June 2015 – A Month Of Photos From The Red Double Wide

Holy roasted marshmallows….It’s HOT outside!!

Our temps for the past few weeks have been right around 100 and we don’t see an end in sight.  Down south this might be very normal, but for us Washingtonians this is way out of the norm for June.  Harvest is coming about a month early and the fear of fires is VERY great.  I’m SOOOO glad we have central air and the house is nice and cool. :)

About half of my garden is loving this heat and the other half has been eaten by bugs or simply isn’t growing because of the heat.  But, I’m enjoying what is growing and loving the time off from school!

Here’s a few pics of my garden and some other things we’ve got going on around here.

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My tomatoes are doing GREAT!

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We got 16 ranger broilers (meat chickens) for the girls 4-H project.

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Lettuce

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Corn and sunflowers.

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Watermelon

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Bug eaten squash plant.

DSCN5279 (480x640)Most of the bug damage is from earwigs.  I made earwig traps and some natural bug spray, and I think I’ve slowed them down a bit but they are still destroying lots of baby plants.  :(

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First baby tomato!

DSCN5249 (480x640)We’ve been eating lots of raspberries. :)

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The chicks grew a bunch during June.

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This is what happens when 3 ladies are stuck in the house cause its to hot out and school is out for the summer. ;)

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DSCN5259 (640x480)Happy Fourth Of July!!  Try to stay cool everyone.

April and May 2015 – A Couple Months Of Photos From The Red Double Wide

Happy June everyone!  The weather is so summer like here (96 today)  but, we are still a week and a half away from finishing up the school year.  I’m to the point that I’m counting down the hours instead of the days….bring on summer vacation!  The weather has been so warm that we have been able to get tons of stuff done outside this spring.  My garden is planted and everything is up!!  I think that’s a record for us, I’m usually still trying to get things in the ground towards the end of June.

Here is a few pics of what’s been going on around here the last couple of months.april tillingDigger tilled the garden at the beginning of April.

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Best buddies keeping an eye on everything.

Maple Tree

Maple tree in the spring.

lambs

My sisters ewes lambed in early April.  These cuties will be her 4-H lambs.  I love me some baby lambs…..I just don’t want them at my house. :)

tulip

Oh how I LOVE spring time!

gocarts

I love this guy too….even more than spring time. ;)

mulch for the gardenI decided to try the deep mulch method this year in my garden.  Digger dumped a bunch of straw bails in the garden for me.

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The girls helped me spread the straw.

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Jo’s favorite part of spring is barn kittens.

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Some friends gave us an abundance of onions.  Homemade beer battered onion rings are AMAZING!

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Baby corn!

More pics of my growing garden and maybe the recipe for the onion rings will be coming soon! ;)

Have a great June and may our great God bless you abundantly!

 

 

March 2015 – A Month Of Photos From The Red Double Wide

What a month!!  It has been so beautiful, and the unusually mild weather has brought with it early signs of spring.  Some of which are beautiful and cute and some….. well, lets just say I could live without ticks and snakes being out already.

I don’t ever remember being able to do so much “spring cleaning” outside of the house in February and March.  It has felt great to enjoy the sunshine and get my hands dirty already. :)

Hope you enjoy some pics from March.

Photo By: Mary

Photo By: Mary

 

Photo By: Mary

Photo By: Mary

 

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The orchards down on the river are all in bloom!!

The orchards down on the river are all in bloom!!

 

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Mary made these cute little coconut macaroon nests with chocolate covered almonds for the eggs.

Mary made these cute little coconut macaroon nests with chocolate covered almonds for the eggs.

 

We finally got last years pigs in the freezer!  Oh how I love a freezer full of pork and that my parents raised!!

We finally got last years pigs in the freezer! Oh how I love a freezer full of pork that my parents raised!!

 

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First time mowing the lawn this spring! This is one job I don’t have to ask her twice to do. :)

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I got my raspberries trimmed back and thinned out now they are growing like crazy.

I got my raspberries trimmed back and thinned out, now they are growing like crazy

 

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Hope you all have a productive and fun April.  Happy Easter!

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February 2015 – A Month of Photos From the Red Double Wide

I know the weather was crazy in some places during February but here we mostly enjoyed breezy sunshine and temps in the 50′s during the day.  It got me dreaming about gardens and baby animals.  Hope you are getting to enjoy some sunshine too wherever you are, even if there is snow on the ground!

Here are some photos of our February.

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The ladies started laying a few eggs again.

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This is his “I really want to chase that chicken” look.

