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Freezing tomates in muffin tins

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Used the 6 cup muffin tin to freeze these tomatoes.  They’ll make great tomato soup.  Notice the many orange tomatoes I have?  My favorites.  I freeze them in a gallon labeled bag.  These were green tomatoes that I picked and brought in  early October.  They turned their colors and were ready for parboiling and freezing recently.

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Just the hens again

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I love it when they are lined up.  When I see them lined up like this, I like to take their picture!

Call the Midwife

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I saw seasons 1, and 2, then I was determined to read the 3 book series that inspired this PBS success.  It took most of the summer to wait for season 3 from the library, but it finally came!  I didn’t want to see anything that came after season 3, since I heard that the main character leaves the show, and all of the the authors stories were used up.

I read the books by Jennifer Worth, the nurse from the mid 40s- 1960’s who was a midwife in England.  My review isn’t  super, but if you got o Amazon; the reviews are many- three thousand, I think!.

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I only know about the 3 books in the series- Call the Midwife, Shadows of the Workhouse, and the last one- Farewell to the East End.   I don’t know about these other two books shown above that  she wrote.  There’s so much history in what Jennifer Worth wrote, and she gives a lot of insight into the workhouses of England.

The Workhouses, also called poor houses, started out not so bad, but the turning point that was awful in the workhouse  history, was when they built huge stone regional workhouses, and consolidated the local ones into these massive huge regional ones that took the soul and spirit out of a person, and made it into a prison system for the poor.

I hope you get a chance to read Jennifer Worth’s books.  Some things are very true to the book,  that are in the PBS series, but some I’m not sure about.   I love nursing history, which is why I enjoyed reading Jennifer Worth’s true stories.  The medical field in general is so fascinating.  It has the ability to help people.  Currently I am learning how to take a person’s blood pressure.

Been canning

sept 2014 pickles

Did some pickles and I forgot how much sugar goes into sweet pickles!  These might taste real good in months to come.

Hens by grill

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They go where the shade is.  I knew there was a purpose for the grill out back.

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more hen grill pics 3

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Rye bread

Great rye bread

I finally made a great loaf of Rye bread! Finally! Yes, it looks small, and condensed.  It’s a heavy bread with 2 cups of rye flour.  Here’s where I found the recipe: http://veronicascornucopia.com/2013/08/07/bread-machine-rye-bread/

It’s the cocoa and strong brewed coffee that give it the dark appearance.  Really, this was a great recipe.  From what I know, it’s a  pumpernickel bread.   I used the bread machine (you can see the whole in the middle).   Wow, this bread is very good with just butter, for a sandwich, or with cream cheese.

Neat bread knife I have, isn’t it?  Got it a long time ago from a thrift shop.  The handle was red at one time.  That is Basil on the cutting board, from my garden.   This is very, very good bread.  You should have seen me looking for rye flour in town!  Couldn’t find any.  I go 30 minutes  away to the other Safeway and Walmart in search of rye flour-  no one had any!  I come back to town and got a 5 lb. bag of Hodgsmill Rye flour at the health store.

 

my perfume

Lisa perfume with gunmetal fram

I had a box put away… opened it up, and found out it was a few perfume things from a few years ago.  This little bottle (about 7 ml) was in the box, so I made my own perfume today.   It’s called “Steam”.  I used:

  • carnation 

  • Fig fragrance

  • Orange blood Key accord,

  • Patchouli (the dark patchouli sample I recently had)

  • Castoreum blend

  • just a little liquid lanolin

What it smells like:   kind of powdery, and the castoreum blend gives it depth.  The castoreum blend is 50% real and 50% synthetic castoreum.  I smell the orange and carnation.  The fig just blends in there, and the patchouli isn’t real pronounced, but it’s great.  

Have to be careful when I spray it, so I don’t get it on my clothes, since it is oils.   I can only spray it on my sweaty neck and arms and forehead.  I love this scent, and I made it!  It’s been very humid lately.   It doesn’t have loads of longevity, but I might have to put some more castoreum blend in it.

