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She had dark skin and long curly hair, she carried the family trait, big wide curious eyes… her favorite ice cream was butter pecan and she loved those orange candy slices with those soft square mints… her favorite song was bridge over trouble water and was a Knicks fan, she loved animals an would let us bring home strays… She would give them the best names too lol, Mr Tibbs, tough e nough, Flossy, Flauntleroy etc…. Her happiest times was spent in the big farm house she bought on Long Island where she had a Pantry that she was so proud of…stocking it with jams and pickles, she planted greens and other vegetables in the garden and there was fruit trees and even a walnut tree lol… she would collect country living mags and I still have some of them today we did yard sales and flea markets… I take her passing every year this night very hard… I miss her… I’m so much like her and I bet she didn’t know how much I watched her… today I make apple sauce and stock my pantry. I wonder if my children watch…Her laugh lives in me… as well as her tears… on this night 6/9/06 we shared our last smiles… tears… and unspoken promises… on this night she gave me a thumbs up to show me she was proud of me getting into the Department of Corrections… on this night I fell asleep by her bed side and woke to her stroking my hand… She was dying but she was comforting me!… On this night I thanked her for everything shed done for us… On this night God granted me the opportunity to say good bye for now…. On this night at 12:30am Dorothea Russell Grieb departed…Honorably…

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BACON BRITTLE

BACON BRITTLE
BACON BRITTLE

What you’ll need:
9×13″ Baking Sheet
Room Temp Butter, just to coat the Baking Sheet
1 1/2 cups Sugar
1/2 cup Light Corn Syrup
3/4 cup cold Water
Pinch of Salt
1 lb Crispy and Crumbled Bacon
1 tsp. Vanilla Extract
1 tsp. Baking Soda
A hammer!

Directions:
Brush a 9×13″ Baking Sheet with butter and set aside.
Combine the Sugar, Corn Syrup, Water and Salt in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring until the sugar has dissolved. Cook, swirling occasionally, until mixture reaches the softball stage on a candy thermometer (238 degrees). Stir in the crispy and crumbled Bacon, continue to cook, stirring often so the Bacon doiean’t burn, until the mixture is amber in color!
Carefully stir in the Vanilla and Baking Soda. The mixture will foam up in the pan.
Pour the mixture onto the prepared baking sheet and quickly spread it evenly. Set aside until it’s completely cool.

Gather everyone around and take turns breaking the Brittle into pieces with a hammer. Giggle, Eat..Repeat! ~Enjoy!

I have arrived at my destination!

Welcome to the Strawberryrose homestead...
Welcome to the Strawberryrose homestead…

After months of headaches and heartaches and blood, sweat and crying like a little —— well you know… I got the keys and the deed to my long awaited Dream… The Strawberryrose homestead… Now the real work/fun begins. I have been living in it for one week now and slowly moving my stuff from the other house in. I have been blessed with great friends and new neighbors that have my back and have stepped up to help me in this transition with all kinds of gifts and lending hands… I’ve gotten food plants and gates, a screen door, wheel barrel and tons of Compost…. I don’t have a riding lawn mower yet so I have been cutting the acre with the push mower lol… its ok because I’m getting back in shape quick…. To day I hung the clothes line on the Tee posts and tomorrow I’m building my first raised bed. big enough for all the goodies I received…. Things will go a bit slow because I’m alone, however I press on… Face to the wind! onward forward… I will post more photos soon…

Ready or not! Here we come…

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As the year 2013 dangles in front of us. I want to say that this has been a year of ups and downs….I did accomplish a lot this year, at least to my satisfaction anyway… I am grateful to have been able to change a few things in my life…I have gained some friends and lost some…I have seen some friends battling cancer and showing me the power of the human spirit….Ron lost his grandmother she was 100 years old… what an incredible fiery spirit she was! 2012 I became more aware of how precious life really is… how some things really aren’t that important and to stop living in fear and to just be prepared…so now for 2013 yes I have made some resolutions… I will hold myself accountable to them as well…I need to stop procrastinating…Find my homestead and harvest joy,love and family traditions…time is of the essence… Happy New years!!!

