Saturday, April 28, 2012

Flowers for Leontine and all those fighting the Good Fight!

What a great idea to give anyone a lift! Farm wives  and rural gals and friends from all over the country are sending our dear friend Leontine bunches and bunches of flowers to help brighten her day.  As most of you know, she is fighting cancer.  Love you Miss Leontine, and hope these flowers bring a smile to your face.  Some are home-grown, and some are a bit exotic, just like you :-)  Click on the badge to see more bouquets and link your own to our shower of Flowers for Leontine!

We all have people in our lives waging a battle with this life-threatening disease or some other one, so here is to Leontine and all my friends who are fighting the good fight!  Please feel free to join us and spread  a little sunshine and color to those who need a bright spot in their day!

All our love and continued prayers to you my dear friend and all those who are in need of strength and prayers today.  Remember, it just takes a few minutes to make someone happy all day!  Now go on out there and spread some love and smiles!

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Do You Do It Right When You Wake Up or Wait?

Did I get your attention?

Let's have a little more fun....

Just heard the melodic tinkle of my phone.  Went to see who was calling me at 7:50 in the morning, and it was Tall Guy, who has been outside for a while. 

I don't even say Hi, I answer, "Is this going to involve me putting on underwear?"

"Yep," he said...


So I am taking a poll this morning:

How many of you get dressed as soon as you get out of bed?

I think you know my obvious answer, but that doesn't mean I'm sipping coffee and watching a morning news show.  I have fed two girls twice (have to send their lunch every day), made sure they were dressed.  Sat down with Tink this morning to go over homework she didn't show me last night that was done incorrectly.  Fixed that, took clean laundry out of the dryer and put on the couch to be folded when I do want a moment in front of the tube, made my own breakfast, and just settled down to eat and catch up on my FB and Blog friends when those melodic bells on my phone went off.

Now I am dressed because I need to go out and feed and water some critters so Tall Guy and Grandpa can attempt to spray bean ground before Mr. Wind gets up and puts on his blustery pants.

So do you do it right when you wake up or wait a while?

Have a great day!

Sunday, April 22, 2012

The Lord Giveth and the Lord Taketh Away.

It's been one of those weekends on the farm!  The girls had a Flex Day on Friday, one of those built in make up days for snow days we somehow managed NOT to use, so they were home, and it started with a big ol' Chinese fire drill for us.

First, our littlest cat had her kittens. How did I know?  Because Tall Guy summoned me downstairs in one of his voices that made me think, "Oh Heavens, now who is in trouble for what?" and I stumbled down in my allergy-induced foggy mind to find him holding a ball of fur in his hands.  He had found a new-born kitten in the middle of the tool shed. 


Believe it or not, I was pretty much under the impression that barn cats had their kittens and took good care of them all by themselves for the first 2-3 weeks until they became toddling bundles of fuzz staggering all over and pouncing on anything that moved.  A quick call to the nearest vet brought no music to my ears.  Droppers and bottle of milk every two hours, AND, she said, (I'm seriously quoting her because these words penetrated through my allergy-addled brain), "You have to lick their butts."

UH.....Can you repeat that last one?

Yep, well that's the very descriptive explanation for why you have to wipe a new-born kitten's behind with a towel every time you feed it.  This is what its momma would do to stimulate it to poop.



There has to be a plan B.....So off I go to the tool shed to find this new momma and investigate further, but the pressure is on because both Tink and Bear are up and involved in all this chaos.

Momma cat, Cutie Pie, is spied eating.  I told them to take the little kitten, now in a shoe box with scrapped socks, and put it by her to see if she would take him back to the rest of her brood.

Nope, no dice.  SO I ask them to make sure they watch, from a distance, where she went after she ate. 

Well, they got distracted, so I finally found her, and put the little kitten back in with her to see if she would take care of it.  I explained to the girls that sometimes a first time momma cat doesn't know what to do with her kittens, or tomcats could bother them, or the dog, but we would say a prayer and hope that God would watch over the new kitten and help his momma to love him.

As of today, Sunday, she is taking care of him and three others, so crisis averted!  Whew!

Friday was also an eventful day because we finally introduced the 4-H calves to the rope halter.  YEE-HAW!  I even caught Jerry, put the halter on him, and tied the knot right on my first try!

Kendal with Jerry


Tall Guy with Lady Bug

Bear with her buddy Tom

dairy cow

Of course, all supervised by the cat
Farm cat
farm cat

So this brings us to this morning, when Tall Guy went out to feed cows while the girls slept in, only to find that some time during the night Tom had died.

He wasn't sick, didn't act "off" in any way; he was just gone.  Sigh...... It made for a tearful time in church for our Miss Bear.

R.I.P. Tom.  You were a great cow.





feeding calf

This is just one of the many life lessons on the farm.  No one did anything wrong.  The little kitten lived, but it was Tom's time to go.  We can plant our fields the same way every year, but we have no control over the heavy rains, lack of rain, hail, insects, or other unforeseen threats that could damage or destroy our crops.

