Mama Martin

quilting, gardening, sewing, motherhood….

Tomato Soup September 17, 2011

Filed under: canning — janelmartin @ 5:10 pm

Tomato soup is an easy and tasty thing for lunches or dinners, especially on cold winter nights.  We like to have plenty of canned soup in our basement. (We LOVE soup!)  Last year I didn’t get around to making any tomato soup.  I was probably sick of canning by the time I got around to it.  So this year I made two batches and I am hoping to make another one.  Here are the simple steps to make it:

Remove the stem and core and half/quarter the tomatoes. Place in a pot. Cook until they are soft. Run them through the food strainer. Now you have tomato juice.


Melt a lot of butter in a big pot. add onions, flour and some other ingredients.


Add 6-7 Quarts tomato juice to the pot. Stir until it boils. Then I can it. When you are ready to eat it you mix it with baking soda and milk. Yum yum!


Rice Krispie Treats September 16, 2011

Filed under: kids — janelmartin @ 2:01 pm

Calvin had a great time making rice krispies with the leftover marshmallows from his brother’s birthday party.  We ate them in less than 24 hours!  I think we should make this  easy dessert/ snack more often.

Calvin helping stir the marshmallows.

Pretending the spoon is a digger picking up marshmallows and dumping them.


What do you do with too much ice? September 15, 2011

Filed under: Uncategorized — janelmartin @ 2:24 pm

Well make ice cream, of course.  We had bags of ice in our freezers because I had been saving up ice for Wesley’s birthday party.  Since there was a chance of a storm on his birthday we kept the drinks inside and didn’t need all the ice.

My cousin, Bunni suggested that we make ice cream.  What a great idea!  She loaned us her ice cream maker and we made a batch of vanilla ice cream.  It is so delicious 🙂 We were planning on making mint chocolate chip today, but the rain isn’t letting up outside and we like to make our ice cream outside.  We’ll see what it’s like by the time Daddy gets home!


Handmade Dolls September 6, 2011

Filed under: adoption,dolls,items for sale — janelmartin @ 10:39 am

I’ve been working on making some dolls for months now.  The 5 dolls I finished by the beginning of June went with my friend Karen to Africa.  Since then I have been working on dolls to sell to increase our adoption funds.  The problem is that I have been so busy with gardening and alterations that I haven’t found much time to really work on the dolls. But the last week or two I have been stealing an hour or two and working on dolls instead of other projects.  I have finished two dolls with many more almost finished.  Hopefully I can finish several more in the next week and a half.

The dolls are $20 each.  Let me know if you are interested in any of the dolls you see.  I can also make one that is to your specifications.


Railroad Museum/ Choo Choo Barn September 5, 2011

Filed under: kids,Uncategorized — janelmartin @ 10:35 am

in the train outside the Choo Choo barn

Our two train stops on vacation were the Choo Choo Barn and the Railroad Museum.  They are both located in Strasburg, PA.  We went to the Choo Choo Barn on our first day of vacation.  We spent about 45 minutes walking around the miniature world that they have created.  It is amazing to see all of the details that they put into this train display.  My favorite part is when you hear the fire siren.  One of the houses is on fire!  A fire engine comes out of the fire station and drives to the house.  Firefighters emerge from the fire engine.  One climbs a ladder and starts using an axe on the roof.  Another fire fighter aims a hose at the fire and water shoots out.  The last fire fighter emerges from the house carrying a person.  The fire is put out, the fire fighters return to the engine and the engine returns to the station.

an Amish barn raising

a circus

the train Calvin called Emily

Our visit to the Railroad Museum took up most of our day on Thursday (of our vacation.)  The building is filled with trains from days gone by.  Calvin was especially fond of the train that resembled Emily from the Thomas the Train series.  It was a green steam engine with big wheels.  After checking out the many trains inside we headed to the train yard to see even more trains.  The highlight of this section for me was seeing the turn table.  The rest of the hours that the museum was open was spent in the educational section.  Calvin, Dean and Wesley played with the six train tables.  Calvin’s favorite was the big LEGO version that had Thomas trains to build.  Dean enjoyed playing with the set that had remote controls to move the trains.  Wesley liked playing with any pieces that he found on the floor.  I sat back and enjoyed watching my boys play with the trains.