September is a rough month for me. September 4th was my Dad's birthday, September 9th was my younger brother's birthday and September 15 was another younger brother's birthday. All now deceased. The brother who's birthday was the 9th I was especially close too. It was hard to say goodbye. Sometime in the future I want to put up a stone or meditation area in my gardens somewhere for the loved ones who have passed. Someplace to pray with a bench and maybe a small statue of some sort.
On a different note I look forward every year for the colors of Autumn. O Wise One and I take a yearly trek through the mountains with a picnic lunch and cameras just enjoying the beauty of where we live. I'll take plenty photos for you.
As to what I have been up to. Hip deep!! The temperatures have cooled and the rains have returned. Every day now we are starting to pull up and clean out the gardens. Friday we woke up to the sound of a big truck and this.
Yes Indeed the Good Lord does provide. The County has been cleaning around the power lines. So as we clean around the blueberry bushes and such we can refresh the mulch as well. We sent all the county workers away with fresh eggs, rhubarb strawberry jam and tomatoes and cucumbers. They all left happy. It's a win win situation.
The abundance of the month is eggs. All the pullets and the ducks are laying now. They are all such over achievers. Leroy the hen pecked rooster is now mating with the mean old hussy hens. He is strutting pretty high with his harem. And what are we doing with our egg over abundance.
Six eggs are scrambled and poured into a ziploc bag and the air removed as much as possible with a straw. Then they are stacked on a sheet pan and frozen. They make thin eggs discs. When ready to use they can be taken out and scrambled or added to recipes. Simply take out the night before you want to use them and allow to defrost in the fridge on a plate. 1/3 cup is equivalent to about one egg in recipes. So when the chickens slow down laying this winter I have a stash of eggs in the freezer for breakfast and baking.
I have also been freezing these. Simply spray a muffin tin with Pam or grease. Add the filling of choice to each cup. These have sausage, onions, green peppers and cheddar. Then fill each cup to about a 1/4 inch from the top of the cup with scrambles eggs mixed with a little milk and salt and pepper. Bake in a preheated 375 degree oven for about 20 minutes. They keep in the fridge for about 4 days. I put them on a baking sheet and freeze then put in vacuum seal bags of 4 and store in freezer. Again simply take out the night before and allow to defrost in the fridge or even frozen just put in the microwave. They are like little quiches without the crust. You could add broccoli, or maybe chopped asparagus and ham or even chopped tomatoes and parmesan. My stash is growing and with 10 hens laying I am averaging about 6 dozen eggs a week.
The other thing I am doing is using my eggs as trade goods. The farm wife down the road lost her chickens to a fox. So she came down and asked if we would trade fresh eggs for homemade goats milk soap. A bar for a dozen. She has an over abundance of soap. Should have plenty of soap for awhile.
I also ask that you please keep my granddaughter Graci Kate in your prayers. She was diagnosed over the weekend with Covid. She is 18 and was living in the dorm at college where she and 2 roommates caught it.
She has had a rough year. She had to have knee surgery her senior year for an injury that she sustained playing basketball. Then she did not get a graduation because of Covid or a senior trip. She started college 3 weeks ago and now has Covid. Bless her heart she is hanging in there though.
Well that is my rambling for the moment. Hoping to see you all at the back fence.
Blessing from The Holler
The Canned Quilter