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May 22, 2015

Stew from Leftovers

I had lots of different leftover containers in the frig & decided to see if I could get another meal from most of them. The easiest is to make a stew or soup. I combined the tomato & onion soup to English peas, shredded carrots from my veggie bin; I diced up a New York strip steak, added 1/4 cup catsup, 1/2 cup water & sprinkled some bacon bits to add a bit more flavor. All this I heated in a large sauce pan for thirty minutes. Serve with cornbread or garlic toast.
While I was whipping up some lunch Mr. Cowboy was dealing with our wild hog issue.
Exhibit A & B
These two were caught in our hog trap & weren't happy one bit. Cowboy had to load them in the trailer to haul them off to a local guy who, I don't even want to know what he does with them. If you are unfamiliar with the damage these critters can do, they root up fields, yards, crops, etc. They carry disease and are extremely dangerous to people & pets. Mr. Cowboy has caught a dozen these past few weeks but that hasn't even scraped the surface. 
Enough about that. I hope you all have a great & safe Memorial Day weekend.

Apr 18, 2015

Busy Week

Here's a snippet of what I've been doing:
Baked banana bread loaf for my mom.
Helped Mr. Cowboy count heifers & calves. Note, I'm in the back of the truck safe & sound while my fearless honey walks amongst the giant animals...laugh out loud!... Those moma cows weigh close to & some over a thousand pounds, I'm not crazy enough to get that close!!!!!
Dew on spider's web
& elusive hummingbirds. Everytime I tried to slap a photo they flew off...oohhh, it was maddening. So Ayden's class didn't get to see them but I'm not giving up yet.
Fresh strawberries to.....
8 pints of strawberry jam.....whew, that's what I've been up to. I hope everyone of you are doing well & enjoying life!

Apr 8, 2015

Rolling Along

Yes, that's me about to start on another of the endless rows of tilled grassed seeds. The "roller" behind the tractor mashes everything into the ground so that the grass grows evenly, so says Mr. Cowboy!!!!!
I visited Ayden's school Easter eggs hunt last week to cheer her on. As you can see, she found loads of eggs & shared her portion with a couple of kids who were not as successful.
Look closely & you'll see a Canadian goose just off her nest. I was about to do a little fishing at our lake when I spotted her & snapped this photo. The male was close by swimming around. I hope to get a photo of the hatchlings when that event happens.

Mar 27, 2015

Tyler Quilt Show

IThe other weekend, the Wackies went to a local quilt show. Below are a few of the quilts that caught my eye.

It's Spring Finally

Enjoy these pretty flowers & plants with me.
I hope everyone has a great weekend!!

Mar 25, 2015

Soon After This Photo.....

Mr. Cowboy snapped this photo to show me this fierce wild mama hog. She charged the holding causing Cowboy to drop his iPhone into the trailer with mad mama. Oh my gosh! 
Words were exchanged between Cowboy & mad mama hog as they fought over the phone ( as you can imagine, Cowboy was cussing, as we say here in Texas & the hog was lathering for a fight).
Cowboy managed to shove his phone towards a corner of the trailer using a long metal fence post just as mama hog charged for the kill. Mind you, she's in a ten foot by five foot area but could maneuver quite well. In other words, she's quick & mad as a hornet. 
Cowboy managed to scoot the phone off the back of the trailer. Remarkably it was in good shape & no, he wouldn't allow me to snap a photo of his phone or his expression!! Hehehehe 
Maybe I'll not ask for photos from him for awhile.

Mar 5, 2015


It is 27 degrees here in central-ish Texas....a temperature we aren't use to this time of year. I decided to make a pot of homemade chili to denote the cold windy weather. Luckily I had purchased a box of Saltine crackers for Cowboy who eats them like candy. That's another story for another day. 
Anyway, I'm not a fan of Saltines but added to a hot bowl of chili, wonderful. And Cowboy was very happy with the meal as well.

Feb 26, 2015

I Stand Before You.....

My Cowboy has heard the outcry from all my blogging friends who have followed along with BB's life on the farm. Many thanks to Vicki, Homemother, lefuntz, Tammy, Gene, Marie, Needled Mom, Joyce, Kris and Linda. He read and reread each comment, laughed a bit but finally got the picture.

 I really don't think he had any idea of the bond we all had with BB but believe me when I tell you, he does now........what with a few overly salted meals, a shopping spree on my part, reading your comments and my threats of selling a couple of his golf clubs on our local trading post radio station......he was convinced that "we" meant business about selling a prized "named" critter before discussing it with me.

So with his cap over his heart and a solemn look about his handsome face, he has apologized profusely. Thanks everyone!!!!
Don't mess with my beloved "named" critters. I don't name everyone of them just the ones that have special issues........just saying......wink, wink!!!

Feb 21, 2015

Assured, I Think Not!

What is wrong with this photo, you ask??? Look closely......
Where is BuzzardBait?
OMG, I turned my back for an hour to do some grocery shopping and BuaazrdBait was gone. Everyday I look out my back window and see her and the others girls grazing or fighting over range cubes. It's one of the joys of my life because she came from nearly dying and being eaten by turkey buzzards to the beauty that you see below. So I became worried when I couldn't see her.
When I asked my honey, Mr. Cowboy, where she was, do you know what he said?????
 He said, "I sold her!"
 "You sold her! What does that mean? No, don't answer that cause I know what it means but how could you do that to her?!"
By now, I'm beside myself. What if someone wants to EATS her, OMG!!!!!!
Cowboy sees that I'm totally freaked out and eyeing him like I want to do bodily harm. He tried to assure me that BuzzardBait went to a good home and would be a momma soon enough. Of course I didn't want to hear any of this. He said it all came down to who was producing and who wasn't and that I really shouldn't have named her and become attached. (The lecture)
I'm now plotting something dire like selling his cow trailer or maybe his prized golf clubs. 
This isn't finished!!

So long me sweet BB!

Feb 4, 2015

Gumbo Anyone?

The other day my mom asked me to make a pot of gumbo. My face immediately went blank. Gumbo! Gumbo! I have never made gumbo in my life and my mom knows this but was looking at me expectantly. Oh brother....what to do.......what to do??
I thought about it for awhile then did what any self respecting devoted daughter would do.....I Googled a recipe....hehehehehehehehe
Oh goody, there were literally sixty or so to choose from. I copied off several and combined them into my version.
I bought a packaged gumbo starter, added it to a big pot of water and brought that to a rolling boil. This was going to be easy. Then I reduced the heat.
I finely chopped a couple of stalks of celery, one medium onion and a fourth cup of garlic.
In a skillet, I made three dozen breakfast sausage meatballs to fry and drain. I added them to the pot along with a bag of frozen peeled and cleaned shrimp, one small package of frozen Okra and three thinly sliced links. The smells coming from that pot was really starting to make my mouth water. A couple of tablespoons of Worcestershire Sauce was the final ingredient. All of this simmered for an hour.
 I served it over steaming rice and the cute little clam chowder crackers sprinkled over top. Mom loved it.........all is well!!

Jan 31, 2015

Winter Coats

Looks like we both have on our winter coats. 
It's been awhile since I've posted. I can't believe how much I've slacked off the Internet but I'm enjoying life, family and the farm.
I've done not sewing this year but an idea is in my future.

Dec 31, 2014

The New Year

2014 is almost up and "15" is nearly here. A toast to the old and well wishes to the new, may your new year bring you joy, a peace of mind and contentment!
Happy New Year Everyone!!!!

Dec 24, 2014

Merry Christmas!!

Hey y'all!! We hope everyone who celebrates Christmas has a great time with family & loved ones!


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