Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Fruit Jar Banking

I was just thinking about the incredible spirit and strength of the women in my family.  My grandmother, my mother's mom,  was such a tiny little dynamo at less than 5 feet tall. She is responsible for this farm and for our ownership of it.  I've detailed the courtship and elopement between her and my grandfather. But here's the scoop on a woman who toiled as a housewife and kept her family afloat.... from home... Minnie Samantha. 

Minnie was from Indiana, a mommy's girl, she said.  She and her new husband moved away here to mid Missouri, Moberly, while he worked in loading on the railroad. She was so homesick that he told her if she could save 1,000 dollars,  they would move back to Indiana... on his tiny salary, with their rent and expenses,  that seemed impossible. I think he felt sure he would stay in his beloved Missouri... However,  after 32 months she presented him with a fruit jar of money, just a little over her quota, and they moved to Terre Haute.

They had my mother there and lived 18 years in the land of the Wabash River.  The thing is,  my grandfather was not happy delivering ice in the city.  His knees were ruined with arthritis, he is said to gave imbibed too much... So again my grandmother worked her financial magic.. one night this little woman, who had marched with the suffragettes and turned 21 the first year women could vote, presented a deal my grandfather couldn't refuse. 

If he would promise to stop drinking cold turkey, she said the family could move to Missouri and buy a farm.  She produced a suitcase full of fruit jars and odd cash worth several thousand dollars,  enough to awaken my mother her senior year in high school and move immediately one cold November night in 1941. Mom said she didn't even tell her friends goodbye.... just packed her things and made the trip with a bowl of goldfish and a huge dog in the back seat of their car.  Can you imagine?  

Evidently Gramma's banking system was a winner because after a few years passed, the story continued.  Gramma and Paw-paw bought a second, connected farm from a man who traveled to get his money from the Chicago area. Gramma had buried ..... you guessed it.... fruit jars of saved and scrimped cash in their dirt floor basement... She spent the night ironing that money and washing it to get the musty smell out of it. They handed over a few thousand  freshly crisp dollars in a gunny sack...  

I don't know why this all popped into my mind. I sure wish I had inherited that frugal tendency... a jar of musty cash would go well with breakfast, no? I admire that... after all,  she's the one who gave me the loans for my cars, my first home built in 1976,  for my weddings.... both of them... I usually paid her back at least some of it... I 🤔 think... 

We're fine... but just products of a different, more spendy generation... 

Well, it's 3:30 a.m.   I need to go back to sleep in this house nestled on a farm bought with fruit jar savings... 

[photos are from random  Facebook groups]

Wednesday, October 13, 2021

Friday Night Deep Dish Un-Pizza .. and ramblings

Let me start by saying I forgot to take a picture!  But seriously this was a good one!


1 head cauliflower, par boiled and cut         up in bite-sized pieces
I jar low or zero sugar marinara
1 can black olives
1 can sliced mushrooms
15 pieces sliced pepperoni
1 # browned, drained, crumbled.                       breakfast sausage
2 to 3 c. shredded mozarella cheese

Spray oil a 9 x 13" pan and layer ingredients on top of cauliflower. Top with cheese. Bake at 350° until brown and bubbly. It will have a lot of juice but as it cools, that absorbs. If you like cold pizza, you'll like this cold the next day, too. 

We finally got some dark, October days.  Rain and storms slouched across the Prairie yesterday and today. We've been busy with all kinds of this and that.  My son's big project outside of work was to nail down what is wrong with his pickup Vista roof... not good! It's a defect, broken, not insurance covered, not home fixable.... $2200 for the part. He is lucky that he can't see any water inside the cab... but?  Ugh.. The service techies told him to park it under a tree and hope for a wind storm... Well, both our vehicles are always parked.....Under a tree. But guess which one would Probably get boinked. Yep.  It would likely be mine since I just paid the darn thing off! 

Have a good week.  

Monday, October 4, 2021

Happy October!

I've really been soaking up the October vibes! I look forward to this month all year. 

No news is good news... so they say.  I finally seemed to get some real space made in my studio. Pitched a little more junk... I made three more journals:
These were a lot of fun.  

Trying to save a little money this month.  We've had lots of unexpected repairs and purchases and expenses this year.  I tend to buy stuff in the middle of the night! You know, sometimes a person finds herself in the middle of the kitchen with a brownie and a glass of milk... Well,  yeah... I've done that, too. But really,  I have a lot of fidgets at night and I watch YouTube...  yep... the next morning I'll see I've ordered a 12 x 12 paper pad or a grab bag of vintage lace... or Instacart groceries! Nothing horrific, but... it's a guilty pleasure I'm watching out for this month... Time to use up some of what I've been stashing!

Picture from Facebook

We had chili for Octobet 1st. Our current recipe is different from the past... but it is still sweet..I now use 1/4 c. Sugar free maple syrup in the recipe... I used to use sorghum.  

3 # browned hamburger, drained if needed
1 large can or 2 small tomato puree, sauce, diced, or anything tomato-ey
1 1/2 c beef broth... or more... or less
1 regular can chili beans [I used to put in up to  4!]
1/4 c. Syrup or Molasses or brown sugar
Big squeeze of ketchup
Salt,  pepper; 
Lots of chili powder, less of cumin. [I don't measure but pour it into my palm and go BAM!......like Emeril!] I use a lot.
2 T. Worchestershire
Sometimes a little bit of chili flakes or just a kiss of sweet pickle vinegar... 

Simmer 30 minutes [or not, but it's better if I do]
Facebook pic


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Sunday, September 26, 2021

Sunny September Weekend Mornings!

