Exciting News
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...though a little belated
Submitted By margery on 09/10/23
A Maiden's Musings, margery, Documents, News, Family, Ma, Ellen, Travel, Hawaii, Good Times 

I haven't posted until now because I have been very, very busy.  And that's all the excuse I
need=)
 
Here's the news flash:
 
Ellen and Mother have gone to Hawaii for two weeks!=)
 
Ma's brother, Uncle Adam, is in the Coast Guard, and was recently transferred to a station in Kauai.  He asked Ma to go down and visit him and his family, whom we haven't seen for almost four years.  Ma hasn't even seen her little nephew, Weston, who was born last year, and cousin Victoria was just a baby, three months younger than Clara.  We decided that Ellen should go with her.  It's her turn to go on a trip=)  I'm so glad they were able to go.  Ma's sister, Aunt Anna, went as well, and it is the first time in a long time that all three siblings have been reunited.
 
We took them to the airport Wednesday morning, and on the way home I bought 180 pounds of cabbage at Carver's.  
 
And I've been making sauerkraut ever since.
 
And listening to the new Hat Band CD.  (The cover looks superb, Tasha, btw:)
 
And pounding, pounding the cabbage in time... 
 
And reminding Tilda that calf has a silent l..
 
And letting Clara help wash the dishes... and mopping up afterwards...
 
And pounding, pounding the cabbage... Cabbage cabbage abbage...
 
Five gallons down.  Five more to go.
 
...And going crazy.  Oh, semi-crazy, then. =)
 
I got a phone call last night from Ma.  She said that as she spoke, she was sitting on the beach with her toes in the sand, looking at the warm waves and the lovely foliage all around her.  Ellen, she said, was swimming with Victoria, and they were having a wonderful time. 
 
Well, we're having a great time, too, but we miss our travelers sadly.
 
 
Happy Trails, folks!
 
 
 

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Re: Exciting News
4 weeks - 32,767v
Posted 2009/10/24 - 2:05 GMT
Ooh, it sounds like they're having an absolutely wonderful time!!=D  
 
Michelle was over today, and I randomly said, "Mrs. Falconer and Ellen should be in Hawaii now...", then we both looked outside at the gray clouds and the rain, then back at each other *big sigh*;)
 
Hey, we had sauerkraut with our dinner!=)
Wow.  180 pounds of cabbage?!  I guess I'm just not used to buying in such large quantities...
 
Do you want any company while you pound cabbage, and possibly some help with the pounding?  I'll be glad, if nothing else, to save you from going crazy...or, maybe, help you get it out of your system by going crazy myself:)
 
Why, thank you my dear!  I'm very pleased, ridiculously pleased, with the way it turned out=)
 
Lovingly,
 
~Tasha~
 
 
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Re: Exciting News
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Posted 2009/10/24 - 18:51 GMT
Yes Hawaii sounded extreamly lovely yesterday, and the day before and the day before. Sigh. I'd be glad to help you pound cabbage too. It's always more fun doing something not fun with someone else. Besides I can't emagine pounding 180 pounds of cabbage all by myself! I can hardly emagine 180 pounds of cabbage let alone pounding it :). Let us know if you would like help!
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Re: Exciting News
4 days - 7,064v
Posted 2009/10/24 - 19:21 GMT
Which one's the mother?????
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Re: Exciting News
3 hours - 295v
Posted 2009/10/26 - 16:40 GMT
Wow. How fun!! I bet that is rather a change fom N. Idaho. :)
I hope they have a great time. From the pictures, it looks like they are. ;)
Wow!! That is a LOT of cabbage!! Have you completed your sauerkraut yet? We made a bunch earlier in the year, and just finished the last jar. :(
Do you process yours in jars? Or crocks?


~Sarah~

PS:Is there anywhere we can purchase a copy of the Hat Band's cd??
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Re: Exciting News
4 weeks - 32,767v
Posted 2009/10/26 - 17:45 GMT
You can purchase a Hat Band cd through their website, here.  We're hoping to eventually have their cd available on Blue Behemoth, but we haven't starting working on that yet...
The Falconers gave us one of your Country Cousins cds, and I really enjoy listening to it - especially Medley of Mountain Hymns:)  Did y'all record it yourself, or did you go to a recording studio?
 
