Tuesday, May 31, 2011
They have these white, 'cascading' type of flowers on them that smell AWE.SOME!
Anyone know what kind of tree this is?
But I created this just for me and my taste buds. Without googling or doing a recipe search.
Monday, May 30, 2011
In other gardening news, we were hoping to get our main gardens in today and it looks like it STILL won't happen :( Hubby gave them another till last night and they are so muddy from all this dang rain that the tiller actually got stuck. Allen had to hook tow chains up to it and lift it out of the mud/garden with our tractor front end loader!!!! Keep your fingers crossed that we have NO rain this week so the beds dry up and the veggies can go in!
Friday, May 27, 2011
Yesterday, we finally got to try some out!
Do you grow any of your own mushrooms? Or are you lucky enough to harvest some morels from somewhere near you? Share you mushroom growing experiences with me - which do you grown? How do you use them? Share Share Share :)
Thursday, May 26, 2011
I took it a step further and attempted to make Homemade Granola Bars with it. I'd say it turned out fairly well. The recipe could use a little tweaking I suppose - if anything, just to make the 'moistness' of the bars better....did that make sense? Ok, what I am trying to say is that when I cut them up, they didn't quite resemble bars....but maybe I should have cut them straight out of the oven. After a few days of storing in a plastic container with a lid, they were still a tad chewy, a tad hard. Perfect for me. If I had dentures, I maybe shouldn't eat these, but for now, I still have my real teeth :) I wish I had a picture to show you, but I ate them all!
Nutella Granola Bars!!
•4 Tablespoons Butter
•½ cups Brown Sugar
•¼ cups Honey
•3 Tbsp Nutella
•2 cups Homemade Granola
•1 cup Rice Krispies Cereal
• ¼ - ½ cups Peanut Butter Chips
In a large saucepan, heat butter, sugar, Nutella and honey over medium heat. Bring to a boil then reduce to a simmer and continue to cook about 2-3 minutes until it is dissolved to a syrupy mixture. Be Careful, it will be H.O.T.!
Remove from heat. Add in your homemade granola, Rice Krispies and Peanut Butter chips. MIx it all together until nicely combined. If you have ever made Rice Krispie treats, this part of the process if very similar. Then press the mixture into a greased 13×9 pan. I used a cooking spray to grease but use whatever you like. Also, the size of the pan could vary depending on how wide or thick you would like your bars. Go ahead and cut your sqaures now to make the bars. I waited until after they cooled in the fridge and I probably should have done it now! Then, refrigerate for about 15-20 minutes. Pull out, enjoy half the pan ;) And save the other half for later!
Monday, May 23, 2011
When we first got there, I snapped this picture and didn't even realize I got some 'dog butts' in the background :) Or pigs? I am not sure which they are supposed to be!
In all fairness, we could have picked more, but just picked enough for dinner. And it was tasty!
As for the rest of our weekend, we took as much advantage as we could in preparing the gardens. It FINALLY stopped raining, for one day, on Saturday.
Due to other pressing issues back during the time when we should have started our seeds, oh just like having a baby, we didn't get as many seeds started as we would have liked. So, we stopped out at a local green house Saturday during their veggie plant sale and picked up what we needed. In the mix, we got some cool heirloom tomato's, which I was happy to see they offered! We also purchased some 'Peaches and Cream' sweet corn so I am excited to try that out!
I sowed my KY Wonder Pole Bean seeds on Saturday. I decided, rather than make room for them in one of the gardens, I would plant them around this lightpost in our backyard and they can grow up it! It will be nice to see it when it is full of beans :)
And, hubby used the opportunity to bring up some more 'black gold' (aka, aged & turned horse manure) to till into the gardens before we plant there. It was still a little wet so hopefully between the week and over the weekend, we'll have everything in!
Sunday, May 22, 2011
This is the barn of our hay guy! And that is hubby & his truck loading up some hay.
And this little guy in the forefront is the hay guys Donkey, Lewis!
This barn houses hay in it's loft, Lewis, a draft horse, chickens and guinea's. In the past, our hay guy has done pigs and beef cattle. And, cool piece of info, our hay guy was my 5th grade teacher way back when!
This post is linked to this week's Barn Charm, over at Bluff Area Daily. If you love barns, check out more pics there!
