Sunday, February 27, 2011

The New Batch

The mama cat did it again, we're on litter number 3, wait 4? She's preggie again, but we've just let batch 3 out into the farm life.

This is M&M (mini me) he looks the same as Poofycus in batch number 2 (hmm, they're all starting to look alike).

This is one of their first days romping around the farm, and M&M went right for the old engine, he's a natural.

He has the same demeanor as Poofycus in batch number 2, we're pretty lucky. M&M follows me to the chicken coop to help me feed (and keep a close watch on the chickies, I've seen him pounce at the fence a couple times). He helps Ginger finish up the milk, food, and water in her dishes, and even catches me an occasional mousie from the hay stack, I think I'll keep him!

The Farmer's Wife

Friday, February 11, 2011

Recipes Passed Down

My dear grandma-in-law, Winnie (pictured center with my friend Jennie & my mom) passed down an old recipe book.

I love getting recipe books, especially older ones. It's so much fun to find one that looks good and try it out.

As you know, Tom is an avid deer hunter, and currently, I have 3 years worth of 3 deer in my freezer (the 4th on it's way). I'm trying desperately to cook, bake, and grill this venison up. Lo and behold, Winnie's cookbook housed a tried and true recipe, the boys loved it! And, you can't even taste that gamey venison taste. It's Kristi approved!

Here's the recipe:

Venison Teriyaki

2 lbs venison (or any meat) sirloin or round

1 can condensed beef consomme (or beef broth)
1/4 c. chopped onions (this soaks up the gamey taste)
1/3 c. soy sauce
1 clove garlic
2 Tbl. lemon juice
2 Tbl. brown sugar
1 tsp. seasoned salt (Lawrys)

Pour over meat, refrigerate-overnight is best.
Then grill when ready!


The Farmer's Wife

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

I Met a Celebrity!

I'm starting a bucket list right now, and my first is crossed off.

#1. Meet the Pioneer Woman

My girlfriend Amee and I had the opportunity to drive to Los Angeles for Ree Drummond's book signing.

I had diarrhea of the mouth, didn't stop talking, and Amee never got a word in edgewise. I don't even remember what I talked to her about. The few choice words I remember coming out of my mouth: Tom, farming, cooking, hero!

She was the nicest person I have ever met, she signed my cookbook too!

Oh my life is complete!

The Farmer's Wife

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Old Yeller

We found out the other day that Ginger is actually a pure bred. Weird, I know. But I knew there was something cool about her when I adopted her.

Her breed is a Black Mouth Cur.

I googled it.

I read about her. It's all true.

And, the amazing thing? Old Yeller was a Black Mouth Cur too. Ginger is famous!

To learn more about her breed and see her breed pictures, here's a good link:

The Farmer's Wife