Saturday, October 22, 2011

Challah Bread

My friend has a blog called Happy Food.  She posted the directions for making Challah bread and I decided that I had to try it while I was at my mom's house.  Of course the Kboys wanted to help.

I was a little nervous about the braiding part but we figured it out thanks to a youtube video.

The bread turned out to be so great.  We ate both loaves with plenty of real butter and yummy peach freezer jam.
I think I'm going make it again tomorrow. 

Just call me Starr.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Feeding the Horse and Bull

I took some cute pictures the other day when we went with my mom to feed one of the horses and my brothers bull.

K5 was pulling faces for me.  I think this one is a pirate face. I'm not sure about the next one.

 What a nice foster aunt.
It is so beautiful out there.

Just call me Starr.

Friday, October 14, 2011

Making Applesauce

My parents have apple trees in their backyard that were planted by my great grandfather.  Some years they don't bear any fruit because all of the blossoms freeze.  Other years there are tons of apples.  This year is one of the tons of apples years.  We went and helped pick them.

K4 wanted to take a picture of me so I gave him my phone.  He took tons of pictures and was telling me how to pose.  "Now hold an apple up.  Now reach for that big one over there.  Now hold up 2 apples.  Now climb down the ladder for a picture."  I didn't realize I was in for a modeling session.  Maybe he will be a photographer when he grows up.
We picked and picked and picked.  I should have taken a picture of all of the boxes and buckets overflowing.  A couple of days later we had a Girls' Day to make applesauce.  My mom has it down to a science.  She quartered the apples and put them on to boil.  Once she filled a pan she started on another one.  She was like a blur.  Oh, wait.  That was my bad camera skills.

 When they were done and drained, she passed them on to the Victorio Strainer.

Next we added sugar and a little bit of food coloring.

Lucky her!  She got to take a break and hold the baby.  OK, I took a few breaks too.

After the jars were filled, we wiped off the rim and put the rings and lids on and processed them.

We ate lunch outside on the patio across from the apple trees.  I could not believe how full of apples the trees were still.  Holy Cow!  I didn't count how many quarts we did but I brought home 3 dozen myself.  I wish I had time to go back and help do more.

I can't forget to post this great picture of 3 muscle heads strong guys.

Just call me Starr.

Monday, October 10, 2011

Mom's quilt finally finished!

A few years ago I started a quilt for my mom.  I have given it to her for Christmas (unfinished) twice.  This year I decided to get it done.  I made the quilt sandwich several months ago but I haven't  done any sewing since the foster kids came in May.  Now that the 4 oldest Kboys are in school, F1 (foster kid 1) is in Head Start Preschool, and F2 naps while she is gone, K5 and I decided to get to work on it. I got it all quilted and then finished up the binding today.  The last step was removing the basting pins.  Luckily I had lots of help.

I am so excited to have it done!

She is coming to visit tomorrow so I will give it to her then.  I hope she doesn't read my blog before then!

Just call me Starr.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Deck Progress

Mr. K promised me that he would finish the deck before the end of the summer.  He claims that he said before the snow flies.  Either way we have been working on it in our spare time.  I have been staining the boards.  The Kboys have been helping.  

Mr. K and K1 have been cutting and installing them.  One time K1 was in school so K5 volunteered to help.

Honey Rabbit loves to play out there.  He gathered all of the cut off ends and made a fort.  

He took Bunny and his pillow and put them in his room.

He even made a hat holder in his closet.
No snow yet...

Just call me Starr.