¸.❀⁀⋱‿ 1950-2006 An Honorable Passing…

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!

God sent someone to take the wheel…

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One day shortly after my Mother had Passed. I had a dream… It was a short kind of doze off by mistake kind of thing… That day was a very stressful and painful day for me… I had been feeling like a failure nothing seemed right in the world… I dreamed I was on a Bus home and on the way I looked out the window and saw many accidents, But the funny thing was it was all of my old vehicles… Some were just fender benders and others were a bit more serious… The bus driver just seemed to just go around them without a care… As I looked on I didn’t recognize the road any longer so I panicked and asked the bus driver if she had passed my stop and if she did, will she be turning around and coming back that way… the driver didn’t turn around but said why are you so upset? and stressed out? she then said she had not missed my stop but had to take a different road… Then she turned around and It was my Mom…  she touched my temples and they ached  from the stress… She asked me to look at the cars and notice that they represented my life… She said that in life we have had many accidents along the way, some are fender benders and some may be worst…but that if you were not killed it makes you stronger and you find away to keep moving on the road home even if you have to take a different road… find your way…Then she said look around this bus, You are not alone! and I noticed that it was old friends and relatives sitting beside me… My Mother said when you feel like your to tired to go on remember this bus ride…God sent me as your guardian angel and I’ll drive… and everyone started hugging me an saying I’ll drive you… I started crying because it felt so real…so comforting. Then the bus stopped and My Mom said look out the window… I was home and my children were waiting for me at the bus stop and I was home…After I got off the bus I hugged the children and woke up… I was ashamed about dozing off a work and I looked at my watch to see how long I had slept… it was 3 minutes… Just three minutes! and a lesson of a lifetime… I recalled this experience because I need it… I have so many blessings going on in my life with my wonderful children and the new homestead, I should be so happy… That 3 minute dream taught me that my Faith has to be bigger than my Fear because I’m not alone… God sends someone to take the wheel! Thank you Jehovah!…Thanks for letting me share…

Ƹ̴ӂ̴ʒ♥ The Strawberryrose Homestead In My Sight…

After Month’s, weeks and tedious day’s of searching… I found one… It’s a lovely Ranch on 2 acres of land… The land is mostly cleared and gated… Now for the inspections and paper work and closing stuff… It’s a newer house so I’m not really worried. I’m just IMPATIENT lol  and want it NOW… But I understand that My prayers, Hard work and patience has got me this far and there’s no since in changing it now… I hope all of your New Year Goals and Dreams are being realized as well….Ƹ̴ӂ̴ʒ♥

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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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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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,

Bacon Rum Salted Caramel Popcorn Balls or Marshmallow Popcorn Pretzel Balls…

Bacon Rum Salted Caramel Popcorn Balls or Marshmallow Popcorn Pretzel Balls?

Ingredients

1 1/2 cups sugar
1/2 cup dark brown sugar
1/2 cup light corn syrup
2 Tbs butter
1 1/2 teaspoons Rum or Maple extract

2 tsp baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoon salt
8 cups popped popcorn
6 pieces cooked bacon, chopped.
1 teaspoon kosher salt, or to taste

Combine sugars and corn syrup with 1/3 cup water in a saucepan and bring to a boil, stirring occasionally until sugars dissolve. Once mixture has reached 240degrees F, remove from the heat and stir in butter.

Return to heat and continue cooking until mixture reaches 300degreesF. Remove from heat and careful stir in extract, baking soda and salt. (The mixture will bubble aggressively, so stir with caution).

Place popcorn, bacon and 1 teaspoon kosher salt in a large bowl and gently fold in caramel mixture until well coated. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Using greased heatproof gloves, take a handful of caramel corn and roll it into a ball. Place on the prepared baking sheet. Repeat to form 12 balls. Let sit at room temperature about 15 minutes before serving. Wrap individual popcorn balls in plastic wrap or store in an air tight container.

Marshmallow Popcorn Pretzel Balls Recipe
Ingredients

8 oz mini marshmallows
1/4 cups Unsalted Butter
8 cups Popped Popcorn

1/2 cups Pretzels *
1/2 cups Mixed Salted Nuts *

Directions
Place popcorn in a large mixing bowl.

Melt butter in a sauce pan over medium heat. Once melted stir in marshmallows and stir until just melted.

Quickly pour melted marshmallow over the popcorn and fold to combine. Pour in pretzels and mixed nuts. Stir to mix.

Using greased heatproof gloves, take a handful of popcorn mixture and roll it into a ball. Place on the prepared baking sheet. Repeat to form 12 balls. Let sit at room temperature about 15 minutes before serving. Wrap individual popcorn balls in plastic wrap or store in an air tight container.

* You can use seasonal candies to replace the pretzels or nuts. Or you can use both! Go crazy!