Saturday, April 30, 2011

A Little Break in the Action

Thought I would put the dust mop down and look at some of the pics from the weekend so far.  My new friend, Miss Pinke, is suffering through a blizzard out in North Dakota, and she is begging for some signs of spring.  I caught a few Friday and thought I would share with her.

Are you wishing for a road trip?  Check in with another friends of mine, Miss Hannah, who is on the trip of a lifetime.  Oh the Places You'll Go!   If you are a Cars movie fan, a Route 66 fan, or love a road trip off the beaten path, go jump in her back seat!







 Now we are going to turn into busy bees and get Ready for Tink's First Communion.  Sorry, no pictures from the walk/run event.  If I could have cloned myself, I would have been snapping off pics like my usual crazy self, but as it was, we were too busy to capture the moments!



Hope you all are seeing some sunshine this weekend and not so much snow !   To Miss Pinke, I hope that white "stuff" melts as fast as it falls!

Friday, April 29, 2011

Frantic Friday

Well Dang! 

I had my rear end up high in the girls' closet for a long time trying to find my album of pictures from London so I could scan some and do a post about fairy tale goings-ons going on this morning in  London!  Westminster was one of my favorite places in London.  It is a beautiful abbey, but the big draw for me was all the historic figures eternally resting within its walls.  Literally in many cases!  Queen Elizabeth I is also entombed in a sarcophagus there.  It is just mind boggling to know who rests there, and who has walked through those hallowed halls.  It kind of makes you stop and think when you see worn places in STONE steps where people have put their feet for over a thousand years!

No luck.  It's just too big of a job to tackle with everything else going on around here! 

Congrats to Prince William and his lovely new Princess Katherine. 

Now I am off to my vida loca.

What's going on you ask?

If I have all my ducks in a row, I'm supposed to don a Farm Bureau shirt this morning and help with Earth Day at the town park.  We talk to the second graders about sun safety and do a pretty cool little activity with sun beads that monitor exposure to UV rays.  The more sun you have, the brighter the beads get! 

The girls' school is hosting a 5K Family Fun Run/Walk on Saturday morning, and I'm in the thick of planning.  It's our first one, so after Earth Day my co-chair and I are checking our lists 2-3 times to make sure we have everything good to go by 8:30 tomorrow morning.  That probably includes some set-up stuff tonight!

In the middle of the race Saturday morning, one of us has to get Tink to the church to practice for her First Communion.  That comes on Sunday, so after the race, it's off to pick up the cake, then come home to do damage control inside and mow the yard, at least the parts above the water.

Sunday is First Communion, and I have no clue what to expect.  Tall Guy is Catholic, the girls are being raised Catholic, and I join in where I can with my Methodist background.   We are actually so lucky to have such a smooth combining of religions.  20-30 years ago would have been a different scenario.  Anywho....The mass starts at 1:00, and we are going simple with just a cake and punch afterward for family and godparents. 

While this post is unusually lacking pictures, I hope to make up for it on Monday if I get through it all.  I know Tall Guy would love to planting something this weekend, but I am kind of glad he is going to be around to share in all my fun.  I will return the favor as soon as the first field is dry enough to work. 

Right now I have to run up and get Tink's "halo" out of the box and let it start unwrinkling.  She said, "Mom!  I need a halo to go with my dress!"  After shaking my head, I gave her the correct word, veil.  Silly girl.  If finding a halo were only that easy. 

I hope this Friday finds the sun shining on you.  I know many of my friends in the South have had a terrible week with all the destructive weather.  I pray you and your loved ones are safe and sound!

Have a great weekend everyone!  See you on Monday!

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

What I Am Loving Wednesday!

My friend Megan, over at Gal in the Middle, has been doing this post for a few weeks now, and I love reading about all the things that are making her happy.  Why not spread the love around right?  So without further ado, here is what I am loving:

1.  This easy-peasey recipe from Mr. Food called Jezebel Sauce!  I varied it a bit: 1 jar apricot jam, 1 can pineapple tidbits (w/o juice), 1/2 c. Dijon mustard, and 2 tsp. horseradish!  Blend together with a hand mixer (like we used to use for SlimFast shakes!)  Goes lovely with ham or poultry (we also served turkey tenderloin from the grill).

2.  A wonderful Easter weekend!  The weather was perfect for an Easter Egg Hunt Saturday morning in the town park, and then stuck around Easter Day so everyone could walk around outside and enjoy the day.

