Saturday, September 26, 2015

More Prattling!

I just put nine beautiful, delicious, nutritious quarts of chicken broth in the freezer ready to be used in cookin' up some good vittles in the next few months.  There's also some tender and tasty chicken meat that will be used in a variety of ways.  Ya sure, you betcha, it takes many hours and some work to butcher your own home-raised (geriatric) birds, prep them for the freezer and then at a later date stew them, debone them, and strain and process the broth but I consider the time spent doing same as our health insurance.  The flavor of the broth (chicken meat, too, for that matter) is so much better than anything you can purchase that there's simply no comparison and makes it difficult to not produce our own at home.

Besides being up to my elbows in chicken parts, I worked out in the garden today doing clean-up.  Papa Pea wasn't too pleased when he saw me tearing out some of the flowers.  I had to sit him down and have a little talk about how it is time to move on.  Gardening season is over and it's oh-so-much easier for me to pull plants now (than after a couple of frosts have zapped everything deader than a door nail) and  before the ground is half frozen.


There was no stopping me.  I absolutely had to bake an apple pie first thing this morning.  There's something about the fall season that calls for baking with apples, don't you agree?


All summer long I've been putting in small (very small) chunks of time  on the scrap quilt I'm making for our king-sized bed.  To say it's proceeding slowly is the proverbial understatement.  Come on, Winter, I need some sustained hours of quilting time to get this project mooooving!


Most nights I'm actually too pooped to go into my quilt room so have been cozying down on the couch and crocheting a new rug for in front of the kitchen sink . . . in autumnal colors, of course.  It's about two-thirds of the way done.

Speaking of being tuckered out at night, I'm sitting here wiping the tears from my eyes which are being caused by me yawning so hugely.  Time to sign off.  At this rate, I may not even have the giddy-up to work on my rug tonight.

21 comments:

JoAnn ( Scene Through My Eyes) said...

Great post - love the photos. I am going to bake an apple pie first thing tomorrow - just seems the time to do it.

Sparkless said...

Oh goodness that pie looks yummy. I agree that growing your own food and putting it up tastes so much better than anything you can buy in a store. Your quilt is going to look fantastic! My daughter is making her first quilt in her textiles class in school.

Susan said...

You hit all the senses with those pics! Wish there was smell-o-vision! That is going to be the most bee-u-tiful guilt and that rug!

coffeeontheporchwithme said...

It is definitely that time of the year. I was getting rid of plants and baked an apple pie yesterday too! I love the rug you are making. -Jenn

Mama Pea said...

Thanks, JoAnn! Is that apple pie in the oven yet? Yep, I think I can smell it! ;o}

Mama Pea said...

Sparkless - That's so exciting that your daughter is making her first quilt! Any chance she would let you post a picture of it on your blog? I'd love to see it.

Mama Pea said...

Susan - Thank you, thank you, thank you! Big grin from me to you.

Mama Pea said...

Jenn - Maybe we should have declared an apple pie baking day ahead of time and everyone else could have joined in with us?! Methinks there were also plenty others "yanking" plants yesterday, too!

DFW said...

That quilt will be beautiful. I can smell that apple pie ....

Mama Pea said...

DFW - Apple pie is disappearing fast. Wish the progress on the quilt was happening as quickly! I love to start new quilting projects, but get frustrated when I can't work on them. Winter is coming, winter is coming, winter is . . . :o}

Laurie said...

There is nothing better than home grown and home made. I know whatever dish your chicken and broth finds it's way to will be out of this world. Your quilt is looking great. Oh, the warmth it's going to provide! And if I lived closer, like way closer, I would bring over coffe for a piece of your pie. :)

Mama Pea said...

Laurie - I would (willingly) bake another pie, 'cause there's no way any would be left by the time you could make it up here from your place! :o}

Sandy said...

Mama Pea,

I have to agree with you totally, there is nothing better than your own fresh chicken to make broth. The chicken tastes amazing, you can tell when a chicken is fresh or store bought. I stick with the fresh stuff!!!!

Your quilt is beautiful, and before you know it you'll have it done, and on your bed.

I love your crochet rug, I need to learn to do that myself. I need a living room rug!!!!
I can smell your pie all the way down here, now hand it over!!!!
Just teasing, enjoy your pie,
Hugs,
Sandy

Sparkless said...

She is just making a simple block quilt but when she gets it done in January when the class ends and she is able to bring it home I will take a pic and post it for sure.

Kristina said...

I love the rug! I need two more for my utility room. Maybe when the snow arrives, I can sit and work on one. Lately, I'm too tired to lift my crochet hook, ha ha!

Mama Pea said...

Sandy - If you were here, I'd certainly hand you a big piece! (You'd have to arm wrestle my husband for the whole pie though. ;o})

Sure do appreciate your always upbeat and encouraging comments!

Mama Pea said...

Kristina - ". . . too tired to lift my crochet hook . . . " I'm with you there, lady! (And I'm not even tearing down a huge barn!)

Leigh said...

We've been doing chickens too! And apple pie. :)

2 Tramps said...

Your pie looks so darned delicious! I think we could just eat that for dinner and nothing else!

Mama Pea said...

Leigh - Welcome to the club! :o}

Mama Pea said...

2 Tramps - I have ALWAYS wanted to sit down before an apple pie when I was really hungry . . . and see just how much of it I could/would consume before calling it quits!