Pear tree lane Farmhouse

~Welcome home~

This blog is dedicated to my dear family who live many miles away, and to you dear ladies , who have a heart for keeping the home fires burning. You, who love and cherish your family, and have a desire to create a home that says "Welcome, you are loved and cared for."

My desire is that when you leave that you will be encouraged and know that you too are loved.

Sue~

~A Day In the Life of a Country Girl~

Written by Sue, Thursday, July 30, 2020  very hot, humid, clouds left over from
yesterday's storm,90's.⛈

In Blogland Rules, they say you shouldn't make excuses as to why you haven't been blogging, which make no sense to me. When you reach a certain age, which I have, one will push the limit on rules, as I am doing at this moment.
Simply stated I've been so busy gardening, preserving food for winter, and just trying to stay cool, our weather has been almost intolerable, heat wise, the humidity is so high too, when I step outside to water the plants on the porch, I come in dripping with sweat, not perspiration plain old sweat.


Enough excuses for now!

COUNTRY GIRL SUE'S DAY

I am usually up by five a.m., coffee and devotions first, then on to the days work, such as yesterday. After the first things first, I put a load of laundry on, then to the kitchen to make mango jam, my goal is to try as many new recipes this year as possible, and this one was a winner. How do I know, I tested it this morning on a slice of toasted raisin bread, so yummy.

Last week Aldi's  had mangoes for 49 cents each I bought 14 used 8 in this recipe, I didn't need to use much sugar, it made 8 half pints, so I figured I had 64 cents in each jar. I have 4 left which I will freeze, two have been eaten.

After kitchen was cleaned, I put dinner in crockpot, I do enjoy my crockpot makes things so much easier.
I worked on drying more herbs.Here I have oregano, so much fresher than store bought.

We then went to the grocery store as the new weekly ads had come out,  Food Lion grocery store had 25% off their Nature,s Promise organic and all natural meats, I got some great deals, once home I washed, froze  the meat in trays, then I packaged the meat in Foodsaver bags! My Foodsaver is one appliance I must have, it keeps food fresh so much longer.

Here are some of  the bargains I got on the meat, we spent roughly $76.50, more or less in chicken tenders, whole chicken, pork chops, pork ribs, ground beef, steaks. Once packaged I figured, 17 meals of meat dishes  for 2 people estimated at 2.25 per person per meal, using organic and all natural meat.

I am and have always been a bargain shopper, I don't buy cheap products, I try and buy high grade at a great price. I bet you are better shoppers than I am.

WHEW! I'M NOT DONE YET!
I also worked on organizing one of my pantry closets.

Other than making jam, there is nothing I enjoy more than baking, especially cookies, I made 4 dozen chocolate chip, 4 dozen ginger snap cookies, most went to dear daughter she had asked if I would bake some for the construction workers who are working on their new log home. Homemade cookies are like people they come in all sizes and shapes.



I once again cleaned the kitchen, then on to finishing dinner. After dinner I froze some white seedless grapes I bought on sale for 99 cents per lb. Have you ever eaten frozen grapes, they make the best snacks for long hot summer days, or anytime!These were so sweet, DH and I ate quite a few before I could get them in the freezer.


At this point , I am looking for a shower and my bed.💤💤💤


 I hope you are happy you stopped by today., 
I know I am happy you did.😉😊
Hugs from me to you
Sue






~Old Mother Hubbard's cupboard is overflowing~

Written by Sue, Sunday evening, July 12, 2020  hot hot hot, humid humid humid, high 90's it must be summer.

Would you like to know what I've been up to? I am in what I call "my season of preparation"!
Summer is when we grow lots of vegetables and fruits for preserving and enjoying fresh from garden to table.

This what  my dining room looks like today,I am running out of space, this week I will getting the pantry organized and filled with  corn, beans, tomatoes, potatoes, peas, carrots,salsa, relishes if I can find a veggie or fruit, I will either freeze it or preserve it in a jar.😜😋
This is what my kitchen counter top looks like today, here I have homemade meat sauce, which I use with all kinds of pasta dishes, such as lasagna, spaghetti, even on pizza. The bright red jars are canned tomatoes, the yellow jars are pineapple, the green jars are the last of the green beans.

I alway try canning something new each season, last week Aldi's had pineapples on sale for $1.19 each, I use a lot of pineapple in my baking, and cooking, and find it rather pricy, I said, "why not", It turned out perfect, I made chunky,


 and crushed, both were delicious.What? Did you not think I was going to try this sweet stuff, oh, yes I /we did!😱

A vegetable that I have always wanted to can was carrots,since we grew them this year,


I said, "why not". I am looking forward to trying these with a pot roast!


We have also had wonderful times with family, celebrating birthdays and summer holidays, so not all has been work. For example we were leaving daughter's place recently,(after celebrating a special birthday, on the menu buffalo steak, so delicious) when we saw  on the patio 

this fella, busy as he could be weaving a web,
 it was so fascinating to see how fast he was spinning the web, only a matter of seconds between theses shots.As you can see it doesn't take a lot to make me happy! 

Sending lots of Love and Smiles your way,
Sue

~Thankful~

Written by Sue, Saturday, July 4, 2020        Sunny,very hot, humid, typical summer day!


Hello dear  friends, thinking of you today, wishing you and your loved ones  a very Happy 4th of July weekend. I think of you all so often.
I am so thankful  to live here in America, to know the price that was paid, and is continuing to be paid for the freedoms I get to enjoy each day! With all the turmoil going on, I know this, our Heavenly  Father is still in control, to which I totally rely on! His Peace is perfect, unlimited, freely given. 

Isaiah 26:3~ YOU will keep him in perfect peace; whose mind is stayed on YOU; because he trust in YOU!

I sure Miss Y'all!
Blessings,
Sue
~p.s.See you soon~

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