Sunday, October 30, 2011

Hunk of Meat Monday: Sausage Gravy and Biscuits

<3 LEONTINE IS HOME!!! She is resting up and even hinted that she might be posting on her blog early this week.  Please keep her in your thoughts and prayers and then head on over to Four Leaf Clover Tales or Love for Leontine, and give her some more love.  She is soaking it up and getting stronger every day!  Thanks so much!<3

Hang on to your wooden spoon Miss Heather, over at 3 Kids and A Lot of Pigs, I am fixin' to cook without a recipe, AND there are NO MEASUREMENTS!!!  ACK!  She's been talking about how it takes her out of her comfort zone to cook without precise measurements, but I'm not sure how to even start being precise with the sausage gravy part.

It was one of "THOSE" days at the Wallpe farm last week.  Something broke, and in the hustle and bustle of trying to fix it, a few other things went south, and well.... I just mosied on back to the house where I felt safe and tried to think of something to fix that might put a smile back on everyone's face for at least a little while.  Jent, over at From My Front Porch, had been wanting some homemade fried chicken with gravy and all the fixing's, and that got me on the right trail.  Since it was chilly, and I had a package of sausage out, and I found this great recipe for 7-Up Biscuits from It's a Small Town Life that I really wanted to try, I went for it! *I am going to post about how I made the biscuits tomorrow for Made from Scratch Tuesday, but if you can't wait you can click on the link for the recipe!

Let's get the sausage gravy started first.  Heather, this really is simple, so hang in here with me.  Put however much sausage you want to cook in the pan and fry it up, trying to crumble it as it cooks. I believe I had about a pound of meat.  DO NOT drain the grease unless it's all just swimming.  You have to have some of the good stuff in the pan at the end.




NOTE:  I didn't add any seasonings or salt or anything to my sausage.  It's all a matter of taste and how your sausage was prepared before it was packaged.  I figure it's easier to add salt at the table rather than try to take it out once it's in.  And NO! Tussin is NOT a secret ingredient in this meal. Tink had been fighting a cold, so that is why the Tussin bottle is in the background of at least one picture. 

Once it's cooked and crumbled to your satisfaction, turn off the heat, go grab your flour can, and sprinkle flour over until it looks like that first good dusting of snow.




Now take your wooden spoon or spatula, and stir the sausage until the flour appears to be gone.  It has soaked up into the sausage crumbles thanks to that grease.  You can add a bit more flour if you think the sausage is still looking uncovered.


Time to grab your milk and turn the heat back on.  I started with a full gallon, and I used 2% because that's what we drink.  Pour milk into the pan so that the bottom is just covered, and start stirring.  The heat and flour will make your milk thicken, so be prepared to keep adding milk, a bit at a time until your gravy is as thick as you want it. 

Thick means you can pull your spatula down the pan and see the bottom of it for a while after you are done pulling.



This is how much milk I used, if it helps you who like to have some idea to measure by.  I actually had to use more because once this was ready, of course the guys were NOT ready to come in, so when I warmed it up, I added a bit more milk because as the gravy cools, it thickens even more.


I'm telling you ladies, even the grumpiest guy will have to smile when he sees this on the stove and knows it's going on his plate on top of crumbly biscuits!


The finished project:



Remember to check back in tomorrow for the 7-Up Biscuit recipe.  That was my moment when things didn't go as I thought they were going to go.....tune in tomorrow for the rest of the story!

Just know it has a happy ending!

See?  

Happy Monday.  Head over to Miss Leah's page at Beyer Beware for more great recipes on Hunk of Meat Monday!


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Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Wordless Wednesday: Fun at Kelsay Farms!

<3  NEWS FLASH!  Leontine was able to come home yesterday to rest up from her treatments!  Keep sending her your love on her blog Four Clover Dairy Tales and her Facebook page.  You can click on teh badge on the right hand side of my page to get there!  Thanks so much for your prayers for her.  Please keep them coming though; she is not done with this fight, just in between rounds.  Together our prayers will make her strong enough to get through this battle to the winning side! <3

The girls were on Fall Break last Friday and this Monday, so Sunday I had a wild hair, packed them up, and headed south to see my two bloggy and Real Farmwives of America pals Liz and Amy down at their place.  Let me tell you right now that both girls said it was totally worth the 2+ hour drive.  They had a BLAST!

There is soooo much for the kiddos to see, do, and learn here, and they will have fun the entire time!  Enjoy all the pics, then make plans to head out there this weekend for a Trick or Treat themed finale to their season! 




