Monday, December 8, 2008


Llamas got an extra bale of hay, all water buckets outside are full, plus I filled two 5 gallon pails and brought them inside.

Chickens fed and watered and coop door securely fastened, rechargeable battery thingy for the pellet stove is charging and in the house, pellet stove is full, and pallet of pellets is sitting right outside the door.

Leftover pot of chili and cornbread muffins with corn, onions and peppers (story about that later) are waiting to be warmed for supper, and a whole lot of cookies are available to tap into if it comes to that.

The weather service's timing was spot on. The winter storm warning went into effect at 3pm. I looked outside at 2:50, nothing. Looked again at 3, and flakes were just starting and it has been going gangbusters since then. I made these preparations because there was talk of ice in the mix, which is never good. If their snow totals prove as correct as their timing, we should have 6 to 10 inches of snow out of this storm before it all ends tomorrow afternoon. Yeeehah!

Another baking PSA. If you get the idea to add a bag of frozen corn/onions/peppers to some cornbread, mix the cornbread first, then fold in the frozen vegetables. Don't just dump everything in the bowl and start mixing. The frozen veggies will freeze the milk instantly, resulting in a very dry mix that won't mix because there is no liquid. All is not lost though. Hold it in front of the pellet stove for a few minutes, the milk will thaw and you can eventually moisten everything enough to put into the muffin tin and bake as per normal. Very tasty, and perfect with chili!

Wait, three posts in a row without photos? Am I sick?


Lily said...

I sincerely hope not! And I can't wait for your photos of the winter wonderland outside your window. Not to mention your mum playing in the snow, bet she has a great time and creates lots of new art.

Cindy said...

So glad you're prepared. I heard the weather and thought of you and Mom instantly. Stay warm and dry. And, yes, when you get a chance, pix please;--) Big hugs to you and Mom.

Mama Pea said...

Don't you just love the feeling of being all prepped for bad weather and ready for anything? But maybe living in Minnie-soda, we should be prepped every day of the winter! Anxious to hear now what you actually got in the way of a storm.

Turtle said...

lol at the frozen veggie fiasco! Cool on the srorm though, at least you were prepared!