Farmers just try every day to do their best, and the rest is sometimes just up to the Good Lord.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Wordless Wednesday ~ Or~ Sometimes I Wish I Could Be My Cat for an Afternoon

Dear Mom and Dad,

Please do not read ,or at at least don't look at the first picture of this post!

Thanks and all my love,



I have been spending time here

trying to find what we used to call "The Girls' Room."

It's now known as "Hoarders -R-Us~!"

Some afternoons, I just wish I was my cat.

Come on Punk, skooch over and share some of that chenille and sun!

 Yeah, I see your eyes!  FAKE SLEEPER! 

Sigh.......Round Two continues today..................  Stay tuned!

Monday, April 16, 2012

HUNK OF MEAT MONDAY~ Pork Loin with Bacon Wrap

Yes, I know we raise beef, and beef is VERY GOOD FOR YOU TO EAT!  The beef tenderloin, or fillet minion as the upscale places like to call it, is one of the top if not THE top cut from our cows....

Tall Guy would throw in a good argument for rib-eye if he ever was on my blog, or the web, or my computer....but he's not so..................

I do have to tip my hat, though, to our pork producer friends because this simple entre is a HUGE hit with Tink and Bear; therefore, I LOVE it.

pork loin bacon and toothpicks, Three easy steps to make a mouthwatering dinner for your family

Here goes.  I will go slow so you can get all this down.....


Here is what you will have to gather up:

Yep that's it.  Pork tenderloin, bacon, and toothpicks.

Got it?

Pork loin comes in a variety of marinades, but we are simple folk, and we like ours plain.

* I will say you can also do the same think with a turkey loin.  Don't want to leave out Miss Katie and all her turkey peeps!

Cut the loin up into equal parts, about 1 1/2 - 2 inches thick, wrap a strip of bacon around each part, and secure with two toothpicks.

pork loin


Easy peasy.

Now you can put these little piggies on the grill, but the wind has been so crazy out here on the ridge/prairie that I pan fry them inside.  It's super simple!

Ok, you caught me......I do add a bit of my favorite seasoned salt to the tops, just a sprinkle!

bacon pork loin

pork loin bacon

This pic is to show that I added water to the pan, and it is bubbling and steaming to help the cooking process and keep the juices in the meat.

I sear each side, that means I let them cook on rather high heat for a couple minutes to seal in all the juices, then let them steam cook for about 15 minutes, turning every five, until done.  You can use your meat thermometer to check for 145 degrees, or cut one open to make sure there is no pink left inside.

Serve it up with some TO.DIE.FOR. sweetcorn from last year's family freezing corn party,

sweet corn

bags decorated by Bear, and some baked sweet potato fries (my new favorite thing in the world!), and I have a supper that makes my picky eaters very happy!  (The fries were for me and Tall Guy; the girls' taste buds are not quite that evolved yet.!)

Two of these wrapped loins (oops!  I kind of giggled when I typed that!  Shame on me;-)) even went out to the field.  I just cut them up before sending them out.  It makes a nice change from the sandwiches I have been putting in their food containers.

pork loin bacon and toothpicks, Three easy steps to make a mouthwatering dinner for your family

Printable Recipe Here

Pork Loin with Bacon Wrap

  • 1 pork loin, with flavors or just plain
  • 1 package bacon
  • toothpicks
  • seasoned salt to taste
Cooking Directions
  1. Cut pork loin in to 1 1/2 to 2 inch sections.
  2. Wrap each section with a strip of bacon.
  3. Sear for 2 minutes on each side on high heat.
  4. Add water to the pan and cover.
  5. Turn at least once during the cooking process.
  6. Steam cook for 15 minutes or until the meat thermometer reads 145 degrees.
  7. Let rest for three minutes and serve with some healthy vegetables.
Linking up to Miss Leah over at Beyer Beware for her AWESOME Hunk of Meat Monday Party.  Check it out every Monday for some great recipes to add to your box!

Hunk of Meat Mondays

Friday, April 13, 2012

5 Secrets about Me.....SHHHHHH!

1.  I haven't unpacked all my closes from vacation.  I've been pulling what I need out of our suitcase, but everyone else's clothes are in their proper places.

2.  I have TWO THREE POUND bags of Ghiradelli dark chocolate chips in one of my freezers!

3.  I don't know how to break a 4-H calf for show, but I think my FIL thinks I do?!?!?!

4.  I'm still a little scared to drive a tractor.

5.  I have so many posts to share and not enough time to write them all.

I would include pictures, but I am running late, and I HATE (sorry Mom) DISLIKE very much to be late, and I have five errands to run for a 5K FUN Run/Walk tomorrow morning for school (and it's supposed to storm tomorrow morning?!?!?!), AND I have to mow the yard and barn lot between when I get home and when it rains, AND I have to help move the guys back home around noon AFTER I get their lunches ready, AND I have to be at the dentist in about 15 minutes AND a bonus secret:  I'm not fond of having my teeth cleaned!

