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Another Iced Coffee Recipe

20170527_150806 Not really a recipe, more of a method.  I discovered that I can easily make good iced coffee using my Keurig (hot) coffee maker.

Just fill a non breakable tumbler with ice put a k-kup in the machine, and press the button to make the smaller cup of coffee.  When it’s done brewing, add more ice and whatever milk/cream, etc. that you prefer.  Enjoy!

  • Due to the possibility of breaking glass when putting hot into a cold glass (you don’t want to clean up that mess) use a tumbler or container that won’t break and then pour your coffee into something pretty for serving.

Egg Roll Noodle Bowl


I found this recipe on Taste of Home and since I love egg rolls but hate the deep fried fat, I made it the other night.  It was just as good as I expected it to be.  Lee loved it. A generous 1 1/2 cup serving is only 302 calories.  The original recipe called for ground pork.This picture is from the Taste of Home website.

1 tablespoon sesame oil
1/2 pound ground turkey
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 clove garlic, minced
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground turmuric
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 bag cole slaw shredded cabbage
2 large carrots, shredded
4 oz. rice noodles
3 green onions, thinly sliced
Additional soy sauce if desired
In a large skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Cook and crumble ground turkey intil browned. Stir in soy sauce, garlic, and seasonings. Add cabbage and carrots. Cook until vegetables are tender.
Cook rice noodles according to package directions. Drain and add immediately to pork mixture, tossing to combine. Sprinkle with green onions. Serve with additional soy sauce.
Yields 4 servings 302 calories, 33 carbs each.

Tried and True, or not

rice cooker

Christmas is over and I had an Amazon gift card burning a hole in my cyber pocket. I’ve been wanting to buy a rice cooker and I’ve read and heard that they can be used for lots more than cooking rice. So not only did I order a rice cooker, I also ordered a recipe book, full of recipes for this particular brand of rice cooker. The book says right on the front cover that the recipes are “tried and true”. What does “tried and true” mean to you? To me it means that every recipe in this book (hundreds of them) has been tested by the author or her agents. Am I wrong?
This morning Lee texted me from the barn and asked me to make hot cereal for breakfast. Our temps are in the single digits. I remembered when paging through the recipes in my new book I saw a couple of oatmeal recipes, so since I had some time before Lee finished chores I decided to try the one I found using steel cut oats.cookbookOh my gosh! I put the ingredients into the rice cooker bowl and let ‘er rip. A few minutes later I heard a noise. It was the kind of noise that needs to be investigated quickly. Even though I was quick, I didn’t avoid THE MESS. The oatmeal was boiling over. It also boiled into. I managed to finish it by leaving the lid open. I ended up with a very small amount of oatmeal for us to eat, and a lot of oatmeal for me to clean up. It was all over the counter. It was running down the sides of the cooker. It had spilled into the heating area and burned there. It was under the lip of the lid. I blame the cookbook author. I followed her instructions to the letter.

I did google my predicament and I found that I’m not the only sucker trying to make oatmeal in a rice cooker and failing.
The whole “tried and true” phrase pulled me in and led me astray. The world is full of liars!
I’m going to stay with rice for a while. I’ve learned my lesson and I’m gun shy.

