Friday, October 23, 2009

Crazy Busy...

We've been crazy busy around here the past few weeks. Field trips to the pumpkin patch, a brand new batch of adorable puppies, baking...baking...and some more baking..., lots of projects at work in progress, and beginning to work on my General Exams for my PhD. So, you haven't heard much from the OAH lately, but it's for good reasons.

This is the time of year when I am drawn back into the kitchen and I've been baking bread and muffins along with making pots of beans, stew, chili, and cornbread. Tomorrow I plan to make up a double (maybe triple) batch of bread dough, shape it into loaves, and freeze it for the coming month. This will allow me to take a loaf out of the freezer at night, let it thaw/rise overnight, then bake it in the morning. We'll need this "homemade convenience" while I frantically work on General Exams.

I'm also hoping to have a leeetle bonfire out in the garden to burn all the dead growth from this past summer and make some nourishing ash to spread on the garden for next year. Gotta wait until it is all nice and crispy and the weather is just right, though.

So, don't give up on me...I'm still here.


All Natural Mama said...

What are you working toward on your PhD?
That's amazing - working towards that with little children underfoot! I applaud you.
Do you attend a college near your home?

One Acre Homestead said...

All Natural, I'm working on my PhD in Education at a university that is an hour away from my home. I teach at a small, regional university that is only 20 minutes from our home, but I can only keep my job if I am working toward (or have finished) a PhD in my teaching field.

Teaching at the university gives me the best of both worlds...I can work and teach future teachers (which I absolutely love) and it affords me lots more time at home with my own children than any other job would. We get two weeks for Christmas, almost a week for Thanksgiving, Fall Break, Spring Break, and summers off. Along with that, I only go into the office three days a week this semester. My goal is to be done with the PhD next December!

Thanks for your encouragement!

The Hills said...

Okay, you're making me tired and I'm already too tired to be even more tired. ;-)

HermitJim said...

Sounds like you are a pretty busy lady! The main thing is that you are finding time to have a little fun!

Good luck on the upcoming exams...!

Anonymous said...

I really enjoy reading your blog. I used your Crockpot Applesauce recipe and it is so gooooooood. Thank you for that. And thank you for all your interesting posts. I have you on my favorites and pop in from time to time.

Pat Moore
Muscle Shoals, Alabama