Stay tuned to find out how I made and canned salsa with only one soup kettle an no other fancy gadgets. Pictures and step by step on its way!
Ok so now when I say adventure your mind probably travels somewhere tropical with lots of jungle or lots of water and swarming sharks. Or maybe it travels to the top of a snow-covered mountain and your holding a snowboard or climbing gear almost nearing the top. Or maybe even still your inside of a speeding race car rounding the next corner.
Well I am not an ordinary adventure seeker. We just got another rabbit. And I ordered chickens. And I looked at another cat today. And decided to get a female companion for the male rabbit. Busy day? That is an understatement. Not enough adventure for you? Well it’s plenty for me. We have 3 children and with all of those animals I expect the hi-jinx to increase 10 fold.
We lost Stella who was our first rabbit. She was pure white with pink/red eyes. She was great. But in a thunderstorm her latch on her cage broke and she bolted. 6 days later the neighbor called and said he saw her in their yard. Mitch bought a live trap and they almost caught her, but her wild instincts kicked in and we haven’t seen her since. I am sure she’s now getting ready to have babies even though my husband doesn’t think she would cross breed with a wild hare.
So now we will become rabbit and chicken farmers. Maybe by next summer we can get a goat! Ooohhh, can you say BIG adventure. Hahaha! Have a great day!
So last night was so fun! Ben my oldest son had a 4-H meeting. The car was unavailable so we had to drive Mitch’s truck to it. Generally speaking I don’t like driving the truck. It’s huge, it’s dirty, and it’s full of tools and crap that he just keeps sticking in there for lack of a better storage place. But it has it’s advantages too. It has air conditioning, it has a CD player and when you rev the engine it sounds pretty cool! So we are on our way and I push the play button on the CD player. Def Leopard Greatest Hits starts to play and before I know it we are rocking down the road and having a blast! All three kids are rockin’ out and loving the music. On the way home when I hit the dirt road I revved up the engine with the music blaring and I felt like I was back in high school. It was pretty fun!
Dirt Road Anthem anyone?
We have been enjoying the most beautiful and glorious evenings of late. We do not have a very long summer, so anytime it is extra enjoyable we try to soak it all up! The fireflies are extremely active right now. I wrote a little poem about them. And if you know me you know my affinity for frogs, so I added a couple of lines about them too!
Flash of green
Flash of yellow
Here no There!
Are the flashes in sync?
Do they relay a message?
mesmerized by motion
dark becomes magic
Enter a frog orchestra
Chirp, Croak, Chirp, Croak
with nothing visible by eye
Sound becomes my soul sense
except for the flash
Here no There!
I was so afraid of becoming more of a couch potato when I started staying home. I love to sit on the couch and watch TV. But when I was working I needed that time to unwind and decompress. Now I have all the time in the day to do that. So I keep it moving now. I stand more than I sit. I try to keep moving throughout the day and I also throw in a little dancing now and then. My kids like the cartoons that have lots of music, so when the music starts we dance! I try to only sit on the couch when it’s nap time. Then we have a little cuddle time too!
I am not saying I exercise 12 hours a day. I really don’t like to exercise in the typical sense. I think it is so boring! I like to put on my favorite show or the kids favorite show and clean my house or jump on the elliptical for a while.
I find the best way to burn calories and keep moving is to take the kids outside. Or do they take me outside? I have trouble keeping them in sometimes. They love to run and scream their fool heads off outside and I let them, because we live in the middle of nowhere and it’s fun! Sometimes I chase them around the yard or we just go for a walk.
The best workout in my opinion is raking leaves. I am usually ready for a nap when I am done with that job! It burns calories and makes the yard look pretty.
I don’t do a total Yoga workout, but I love to stretch out my back and do some of the poses. My kids are usually under me or hanging off of me at some point during the routine. This picture made me smile.
Really? This is so true! Give yourself a break. We can’t be everything to everyone every second of the day. You are who you are and that is that. Be happy and content that you have given everything you can give. And if you mess up, do better tomorrow. Isn’t this what we tell our kids all the time, but when we make a mistake we can’t seem to forgive ourselves or just let it go. Follow your own parental advice and learn from your mistakes, but do not keep beating yourself up for them!
I always go for the good stuff. And by good I, of course, mean strong. Deep Woods Off brand has always been my go to bug ridding fix. I know that critics say the stuff is bad for kids, but i don’t think the critics have witnessed the mammoth sized Mosquitos and thousands of ticks we are trying to ward off in a tick season. I am careful in applying and I don’t go overboard, but I do think its necessary.
