Shawna

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  • Birthday 03/06/1973

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  1. I am sorry! How disappointing! I also had this happen to a couple jars of pickles this year...it's really disheartening Shawna
  2. My bet would be moles. We have them something terrible here. Luckily our garden was not in an area they seem to prefer. If you have moles, you probably have grubs. Moles feed on grubs. So, you can either get rid of the grubs, or they have many traps for moles. Good luck! Shawna
  3. Thanks for all the info. I did try baking a skillet cookie on it the other night (see my other thread LOL!). I would love to get to the point where I don't have to turn on my electric oven at all. I haven't used my elec. stove since we put in the woodstove, just working on the oven part. I will have to get one of the camp ovens. And I am glad they come in more than one size! I bake alot, so a bigger one will definitely be handier. We would love to have a wood cookstove one day! I admit I look at cookstove sites and drool over those beautiful stoves!! Some day.....:-) Our wood sotve has gotten double and triple duty since puttin git in. I cook on it, perk our coffee on it, and have dried countless racks of clothes near it (not too near!). I L~O~V~E our woodstove!!!!!!! Thanks again for all the info! I will report back as progress is made LOL!!! Have a great day everyone! SHawna
  4. Well, chaulk it up to one experience tried and learned LOL! They baked great, except for the bottom, whihc had a lvely black crusty layer I tried setting my cast iron pan on the rack that's on the bottom of my canner, but it apparantly wasn't enough space between the pan and the stove. I used my water bath canning lid to cover the cookie, which worked good. So, next time I am going to try placing a cooling rack on the stove and setting my pan on that. Other than the bottom, they cooked up great! Will try another experiment later today LOL! Shawna
  5. This will be an all-out experiment as I am trying the cookies in the cast iron but am also baking them on the top of the woodstove. I used the toll house bar cookies recipe, so we'll see how it goes! I'll let ya know! Have a fabulous evening everyone!!!!!! Shawna
  6. Thank you for posting these! I made 16 coasters from the first pattern this afternoon.....super-super-duper easy! I am going to try to make some placemats in the same manner for Christmas gifts. This is an awesome little something to make up and have on hand for those quicky holiday gifts. Thanks for the link! Shawna
  7. Hi gals! Hope everyone's having a great day! I have a question.....we installed a woodstove a few weeks ago. It's plenty big for cooking meals on and coffee and all that great stuff. The surfaces are about 12" x 24" (there's two...'cept the one in the back, of course has the stovepipe coming through it). So, I was wondering about baking on it. How would I go about doing that? Cakes and such I can do in my cast iron beanpot with a lid on it, but for things like bread, cookies, pies, etc (I did see the skookie thread, so I am going to try that!), how would I get that all-around heating?? I would like to get where I am soley using the wood sotve for cooking this winter, but need some help with the baking. TYIA!!!!! Shawna
  8. How big is the pan?? I didn;t see a size in the description... If regular cookie mix didn't work, why couldn't you use a recipe like for Tollhouse bars (didn I spell that right??...doesn't look right to me LOL! A.K.A. chocolate chip cookie bars!!) I am gonna try this out in one of my CI pans! Yumm! Shawna
  9. Gosh, I had to reply to this thread....totally cracks me up! And every one of those descriptions sounds perfectly normal to me We have also received our Vermont Bean Seed and Totally Tomatoes catalogs....also got Pinetree Garden seeds before Thanksgiving. Woohooo!!! :banana2: Happy gardening! (or at least happy pouring over seed catalogs!!) Shawna
  10. It's ALWAYS past noon somewhere in the world! LOL, that's whay dh says too :cocktail: :banana2: Shawna
