Archive for March 2nd, 2012

Count Down with Me


Counting down the final hours! Please hang in with me in these last hours on my Kickstarter project. My project is not officially funded until 11:37 a.m. tomorrow (Saturday, March 3). There was another pledge cancellation this week, which makes me very nervous. The project isn’t truly funded until it’s funded. Thank you so much for your support!

In other news, I’m very disappointed. I was waiting for the animal hospital to call me to let me know that Coco’s bandage change had been done for today before I left to get her. Instead, they called and told me that her wound is still healing very well and the swelling has gone down in her leg, too–but. With the swelling down, they are now seeing more laxity in her leg than they expected. They want to splint it, and they won’t let animals go home with a splint. She will have to have the splint for anywhere from two to four weeks. I could take her home today, but then they won’t splint her and they feel strongly she needs the splint for the best recovery and eventual function.

FYI–just want you to know they aren’t charging me anything extra for it. When they admit an animal into the hospital there, they give you the price and if the animal stays in the hospital for two times, or three times, or four times, or so on, longer than they originally estimated, they don’t charge any more, ever. At this point, she’s already been there just shy of the original estimate, so every day longer they keep her, they’re keeping her for free. (This must be why animal hospitals inside humane associations don’t make any money.) Anyway, just wanted to explain that. I believe this is truly what they believe is best for her. There’s no extra money in it for them to keep her another two to four weeks. (The time will depend on how her leg responds to the splint, how quickly she starts functioning better with her use of the leg.)

As much as I want to take her home, I want to do what is best for her, too. I’m just really disappointed because I was so excited about bringing her home today.

And crossing my fingers it doesn’t rain so much here this weekend that I can’t get the cows moved! We are having terrible weather.

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In My Fridge


Eggs!!!! The chickens are delivering–in the barn! Yay! I had to buy eggs for the past few months, which was unfamiliar and unwelcome. So, so glad to be back in the egg business! Also in my fridge–beer (Ross is here) and vegan margarine (Weston and Mariah will be here this weekend, too). Don’t even get me started on the soy milk on the shelf above…… (Soy milk is so expensive!)

I got a phone call at 2 a.m. this morning. It was Ross. He said, “Will you come downstairs and let me in?” I knew he was coming, but I thought he wouldn’t be here until this evening! He is one month away from finishing prototype, the final phase of nuclear power school. He doesn’t have his orders yet, but by next month, he will be assigned to a submarine and off on the real adventure. (June will mark two years since he left for boot camp, so it’s been a long and arduous road to here, but he made it!)

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Apples, Peaches, and Cherries, Oh My (BBB)


Still on my little series of BBBs that are not BBBs to showcase other great canning literature, I have another copy of Canning for a New Generation: Bold, Fresh Flavors for the Modern Pantry by Liana Krisoff. I have a copy of this book, and one of the things I love about it are all the ideas that go along with the canning recipes, like Afternoon Applesauce Spice Cake to go with the Applesauce recipe and the Apple Pectin Stock. Apple Pectin Stock can be added to a variety of recipes that don’t have enough pectin on their own to set but don’t really need a box of powdered pectin, and it really makes the most of your apples. There are so many wonderful recipes in this book. Peaches in Vanilla Syrup. Brandied Sweet Cherries in Red Wine. Oh my. Do you need this book? Know what I need? Spring, and summer, and fall. I’m so ready for fruit!

Note: You can let me know you want it, or you can still just put (BBB) in your comment–but remember it’s actually a copy of Canning for a New Generation that the winner will receive. If you miss the update with the winner, I’m also still listing these on the BBB Winners List page, so check for your name there.


Ball Blue BookIt’s a Ball Blue Book Project day! This BBB day is sponsored by Jayne at Barefoot Kitchen Witch. Please give her a visit!

For a chance to win: Leave a comment on this post and let me know you want it. You can just put (BBB) at the end of your comment or otherwise note that you want to be in the draw. One winner will be drawn by random comment number to receive a copy of Canning for a New Generation. Eligible entry cut-off is midnight Eastern (U.S.) time tonight (March 2). This post will be updated with the winner by 9 a.m. Eastern (U.S.) time tomorrow (March 3). Return to this post to claim your book if your name is drawn (or check the BBB Winners List).

Find out more about the Ball Blue Book Project and become a sponsor.

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UPDATE 03/03/12: The winning comment number, drawn by, is comment #6, Peggy in KY. Email me at with your full name and address for shipping!


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The Slanted Little House

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