Karla’s Runza Recipe
1 cup grated cabbage
1 cup grated carrot
1/2 cup finely chopped onion
1tsp. worcestershire sauce
1/2 tsp garlic powder
2 T. melted butter
1 cup American cheese (also used cheddar)
1 lb. ground beef or seasoned pork sausage. (seasoned pork sausage is
1 loaf frz bread dough, thawed and risen
Brown meat and drain off fat. Add cabbage, carrot, onions and
seasonings. Cook until vegies are tender. Stir in cheese. Set aside. Roll dough into 16 x 8 rectangle about 1/4inch thick. Cut into 8 4-in
squares. Fill each with spoonful of meat mixture. Fold over dough and
pinch/seal well. Place seam down on greased baking pan. Brush top
with butter. Let rise 10minutes. Bake at 350 for 15-20 minutes.
And you can freeze them for later!
The book Quiet Magic by Sam Cook is a compilation of his news paper columns. I have just enjoyed every simple word in the book. I see what he sees when he is in the woods or out in his yard. He is writing from the Iron Range and since I had previously visited and fallen in love with the area I can relate to what he is writing about. It seems that he and his “sweetheart” as he calls her keep a house in the city(it doesn’t say, but I think Duluth). And he travels around hunting, fishing and visiting everyone with a remote cabin in the area. He talks about Wisconsin as well.
I think I feel close to his work, because he emits the same feelings for me as I would like to emit for my readers. He talks about sitting in the Fall in the woods and waiting for a single leaf to let loose from a tree. I know that feeling. We had a hammock set up between two tall trees which was surrounded by several other large trees. If I laid still and looked up it was like being in a cave of leaves. The sun peaked through the small opening in the top. I loved to watch the leaves dance and sing away the afternoon. These simple pleasures are the reason we moved back here. And although my husband does not share my enthusiasm for all of the outdoor activities we still manage to have a little fun here and there.
I feel rejuvenated after reading this book. It’s been a long cold Winter, but Spring is right around the corner.
We love chicken nuggets at our house. And that includes me! I have been checking recipe sites to see if there are healthier, homemade versions of chicken nuggets, so we can try to cut out some of the preservatives. I found one and it’s delicious. I hope you enjoy it too.
4 chicken breasts, boneless and skinless
2/3 cup milk
3 cups cheddar cheese, shredded(I found this to be too much cheese – you could cut it in half)
2 cups seasoned breadcrumbs(I used italian croutons and crushed them up)
2 tbsp butter, melted
1 (18 oz) Can of 3 cheese sauce (I bought 3 cheese alfredo sauce, but completely forgot to add this at the end) They were still really good without it!
1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped(I didn’t have this)
Preheat over 400 degrees. Cut each breast of chicken into 3 pieces. Dip into the milk, then the cheddar cheese, then the breadcrumbs. Place on a baking sheet. Cover with foil.
Bake the chicken in preheated over for 25 minutes, then remove foil, baste with butter and cook 10-12 more minutes uncovered. Coating will crisp and chicken will finish cooking.
While chicken is cooking, place the cheese sauce in a pan and heat it up.
Remove chicken from the oven and place on the platter. Spoon sauce over the chicken. Top with parsley. As I said above I forgot about the cheese sauce altogether and they were still really good!
To complete the meal I made a bowl of broccoli slaw and some green beans. Very filling and very tasty!
I have been wondering about a substitute for the canned cream soups that make everything taste so yummy and make them so bad for you. Well I have found it! I found a fellow mommy blogger who makes safe healthy food for her family. Her site is stacymakescents.com
Visit her and enjoy!
Cream-Of Soup Mix
Adapted from Taste of Home
2 cups dry milk powder (non-instant is preferred)
¾ cup organic cornstarch (to avoid GMOs)
1 teaspoon onion powder
½ teaspoon dried thyme
½ teaspoon dried basil
½ teaspoon dried parsley
¼ teaspoon black pepper
Mix all ingredients together with a whisk. Store in an airtight container.
To make into soup, combine 1/3 cup dry mix with 1 ¼ cups water in a small saucepan. Whisk until smooth. On medium heat, bring to a boil. Cook and stir for 2 minutes, until thick. Cool. This amount = 1 can condensed cream-of soup.
For Cream-of Chicken Soup: use 1 ¼ cups chicken broth instead of water.
For Cream-of Mushroom Soup: use water; add ¼ cup diced, cooked mushrooms to soup after it thickens
For Cream-of Celery Soup: use water, add ¼ cup diced, cooked celery to the soup after it thickens or add a dash of celery seed to the mixture while it’s cooking.