Happy Birthday Daryl!

Today we got to celebrate another family birthday and what a fun time we had getting everyone together for Daryl’s birthday. Now when I say that we get everyone together I’m thinking that our way might be a little different than what others might mean. When I say that we can ‘get together’ for a birthday it usually means that we will all be using our computers to skype to each other.   

And that’s exactly what we did tonight to sing Happy Birthday to Daryl and for us all to watch him blow out his candles. And if you look closely at the candles you’ll see that they are brand new ones and have never been used before. Yup, I bit the bullet on that one because I was so tired of making 9’s into 3’s and 4’s into 1’s – so I spent a whole $2 and added these two candles to my shopping cart on Tuesday. So I’m thinking new candles are almost better than a birthday present right? 🙂

So for supper tonight  we had Daryl’s favorites – meatloaf (his mom’s recipe) boiled potatoes with butter/salt & pepper, green bean casserole, and then of course birthday cake and ice cream!It was fun to see everyone and to get together even if it was electronically. Hey it still counts in my book!

Happy Birthday Daryl!

 

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Holding my breath!

Lately every time that No Ears gets pregnant we hold our breath! The reason is because she is getting up there in age and seems to get milk fever before she has the calf. So she’s usually so weak and let me just say it’s pretty scary for both No Ears and myself! 

Her last calf she had gotten so sick and was down for a couple of days. And then of course she had given birth to the calf Luna at that time out in the field in the rain. Yup, pretty much the worst circumstances. So when I asked the vet if there was any kind of birth control for cows first they looked at me like ‘did you drive here by yourself’ and then with a kind of smirk said to just keep her away from the bull. OK seriously, how many years do you have to go to vet school to learn that! Well since they are nice in that office, I just smiled and held my breath hoping that her age will help us get her out of this situation. 

No such luck! Luther the bull kind of likes her so of course she was going to have another calf. AND GUESS WHAT? She did have a calf, and she didn’t get sick or in trouble at all this time. I’m so glad because every once in awhile Daryl will say that we will have to sell her and when I give him the stink eye and say kinda mean things back to him if he ever sells her (shock right?) so see she’s still the best mom in the yard! 

And what is her newest calf’s name? Well April of course!  

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WIND

What is it good for? Absolutely nothing!

OK, maybe a little too much drama going on here, but as everyone knows I do not like wind – especially when it’s been blowing for the past few days at 40 to up to 60 mph. Now I’m sure that there are reasons that people like wind – the first example that I can think of is being on the beach in ARUBA and it’s around 85 to 90 ° and as it gently blows over your face to help keep you cool. Yup, that’s a good reason for a gentle breeze. 

But guess what? We are not in ARUBA anymore and does it really have to be so windy that it has blown semi trucks and trailers off the roads? I’m guessing no!

But it is drying off the fields to get ready for Spring planting so I guess I’ll just have to live with it. And now that I’m laying in bed with the wind howling outside and rain hitting the windows I could only wish I was back on that beach with a light wind blowing across my face.

 

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It’s getting to be that season again

Well winter should be about done. Thank goodness! But with winter on the out and spring coming in that means one thing on our farm. 

It means rock picking time! 

Daryl told me the other day that he was going to go out and pick up a few of the big ones. 

Humm… kind of looks like an over achiever to me!

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Getting my green on!

I saw a recipe on Pinterest the other day that I’ve been dying to try. OK, once you see what I wanted to try you might think that this girl needs some better hobbies!

But what I wanted to try was to make a homemade dishwasher soap. Yup – just like living on the edge.

