Friday, August 18, 2017

Shroom City in the Country



This has been a really wet summer for Oklahoma . Everywhere you go you see white puffy things all over the pastures. 
     These pics are in my yard. Funny how they make a semi circle somehow. Really fun watching how they start out and what they wind up like. 
     Some look like golf balls, umbrellas, flat top hats. 
      They say it's because of a high mold count and the warm humid air. I'm really surprised how well I'm doing. I am normally so over sensitive to mold I faint. I'm not complaining! Lol






Love
Ranchmama 



Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Double Tree Cookies

 

Don't these look really good? I made these first to try the recipe and liked them good enough I thought I would use these as a thank you gift to someone that is always doing something nice for one of Hubby's relatives . ( Believe me they need more than good cookies for that challenge! Lol)
    This is a copycat recipe for the Double Tree Hotel check in cookie.
     Other than a whole lot of really good cookie flavor and yummyness it has loads of chocolate chips and walnuts with just enough dough too hold it together good.
    I looked at their cookies and they are right at $2 each for much smaller cookie than what I made.
    Hubby said I can keep this recipe!


Doubletree Chocolate Chip Cookies


Preheat oven to 350°F. 
Bake for 13-17 minutes
Yield: 20 cookies

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup old fashioned oats
  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3 cups chocolate chips (use your favorite kind)
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped walnuts
 Directions:
  1. Place oats in a small food processor or blender and grind until they turn powdery.
  2. Place them in a medium sized bowl and whisk in the flour, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon.
  3. Set aside.
  4. Stir together melted butter, brown sugar, and granulated sugar until smooth. (No mixer needed – just use a wooden spoon or spatula!)
  5. Stir in vanilla, lemon juice, and eggs.
  6. Stir until smooth, then stir in flour mixture. Mixture may be slightly lumpy because of the ground oats.
  7. Stir in chocolate chips and walnuts.
  8. Line a cookie sheet with wax or parchment paper.
  9. Scoop 1/4 cupfuls of the dough into balls and place on the cookie sheet. You do not need to space them; this is just for chilling.
  10. Cover well with plastic wrap and chill at least 4 hours or overnight before baking.
  11. Place cookies well spaced on cookie sheets lined with parchment paper .
  12. Slightly depress each ball with the palm of your hand.
  13. Do not over bake – these are best a bit under done.
**** Notes ****
This chocolate chip cookie recipe is even BETTER than the Doubletree Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe!! It’s gooey and full of chocolate, oats, and walnuts. Plus, they’re HUGE!

Love
Ranchmama

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Spring Harvest


Well it's not much of a spring havest but I get a kick out of it.
    I planted elephant garlic years ago in my little raised bed Jon and his dad made for me. Last year hubby and I used the bucket on the tractor to redo the whole thing replacing the dirt with potting soil stuff

It was a job even using the tractor. I finally got it put back together. I replanted it with some of the garlic I could salvage. I then added Hourseradish someone gave me. Ooo weee! It does get going and can takes over. I pull out the strays but even the tiniest root part takes off and grows. lol . I haven't tried harvesting it because I don't eat the stuff but I need to try it sometime just to learn how to do it . I do use it in a firewater tonic for medicinal purposes. 



The sage on the end here has been a really easy one. I was surprised how well it has done. Such pretty blooms! 


   The blooms are gone now but I plan on harvesting what looks like a bushel of leaves! I'm going to put more dirt on top of the stems to get it to spread .
      Here is my garlic harvest sunning and drying to come inside.


    Now cleaned up and ready for me to store ( I would like to learn how to string them ) to cook and I am going to replant for next year . My daughter says she doesn't know anyone in her area of Arkansas that can grow garlic. She says it just rots over there. 
    Here I just stick it in the ground and say grow! I just leave it alone and water if I want to. 