Oh!  AND I have to check on Cutie Pie, our littlest kitten from last year who is about to burst with her own first batch.  Do you know how many places there are around here for a cat to have kittens?????

Have a great day!

P.S.  HOLY ****!  Forgot it was Friday the 13th!  Deep Breath!  It too is just a number, but be careful out there!

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Adjusting Your Focus: I Miss Charles Schultz

Not sure if I am breaking a ga-jillion blogging rules by posting something someone sent me in an e-mail, but I'm taking a chance because I love the message.  Thanks Kathy!

We often look too far away from ourselves to find heroes.  Recently for class assignments, Tink has had to name two heroes,  and she has had the wisdom to pick her father and her sister.  Nah, My nose is not out of joint.  I know where she will go if she is hurt or scared; my job is secure, and moms usually are not truly appreciated until a few years of separation, think college years, have passed ;-)

The point is to find real heroes, people who make a real difference in our lives, we need to look around our lives.  There are so many people to choose from once you adjust your focus!

The following is the philosophy of Charles Schulz, the creator of the 'Peanuts' comic strip.

You don't have to actually answer the questions.
Just ponder on them.Just read the post straight through, and you'll get the point.

1. Name the five wealthiest people in the world.
2. Name the last five Heisman trophy winners.
3. Name the last five winners of the Miss America pageant.
4 Name ten people who have won the Nobel or Pulitzer Prize.
5. Name the last half dozen Academy Award winners for best actor and actress.
6. Name the last decade's worth of World Series Winners.

How did you do?

The point is, none of us remember the headliners of yesterday.
These are no second-rate achievers.
They are the best in their fields.
But the applause dies..
Awards tarnish..
Achievements are forgotten.
Accolades and certificates are buried with their owners.

Here's another quiz. See how you do on this one:

1. List a few teachers who aided your journey through school.
2. Name three friends who have helped you through a difficult time.
3. Name five people who have taught you something worthwhile.
4. Think of a few people who have made you feel appreciated and special!!
5. Think of five people you enjoy spending time with..

The lesson:
The people who make a difference in your life are not the ones with the most credentials..
the most money...or the most awards.
They simply are the ones who care the most

Thanks Mr. Schultz!  

Now get out there and make a difference in someone's life!  

I'll bet most of you already have!


Monday, April 9, 2012

Mom's Pecan Pie

Yep, I'm baking again!  It sure has been a while, but our church had a fish fry, and I was asked to bake a pie.  Tall Guy gave me some pretty sad eyes, and I knew what that meant.  He wanted a pecan pie.  So I dug out Mom's recipe, that he loves, and went to town, figuratively then literally when I figured out I didn't have enough Karo syrup for two pies!

Here's Mom's recipe made with....

now don't go shaking any fingers at me.......

Pilsbury's finest pie crusts!

Hey!  They are GOOD!

3 eggs, beaten
1 Cup  sugar
1 1/2 t. vanilla
1 Cup Karo light corn syrup
1/4 Cup butter, melted
1 1/2 C. Pecans, chopped
1 9-inch pie crust, unbaked

Mix first 5 ingredients together,
Adding the Karo syrup to the eggs and sugar

Chopping the nuts.  Do you have one of these choppers?  They are the BEST to chop a variety of foods, and it's great therapy too.  You do have to watch how many times you smack the plunger, or the nuts can become very finely chopped! Mine is an older version of the new one I linked to, but they are a very handy gadget to have in the kitchen, and no electricity required.  Just let your mind paint a picture, and start smacking away!  

It's super simple to use,  Just set the chopper over a small pile of nuts, and smack the top about 6-8 times.


Adding butter and vanilla and nuts.

 Stir, stir, stir together.  Probably should have opted for a spoon at this point as some of the nuts found their way inside the whisk.  Not a big problem though.

Into the unbaked pie shell the little Dough-Boy made and start baking!

Pour all into the unbaked pie crust and bake at 350 for 50-55 minutes or until a knife inserted in the middle comes out clean.



What you didn't see is me making the second pie, adding the cup of sugar, crinkling up my face, and saying....

well.....uhm.......let's just say I said, "DANG!"

Yep, I forgot to add the cup of sugar to the first pie.  Of course that one became Tall Guy's pie because I was out of crusts and not going to make a third one that night.  Amazingly he and my in-laws both said they liked it ok without the sugar?

Who knew?

I would probably add at least a half cup before going cold turkey on the no sugar thing ;-)

Linking up today to my Real Farmwives of America and Friends Miss Amy and Miss Liz over at Two Maids a Baking and Miss Jennifer From Mess Hall to Bistro.


Last week we had a very fun "Sprinkle" for Liz and Amy over at A Latte with Ott. A.  They are our newest mommies-to-be, and we gathered to help build each child's library since both are first time mommies-to-be.  Stay tuned for news about Amy around the beginning of May and Liz around August.

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