Monthly Archives: September 2014

September 16, 2014

I am playing catch up on posting again.  My intention is to post entries in the evening, when things settle down, but they do not settle down do they?  Brushing teeth, reading stories, snuggling, putting kids to bed a second and third time….  By then I am ready to read a book or sleep.

We had quite a few events this last week !  Uncle Rs bday, unfortunate passing of a cow,  husband away on military drill, too much frozen pizza served, and cool weather is FINALLY coming !

Uncle R had a birthday !  We made him dinner and had a mini party !  Lasagna and cake.  The sauce for the lasagna was made with all veggies from his (our) garden.  I roasted yellow squash, zucchini, onions, garlic, and carrots.  Once done dumped them along with put up tomatoes and herbs into the Vitamix and presto blendo.  We have sauce !  SO GOOD.  I used ground bison for the meat and little cheese.  It was sooo good !

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Prepping the sauce to blend. Double the garlic…that is my motto !

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Sauce pre blend

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Browned ground bison and sauce simmering

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Finished product ! Yes those are noodles. Shhh do not tell. I toyed with making our Paleo Lasagna, but I was just too tired. Lazy girl gets the noodle and stomach bloat, it is what it is. (and it was goood)

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Cake !

On Thursday our daughter notices a cow down in the field.  I thought a tree went down, apparently I need to wear my glasses more often.  The kids and I rode over and she was right.  A ten year old cow had passed away.  We have no idea why, but that was our first experience of the sad side of farm life.  We were not able to stay in the field long, a storm was coming.

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We lost a cow, when I came to check on her all the other cows surrounded her. I was not able to get close.

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It rained SO HARD !

We helped Charlie’s friend O celebrate his 7th Birthday at Wonderworks.  This was our first visit and we had a great time !  It was empty which allowed us to try out everything.  I am afraid of heights, lets put that out there.  I climbed to the top of the rock wall and rang the bell.  AWESOME.  When the kid working the exhibit said just hold the rope, lean back and let go I was like HECK NO !!!  So I also climbed DOWN the rock wall.  The other challenge was a four stories high rope maze.  They hook you in a harness to a line and then you walk across ropes and balance beams.  I did it because Charlie was inch to short to go on his own.  He was done after fifteen minutes.  I took him down, then a friend and I looked at each other and said LETS DO THIS !  So the two moms went and conquered this beast.  IT WAS SO MUCH FUN !!!

Here is the link to this madness.

 

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Charlie getting his climb on. He made a quarter of the way up. He tried twice. So proud !

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Evie Girl made it three quarters of the way up. She rocked it out !

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I was totally freaked out having to use one of their helmets. So glad I tried !!! Even wearing FAB suede heeled boots !

Monday I decided to get my down home cook on !  Paleo Style of course…..Smothered cube steak with mushrooms and onions.  Served with mashed potatoes (that we grew) and steamed cauliflower and broccoli.  I could not stop eating it !!!!  SO easy to make too !  This was my first time cooking a meal in a cast iron skillet.  Yes they do make food taste better.  The bacon grease helped too !

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First heat your oil/grease of choice. I used bacon grease but butter or EVOO would be fine too. NO FAKE STUFF. Take that canola oil and can it !

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Salt and pepper your cube steak. I also tossed on some garlic powder.

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Brown each side, this take about 2 minutes per side. Set aside in an oven ready pan.

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Once the meat was done I sauteed mushrooms in the left over bacon grease, I did need to add more (used butter). Seasoned with salt, pepper and garlic powder. SO EASY !

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Next up… saute the onions. Again. Butter, salt, pepper, garlic powder. I did these until nice and brown, yet firm.

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Dish before baking. Preheat oven to 300 deg.

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Broth I use for cooking…

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Pour about a cup of broth into the pan and boil and scrap all the goodies off the bottom. Pour into baking pan. Add another cup of broth.

Put the finished product in the oven and cook for about an hour.  I went over the hour and the meat was falling apart !  I put a scoop of mashed potatoes in the center of the plate, topped with meat, mushrooms and onions.  Drizzled the broth/gravy over the top and dug in !

As usual I have no picture of the finished product and plate.  I like to eat too much, I had seconds !  The kids ate it too.  Evie did put hers in a flour tortilla (sigh) but she did eat it !

 

September 1, 2014

Labor Day Weekend was all about labor for us !

We have a very pretty white fence that surrounds the house.  There is an electric fence on the pasture side to keep the cows off of it.  White fences get dirty from lack of sun etc…  Once  year we clean them, think bucket of water with bleach solution and a brush.  Hose off and repeat.  I channeled my inner Tom Sawyer and volunteered for the task this year.  I really thought I would have it done before the kids started summer vacation.  Then a week turned into a month and another and now we are in September !  Completing that fence is at the top of my list for September, did I mention there are like 50 or 60 sections and we wash both sides !

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Wax on Wax off. Scrubba Scrubba…..

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Dirty fence

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Clean fence

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Bleach we mix with water to clean the fencing. First I hose down the section. Then dip the brush (same type with long handle you use to wash your car) into the water solution and coat the fence, then do each section. Hose off. Move on to next section.

Tennessee is VERY hot right now, 90s.  Killer.  Ready for fall.  To cool off I made the kids some fresh popsicles.  Lucky for mommy there was quite a bit of the mixture left over and it goes nicely over ice….. with vodka.  Just saying….

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Ingredients ! Watermelon and Limeade.

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Toss watermelon chunks and two cups of limeade into Vitamix and press go.

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Fill super cute popsicle molds, freeze and enjoy !

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Watermelon Limeade with Stoli Blueberry Vodka. Tastes like a watermelon Jolly Rancher !

Charlie got some power tool training today !  He became the “Drill Master” !  Umpa (aka grandpa) was replacing the framing around a water tank, the cows finally did it in.  Umpa rebuilt the frame and needed to install it.

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Drill Master !!! (check out his cowboy boots ! Too cute.)

My plan for today was to NOT get dressed, I succeeded until 6pm tonight…when “the” phone call came.  Uncle Ronald called and said it was time to pick the potatoes !  All six of us piled in the cars and headed down the road for potato picking and family bonding time.

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How you dress to pick potatoes when you are an international fashion star !

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Uncle Ronald plowing through the potatos. You drive up each row with a plow thing on the back that goes in the ground it makes two new rows and out pop the potatoes, so cool !

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Plowing the first row.

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First pass with the tractor. POTATOES !!!!

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After three passes per row we were done ! BUCKETS of potatoes. Fresh organic non GMO ! WOOT WOOT !

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This soil is so rich it is like velvet !

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Tater…. they call me tater salad. BAHAHAH ! Love Ron White !

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Hard working boots.

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Bald Sexy Husband.

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Kids relaxing in the back of Umpa’s pick up.

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Soon we will have more corn, second crop is coming due !

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What I am MOST excited about… butternut squash. So many made it ! They will be ready the end of the month. This one is a foot long !

Kids have showered, now to put them to bed…school night !