Spring Update

hawaii52       Blogging has gone by the wayside lately, so it’s time for a little update.
This has been another late spring, due to very cold temperatures. Lee has just finished planting corn, and got a start on soybeans but then the rains came. We got so much rain that Lee is concerned about the bean seeds washing out. That’s the way farming goes. We just have to roll with it.
Our little Charlie is doing well. We know there’s cancer growing somewhere inside him, but he seems fairly normal and isn’t showing any pain. We keep a very close eye on him. We don’t want him to suffer.When Charlie had his surgery he was shaved on his belly, and one leg, and a large patch on his back. The back shave was to facilitate the placement of a fentanyl patch for pain. Oddly, not one bit of hair has grown back. There just isn’t any new growth. The surgery was in early April, so it’s been 2 months! Just an odd little bit of trivia for you.
In about a month my kids and I will be embarking on my bucket list trip to Hawaii. For me it will be a return to my birth place and a reunion with my mother’s family. Some of those family members I know and remember. Others I don’t recall having met. The main reason I haven’t been connected with this side of my family is that my mother didn’t stay connected with them and wouldn’t talk about them. I actually had to search for them and found them through a query on a genealogy forum. I was able to hook up with a cousin through that forum and then used Facebook to find and connect with the rest. One of the people I’m excited about is my half sister, who I haven’t seen since I was 11 years old. Well anyway,it’s going to be a fun and rewarding trip and I can’t wait for my kids to see the island where I was born and spent part of my childhood.
I’m planning to blog daily while we’re on our vacation, so that family and friends will be able to see and read about what we’re up to.
How about a recipe? We’re trying to eat more salads as entrees. It’s hard to get all those veggies into our daily diet.
Here’s a salad we like a lot. It’s a taco salad. You can substitute lower fat ingredients wherever you want to and it will still be great.
1 pound ground beef, extra lean, cooked and cooled
1 medium onion, chopped
1 head iceberg lettuce, broken
15 ounces black olives, sliced
15 ounces red beans, drained
1 cup of grated cheese
1 cup tomato, chopped
8 ounces tortilla chips, crushed
8 ounces thousand island salad dressing, low-cal
8 ounces taco sauce
Tip: substitute romaine, or spring mix. Iceberg just doesn’t have any nutritional value
Mix the thousand island dressing and the taco sauce together.
Mix all ingredients. Toss with the dressing.
Serves 8

October 2012 Newsletter

This has been a busy month on the farm.  Lee is working at getting the corn harvested, and is nearly finished as I write this.  We had some rainy days that held up the harvest but we’re back on track now.  It’s been a month of transition weather wise.  It got cold and the leaves fell quickly from the trees.  Temps have been in the 40’s during the day, with 20’s and 30’s at night.  I had to set up my heated water buckets for the horses after they froze pretty solid one night.

Speaking of horses, if you read this blog regularly, you know that we lost Cody.  You can read the post about him here.
Box elder bugs!  Oh my gosh!  These things have taken over the world!  We used to have problems with lady bugs, but this fall we saw very few of them.  It’s the box elder bugs  crawling everywhere.  Save me from box elder bugs.

I sent a box to Collin in Afghanistan.  It took 16 days to get to him.  I’ll have to keep that in mind when I send his next package.  I want him to get it by Thanksgiving.  He called when it arrived and said the (stale) cookies were all gone already.  I hope no one got sick from eating them.
We spent a lot of time worrying about our family members and friends who were in the path of Hurricane/superstorm Sandy.  All of our people made it through safely, with power outages being the most common problem for them.   We even felt the winds here in Wisconsin.  CNN has been a constant backdrop in our house.

Somehow this page got all messed up.  The photo alignment isn’t right, but I don’t know how to fix it, so….sorry 🙂

I have a core? Who knew!

ImageI have arthritis in my hips, and my doc felt I might benefit from physical therapy to strengthen the muscles around my hips.  I’ve been seeing the physical therapist twice a week, learning exercises to reach that goal and alleviate the pain.  During the course of these PT sessions, the word “core” keeps coming up.  I’ve heard the term before, associated with core strength, core stability, etc.  I never understood its meaning, though. 



ImageI’m from an earlier era.  We didn’t have cores when I was in school and enduring gym classes.  Gym was actually called PE back then, and it was a combination of calisthenics, “health” classes, and square dancing.  I guess you don’t need a core to do jumping jacks and bow to your partner.

Here’s a picture of gym uniforms from back in the day.  Ours were navy blue.

My physical therapist (Linda) did a good job of explaining the core to me, and I found more information at Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Core_stability

Now I just have to make Linda understand that ladies don’t sweat.  We get “dewy” 🙂

Sharing a Post by Another Blogger

Anyone who knows us is very aware that we’re farmers and that we raise hogs, and sheep.  You also know that we eat meat.  This morning I was surfing some word press blogs via Tag Surfer, and  read this one.   I could have written it myself!  I also saw the Oprah Vegan episode and came away from it with similar feelings.

That’s all I’m going to say and I’ll just let you read the post from The Pleasant Farm.

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