Thursday, July 21, 2016

Summer Days

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Wow, do the summer days pass faster than I can keep track of. It seems like we have been so busy. Truckin' Man has been working his crazy hours, which is what he needs to do now with the heavy haul trucking. Lots of hours in the summer, means the winters are quiet. Which also means he isn't around quite as much to help with the little stuff right now.

In looking at the pictures from my last blog post of the garden, and what I saw out there today, I can tell we haven't been keeping up on the weeding again. I have been out there though, but my time is spent picking the vegetables now. I haven't canned anything yet, but have been freezing plenty. Let's see... Broccoli, green beans, carrots, peas, cauliflower, cilantro, and cabbage. I am trying some new methods of freezing some of the vegetables, like cabbage. I've frozen cabbage before, and not been to impressed with it later. If my methods are successful this time, I'll share them with you. 

The chickens are making more eggs than I can keep up with. And my egg prices can't compete with the sales going on in the stores, so I am not selling many. That has led me to try some methods of freezing eggs I have read about. I did taste test one batch already to make sure I wasn't wasting my time, and it passed my test. So, onward to freezing more eggs!

Ok, enough about what I have been doing and on to some pictures! Honestly, I took these about 2 weeks ago, so they are a little dated already.

 My first time raising jalapenos, so I am super proud of this pepper! 
I have already learned that these have a bit more kick to them than the ones you buy in the store. Ooops!



It was really hard to capture in the photo, but the top of this onion was variegated.
I've never seen that on an onion before. Have you?

Tomatoes are growing. But even as of today, I am not seeing any red ones out there.

Look at that corn. It certainly surpassed the old "Knee high by the 4th of July" 


I have a couple recipes lined up to be coming your way soon. 
I think you will be happy with them!

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Gardening in July

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The days are passing so fast, and there just don't seem to be enough hours in the day! 
Our garden got so out of control, and the weeds were taking over, so last weekend, we spent 7 hours working on cleaning it up, and regaining control. So, with both of us, that was 14 hours of work spent! Yikes!

But, it was all worth it when we can see our vegetables healthy and growing.


 Even the squash and pumpkins are thriving.

All the pepper plants that were hit with the freeze in May ended up surviving and are beginning to produce peppers! 
Same with the tomatoes!

 Sweet corn is coming right along!

Just for fun, we are trying to grow watermelon this year. Not sure why, because neither of us care to eat it. But, we just like to see what we can grow.  Can you see the tiny watermelon starting to grow?

And, our lovely Queen of the Farm, keeping an ever watchful eye.

I took all of these photo's last Sunday. Since then, our weather has been a bit unstable. We had horrible storms Tuesday night. A small F0 tornado did some damage less then 2 miles away. The only damage we had was branches down. But, the plants did take a beating. Another storm went through early today, and I just haven't had the desire to see how the garden handled that storm. So until tomorrow, I am just going to remember my pretty little garden!

Friday, June 24, 2016

Green Chile Turkey Joes

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Green Chile Turkey Joes are part of a great weeknight meal. 30 minutes or less, and you can be enjoying this lightened up version of a sloppy joe, with a southwest twist.


Today is the big reveal day for Freaky Friday Summer Addition!   If you aren't familiar with Freaky Friday, it's a group of great bloggers and everyone is secretly assigned to another blog, and we then pick a recipe from that blog that we want to make and share! Talk about a fun way to get to know another blog! Please take a minute to check out this great group and see what they made today!


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For Freaky Friday Summer, I was assigned to Christie at A Kitchen Hoor's Adventures. Christie's, been in the kitchen since she was old enough to start helping out, so she learned lots from her mom and dad. She has a focus on low fat and healthy recipes, so it was really inspiring for me to read so many delicious recipes with a healthy twist.

The recipe I picked to try was Green Chile Turkey Joes, and wow was that a great choice.  These turkey joes were such a hit, and definitely a recipe we will be making again. They have tons of that Southwest flavor I love with enchilada sauce, chiles, and spices, but they aren't spicy. Which is great because that kept Truckin' Man happy and loving these just as much as I did. Since I did want a little kick to them, I added some jalapeno to top my sandwich. Perfection! 

I did simmer these turkey joes until they were super thick, since that's how I like them. The next day, I enjoyed some leftovers in a low carb wrap. Score!


One of the other recipes of Christie's I want to try is her Grilled Meatballs and Spaghetti with Mezzetta Napa. It is right up my alley, as this dish was inspired by the Minnesota State Fair! So many years I spent sampling food from the best state fair! Next up to try will be Slow Cooker Chicken Tikki Masala... Sounds so good!


Check out all the great blogs participating in Freaky Friday Spring Addition!


Green Chile Turkey Joes

2 tsp extra virgin olive oil
1 cup chopped onion
4 ounce can green chiles
1 lb ground turkey
10 ounce can green enchilada sauce
1 1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
2 tsp ancho chile powder
1 tsp cumin
1/4 cup sour cream (low fat if you like)

Buns
Cheese (optional)
Jalapenos (optional)

In large skillet, heat extra virgin olive oil over medium high heat.  Add onions, and saute until they begin to soften. Add the green chiles.  Add ground turkey, breaking up with spoon.  Cook until no longer pink.  Add salt, pepper, chile powder, and cumin.  Simmer until thickened.  Remove from heat, and add sour cream. Stir well.

Enjoy :)


Source:  A Kitchen Hoor's Adventures

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Sunday, June 19, 2016

Around the Farm

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Life has been a little busy. Just the general summer fun of flowers, veggies, and everything else in between.

So, I thought I would give you a little photo update of what's going on around the farm.


I spied our first blossoms on the beans. So excited!


Today's "freshly picked" was strawberries, peas, and cabbage.

We planted a few cosmos in the garden. Thought the bee's would like them.


Queen of the Farm is not a fan of the heat, so we see a lot of this pose.


These two. If they see me, they come running. Hoping for treats, of course.


Hummingbirds are back. Never get tired of watching them.

Have a great week!

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