Goodbye Ice

Tomorrow it will get above freezing and the ice should all melt and be gone til next year. It melts a bit and then we get more freezing rain. Last night was the first night that the roads were pretty much impossible and it was so quiet. We were out with the dogs and Vince said “I’ve never heard it so quiet!” We can hear a bit of road noise when we’re outside but last night there was not a sound. No one was venturing out on the roads.

I’m hoping that the coating of ice has saved our peaches.

Peach

Peach Buds

The rosemary will be fine. I do believe rosemary is one of the hardiest of all the plants I’ve grown. I managed to kill our mint but the rosemary is thriving.

Rosemary

Rosemary

The cold doesn’t seem to bother the chickens at all. The wet bothers me though. They have muddy little chicken feet and they get the eggs so dirty.

Cold Chicken

Cold Chicken

They tell me that winter is over when the mesquite buds out. 

Mesquite

Mesquite

I see ice and I see mistletoe but I don’t see any buds!  :(

One Sleeve Done

Last night I finished one sleeve on the Pixelated Pullover.

Pixelated Pullover

Pixelated Pullover

The picture is kinda lopsided . . I don’t think the sweater is. 

Today I’m canning Meatballs with Turnip Gravy and by the time I make the meatballs, and the gravy and get it all canned, that’s a long process so I doubt I’ll get the 2nd sleeve done today but hopefully tonight I’ll get some progress made on it.

Chicken & Dumplings

On a cold, icy night, there’s nothing like Chicken & Dumplings. My mom made the best dumplings and Chad used to beg her to make them for him. It seems like everyone makes them differently and though most all of them are good, these are the ones I love.

Dumplings

Dumplings

Earlier in the week, I had roasted a chicken so I saved all the “drippings”, grease and all, and saved one breast and part of the other one. We prefer less meat and more dumplings and juice. The chicken had been seasoned with lemon and rosemary but there wasn’t a whole lot of that flavor in the drippings . . just enough.

We had coleslaw and dumplings . . nothing else. Vince took his first bite and said “This is the ultimate comfort food!” And it can’t get much easier when the chicken is already cooked and the “broth” is in a jar in the fridge.

By the way, just for the two of us, I make half the recipe and that’s enough for us to have them for two meals. When Chad was around, I always made the full recipe.