Showing posts from June, 2011

No Menu This Week

Life is a little busy right now so I won't be posting our menu this week or a review of last week's disappointments. Translation: this particular cookbook is going in the trash. Now I know why it was at the thrift store!

I do have to mention one recipe from last week that was incredibly delicious: Chilean Country Ribs. Even though I ran out of propane for the grill halfway through cooking and had to finish in the oven, the ribs turned out tender and juicy and had the perfect blend of zing and heat. (And they went great with beer) Christian's remark was, "Well, Kelly, you're turning out to be quite the little grill master." I'll take that as a compliment.

Monday Wake-Up

June 27th, 2011 at 5:02AM.

Back from the Dead

All day yesterday I was pretty bummed out about losing our cat, Ash. When I pulled into our driveway after a long day at work, I saw a gray cat sitting up by the barn. I slowly opened the door and questioned, "Ash?" She came running toward me for her daily dose of love. Ash came running toward me. ASH!!! 

I was so confused and dumbfounded. If Ash is alive, then who in the world did I bury?!! We NEVER see other gray and white cats at our farm. We have an occasional black and white visitor as well as an orange tabby but no gray and white cats. I can only come up with one possible conclusion. Last June, Ash gave birth to a litter of 7. One of those kittens resembled her.

Bushy was around for a few months then moved on to bigger and better things. Or did he?

I think Bushy was who I buried the other night. Perhaps he had been on our farm all along and we just didn't know it. Or maybe he came back home to visit his mom.  In any case, we're so happy that Ash is still alive, bu…

Remembering Ash

Our barn cat, Ash, was due to have another litter of kittens any day. Her best bud (and son) Bravo had been hanging out by our house for a few days so I figured that Ash had her kittens and kicked Bravo out of the barn. Last night I grabbed a flashlight and headed out into the barn to investigate. I wasn't prepared for what I saw. Something had killed our sweet Ash. I'll spare you the gruesome details of what I saw because, quite frankly, it's a sight that I can't get out of my mind. I buried her under the rock wall by the garden where some of her kittens already lay. Christian and I are very sad that she's gone. She was so friendly and loved to run over to us for pets as soon as she spotted us outside. 

A few summers ago, someone dumped collar-clad Ash off at our farm. Just last year I realized that she didn't have any front claws when she took a soft swipe at my dog. I was shocked and amazed that she had survived for so long outdoors without any defense except…

On Our Menu: June 20 - 26

I knew that we had wild asparagus growing in our ditch but the city vultures always beat me to it. On the weekends, folks slowly troll the country roadways and hunt down the crispy green spears. This time, I got there first!

Delicious! I grilled these babies up on Friday night along with chicken and roasted potatoes. On Saturday when I was out working in the garden, I saw some people hunting around in the ditches. Hehehehe. Too late!

The forecast for this week is rain and cooler weather so I'm cooking a lot of comfort foods: gnocchi, potpie, and mac & cheese. There goes the diet!

LAST WEEK'S MENU IN REVIEW (View the original post here)
Monday: Toss all the leftovers on a pile of nachos and smother with cheese. Yum.
Tuesday: My parents and I went to see Water For Elephants (finally!). The movie was good but the animal (and Marlena) abuse parts were really hard to watch. Not really a feel-good movie. The popcorn was great though!
Wednesday: I wasn't going to grill out in the r…

Wednesday Wake-Up

June 15th, 2011 at 5:19AM.

On Our Menu: June 13 - 19

This will be an easy cooking week for me. Tuesday night I'll be eating popcorn at the movies for supper (what, you never do that?) and this weekend Christian will be in Door County installing a solar electric system so I can just cobble together whatever sounds good.

