It’s that 1/2 time of year again. Test & tally batteries. Replace & — now in the age of USB– recharge– flashlight batteries and other lithium ion things. We stay pretty up-to-snuff on ethanol-free gasoline as we need it everyday for the lawn-tractors, tillers & such, but I check to be sure we’re well-supplied for
Freeze home grown peppers. I’ve got about eight pounds of them so far this year– about eight months’ worth. Ounce for ounce, pound for pound, peppers are higher in vitamin C than most citrus fruits. Peppers are good for you, and quite easy to freeze to use in your fall and winter dishes. If you
Last week’s menu called for a baked stuffed pepper dish Thursday evening. Recall we had no power Thursday– no oven. So Mr. Big Food prepared this stovetop dish instead. Though I could have used the flash for the photo, I thought the beam of the flashlight was a nice touch. They were delicious! Mr. Big
Blue skies everywhere! Double Nickel Farm, New MexicoFramboise Manor, Nova Scotia
this happens. That’s one of the buckets the Girls gave me for Mother’s Day a few years ago. It’s coming in handy. It sits about… two feet from me. There’s another bucket just under the ceiling vent up there in front of me. When the sky is falling and I leave the house, I move
Subject line of an email Mr. Big Food’s Dad passed along.Here’s a sampling of the attached images. Hoping American Grouch will enjoy them.
We had a very satisfying dinner cooked in a clay pot this evening. Tender & moist A whole clove of garlic roasts in the clay pot, then is combined with butter to top the veggies. succulent After dinner chit chat, Daughter C and I got down to shelling pecans. We had been given, by Mr.
to amuse us. These are mockernuts. Mockernuts are a species of hickory: Carya tomentosa. I got that from the infallible source, Wikipedia. It confirms what my Plant Book  and several tree identification books  say.Mockernuts are A. Leland’s gig. He’s been collecting, removing the husks, and shelling them. He reports the nut meat is
It means I can’t sit around eating bonbons and watching my stories this afternoon. That’s what it means. Dang. UPDATE! Like magic the lights came on seconds after I called to inquire about when the lights would come back on. Now this should be fun. In lieu of watching my stories, I mopped the kitchen
I am pleased to report that thanks to Mr. Big Food’s unrelenting efforts in a small space of 50 square feet and wall heights ranging from 8-10 feet the prison-striped wall paper is history! As you may recall, there is no law (Yet? That I’m aware of?) forbidding home owners from affixing wall paper to
May 2013 bring you and yours ever closer to Happiness, Excellence, and Self-Reliance. ~~And speaking of Self-Reliance, New Hope Seed Company is having a sale! Plus, free shipping on order $25 or more.
Oh look. A senator. Someone from the UN & Mozambique. And Korea! Thank you Marica ______ , you have been successfully registered for the Technology Implementation at the Local Level: Food Security for the Future Conference. For additional information about the conference, please contact Benjy Mikel, director of the Mississippi State University International Institute, at
From fresh tomatoes To blanched and peeled Roma tomatoes & fresh peppers & onion & fresh basil & fresh oregano To stewed tomatoes As God as my Witness, we will never buy a tomato product ever again (except tomato paste and tomato juice). And I’m here to testify that we haven’t. Last year was not
More crappy old stuff In the developed world, we forget that there was once a time when washday meant “day” rather than “toss it in the machine and come back in 20 minutes.” In many parts of the world without access to electricity and clean water, that time is still now. Design students Alex Cabunoc
I did win something a few weeks ago! The Piglet– what we call the little Piggly Wiggly Super Market in our little town– has a weekly raffle premium distribution. Non-winning tickets Every time you make a purchase at The Piglet, you get a ticket(s). The number of tickets you get per purchase correlates roughly with
Not my Post Office. Mine’s way bigger! (haha) I happened to be out front today as my mail-lady drove up. Say what you will about the United States Postal Service (why in the world would you need to follow USPS on twitter?) but the ladies at my little post* office are very friendly and helpful.
Two great ideas for when the lights go out, or when you just want to play like a Redneck. The first, Cooler Corn, comes via an email from Mr. Big Food’s Dad who I think gets more emails each day than Mr. Big Food (who gets a lot). The second, Cardboard Box Solar Oven, comes
I heard about this a while back and checked my computer– because Lord knows I don’t need any more computer problems– a few days ago. I checked Mr. Big Food’s computers this afternoon. We’re good to go, I hope. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, Jazz Shaw at Hot Air has a very
She’s stockpiling. (What an interesting word.) She’s hoarding. She awaits The End Times. I won’t fault her. She is a very messy housekeeper. Pretty much everything on the right side was piled on the food on the left side. Seeing how much of her food Rocky eats, I don’t blame her one bit for wanting
We think we have an idea. (How’s that for certainty?) But we’re not sure. First there was just one, then two, then a bunch more showed up. We think that since this is the parking of the Volunteer Fire Department which is located across the street from the Courthouse– where all manner of County