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The scorpions may scare me, the rattlesnakes have me choosing boots over flip flops. The critters have me screaming that I want to move to a more civilized place.

Thursday night we had just a little rain. Out at the lake, they got over 2″ and that’s great. Wish we had gotten more but am happy to have gotten the heavy drizzle that we did get. During the night, we had lots of lightning and it was a beautiful show.

Yesterday morning I walked outside after the rain .. things seemed clean after having been washed by Mother Nature.

Coops

Coops

I look over and see the chicken coops, the peace and quiet of no neighbors, no horns honking, no brakes squealing, no stereos booming. The only noise is the symphony of about a dozen roosters, all of which have different crows.

I sit in the recliner, facing the window and from inside the house I watch road runners chasing grasshoppers, I see a mama turkey with a few young poults following her around, there are plenty of deer to watch, squirrels are busy putting away food for the winter.

A few scorpions and rattlesnakes aren’t going to chase me away from here. This is the place that for so many years I’ve dreamed of having and I hope we’re here for a very long time.

Yarn Report – Week 35, 2014

Soon I’ll finish Robie Street but for now, it isn’t finished and I can’t count it. Nothing was added. It was a good week!

Used this week: 0 skeins
Used since 1/1/2014: 51 skeins
Added this week: 0 skeins
Added since 1/1/21014: 234 skeins
Net Used since 1/1/2014: 183 skeins (red means I’ve added more than I’ve used)

Cooking with Lavender

Lavender is one of my absolute all time favorite flowers. I love the scent! Never have I had trouble growing lavender til moving here. I’ve tried it in several different spots around the house and I cannot get it to survive. There are some nice lavender fields in central Texas so I don’t think it’s so much the climate as it is something else. We have different types of soil in different areas on our own property so I can’t imagine why I can’t get it to grow but I can’t. Next spring I’m going to plant some in the perennial area of the garden and see if it will grow out there.

I have never used lavender in cooking but 6 or 8 years ago, Chad found some lavender flavored hard candy and knowing my love of lavender and hard candy, he bought a jar of it for me. The first piece reminded me of soap, the second piece reminded me of the taste of perfume, the third taste, I was hooked and have yearned for more lavender candy and have never come across any of it again, though I’m sure it could be mail ordered if I searched.

In the Preserving with Pomona’s Pectin book, there’s a recipe for Lavender Jelly and I can’t wait to make it. That’s probably the first thing I’m going to make once I feel like cooking again.

Lavender

Lavender

I ordered this lavender – it’s supposed to be French Lavender and it says it is “sweeter”. It definitely smells sweet. This is 8 oz. of lavender and it’s quite a bit, considering the jelly recipe requires 1/4 cup and most recipes I’ve seen require 1 Tablespoon so while I’ve been recuperating, I’ve been searching for recipes that use lavender and here are some I can’t wait to try:

Seared Ahi Tuna with Lavender Pepper Crust
Honey Lavender Biscotti
Lavender Shortbread Cookies

Yes, I’m hungry and yes, I’m ready to get back in the kitchen and play so . . yes, I must be feeling better!