Aren't these beautiful?! The big ones fill up the palm of your hand. 
Ok so that is about it for this years playing. I wish I had more. The only other thing I have is aloe vera. Believe me my pot runith  over all over the place! Lol

Love
Ranchmama 







Monday, July 10, 2017

New Mexican Dish

My husband likes to watch Spanish tv series. Since he can speak and write Spanish he has no problems. Me? Well I get to go blind after a while reading the translations at the bottom if the screen!
     Sometimes he will here about some food and we look it up and see if we want to try it . 
Here is our latest try it.


You can see how to make it here:

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=4mQx1zzBpuU

How to make chilaquiles

Pretty simple boy do you have to do a lot of stirring to keep the tortillas from burning! I was surprised they were tasty. 
Hubby was so funny. He watched the video and how she made the salsa. I told him I have some in the cabinet we can use. That's not how you do it! That's not what she did ! I told him I don't  have the fresh stuff and stop and think about it she was making salsa. Duh! I have salsa in a jar same thing! Well I guess your right. 
    I told him if you want to get in the kitchen and make salsa like she did I'll go get the stuff..... No don't think so he said, ok do it your way. 
   Now anyone that has read any of my stuff knows my men are lucky to know how to get a drink out if the fridge. ( now is where you ROFLMAO )

Love
Ranchmama 



Sunday, June 25, 2017

Big Bad*ss Hummer


Every yr I like to put out humming bird feeders usually around my birthday in April but this year I was running way late. I just recently got my act together and put 2 feeders out making sure there was a decent amount of space to minimize any fighting.
     See now look at these


And this one was also filled and put out about 4-6' away.


You will notice that only one is empty. The other is almost untouched! 
      I finally figured out my problem. It seems that the local neighborhood hummingbirds think the monster Big Bad*ss Hummingbird has moved in and they don't want anything to do with the Junkyard Hummer!
     Even with the one empty I see them do a flyby and just keep on going to avoid that monster junkyard hummer. Lol
    Funniest thing I have seen in a long time! 
Love
Ranchmama 
 ( I took pity on the locals and relocated the junkyard hummer dude so they could eat ) 


Monday, June 5, 2017

Hubby's Special Request Steak Soup

Hubby has been wanting some steak and potatoe soup for a while.I make a fairly good one but had plenty of room for improvement.I did some surfing around and found a recipe that might fit our taste buds if I made a few changes.

      Here is what we had for super. I must have done a good job because he said it was like what you would get at the expensive Russian Restaraunt that he an Nikki went to in New York. 
     I found these new to me mini crackers and that just made it even better for him! He said it's a shame it took 40 yrs for me to find this recipe and he hopes I can make it again just as good! ( hmmm... Somewhere in there is a backasswards compliment )



     The changes I made were:
 I used
4 sirloin steaks
No celery (didn't have any)
No mushrooms (don't like them)
I used beef bouillon 
Tossed enough A-1 Sauce in it to look good
1-c heinze catchup instead of tomatoes
No wine ( Don't like the flavor in my food)
No thyme
   I browned my meat and the bones with the onions and chopped garlic in bacon grease.
   I kept the bones with the soup to get what little bone broth I could in the soup and extra flavor. 
    I fried my chunky potatoes ( lots of them) like for a meal until just tender then added that to the already tender & cooked soup meat. 
   I like the carrots. Hubby picks them out... GRRRR..

Well that's how I done it and looks like I better stick too it! Lol

Love
Ranchmama 


Robust Beef and Potato Soup

1 1/4pounds beef stew meat, trimmed of fat
1 1/2tablespoons vegetable oil
1large onion, chopped
1 celery stalk, chopped
8ounces mushrooms, thinly sliced
1 carrot, peeled and diced
1 garlic clove, minced
6cups low-sodium beef broth
3/4cup canned crushed tomatoes in purée
1/3cup dry red wine
3/4teaspoon salt
1/2teaspoon Coarsely ground black pepper
1/2teaspoon dried thyme
1 to 1 1/2teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
2large russet potatoes, peeled and cubed

Instructions

  1. Cut stew meat into bite-size pieces. 
  2. Heat oil in a large stockpot over medium-high heat. 
  3. Add meat and brown on all sides.
  4. Transfer meat to a bowl. Add onion and celery to pan, adding more oil if needed. Cook, stirring, over medium heat 5 minutes. Stir in mushrooms, carrot and garlic. Cook, stirring, 3 minutes. Add remaining ingredients except potatoes. Add beef.
  5. Bring to a simmer. 
  6. Cook, partially covered, 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. 
  7. Add potatoes and return soup to a simmer. 
  8. Cook, partially covered, until potatoes are tender, about 20 minutes.

