Friday, December 7, 2018

New Vintage Find for My Kitchen

As you know, I have a "thing" for chickens....

Me and my beloved Martha.  She was my favorite!  I still have a few of her offspring - I can pick them out - sassy, independent, big black eyes and feathery crests.  None of them have replaced her in my heart.  She was a sweetie!  

So, yesterday, Lisa and I went to consult a family with their estate sale needs.  They are doing the sale on their own, just wanted some direction.   While we walked around, I spied this on the kitchen counter....."It's ok if you say no, but I have to ask, is this going to be for sale?"

I couldn't believe it was the same celery green I painted my kitchen, much less that it had this adorable rooster on it.  "I could sell that" .... "well then, you just did!"  I didn't and still don't know how much it was because we did a "bundle deal."  Lisa picked out an item she priced $10, we try to keep it fair, so I guess this will be equal to that.....I got the better deal...teehee!   Somehow, it always works out that way...(wink, wink)...just ask her!  

We also bought a van's so much fun to buy this way!  No one else, but the family, saw it.  I've said this before, but when you buy and sell in the same the same estate sales your customers go's a bit awkward.  We left bids on some of the furniture that they want to post to try to sell.  "Don't sell that for less than ...this... or, we will buy it."  

So, we both left with goodies for ourselves, Christmas gifts for family (yep!) and some awesome items for our next show.  Here is a link to the facebook page where the show and event information is listed:

However, this will find a home on my "coffee cart" where I will store tea and such in it.  What do you collect?  For me it's what is one thing your collect....?

Blessings from Ringle, Wisconsin.  

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Sopa De Lima - Wisconsin Style

Link to previous post on "chicken bone broth":

Perfect soup for a cold day.  This is how I made it.  Click on link above to read how I made the chicken bone broth.  I happen to think as I made this soup, many of the ingredients came from my farm or that of a friend....I love that!

I had these red peppers hanging in my pantry.  I make a "hot sauce" by taking the seeds out of them and steeping in hot water till soft.  

Once the pepper is soft, blend it till smooth.  I did add a bit of my stock.    

Take your chicken bone broth out of the refrigerator, skim off the fat.  I put 6 C broth in a pan and had 6 C for the freezer for a later soup.  

Then I added 1 pt jar of my homemade tomato sauce.

I then added 5-6 Tbs. of my "hot sauce" - trust me, it's too hot to add it all - for this Wisconsin native!

I did use the blender again...see the tomato skins...when I can my tomatoes, I do not skin or seed them....just what I do.  

Zest and juice from 1 large lime.  Reserve some zest for garnish.

Next, I added 2 C each of carrots (from my friend's farm) and celery.   I also add 1/2 diced onion.  Three cloves of garlic - which is from Inga's farm (read about here:  She is the host of a Wisconsin Public Channel original series, which was just picked up nationally.  

Then I added 2 heaping C of the home raised and processed chicken - all diced up and ready to go in my refrigerator from when I made the chicken bone broth.

It wouldn't be Sopa De Lima without the fried crunchy tortilla noodles.  Take some soft tortilla shells, slice in strips and fry in oil.  Drain off excess and while hot sprinkle with salt.

Then, assemble the soup, garnish with a few lime slices, zest and fried noodles.  Yummy!

I hope you give Sopa De Lima - your style - a try.  

Blessings from Ringle, Wisconsin.  

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

A Chicken In Every Pot

That quote:  "A chicken in every pot and a car in every garage"  was from our 31st president, Herbert Hoover.  His term was during the Great Depression.  

I thought of that yesterday as I tried to squeeze one of our home raised and processed chickens into this pot.  Al wrote on the bag "soup chicken."  So, I took his lead and pressure cooked this one down. 

I did have to cook it down a bit before the lid would fit.  I posted this to Instagram and my daughter commented something about "Sopa De Lima!"  I just added them for extra flavor in my broth and truthfully, I usually use the not so pretty veggies I have in my refrigerator (smile).   I also add onions, garlic, spices and cook down the chicken until it is falls off the bone.  

