Saturday, November 30, 2013

Baby update....

My friends at Nash Gas continued to ask around and get info about my stove.  Wednesday night, they got her going at 100%.  Turns out, there was a valve that needed to be opened.

Last Tuesday, I bid on an ebay auction and won--and today in the mail I received my prize.  It is the original installation manual and the cooking guide and care and operation booklet for my 1941 stove.  It would have been helpful to have had that at the time we installed the stove!

She did good.  She cooked for 41 people on Thanksgiving, and several more on Friday and today.  If today's appliances were made like this 1941 Roper, their would be a lot less repairmen out there....

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Pretzel Wreaths

☆✻ღ✻☆ Pretzel Wreaths ☆✻ღ✻☆...

3/4 cup white vanilla chips or 5 oz. vanilla-flavored candy coating
72 miniature pretzels twists
6 (24-inch) pieces red string licorice

1 Line 2 cookie sheets with waxed paper. In small saucepan, melt vanilla chips over low heat, stirring constantly.
2 Using 6 pretzels, form a circle on waxed paper-lined cookie sheet, placing side of pretzel with 1 hole on outside of ring. Remove 1 pretzel from circle; dip inner section (side with 2 holes) halfway into melted vanilla chips. Place dipped pretzel back into circle formation. Continue with remaining pretzels in circle.
3 To form top layer of wreath, dip 6 additional pretzels, one at a time, in coating. Place over first circle so that coated holes overlap 2 pretzels.
4 Repeat to make 5 additional wreaths. Refrigerate wreaths 15 minutes or until coating is firm.
5 Weave 1 piece of string licorice through coated holes in each pretzel. Tie bow with licorice ends.
MICROWAVE DIRECTIONS: Line 2 cookie sheets with waxed paper. Place vanilla chips in 2-cup microwave-safe measuring cup. Microwave on MEDIUM for 2 to 3 minutes or until melted, stirring once halfway through cooking. Stir until smooth. Continue as directed above.
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Wednesday, November 20, 2013

My New Baby

Not that kind......

But this kind.

A 1941 gas Roper, with 6 burners, 2 ovens and 2 broilers.  I still need to find a couple of parts (actually 2 of the same part) for the ovens and broilers to work correctly, but the top is working perfect.  Later, I am going to have the clock and light housing re-chromed.

I should be able to get 3 or 4 canners running on it at the same time next summer during canning season.  That will sure speed up the canning.  My stove that this replaced, was a glass top, and did not let me use a large canner.  It took 2 hours to heat the canner, then I could not do back to back batches or it could crack the glass as it would tend to over heat.

Now I am set.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

I stole this post

I'll admit it--I stole this post from Betsy over at her blog, located at  But, it was so good, I had to share.  To see the original post, go visit Betsy's blog by clicking on the link.  It contains a link from Laura Ingalls Wilder:

 “I believe it would be much better for everyone if children were given their start in education at home. No one understands a child as well as his mother, and children are so different that they need individual training and study. A teacher with a room full of pupils cannot do this. At home, too, they are in their mother’s care. She can keep them from learning immoral things from other children.” 
~Laura Ingalls Wilder

So true.  I wonder what she would think of today's schools and education system, and common core. Would she see it as an improvement or as a decline in the system?

Sunday, November 10, 2013


A friend had this posted on facebook.....I will be trying this one.

Bacon Wrapped Asparagus

Preheat oven to 400
Divide asparagus into bundes of 3-4 spears. Wrap each in a slice of bacon.

In a saucepan, melt a stick of butter, 1/2 c. brown sugar, 1Tbsp soy sauce, 1/2tsp garlic salt, and 1/4 tsp black pepper and bring to a boil.

Pour mix over bundles and bake until bacon looks done.

Thursday, November 7, 2013

How my morning went.....

Today was my ONE AND ONLY day this week I could sleep in-until 8 ish this morning......

0640 doorbell rings--A guy tells me our white horse is out--but its not our horse-I tell him to go to 240th, 2nd house on the left or third--its theirs I think, .....I go back to bed

0715....ding dong...."we have your shed to deliver from Sutherlands". Where do you want it......well, we didn't order one, but if someone else got it for us (would be nice, huh?) you can put it... by the chicken coup. Darn, delivery tag says it for Gerkes, so go back down the road, to the brick  house.....and I go back to bed...

0732......ding dong.....I have your propane, but I can't find your tank.....that's because you are on the wrong road (and blind, cuz my tank is right there). This is 228 and your ticket says 222......I go back to bed (again).

0759....ding dong.....Sutherlands is back--thinking yee haw--maybe Gerke did buy us that shed???--nope-guess they are stuck in our yard while turning around and wanted to let me know.  I go back to bed...again. 

0810....ding dong....ok, we are unstuck now, but left some ruts--here is my card and you can call with any damage reports........really mister??? This is a FARM. As long as the ruts are not in the hayfield and you didn't take out a fence, I really DONT care.  I go back to bed  (AGAIN)

0813...FEDEX just came and delivered a box.....,,,wrong house.....why am I not surprised?  I am supposed to get a package today, but he knows nothing about it.  I climb back in bed...AGAIN.

0815....I get comfy in bed...Yep, my alarm just went off. Husband doesn't understand why I got up before the alarm.....BECAUSE NO ONE ELSE IN THE HOUSE BOTHERED TO ANSWER THE DOOR!!!! I hit the snooze.

 0820..DING DONG...I refuse to get up and answer the door.  Husband doesn't understand why.  I hear a truck drive off.  He goes outside and checks--it is my expected package--so, I guess either 2 Fed Ex trucks were in our area, or the guy found it after all.  (Really don't know how he could miss it--its a huge red box)

0825 Snooze goes off--have to get up now for sure.  It is homeschool co-op day...

When I got back from co-op, I went and checked out the "ruts"....It is actually more like a mini grand canyon.  After it dries out, I will need to smooth it down with the tractor or bobcat, and reseed it.  But, Sutherlands says they will pay for the damages, which is good.

But, at least my package came!!  Its my new Hoover Steam Vac Carpet Shampooer that I got with my swagbucks!!