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This is the view I enjoy when I go for a walk.

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The dogs obviously found something way more interesting to do than walk with me.

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Oh look, the red double wide…..fancy that!

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This is my favorite chicken, so sweet!

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The official pooper scoopers!  As you can see one is scooping poop and the other is pretending that she was not just singing into the end of a long stick. HAHA gottcha!

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Jo and Digger repurposed this old cabinet into a “cat house”.  Now the dogs can’t eat the cat food.  It’s kinda funny to watch them try though!!

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In the classroom, we celebrated Valentines Day and studied Polar Bears.

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I wish I had his worries!!

Have a wonderful March everyone!!

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Tater Cakes

tater cakes

This all started on a Monday night when I was cooking a chicken for dinner.  The perfect side for a home grown, roasted chicken is mashed potatoes….or “mashies” as my girls like to call them.  I started out with a 5 pound bag of potatoes and started peeling and chopping.  While I was busy with that, the girls were struggling with some math home work and Digger was in the shop with Uncle Tom and a couple others.  As I was peeling and chopping and explaining how to figure out how many hours it would take a train to go 2,435 miles at 40 miles an hour…..Jade drove in the driveway.  At that moment I realized there are five men outside and it’s almost dinner time…… What if Digger brings ALL of them in to eat with us??  I decided 5 pounds of potatoes wasn’t going to cut it, so I grabbed another 5 pound bag. (intending to use 5 or 6 more taters)  Somewhere between the next three story problems, the puppy peeing on the floor, and instructing Little Chef to make a salad….my brain left and my hands kept peeling and chopping.  Before I knew it I had 10 pounds of potatoes in the pot nicely peeled and ready to boil.  So, I boiled them…then mashed and mashed and mashed…..that was a LOT of mashies!  Shortly after that, all the extra people that where hanging out in the shop went home.  Yep, ten pounds of mashed potatoes and five people.  That’s how I discovered the wonderful world of Tater Cakes.  It’s the perfect way to use up 7 pounds of mashed potatoes!  It still took us three days to finish them off, but no one complained a bit. :)

These are so fun to make and so versatile.  There are many extras you can add in and on them and they are great for breakfast, lunch, dinner, a snack, brunch, second breakfast, supper, second lunch, second dinner…..(yes, Hobbits and I have lots in common)  My point is, tater cakes taste great anytime of the day, or night.

Umm,… just so you know, I don’t have hairy toes.  In case you were picturing me eating 10 times a day with hairy toes.  Just stop picturing the hairy toe part.  Okay, now that I have clarified that, we can move on to the recipe.

Start with your left over mashies and add flour, eggs, salt, pepper, and finely chopped onion.

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This is where you can add in any “extras”  like cheese, bacon, peppers, whatever sounds good.

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The consistency will totally depend on the mashed potatoes you added.  If it is to sticky add more flour and if it’s to dry add another egg.

Take about half a cup of your mixture and form it into a patty and fry it in a bit of olive oil or butter until golden brown.  I make one and give it a taste to see if it needs more salt or pepper.  My homemade seasoning salt works great on these.

These could be served with ketchup or gravy or ranch dip or sour cream or just plain!

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Oh yummmmm, I’m going to accidently on purpose make way to many mashies from now on. :)

5.0 from 4 reviews
Tater Cakes
 
Author:
Ingredients
  • 4 cups of leftover mashed potatoes
  • 1 cup all purpose flour (maybe more)
  • 2 to 3 eggs
  • ½ cup finely chopped onions (green onions work too)
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 to 2 cups of "extras" like cheese, bacon, peppers, etc. (optional)
  • olive oil or butter
  • toppings like: ranch dressing, gravy, ketchup, sour cream, salsa, etc. (optional)
Instructions
  1. In a big bowl mix together the mashed potatoes, flour, 2 eggs, onions, a little salt and pepper and any extras you want to add in. Heat a skillet with a little olive oil on medium heat. Take about ½ a cup of your mixture and make a patty. It should be easy to form and not to sticky. If it's to dry add another egg and if it's to sticky add a little more flour. Fry your "patty" in the hot oil until golden brown on both sides. I always make one and then taste it to see how much more salt and pepper to add. Add the toppings that suit you and enjoy!

