This has been a typical Saturday in "Little Shouse on the Prairie". Everybody has been busy about their tasks, both work and play.
After a leisurely breakfast, Sir Knight, Master Hand Grenade and Miss Serenity hit the wood deck and split a huge pile of firewood. We have taken to stacking it in our wood hut (built with cattle panels) rather than the sunroom because spring is in the air and our sunroom will soon be arrayed in its summer finery.
While the older set worked on firewood, Princess Dragon Snack and Master Calvin spent their morning chasing ducks through puddles and shooting arrows at hay bales. I think they got some target practice in with their sling shots as well.
Maid Elizabeth and I washed dishes and cleaned the house. It seems as though there is more mud on our kitchen floor than there is outside! Keeping up with the floors in the springtime is a never-ending chore - oh!
After morning chores, we got busy having fun. Fun for Sir Knight usually includes something to do with guns, so he and Master Hand Grenade lugged in ammo cans and 5 gallon buckets full of brass and began processing it so that they could reload. Most of the brass had been tumbled already, but it still needed to be sized, decapped and trimmed. When you're dealing with hundreds of rounds, it takes a looong time!
|Inserting sized brass into case gage|
|Checking the back|
|Checking overall length|
|Press in the lower position, adding a new piece of brass|
|The Dillion press performing two functions at once - sizing decapping in the first stage and trimming in the third stage|
|Advancing the press so that we can do it all over again|
|Lubing the cases (we actually do this first)|
|Men at Work|
|Cooking play dough|
|Ready to play|
|Princess Dragon Snack creating...|
|And Master Calvin|
Me? Well, I spent the afternoon in front of the computer working on a cookbook. I keep thinking I'm getting close, only to remember that I wanted to include this, and this and this recipe! I do think I'm about done with recipes and I am just finishing up sections on cooking on a wood cookstove and hospitality, and a few odd recipes on wildcrafting and homestead medicine.
That is what is going on on our homefront. How is your weekend?
OH - and remember to set your clocks forward this evening!
1 C. flour
2 tsp. cream of tartar
1/2 tsp. salt
1 C. water
1 T. oil
1 tsp. vanilla (optional)
15 drops of food color (optional)
Cook all ingredients in a saucepan over medium heat, stirring constantly, for about 4 minutes or until mixture forms a ball. Remove from saucepan and let the play dough rest on the counter for about 5 minutes. Knead the dough until it is smooth and blended. Cool completely. Store in an airtight container in refrigerator.
1/4 C. granulated sugar
Food coloring (as much as needed to make the desired colored)
Mix the sugar and food coloring until the color has saturated. Spread the sugar in a pie pan and bake in oven at 350° for 10 minutes.