Monday, December 21, 2009

Menu Plan Monday

Monday-Smoked sausage, potatoes, saurkraut, and sweet corn

Tuesday-Hamburger, noodles, and corn casserole

Wednesday-Tacos with cornbread

Christmas Eve-Grilled ham and cheese sandwhiches or something with ham...we have the Christmas program to get to.

Christmas- More ham, scalloped or cheesey potatoes, and many other wonderfully, yummy foods at our house as long as we don't have to reschedule due to snow. : ) Who am I kidding! We'll still eat even if it is only the three of us!

Check out more great menu ideas here!

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Christmas Quiz

My friend Loree sent me this and since I do not having anything too exciting to blog about currently this is it!

1. Wrapping paper or gift bags? Wrapping Paper
2. Real tree or Artificial? Real
3. When do you put up the tree? Sooner the better after Thanksgiving
4. When do you take the tree down? Soon after New Years
5. Do you like eggnog? Doesn’t even sound good
# 6 is missing!!! Where did it go?
7. Hardest person to buy for? My nieces
8. Easiest person to buy for? Kurt
9. Do you have a nativity scene? Two
10. Mail or email Christmas cards? Mail
11. Best Christmas gift you ever got? Wierdest I could answer, probably the KitchenAid mixer Kurt had me go get for myself last week.
12. Favorite Christmas Movie? Merry Christmas Charlie Brown, It's a Wonderful Life, Christmas Vacation, Home Alone
13. When do you start shopping for Christmas? November
14. Have you ever recycled a Christmas present? Of course!
15. Favorite thing to eat at Christmas? Everything...candy, cookies, carmel corn!
16. Lights on the tree? Yes
17. Favorite Christmas song? Hark the Herald Angels Sing and Go Tell it on the Mountain...I could go on and on....
18. Travel at Christmas or stay home? Depends...does driving 40 minutes count?
19. Can you name all of Santa's deer's? Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner, Blitzen… Rudolph
20. Tree top? The angel which for some reason is not lit up.
21. Open the presents Christmas Eve or morning: Santa doesn't come until you're in bed so AM
22. Most annoying thing about this time of the year? Using the word xmas...that annoys me to no end and calling it Holiday this, Holiday's Christmas if you're not a believer then get over it but don't ruin my Christmas.
23. Favorite ornament theme or color? No theme, but I like my clear lights with my different ornaments
24. Favorite for Christmas dinner? Spiral-sliced Ham with scalloped potatoes!
25. What do you want to do for Christmas this year? Actually be able to enjoy it.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

The Blizzard

Not the Blizzards you get from Dairy Queen but snowstorm Allison which turned into Blizzard Allison happend Tuesday night through Wednesday. We received about 15 inches of snow. Kurt plowed snow for six and half hours yesterday. Today was a catch up day. Or atleast try to catch up. I did three loads of laundry and got one folded. The dumb thing is I folded the barn clothes first. If these are wrinkled, etc no one will know, but I think I did them because there are less to fold. Oh well, I only cheated myself because I still have two bulging baskets. Kurt and I did get a nap on the couch. That hit the spot. We had to go to our neighbors so they could show us how to do their milking chores. They are going to wedding tomorrow night. The person who usually milks for them is the groom. So we offered. I think we kind of crazy and boy is their barn freezing! It is about zero out and maybe 40 in the barn. Our barn is around 55 degrees which is quite comfortable...I think I'll bring thermometer with to find out what it really is.

Now I think Kurt is asleep on the couch and it is time to go out for the last milking. I have an internal conflict going on in my head on nights like this. I could go out and start milking because the sooner I get the sooner you get in. Or I could nudge him to make room for me and go and fall asleep for an hour or so. Pick your poison. Yawn and brrrr.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

This Week

This is only second or third day of the week and it's already hectic. Yesterday I made snow drifts and dipped Oreo balls. Friday I made my version/my mother's of peanut butter cups. I bake peanut butter cookies in mini muffin tins. When they are almost done I take them out of the oven and press a miniature peanut butter cup into the middle of the cookie. I put these in the freezer and only let Kurt have a few. They would be gone for sure otherwise.

Today I am at work. There wouldn't be much going on today since we are suppose to get a foot of snow between today and tomorrow. Our bins are also full of corn so not much can happen. So I sit in my chair and hold down the place. That's why they pay me. The nice thing about coming to work is I can get things done here that I wouldn't make time for at home. Before I quit working off the farm, I always reconciled my checkbook and paid bills at work. Because I had idle time and I figure whatever I can get done at work leaves me more time for the fun stuff at home. Like dishes, sweeping, cooking supper you know that fun stuff!

