Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Charolais kinda' day


All I have to say on a Wordless Wednesday is, it's been a LONG day. I'm sure this guy is enjoying his job much more than mine though... :)

Monday, January 24, 2011

De Lawd Luvs a Cheerful Giver




When I got home from work one day last week, I found this on my door step.

After a little closer examination I knew EXACTLY who had left me this gift.



There's only one person this hand-writing belongs to. My dad. I don't know why he writes in all capital letters but he does, always has.

"De lawd luvs a cheerful giver."
 
My dad has always given me thoughtful/random gifts. This wooden cheese box is one of them. It's not money, it's not NEW, it's not something I've mentioned I wanted in the past, but I LOVE it.
 
How unique. How thoughtful of him to be running errands on his day off and see this and think to surprise me with it. When my dad had his meat plant, they used these for cheese. They are very hard to fnd now. I'm not sure what I'm going to put in it just yet but I am glad to have such an exclusive and thoughtful cheese box sitting around my house. :)

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Porks Chop and Rice

I always seem to forget about this meal. This is a simple recipe that takes very little time to prepare and tastes really good!

First start by putting salt and pepper on pork chops. I used boneless but you can choose to use chops with bones. Heat oil in a skillet and brown both sides of the pork chops until they turn a little brown.


On large baking sheet, put about a cup of white rice and lay browned pork chops on top.


Next add 2 cups of chicken broth to baking sheet.


Try to make sure the rice is evenly spread out.
(How cool is that counter top pattern?)


Cover the baking sheet tightly with foil and bake on 350 for about an hour. Check occasionally to make sure there is still enough liquid for the rice to cook.

It should look something like this!



Yum! Cowboy and I did add some green to this with side salads (in separate bowls).


Pork Chops and Rice
pork chops (preferably thin so they get done)
chicken broth
white (or brown) rice
oil
salt and pepper

1. Preheat oven to 350.
2. Salt and pepper pork chops.
3. Heat oil in skillet over medium-high heat.
4. Brown both sides of pork chops.
5. Spread a cup of rice on large baking sheet and place browned pork chops on top.
6. Add 2 cups of chicken broth to baking sheet.
7. Cover sheet tightly with foil and bake for one hour, occasionally checking for liquid.

Enjoy!

**If I don't remember anything else my mom has taught me about cooking I'll remember

 "2 cups of liquid to 1 cup of rice!"

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Cash

4 years ago for our one year anniversary, I gave Cowboy a very special present. Looking back I think a dog as a one year "dating" anniversary gift might have been a little much...

Mama told me one of her co-workers had a litter of lab puppies they were giving away. Cowboy likes black labs and only females, he says they mind better. There was only one black female** in the litter of 8. Mama's co-worker told her she would let us have her even though they were strongly leaning towards keeping her.

This is her first picture.


Once  Cash turned 6 weeks old, Mama and I went to get her. I told her we should surprise Cowboy with Cash the next morning. He was totally clueless. I wish I could still keep surprises from him!

The plan for Cash (aside from being an anniversary gift) was to make her a duck/dove hunting dog to replace one of his other labs, Susie. Cowboy gave Susie away because she wouldn't swim. Go figure, a lab that won't swim! Cowboy's other lab, Lulu, is old and can't get around as easy so he wanted to get a puppy to start training. 

I decided to start Cash out early, but EASY. Here is her first toy.


This was after I surprised him!! First thing I learned though, the BOW had to GO. She's a HUNTING dog! No spoiling!


Well both of us tossed that out the window. She's now an indoor-outdoor/couch sleeping/(occasional) bed sleeping/pooping/treat eatin'/snoring huntin' machine!

Cash has turned out to be the sweetest and most well-behaved dog.  I love being able to have her in the house. Most are too wild and hyper but she's never been that way.



And she turned out to be quite the hunting dog...



"Don't mess with my ducks..."


When Cowboy (literally) wakes her up at 4 a.m. to go hunting, she knows she has a job to do.  Thank goodness dove hunting isn't as early as duck hunting. I don't think the ol' girl could handle getting up that early very often... She's a heavy sleeper.


Above all of her other qualities, my most favorite thing about Cash is how happy she makes Cowboy :)


He tells me, at least one a week, "I love this dog."

These are inseperable. She loves her daddy!

