Dinner and a Lot of Work

Between thunder and lightening storms with lots of wind and torrential rain I tried to get a lot done inside. I got a lot more of the house organized, cleaned, etc. and then made a FREE dinner (well almost). I had a bunch of stuff from my garden and my mom and step-father’s garden. I was trying to figure out what to do with them for dinner and it came to me… a frittata :)

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This one I made by sautéing onions from my garden with peppers from mom’s garden in a large cast iron skillet. Then I added in some garlic (free still because my mom shared some she had excess of). Then I added in squash and zucchini from mom’s garden and kale from my garden. Sautéed this till it was all tender. Then I added 18 scrambled eggs from our chickens and seasoned it with salt and pepper. Then I put goat cheese I had left over from another meal on top and it went into a 375* oven for 20 minutes until the eggs were set. I served it with a few spring onions and tomatoes from the garden on top. Delicious :)

This is before I added the spring onions or tomatoes I kind of forgot to get a picture of that... silly me ;)

This is before I added the spring onions or tomatoes I kind of forgot to get a picture of that… silly me ;)

In the mean time I put some peanut oil in a deep cast iron skillet and cut up two green tomatoes I had fairly thin. Then I coated them in a rice flour/ corn meal mixture I seasoned with salt, pepper, onion powder, and garlic powder (these things I always have on hand, but yes the only other things I had that were store “bought”) I let them sit while the oil got hot (about 350*) and then fried them till they started to brown about 2-3 at a time so the oil will stay hot enough. I turned them a couple times so they would brown evenly. Once fried I put them on a plate lined with a paper towel and then sprinkled them with a little extra sea salt.

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This meal came out great and hubby was surprised he enjoyed it so very much. He is usually a meat and potatoes guy ;) You can make the frittata with any garden vegetables you have on hand and can add meat like ham or bacon (those would be delicious). You can also use a variety of cheeses. I hope you can make your own summer frittata and enjoy a little taste of summer in your home :)

 

 

Sunday… Sunday… la la

Hope you are having a blessed and beautiful Sunday. It is a hot and humid day here, but we are getting things done despite this. I have even gotten in some baking including two new loafs of bread, a fresh batch of granola bards, and some scones for this week. The dogs were outside for a while with me and then came in and crashed under the ceiling fans to cool off.

Bax n Chase

I am hoping to get some more inside chores and organization done now that I am inside for a while hiding from the heat. Makes me grateful this Sunday for AC and fans ;) I am also grateful for the new visitors that came to our church today. As some of you know hubby and I joined a very small rebuilding church last September and are very active with this church ever since. I play the piano, help with the kiddos, bake for events and Sunday service, and help wherever is needed. Because hubby works he can’t help every Sunday, but shows leadership in other ways like though handyman work, helping at bible studies, and pitching in where he can and is asked to. This weeks project for us is repairing the current church sign as well as sanding and repainting it. The current sign is just basically two old doors hinged together that we can sit outside of the school we use each Sunday. It will be nice to give it a face lift :)  We also have church friends who are moving soon so we will be busy helping them pack and move before August 1st. We have a busy week ahead and wish you all a blessed and “cool” week :)

Happy Summer Weekend!

We had a couple of nice weather day’s this week, a couple of rainy and stormy days, and a couple of hot days. The dogs were happy to go out on the nice days and as always Chase was out with us even when it was hot. We got some more chores done around the property and started on some inside things that need to get done. Inside chores are best done during the hot parts of the day.

Polar Bear show

The heat reminded me of the polar bear above, that we saw at the Zoo in Louisville, KY when we took our trip in May. It was a hot day and he was just having so much fun jumping in the water and swimming all over his enclosure. It was like he was putting on a show for everyone and the more “awwww’s” and “wow’s” he got the better his show got. And he really seemed to enjoy the nice cool water to take his swim in.

Poler Bear Swims

Hope you are having a nice summer and getting to take a cool dip when you need to so you can cool off from this summer heat ;)

RFD

Have you ever watched RFD-TV? Hubby and I just love it. We learn all about agriculture, animals, farming, ranching, and good ole’ county life. It reminds us of growing up in rural areas and where my family still lives in Nebraska. It helps us to know there is still hope for our farming/ ranching dream.

Barn Farm

Some days in the hustle and bustle of life our dreams of getting away from the suburba-country, as we call it, seems so distant and out of reach. But watching thing that have to do with our dream makes it feel a little more obtainable and helps us keep our hope alive. It also helps us to know there are still good people and good Christians out there who want to do the right thing, grow good and healthy food, and care to help each other keep the dream alive. So today’s post is for all the farmers and ranchers out there. We appreciate what you do, how hard you work, and that you truly are the heart of America.