Today as I was walking past the horse barn, I noticed this little guy in the grass.
He is only about the size of a silver dollar.
I called hubby over and of course, he promptly made him a home :)
Saturday, May 21, 2011
Well, who knows if they are really tired of wearing them, but I am tired of hanging them to dry!
Hubby sent me these pics, via his cell, from their walk the other night.
Sure, we don't really have to put these on them, but you know what wet dog smells like, right? *Gag* If you don't know, I don't suggest you find out any time soon :)
Friday, May 20, 2011
Anywho, hubby, on the other hand, wants chickens. I have come around to the idea that I am okay with this, because, afterall, wouldn't it be so nice to have fresh eggs from the backyard? I have been buying farm fresh eggs ever since my friend Dawn gave me a dozen from her flock. Seriously, the difference between a fresh one and one from the store is unreal. So, back to what I was saying...I am ok with hubby getting chickens, but I have stipulations - of course!
1.) They have to stay in their coop or their fenced area. I cannot have loose chickens taking run of the farm. If I allowed that, they might show up in the barn while I am cleaning stalls and corner me. That would not be cool. I won't even tell you what I would do (pee myself and scream for hubby to save me).
2.) Hubby cannot, I repeat cannot, rely on me to help with any kind of feeding or cleaning or gathering of the eggs. Nope. No siree. Sorry, I feel terrible saying that, but if I have to put myself in any position that allows these feather friends at me, nope, sorry, can't do it.
So, with all this being said (and there is more, but these are the main stipulations), I do really want to like chickens. I want to like having them on our farm, really I do - but I am terrified. And yes, I realize how crazy that sounds!! I know not to set my goals too high -- I will never swoop down and pick one up....nor will I ever be doing this.
But I DO want to be able to be around them without sweating and shaking :) And I don't want my child to have this fear like me! So, it is probably best that any feathered encounters he has are with his father. Not like how it went down with my poor niece ;) So, when we go to the county fair, I will always have to go to the bathroom and get a lemonade refill when it is time to walk through the poultry barn - just sayin'!
Sooooo, anyways, the whole point of this post to begin with was to ask you, my readers who have or have had or have experience with egg laying chickens -- which breed(s) might you recommend we get -- you know, for someone chicken shit like me :) I don't want no nasty "I'm gonna poke your eyes out with my nails and beak" looking chicken like this. She's scary! She can have her eggs! I don't need them that bad!!
Thursday, May 19, 2011
Well, I suppose part of the obsession is due in part to all these mower's he keeps inheriting. Or maybe he keeps inheriting them because of his obsession?
I don't know...either way, please give a warm welcome to the *ahem* 'newest' *ahem* mower of the family.
Sorry I cannot give you exact specs on this bad boy. I think it was manufactuered in 1875 and since then, the name of the beast has worn off. Reasonably so.
*This post is taking place of a post I could have written about a '2 dog and a cat fight' that broke out early this morning only to end in a flat of my seedlings destroyed, with soil and broken containers all over my carpet!Seedlings that perished in the fight were Onions & Cabbage :( I think I was able to revive the Cuc's...time will tell. And some flower seeds that hadn't sprouted yet, so we'll see what happens to those too. 2 dogs and the cat are grounded until further notice.
Wednesday, May 18, 2011
Tuesday, May 17, 2011
For those who don't know, my husband and I were high school sweethearts. Yes, that is correct - oh the things he has had to endear with me! Like my crazy antics that embarrass his more quiet self. My college years - I could make a whole seperate blog for those stories....like the time I came home to find my roommate butt naked in my bed....or when my chinese exchange student roommate brought home her 'boyfriend'...or when my mouth got us in a pickel at a frat party [opps!], but, I digress. Those are other stories I should reserve for my memoir ;)
In any event, while later this year hubby and I will celebrate 3 years of marriage, I use that term loosely as we have technically been each others ball and chain for 14 years now. Yep, that's right. 14 years ago today I was sitting in an old, white Buick, next to the man I was to marry ... impatient with him because it was taking him 20 gazillion years to ask me to be his girlfriend!
So, in honor of an official 14 years, here is a quick trip down memory lane. Forgive me - I am too lazy to hook up the scanner I have from 1996 so I am posting pictures of pictures :)
Circa, 1999-ish....right? Did I do my math right?
And eventually, we got married.