I pick out the big pieces, strain the broth into a pitcher and debone, deskin and dice up all the meat.  Once cooled, I put the broth in the refrigerator until the next day to use for soup.  I do this so I can skim off the fat from the top.  

So, I made creamy chicken sandwiches last night, today we will have my Wisconsin 'sopa de lima' and chicken salad sandwiches for a few lunches.  Cooking this way takes time, but the rewards out weight it.  And....bone broth...come on...from a chicken we raised on our farm...can't beat it!  If the Wisconsin Sopa De Lima turns out...I'll share it.  

Blessings from Ringle, Wisconsin.  

Monday, December 3, 2018

Motivational Monday - What Do I Have to Offer?

I'm not sure if anyone under 50 understands how life was not too many years ago.  No cell phones, internet, face book, instagram and even blogging.  Bloggers, remember when this was it - the thing to do?  Oh, how we've lost so many writers.  

Anyway, I've been looking at YouTube.  Something I hadn't really done before.  I follow a few ladies on instagram and they have channels.  So, I started watching and following those that they follow.  Anyway, it had my thinking about my life and what I could offer.  I remember doing another Motivational Monday post on relevancy, read it here:

I did create a YouTube channel, but I guess, I'm not sure what to do on it.  As I watch these channels, the women, their children, homesteads and stage of life they are in - you know, I've been there, done that already.  They are relevant because they are in the "middle" of it.  I can relate, because I've experienced these things too.  Don't get me wrong, I do enjoy watching them, but sometimes I think, you know, I would have done that this way.  Most of homesteading lessons are taught to us by what not to do.  "I won't do this, that way again."  It's true!

So, then it hit me, I can offer, experience, wisdom and maturity in skills and age that might be helpful to them.  They can rejuvenate in me a new love and desire for getting back to the basics and taking time to rekindle my passion.  

You know when I was 30 in the middle of farm and family, there weren't resources like YouTube.  It was looking it up in a book.  Now, all you need do is go to the search window and type in "how do I trim a goat's hoof?"  Visuals too!  What a blessing (when used appropriately).  

So, what do I have to offer...I guess age and experience...hard to believe, time surly goes by fast.  What do you have to offer?  Think about it and I challenge you to develop your passions.  

Blessings from Ringle, Wisconsin.  

Nutty Banana Cake

I love to make up my own creations when I bake and cook.  This one came to me as I'm trying to clean out my pantry.   So I came up with this cake:  Nutty Banana Cake

Sift dry ingredients together in a bowl:

1 1/2 C whole wheat flour
1 t baking soda
1 t baking powder
1 t cinnamon
1/2 t allspice
1/4 t salt

Cream together:

1 stick soft butter
1/2 C peanut butter - mine was chunky variety

Mix wet ingredients in a bowl:

3 mashed bananas
2 eggs
1/2 C (raw) honey

Add the wet mixture to the creamed butter and slowly add the dry ingredients.  Pour into a prepared square pan.  

Bake 350 for 35 min. or until done.

Once cooled, dust the top with sifted powdered sugar.  

My family liked it.  In fact, I'm enjoying a piece right now with a cup of coffee.

Blessings from Ringle, Wisconsin.  

Friday, November 30, 2018

Selling Antiques with Provenance

Lisa and I met with new clients yesterday.  This couple, like the other's we have worked for this past year, are downsizing.  This couple was blessed with 2 boys, who now in their 50's are downsizing as well.  This is the same issue we have faced with several of our clients this year.  Not only that, but daughter-in-laws not necessarily as interested in "family" pieces as you would hope.  (smile).

This couple has a beautiful home filled with lovely antiques.  In the business we call them "brown" pieces.  You know the spoon carved, intricate and ornate furniture pieces that were like "works of art" in simplistic home decor.  The stand out, show stoppers.  If you are in the business, you know that these pieces as beautiful as they are, aren't in the current trends.  It's hard to be the bearer of this news, when the family loves each and every piece.  Not only love, but has a story - true provenance.  