Happy 4th :)

Hope you have a happy, safe, and blessed 4th of July if you live in the USA or are from the USA :)

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A big thanks to all members of the military who are standing up for our freedom and allow us to celebrate this day. May God bless you and your families :)

Dog Days of Summer

Yesterday hubby and I took the pups with us to run errands and then we took them to a park where they could run free and get out some energy. They just love to run and play in a new place and always come back smiling :) It just makes my heart so happy when they are having a fun time and doing what dogs love to do :)

Chase running

At this park there is an old house where hubby and I sat on the front porch steps and watched them play while eating ice cream hubby got us from Sweet Frog. Then we walked around with the pups to work off all that delicious ice cream. The great thing about Sweet Frog is that they have dairy and gluten free ice creams so I can always find something good there and they have a toping bar – enough said ;) I usually get the same toppings, but hubby mixes it up :) (Sweet Frog did not pay me to say it… it’s jut the truth from my perspective).

ice cream

Our dogs always get to lick the bowels where the ice cream was as a treat and we always provide plenty of water in said bowls so the dogs get a little extra ice cream flavor in their water. They love this occasional treat of a run and ice cream water ;) And hubby and I love to make them happy boys :)

Happy Birthday Mom!

Today my Mom turns —. Its her special day and she deserves a great big Birthday wish :) My mom is a great lady and a great mom. She always tries to help hubby and I, is there when you need to talk, will lend a helping hand with any project we have around our place, and loves her granddogs :)

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When I was growing up she always made sure I had many experiences, got to do a lot of what I wanted to, and got to travel a lot. From horses, to sports, travels to Europe, visiting most of the United States, to numerous pets, karate, piano, clarinet, other instruments, and so much more. I got to do a lot and see a lot, but mostly I got to feel loved a lot. See when I did these activates she was right there much of the time traveling with me, watching my sporting events, watching my music recitals, band gigs, or whatever I was involved in at the time. She said “I love you” a lot, gave my hugs and kisses, took good care of me when I was sick, and still kept good boundaries and made me follow the rules so I learned to be responsible, kind, and giving.

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So here is to you Mom and Granddogmom :) We all love you and can’t wait to see you very soon :) HAPPY BIRTHDAY :)

Why We Write

My online friend, Midwest Mary  (http://midwestmary.com/) asked me to continue a series on writing that is being passed from one writer to another. There are four basic questions you may find of interest if you are a writer or interested in the writing process.

Here are the questions and my answers:

1. What are you working on?

Right now I am taking a break from writing projects. I have started a couple children’s books about my dogs, but got writers block and life got very busy.
So for now I mostly work on this blog :)

2. What makes your work different from others’ work in the same genre?

Mine is from a very personal aspect, I write about my life, my animals, and what I love. Each persons life is unique in its own way so no ones blog is exactly like mine ;)

3. Why do you write what you do?

I really enjoy writing about things that happen in my life, get input from other’s, and start a conversation if I can. I originally started writing blog to keep a record of the days in mine and hubbys life for our kids. It was also to share with other’s what I love about my life, share my struggles (so other’s may not feel so alone in theirs), and especially share my faith in God. The children’s books I started as I love my dog a lot (if you follow my blog you know how much ;) ) and I wanted to share their story in a lesson like way that kids can learn from.

Boys park

4. How does your writing process work?

Two different ways usually for my blog…. the first is I take pictures of what hubby, the dogs, our other animals, etc. do and then write about them. The second is I think of something I want to write about and do the writing then find a photo to go with it.

For the children’s books, I just keep tabs on what the dogs do and then try to find a way to make it into a lesson to write about.

And now I tag two other writers that I choose to pass these questions to that I want to know more about and think you also will find of interest:

The first is my favorite blog and my close blogging friend Ann at http://feedyardfoodie.wordpress.com/ Since Hubby and I have such an interest in raising animals and good animal care, Ann’s posts always speak to me as well as educate me :)

The second is Mag’s Corner http://magscorner.wordpress.com/ I just love her photos, thoughts, and animals she rescues too (especially the pups ;) )

 

Weekend Wishes…

It was a beautiful day here. The sun was out… it wasn’t too warm… and there was a slight breeze. Ideal for animal care and playing with the pups in the yard. I was happy to be off work and outside and enjoying the weather.

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I hope you all have a blessed and happy weekend :)

1,000

I got home tonight and decided to check my blog and respond to some comments and low and behold I saw this:

 

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