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May 26, 2009 at 6:11 pm 4 comments

God Made Rainy Days…

God made rainy days so gardeners could get the housework done!

It is raining today and I’m happy because one, I can get some laundry done and maybe some baking and two, the rain is watering my new lawn for free!  We have an extremely volatile well situation, but that’s a story for another day.  Today I wanted to show you what I’ve been up to…

This is Tiger, helping me plant potato “seeds”.  I had my Hubby build a box for the potatoes and since they grow up, I just set them on the ground, then…

covered them with dirt.  As the plants grow I will add straw or any dried hay that the horses reject and more wooden rails (lincon log style) until the season is done.  The idea is that the potatoes will be easy to find in something loose like straw and instead of having to dig for hours in the field I can just take down the rails and hopefully the potatoes will spill out!  My grandma warned me about the sneaky nature of potatoes and how they will tunnel and bury themselves in your yard or garden.  She said, “I was digging up potatoes for years!”  I hope this works because I’d like to keep them somewhat contained.  I am hoping to build two of these boxes.

If you have a smaller garden or even a patio you can still grow potatoes!   Check out this guide.

May 11, 2009 at 9:55 am 5 comments

Hamburger Sanity Un-Recipe

Well it’s been a while.  I’m surprised that mothers haven’t gone extinct since nearly every one has survived their toddler(s).  My two year old is about to put me in the nut house.  He is so busy and so cute at the same time.   Not to mention he is stinkin’ loud and I’ve told him so on occasion.  Today he shrieked “Stinky Woud, Mom!”

Trying to get ahead is a joke, let alone keep up. I start one thing to be outdone three times over by his speed and agility at UN-doing things just around the corner where I can’t see.  He has taken to getting himself  “coffee” and “feeding” the dogs as well as letting himself into the great outdoors with nothing but a pair of mud boots on.  Thankfully we have a lot of space and no neighbors within earshot, but it is quite shocking when you think your littlest walking member of the family is happily playing cars and suddenly, as you are starting the babys “smoothie” you spot a bare bunned “wild animal” trotting through your backyard on a chilly afternoon.  YIKES!

This week I dreampt up all kinds of things to post while cleaned marbles out of my shag area rug. Yes, I intentionally bought a shag rug and yes it is difficult picking out marbles and even worse fishing out cereal and raisins.

After all that thinking and planning magnificent meals to wow the world, I came up with this…

burger

That is MY naptime face!

Hamburger Un-Recipe-gluten free, dairy free (if you please) and worry free

Pre-made burger patties from Costco. “Boo, hiss!”  I know I know, even I was doubtful when my husband picked them out.  Despite my protest I had used nearly the whole bag by the end of the first week and sent him back for more the next time we went to Costo.  I complained, “We can make them just as easily.”  Yeah right, between rocks that ruin menu planning and body painting toddlers I’ll take the patties. Sigh!

BBQ the hamburger patties, melt cheese add condiments and wrap up nice and snug in lettuce.

Did you see the veggies!? I called them Kid Carrots but they are really for me.

Kid Carrots:

I boiled baby carrots in water for 2min then saute’d them in olive oil with brown sugar and cinnamon.  Does it still count as my veggie?  I do think so…

This has been another recipe for the “What’s for Dinner Wednesday Blog Carnival” Hosted by the Gluten Free Homemaker. Thanks for stopping and check out more great ideas here.

May 5, 2009 at 9:56 pm 16 comments

An Easter Riddle

Actually this has nothing to do with Bunnies!  I have a real live dilemma and it just so happens to fall during egg hunting season, how convenient.  Here you have it!

Remember the riddle, How much would could a wood chuck chuck? Here is my version…hen

OWL’S EGGS:

Where on the farm would Owl hide eggs,

If  Owl could truly hide eggs?

Here on the farm Owls eggs would hide,

If  Owl could truly hide eggs.

I’ve been AWOL from the blogging sphere because if you haven’t noticed, my weather pixie has finally shed her scarf and hat.  Today we are on a real live egg hunt because the hen called Owl, has made herself a cozy little nest somewhere in the woods and has been hoarding all her pretty little green eggs! 

See you in a couple days when my pixie friend puts her stocking hat back on.  We are supposed to get back in the 40’s soon.

April 9, 2009 at 10:28 am 3 comments

Sprouts!

Well not exactly sprouts but that’s what my Thinglets called them when they spotted our little lettuce seedlings.  The lettuce came up quickly (2-3days)  followed by the corn (which I still don’t think will transplant well but we will see) and then Marigolds, beans and some of the tomato’s.  sprouts

Now I don’t know if this is just my seeds or will prove to be true across the board but ALL the Marigolds came up, half the corn, about a fourth of the beans and tomatoes while the garden huckleberry and sweet peppers are yet to make an appearance.  Next time I’m planting seeds I will plant extra tomatoes, beans, and pepper seeds.