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Chocolate Peanut Butter No Bake Cookies

Chocolate Peanut Butter No Bake Cookies

The other day Mary asked me what my favorite cookie is.  Without much thought at all, I answered “Chocolate No Bake Cookies”.  Then I wondered why the heck I don’t make these more often.  Then I remembered how I can’t stop eating them and it’s probably good I don’t make them very often.  Then I got the ingredients out and whipped up a batch. :)

Start by heating up butter, milk, cocoa powder, and sugar in a saucepan on medium heat. (stirring constantly)  Bring it to a boil and keep stirring for 3 minutes.  Remove from the heat, add vanilla & peanut butter and stir until all the peanut butter has melted and is completely incorporated.  Then pour into a big bowl with the oatmeal.

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Stir together.

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Then plop a spoon full at a time onto wax paper and let them cool.  It will take 20 to 30 minutes.

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These are sooo stinken easy to make!!  It’s the perfect cookie to make with your kids.  That’s probably why most people have fond childhood memories of these delicious, easy cookies.  :)

5.0 from 1 reviews
Chocolate Peanut Butter No Bake Cookies
 
Author:
Ingredients
  • ½ cup butter
  • ½ cup milk
  • ¼ cup cocoa powder
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • ½ cup peanut butter
  • 3 cups of oatmeal
Instructions
  1. Heat the butter, milk, cocoa powder and sugar in a sauce pan on medium heat. Bring to a boil while stirring constantly. Let it boil for 3 minutes while continuing to stir. Remove from the heat and add vanilla and peanut butter stir until peanut butter is melted and incorporated. Then pour into a big bowl with the oatmeal and stir. Drop a spoon full at a time onto waxed paper. Let cool for 20 to 30 minutes.

 

Tip: Doing a little prep work before you start making these cookies is a good idea.  I lay out my waxed paper and measure out the peanut butter and oatmeal ahead of time.  Once you take your chocolate mixture off the heat you want to hurry and finish before your mixture gets to cool.  If it cools to much you will end up with chocolate granola instead of cookies.  Chocolate granola is tasty but a little frustrating when you were looking forward to cookies. :)

Easy no bake cookies

 

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My Favorite Dinner Rolls

I LOVE homemade dinner rolls.  I usually only make them around the holidays, but this Christmas I made them and have been on a roll ever since.  Haha…anyway…I’ve made these rolls several times recently and they are sooooo good.  Soft, light, and buttery.

Homemade Dinner Rolls

This recipe will make 24 rolls, so if you can’t eat that many in a couple days they also freeze well too.

Step 1: Dissolve 1 tablespoon of yeast in 1 cup of warm tap water (105 to 110 degrees) with 2 tablespoons of sugar. Let it sit for about 10 min.  It should get bubbly, that means your yeast is working.

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Step 2: In a microwave safe bowl put 1/4 cup of butter (cut into small pieces) 1/4 cup of sugar and 3/4 cup of milk and microwave for 1 to 2 minutes.  The butter should be mostly melted.

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Step 3: Place the melted butter, sugar and milk mixture in a mixing blow.  Add salt, 1 cup of whole wheat flour, the egg and stir well.

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Step 4: Add the yeast to the mixing bowl and stir well.  Keep stirring and add a couple more cups of flour.  This is were I change the paddle to the dough hook on my mixer.  Keep mixing while you add the last two cups of flour.  Let the dough hook knead the dough until it comes together and pulls away from the sides of the bowl.

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Step 5: Scrape the dough off the dough hook and plop the dough out on a floured surface.  Knead it just a few times to bring it all together and form a nice ball.  Place the dough back in the mixing bowl.  Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and leave it in a warm place to rise.  I put mine in a warm bowl of water to speed up the rising.  It took about a half hour.  If I don’t put it in the water it takes about an hour.

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Step 6: Punch the dough down and put it on a well floured surface, knead it a few times to push out all the air bubbles. Then divide the dough in half.  Take the first half and roll it out into a circle.

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Spread butter (about 2 tablespoons) over your dough circle then use a pizza cutter to cut the dough into four equal pieces, then cut those pieces into 3 slices each.  You will then have 12 triangles.

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Take each triangle and roll them up starting with the wide end.  Place them on a greased jelly roll pan.  Repeat the process with the other half of the dough.  You will end up with 24 crescent shaped rolls.

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Step 7: Cover the pan of rolls with plastic wrap and set in a warm place to rise (about 1 hour).

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Step 8: Bake in a 350 degree oven for 10 to 15 minutes.  When they are golden brown take them out of the oven and run a stick of butter over the top……yummm.