  11. Since they last post I've done 7 jars of pickles (the ones I had in the crock as of last post!), 8 jars of dill spears, 12 quarts of green beans, 2 quarts and 2 pints of pickled okra. We have been picking zucchini and crookneck like crazy. I have been dehyrating and freezing that. I also froze a little over 1/2 bushel of green beans the other day. Picked our first batch of jalapenos....holy cow, what a crop! I probably got 1/2 bushel of jalapenos that I froze....that was maybe 1/4 of what was on the plants. The rest I kept on to let them grow a bit more My MIL and I were going to pick beans again today, but we got rained out, so I guess that's on for tomorrow. I know there's more okra to pick, as well as zucchini and crookneck. Gotta check the pickle cukes too. I think what's left for pickles I'll do some sweet relish. Corn is coming but we also have a raccoon helping himself (or herself!) to it. Our first planting of corn is getting pretty eaten up by the 'coon, but the second planting is fruiting out, so we'll probably get alot out of that crop. I did three plantings of corn so we should at least get something LOL!!!! I am actualy thankful that our tomatoes haven't turned red yet. I would be WAYYY too swamped with canning if that were the case. It's turnign out well that things are spacing themselves out and I dont' have *too* much to put up at one time. Happy canning everyone!!! Shawna
  12. Our ped is a firm believer that a breastfed baby needs nothing else for the first year. I nursed dd for the first 4 months, but she was a voracious eater and we gave her cereals and baby food after that (and formula....I do wish I had nursed longer though!). I made almost all of her baby food. I used things I had canned (like peaches, applesauce, etc) and table food (meats, etc) from our meals. I threw them in the food processor (I had a baby food grinder but it didn't work very well, IMHO) and any extra I froze in ice cube trays. After they were frozen, I popped them out and put them in bags or containers. It doesnt' take much to have a month's worht of baby food in the freezer! It is a crime, IMO, how much they charge for a teeny tiny jar of baby food at the store! What a rip-off!!! SHawna
  13. I heard as well that there's alot of this going around. My dd has had it since a week ago Sunday. Today is day 10 with the back door trots, as you call them Luckily she has not gotten dehydrated. She was at the doc's Thursday. Finally Sunday she started eating again. But since I wasn't having any trouble with her getting liquids, I figured Id just keep an eyeball on her. I sure hope you feel better soon!! Certaibly no fun being sick....and that goes double when you know you have so much work to do!!! Shawna
  14. Originally Posted By: farmgal Is it the sweat rolling down the backs of your knees or in your eyes that you love most? Or is it the fact that the flies won't leave you alone? Yeeeah, it's the sweat rolling down my forehead and onto the rim of my glasses. By then you are sweating so bad that when you go to wipe the glasses so you can see, your shirt is so wet from sweat that all it does is smear it around and you have a foggy mess LOL!!! Flies....and sweatbees.... DOn't worry, I just keep remembering that in another 4 months we'll be griping about how daggone COLD it is LOL!!!! And besides, however would we appreciate a nice cool shower/bath at the end of the day if we didn't sweat out 15 pounds of fluid a day??? :banana2: Shawna
  15. This is my first big garden year, so this has been one giant learning experience! I learned: --To furrow beets deeper than I did. Many of them were pushing up out of the ground by the time I pulled them. --To stake tomato plants earlier than I did. I waited waaay too long and had a heck of a time staking them. --speaking of 'maters....I would rather cage than stake. Our tomatoes looked like they were on steroids this year! They became intertwined and like a jungle. Would have been much easier to have them caged, methinks. --if trying to train vines (pumpkin, etc) to go a certain direction, do it early and keep on top of it. I interplanted pumpkins/winter squash with corn and should have kept on top of keeping the vines trained in one direction. They are overtaking my green beans....luckily I have one more picking on the badly overtaken ones! --not to show my 3 year old the little green tomatoes I had more *green balls* than I cared to count LOL! --the best laid garden plsn can go a-wry. I had a lovely graph drawing of my garden, number of plants figured out, etc. Was great until I started getting plants from our neighbor ( I am SOO not complaining, just to make that clear!!!). Thins like egglant, I planned about 10 plants, not the 36 plants I got form him....ya know, things like that --when you have the worst taste in the world for a nice red tomato, it will take a month-and-a-half for your green tomatoes to start to turn red That's about it from me so far! LOL!!! Shawna