Friday evening we had a shocking event with one of our horses. Mr. Cooper (who owns the land where we keep our horses) called and said that he was peeing blood. So we rushed over to check on him. There was a lot of blood. A scary amount of blood. In more than one place.
Knowing that blood in the urine could mean a number of things including bladder or kidney infection, I brought along my bottle of Colloidal Silver and we gave him 2 tablespoons twice a day for the last few days. The bleeding stopped by the next day and he has been improving, eating well, and acting his normal self. Bandit is about 25 years old.
Colloidal Silver kills infection – it is anti-bacterial and anti-viral. It is amazing stuff!
I wanted to be sure we cleaned out his kidney’s and bladder, too. So, Sunday morning we woke up at 4:30 am and drove 3 hours to Asheville, NC because I wanted to buy bulk herbs to make a tincture with for Bandit. I’ll write more about that later.
Anyway, we decided to go to the Farmer’s Market and purchase food for putting by.
- 11 bushel tomatoes
- 1 bushel grape tomatoes
- 1 peck eggplant
- 1 peck yellow squash
- 1 peck zucchini
- 1 bushel green bell peppers
- 1 peck assorted mild and spicy peppers
- 2 bushels sweet potatoes
- 1 ginormous watermelon
- 4 bushels of apples
- 25 pound bag of beets
I’m planning to make Enchilada Sauce and Salsa with the Tomatoes. I’ve already been making Tomato, Black Bean, and Corn Salads with the grape tomatoes – delicious! We’ve had baked sweet potatoes and Sweet Potato and Black Bean Enchiladas. I also made Watermelon, Olive, and Onion Salad with part of that ginormous watermelon!
There was so much to see. Everything looked amazing. I wish I could have bought cabbages and pumpkins and potatoes and butternut squash. Maybe if I get everything put up quickly we can go back.
I would love to have one of these bittersweet wreaths!
Oh, and the apples – gorgeous! In November of last year I put up 14 bushels of apples. We have enough apple preserves to last until the Lord comes back! Needless to say, we didn’t buy that many this time. We bought 4 bushels of apples to use up fresh.
Have you ever had a Honey Crisp Apple? We bought only one bushel this year. They are delicious. Apparently the entire NC crop of Honey Crisp apples was lost this year. The price shot up on this variety!
After we loaded my new pick-up truck to the max, we went inside the indoor farmer’s market for a look-see.
I collect vintage looking tins. I hang them in my family room. They work well with the country decor. Anyway, we saw this one and although this isn’t the best photo, we decided my daughter Hannah looks an awful lot like Judy Garland! Yes, we brought it home.
And finally, while we were walking through the indoor farmer’s market, we tasted a sample of Amish Peanut Butter. After reading the label on the $10.00 pint jar, I decided I could probably make it at home for a lot cheaper.
I did just that. And I’m sharing the recipe:
Melissa’s Amish Peanut Butter
I know you will love my Amish Peanut Butter recipe!
- 1 lb. peanut butter
- 1 lb. Marshmallow Fluff
- 2 cups honey
- 1/2 cup boiling water
Mix together with beaters until well combined. Serve with cracker, bread, pancakes, or as a dip for fruit. Yum!
Homemaking is so much more than cleaning a house, cooking food, and making sure your family has clothes to wear. Homemaking is about nurturing a spirit of warmth, comfort, and love in your home.