Oh by the way, people make little concoctions like this and put a big price tag on it!

Scent by the Sea perfume oils

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https://www.etsy.com/shop/scentbythesea  (click on this, the blue font for the link doesn’t show up, but it’s a link).

This one, Sweet Hashish, is a tobacco and powder amber.  Very nice, if you like tobacco perfume as I do.  If you apply this with Kabuki, another one of their oils, then it is even better.  Kabuki has cherry, red musk (whatever that is), and star anise.  The Kabuki alone is an unfinished perfume, like the heart of a perfume without the top notes and the base.

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Some more oils to review:

I only sent for two chocolate ones in my custom sample pack, although they do have a a chocolate lovers sample pack as well you can get.   I tried Arancia Nero, and Barbary Belle.

 

Arancia Nero-  This is the strongest smelling oil, and most long lasting sample of the bunch.  It’s chocolate, orange, and whipped creme!  And it is strong.  I kept picturing the cell of an old jail in an old  movie with big black steel bars, like this photo below of Rosalind Russell in the movie-  His Girl Friday (1940).   Really, you are a prisoner of this scent whether you like it or not.  I liked it!   Somehow, the Ocean by the Sea’s chocolate oil is the strongest one they have.  Wonder where they get their oils?

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Barbary Belle-  Another chocolate one.  This one is different from Arancia Nero, because it has tobacco and roses in the chocolate.  If  you love tobacco oil like I do, you’d like this one.  The rose in there is ok, not exceptional.  Rose oil can really vary.  This one doesn’t last as long, but it’s still good.

Other ones I got in my sample packet-

Maggies Farm- It’s just  ok,  Nothing speical. I thought there’d be a little manure smell to mix with the leather and greenery, but there wasn’t.

Egyptian Honey- sickly sweet musk, little honey.  Bad compisition. They ought to discontinue this one.

Dark Patchouli- good, but doesn’t last long.  I thought Patchouli was supposed to.  There again, this is a perfume scent that is unfinished.  Needs more notes in there.  Patchouli and lavender and orange is nice.  Wish they’d try that.

Jasmine- I love jasmine!  This one isn’t too lovable.  It’s light and flies away.  Maybe they need better quality jasmine, or less carrier oil.  

Dream- I like this lavender frankincense, pentagram in amber fusion.  Just needs to be stronger and longer lasting.  I can’t buy it if it’s weak.  Have you noticed?  I like strong scents.

Cinema Rouge- Not to bad. It’s a vanilla amber spice and black orchid, their description says.  Nice vanilla, but there could be more of it.

In conclusion- the only ones I tried to my liking were: Sweet Hashish, Aranica Nero and Bayberry Belle.  They  have a lot more concoctions on their site, wish I could have tried them all.   If I asked them to make me another sample pack with their strongest scents, I wonder what other ones I would get?

Perfume oils- Scents of the Sea

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I went to Scent by the Sea Scents of the Sea Etsy site (click it, the blue link isn’t showing up, but it’s a link).  for some perfume oils.  It’s been a hot summer, and I needed something new.   These 10 little samples were just 14.00 or 16.00 sh included. Very reasonable isn’t it?  I’m enjoying them, and I lay them out in front of my computer, like they are pictured here in the window sill.  Some of the oils are strong enough for me, but some are just to weak, so I  use the weak ones  like body oils on my legs and arms.  I might buy one of the strong ones I like, but it’ll be after I use up the little  brown vial when i realize I miss it!

Another blogger can shed more light on her sample bag (blue link color isn’t shown up, but it is a link, so click on “an even better review on these oils”).   An even better review on these oils

I’ll write more tomorrow about the ones I like.

Lillian’s Cupboard

http://lillianscupboard.wordpress.com/2014/08/07/collectibles-of-the-week-scottie-cookie-cutters/

 

Have you ever been over to  Lillian’s’ Cupboard blog?   She’s always got something neat to show us!  The link I have is to her post on Scottie dog cookie cutters.  She’s a good cook too!

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