Wednesday, April 22, 2009

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!

In Christ,
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)


At April 23, 2009 at 7:37 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Danielle,

Thank you for this post about Ranchfest attendance and what you've been up to. Hmm...Canning potatoes sounds interesting too! I have a root cellar so stored potatoes, carrots and onions there this past winter again. It is below an uninsulated shed, and the floor access door isn't insulated yet, so when it gets below zero, if I don't provide some heat to counteract the cold via a space heater...things still freeze. As of this week, we are debt free again, so can save to get bigger projects like that done! Yea! Anyway....I like sweet potatoes too, but haven't canned them. May try both types of potatoes, now that I've seen yours.

One question....where do you purchase most of your canning jars? I've found many at rummage sales in the past and have bought new 12 packs of quarts and pints recently at Woodmans for about 6-7 dollars/12 pk.. Do you know of any online resources that are reasonable? I need more jars. Canned meatballs, more rump roast and venison a few weeks ago. How did your canning of that huge hog go? Praise God for His protection and education about safety in the future through that addition to the food provision!!

Are any more Ranchfest pictures going to be posted? Just curious.

Thanks for this post! Did your soap turn out o.k.? You say it's an I wondered about the result.

I'm going to PM you to ask some questions I've been thinking about.

Thanks for this post!


At April 23, 2009 at 11:38 AM , Blogger Danielle said...

We get most of our jars at our local grocery store. Sounds like you are getting a pretty good price for new jars. We do get some for flea markets, garage sales, and rummage sales. But most of them are new jars and we pay 9.99(I think) for 12 quart jars.

We have not canned the huge hog. Michael is curing the ham and wants to cut pork chops from the front quarter. We gave half the hog to the Siffords since they own the hog trap too. Sounds like Susan was cutting for a while. They canned their half.

I do not have any other pics from Ranchfest. Michael does though and if he will let me I will post them. I need to make sure he isn't going to post them on his blog.

About the soap, the picture shows the attempt that did not work. I was making beef tallow soap and for some reason it did not work. Later that day we made goats milk soap and I think it worked. I say I think because you have to let the soap cure for 6 weeks before using it. So I will know sometime in late May. The soap I made in the class I took in March is still curing!


At April 30, 2009 at 7:01 AM , Blogger Mrs. Dewey Smith said...

We just finished up canning 120# of sweet potatoes here and they are wonderful. Nothing in the taste to say they were canned instead of freshly cooked. They process out as long as meat, though, not the shorter time of white potatoes.

Sorry the soap didn't take. I hope the goat's milk one will. With our finally getting goats, I am hopeful to get some made myself soon.

Perhaps not the place, but I wanted to say I am sorry for the things your family deals with from those outside and sometimes inside of your community. I am just one watching from a distance, but it grieves my spirit nonetheless. The Lord has great works for your family, that is obvious. If the TRUE Christian life were an easy walk more people would be doing it.

You are far from being alone -- prayers are always with you. Thank you for walking in Truth and never faltering to share that Truth.


At April 30, 2009 at 7:10 AM , Blogger Danielle said...

Thanks for the information on the potatoes.

I don't think the goats milk soap made but I think it is the lye I used. I will know more as I try more batches.

Thank you very much for your kind words. The Lord shows me everyday the joys and blessings of doing things according to His word. It's my flesh that keeps dragging me down! But thanks again for your encouragement!

God Bless!


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