Sunday, May 31, 2009

Another first place for Jesse!

Another tractor pull weekend in Green Valley. Jesse got another first place! I brought my new little camera with that takes videos. Well I have only had it not even a month and never looked at it before we left and wouldn't you know it the battery was dead when we got there. I hardly used it, I thought. So maybe next tractor pull I will have some video to share.

We are busy making a fence around the cow pasture so the cows can roam around a bit. Hope to be done real soon as I am REALLY GETTING SICK OF IT! Next weekend we get to leave for a bit. YEA!!!!!! Leaving Thursday late afternoon for Iowa for the summer toy show in Dyersville and update the museum pieces. Will be there for 2 days then off to Carpentersville, Illinois for a grad party. Jerry's goddaughter, Becky, is graduating high school.

Better go now and start working on that fence.........

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Pretty good weekend, how bout you?

Weekend was good! I got my garden planted. Got the lawn cut. Went to the new Mexican restaurant in Cecil and would go back again. We got the Vette out (earliest we ever did) and took a rode trip to Tomahawk and took a few Jeep rides in the latest restored Jeep. I think it's a 47. No top or doors. Kinda fun. Jesse got 1st place, twice in the tractor pull at Suring! And the best part is nothing broke on the tractor! Need to get flowers planted this week. Nothing else here.............

Gardening requires lots of water - most of it in the form of perspiration. ~Lou Erickson

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Happy Memorial Day!

Have a wonderful weekend!

Friday, May 22, 2009

Another rhubarb torte

Here is the recipe I made last weekend. Got it out of our church cookbook. Those cookbooks are the best!

2 c. flour
2 sticks butter
2 T. powdered sugar
4 c. rhubarb
1 c. sugar
1 sm. pkg. vanilla instant pudding
1 cool whip
1 3/4 c. milk

Mix flour, butter and powdered sugar. Pat into 9 x 13 pan. Mix rhubarb with sugar. Spread over crust and bake for 45-50 min. at 375. Cool. Mix pudding with milk and spread over rhubarb. Top with cool whip. Keep in fridge.

Hope to plant the garden this weekend. Hope to get on the Harley for a ride too! My favorite time of the year, the lilacs are in bloom! I love them!

Yes, please anyone if you read this leave a comment. I hope someone enjoys this!

Have a great weekend!

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Shopped til we almost dropped!

Well the rummage sales were super! We had such a good time. Jerry and I even went the day before they officially started and hit about 12 sales. The deal of the day was 14 rolls of Christmas wrapping paper for $2.50. One roll was never opened and it is pretty paper too! The woman was going to throw it out because her daughter had figured out that it was the same paper as the year before and Santa wouldn't do that. Who cares! Apparently the hard economic times have not hit that family. Jerry found a really nice print of a winter scene with pheasants he got for $5. Now I have to rearrange my living pictures put I was getting kind of sick of one of them anyway. So Saturday Sue, Bonnie and I started out at 7:15 a.m. and got home a little after 6 p.m. Would have stayed longer but no one was open anymore. The car was almost full. I could have put something on my lap yet. Sue got an ice cream maker so she's making the ice cream and we're bringing over the cream de menthe for grasshoppers. Bonnie bought the most but she always buys sleepers, blankets, etc. for her mother-in-laws church to make layettes to send to third world countries. 25 cents is the limit on that stuff. Some people even donate when they hear what it's for. I found Jerry a battery charger for $5 and it works! I get Christmas cookie tins for the cookie walk at church. 25 cents is my limit too. They are easy to find. Everyone has those. I wish Pulaski, Bonduel and Seymour weren't all the same weekend. We have so much fun. You have to keep an open mind when you go, never know what you'll find.

I made a new rhubarb torte. Will post recipe this week. Jenny was back as of Friday and I haven't been to the barn. I am actually getting a few things done around here. Life is good!

"Whoever said money can't buy happiness simply didn't know where to go shopping." - Bo Derek

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Twins different days!

Tuesday night just about the time milking was done one of the cows had a bull calf. Ok, milk the cow take care of the calf and all is good. Wednesday morning when Mark came at 5:30 he found another calf. The cow had another calf and here the poor thing was laying in the gutter but she was alright. So she had twins somewhere between 5-9 hours apart we are guessing. So one was born Tuesday night and the other born Wednesday morning. That's the first time that happened for us.

This is not one of the twins but I've been wanting to post her picture for awhile now just never took the camera to the barn. I call her Yin Yang. She even has one black eyelash and one white one. You can see it on the picture. Calf count 5 milk 3 water.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Peaches n cream trifle

The recipe is as follows:

1 white cake mix
1 c. peach schnapps
2 large boxes of french vanilla pudding
2 cool whip
3 cans peaches, drained and sliced
Bake the cake and after it's cooled take a fork and poke holes in it. Pour the peach schnapps over the cake. Do this a day ahead and put in fridge. Mix the pudding and make your layers. Cake, pudding, peaches, cool whip. Repeat but end with peached on top. Enjoy! My bowl is always running over when I make trifle. I always use sugar free pudding mix but I take milk right out of our bulk tank so I think one cancels out the other.