So with my recipe in front of me I started to cut up the lemons and then added water into the pan so that it could cook for around 20 minutes or until they were soft. Next step was to blend them up to almost a paste. After a really good blending in my bullet blender the lemon mixture was way too thick to strain so I added some additional water to see if that would help. This step seemed to take a lot longer to me and the next time that I do this I think I’m going to use my juicer! It should be faster but still get the job done! But for now I had kind of a mess. I pulled out a second strainer to ‘pre-strain’ the mixture. Yup, I officially had a mess going on in the kitchen. But the recipe did say that it was a little time consuming so I just need to go with the flow. OK,  next add the salt and vinegar and now all it has to do is boil and get thick. Well this is where I didn’t ‘go with the flow’ so well. I’m sure I should have boiled it longer to thicken it up but I needed to move on with my day. The final product wasn’t as thick as they said it was going to be, but I think it’ll be OK.

The funniest thing about the whole process is that one of the comments for the recipe is that it’ll make your house smell absolutely wonderful. Huh. Our house just smells like soap.

  • Update I have used it a couple of times and so far so good. I used 3 Tbsp per load or one good pour and then keep the jar in the fridge.  I think I’ll make some more again but use the juicer thing instead. I can always throw it in the dishwasher to get it clean 🙂 

Why it should work: “Lemons have many properties that ensure clean dishes, from the citric acids that help to remove mineral and hard water deposits to the lemon oil in the rind with bacterial and cleaning properties from limonene – a component used in many commercially prepared cleaning products. Add white vinegar’s cleaning power, and salt as a scouring agent, and you’ve got a complete dish cleaner. The white pith and rind also add pectin, a natural thickening agent”

 

Ingredients

  • 4 medium lemons
  • 1 ½  plus 2 cups water
  • 4 ounces white vinegar
  • 1 cup Kosher salt (I used table salt without Iodine)

 

Instructions

  • Cut the lemons – including the pith and peel – into chunks about 1/4 inch thick. Remove all seeds. You should have about 2 cups worth.
    • Place the lemons into a small saucepan with 1 1/2 cup of water.
    • Bring to a boil slowly over medium heat and allow to simmer for about 20 minutes. There should be less water, and the mixture should be a little syrupy, with the lemons very soft. Stir frequently, adding more water as needed.
    • Pour the lemons and liquid into a blender and add the other 2 cups water. Blend at a high setting until the mixture is very smooth.
    • Strain the liquid back into the saucepan.
    • Add the vinegar and salt and stir thoroughly.
    • Bring to a boil at at medium setting and cook for 10 to 15 minutes. The mixture should thicken a little – something like applesauce.
    • Allow it to cool completely in the saucepan. Stir if you notice any crust forming on the top (it will be due to the salt.)
    • Store in a glass container. It will make a gel.

 

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Chicken

Recipe Disclaimer: Even I think this is a weird recipe.

But it takes about 3 minutes to prepare so I gave it a shot! 

Well I’m still on the ‘lets clean out the freezer’ kick so out came some chicken and I honestly wasn’t sure what I was going to do with it. I had only a few minutes after work until I had to leave again so I took the chicken out of the refrigerator (thawed by now) and put it in the crock pot. Next I dumped in a jar of grape jelly and topped it off with some shakes of hot sauce and worchester sauce. For the seasoning I put some salt, pepper, onion powder, and seasoning salt in the pan. Then I left. Gross right? 

And how did it turn out a couple of hours later? It wasn’t bad and really pretty good. And I think I’ll even make it again! Are you brave enough to try it?

The picture makes the chicken look like a funky color. It was much more deep brown – honestly. 

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Are you kidding me?

It’s April 2nd not April Fools Day! Snow. 

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April Fools joke?

You know how I said that I had made a turkey on Sunday for dinner and how good it smelled? Well that odor seemed to have gotten into some areas in the fridge that I never would have guessed!

Now it’s Monday morning and like almost every Monday morning – I seem to be running behind schedule to get out the door and actually on the road and to work on time. Once I’m out of bed, I hurry up and go to the bathroom, wash my face, add a little make-up so I don’t scare too many people, brush my teeth and hair, and then… then I grab my container for water for the day and put ice in it. No big deal, well until this morning. I thought that the refrigerator still smelled a little funky and smokey inside but that’s probably because I had the broth in it right? So when I opened the freezer I could still smell the smoky aroma of the dinner from the night before and thought that I was just in a hurry and was probably imagining it. Yeah, not so much!