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5.0 from 1 reviews
My Favorite Dinner Rolls
 
Author:
Ingredients
  • 1 tablespoon of yeast (one packet will work too)
  • 1 cup of warm water (105 to 110 degrees)
  • ¼ cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar
  • ½ cup of butter divided in half (plus some for brushing on your finished warm rolls)
  • ¾ cup of milk
  • 1 egg
  • ½ tablespoon salt
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 4 to 4½ cups all purpose flour
Instructions
  1. Step 1: Dissolve 1 tablespoon of yeast in 1 cup of warm tap water (105 to 110 degrees) with 2 tablespoons of sugar. Let it sit for about 10 minutes.
  2. Step 2: In a microwave safe bowl put ¼ cup of butter (cut into small pieces) ¼ cup of sugar and ¾ cups of milk. Microwave for 1 to 2 minutes until the butter is mostly melted.
  3. Step 3: Place the melted butter, sugar and milk mixture into a mixing bowl and add the salt, egg and cup of whole wheat flour. Stir well.
  4. Step 4: Add the yeast mixture to the mixing bowl and stir well. (change to a dough hook on the mixer) Now add the flour stirring will between each cup until the dough pulls away from the edges of the mixer and sticks to the dough hook. This will happen somewhere around 4 cups of flour.
  5. Step 5: Scrape the dough off the dough hook and plop it onto a well floured surface. Knead it just a couple times to make a nice, smooth ball. Place it back into the mixing bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Place it in a warm place to let it rise.
  6. Step 6: After your ball of dough has doubled in size, (30 to 60 min) punch it down and place it on a well floured surface. Knead a few time to push out all the air bubbles. Divide the dough in half and roll 1 half out into a circle. Spread about 2 tablespoons of butter over your circle. Using a pizza cutter cut your circle into 4 equal pieces then cut each piece into three triangles. You will have 12 triangles. Roll each triangle up starting at the wide end and place them on a greased jelly roll pan. Repeat with the other half of your dough. You will end up with 24 rolls.
  7. Step 7: Cover your pan of rolls with plastic wrap and set in a warm place to rise. (about 1 hour)
  8. Step 8: When they have about doubled in size bake them in a 350 degree oven for 10 to 15 minutes. When they are golden brown, take them out of the oven and run a stick of butter over the top.

Note: You don’t have to use a mixer they can be mixed up by hand.  I use the mixer to save time, and lets face it, I’m not that buff.

This recipe was adapted from: How Does She.com

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January 2015 – A Month Of Photos From The Red Double Wide

January has come to an end and I’m hoping the fog has too. :)  We only had a couple days that the sun came out and we enjoyed them VERY much.  Here’s a few photos I took during January.

Fluffy Cat

This is Peach, Jo declares that she is “the fluffiest cat in the world”.

Mt. Adams

Mt. Adams on one of the sunny days.

Cinnamon Rolls

Mary made these yummy rolls!!

elk shed

Jo found this elk shed out behind the house!  I’ve only seen elk around here once so we thought this was pretty cool.

Snowman

We had a snowman theme in my classroom throughout January. :)

zombie response

If any of you have any zombie issues….I know who to call!

Hope your February is off to a WONDERFUL start. :)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Free Printable Build A Snowman Craft

Happy winter!

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I’ve been working on a snowman activity packet for my preschool and kindergarten students.  This is one of the crafts from the packet!  Hope you and your little ones each enjoy making a unique snowman. :)

Click on the link below to open the pdf file and print your snowman template.

Free Build A Snowman Craft

I will add a link to my snowman activity packet as soon as I get it finished.  :)

Okay, I finished my snowman activities packet.  There are four fun activities in this packet that include: counting, number and letter recognition, and number word recognition.  My pre-k, kindergarten, and even 1st grade students have been loving these. Here is the link to my TPT store.

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December 2014 – A Month Of Photos From The Red Doublewide

December started with a thick layer of ice.

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Marshmallow

 

pine tree ice

 

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The girls sang and were “wise men” in the school program.

My girls

Of course we spent LOTS of time cooking and baking this month, and even more time eating!

Christmas goodies

My hubby totally nailed my Christmas gift this year.  Usually we agree not to get anything for each other.  He’s not the best shopper, and even worse at keeping a secret.  But this year with the help of a friend (Thanks Mike!)  he got EXACTLY what I’ve been wanting for a LONG time.  Right down to the correct size and color!!

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Isn’t it beautiful!  I’ve been using it everyday. :)

Now that Christmas is behind us I have been concentrating on school projects for January.  This year I’ve decided on a snowman theme for winter.

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Hope you all had a very blessed Christmas and everyone at the red doublewide wishes all of you a productive new year full of love, peace, and lots of bacon!

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