Thursday, January 24, 2013

Winter Garden update

A few little winter garden pictures.  Since I'm now a working lady, sadly the garden isn't getting as much TLC as it used to so it looks a little sadder than the last winter garden update, but we're still able to harvest a surprising amount.

Spinach, Brussel Sprouts and Lettuce

Broccoli, Kale, Mustard, Collards, Onions and Turnips

This lettuce is the hardiest I've seen!  We've had lettuce the WHOLE winter long!  They look the same as they did in the November pics.

Brussel Sprouts coming on

  God is blessing our garden.

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Outdoor fires and cooking

Time for the companions to learn how to build an outdoor "stove" and cook something.  First we had to find wood to build the frame, rocks to hold the vertical poles etc.  Then, using a cast-iron pot, we fried some potatoes, brussel sprouts, and onion etc plus baked potatoes in the hot coals.  Delish!!

Our frame looks good.  Now to get the fire going.

Showing different ways to start a fire.  Here our counsellor is showing us flint and steel, I believe.

Each one had a turn.  Very quickly we see a little flame.

Blowing to keep it going.

Stoking it, making sure we have plenty of oxygen.

We have a pretty good flame there.

Ok, now we're moving!

The best fire!

Time to add the vegetables.

What?  Eating already?  Just trying it out!

Oh, these were the most delicious potatoes and brussel sprouts you EVER did taste!

Another group had a different assignment.  Here they're boiling water for us all to have hot chocolate.

Are we building a tripod here?  But where is your group?

Afterward, in the Indian Counsel area, we enjoyed some stew, biscuits and peach cobbler, all made in dutch ovens.  That was also AMAZING!  We all had a good time, despite a couple of defections!

Thursday, January 17, 2013

A little snowfall

We didn't have much snow this year but what we did have was much appreciated and enjoyed.

The snow falling looked promising

not enough to build anything

But fun to walk in

And maybe catch a flake or two on the tongue

But no snowboarding this time.

A little whiteness

Let me eat some.