So, a couple of weeks ago, we went to the Wild Horse Sanctuary in Hot Springs, South Dakota. It was one of the coolest things I’ve done! It is a 13,000 acre preserve with wild mustangs running free. The gentleman that opened it about 20 years ago is 89 years old. Dayton O. Hyde bought (more…)
Fall is in the air, and the house. There is nothing better than Fall. The crisp air and the changing leaves give us all fair warning that Winter is coming. Of course, we have Autumn to enjoy until Winter sets in. It also marks (more…)
Last Friday, we experienced the Custer State Park Buffalo Run. It was in a word, awesome! To watch over a thousand buffalo run past you in a thundering herd is amazing. This event happens once a year in an effort to inoculate the heard, brand any calves, and to get an idea of the overall (more…)
Last night I went back to school. Well, not really. But I did take a class, a cooking class, Canning 101. I took the class for two reasons. One, I wanted to learn how to can. And two, I will be doing several cooking classes there myself and I wanted to see someone else and how they ran their class. I have canned before with my mom years ago. I was young and don’t really remember to much of the technical side, just that we had a peach tree on steroids and we would can peaches like mad in the summer. My good friend Vicky and I have canned jelly and jams. I was drinking as much wine as we were putting in the jelly, so I am not to sure about the technical side of it. (Do you see a pattern?) So, I decided it was about time to really learn about this tradition of preserving food through canning. And you know what? It is pretty darn simple if you follow some basic rules.
1. Only use your lids once.
2. Sterilize your jars and lids and make sure your canning pot is full of boiling water.
3. Use fruit and vegetables at their prime.
4. Don’t drink while you can. (I made up that one)
I was enthralled by Joyce, who was our instructor at Someone’s in the Kitchen. She was not only knowledgeable, but charming and funny too. She owns Willow Springs B and B with her husband. I can’t wait to stay there! So back to the canning. I am going to try my hand at canning tomorrow, so look for a post to follow soon after. This is going to be my first try at pickling veggies.
This was the view from my seat in Canning 101. I can hardly wait for tomorrow to delve into this world of preserving.
We spent this past week being a tour guide for visiting family. They have 3 boys, ages 8, 4, and 2. We were very busy. And I mean busy. These boys were tireless. We did everything, and saw everything. We ran in sprinklers, played in the dirt, watched lightening light up the (more…)
The other day I was on the phone with a friend and out of the corner of my eye I saw deer, deer, everywhere! There were three baby deer running all over the yard. They were running back and forth between my yard and the neighbors. They were having so much fun. After a bit, (more…)
Friday night in Spearfish is something all locals look forward to in the summer. They close off Main Street to cars, bring in booths, food and beverages. Each week they have a different band playing. We walk there and that way we don’t have to deal with parking. Besides (more…)
A few days ago we awoke to find 2 young bucks and a baby fawn in our yard. The two boys grazed and ate apples while the baby fawn stayed close behind. There were no females in the area, and when the bucks moved on, the baby stayed. We noticed the little guy, or gal, seemed lost (more…)
After spending the day in Spearfish Canyon, I spent the evening with horses and my hubby, two of my favorite things (not necessarily in that order). I love horses and that’s no secret to anyone who knows me, and I love my hubby too, but it is rare I get to enjoy them both at the same time. (more…)
We finally took a day off to explore. We spent Sunday in Spearfish Canyon driving and looking around at the wonder that is our backyard. Our ultimate goal was to scout out good places for photography, but we soon learned that everywhere was a great place for photography. (more…)