Can’t keep up!

Third batch of dried apples will be bagged in about an hour. I have so many apples and too small of a dehydrator. I could keep four dehydrators going 24 hours a day. Nice huh? Apples for winter…

Today I will also dehydrate a row of tomatoes. This is experimental time and I would like to have tomatoes to put in soup this winter. I also will dehydrate turnips for soup. My mind is dancing with the possibilities of what I can make this Winters with all this dried food. Example: Apples can be dropped in hot tea and allowed to re-hydrate while waiting for it too cool enough to drink. Oh my, how good that sounds…

But! I will cut up another dehydrator full of apples before the day is out and get another bag of about 30 apples to use this winter. Svetochka is trying to figure out how to make long term apple juice to store also. We have thousands of apples and I am trying not to waste them…

* * * * * * * * * *

Too hot for this bear!

Therefore, I have to pace myself. It rains off and on during the day and the gardens are like a jungle. I have 30 turnips to munch on and they are so good. The rutabagas are getting huge, the carrots are so sweet and the tomatoes are all going to ripen at the same time. The beets are slow this year, but the potatoes are done and sitting patiently in the ground, like good potatoes should do. The beets will grow until first frost and then can be stored inside. The potatoes will be dehydrated for the most part and used for soups and such…

Going to walk the Bozachka and do it before it gets hot. Boza needs to stay indoors when it is hot. The village is fog city and we are leaving right now to look at the foggy Tiny Russian Village…

WtR

Lets pave a street in Moscow… (Video)

Реконструкция Тверской в рамках проекта “Моя улица” — Reconstruction of Tver in the framework of the project “My Street”

Yes, that is the Red Square in the background…

That is how to get it done and this is how I see things being done in Russia all the time. Pave a road, bring an army of equipment and men. Combine a field, bring all the combines in the whole area! Everyone helps everyone. Fix a bridge, the men live there until it is done. On and on and on…

Yesterday six combines were doing the fields across the river. It is a good sight to see…

I know the video is sped up, but seriously that is an amazing video. I love the sped up rollers. They are like insects running all over the place and there are not just one or two rolling the street, they have dozens or more…

Enjoy, I did…

WtR

Donations really help…

Coffee-iconToday I am thinking about the trip to the Big Village yesterday. I was given a couple of donations to by things at the village. They specified that I use them for everyday living and I did just that. I had 4000 rubles to spend and I decided to keep track of what I bought for 4000 rubles. 4000 rubles is about $60…

IRIT PitcherFirst thing I bought was a new water heater pitcher, 450 rubles… Made  by IRIT in Russia… Actually China for Russia! 🙂 450 rubles is less than $7… Holds 1.8 liters of water… Need to buy another for backup… This device, or like it, is the most used device in a Russian home…

Then I went to the cheese store and bought a kilo of Russian cheese for 300 rubles. That will last two weeks at least…

I went to the local market and bought four pairs of 100% thin white cotton socks, at 35 rubles a pair… 140 rubles…

I then bought near the socks at another babushka sitting in the sun, a pack of zip lock bags, for the dehydrated foods I am doing. They cost 30 rubles for 25 bags…

I just spent 920 rubles and I took the rest of that 1000 rubles and bought two pig in the blankets. Thus I spent in my greediness, a 1000 rubles…

At this point I went to the big grocery store and spent less than 2000 rubles and or $30. I bought two packs of 12 each flour tortillas, 5 sticks of kielbasa, two sticks of real ham, one two and half liter bottle of Diet Pepsi, three cartons of 10 each eggs, four liters of milk, three cans of bug spray, six 300 gram packs of cottage cheese, two boxes of fruit tea 50 count each, two cans of sweet corn, tub of salt cucumbers, four huge cucumbers, two packs of 10 each chicken legs, one pack of ground meat (half kilo,) ten packs of goose liver pate, two squeeze mushroom sauce, salt, pepper, garlic powder, big big big bag of cookies (my weakness,) two kilos of bananas, a sandwich pre-made out of salmon,  lids for canning jars, one pack of chicken breasts 6 each of halves, one deodorant – old spice, razors to shave with (Bic,) two yogurt drinks, Olivier salad pre-made and several other items…

Lots of things are long term; milk is sterilized in a pack and it lasts up to a year. Therefore, things like can goods, freezer goods and such are used months down the road. I also included items that are not food. And my big big big bag of cookies, will last for months…

Of course this is all supplemented with turnips, potatoes, rutabagas, carrots and tomatoes from the garden. I also have tons of apples to eat and have eaten strawberries daily. So much of this food that was bought will not be eaten for awhile. I like to have stock when I can afford it…

Oh and now I hear you saying, “But that is only around 3000 rubles!”

Never fear! Boza has to have food and it takes a 1000 rubles to buy three boxes of his food. Well I get change back…

Capture

Maybe…

I then still had about 500 rubles left over and it sits on my desk for this Friday. The truck comes to the village every Friday and we can buy more food then. I always try to have enough money to buy something from the truck. They come a long ways to serve us and we need to make it worth their while. I will spend the last 500 rubles at the truck. They have great sour cream and other goodies… 😉

Thanks to all who have donated, it makes life much better in the village and I was able to splurge on a salmon sandwich, now that is something Russians know how to make and Russians love salmon. I enjoyed the sandwich this morning with coffee, after I walked the dog, pulled the turnips and weeded the strawberries… Yummy sandwich…

I am one well fed and happy bear! Yes and Boza also….

WtR

Bonus…