** This is where her name came from. Her registered name is "JB's Lady Cash." Since Johnny Cash was into the whole wearing all black thing, we decided to name her Cash since she was all black and then Lady Cash since she's a girl. I love the name Cash but then again I guess I'm little partial... :)

*** Although Cash makes an amazing duck dog, she can still be pretty lazy. Here's proof...

She's not rolling around in this picture. She is actually ASLEEP.


Oh no Cash, don't get up. You just keep soakin' up that sun :)


False alarm, she was just stretching. She proceeded to lay there for a few more hours...

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

22-19

Since Auburn played in the National Championship game, I decided to make a dip to make it feel more "tail-gate-ish." This dip is super easy and doesn't take long at all to fix. Just throw in the ingredients and stir! I don't think it has a specific name so I'm going to make one up!

Bacon/Cheddar Ranch Dip
Ingredients:
16 oz. sour cream
1/2 c. shredded cheddar cheese
1/4 c. bacon bits
1 package of ranch dressing mix

This is how it's made. Ingredients don't have to added in any particular order.


Put sour cream in bowl or container (I put mine in a small plastic container) Add bacon bits and stir.


Next add cheddar cheese and stir. I added a little more than 1/2 cup. We like cheese in my house.


Finally add the ranch dip mix and stir!


Here is the final product!


I served this dip with Frito's. It doesn't make a HUGE amount so you may want to double for a large crowd. Also, any ingredients can be adjusted to your liking.



P.S. If you can't tell from the title....AUBURN WON !! 22-19 !!

Friday, January 7, 2011

In the beginning

For some reason on this Friday afternoon I am in a "remembering" mood. These pictures have TAKEN ME BACK. Although I don't have our FIRST picture together on this computer, these come mighty close.


This was at one of Cowboy's teammate's apartments. Look how cute and young we were :)



This was at Cowboy's apartment. That strange red tint to my hair is really worrying me... oh well, it was back in the day of bad digital cameras.


Can we say first deer ?? I remember like it was yesterday. My dad, uncle, brother and mom all came to see. Then we went and ate at Catfish House. Yes I went dressed like this, yes I did wash my face and YES Cowboy mounted the deer's tail which now sits on a shelf in our breakfast area.


This is REALLY where it all began. I have always loved cows, or farm animals for that matter. This was one of the FIRST times (or it might be THE VERY FIRST) time I went with Cowboy to feed hay. Now we feed OUR (I'm using that very loosely) cows TOGETHER (very loosely again... does keeping the truck warm and taking pictures count?) In all seriousness, this is when it really HIT me, I think I really like this guy lol I mean he's carrying around a precious baby calf**!!!


For all of you who know Cowboy and Ellie these days, you KNOW this is old. If I could talk to dogs and I could ask Ellie ONE question it would be...
"WHAT THE HECK HAPPENED?!"


One of my favorite things to do is go back and look at old pictures. All of these pictures are 5 years old... I just had to sit here and make sure I'm counting correctly.... yep, 5 years. I cant believe it's been that long. Time flies when you're having fun.




**With my small knowledge of "cow sense" I've come to acquire, I find this picture sort of funny. This calf is obviously a few days old. To those unaware, a few-days-old calf is NOT easy to catch. I do have a vague memory of this picture, of Cowboy running around trying to catch this calf. I have come to believe Cowboy caught this calf 1. to impress me and 2. he knows how much I love cows (especially babies!!)... I think he would still catch one now if I asked ;)

Monday, January 3, 2011

Happy New Year !!

The new year is here and we celebrated by getting some work done around the farm this weekend. We also did a little squirrel/duck/deer hunting. The weekend started out a little rainy.


After checking cows in the rain, we decided we would feed hay later in the day.


It was still a little misty but the girls were happy to be fed.


Cowboy was pretty happy after his duck hunting trip this weekend too.


Saturday we had a very unexpected addition...


She's a little ashamed of those ears...


"It's ok! Keep that ear  head up!"


Doesn't look like she liked the ear comment too much.


Sunday while Cowboy was observing a little welding work I was taking pictures of one of my favorite farm animals, Barlow.



He really doesn't like his picture taken.


But I can't help it! He's got so much to him.. the ears, the hump, the saggy skin, the hump. There's nothing else like him


and you can always tell who his babies are. Check out those listeners.


Unfortunately we won't be using Barlow next year because his babies have a little "too much ear."

I like the ear. Buyers just don't know what a good cow looks like!