Saturday, June 20, 2009

It's A Wrap

A grilled wrap actually. This was one of the simplest dinners I've made in a long time. Even better, was that all three kids raved about it. Jade even asked that it be put in regular rotation.

I started with 1 pound of ground turkey. After I browned that, I added one cup of ricotta cheese, fresh chopped chives, chopped fresh garlic, about 1/2 cup spaghetti sauce, salt and pepper.

Once the filling was cooked, I put 1 slice of swiss cheese on a large tortilla. I don't remember the brand I used, but it was the kind sold to use for making wraps and it was garden veggie flavor. Then put about 2 tablespoons of filling in the middle and roll up burrito style.

After I had them all filled and rolled, I just grilled them on my George Foreman Grill.

Friday, June 19, 2009

Tag, you're it....

I was tagged by my friend Laurie at Livin' La Vida LuLu.

The game was to post the sixth picture in the sixth folder from my picture file and tell the story behind it.

So here is the picture. Megan and I had gone on a little road trip. On the way home we stopped at McDonald's. Megan was being so expressive that I just had to get the camera out. Perhaps soon I will post the whole series of pictures of her eating french fries. There is just something about them that will make you smile.

So now I am supose to tag five other bloggers. The problem is that Laurie already tagged several of the people I would tag. So I am sure that it will be less than five. :o( Please forgive me. I tag:

My Country Blog of This and That

Our Family Treasures
The Ramblings At Chippewa Creek
The Year Of Living Obsessively

The Rules:

1) Go to your photo files…Select the 6th photo folder

2) Select the 6th photo in that folder

3) Post that photo along with the story behind it.

4) Then challenge 5 blog friends to do the same!

Friday Giggle

I told them to "go clean something". This is what I found them doing.
At least they used the old tooth brushes. I think I need to find child sized rubber gloves.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Blackberry Dreams

And I am NOT talking about a phone. Just look what I saw in the woods the other day.
That's just a small sampling of the many blackberry blooms I saw. And not only that, I saw my honey bees busy working in there too. I'm thinking blackberry jam and blackberry honey this year.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Cooking 101 With A Twist

A few years ago my friend Julie started holding Cooking Class at her house. We almost always meet on a Tuesday. Class is once or twice a month. It's not so much about learning how to cook as it is about trying new recipes and sharing our favorite food with each other. Of course the best part is getting to spend time with other women.

I hadn't been able to go for the last 9 months or so. Today I got to go and I knew I was missing it, but I didn't realize just how much I had missed it until I pulled in to Julie's driveway and the rush of excitement went through me. I think a big ol' grin broke out on my face and stayed there the whole time.

So you may be wondering what we ate. Well I'll tell you we had this:


That is Seafood Lasagna made from a recipe found in Taste Of Home Magazine. The recipe can be found HERE.

We also got to try some delicious Farm House Cheddar cheese that Julie and the ladies made at the last class. The recipe for that came from the book Home Cheese Making. It had aged five weeks and was so yummy and sharp.


The food was wonderful and the fellowship even better. I can't wait for the next time we meet.

Monday, June 8, 2009

It's Finally Happened (Almost)

I've nearly gotten my "ducks in a row". There always has to be one that won't cooperate with the group. *sigh*

Sunday, June 7, 2009

New Rooster, Broody Hens, Goat Names and More

Sadly, our large cochin rooster turned mean and had to go. He was attacking both me and my eight year old daughter at every opportunity. Even drawing blood at times. I had to have Jade stop doing any chicken chores because of him.

We still want chicks though, so we needed a standard rooster. I put out that I was looking for a nice full grown rooster with good manners. Breed was not important, he just had to be friendly and non aggressive.

So meet Chicklet. We really don't know what breed he is. His coloring is very much like Cheif, but he's smaller and clean legged. He also has a much larger comb and waddle and his tail will be longer when it grows back in. The hens love him. (He's not in the crate anymore, that picture was taken when we brought him home last weekend.)

I have a few hen, seven to be exact, that haven't paid much attention at all to the goings on in the chicken yard. They are too busy wanting to be moms. Seven broody hens. I finally gave some eggs to each of them in hopes that hatching and rearing chicks will bring them out of it. We'll see though. They are due to hatch on Wednesday. And see that turken (the one with no neck feathers)? She is normally the nicest and calmest of the standard sized hens. Now that she's broody, she is nasty! I hope that means that she's going to be a good mother as well and protect her brood well.

In goat news, we have a name for the baby. Jade thought we should name her Pixie. So meet Pixie. I'm not so sure she cares what we call her so long as we leave her alone. But that's not going to happen.

Jade and I went to the 4H Goat Clinic yesterday and Jade got to get hands on with a goat and learn now to wash, shave and show it. Now she is excited to start working with Pixie. I think once she learns that we can be trusted everything will be fine. Associating us with food will help too.

Tody I get to add one more thing to the farm. Ducks! The same lady who supplied our wonderful new rooster has Muscovy ducks that need a new home. She actually has several animals looking for new homes as they are downsizing their farm. See these Llamas? Think Rob would notice if I brought them home with me too?

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

It feels like a farm

Less than one year ago I made a post entitled I Know What I Want To Be When I Grow Up. That was on my 35th birthday. I've always had a little trouble with decision making, but once my mind is made up, nothing can stop me.

Last summer all I had was the garden and some new chickens. By fall I had a pair of rabbits. This year things have really taken off. We have five more rabbits, lots of chicks hatching, our first two goats, and now we are going to get some ducks!

Yep, we are a farm now. Who knew it would take me less than a year to go from wanting to having.

Monday, June 1, 2009

Stake out a spot like this:

Add some of this:
And This:
Plus A Loving Husband:
And you just might end up with one of these:
And one of these:
Theresa and her baby got here on Friday. They are adjusting to their new goat house nicely. We still need a name for the baby. We were considering Molly, but after spending a few days with her, we don't think she is a Molly at all.
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