Yeah! Chuck is home from Afghanistan!!!
Okay. First of all, rib-eye and garlic butter – need I say more. Outrageously delicious. The Buttery Buttermilk Mashed Potatoes were okay. Probably would have enjoyed them more if we were not already addicted to Pioneer Woman’s mashed potato recipe which has cream cheese in them. THOSE are to die for!! Last, the Coconut Cream Pie was disappointing. The cream part was not nearly as smooth and decadent as making it the old-fashioned way (from the red and white checked cookbook) where you cook the custard on the stove top and then stir in the coconut. I also prefer meringue to the whipped cream. However, I did like the addition of the rum! I will try that in my old recipe and see how that works out!!
These are four, relatively new, Barred Rocks that have been recently moved to the big coop. Unfortunately, it is taking them a while to figure out how and when to go in at night. Here is Erin carrying all four at once to the coop!
Okay. Again yum! Very tasty. Really pretty. A bit too spicy for the kids – next time would cut the amount of cayenne in half for them. Easy and good. A keeper.
This is Buddy.
A 280 pound Hampshire. He lived here for about 4 days and is now on his way to coming back to my freezer!
We miss him but will enjoy him. I think our next 4H project will be pigs…
Per Kathryn’s art teacher regarding the 2012 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards:
“Please help me in congratulating the following … photography students for their success at The Alliance for Young Artists & Writers in the SOUTH Region competition (see attached).
Kathryn Klokker 12 – Klokker 2 and Klokker – Silver Key and Honorable Mention
This is an outstanding performance from our school’s photography students as the competition, which included hundreds of thousands of artworks, was fierce among young artists representing more than fifteen southern states (AL, AR, DC, FL, GA, KY, LA, MS, NC, OK, SC, TN, TX, VA, and WV).”
These are the images Kathryn submitted:
These are Mrs. Bigglesworth’s new babies. They are about a week old.
Yum. That’s all there is to say. Paula’s Lemony Chess Pie is tangy and sweet – nice and light. I used her pie crust recipe again. It is a little bit delicate when rolling out but worth the effort. Again, if I see a link, I will add it.
This morning’s offering for my new cooking project was “Buttery Buttermilk Biscuits”. Wow! Super-easy, quick, melt-in-your-mouth. This will be a definite repeat!! If I can find the recipe published, I will add the link.
One of the things I received for Christmas was “Paula Deen’s Southern Cooking Bible” cookbook. I was paging through it looking at recipes and did not see even one that didn’t look yummy. So, I am now on a quest to make every recipe in the book. (Kind of like “Julie and Julia” but not nearly as disciplined!)
Last night I made “Paula’s Chicken and Dumplin’s”. It was a really good and easy recipe. HOWEVER, the consensus in my house that my old standby chicken and dumplings were better!
I also made “Down-Home Grits Pie” just because I have never had a pie with grits in it and was intrigued by the concept. It was excellent!!! Here is a link to the recipe on Food Network. The only thing I did differently was use homemade pie crust (of course) trying Paula’s in the cookbook – which was very tasty and flaky but a little delicate.
First two down, about 300 to go!!!
Kathryn took this picture of Elisa writing her name with a sparkler on New Year’s Eve. No, I do not know how she did it but it is cool!
Wow!! Just picked up our turkeys from being processed. So, there are now seven jumbo (a couple are EXTRA-jumbo) guys in the freezer. YUM!! We have some serious poultry – all home grown.