Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Food, Food, and more Food

Pineapple Froth.
2 c. frozen pineapple chunks
1 banana, frozen (opt.)
1 c. buttermilk/plain yogurt
1 c. water
2 T. coconut
1 T cane sugar
Put all in blender until smooth. Add ice cubes to thicken (if necessary).

Cobb Salad. No recipe for this as I substituted deer sausage for the chicken, cauliflower instead of eggs, cabbage for avocado, colbyjack for blue cheese, and carrots for the bacon. It is probably easier to say I kept the lettuce, tomato, and chives the same!

Salad Bar

Frozen Banana Pops 
(new recipe, perfect for hot summer days. Very simple, yet very fun for the young un's)

Fry Daddy Fries (on Father's Day)

Crispy Beef Tostadas
3 c. flour
5 tsp baking powder
1 1/4 c. milk
1 lb ground beef
2 garlic cloves, minced
4 oz green chilis
taco seasonings
1/4 c. water
2 c. refried beans
lettuce, tomato, onion, cheese, salsa
Combine flour, baking powder, and milk to form a soft dough. Let rest, Cook beef and garlic. Add chilis, seasoning, water, and beans. Simmer. Divide dough into sixths. Roll each into a 7 inch circle. Fry tostadas in hot oil until golden, turning once; drain on paper towels.Top each with meat mixture and toppings of your choice.

Peanut Butter Krispy Bars (a.k.a Scotcheroos minus butterscotch chips)

And those are a few yummies we've been munching on lately!

Creative Moments

While Shannon and Riley dream up building, renovating, and growing projects, the gals in the family express themselves with different entertainments.

Caroline only had one dime in her coin purse when we garage-saled one morning. To her delight she found a bead kit for $.10! It has occupied her and the littler girl for many hours so far!

I sewed up a small pillow and case for a baby shower gift.

Caroline embroidered and sewed a mini pillow for her cousin.

Annie spent some time making cards for her 18 pen pals.

Dress up at someone else's house is always a delight! Especially if you sing and dance too! "Who do you think you are? Some kind of superstar?..."

Annie surprised her mama with a cookies and helpful coupons.

Another baby gift to write, draw, and color. This time on a full-size pillowcase so big brother or sister can use it 1st!

Creative expressions in Daddy's shades.

Tea party lunch on the floor because Daddy was invited out as a perk for a morning service call.

Cora painting outside on the new patio.

Concrete Phase Two

After the patio was completed, the crumbled walk needed replaced, foundation footer for a little house extension poured, and last but certainly not least, Shannon's bigger shop floor poured. 

He did the prep work, and a crew came to make short work of the job.s.

The strange inverted corner we are enclosing to make more bedrooms

missing sidewalk section (& funny little shanty)

leveling the shed/shop floor

It has begun!

completion...3 shades of gray
As excited as we are to have this done, there is still more to do! Like planting grass seed and approach pours...

"...And the beat goes on, and the beat goes on & on & on & on..."

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Goose House and Geese

Riley renovated an old dog house into a home for his geese. He ordered them and they were shipped to the post office arriving at 2 days old. 

Back in feather business!

First he stripped it to the frame and modified that.

Grandpa helped put up wire floor and wall and tin door. 

young goslings, less than a week old

Daddy helped roof and side it.

Finally moved to the brome pasture beside the chicken house...

...to be chased by Cora Ellen. 

Riley's intent was to have the geese eat the weeds in his sweet corn patch he is growing for Farmer's Market. Unfortunately they grew quicker than the corn and when eventually fenced in the patch, their palates were accustomed to grass, not weeds, and they just messed up the corn! 

Chalk one up for another lesson learned.

Such entertainment! What a project!

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Cutes in Boots: Miss Meg

Some random shots of Miss Meg. She's our littlest sweetie!

Popcorn snack out back. 

finally fitting into the onesie that was given to us by sweet strangers in CA

In the shade of  the mystery flowering little tree.

Following big sister to ride down the side wall of the empty pond.

Yep, our littlest lovin'!

How can you sleep like that???