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 !

 

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