Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Etsy Finds - Homestead Helpers

With Christmas approaching and January peeking around the corner, it's time to start thinking about planning the spring garden!  I know, it's not even Christmas yet. 

I like to start planning early, as we are always burdened heavily with Spring chores on the ranch and the homestead.  In the months leading up to Spring, I try to make purchases of things we will need to have a successful summer vegetable garden.

Here are a few things I am considering buying during the next several months.  I like to purchase from other Etsy shops.  If you scratch their backs, maybe they will scratch yours?

We have a terrible time growing strawberries in our area.  Two things seem to always thwart our success with these yummy berries.  One is terrible soil.  This planter would allow us to fill it with the right kind of soil.  The second challenge is crab grass.  It ruthlessly grow in every nook and cranny of my world.  Done right, this planter would alleviate this issue.  Third, quite frankly, is those darned birds.  We could easily cover this planter with netting.  The avian thieves would be busted!

This is only $80 plus shipping.

                                   Pyramid Planter, herb garden, strawberry planter, vertical garden, raised planter, raised garden, school project, school garden, garden

https://www.etsy.com/listing/128777636/pyramid-planter-herb-garden-strawberry?ref=sc_2&plkey=99b6dcd6f1fa2d1c0a4f284f21658352f5fb0662%3A128777636&ga_search_query=gardening&ga_search_type=all&ga_view_type=gallery


On more than one occasion, I have learned the hard way what it is like to be unprepared.  Living in country has many merits.  However, convenience is not one of them.  During natural disaster or economic hard times, it is more difficult to run to town to restock your supplies.  Most ranchers are, by nature, preppers in one form or another.  These preparations are made as a matter of necessity.

Below is something that every household should have, regardless of geological location.  The ability to grow one's own food supply may be the only hope your family has for survival.  The cost is $89.95.  According to the ad, it contains"Famly Survival Seed Stash (50 Packets of Non GMO Heirloom Seeds of a Wide Variety Including Medicinal, Culinary and Herbal Tea Seeds).


                     Family Survival Seed Stash- 50 Individual packets of Non GMO Heirloom seeds

https://www.etsy.com/listing/194968105/family-survival-seed-stash-50-individual?ref=sc_3&plkey=07aa093367d286e7bd2fdf81087d6cc6fa07e943%3A194968105&ga_search_query=gardening&ga_search_type=all&ga_view_type=gallery

Monday, December 15, 2014

Products of The Week - DUCK FEET SHAKER SET


Spice up your dinner table
with this whimsical set of web-footed shakers.
Salt and pepper will stand at the ready to
season your meal and your home with charm.
Made from white porcelain.
Item weight: 0.4 lb. Each is 2-5/8" x 2" x 3-3/4" high. Ceramic.
 
$16.00 includes Shipping
DUCK FEET SHAKER SET WFM-10015670

As this blog forum does not have a online store, we are going to have to do this the old fashion way.  Orders may be made by emailing me at annapearlsattic@yahoo.com or calling me at 307-679-0388.  Payment may be made in the following manner:

1.      Paypal - Payment may be made to annapearlsattic on paypal.com.  Once I receive payment, I will ship the item.
2.      Check or Money Order - May be mailed to Anna Pearl's Attic, 152 Meadow View Street, Evanston, WY. 82930.  Once payment has been received, I ship the item.

Shipping will be through the United States Postal Service.  Once payment is received, I will ship the item within 5 days.  Please allow 14 days for delivery. 
 

Friday, December 12, 2014

Anna's Chicken Taco Soup

 
6 chicken legs, boiled and cubed
3 cups water

2 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 yellow onion, chopped
1 green pepper, chopped
2 stalks celery, diced
2 cloves garlic, diced
1 can corn
1 can navy beans
1 can tomato sauce
1 quart tomatoes
1 can green chilies

1 teaspoon cilantro
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon Himalayan Pink Salt
1 teaspoon red pepper flakes

1 cup shredded cheddar cheese

In a medium pot, add chicken legs and water.  Boil lightly for 1 hour. 




In a stock pot, add olive oil.

Add onion and sauté for 1 minute.  Add green pepper and sauté for 1 minute, Add garlic and sauté for 1 minute.  Add celery and sauté for 1 minute. 


 
Add the corn, navy beans, tomato sauce, tomatoes, chilies, cilantro, chili powder, paprika, salt, and red pepper flakes. Mix well and cover.  Cook on low until the chicken is done.

When chicken is cooked, remove it from the water and let cool.  Remove the meat from the bones.  Dice the chicken and add to the soup.  Allow to warm the chicken for 10 minutes.

Serve with shredded cheese on top.

Serves 4



Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Cooper Gets a Job!

 
This very handsome young man is Cooper.  He is a full blood Blue Heeler.  I know, he doesn't look like a blue heeler.  He is mostly white, with blue in his undercoat.  He lives outside, so his coat stays long most of the year.  He has the cutest mask around his eyes.  It almost looks like a bandit's mask.

He is two years old and was given to my son by a friend in Randolph, UT.  We got him as a puppy and have enjoyed his sweet personality since.  He was supposed to be my son's dog.  However, Cooper has chosen Hunky Hubby as his "person".

Recently, the youth camp where Hunky Hubby works was having problems with cows getting through the fences.  Hunky Hubby took Cooper to work with him.  He let him out of the truck.  Instinctually, Cooper chased those cows out of the property with no instruction or guidance.  It turns out the Cooper is a cow dog!  Go Figure!