LAST WEEK'S MENU IN REVIEW (View the original post here)
Monday: After our dentist appointments, we headed down the road to our new favorite pizza joint - Glass Nickel Pizza Co. My half was the Santa Fe: BBQ sauce, cheese, chicken, red onion, red pepper and cilantro. YUM!
Tuesday: I know we didn't have shrimp, but for the life of me, I can't remember what we had instead. Yikes.
Wednesday: The Vegetable and Edamame Pasta with Basil Cream Sauce was SO good. I'm planning on making a batch of this ahead of time to eat for lunch on our upcoming vacation.
Thursday:Spicy Mango Scallops - bleh. I'm beginning to think that I don't really like scallops... or mango chutney, for that matter.
Friday: Martha - you…

Spring Hiking

Christian and I have been hitting the trails almost every weekend. A few weeks ago we went back to Emmons Creek State Natural Area near Waupaca. The last time we were there was in February with snowshoes strapped to our feet. What a difference!

Winter can be pretty but I'm loving the lush green woods and the blue skies! 

Springs flowers daintily lined the trails. I could have spent hours photographing all of the pretty things on the forest floor but the mosquitoes were having a feast.

That same weekend we went exploring at Keller Lake County Park near Big Falls. I thought we might find some hiking trails there, but other than a few deer trails, we were out of luck. Nonetheless, we spent some time admiring the beauty of the falls and the Little Wolf River. 

Shortly after I took the waterfall photo, Buster realized he was surrounded by water. He doesn't like water - at all! He was pretty scared trying to get back across the rocks and on to solid ground, crawling on his stomach and t…

On Our Menu: June 6 - June 12

Now that we're into some nicer (and warmer!) weather, I hope to cook more meals out on the grill. I'll be doing just that on Tuesday, Friday and Saturday of this week.

LAST WEEK'S MENU IN REVIEW (View the original post here)
Tuesday: The Three Mushroom, White Wine & Garlic Risotto recipe came out of The Gloriously Gluten-Free Cookbook. Neither Christian or I could take more than 3 bites of this horrible meal. You know when you throw up a little bit in your mouth? Um, yeah, that's what the risotto tasted like. Sorry to be so gross but that's the truth. I felt so disappointed that I ruined perfectly good mushrooms for this horrible dish. Not to mention that I had to spend 15 minutes constantly stirring the risotto so my hands were aching more than they normally do. All so it could end up in the trash.
Wednesday: I was a little scared to make another recipe from The Gloriously Gluten-Free Cookbook but the Chicken and Broccoli in Peanut Sauce was delicious. I cut back…

Garden Update: June 1, 2011

The vegetable garden is running a little behind schedule this year due to a cold spring. Usually, the entire garden is planted by Memorial Day. So far this year I've only sown peas, salad greens, onions and sweet corn. The seeds that I started back in April have grown to little seedlings and are hardening off this week. I hope to put them in the ground this weekend. Christian and I spent a lot of time this past week edging the garden and pulling weeds. You can see a bit of crabgrass that still needs to be yanked toward the bottom corner. That stuff is so hard to get rid of! Perennial herbs are in the foreground, then 3 rows of strawberries, then the rows of veggies.

We've had a few nasty hailstorms and violent winds this spring which has left our rhubarb and chives looking beat down and battered. The chives will bounce back but I'll have to buy (!) rhubarb this year if I want to make my favorite pie.

The salad greens are just starting to poke through and the strawberries are…

On Our Menu: May 31 - June 5

Well, better late than never! The extra long weekend has me all confused this week.

LAST WEEK'S MENU IN REVIEW (View the original post here)
Monday: In the past I used pork pot stickers from Aldi and the soup turned out great. This time I tried a vegetarian variety from a different store and the soup was just so-so.
Tuesday: The lasagna was a way to get rid of some leftover ricotta. Nothing fancy. Just a bunch of stuff layered together then baked.
Wednesday: The pork that I pulled out of the freezer looked a little sketchy so I just tossed it. I made the mushroom and scallion frittata instead which led to a debate about how a frittata is exactly like an omelet (which I don't like). Christian, on the other hand, likes omelets and has now learned that he should just request a frittata.
Thursday: Pizza burgers... I think. My memory is a bit hazy from the long, hot weekend.
Friday: ??? See above comment
Saturday: We ended up going to my family's land for the afternoon so we cooked tu…