Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Funny Doggie Day

    There are just some days no matter how much we love Heidi Ho it is just best to keep U'r distance. 
     No matter how much we think of her as 4 legged people and how big her vocabulary and understanding in general she is still a farm doggie that naturally does what farm doggies do. That is why farm folks know not to ever accept doggie kisses! LOL
    When you see this picture you have to wonder just how smart she really is. Lol

     She has her fanny right up against the air filter. The really sad part is even the fancy filter doesn't do much to diminish the prolific methane cloud she emits !         
          Just face it farm doggies get into some really narly stuff! 

( wondering where I put that handy gas mask! )

Monday, February 6, 2017

I Can Dig It!

   Sounds like some cool talk from way back when doesn't it?
   Well today I had my driver pick up a really useful toy. After trying it out and getting the "oh boy this is nice!" Report I will be finalizing the paperwork in the next few days. 
     Problem is I won't get to play with it ! Grrrr.... It will hopefully be busy as heck in Arkansas digging, clearing trees and doing whatever else it is hired to do. 
     I won't go into all the business detail other than we have a 4 yr lease on it. I wanted it like that because with the insurance / maintenance agreement we won't be responsible for a lot of the really expensive possible repairs.
   It is a 2014 Cat 305 excavator with a Thumb, Push bar,Cab with Ac. 
   My driver has been using one to check out the business and see if would be a good thing and we can see now it will work. Just have to find some general liability insurance. They don't seem to want to insure something out of state so far . Still looking.
    Take a look!

       Doesn't that look like all kinds of fun! I have all kinds of things I could use it for on the ranch but the only time that will happen is when it isn't booked and it needs to stay booked to pay for itself! 
    I might get lucky some day. Lol it's about 3 hours away so it would have to stay awhile for a trip like that. 

Well happy digging folks!

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Age and Snow

When the weather turns cold and looks like this......

And looks like this??....

What happens when as you age and can no longer do the ski or sledding fun??

You do this!!!!

And when your all done .....
It looks like this !

Well ok we took it out of the freezer and each of us wrestled with our own bowl    He got his vanilla and I got my chocolate!     
     I really like his vanilla better but my chocolate tasted like a Wendy's frosty! 
     No that is not whiskey . That is home made vanilla extract. Using the cream and eagle brand gives it so much better flavor than what I grew up with. 
     As a child we would use plain ol milk and sugar with a dab of vanilla. My young taste buds didn't know a bit of difference so it tasted just as good as my fancy smancy stuff! 
   Enjoy your snow .... Even if age makes you hurt from the cold ..... There is still fun to be had.


Thursday, January 5, 2017

2016 Holiday Season

Seems like from the end of October to the end of December is almost nonstop holiday activities. 
    Thanksgiving I made 5 pies for different people. 3 honey pecan pies one for Nikki's husband. One for a party at Nikki's moms house another for a family party.

One standard pumpkin pie for a aunt that no longer cooks. I made a beginner coconut pie. I had never made one before and I wasn't impressed. All it is is a juiced up vanilla pudding! I didn't have time to do the meringue on this one. 
      Then here comes Christmas ! 

I has 2 parties on the same day. One I needed to take desserts to the other was at a local eatery I had a little over a weeks notice to put designed invitations, round up all those updated addresses, get everything mailed, make the reservations together for 40 or more people!  So I dropped off this  New York style cheesecake recipe from Gretchen's Bakery that met up with my honey pecan pie! It has a vanilla wafer crust, then pecan pie goo with cheesecake poured on top of that . The cheesecake had toasted sliced pecans inside. I used a homemade bourbon vanilla extract I made.  After the top firmed up I put more pecan pie goo on that . 
    I also took this much improved coconut meringue cream pie.

This pie had a gingersnap and coconut crust, about $9 worth of heavy cream, coconut milk, toasted coconut in the filling. It took 5 egg whites for this super tall meringue . I had great fun using Hubby's blow torch on it! The next one I will use a all coconut and butter toasted crust because the ginger was just too strong a flavor. 
    Since this party was also Mexican theme I took Mexican cinnamon cookies and cinnamon and sugar crisps. 
    I missed that party but while I was at the other family event I kept getting texts from the other party with rave reviews on my pies an requests for recipes which I gladly shared. 
     When I finished with the party I had to attend I went back to pick up my dishes. I was really surprised to see there wasn't  any left overs ! Usually you have something to take back. Lol I'm glad they enjoyed it. I for sure know what those folks like! 
    For my own family party Allexcia's family came in. She brought really good BBQ with pork and beans , coleslaw . We made loaded mashed potatoes and home made Mac and cheese. The Mac and cheese was over a pound of noodles, velveta cheeses smoked cheddar cheese, sour cream, heavy cream with panco (sp?) toasted crumbs on top. Tea and sodas for drinks. 
     I made peanut butter frosted Hershey's brownies for grandson. I found out later he liked milk chocolate instead. The other grandson I tried out a new pumpkin pie recipe that needed more cinnamon . Hubby got the pecan pie he liked. Someone else got a lemon meringue pie. Just using juice wasn't lemony enough so I added some organic lemon essential oil to jazz it up. That helped a bunch! Everything was homemade no box mixes used at all. 
       Our grand finally was this beautiful tree ! 

     Christmas presents were great fun but that is a whole new big post!


Friday, December 23, 2016

Grandson's Fudgy Brownies

Everyone is getting their requested dessert for Christmas dinner .
   This grandson loves brownies and peanut butter. So I combined them both for him to indulge. A whole 13X9x2 pan full! He has to share at the dinner but gets to take leftovers home.
    Hubby tried the unfrosted brownies and loved the dark chocolate and chewiness of them. 
    Just face it, it's hard to beat a good Hershey's chocolate recipe!

( who is perfecting some really good favorite recipes to keep.)

Friday, December 9, 2016

Italian Chili!

Well you mean you've never heard of Italian Chili?!!
    What are you supposed to do when it's cold outside and chili sounds Sooo good to the tummy and you have no tomato sauce?
     Take a look at the ingredients and you can see the answer! LoL Yes that is black beans. Brown beans are too big and squishy for my taste buds.

Don't worry I didn't use all the spaghetti sauce, just enough to give it some flavor. I was really surprise it tasted really good. Even hubby liked it!
     Well the Italian Chili saved the day and even warmed us up.

Saturday, November 26, 2016

I Think I Made Some Pasta!

Going to a family function and folks were asked to bring a salad and dessert.
   Ok so Nikki sent me this one she liked. It has most if the food groups in it so sounded good enough to me! 
    Oh my goodness ! It made a bunch!  I have to dig out some pretty dishes but Nikki said I could use hers if I didn't find them. 
     This is how much I still have after taking out 1/2 gallon to keep some for me and drop off at a aunts house on the way. She doesn't cook much so when I can think if it I try to share. 

(Still cooking for thanksgiving )