Saturday, December 13, 2014

Making Skillet Apple Pies...

Pie base in the skillet... with butter and brown sugar beneath it...


Apples are diced and spices added to them...I add a small amount of lemon juice...

Apples are placed on bottom pie shell in skillet...


Place second pie shell on top...It is okay if it breaks some...I place some beaten egg and extra spices and brown sugar on top...


Put in oven and bake...then eat!!  Num Num Num!!



Sunday, December 7, 2014

Fenceline repairs.

My younger child tried to be helpful today and wanted to dig out a spot to build a new compost bin. He was holding the shovel and leaning on it. We have had rain recently and the ground is soft. He leaned on the shovel and it went easily into the ground and split the underground dog fence line. Urrrggghhhh! So, here we are around the afternoon hours in drizzling rain and digging up a small space of backyard with garden tools so we do go to deep on each dig to not cut more line to try and find the break. We found it and repairs began and all was good - about 1.5 hours later.

I don't think my child thought I could make sure repairs...  :)  And for once, I was thankful to the years of the past when in my prior marriage I had to learn to be self-sufficient. It turns out that I was thankful yesterday for something that years ago I was very angry for. The pictures get more faded as they go along, because it was at nightfall and by the time we finished, it was dark...

Did I mention I do not like messing with electrical wires in the dark in the rain?

 We set out logs to sit on to dig...

 Uncovering the wire...bit by bit...

 And more digging.

 Finding the break in the line...

 Trying to pull slack in the line to be able to have enough wire to strip for repair...

 Wires stripped and twisted...

 Wrapping with electrical tape so the wires aren't exposed...
 
 

 

 It was dark and hard to recover the dug out trench dirt, so the trench line was recovered as best as possible and then logs were set on top to protect it until daylight.