Letters from Home

November 20, 2014

     Wow! We are having winter weather and no doubt about it! Although according to the calendar it is still Fall. I believe we got everything that was predicted on Sunday evening. Lots of snow, wind, and cold. I am thankful for a warm house and good food.

     One morning last week the temperature dropped to 20F and we did not get our squash put indoors. now we need to use them soon or they won't be much good.
 
     The time is here to begin winter activities, sewing, card making (for those who enjoy that), reading, writing, and of course the daily cooking, etc. It's a good time to browse through cookbooks and try new recipes.

     The church ladies got together to work on a quilt to sell at one of the benefit auctions next summer.

     To help use up the butternut squash I cooked one and used some to make Gluten-Free whole grain pancakes. Here is the recipe: 100 grams flour mix *, 1/4 tsp baking soda, 1 3/4 tsp baking powder, 1/2 tsp salt, 1 egg (separated), 2 TBS pumpkin, 2 TBS oil, 1 tsp vanilla, 1/2 c. homemade coconut milk. Mix dry ingredients together in one bowl and in another mix the liquids. Stir the two together until blended. Beat egg whites until stiff and fold into the batter. Fry on a buttered skillet and serve with warm maple syrup.
*The flour mix is equal amounts in grams of Teff, Millet & Buckwheat, or you can use Teff, Amaranth & Quinoa.

     Some years ago a friend gave me a Birds & Blooms daily planner and in it there are facts with questions and answers about birds or flowers. I am going to put a fact with with the question in each letter then the next month I will put in the answer. If anyone wants to send an answer I will let you know if you were right.
      Its a fact: Nearly as touch as plywood, gourds make good birdhouses, especially for house wrens, bluebirds, and purple martins. What entrance hole size do these birds require?

     Our Grand Re-Opening at the store went well and it was good to see a lot of you here to help us celebrate.

 

"Encouragement is awesome. It can actually change the course of another person's day, week, or life." C.R.Swindell

                  Have a warm day,  
                             Sovilla