Monday, February 23, 2015

Day 54

Sunrise 6:37 am
Sunset 5:50 pm
Days Length: 11 hours and 13 min.
and by far the easiest satisfying meal I have EVER made..

So a tiny little back story before today's receipt:

At this time it is necessary for me to work "in town" in addition to running the farm.
One of the things that helps me to balance my home/ farm life with a full time jobs is menu writing, every week I sit down and write my menu for the following week (and most weeks post it here).
My menu is written around the schedule my retail job gives me "full time, full flex", and our farm life with an ultimate goal of balance.  Today I was scheduled to work a mid. 9-5:30 so I needed fast and easy so that we could eat before night chores and Bob could get to his men's group with a meal in his belly.

On today's menu was Beef Peperoncini, butternut squash and roasted potatoes with olive oil.
The prep time for this dinner was UNDER 10 minutes, and clean up time is also UNDER 10 minutes.
1st you prepare a crock pot with liner, and drop in beef roast
2nd you dump in a jar of Peperoncini

Lock lid in place cook on Low 8-10 hours
Next I cut 4 potatoes in half put cut side down on a cast iron skillet coated with OVOO
top with more OVOO salt and pepper. The potatoes go into the oven on the timer 45 min 350 and the left overs will be home fries in the am.

I came home to the most glorious pot of fall apart beef, and roasted potatoes, heated a jar of squash in the microwave and dinner on the table. 
On Sundays when I make veggies I make "extra" and put into clean recycled sauce jars, for nights lik this.

This is "The Bigs"out door run in, check out the snow on that roof. A hot dinner taste even better on a cold night!

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Day 52

Sunrise 6:40
Sunset 5:48
Days Length 11 hours 8 min.
Another 3-6" of snow on the way.
Too much snow and not enough places to put it.

This Week in the Farm House Kitchen

Saturday : Cheeseburger pizza's with pickles
Sunday: Roast Chicken
Monday: Roast with Peperoncini
Tuesday: Chicken Soup
Wednesday: Tilapia Meuniere

Thursday: Lamb and Beef Shawama
Friday: Crispy Chicken Thighs

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

This Is An Issue

We now have more snow than fence!
This round bale feeder is more than 1/2 berried by the snow.
My big boys are now kneeling to get hay.

Mike being Mike, every minute is about him.

 Mack still munching.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Fat Tuesday

Day 48
Mardi Gras
Sunrise 6:44
Sunset 5:44
We have reached 11 hours day's length

                                        Look who is peaking over the snow "fence" it is "Tom Boy"

Tonight in the farm house kitchen I will be cooking  Cajun Spice Cheese Burgers in honor of Fat Tuesday.
These burgers are made of fresh ground beef, seasoned with:
Smoked Paprika
Ground Mustard
Onion Powder
Garlic Powder
Dried Oregano
Dried Thyme
and Cayenne Pepper
I plan to top them with Cheese and Red Onion

Monday, February 16, 2015

Day 47

Sunrise 6:45
Sunset 5:43
Days Length 10 hrs 58 min.
9' feels like -11
68" of snow fall to date

31 days until spring
Many of you know I love bean pots, but did you know I love cast iron?

I use my cast iron year round but most of all in cold weather, it is great for fast stir Fry's and slow roasting.
The very smallest iron on the top I use most often for personal egg muffin sandwiches.
The twins are perfect for personal apple crisps and chicken pot pies.

These pans are used for sizzling fajitas

This is my dutch oven used most often some times 10 times a week.

Today I used the top to grill club sandwiches for dinner and the bottom for bacon . I use the bottom for sauces, chili, pot roasts, stews...Purchased new at Cabela's Maine for about 80.00

my grill pan could use to be bigger but gets much use

last but not least my Wok, by far my most "fun pan". This pan was a gift and I love it!

Consider cast iron they are east to use hard to scratch and very versatile.
I look for cast iron at auctions and yard sales

Sunday, February 15, 2015

A Peak Into My Tack Room

Ok I may or may not have a tack hording issue

This Week on the Menu

Sunday: Baked Ham Spinach and Artichokes Scalloped Potatoes
Whoopie Pies

Monday: Turkey Club Sandwiches
Tuesday: Cheddar and Cheese Burgers with Home Made Curly Fries
Wednesday: Chicken and Sausage Pot Pies
Thursday Beef LoMein
Friday: Ham Quiche

Soaking Up The Sun