Saturday, October 29, 2011

Dog Food Donated Sat Oct 22nd 2011

Here is pics of the pallet of dog food that was donated to us.

Dodge 68 Camper Special 200 Pickup for Trade or Sale

Drew got this truck to restore but we don't have the money or time so we would like to sell or trade it for another pickup. It needs a little body work but runs good. Call us with questions 903 764 0097

Foster Bottle Baby Kittens

We are helping another rescue out with these 3 bottle babies til tomorrow. We got them on Tues I think. They are soooo cute. UPDATE returned to other rescue on Sun Oct 30th. YEAH... they really grew while here.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Community Service Workers Yesterday

Well the community service workers came out and only stayed an hour. We got some junk moved but really had alot more to do, like the gutting pile from the mobile home. UGGHHH I wish we could find a healthy guy to live out here and help us.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Book shelf up!

Woohooo Drew put up my shelf for books yesterday and today he will be working on clearing out the rest of the mobile home. The top shelf is our VHS tape shelf.

furnace and pipes gone, under ceiling layer removed

Here is the inside of the mobile home totally gutted.  We still have to pull the insulation out of the ceiling and the water heater but that is it.

Monday, October 24, 2011



Drew and I

Shelly and Drew
It was sooooo good seeing Dyanne, it was awesome knowing she is doing better. Hopefully she will be well enough to get out of that hospital soon. Then we went to our halloween party in Dallas at SLA and we had 60+ folks show up. It was a wonderful night. We had a pallet of dog food donated which is fantastic. There was a hell of a storm all the way home though, took us 4.5 hrs to make it home. But it was beautiful and TX needed the rain.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Stacylynn Grace Maurer born today!

I am now the proud grandmom of 2 beautiful kids. Stacylynn Grace Maurer was born at 12:36 PM, PA time to my son Jeremy Christopher Maurer and his gf Carrie Anne Wilner today. My grandson Cameron Lawson was born today 8 yrs ago in 2003 to my son Michael Jeffrey Snyder and his gf Shannon Lawson. SOOO now I don't have to worry about 2 separate birthdays!!! LOL I am blessed.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011


It is only 54 degrees today. Drew and Samantha are still in bed. Neither of them felt good yesterday. Unfortunately the animals can't tend themselves soooo I will soon wake them up. I have already started laundry & fed the cats and have to clean the cabin. Buddy got ahold of a roll of TP and made a mess. UGGG Also the floor needs swept and mopped as Drew had the sofa bed out during the night.

Monday, October 17, 2011

50 Ways to Never Waste Food Again

GREAT TIPS here...

1. Leftover mashed potatoes from dinner? Make them into patty shapes the next morning and cook them in butter for a pretty good “mock hash brown.”
2. Don’t toss those trimmed ends from onions, carrots, celery, or peppers. Store them in your freezer, and once you have a good amount saved up, add them to a large pot with a few cups of water and make homemade vegetable broth. This is also a great use for cabbage cores and corn cobs.
3. Don’t toss broccoli stalks. They can be peeled and sliced, then prepared just like broccoli florets.
4. If you have to dice part of an onion or pepper for a recipe, don’t waste the rest of it. Chop it up and store it in the freezer for the next time you need diced onion or peppers.
5. Roasted root vegetable leftovers can be turned into an easy, simple soup the next day. Add the veggies to a blender, along with enough broth or water to thin them enough to blend. Heat and enjoy.
6. If you’re preparing squash, don’t toss the seeds. Rinse and roast them in the oven, just like you would with pumpkin seeds. The taste is pretty much the same.
7. Celery leaves usually get tossed. There’s a lot of good flavor in them; chop them up and add them to meatloaf, soups, or stews.
8. Use up tomatoes before they go bad by drying them in the oven. You can then store them in olive oil in the refrigerator (if you plan on using them within a week) or in the freezer.
9. Canning is always a good option. If you’re doing tomatoes, you can use a boiling water bath. If you’re canning any other type of veggie, a pressure canner is necessary for food safety.
10. Before it goes bad, blanch it and toss it in the freezer. This works for peas, beans, corn, carrots, broccoli, brussels sprouts, cauliflower, and leafy greens like spinach and kale.
11. Too many zucchini? Make dark chocolate zucchini cake, zucchini bread or muffins. If you don’t want to eat the bread now, bake it and freeze it, then defrost when you’re ready to eat it.
12.Pickle it. Cucumbers are the first veggie most of us think of pickling, but in reality, just about any vegetable can be preserved through pickling.
Ideas for Cutting Down on Fruit Waste
13. Make smoothies with fruit before it goes bad. Berries, bananas, and melons are great candidates for this use-up idea.
14. Jam is really easy to make, and will keep for up to a year if you process the jars in a hot water bath. If you don’t do the water processing part, you can keep the jam in the refrigerator for a month, which is a lot longer than the fruits would have lasted.
15. Dry your fruit and store it in the freezer or in airtight containers.
16. Make fruit leather.
17. Make a big fruit salad or “fruit kebabs” for your kids. For some reason, they seem to eat more fruit if it’s in these “fancier” forms.
18. Use up the fall bounty of apples by making applesauce or apple butter.
19. Don’t throw out those watermelon rinds! Pickled watermelon rind is a pretty tasty treat.
20. Make a fruit crumble out of almost any fruit you have on hand. Assemble and bake it now, or leave it unbaked and store it in the freezer for a quick dessert.

