We have added some non-human members to our family in the last couple of weeks. The first is a twenty gallon aquarium in our living room. I have always enjoyed fish aquariums, but haven't had one since our son was born. Our son is especially enjoying the aquarium and both kids love feeding the fish. We have six long-finned zebra danios, three long-finned black skirted tetras, and three red minor tetras. It seems to be a really good mix!
I've got some herbs sprouting and we plan to have a mini aquaponics setup with the herbs. That way, I'll always have fresh ones to cook with, the tank will provide the water they need, and the herbs will help clean the tank. Win win!
The most celebrated addition is Tweak the rabbit (anyone here have kids who are Octonauts fans?). She's a very sweet little rabbit and so pretty! She is a dwarf lionhead. She was bred an angora, but I guess the lionhead look (long hair only around the head so it looks like a mane) is somewhat new. My understanding is that they are working on making it an official breed at some point in the near future.
Both kids really enjoy her, but our daughter especially. One of our dogs, Jessie, is cracking us up. Every time we say Tweak's name or talk to her, Jessie runs from anywhere in the house and stands at the cage whining at the rabbit. If Tweak lays up against the front of the cage, Jessie is licking her. We can't figure out if she really likes the rabbit, is jealous of her, or wants a rabbit sandwich.
We are letting Tweak out to hop around the living room for a while every day, but always put the dogs up during that time.
I'm really having fun with Tweak, too. We're having fun figuring out what she likes - so far spinach and apples are definitely her favorite treats!
I am incredibly sorry for being absent this month. And I say this month because I feel like we blinked and went from February 4th to the 21st. Seriously, where has the year gone already?
I'm working on the website - specifically the pages for my books. I'm aiming to have information about each one, including some character interviews and excerpts. I want to really provide a page for each book where I can share details about them and help you get to know the characters.
Oh! Let me explain that picture above, too. The kids and I had fun processing twenty pounds of pears. We dehydrated a bunch, made some spiced pear sauce, and had a lot of fun. And who wouldn't want to eat a pear or two after seeing that picture? Ha!
I'll be getting back to regular posting after today. Again, I'm truly sorry for disappearing on you all this month. I'm back and I've missed you all!
We bought forty pounds of potatoes a week and a half ago. Today we finally got a chance to can about fifteen pounds of them (give or take). After peeling them, we diced and boiled them for five minutes. We put potatoes in quart-sized jars, poured in boiling water, and then processed them for 40 minutes in the pressure canner. We ended up with fourteen quarts of diced potatoes.
We make a lot of soups through the winter and it will be so nice to just open up a jar of potatoes and pour it into the soup. Yum!
A big bonus is that we didn't add any salt, so we can use these and not add to the sodium content of our meals - something that we keep track of in our family for health reasons.
We still have a twenty pound bag of potatoes and I hope to can ten or fifteen pounds of that.
Another thing I want to try in the future is opening a jar and draining it, and seeing whether or not it'll work to use them for mashed potatoes.