3.  That I was able to spend the better part of Monday with my Real Farmwives of America gal pals.  I hope and pray that you, my dear readers, have the chance to gather with others who share a same passion as you do yet inspire you to bigger and better things.  I love gathering with these wonderful cooks, ladies, wives, moms, employees, aunts, and friends.  They lift me up to a higher place.  See Miss Ott, A.'s account since yours truly somehow forgot to take her camera out of her case during all the fun!  Sometimes you just have to remember things with your heart!

4.  Our Tink is having her First Communion this weekend.  I am thankful to all our family, school, and friends for helping her celebrate this moment.

5.  Mowing the yard!  Call me crazy, but even though I have developed allergies to just about everything in my old age, I love to get on that JD green mower and have a couple hours to myself.

6.  NOOA! (aka. Noah!)  This little dude scares the BEJEEZUS out of me when it goes off every Wednesday for its weekly test, but I am so glad we have it to let us know when to pay attention to the skies.  I hope you all have one in your house and that it only has to go off on Wednesdays.  Mine just went off, and it's Tuesday afternoon.  There is a tornado watch out for our area until 9:00 p.m.



7. Lia Sophia jewelry!  Love that it is getting me out of my boring rut of no accessories.  It's kind of fun to step out of my comfort zone and wear a bit of bling!  Tall Guy did give me diamond earrings for Christmas a couple years ago, though, and they NEVER come off, not even when I'm nose to nose with Miss 4~!




         

8.  These silly, wonderful, inspiring eagles!  I cannot seem to leave them alone.  I've seen the parents sit on their eggs for weeks and then protect their three eaglets from all that the elements have thrown their way.  One morning the parent was hunkered down in the nest protecting the babies from a driving rain.  When I went back to check a bit later in the day, the parent was COVERED in snow.  Now eagles rarely have a happy face, but this parent's face seemed to be even more fierce than usual.  I bow to their protective nature toward their young!  The occasional flopping fish, however, still kind of freaks me out (just because I don't expect them to gasp and flop!)

Thinking of our friends in Arkansas and Missouri and praying that the storms miss them this time!  

Tuesday Thoughts: This Weather Can Go Fly A Kite!

Oh for goodness sakes!  Just heard our local weather guy say that there is a dry, warm light to the end of this tunnel of rain, BUT it won't come until we get about 3.25 more inches between now and Friday morning! 

Thank you Mr. Schultz for epitomizing  the human angst in your beloved Charlie Brown!  Here's another angry hombre with a penchant for unspeakable words,  Looney Tunes' very own Yosemite Sam.  His angry tirade always made me giggle as a little girl!


Well DANG!   Like my title says, maybe this weather should just go fly a kite.  
Check out the pretty blue skies.....sigh......











Here's to sunny skies and dry conditions very soon.  Think good thoughts!

Monday, April 25, 2011

Monday Morning Wake Up Call

OH MY GOODNESS!!!!!

I have some great news and some not so great news!

1.  My Real Farmwives of America pals are gathering today for our FIRST BIRTHDAY PARTY!  WOOOO!
(That's the good news!)

2.  We are all bringing something yummy from out kitchens to share for a brunch! 

Now you would think this is good news, and I have my version of Pioneer Woman's Awesome-est Blue berry muffins baking as I type, BUT  (and that is kinda the opperative word here) my body needs more food right now like we need higher gas prices! 

While I go tend to my muffins, I will leave you with this absolutely hilarious commercial from Walmart.   I made mention the other day, that the girls are hard to get up in the morning.  This might be my go-to wake-up call! 

Whether or not you are a fan of Walmart, you just have to see the humor in this!

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Ok, Where Is She?

 Good ol' Miss 300 T.  What a persnickety old bitty she was!

She used to be the Queen Bee of the feed lot, and she and I had our moments.  Well, there is a new kid on the block now, just as cranky and nasty as her predecessor if not more so, Miss 4.

Tall Guy asked me to help him work the cows the last time we had a dry day.....when was that anyway?  I ran the head shoot and de-wormed them while he gave them a shot in the ear.  You de-worm them just like you would a dog; put the stuff on their back.  The only difference is that I used a HUGE squirt gun thingy.  Oh yeah, and these puppies were weighing in at around 700 pounds!

It's kind of hard to get that much weight to happily go through a narrow alley, and it's even more fun to catch them in the shoot with just their heads coming through.  I would have pictures to show you if the good Lord had given me two more arms and hands.  I caught MOST of them the right way.

It was Miss 4's turn, and she was not a happy camper or cooperative in any way shape or form.  We finally got her in the shoot, but she would not let Tall Guy get near her head.  She shook, snapped, dropped to the ground, and flung her head.  TG was getting a bit miffed with her, and I, in true female fashion, was trying in my best teacher/Mom voice to talk her down and reason with her.