~Tasha~
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Re: Exciting News
3 hours - 295v
Posted 2009/10/27 - 16:21 GMT
Thanks Natasha!
Yes. We produced it ourselves. I am head "tech person." Lol
Hopefully, if we make another, it will be better quality. I've been working on learning the equipment better. :)
Glad y'all enjoyed it though. Yeah. I like the Medley of Mountain Hymns too. We put it together for competition a couple of years ago and had a lot of fun with it.
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Re: Exciting News
4 weeks - 32,767v
Posted 2009/10/27 - 20:48 GMT
I think the quality was excellent for having recorded it yourselves!!  We wanted to do that, and tried, but it just wasn't working out.  I wish I had taken a picture of the "sound room" (or whatever it's called;) that the boys put together.  It included mattresses off the beds, blankets, pillows, and anything else they could think of to keep the sound from echoing=)
Hehe, it was something to behold;)
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Re: Exciting News
14 hours - 2,434v
Posted 2009/10/27 - 2:22 GMT
Oh Kellie! I don't know if I could do 180 lbs. of sauerkraut in 2 years!
The weather there must be beautiful! Unlike the rain here *sigh*!
Hope you have fun! Only five more buckets!

Lauren
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Re: Exciting News
2 weeks - 22,163v
Posted 2009/10/27 - 19:53 GMT
Ma, I thought the same thing when I saw this picture!  How fun;)
 
Michelle, Hmm, yes, the weather in Hawaii, so I've heard, leaves nothing to be desired.  *Sigh* is right!;)  Thank you so much for being willing to help pound.  I am pleased to announce, however, that I am finished with the sauerkraut! Tasha and her mom stopped by a few days ago, and we were able to get quite a bit of it done, and the rest went fairly quickly.  Thanks, Tasha!
I only ended up with seven gallons in the end, because I dried four or so loads in the dehydrator, and I saved a few heads for making cortido (Latin American sauerkraut) when Ma gets home.  Praise the Lord!
 
Sarah, Yes, and I think they're finding it an agreeable change - especially in October.  We actually had snow coming down for a while on Sunday night! Thankfully, it turned into rain again, but it was rather disconcerting, just the same!  
How do y'all make your sauerkraut?  I used the lacto-fermented recipe in the Nourishing Traditions cookbook.  It's pretty simple, and oh! So yummy:)  We use jars, but Ma just got a really nice, big crock, and she's planning to do some "experimentations in fermentation", as she likes to call it, in that;)  
 
On the subject of bluegrass, I have to say that the Country Cousins play the best Orange Blossom Special around... at least in my opinion:)  Nearly the whole time I was doing the sauerkraut, I listened to the Country Cousins and the Hat Band - there's nothing like good ol' bluegrass to get the beat going;)
 
Lauren, yep, I had fun;)  
 
Well, talk to y'all later!
 
~Kellie~
 
P.S. The spelling of sauerkraut is... weird.  What were those Germans thinking?!  Wait -  I'm German... oh, never mind=)
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Re: Exciting News
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Posted 2009/10/27 - 20:41 GMT
You're very welcome, dear:)  It's always more fun with a friend, and I enjoyed myself thoroughly.  It was fun listening to the Polecats (I think we're both a wee bit tired of listening to the Hat Band right now;), and watching Pollyanna=)  Oh, and attempting to sing harmony while chopping and pounding cabbage!;)
 
Much love,
 
~Tasha~
 
P.S. You and Ellen do look like twins, Mrs. Falconer:)
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Re: Exciting News
2 weeks - 22,163v
Posted 2009/10/27 - 23:57 GMT
Ahem - attempting to attempt to sing harmony while chopping and pounding cabbage...!;)
 
Love,
 
~Margery~
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Re: Exciting News
4 weeks - 32,767v
Posted 2009/10/28 - 1:00 GMT
Oh, yes, right...;D 
 
Love,
 
~Edith~
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Re: Exciting News
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Posted 2009/10/28 - 16:38 GMT
Haha...Sounds like us and our cousins when we are cleaning or baking together. It always goes a lot faster with friends...and music (making your own, or lsitening to it)
We make sauerkraut with just salt, cabbage and caraway seed. We let it sit with salt, then pound it into jars, and let them sit on the counter for a week or so. Yummm!! Terribly delicious. We just started using it on Chili.


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