Ranchfest, Weather, and Potatoes
Time to mark the ending of another Ranchfest. We all had a great time. It just all seemed to go so quickly. The men did fencing, roofing, and we had a few new doors installed. The ladies made some cheese, made some soap, some went to the local thrift shops, and there was lots of mommy stuff to do. We had a large number of children this year, 15 to be exact and there were 17 adults. It was a really great time! Here is a picture of me attempting a batch of soap:
Today's weather was a crazy temperature swing day which is pretty normal for springtime in Texas. This morning it was in the lower fifties and I actually thought about starting a fire for some warmth. I decided not to since it got to the lower nineties yesterday and I knew it would be warming up pretty quickly. It actually got into the 100's today! I did not know it was going to get that hot! I had already decided I was going to can some plain potatoes today but if I knew it was going to get that hot I would have planned the canning for a cooler day. Wow, it got hot on the porch! Here is a picture of the end product. My camera is missing so I used the camera on my phone.
I hope to can some more soon. I would like to can some sweet potatoes soon. Many of the sweet potato recipes I have tried call for mashed sweet potatoes. If I had some on hand that were canned that would be a quick way to get mashed sweet potatoes! I will have to experiment and see if the flavor changes much if they are canned first. I have really grown to like the sweet potato. They have a pretty flower too!
For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart (Heb 4:12)