After one last snap that almost broke his hand, Tall Guy went off to find something to hold her head still.  I took it upon myself to step up and try talking to her one last time.  We made eye contact, I spoke with a stern but calm voice and said that her behavior was not going to do her any favors,

and then she did it.

She looked me straight in the eye and

SPIT COW YUCK ALL OVER ME! 

I am so serious about this.  I was dumbfounded.  

Tall Guy came back with a small but effective tool to hold her head still, she got her stuff, and off she went to join the others.

I'm still shaking my head.

No, I don't believe I can talk to cows, BUT I do think they respond to calm words.  I just can't believe she, with what seemed like premeditated gall, spit on me!


Sadie!  Where is Miss 4?  I want her picture on my wall of Cow Poo(ps)
 Have you seen #4?

Boo!  Nope it's not you.


Ladies?

How now Brown Cow? 

Hey Sadie!  Do you see her now?

"She'd just around the corner Mrs. Farmer."  

"Mom!  I found her!"  (Actually Tink found her, but we'll let Sadie think she did!)

See, Can't you just see her attitude written all over her face?  

"I think I can take her!  I love you Mom!"

Please say a prayer for the farmers.  I just saw the 10-Day forecast on Lauren's blog.  Sigh......We live just a few miles from each other so her rain is our future too. This could be an interesting planting season.  We are looking at three inches of rain total in the next week.  We need warm, sunny days with a LITTLE wind to dry things out around here.

Monday, April 18, 2011

Linking to A Latte with Ott, A.'s Clabber Girl Party: PW's Awesome-est Blueberry Muffins

Me?  Cooking two days in a row?  Only in cyberspace can this happen!

Actually the wonderful school where our girls go had a visit a few days back from a team of five for accreditation review, and I volunteered to head up the breakfast and lunch meals.  Not that food would figure into the final evaluation, I still thought we should serve up some awesome goodies, so I went to a source that all my bloggy buddies love:  Pioneer Woman  affectionately also know as PW or P-Dub.

I have a ton of frozen blueberries in the freezer, so I went with her recipe, The Awesome-est Blueberry Muffins, and they were a huge hit.  And guess what?  I used an ingredient in my cabinet that is always on hand, as it has been for my mom and my grandmothers:  Clabber GIrl Baking Powder!

Here is how it goes together:

In a large bowl, sift together 3 C (minus 2 Tbls. flour), 1 tsp. baking soda,
  
2 tsp Clabber Girl baking powder and a heavy pinch of salt

and a dash of nutmeg.  

SIFT!  SIFT! SIFT!


Cook's note:  I honestly do not like to use this sifter, but my good ol' strainer that I usually dump all my floury "stuff" into and work through with a spoon is sitting in the sink holding the thawing blueberries!  DANG~!  I need to get another one of those!

K!  Now measure 1/2 C. veggie oil, add an egg and blend then ....

add to 1 C. sugar, 1 GENEROUS C. of plain yogurt (throw in extra if you want!), and
a cap-full of vanilla (now that is my kind of measurement!), and whisk together!

Now add the dry ingredients to the wet and stir to a count of ten.

Cook's note:  PW must have some powerful strokes because I had to stir about 15-20 times and DON"T USE THE WHISK!  I had clumps to dig out from the wires about halfway through when I realized my error!


Add 2 C. Fresh blueberries (save out about a 1/2 C. for topping) and stir 3 (or8) times.

Add  batter to well-buttered muffin tins, sprinkle remaining blueberries on top and then sprinkle turbinado sugar on top.....HUH????  Oh!  The recipe says I can use brown sugar if my IGA doesn't carry turbinado sugar????  Whew!  What the heck is that anyway?  I'll Google it later!

Bake for 20-25 minutes and allow to cool completely!

Did you notice in the first pictures my muffin tins have the paper cups in them?  I opted to NOT use them because they don't fit my tins well and thus make gaps in my cupcakes or muffins!  I put them in AFTER they were done so no one would get blueberry stain on their fingers!

They were yummy!  I will let you click here to see the original recipe on Pioneer Woman's blog.  There is a sauce that goes with it, but I chose to serve them as is.  Mmmm Mmmm Good!

I'm bringing these to our Real Farmwives of America gathering next week!  


Just to show I can have an original thought, I took the same recipe the next day, added cinnamon to the flour, and dried blueberries, craisins, and golden raisins to the mix.  I would also tell you to add some more generous amounts of yogurt to moisten up the dried fruit!  It was a nice switch, so this base recipe is a definite keeper around my house!



Have a great day out there, stay dry, and maybe wonder over to your kitchen for some baking therapy!  It's pretty darned good with a little Clabber Girl and some blueberries!










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