Thursday, August 30, 2012
Wednesday, August 29, 2012
When we woke this morning there was a chill in the air, Fall is on it's way.
In celebration of Fall's arrival I am planning a Fall Equinox Party to be held on the first day of fall.
Fall for 2012 begins in the Northern Hemisphere on September 22, 10:49 A.M. EDT.
It is the summer's great last heat,
It is the fall's first chill: They meet.
–Sarah Morgan Bryan Piatt
I still have to decide on the main course, I am thinking fish, but am open to idea's.
This is what I have so far:
On The Menu
Roasted Pears and Blue Cheese
Open-Faced Tomato, Mozzarella and Basil Sandwich
Ribollita ( a HUGE soup)
?? Some type of Fish and Herb Butter
Now I am thinking decorations I found some great insperation at The Pottery Barn
Tuesday, August 28, 2012
Like the lyrics in the song I "fly two flags above my land"
One is the colors that fly high and proud
The red, the white, the blue
“The other ones got a rattlesnake with a simple statement made
"Don't tread on me" is what it says and I'll take that to my grave
Because, this is me
I'm proud to be American and strong in my beliefs
Former Staind lead singer Aaron Lewis – Country boy
Sunday, August 26, 2012
Good Morning and happy Sunday. I just checked and it looks as though we are in for a beautiful day in Maine.
I am looking to spend most of it inside! I want to cook and clean, I need to cook and clean.
Yesterday I started a meat sauce I plan to transform into lasagna today. Additionally I plan to make a carrot cake and coffee cake muffins.
This Weeks Menu
Monday: Cheese Burgers
Tuesday: Pork Loin
Wednesday : Salmon in parchment
Thursday: Stir fry beef
Blessings on your meal
Saturday, August 25, 2012
Friday, August 24, 2012
Tuesday, August 21, 2012
We have a couple of things planned for this week end, need to get some mums planted, have extended a dinner invite to some of Bobs co workers and there is always barn chores.However the "Big" plan for this week end is to attend Acton Fair. I so love fair season, the laundry and list of chores will have to wait. Acton is a small agricultural fair, that offers a cow barn and a horse pulling arena my two must haves in a fair. I will get up early complete barn chores pack a cooler with cold beverages and be in the bleachers awaiting the pulls.
Monday, August 20, 2012
Sunday, August 19, 2012
Tuesday, August 14, 2012
Well I have booked a date to send pig to market, Sunday October 28th. Now I am looking closely into the cuts of pork and the best ways to use the meat. I am thrilled to be going into winter with a new freezer that will hold a full pig. BBQ has been an easy keeper, I plan to get another piglet in the end of winter. Experience has taught me that keeping a pig outside in Maine through winter is tough on the pig and the farmer.
Last time I sent a pig to market, I found the "cut sheets" a little confusing this time I will be better prepared.
A pig isn’t all bacon and pork chops so there is some balance that must be made and some choices must be made.
I want to waste as little of this animal as possible.
Growing up we raised pigs for food and even canned the lard, looking into this as well.
From the hanging weight of 180 lbs you will get about 120 lbs of standard commercial cuts or a 67% yield off of hanging weight. The “loss” is "stuff" like the head, feet (trotters), tongue, heart, liver, kidney, tail, bones, etc. Almost all of that is edible if you know how to cook it and you are adventurous.
Monday, August 13, 2012
Outside my window… Sun! Finally, sun! Yesterday it poured!Today I’m enjoying that sunshine. The windows are open, the chicks were let out of the coop, and The Bigs are basking around happily. I’m sitting in the kitchen while I blog, looking out my window,I have had the same wash on the line three days, it keeps getting wetter. This yard is GREEN.
I am thankful… for a good night’s sleep last night. It’s been a while. I can rest now that Nickel is feeling better. Matt did an awesome job on his shoes.
In the kitchen… I am making Pork Medallions tonight, and a couple salads this week. I’m happy with warm-weather food.
I am wearing… My burlap bibs, but only need a tank under. With all the mud the Bibs are a must , pigs a jumper.
I am creating… the very first pepper vinegars this week
I am going… to a bridal shower Saturday
I am wondering… If September is too early to have a "fall gathering"
I am reading… Crockett's Victory Garden , I purchased at a yard sale $1.00 makes me miss my Mom wish she lived closer.
I am hoping…I can find a good horse person to help with charms training and some barn chores, summer came and went without finding an intern
I am looking forward to…Fall , decorating and harvesting the Pig
Around the house… dog hair every where & love my new coffee maker
In the garden... tons of peppers, some cukes and tomatoes very excited about the pumpkins
The Mr. is… doing a great job keeping his commitment to train Charm after work nights , but his day is long and with all the rain the lawn needs a cutting.