Here are a few more pics from Mother's Day.

Jerry and Jesse cut most of the lawn for me. I didn't get a picture of Jesse. He was doing the trim with the push mower and ran away on me. I did have to finish 2 small sections of the lawn as Jerry had to finish picking stones for Joe Peterson. But it took me less than a half hour and I was done and it was the easy part with no trees to go around. They tried.

I got these flowers at church. Women of Faith put carnations on the alter for Mother's Day and after the service we give each woman a flower. Well I had to order them and pick them up and take them to church. I got 8 dozen and they were in a big bucket. When I was putting them in vases the 2 white ones had a lot shorter stem than the rest so I took them home. They were perfect for the vase I had. I got the pink one on Mother's Day. Pays to be in charge, you get the leftovers.

Jesse gave me this lovely card. The verse made me get a lump in my throat. AWWWW.........
That's all for today. Looking forward to rummage sales on Friday with Bonnie and Sue.

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Happy Mom's Day!

A day early, I know but I won't have time tomorrow. Busy as ever around here with planting corn. The barn is being white washed as I type this. As it is a rainy day today I don't think any corn will be planted today. Jerry only has about 20 acres to go and he's done. Yea! Tomorrow Jerry's Mom is having us over the dinner. I am making a new trifle recipe I found. It's called peaches and cream. It has peach schnapps in it. Jerry's Mom likes fuzzy navels so I thought, why not try it. I will let you know how yummy it was. Other than that not much going on except work, work, work! I went to church this morning to put 8 dozen carnations in vases for tomorrow. Then we hand them out to the ladies after church. I moved 3 more calves this morning all by myself which can be somewhat of a challenge. These are weaned calves that have a mind of their own now and really don't think of me as their Mom anymore. They don't want to suck my fingers and just follow me like the little ones. But I made it. Calf count 3 milk and 3 water, it's great!
All mothers are working mothers. ~Author Unknown

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Mexican Lasagna

I made Mexican Lasagna for Cinco de Mayo yesterday. It was delicious! You can make it as hot or as mild as you like with the salsa and sauce. We are having the leftovers tonight. Here is the recipe:

1-1/4 pounds ground beef
1 medium onion, chopped
4 garlic cloves, minced
2 cups salsa
1 can (16 ounces) refried beans
1 can (15 ounces) black beans, rinsed and drained
1 can (10 ounces) enchilada sauce
1 can (4 ounces) chopped green chilies
1 envelope taco seasoning
1/4 teaspoon pepper
6 flour tortillas (10 inches)
3 cups (12 ounces) shredded Mexican cheese blend, divided
2 cups crushed tortilla chips
Sliced ripe olives, guacamole, chopped tomatoes and sour cream, optional
Directions: In a large skillet, cook the beef, onion and garlic over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain. Stir in the salsa, beans, enchilada sauce, chilies, taco seasoning and pepper; heat through. Spread 1 cup sauce in a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish. Layer with two tortillas, a third of the meat mixture and 1 cup cheese. Repeat layers. Top with remaining tortillas and meat mixture. Cover and bake at 375° for 30 minutes. Uncover; sprinkle with remaining cheese and top with tortilla chips. Bake 10-15 minutes longer or until cheese is melted. Let stand for 10 minutes before serving. Garnish with the olives, guacamole, tomatoes and sour cream if desired. Yield: 12 servings. ENJOY!

Friday, May 1, 2009

Hurray, hurray the first of May!

Been doing spring cleaning on the calf huts the last 2 days. We moved 28 calves and I cleaned and sanitized 13 huts and mats. Then I moved the huts back and ready to be used again. It was quite a project. And they tell you at the doctor's office that farm work doesn't count for exercise! Man I was sweating when I moved those huts! So glad it's done and most everything is clean again. I haven't cleaned huts since November so they were pretty disgusting. The calves we took out of the huts and put in the barn in a pen aren't very happy at the moment but they only cry when they see me. I stand and talk to them and tell them they are big now and they are OK and not dieing but I don't think they care what I say. They want their warm water!!!! In 3 days they will forget all about it. Today we had to grind feed. More exercise that doesn't count. I had to fork corn out of the crib so it would fall in the grinder/mixer. We did 3 batches at 5000 pounds each. My arms felt like wet noodles when I got done. BUT THAT DOESN'T COUNT!

Calf count 6 on milk and 3 on water. Yes, life is good with only 9 calves to deal with.