I give a lot of food gifts and I need to figure out how much I need to make and who is receiving the goods. A Christmas card list would be helpful. My husband thinks I should get those done soon. I would prefer to get the tree decorated first. My daughter is dying to decorate it but I need Kurt's help with lights. Last night I was suppose to get that done, but Kurt got in late and ugh it was a late night. We fell asleep on the couch until 11:30 and we still had to milk yet. I got about five hours of sleep so I know tonight I am going to be sleepy. There probably is not going to be school in the morning and there will be snow to plow. The sooner we get to bed the better since I'm sure it will be a long day Wednesday. Yippee. Wednesday night we have a banquet to go to. Last year we had a ton of snow and no school the day of the banquet. This year we have to drive further than a mile and a half but I'm sure all will go well.

Thursday we will be going over to our neighbor's during their night milking. We offered to milk for them Friday night since they have a wedding reception to go to. This is probably the thing I am looking the least forward to, but I like helping. Hopefully I do not have to work this weekend. It is going to be a high in the teens on Thursday and Friday and the lows around 3. The snow looks pretty coming down right now. Stay warm and warm up those shovels!

Meal Plan

Last year, yes last year I bought a two turkeys. I just roasted the second one yesterday. It was not freezer burnt and was quite tasty. I rubbed it with butter and kosher salt. Then I found of jar of turkey rub by McCormicks in the closeout area of the grocery store yesterday morning for 99 cents. I had to buy it and it made the turkey smell great and it looked purty.

Yesterday-Roasted turkey, mashed potatoes with gravy, corn (squash would have been really good with it but I did not have any)

Tuesday- Turkey either sandwiches or with dressing, potatoes, and veggies

Wednesday- Holstein banquet

Thursday- Tacos and cornbread

Friday- Hamburgers, french fries, and baked beans

Friday, December 4, 2009

Breakfast Pizza

One morning I had some leftover bacon and an abundance of Grands canned biscuits, and ta-da breakfast pizza with a few additonal ingredients. I also did not use all of the biscuits, but instead rolled them out for individual pizzas. I originally thought to make individual breakfast pizzas but decided I liked making one big crust instead. This was really good the next day for breakfast (or a snack if you're like me)!


Canned biscuits-I used Grands
6-8 eggs scrambled-soft set
your favorite cooked meats and veggies in bite-size pieces
shredded cheese

Spray an 11x15 baking sheet with nonstick cooking spray. Press biscuits across the bottom to form a crust. I had two leftover biscuits but that will vary depending on how think you make your crust. Take a fork and poke holes all over crust to aerate it. This is done so the crust cooks all the way through and is not soggy. I do this with homemade pizza crust. Spread almost cooked scrambled eggs over crust then top with your veggies and meat. Last lightly sprinkle cheese over the top. A little goes a long way.

Put this in a preheat 375 degree oven and bake for about 15-20 minutes. Keep an eye on it because cooking time depends on the thickness of your crust and you don't want the cheese to get too brown. I hope you enjoy this. For more recipes go on over here!

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

A Typical November

November. Where did it go? We spent it getting a lot of farm-related things done. Like picturing calves so we can register them. Most of them had attitude and my camera is super slow that I had pics that looked like this. It took atleast a second picture so you could see all of them for identification.

These are soybeans up close and ready to be taken off. A month ago these lovely, profitable legumes were taken off so we could cash in.

It doesn't look like money. But it is, it is and we really needed it.

Ready to go to the bank, I mean the mill. Oops.

Otherwise I have been busing feeding these guys (girls).

And this one and others like it...I was going to take a pictures of a cow having a calf yesterday. She had the front legs out to the knees so I went to the house to get my camera. I came back out and all but the hips were out. Usually they are a bit pokey about pushing.

The day we combined our corn we borrowed a set of wagons which I went to go pickup in town. I didn't see them at the mill where they were suppose to be left so I went and got lunch. Then brought it out to the yahoos (Kurt and his friend Andy) in the combine. That's when I saw the set of wagons. Signed, sealed, and delivered...I think they just wanted me to go get them lunch.

This was scene throughout the day. Kurt racing down the driveway with his loads of corn.

You know I started this post Tuesday Dec 1st. We had a mound septic put in and the turkeys cut the power when I was working on it. No warning. Everything went blank and quiet. I have recipe I have been working on since many Fridays ago. Maybe you will the recipe soon rather than later : )