When Hunky Hubby told his supervisor about the success of the mission, Cooper was hired as the official camp dog.  His job description consists of chasing cows, digging holes, and charming children.  He is a natural at all three!

Monday, December 8, 2014

New Endeavors

My goal with this blog has always been to share the country life that I love with my readers.  I have lived in the country most of my life.  As I look at the world through my "backwoods" glasses, I see a lot that I do not want to be a part of.  My dream has been to try to encourage the country values, even to those in urban areas.  In doing so, I want to be able to reach as many people as possible.

My brother-in-law is a very talented web designer.  He has skills I wouldn't even dream of trying to list.  I would like to use his talents to design and implement a website that will attract and educate as many future "Country at Heart" people as possible.  In order to fund such a dream, I have decided to offer a few products for sale on my current blog.

These products will be chosen with the Country lifestyle in mind.  My plan is to feature one product per week....on Mondays!  As this blog forum does not have a online store, we are going to have to do this the old fashion way.  Orders may be made by emailing me at annapearlsattic@yahoo.com or calling me at 307-679-0388.  Payment may be made in the following manner:

1.      Paypal - Payment may be made to annapearlsattic on paypal.com.  Once I receive payment, I will ship the item.
2.      Check or Money Order - May be mailed to Anna Pearl's Attic, 152 Meadow View Street, Evanston, WY. 82930.  Once payment has been received, I ship the item.

Shipping will be through the United States Postal Service.  Once payment is received, I will ship the item within 5 days.  Please allow 14 days for delivery.  Standard Shipping is $6.95.

The first product I would like to feature is Do It All Dough Mix by Country Gourmet Home.  I am an Independent Consultant for this company.  I do not have a website with them, so if you want to order from me, we have to do it this way for awhile.

                                            

Mama's Do It All Dough Mix is a just add water mix
that will make
pizza dough, dinner rolls, french bread,
homemade white bread and more.

Makes 12 dinner rolls or 2, 16 inch pizzas.

Requires - egg, water, and oil depending on your selected use.
$7.50 ea
 
More about Country Gourmet Home Products

Country Gourmet Home products are made by hand using the finest quality U.S. grown ingredients on the market. Our suppliers also stock the kitchens of some of the finest food establishments in the US. We are pleased to offer our customers a full range of healthy, easy to make food mixes, which taste like they were hand made in grandma’s kitchen.

Shelf Life

  • All Products Are Made Fresh To Order Within 5 Days of Order Shipment.
  • Dip mixes and seasonings keep their quality for 6 to 12 months after purchase.
  • Baking mixes, desserts, cakes and cookies are best if used within 6 months of purchase for premium quality.
  • For maximum leavening power use soda bread mixes within 6 months of purchase.

Product Packaging

  • All products are packaged in heat sealed, food grade packaging.
  • Jams, jellies, fruit butters and syrups have tamper-proof heat seals.
  • Larger products with multiple packets are packed in lined food grade coffee bags with craft ties.
  • Shaker jars are sealed with pressure sealed liners to ensure freshness.

Friday, December 5, 2014

Only in Wyoming

Only in Wyoming can you drive along the highway and see this.....
 
 
and this...........
 
 
and this............
 
 
and this........
 
 
and this......
 
 
and this.......
 
 
and this........
 
 
and this.........
 
 
and this.........
 
 
and this........
 
 
and this......
 
 
........Just sayin'........
 
 

Monday, December 1, 2014

A Cowboy Truck Driver's Last Ride

Photo Courtesy - Kaycee Mackley
 
Our readers may have noticed that there has been a long lapse in our postings, of late.  We have been through a difficult time in our family. 

On November 6, we lost our Dad, Grandfather, Uncle, and Friend!  My father took his last ride in the back of a semi-tractor.  He was an over the road trucker for 30 years and it seemed appropriate to have his friends and co-workers take him to his final resting place. 

My Dad was a horseman.  He successfully raised champion Appaloosa horses for many years.  He was never happier than if a horse was in his midst.  Imagine our surprise when, on the way to the cemetery, a herd of horses lined up at the fence like soldiers and saluted him.  As soon as the truck passed, a big palomino reared up and the rest of the horse followed suit.  It felt like they were honoring a man who has cared deeply for their friends for so many years.

After serving our country in the Army, my father continued his patriotic service all of his life.  He served in many community boards and organizations. He served as a Union steward and was active in the Democratic party.   This is the first year in 58 years that he did not vote.  As his children, we were required to vote.  If you didn't, you certainly did not tell Dad.  He believed in his President (regardless of party affiliation) and was infuriated when someone defaced the name of the President of the United States.

My father was buried with full military honors.  He would not participate in Veteran benefits.  He believed that his country had given him enough by letting him serve it. 

Yet, at his death, they came.  Two active duty Marines in full dress.  They met him at the gate of the cemetery and escorted him to his final resting place.  Struggling to keep their emotions in check, they reverently folded the flag that represented the country that he loved with a vengeance. In the slow, methodical preparation of the flag, they showed immaculate training in their duties.  From the carefully executed salutes to the presentation of the flag to my brother (a 20 year veteran of the US Air Force), they created a beautiful tribute to their fallen brother.

Though this time is difficult and I miss my Dad terribly, I can only wonder at the reunion happening in heaven right now.  There are so many people he hasn't seen for a long time.  They haven't heard his stories.  He has so much to tell them.