Quick Pickled Pigs feet

ImageHere’s a recipe I’ve used for many years. Not quick, but oh so tasty. This is more of a German version than a Southern Soul-food recipe.4 Pig’s Feet, Hocks, etc.
1 tsp. Cloves
1-1/2 tsp Pickling Spice
4 cups White Vinegar
2 tbsp. Kosher Salt (not regular table salt)
1 Onion, chopped

Cover pig’s parts with water. Add 1 tbsp salt. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer until meat starts to separate from the bone (2 hours or more). Strain broth through cheesecloth or coffee filter. Combine strained broth, spices, vinegar and onion. Simmer mixture 30 minutes. Put pig’s parts in half gallon jar. Pour broth mixture over pig’s feet. Seal and let set at least 5 days in a cool place before using.

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♫ These are a few of my favorite things! ♫

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♫ Snowflakes that stay on my nose and eye lashes
Silver white winters that melt into spring
These are a few of my favorite things! ♫

Well I spent most of my Thanksgiving at work inside of a prison, My Children stayed at my Sisters home waiting on me with happy hearts to get there… once I got off to salvage some family time spent with them and Family… Ron, well, he spent it with his family… I guess you could say I could complain… Nope because like my Mother used to say…There is always something to be thankful for and I have just that! My beautiful Children give me so much joy! there’s just simply no room for complaints. So I celebrated the day with a thankfully full heart…Thank GOD…

Christmas however is just hands down my Favorite time of the year… I love winter And fire places… No shopping the big chains for me. it’s little villages with small businesses and quaint little shops to eat. Mom and Pop shops are the best!… Image

It’s the time of year when I begin to reflect on my life and Dreams… Things seem a little more magical. I imagine what It will be like at the StrawberryRose Homestead… I look into my hope chest of my favorite things…close my eyes and Dream, Dream, Dream….

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Here We Come…

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The time has come! We the people are coming, come hell or high water… The tired, The weak, The wary…The Elder and wise, The concerned veterans, The Christians, The color blind, The one’s that speak for those that can’t, The small business owners, The middle class, Woman tired of being taken for granted, Women an Men wanting a good Job to take care of their families and not handouts, Farmers for prop 37, For the Love of GOD, Family, and Country… HERE WE COME…..We The People…

I’m Loving It!…

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My… I must say, I really miss those day’s of Garage sales, yard sales, antique shop’s and, farmers market’s hopping with Mom… It’s the last 2 day’s of my vacation and although I didn’t go anywhere this time around. I took time to practice those all important forgotten skill that keep us alive… Image

Yesterday we made homemade butter…  well… I had the children shake the large mason jars until it formed lol,…

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I ordered my seeds for the little Strawberryrose  homestead farm for 2013 season…organic of course and they are heirlooms from rareseeds.com. I also figured out a pattern and that raised beds would be the best choice for me…

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We went apple picking and I made applesauce and apple butter…

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And last but not least, I got a chance to crochet a hat and scarf…no iI don’t have a pattern because I do most things by imagination and a feeling… a little like when cooking and adding spices to taste and a feeling…

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Daily YouTube – Oil Lamps from Canning Jars

Last week I was online looking for oil lamps and realized that they are very expensive and the good ones are hard to find…Here’s a great idea that I’m going to use… I have some really nice canning jars that I will use with it…. I love this!

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“This article was first published at reThinkSurvival.com.”

Katzcradul shows us how to convert a mason canning jar into an oil lamp. I’ve been wanting to do this for a while, but it appears I want a special top which makes it easy to adjust the wick height.

[Note: This video was not made by the editor of RTS.]

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We Survived….

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Got a chance to test my survival skills over the weekend. There’s something to be said about preparers… One word…CALM!… While food was disappearing from the store shelves. We were home cooking and playing games, I also got the opportunity to do some canning… I canned my Mothers Tomato sauce recipe

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and I made pork n crout for dinner then canned the rest… We bought in wood to stay warm in case of a power outage. Ron was great Protector lol, even slept in his clothes just in case SHTF and he had to spring into action and rescue our little family… lol,