Friday, June 2, 2017

Trail of Death

     Sunday has been a stressful day! I sometimes just need something else to think about.
     It has been busy as hell. We had a dead heifer in the pond we found this morning. She looked like she just walked into the pond to take a drink and just fell over. Not sure exactly when it happened. We were checking heifers here at the house and we were 1 short. They didn't come up saturday the day before because they stayed across the creek so we couldn't count them. We had some really scary wicked streak lightning , I mean close by loud as could be. We drove around the next day to count everything just to check . Seems like we saw everything but I'm not sure. Surely we did. ??
     I drove the tractor to the pond and backed the brushhog over the water to see if we could get close enough, still we couldn't get to it with the tractor and rope it. I told hubby to hell with it since I had shorts on tossed off the shoes and waded in . Rope in one hand pitchfork in the other to help keep my balance . Stinky dirty water. I sank down ankle deep in what felt like a kind of cow poop mud. I was hoping I wouldn't find a stray fish hook. The water was only half way to my knees. I got to her as quick as I could and put the rope on one leg that was sticking up out of the water. It wasn't as bad as what it could be smelling wise. Hubby tied the rope to the brush hog and I pulled her out with the tractor. I wanted to use the front forks but hubby said she was so bloated we would have a real mess with that! Lol 
      Hubby opened all the gates . I had to pull her almost 1/4 mi away keeping on grass so she didn't fall apart. First through the pasture then down the side of the driveway on the grass, turned out onto the road and pulled her on the grassy side of the road, crossed the gravel road into another pasture out the gate into another field back into the corner there. Everywhere I had to drag her left the Stinch of death it was like leaving a trail of crumbs to her body.
      Got her done and went brush hogging a few hours. When I got the brushhog going I looked up and the neighbors dogs was already dining let's say. Gonna have to watch out Heidi Ho doesn't take off trailing the stink. Finally found energy to get the stink off and vegging in front of tv! LOL I'm clean but still feel stinky. I think I got it in the nose still! Lol
       Oh the smell wasn't as bad as the dead calf half way hanging out of a cow for 24 hrs! I was 10 ft away and gagging on that one. Lol
     Don't have a choice sometimes on doing things. Just got to do what you have to do. Hubby said he has already had to chase Heidi Ho down so she didn't wind up across the road and down the way to the body. 
      Sometime that evening I found the energy to try a new snickerdoodles recipe. Wasn't  impressed with them but it was something different to do and think about other than stinky cows.
     I went to shut the gate for the day and I saw this little mole in action. I have a video but couldn't upload so we will just have to enjoy a "action/blurred" pic of the little guy. Never have seen one just a foot away in action ! Neat stuff! It's like he just pushes the dirt out with his body like a mini bull Dozer . I just stood there quietly and he didn't care at all. 




Kind of soothing watching the little devil work. Considering how bumpy they make the pasture hubby said I should have shot it. Didn't have a gun and I was enjoying the show. lol it was the least stressful thing all day and actually entertaining.

Love
Ranchmama
( PS  -- Naturally Heidi Ho had to find a hoof to chew on after all this. I guess saved a trip to the pet store! Then the next morning she goes out and gets Doggie O D Purfume on with something that lets just say got left behind in the pasture. I was nasty and she just smelled just as bad. I don't know where she got unless something else drug it up because as far as I know anything that large was intact when I got her to the field she was left at. )