A  Holestein cat?  Seriously?  That's pretty dedicated to a theme!


GULP!


Farm girls!

















Here is where to go on Google if you need directions or more information.  

Tink and Bear couldn't wait to tell Daddy all that he missed at the farm.  Silly girls, Daddy lived with dairy cows for 40 years!  He did a good job of being excited though. 



Now back to our regularly scheduled program of picking corn.  It didn't rain like it was supposed to, so I think I'm back in the combine today.  Found that the downed corn jumped US 41 and is hiding in what looked like pretty good standing fields.  It's not all over, just in enough spots to make you stop and head in the other direction.  Just another fun exciting day on the farm! ;-)

Hope everyone is keeping safe out there no matter what end of the road you are on.  Farmers are working later, and sometimes there isn't much road left at night.  Be careful out there!

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

HELP! I Can't Find the Apple Bread Recipe!

OK peeps!  I saw a truly heavenly recipe for apple bread a few weeks back, thought I pinned it on Pinterest, and now I can't find it!?!?!  Of course I didn't save it anywhere else, so if you are the lovely reader who made it and blogged about it, please point me in the right direction because I really wanted to make it!

I was headed out to the combine today, but I have a bit of extra time as there is a flat tired to be dealt with.  Trying to decide if I have enough time to start planting my bulbs or if I should sty inside and keep attacking the house.  It's a nasty war, and my heart just isn't in fighting dust bunnies and clutter.  May have to mosey outside.  It's supposed to be crappy weather for the next two days, so the choice will be out of my hands then right?

Just had some great news!  Leotine is feeling better.  The doctors have found a medicine that is helping her body recover from the 12 treatments she had last week, and if she can keep her food down, she will be able to go home today!  Thanks so much for all your prayers, and please keep them coming.  This is just round one, and she still has a fight ahead of her.  We are just so happy that she is improving!

That's about all I have today.  Working on a couple of blogs about drying corn and trying to to understand the mysterious language of hand signals that men send to their wives.  Any stories out there about misunderstood hand signals?  Yeah, they usually end up with some ones being sent that are universally understood, but how do we NOT get to that point is my question?  More about that later.  I think a dust bunny is sneaking up on me!

Be safe out there in the fields, and please keep Leontine in your hearts and prayers.  Also don't forget to sign up for your chance to win a free pair of Carhartt bibs over at Real Farmwives of America & Friends!


Sunday, October 23, 2011

Thank You Carhartt! Fashion Faux Pas Fixed AND I'm Warm!

<3  Please continue to keep Leontine in your prayers and thoughts.  She made it through 12 treatments last week, but they were rough on her, and she is not home as of Sunday.  She is such a fighter, but she needs our continuous prayers to help her in this battle <3
And now to  some warm thoughts.... Has anyone seen the weather forecast for the end of the week?  That four-letter "S" word keeps popping up!  So this post is very timely!

Dear Carhartt Company,

Thank you sooooo much for helping me correct a horrible situation from last year.  You see, I did not have any proper go-out-in-the-winter-to-work clothes and relied on the hand-me-downs from my dear father-in-law, aka Grandpa.  Remember this lovely picture from last year?  How I had to waddle around because Grandpa is almost 6'3", and I am just about 5'4"?  Hey, my mom is 4'9 1/2" so I am very happy with my height!

 While I still need to find a better, age appropriate hat (Yes that is DORA up there between the pink cones), here is what I selected from the Carhartt store to help out my fashion emergency!


I wouldn't trade my

Women’s Sandstone Bib Overall/Quilt Lined

for the world because now I will be WARM when I have to go outside this winter and not frighten anyone!  Woooo!  I may also have a chance at moving quicker if a cow gets a bit too cranky or close for comfort!

We already have this chore to tend to morning and night:


Feeding our boiler keeps our house warm and my toes happy with the radiant heat  running through the new floor of the sunroom.  That is also a Carhartt sweatshirt that I will hardly even let Tall Guy wear.  It is almost as warm as my bibs!

We are almost out of our horizontal corn, so I may be climbing back up the combine soon to finish up the corn.


Here's a fun pick of Grandpa and me.  He's happy I have my own pair of bibs now!


And we all know what is just around the corner.....


Then the fun really begins around here.  Tall Guy was especially happy that my bibs had a black quilted lining!  He says they are the warmest, and he should know!  He doesn't go outside without his Carhartts on, and they are usually layered.  Somewhere under all those clothes is a SHORT sleeved shirt!?!?!?!  Men!  Don't ask me to try and explain him?


