Friday, April 26, 2013


This Weeks Budget Friendly Menu

Even a Budget Friendly Menu must be yummy> This is what I have come up with.

Friday: Chicken Cesar Wraps w Rotisserie Chicken
The Rotisserie Chicken at my local market is 5.00 off today if you spend 10/ 10 rice a Ronni, the rice and chicken total will cost me $12.99 Flat bread wraps

Saturday: Fish Taco's made of "chowder bits" and slaw.
My fish person sells small cuts of fish called chowder bits, they are great for frying tenders.
I will purchase a soft shell Taco kit and use only the shells for the fish taco's and save the spice package and sauce for the taco salad Wednesday. Slaw mix is on sale 10@ 10.00 ( I'll get one)

Sunday: BBQ Steak on Spinach Salad Raspberry Vinaigrette
I plan to purchase a flank steak and marinade it 24 hours

Monday: Homemade Grill Pizza's
One will be an onion pizza with white sauce and one will be BBQ with left over chicken from Friday (I plan to pick and freeze the chicken)

Tuesday: Turkey Burgers for Bob Mushroom n Turkey Burgers for me

Wednesday: Taco Salads
Made with 1# hamburger and the leftover taco kit, and homemade tortia chips made with cut up wraps.

Thursday: Burger Melts
For lunches I'm planning a rotation of tuna fish sandwiches, PBJ, and Pasta salads

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

The Push to Save and Meet Mavis

I have been on a mission, to lower our weekly groceries bill.
About a month ago we hit an all time high of 350.00 as I stood at the register in shock, I pledged never again.
I am glad to report I am doing better, but I admit it takes an effort for me. I can hardly wait till the
As a foodie I love every thing food, the recipe hunt, the menu plan, the shopping preparation and consuming.
In an effort to spend less and still write menu's I can enjoy I have found so great new recipes and web sights.

Check out Mavis

I can not emagine feeding Bob recycled produce, but her gardens are an insperation and her recipies yummy and cost effective.

Another trick that I find is working is less expensive cuts of meat, tonight we are having Fajita's made with flank steak.

For the chimichurri marinade:

1 bunch fresh parsley, leaves only

1 bunch fresh cilantro, leaves only

5 cloves garlic

1/2 red onion, roughly chopped

2 teaspoons hot paprika

2 tablespoons sherry vinegar

1/2 cup olive oil

1 tablespoon salt

1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

2 pounds flank steak

12 (8-inch) flour tortillas

Drunken Peppers, recipe follows


To make the chimichurri: In a food processor, add parsley, cilantro, garlic, hot paprika, vinegar, 1/2 cup olive oil and salt and pepper and blend until smooth, Reserve half for drizzling on fajitas. Place remaining marinade in a resealable plastic bag and add steak. Coat well and marinate for at least 1 hour.

Preheat grill to medium-high.

Remove steak from marinade and discard marinade. Season steak with salt and pepper and grill over medium-high heat until cooked to medium-rare, about 6 minutes per side. Let steak rest for 10 minutes, loosely covered with aluminum foil, before slicing.

Meanwhile, warm tortillas on the grill. Slice the steak on the bias into thin slices. To serve, place meat on each tortilla and top with Drunken Peppers. Drizzle chimichurri sauce over the filling and form into a loose fold.

Drunken Peppers:

2 tablespoons olive oil

2 poblano peppers, seeded and cut into strips

2 green bell peppers, seeded and cut into strips

2 red bell peppers, seeded and cut into strips

2 jalapeno peppers, seeded and cut into strips

1 large onion, sliced

Monday, April 22, 2013

The Team Spreading Manure

On Sunday we spread manure , on the club house field.

The team went up and back, for a total of eleven passes= 550 bushel.

We spread about 1/2 the pile, plan to spread again next week.

The team looked good together.

Nickel is here on the left.

This will be plowed under, and pumpkins planted.

Tom here on the right.

Heading home

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Happenings at Hooves and Hounds Farm

Spring has begun, and there is much to do here on the farm.

Bob has reseeded the pasture, for new growth.
The chicken coop has been relocated to the front of the farm.
The new folk of laying hens will be arriving on Friday, they are from my daughters farm in Ma. check out her page.

The hole has been dug for the making of the duck farm.
The plan for the area around the pond is to transform it into a Fairy Garden.I have been looking for fairy houses, to purchase.
 So far I like these houses best, what do you think?

I will be searching yard sales for "smalls" to incorporate.
While looking for insperation for my project I found these photo's.

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Crocks and Candles

Crocks , Candles and The Menu
Friday: french Dip Pickles and Chips

Saturday: Grilled Beef fajita
Sunday: Lasagna Cup Cakes

Monday: BLTs and Soup
Tuesday: Turkey and Stuffing

Thursday: Funky Beau Brewery Tour and BAH Meeting
 Wednesday: Southern Skillet

Sunday, April 7, 2013


The first of the window boxes


a shedding Belgian

and his broom Meri n Kevin got him

The garlic bed

dessert for my honey spice cake,
( my younger brothers favorite)

pot roast and drop biscuits