Thursday, November 20, 2014

Rainy Day

Here are a few pictures from this morning.  A. went outside in the rain, with Daddy, while I went to a doctor's appointment with E.  We are enjoying some much needed rain here this week!

I love this one!

Sunday, November 16, 2014

A Day at the Beach

We spent a pleasant afternoon in October (before baby) getting apples at a local orchard, picking up bread from our favorite west county bakery (Wildflour), and finishing with a walk along the beach.
Having a snack in the car, before getting sandy!

Our little guy's first time out to the beach since he's been walking.

Exploring in the sand with Daddy.

A little wind-blown :-)

Checking out the waves.

Lots of fun!


Saturday, November 15, 2014

From Three to Four!

Our newest addition, with Daddy, just hours old.

Meeting little brother for the first time.

Little E. with Mommy.

Our Fall

 Our big boy has had lots of fun with a little wooden helicopter from great grandparents that visited in September.

Watering cans are always good for some fun!  This was a lovely Saturday afternoon in mid September.

The unhappy occasion of a family funeral at least had the plus of bringing all the little cousins on Crandon's side together.  These little boys were all dressed up, but some running around and sitting on parking lots had them looking slightly disheveled!

"Is this how this saddle works???"  So pleased with himself to have mounted alone, never mind the direction!

I love these little Carhart overalls!

I spent a week or so, in October, washing fabric, after selvaging twenty-some pieces from Grandma N's burned house.

Now I'm anxious to do some sewing, but I don't think I'm going to have much time for it, for a little while at least!

In early October we took a cross-country flight to meet a requirement for Crandon.  We made a stop over in the foothills and then down to Bakersfield for dinner.

Prepping for our flight home.

Our dishwasher quit so A. is "helping" Crandon install a new one.  Our new dishwasher is very quiet and cleans the dishes really well, but it takes a while--I guess that's how the newer energy/water efficient ones work.

All dressed up for a friend's wedding, but all that dirt was just too hard to resist!  Several of the little boys went home very dirty!

Celebrating Daddy's birthday with a special waffle breakfast--Yum!

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Summer Masquerade

We attended the 10th Annual Summer Masquerade this year, hosted by a dear friend.  It was fun to finally get to go as a family!  I enjoyed putting together theme costumes for the three of us, using masks we picked out in San Francisco, and a collection of clothing and fabric--some from my stash, a few from local thrift stores, and a couple pieces of material from the bargain rack at Wal-mart.

Getting ready in the car, before our "grand entrance".

Our little Owlet.  Not the best picture with the sun behind, but I thought it was a good one of our little guy and his costume.

Whooo, me?

Our theme food: stuffed mushrooms from the woodland family.

Forest Glen, the Woodsman from the dark forest, and Owlet.

Sisters! Maid Marian, Forest Glen, and Princess Amethyst.

With my little guy, who is hoping for a bite of apple pie!

With the lovely hostess of the Masque--as 'Rose'.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Beef...'s definitely what's for dinner!

Our dairy cow project has turned into a beef project.  The animal was slaughtered a few weeks ago, and has been at a semi-local butcher shop, hanging and getting cut and packaged.

We went to pick up all our meat this past weekend.  I don't know what the live weight of the cow was, probably 600-700 lbs. but we came away with 350 lbs. for the freezer (including a few packages of fat to render, and five bags of bones for bone broth).

The sign out front.

Our meat in the back of the truck.  Doesn't look like that much in this picture!

Riding in the truck is always fun!

The meat on the garage floor.  Me trying to decide on a plan of attack for organizing it into our new freezer!

All the meat in a 20.6 cu. ft. freezer - now it looks like a lot!  One black crate has chicken in it, and the door has some frozen fruit, but all the rest is beef.
There are numerous packages of steaks and roasts, seventy-three 1 lb. packs of ground beef, stew meat, and misc. that I get to figure out how to cook.  Liver, heart or oxtail, anyone???

I'm actually really excited about the learning experience here.  It's already been interesting to work with the butcher shop and decide on cuts, and what parts of the animal we wanted to keep.  I'm looking forward to learning more about where each cut is from, and some of the ways to cook them.  We've already sampled ground beef as burgers, and sirloin steak; both juicy and tasty.  I wasn't sure what to expect with the flavor and tenderness, since grass-fed is a new experience for me, and the cow was about four years old--a little older than typical age.