, let me know :)
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
Sargentina Crab Apple, which is 10+ years old, it needs pruned because some of the branches are hanging close to the ground. But, we don't dare prune it until spring, or we may kill it because it will work at healing itself. Too much stress for the winter yet to come.
Hosta garden, this area holds some very pricey and hard to find hosta. They have taken a few hits with frost which should make it pretty easy to clean up. I'll clean it up as best as possible.
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
PS Don't forget to vote today! :) I'm off to do my duty and get some Olga's Kitchen for lunch
Saturday, November 1, 2008
It has been below freezing on a couple of nights, but we never touched that thermostat! Good thing that we have a warm down comforter...and a little space heater named Cleo.
Up north at the cabin, it's different. Bill lit the pilot light on our old propane furnace this weekend. We have to heat our utility room because our well head is located in there. It's no longer legal to have a well head inside of your home, but ours is the original well.
We also use a heatilator as our primary heat in the cabin. The heat from a heatilator is very dry. I have to run a humidifier constantly and that doesn't keep up with the humidity. Sometimes I heat water on the stove and let it steam.