Since you asked:  My seedling method (certainly not the only way but sometimes it works).  Ha ha! Now you can put your full confidence in me since it’s wise to believe everything you read online right! 🙂  My climate is very dry and slightly cold so adjust as necessary.

  1. The egg cartons have been kept outof direct sun with syran “greenhouses” or clear lids and watered with a spray bottle daily.
  2. Once the majority of the seedling showed through the dirt I took the lids off (some of them even had a slight amount of mold and I was worried but it went away)
  3. After the lids are off I move them into the sun in a basement window sill (not too much sun- and if it is really cold at night move them back)!
  4. Water them once a day. I don’t use the spray bottle on the stronger “sprouts” after they are up.

There you have it, my tried and true  method that sometimes works!

Bubba just finished “digging” all the blush out of my compact with a Knex. Yes the box says not for children under three. 

“No Bubba, don’t dig up our plants!”

April 5, 2009 at 7:03 pm 4 comments

Consider yourself egged!

img_1891smI am participating in 5 min. for Mom’s Ultimate Blog Party with prized and fun for all.  Visit the link on my sidebar to enter for free.  To kick things off I thought we would have a good ol’ fashion egging!  Occasionally I come up with some brilliant recipes to share but most of the time I’m just a busy mom of four trying to survive.

My Blog Schmog was inspired by my 7 and 5yr old  boys and their antics. Affectionately I call them Thing 1 and Thing 2 (from Cat in the Hat).  

I’m Jessie and I’m the Goof, I like all things farm and old fashioned and a few things modern and convenient-like parties on the Internet where Mom’s can meet and support one another. 

One day I tried to sum up my hobbies into a single word and Farm is all I could come up with.  I like so many things; family, animals, crafting, baking, teaching, gardening, singing, drawing, building, researching, horseback riding, strange pets, hiking, motorcycling, traveling, playing blocks with my three boys and rocking with my baby girl.  Since I can’t narrow it down you might find adventures from many different angles here, but one things for sure, I’ve got my game face on and I’m “here for the party”! 

I’m really on an egg kick lately.  I’m sure a big part of that is because it’s been our first sign up here at the farm that spring is indeed coming, though old man winter is hanging on for dear life giving us a majestic thunderstorm the other night followed by a day and a half of snow.  Today though, it is sunny and brisk again and the Girls (chickens) are back to work clucking happily and laying eggs.

Along with a hard winter we have had a difficult flu season.  With six of us in the house a single illness can last nearly a month then when one of the kids brings home a second we are out for a whole season is seems. This has been discouraging as I’m sure many of you experience.  This last bout of colds put the littlest in the ER with RSV, thankfully she is fast recovering but it got me thinking about nutrition again.  I’m admittedly not the best chef, and I don’t claim to eat very healthy but I’m aware of it and try my best.  I tend to go in waves!

Eggs are rich in vitamins and minerals as well as being one of the few foods containing an essential vitamin D.  This is especially important to those of us living in areas where winter does not go quietly into the night.  We need our sunlight, we need our Vit. D!  We also need a great deal of chocolate to “take the edge off”!  But that’s a different story.

For my contribution to this fabulous party you may now consider yourself egged.  Enjoy surfing and come back soon to see what’s happens next here at the anti-blog (because they-you know who they are- coerced me to write)Blog Schmog by Jessie

p.s. Don’t forget the free giveaways! It’s hard to choose but my top picks are a pair of shoes for my Pee Wee from See Kai Run or books from Bilingual Fun.  I also like USC 13, 118, 123, 78, 65, 72, 80!  There are too many to choose from!

March 21, 2009 at 9:07 pm 18 comments

What about Organics and Natural Products?

What is “all natural” anyway and what should I be spending our money on these days?

Continue Reading March 17, 2009 at 5:26 pm 5 comments

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Many of you have been checking back for results on my sourdough creation. At the moment it is still a science experiment, but a happy, bubbly experiment. Never fear, recipes will be here! I did make a beautiful, moist and delicious loaf of sourdough using yeast and a myriad of other ingredients but I'm still trying to create something more user friendly. Wouldn't it be awesome to have a starter on the counter that you could add 4 things to and have a loaf of bread by dinner? Mmmm! Attempt #1 - rose well but resulted in a dense chewy blob Attempt #2 - rose ok but was thin and lifeless then fell and another dense (not so chewy) blob Attempt #3 - to the dogs! Attempt #4 - A sourdough pancake success see post under what's for breakfast gluten-free goof? Ongoing - I've tried several more times and am going to try a completely different approach on the bread starting this week. (Mar 18). My sourdough is still happy on my counter and it makes great pancakes but it's a lot of work just for pancakes. Keep checking! April Update: She is still kickin and I'm still workin on a yeast free, gluten free sourdough loaf! May Update: My sourdough "pet" has been dried and retired until next baking season. I've traded her in for a hotter model, the BBQ! :)
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