And these girls will want me to come and play with them,,,,,,,






and these critters will need tended to... Well, maybe not these specific ones, but the new ones we will soon bring to the farm will need checked and fed.

So thank you again dear Carhartt Company for sending me my wonderful bibs.  They were free, but I was willing to scrounge every cent and dollar I found in this year's laundry to have a pair by this winter.  We know how great their product is because they have been a part of our farm operation for many years!  (refer to the first picture!)  ;-)  They had me from "Hello!"

"Carhartt did provide me with this product to review but the thoughts and opinions expressed here are my own."

Want something this great to keep you warm this winter?  To win a pair of Carhartt Bib Overalls of your own, please visit www.realfarmwivesofamerica.com to sign up for their giveaway.

A special thanks to Tink and Bear for taking my picture in my new bibs.  I just have to say that I prefer the other side of the camera, but it was fun to see them learn and "frame" the pictures!


Thursday, October 20, 2011

Random Thursday Thoughts!

It's raining.... and blowing.... and it's cold!  Looks like it's time for me to bring out my new Carhartt bibs!  I will be blogging about them next Monday, and for those of you who remember my winter work attire, you KNOW how much I needed some new go-outside-to-work-in-the-winter clothes!  Tune back in Monday for a new fashion statement!

Update on Leontine:  She has not been up to visitors, but she is getting her treatments done and should be home next week to rest and recuperate.  Please keep sending her your love either on her Facebook page, Love for Leontine or on her blog at Four Leaf Clover Tales.

I am having a huge dilemma.  I am so NOT a fan of Halloween, and Tink is wanting to be a vampire.  I can't quite see my dearest oldest child as a blood-sucking evil monster.  Whatever happened to princesses and fairies?

2007 Fairies

2008 Princesses

 2009 Selena Gomez and Hannah Montana

 2010 1950's chick and Bride
I'm pretty sure whatever we decide, it will have to be a WARM costume!  Maybe they both could go as polar bears!  That might not be too funny if you live in Zanesville, Ohio~!  YIKES!  My mom and dad stayed in that town just a week ago on their way home from their big 50th wedding anniversary trip out east to see the fall colors.  Just a side note that my father, a driver's ed teacher for about 35 years, has nothing good to say about road signage or driving from Cleveland on east to the Vermont/New Hampshire line.

Several of my friends and I have made it to a Top 50 Farm Blogs list!  Woo!  The badge is on my sidebar.  I had a Facebook conversation with a friend just the other night about my horizontal corn, and it made me feel so good that she and the girls who work with her at a seed dealership were able to finally understand what downed corn is from my pictures and commentary.  It's a reaffirmation that Real Farmwives of America & Friends are making a difference out there.  Yippee!

I'm a bit worried about those cute kittens and my new bird feeder.  A couple of birds have been caught.  I'm hoping it's a case of Darwinism.  The wire is "hot" so I know they are not cheating by climbing fences.

Reading a great book on my Kindle called Someone Knows My Name.  Can't wait to share it with you!

Loosing weight is good for when your husband says, "Honey, would you want to come up and help me work on this bin?"  Hauling my tush up there twice was all I wanted, and I'm so glad there was 15 pounds less of it to haul.  Wish it would have been more!  Working on it! (It was nice, though, to have a good solid anchor up there with all that wind blowing!) ;-)

I'm all about losing weight, but I really don't like the cold feeling that comes with it.  My hands and feet are FREEZING.  So glad Tall Guy turned on the boiler so my feet can stay warm out here in the sun room.  We have radiant heat in the floor!  Highly recommend this!

Speaking of boilers... BOILER UP.  My Boilermakers are taking on Miss Leah's Illini this weekend. Beyer Beware had better beware!  I'm sure if you go to her Monday post, or any of her Hunk of Meat Monday posts,you will find a ton of ideas for tailgating food!

If you are not reading my pal Jent's blog, From My Front Porch, you are missing out on an incredible story.  Start with "Where oh Where to Begin" then read "Ok,Where Was I?"  You will just fall in love with her.  These things happen from time to time on the farm but not usually all at once.

I also totally agree with Jent; I also suck at house work.  You would know this if you came into my home, especially if you snuck upstairs!

On that note I had either better get to cleaning or make those yummy oatmeal cookies I saw on Pinke Post this morning so he won't care so much that the dust bunnies are winning the battles and the war upstairs, along with the pile monsters.

Have a warm day.....STAY INSIDE!