I have so wanted to post a post for the last few days , but time has not allowed it. Friday afternoon I received an email from one of my daughter in loves. She said that she had just been to a garage sale in Yoder and had found a big box of homemade soap. She had them set it aside for me, she knows me well. It was closing at 6, so we came home, changed and off to Yoder we went. My Tonya said it was a 93 year old lady's home and that she was moving into a nursing home. When we got there I found some things I just knew would be useful for the farm. I walked around the different trailers. Then the older gentleman said, their is more inside! I was in for that! My girls and I went inside........and then we met Wilma. We became friends in an instant! She was tiny, had her white hair up in little waves on the top of her head, old wire rimmed glasses and absolutely adorable. She spoke with a sweet little voice. We greeted one another and her daughter was also there. The daughter started explaining what was going on. Wilma couldn't drive anymore and so she had resided to move from her home. It made me sad that she had to move......I was ready to move in with her so she could stay in her home.....but that wouldn't be the same for her. As my girls and I started going through her things picking them up and touching them, I started to feel guilty. So did one of my girls. I said something to Wilma and she said it was okay.....but I still struggled. I had to rationalize that I was helping her with her new move to the nursing home and helping financially. I continued to find my purchases.
I started gathering my treasures..........a cream and sugar set, a small little crystal dish..... I will use for our jam at our table this CHRISTmas. I also found 6 sweet dessert plates that I just love! I always like collecting miss matches! I had them all gathered in my hands and looked to see where I could start my pile. Wilma patted her lap and said for me to set them there. I obeyed her. SWEETNESS in the REAL!
Tressa was in the kitchen and found a beautiful waffle maker....it was a need for the refuge cabin!
This is an old fashioned turkey roaster.
Wilma had to tell me how I could use it as a cookie sheet and a roast pan using the bottom. Also she said the bottom could be used for cakes. It was amazingly made and it will be very useful in my kitchen!
This was a roast oven (I think)........it is sturdy just like the turkey roaster. They don't seem to make pans like they used to. It will be great for making stews also.
Just picked these up, because I am always needed buckets and baskets.
Found some zinc jar lids and things.
She had some aprons......I picked up a few. They had some stains......that's okay.....Wilma wore them.
I saved the best for last.......we a little fun........so.....
we are going to have a little party! A "NO" reason party!
I loved the soap and thought it would be fun to share. I will fix up 4 cute little bags full of her soap to share with 4 who win!!!!!! I don't have time to show you how I will decorate it, but I will try to do so tomorrow night. With having the football players today and company tonight for a hotdog roast, my time was limited. Oh, fourteen guys showed up and it was like an army as they worked on the farm. Oh my did they get some work done. They had so much fun they said and want to come back. Special day for our family. I think the Lord blessed us all!
Okay so lets PARTY!!!!
We will do the party starting today
until this Wednesday at NOON October 10th!
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Do you have a memory of laundering clothes?
Here is mine. When I was young my mom had a wicker laundry basket. I was in charge of sprinkling the laundry with an aluminum sprinkler with a cork that was attached to the top of a coke bottle. It was before steam irons. I would lay the clothing piece out flat, then sprinkle it......fold and roll it up and stack it in the wicker basket. I would love to have a day with my mom doing that for her at the age I am now!
Hugs from the farm,
P.S. Yesterday on my fb I put this pic up as I was baking bread......I said I would give the recipe!
Here is is........
Sesame Wheat Braids Recipe
3 packages active dry yeast
2 1/4 caps warm water
1/3 cup sugar
1 T. vegetable oil
1 c. whole wheat flour
1 T. water
1 T. salt
5 to 6 cups unbleached flour
2 tea. sesame seeds
In a large mixing bowl, dissolve yeast in water. Add sugar and oil: mix well. Stir in whole wheat four; let stand until the mixture bubbles, about 5 minutes. In a small bowl, beat eggs and water. Remove 2 tablespoons to a cup or small bowl; cover and refrigerate. Add remaining egg mixture and salt to batter; mix until smooth. Add 4 cups flour and beat until smooth. Add enough remaining flour to form a soft dough. Turn onto a floured board and knead until smooth and elastic, about 6 to 8 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled about 20 minutes. Punch dough down and divide in half. Divide each half into thirds. Shape each into a rope about 15 in. long. Place three ropes on a greased baking sheet; braid. Pinch ends firmly and tuck under. Brush with the reserved egg mixture; sprinkle with sesame seeds. Repeat, placing second braid on the same baking sheet. Let rise until doubled, about 15-20 minutes. Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes. Remove from baking sheet to cool on a wire rack. Yield: 2 loaves.