Archive for April, 2010

Rain and Rain…hoooray

April 22, 2010

Holy Cow….boy, did it green up around here fast.  We got 1/2 inch of rain yesterday and maybe some more on the way.  At this rate we will be putting the goats on the ditch next week.

Its still overcast and the sun isn’t very far up, but you get the picture.  If it’s not raining after school the kids and I are going to try to get the yard cleaned up and ready to mow.  I think we have inherited MIL’s yard to mow as well.

My Honey is back from Boise and worked one day and then had his weekend….so to speak.  We got alot of odds and ends of cleanup done.  Now its time to spray weeds hen it dries up a bit.  Going to get the garden in when I get back from Portland.  The chicks should be ready to let out in the run.  Time for calves and weener pigs about then too.

Caught a glimpse of this recipe on TV.  Paula has done it again.

GRANITE STEPS COUNTRY BLUEBERRY COFFEE CAKE

  • 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 (12-ounce) can buttermilk biscuits
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, melted
  • 1 cup quick-cooking rolled oats
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh or frozen blueberries
  • 1/2 cup sugar

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

Generously grease a 9-inch square baking dish. In a small bowl, combine brown sugar and cinnamon and mix well with a fork. Separate biscuit dough into 10 biscuits. Cut each biscuit into quarters, and dip each piece in melted butter and coat with brown sugar mixture. Arrange in a single layer in baking dish. Sprinkle with 1/2 cup of the oats.

Combine blueberries and sugar in a bowl and toss to coat. Spoon over oats and biscuits and sprinkle with remaining 1/2 cup oats. Drizzle remaining melted butter on top. Bake for 20 minutes or until cake is golden brown and center is done.

I followed the recipe to a “T”……yes, I really did.  It came out great.  Would be wonderful with a bit of ice cream on the top as dessert too.

I also made BrazenBites bear claws.  They sure came out great.  Mine weren’t as pretty as hers, but I bet just as yummy.  Here is the link to her recipe: http://brazenbites.wordpress.com/2010/04/12/bear-claws/       Check out the rest of her blog for some great recipes and ideas.

23 days until I leave for Portland.  Yeeeee haaawwwww.

Another Beautiful Morning

April 17, 2010

Well, spring was definitely in the air this morning.  The wonderful perfume of a skunk.  Not too close because it didn’t stay around long, but close enough.  And it was 78 here yesterday!!!!!!!  Doesn’t get much better than that.

Got house cleaned yesterday and started on spring cleaning.  Started with the room the girls sleep in when they spend the night….affectionately called the blue room.  Got all the bedding washed and I took it over to MIL’s and hung it on her line.  They smell so fresh and clean.  Nothing like it in a bottle or cloth sheet.  Reminds me of the days when I hung out WyoNella’s cloth diapers on the line.  Anybody remember those??  We worked on a ranch at the time and the only time her little bottom was in disposables was when we went to town once a month to get groceries.

Also got the asparagus taken care of too.  All blanched, sealed and in the freezer.  I really like it best grilled on the traeger, but way too much for that. Remembered I had some broccoli that I had gotten just before my Honey left that needed some attention too, so its in the freezer too.

I was digging for a cupcake recipe that my Mom had used and couldn’t find it.  Did find a Telephone Pioneer cookbook that I had forgotten I had.  Tried these pastries.  I cooked them to long because everybody came at once and I got sidetracked, but they are good dunkers.

GERMAN TWISTS

1 tbsp dry yeast

1 cup heated sour cream

1 cup shortening

3 1/2 cups flour

1 tsp salt

2 beaten eggs

sugar, sugar and sugar

Dissolve yeast in warm sour cream.  Cut shortening into four and salt (i used my food processor…..cutting in is not my forte).  Combine with yeast and eggs.  Knead on floured board until smooth and elastic.  Chill dough.  This is a pretty soft dough…even when its chilled.  Roll out dough on sugared surface, fold, sugar again and roll out.  Cut into 1X5 inch strips.  Roll in sugar and twist.  Place on greased cookie sheet and let rise until double.  Bake at 325 for 10 to 15 minutes or until brown.

This makes about 18.  Like I said the dough is sticky and I used a bunch of sugar so things didn’t stick.  I also used some turbinado sugar for rolling and twisting.  I think next time I will use butter instead of shortening and may add some cinnamon to the sugar at the end.  But they are yummy the way they are….over cooked and all.

Well, I mixed up the bear claw dough and filling yesterday and I had better get at those.  And with no gkids today, I am going to be a gown up and go to a Mary Kay party this afternoon.  Hope your weather is as beautiful as mine.

Spring is in the Air

April 16, 2010

Oh yes it is!!!!  The Tribe is busy burning ditch weed.  Yee haw.  Cough….cough…gag…gag.  Well,  at least the water should move down the irrigation ditches and canals better.  And as promised…without further ado…….

BANANA CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES

  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 2/3 cup butter, softened
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup mashed bananas, about 4 really really ripe ones
  • 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips (I used half milk and half semi)

Cream the butter with the sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs and vanilla. Mix in the mashed bananas. Add the flour mixture, and stir until just combined. Stir in the chocolate chips. Drop by spoonfuls onto prepared cookie sheets.  Bake at 400 12 to 15 min.

These are very moist cookies and they store in the cookie jar really well.  And a nice change from the normal over ripe banana uses.

I forgot to include this pic yesterday.

GRAMPS’ ORIGINAL CHICKEN SHIT BAND

The whole time my Honey and I were doing the chicken thrash…..getting early fuzzy butts warm, watered and fed,  the gkids were in the sand box serenading us.  We did have to laugh when we were done.

Spring!!!!!!!!!!!!!

April 15, 2010

Sorry its been so long again.  We keep getting busier and busier as every day passes.  My Honey finally got two days off this week, but he is off to Boise for three days to check some “new” equipment.  Almost a month of 12 hour days was a bit much.  But we all shall survive.

Got chicks Tuesday afternoon.  Hooray.  They were suppose to be here mid May, but the feed store got some in earlier than they thought and I got the phone call.

I had originally ordered 25 black sex links.  They only got 20 in and another lady had ordered 5, so I let her take the 5 and we filled the rest of my order with golden sex links.  I’m not sure what a sex link is, but they are suppose to be good egg layers and tolerate the cold.  The temp here got down low last night and so did the temp in the chicken house.  The little fuzzie butts were all fine, huddled up under the heat lamp in the brooder.  Last night was suppose to be the chilliest night this week.  Fingers crossed.

When WyoNella and the boys came, they brought me 6 chicks from Wyoming.  Four of them have survived.  Had them in the house under a heat lamp.  They are about 3 weeks older than the new girls and we will have to separate them shortly.

These are Rhode Island Reds.  We shall see how they do.  Sure am looking forward to fresh eggs in the fall and chicken in the freezer.

Had a real flop with the coconut cake at Easter.  The whole side fell out.  LOL  Sure looked funny, but tasted good.  Oh well.

I found a great recipe for Banana Chocolate Chip Cookies I will share next time.  A great wasy to use up icky bananas other than banana bread.  Well, off to check the temp under the brooder.