As we walked around, she told the history and story for everything in her home.  It was like a history lesson.  One piece even has the receipt from 1869 - yep, 1869.  Her grandmother purchased it with her first paycheck from her first teaching job.  I mean....what can you say....if you know me..."make one of your sons take this!"  She is still trying!  

If you have ever bought something from me, you know that I enjoy giving provenance when I know it.  I usually do, as most of my pieces are purchased like this, where the family tells it to me and I can pass it on to the buyer.  To me, this is just as important as the antique itself.  I know my customers will even ask "Jacky, what is the story behind this piece."  

Lisa and I didn't know what our "next" job was, but it found us.  We will be sharing the provenance and pieces for sale soon - once she is done trying to convince her family to take it (wink, wink).  

Here are 2 items that will be for sale soon.  This little doll and these adorable metal child size chairs.  Our client was a kindergarten teacher and these were in her classroom.  She said not only her students, but sons and grandchildren all sat in them.  She was hesitant in letting them go.  It's hard downsizing and trying to help client's do so.   

Keep watching as I plan to blog about each piece, share the provenance and then list it.  

Blessings from Ringle, Wisconsin.  

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

5 FDP Concert in Green Bay

When I tell people that I like....some...metal (music), they always are so surprised.  I know I'm a Christian, I know there are swear words in the music, I know they have Illuminati symbolism's....I am an educated listener - believe me I am.  I just LOVE the lyrics, the crackly voices, guitar and drum solos - I can't help it, I just do.  Now with all that cleared goes my post.  

Al is more of a metal head than I, but we do share in our LIKE of several bands.  5FDP -  5 Finger Death Punch - is one of them.  He is always watching concerts near us and when he found out this one was going to be in Green Bay, we bought tickets ASAP - it sold out in a couple days.  In fact, we saw that tickets were being resold in our area for $1,700...people are crazy.  Glad we got ours.

Ashes to New, Bad Wolves, Breaking Benjamin and 5FDP - what a line up.  It was an interesting concert to say the least!  From the cop coming to get the puking lady in the row ahead of us, to the mash pit "human hamster ball" to the lady who fell from the bleacher seats - we were entertained.  We were also thankful we don't do stupid stuff like that - LOL

In my observations, I was thinking, what draws these people together?  Why metal?  The girl ahead of us knew EVERY lyric to EVERY song....she was belting and spittin' it out with every bodily gesture she could muster up.  I looked at these fans in a new light.  I know why I like this type of music, I just told you up above...but, then I was thinking...maybe it was more.  5FDP and other bands like them, have lyrics that have a draw to the - don't get mad - dare I say, "misfit."  I consider  myself a "misfit" in many ways.  In front of us was that girl and her much older partner, next to me was a rather nerdy, video game playing type kid and next to Al was a rather large, taking up 2 seats kinda girl...."misfits".....  I don't want to sound mean - but, I can imagine each of them have faced a type of bullying in their life - I have too.  So when I hear lyrics that represent this, an "escape" to vent anger....I can see why they like it.  

I guess, I don't approve of the "burn MFer, burn MFer, burn"....but, I get it!  Sometimes, I want to say it too...but, I don't.   I am more for the, "arms wide open, I stand alone, I'm no hero and I'm not made of stone, right or wrong, I can hardly tell....(wait for it)....I'm on the wrong side of Heaven and the righteous side of Hell"  and  "All in all it's a good life, I got what I want, I can't complain, I'm living the good life a toast to your now, it's all 'sham pain'..."  I have other blog post with those lyrics in the title too.  For me, this "misfit" some of the hurt runs deep.  I can image for the other fans it must too.  

All this and my thoughts on similar things, has inspired my Bible study this week...."don't let hate motivate."  If you want to hear how I use 5FDP lyrics and'll have to come to Emma Kait's in Birnamwood, WI tomorrow at 10 am.  Till next post....

Blessings from Ringle, Wisconsin.