21. Make croutons out of day-old bread.
22. Turn day-old bread into homemade bread crumbs.
23. Freeze leftover bread. This way you’ll have day-old on hand whenever you need bread crumbs, or croutons rather than using fresh bread.
24. All of those little broken pieces of pasta in the bottom of the box? Collect them and mix with rice and veggies for a simple side dish.
25. A few tablespoons of leftover oatmeal isn’t enough for a meal, but it is great sprinkled on top of yogurt.
26. Add chopped bread to a soup. It will dissolve and thicken the soup.
27. Made too many pancakes for breakfast? Put them in the freezer, then toss in the toaster for a fast, tasty weekday breakfast. Ditto waffles.
28. If you make plain white or brown rice with dinner, use leftovers for breakfast the next morning by adding them to oatmeal. This provides extra fiber and allows you to use up that rice.
29. If you our your kids don’t like the bread crusts on your sandwiches, save these bits and pieces in the freezer to turn into bread crumbs later. Just throw the crusts into a food processor or coffee grinder to make them into crumbs. Season as you like.
30. If you have just a smidge of baby cereal left in the box, and it’s not enough for a full meal, add it to your babies pureed fruit. It adds bulk and fiber, and keeps baby full longer.
Make the Most of Meat
31. Don’t toss those chicken bones after you eat the chicken. Boil them to make chicken stock.
32. Ditto for bones from beef and pork.
33. The fat you trim from beef can be melted down and turned into suet for backyard birds.
34. Turn leftover bits of cooked chicken into chicken salad for sandwiches the next day.
35. Use leftover roast beef or pot roast in an easy vegetable beef soup the next day by adding veggies, water, and the cooking juices from the meat.
Use Dairy Before It Expires
36. If you’ve got a few chunks of different types of cheese sitting around after a party, make macaroni and cheese.
37. Eggs can be frozen. Break them, mix the yolks and whites together, and pour into an ice cube tray. Two frozen egg cubes is the equivalent of one large egg.
38. You can also freeze milk. Leave enough room in the container for expansion, and defrost in the refrigerator.
39. Use cream cheese in mashed potatoes or white sauces to give them thickness and tang.
40. Put Parmesan cheese into the food processor with day-old bread to make Parmesan bread crumbs. This is excellent as a coating for eggplant slices, pork, or chicken.
Herbs and How to Get the Most Out of Them
41. Chop herbs and add them to ice cube trays with just a little water. Drop whole cubes into the pan when a recipe calls for that type of herb.
42. You can also freeze herbs by placing them in plastic containers. Certain herbs, such as basil, will turn black, but the flavor will still be great.
43. Make pesto with extra basil or parsley.
44. Dry herbs by hanging them by their stems in a cool, dry location. Once they’re dry, remove them from the stems and store them in airtight containers.
Don’t Waste a Drop
45. Leftover coffee in the carafe? Freeze it in ice cube trays. Use the cubes for iced coffee or to cool down too-hot coffee without diluting it. You can do the same with leftover tea.
46. If there’s a splash or two of wine left in the bottle, use it to de-glaze pans to add flavor to whatever you’re cooking.
47. If you have pickle juice left in a jar, don’t pour it down the drain. Use it to make a fresh batch of refrigerator pickles, or add it to salad dressings (or dirty martinis).
48. You can also freeze broth or stock in ice cube trays, and use a cube or two whenever you make a pan sauce or gravy.
49. If there’s just a bit of honey left in the bottom of the jar, add a squeeze or two of lemon juice and swish it around. The lemon juice will loosen up the honey, and you have the perfect addition to a cup of tea.
50. If you can’t think of any way to use that food in the kitchen, compost it. Everything except for meat and dairy will work in a compost pile, and at least your extra food can be used for something useful. Such as growing more food!

Cats and Random Pics 10/16/11



Tiger, Cinders, Sandy

Fat Cat

Site between cabin and bath house

Bath house

Side View of Cabin

Sandy and Tiger

Tiger and Sandy

Table made into chicken coop

Drew turned our outside table/pool deck into a chicken coop for the silkies and guineas til we can make new coops. They managed to get out of it this morning so he had to put some boards around the bottom all the way around. Here is some pics...

We used an old air mattress for a roof cover

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Drew's Blessing

Ok I can't wait a second later... we got great news yesterday. As you all know Drew's life is filled with constant pain. We got the letter yesterday that his medicare will kick in Feb 1st. I know this is still months away but the end is in site and we can find a specialist to help him. I know my hubby isn't perfect but I love him and hate seeing him in pain and being unable to walk after he falls. We were told long ago he is heading for a wheelchair 24/7 and I am praying that isn't the case. I hear it is not cool to share personal info online but that is what CAMP NEAAL is about... caring about each other and sharing our lifes... whether it is good news or bad. We are here for each other. MsDawn

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Heading to Karen and Asa's today

Goodmorning everyone. Yesterday Drew enclosed the rabbit hutch with wood and the goat shelter with a heavy duty tarp. Since it doesn't stay cold here for long we are trying to find inexpensive options that will change easily back come spring but keep our babies warm this winter. Today he is gonna work on the chickens and if he is up to it, he will build the steps to the mobile home. We are hoping to buy the elec stuff for the mobile home Nov 1st... I REALLY want my bedroom livable by Xmas, I know it won't be all pretty but as long as we can have an elec heater and a lamp in there, we are good for now. I want a real bedroom!!! Drew is out playing with his piggie Bacon. And Samantha is making breakfast. I started laundry and am taking my coffee break before my friend David and I head to Karen and Asa's house to pick up the last of our stuff over there. I hope everyone has a great day. MsDawn

Friday, October 14, 2011

Buddy Still needs a forever home

Buddy is a friendly 2 yr old mixed breed neutered male. He has a current rabie shot as well. Great with people and housetrained. Good with other dogs, though he will chase cats and other small animals cause he wants them to play with him. He loves to play ball and run. Would make a great addition to any home. Call 903 764 0097