My Christmas Wish List


Posted by kat | Posted in Emergancy Prep/ Food Storage, Family Happenings, Holidays | Posted on 27-12-2011

My Christmas Wish List went something along these lines.
Wish list for Kat ( Yes! I am still sort of on a food storage kick) LOL!!!

Home Cheese Making: Recipes for 75 Delicious cheeses by Ricki Carroll

200 Easy Homemade Cheese Recipes: From Cheddar and Brie to Butter and Yogurt – Debra Amrein-Boyes
Yogurt maker
Apple Peeler/Corer/Slicer
KitchenAid RVSA Slicer/Shredder Attachment for Stand Mixers
Aloe infused socks I am a size 8 ( friend says they are the best)
Beehive kit from
Smoker for above beehive
This is what I got from the above list.
KitchenAid RVSA Slicer/Shredder Attachment for Stand Mixers
Aloe infused socks I am a size 8 ( friend says they are the best)
Beehive kit from
Smoker for above beehive
Home Cheese Making: Recipes for 75 Delicious cheeses by Ricki Carroll

200 Easy Homemade Cheese Recipes: From Cheddar and Brie to Butter and Yogurt – Debra Amrein-Boyes

Fun things to do with kids


Posted by kat | Posted in Cooking, Gardening(herbs, flowers,veggies and trees), Holidays | Posted on 15-02-2011

Making Butter

Thursday, Feb 10th,  I read to my youngest’s, kindergarten class.  I took three books with me, I took Nobody Listens to Andrew, One Kitten for Kim and A Rose for Pinkerton.   I also took a long a craft of sorts to do with them.  I love learning how to make things and I love learning skills that were used back before it was easy to get them in the stores.

One of the things I like to do every so often is buy whipping cream and make butter.  There is two kinds of cream, Heavy and Regular whipping cream.  In order to get the cream, you let the milk sit for a bit, and the cream rises to the top, you then skim it of the top and  make butter with it.  The other thing that comes from the cream is buttermilk, but that is only after you start mixing it or shaking it.   I usually shake it, I but it in a container with a nice tight lid and we take turn, my kids LOVE shaking it and watching it start to get thicker as it turns into butter.  I then pour off the liquid, and make buttermilk biscuits or pancakes with it.

So as I read the books, we passed around the plastic jar and the kids got to shake it.  I had brought cracker’s, so they all got to try a taste of the butter they had made.

Planting Flower’s or Vegtables

Sometimes, I will take the kids to the store and let them pick out flower seeds or vegtable seeds and let them plant them in either the flower beds or the garden.  They don’t always remember to keep the patch watered or weeded, but they have fun planting the seed and then getting to watch them grow.   If you have a good sunny window, you can even do a mini garden in your house, just using a window box or even some pot’s.


Cooking with your kids, can sometimes be more fun than you realize and it also helps with the kids learning their fractions.  The other day, I had decided to make bread the old fashioned way, which pretty much meant not using my bread machine at all.  My oldest asked what I was doing and I asked if they would like to help me.   All the kids each got a different ingredient and they got to pour it in the mixing bowl and then I showed them how to knead and shape the dough to make loafs.  Even if they never make bread by hand, they have at least seen what it looks like.

Making Wrapping Paper

Someone gave us a HUGE roll of paper, it’s not as thick as Craft Paper, but the kids love it when I pull it out and let them color on it.  We then use it to wrap, presents and I also will take apart a cardboard box, inside it out have them color on it and then tape it back up.  We did that this Christmas and it was really fun and everyone thought it was a great idea.

Bah Humbug!!!!


Posted by kat | Posted in Holidays | Posted on 11-12-2009

Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE CHRISTMAS.    But for some reason this year, it just crept up on my way faster, than I expected.  I was hoping to have everything made and the few things that had to be bought.  I am no where near ready for Christmas, let alone in the Christmas spirit.   Maybe I got burnt out on seeing Christmas items way back in October, but for some reason, I feel like I need more time to get ready.    I love spending time with family and friends, I love the tradition that our families have.   Some are more annoying than others, but they are still fun.   I love the meaning of Christmas and what that means for us all.

My family
opens one present and their stockings, we then make breakfast of potato pancakes, which are LOADED with garlic and we have bacon and orange juice.  We then start unwrapping presents, we are not ALLOWED to rip the wrapping paper unless we have permission from my parents.  We all take turns opening one present at a time, and we don’t move to the next person until everyone has seen the previous persons present.   We usually then stop at around 1 or 2 in the afternoon, we finish off any left over potato pancakes, and then start a family project or take naps.  We then finish unwrapping any presents that are left, and start putting together a puzzle.

My husbands family
Makes sure that at least one of the first presents that is opened are pajama’s and if anyone wants they can change into them.  They rip the paper and no one has to wait turns, but you do have to make sure you show the gift to everyone.



Posted by kat | Posted in Holidays | Posted on 20-10-2009

I know that Christmas is still TWO WHOLE MONTH’S away; but I decided that I was going to make as much of the Christmas presents as possible again this year, the last time I made handmade presents was about 5 year’s ago.  I have been working on idea’s and what not since August; and I hope that I can get everything done.   Bellow is a list of the few things I have come up with to make, and that I actually already know how to make.

Hotpad’s I know how to make two kinds one is on a loom and the other is by making a sack out of cloth and filling it up with rice and or wheat.  They can also double as heating pad’s when heated for 1:30.

Doll clothes for my neice’s and for my kids( Yes! that mean’s that I have all girl’s)

Bookmark’s  I make these by cross stitching them, but I also have made some by using laminate and adding flower’s and other things.



Dried fruit and leather( I call it leather the stores call them fruit roll up’s)

One year I made this awesome carmel and pecan icecream topping( wonder where I put that recipe)

Dry Mixes( for things like lemon poppyseed muffins, soups, cookies, bread’s also know as gift’s in a jar)

Life in General


Posted by kat | Posted in Holidays | Posted on 26-12-2007

Well! so much has happened in the last few months.

Back in Septermber I started a new business, it is called Fox Valley Engraving. I am designing the website myself. Feel free to check it out and let me know what you think.

On November 26th I had my tonsils removed, they said it was a must since I had 10 cases of Strep Throat this year. It was not as hard to recover from as I had expected, but it is something I would not go though unless it was needed.

We had a great Christmas and while it was long, it was fun. We have a very intresting mix of family traditions.

My family starts with opening one gift and our stockings, we then help peel potatoes so dad can make potatoe pancakes. We eat breakfast, clean up and then we start opening presents. We are not allowed to open them all at once or rip the wrapping paper. We each get a present which we open one at a time and with out ripping the paper, this continues until lunch time when we usually stop for lunch and wrapping of any presents that got forgotten. We also use this time to stop and play with some of the presents and or do a family project. When that is over we continue on with opening presents. This can take a long time depending on how much of my family is together.

My husbands family does things a little diffrent, but that is just fine.
They start with stockings and then go straight into opening presents, they usually also have at least one of the gifts be P.J’s. They have the traditon of ripping the wrapping paper and the messier the better. It usually doesn’t take long to be done with things.

This year it took us from 9:30am until 9:30pm to be done with Christmas. We started with my family; and when they stopped for lunch, we went to my husbands family. We had lunch with them after we opened all the presents and then we went back to my family to finish up things with them and had dinner.

The neatest gift we gave to most of my family and to my inlaws were Mushroom Growing kits from

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