When I got to work and into my first meeting of the day I took a big slug of water and instantly noticed that something was wrong. But it was one of those times when you just couldn’t put your finger on it and just couldn’t figure out what the difference was! Now I don’t know if it was just luck or if it could have been having my eyes squinted while I was thinking about this riddle, but then the light bulb went off. Yup! My water tastes like smoked turkey! OK, so if I was on the show Survivor or something this would be a good deal right? But sitting in a meeting sucking on what tasted like cold turkey broth – not so good!

So I dumped out both the water and the ice and started over with just water. That also didn’t work so well for me. All I could smell was turkey broth. I ended up adding some orange flavoring to the water which kind of covered up the odor for now. Once I got home I pulled out the ice tray and took a sniff. Now just then Daryl walked into the kitchen and without saying a word just smiled and went on with his business. You know when you’re married for a long time when nothing surprising you! It was one of those moments for Daryl. 

And guess what? That ice DID smell like turkey broth! The air must circulate in our new refrigerator which is causing the problem.. So first things first – freeze the broth and put it down in the basement freezer! Next – dump out the ice! Yup, tomorrow will be a much better day in the water hydration world of Bonnie!

 

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It’s Turkey Time!

We had a turkey in the freezer for sometime now and because I didn’t get the freezer thawed out this past winter, I thought it was time for the old bird to come out and make some more room for other important things, like Cool Whip and Bacon! So out of storage the roaster came and in it the turkey went.The turkey was given to us as a gift and was completely cooked by being smoked. Yum right? Well as it was heating up in the roaster I took a good look at it and realized that holy smokes it was a pretty big turkey for only two people! I mean how much can or should we eat? To give you an idea on how big it was, just to take it out of the roaster when it was done I had to use two kitchen prongs, one in each hand and without any grace at all I very clumsily was working my way to put it in another pan. While the gravy drippings going all over the front of my shirt and floor,  I finally got it into the pan and then placed it on the table. Well Daryl and I sat down at the kitchen table for dinner, and I knew I was right. It was a pretty big turkey!! But if you’ve made a turkey before you know that once the official first meal was over and you start cutting it apart, you come up with a lot less meat than you were thinking you were going to have. Which in this case was good. And because the turkey was a kind of big, the legs weren’t the best to eat. OK, so now that the meal is over and our house smelled like a smokehouse (in a good way!), I had the turkey cut up and into the refrigerator it went until I figured out if I needed it all for a turkey noodle soup or not. Then the remaining bones and turkey legs went back into a stew pot with celery, onions, and some carrots for a turkey broth. And while that was cooking I soon realized that I need to remember that there is only two of us eating our meals together now and maybe I should learn to downsize just a little bit!

Making a large kettle of soup stock today!

 

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It’s wedding season!

Today we had the first of the wedding that we have on the calendar for this year.  It’s always hard to figure out just what to wear to a wedding in March/April isn’t it? I mean should you wear something that is short sleeved or sleeveless? Now a lot of girls do wear dresses that are sleeveless and they look just fine. For some reason when I wear a sleeveless dress this early in the year all you can see is these huge arms coming at you. Gross! So I usually opt for something a little bit more covered up until I can get a little bit more comfortable showing these flappers.

Well what did I wear? I was debating of wearing a dress with a sweater but honestly I didn’t want to look old and frumpy, and because we were only going to be at the wedding for a short time and then had another party to go to after the reception, I ended up wearing a long sleeved outfit. I guess it was a long way from the sleeveless conversation that I was having in my head earlier that day. Kind of funny now that I’m thinking of it 🙂

Looking forward to a fun summer!

 

 

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