Good morning! I just decided, I guess, to be domestic this weekend.  When  I woke up yesterday, I began to bake fall favorites. It seemed like the thing to do because our house really needed that ambiance of Autumn. 

Actually, I think it all started because I finally decided to organize and beautify all my recipes I've downloaded from sites on the internet.  Some are Paleo, some Keto, some just scrumptious. They were just folded and stuffed in a basket but I grabbed a three ring binder, some inserts, and a pretty bunch of coffee themed digital images from My Porch Prints (an artist of digitals on Etsy). I also used some dividers that I made from magazine pages I've been hoarding saving... a lot are from Bella Grace, a gorgeous magazine I won't be getting any more due to its price and an extremely cranky/rude salesgirl. 

I made and froze two huge loaves of pumpkin/pecan bread, using a recipe from my Planner Perfect group leader, Jenny Penton.
You can find it and some other information about the group here. 

And no fall baking would be complete without my grandmother Iona's apple cake.  I just can't believe how much I love this recipe.  It can't be replicated with any box or combo, and outside of the time spent loving slicing apples, it is sooooo easy and quick. I'm putting the recipe for it and the sauces below ---- again. I know. I share it constantly! We froze a little over half of it also....  I have no willpower, and it's too moist to keep very long.

Saturday morning was coated with thick layers of beautiful fog.  My kitty seemed mesmerized, as if she decided to search through it for familiar ground.  She wasn't particularly distraught, just kind of pensive and wide-eyed in wonder at the overall grayness of her beautiful back yard.

I prepped the eggs for my son's adventures in egg pickling.  This batch is jalapeno Worchestershire!   I dunno...  They are swimming in hot pepper flakes, jalapeno, and murky Worchestershire tinted brine for one week before we allow ourselves a taste. He will no doubt like them....  I am partial to plain boiled eggs actually, so two of the ones intended for the experiment did not make it to the jar.

Not sure how, but I have even less counter space than I did before the remodel.  It doesn't help to have ten billion different gadgets and contraptions.  I think I should go back to a firepit only and a pot and spoon..  Lol...  Stay tuned, but you won't be seeing that happen any time soon.  

Today we are having spaghetti squash with Chicken Parmesan sauce...  I have fallen in love with this squash after I learned to roast it rather than boil, as I tried to do for years.  I just sprinkle salt and pepper and garlic salt on the cleaned out squashes, spray heavily with olive oil spray or coat with olive oil by hand. I turn them upside down in a sprayed tray and bake 40  minutes at 400 degrees. Then whenever it's time to eat, make the sauce...  just a marinara sauce with lots of grated Parm and chicken pieces and serve over the shreds of goodness...  I'm getting hungry.

Have a lovely week. Stay safe and be happy.

Sunday, September 19, 2021

Warm September....

While the general feel of Autumn is in the air,  these hot days don't really agree.  All I can say is,  "What would I do without our AC?" I am totally,  100 percent spoiled.  

So,  what's on everyone's agenda for the last part of this gorgeous month?  I'm really enjoying the Autumn ambience everywhere here... I have a few projects lined up... 

Tea-dyeing and coffee-dyeing Day! I've been watching tutorials,  and I'm ready to see what this endeavor brings.  It sounds like quite the process... I'm in the collecting/staging/self- talk stage... When I'm all done, we'll have delicious looking paper and lace and ephemera.  

Monday (tomorrow)  a group of friends and I will be starting a Bible Study Zoom event centered on the Gospel of Matthew. We call ourselves The Baby Zoomers... lol. We've done a few studies in the past year and a half... Ah, modern technology!  I use my Kindle Fire... it's the only thing I use it for because I really think something about it contributes to my acute bouts of Vertigo...  

My cousin is a Pink Zebra dealer,  so I supported her business with this cute wax warmer and some yummy Pumpkin Cupcake crystals.  Oh, my! 

Talk soon!  👄 

Monday, September 13, 2021

My favorite video on YouTube

If you ask me, everyone should love life like this little dog named Morty! I watch this multiple times a day sometimes... It makes my heart happy...

Whimsy and Hugs!

Tuesday, September 7, 2021

No labor.

Wow. I took the day off. Hope your holidays were fun. We watched TV ate salads for lunch, polished off the brownies, and tried what I called Fauxziti. (Wouldn't that be a great word for the triple word space?!)...

I cubed 3 zucchinis into Ziti-sized bites and layered with parm, sauce, that Little Caesar dip, and browned hamburger... covered it with some mozarella and baked 40 minutes... It was good... meaty... different... 

I watched Season 1--' three episodes of Spark Joy... it's Marie Condo again from "The Life Giving Magic of Tidying Up"... it caused me to clean out my candle drawer... lol... and contemplate rolling up my clothes... Then I watched all 6 episodes of season 1 The Chair with Sandra O. I couldn't recommend it, but I wanted to watch it all ...due to my allegiance to my past.. it concerns an English Professor and Department! 

So... If I can pry myself out of this recliner, I'm calling it quits... My son had a great day with his friends... all via the magic of the internet.

Planning my September stuff!

Sunday, September 5, 2021

Happy 40th!

We had a great day!.
I woke up early and fixed all the little Caesar's copycat recipes... 
I tried the gluten free brownies... unfortunately they have sugar so they aren't keto... 

These turned out ok... I had some whipped cream in a can and that helps! 
I thought this was great...

I made macaroni salad with GF Mac and all the other ingredients.
and I made the crazy bread and then the garlic dip for vegies

I couldn't get the wings so we had Little Caesar's wing sauce smothered on chicken strips. I think the air fryer would have been fun for these... but they worked great!

All.in all with the gifts and some fun TV, my son said he had a good day... Thanks for reading and commenting! I always love to hear from you!