Friday, January 21, 2011

Grandma's Birthday

Sophia and I are celebrating Grandma Judie's Birthday!

While I was getting ready, putting my make-up on, I asked Sophia to throw away my old mascara bottle.  I made sure the lid was as tight as I could get it so she couldn't open it while walking 10 steps to the trash can.

After I handed it to her, she looked at it intensely, turning it round and round, even tried to open it, but ultimately she threw it in the can and smiled at me.  

Sometime between the time I finished my make-up and turned on the hair dryer She must have thought to herself that it would be really cool to hold that mascara bottle one more time...while mom is not looking.

When she was done putting on her make up, she walked up to me and said "Mom look, make up!"



SOPHIA.... what have you done???


My eyes mommy.

I couldn't keep a stern face, I had to laugh 'til my stomach hurt.

I'm glad she didn't get it on her eyelashes or in her eyes!

After cleaning her up, off we went to take Grandma to lunch at Olive Garden.

We like their soup and salad.


Happy Birthday Mom.


We promised ourselves...no desert...but we had to...its a birthday after all!


We all shared Grandma's Apple Crumb Pie and vanilla ice cream with drizzled with caramel happiness.


Yum!

Volleyball Tournament - Placed 3rd!

Megan and her team played in their first tournament of the club season and placed 3rd! They did a great job! 

I'm a proud mama.


Thursday, January 20, 2011

Creamy Broccoli Soup

My husband called me today to tell me how cold it is,

I knew how cold it was,

but I decided to play along.

"I wish I could have some soup to warm up." He said.

I played along.

"Yeah that sounds good." I said.

I thought I would surprise him with something good when he got home.

This is how it went....







Ingredients: 4 cups fresh broccoli, 1 large onion, 2 carrots, 2 tablespoons fresh parsley, 5 tablespoons butter, 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour, 4 cups chicken broth, 1/2 cup heavy cream, salt and pepper. 

Simple.


Chop 4 cups broccoli.


Chop 1 large onion.


Chop 2 carrots.


Chop parsley about 2 tablespoons.


Melt 5 tablespoons butter in medium sized pot over medium-to-high heat. Add onion, broccoli, carrots, parsley,salt and pepper and saute until the onion is translucent, about 6-8 minutes.  


Add 3 tablespoons of all-purpose flour to pot and cook for 1-2 minutes until flour is thoroughly mixed in.


Add 4 cups chicken broth. (I used Low-Sodium)


Bring chicken stock to a boil. Simmer until broccoli and carrots are tender, about 15 to 20 minutes.  Pour in 1/2 cup heavy cream. Blend with an immersion blender or food processor to puree the soup. 


Add crackers of your choice, salt and pepper to taste and enjoy!

My husband did.


INGREDIENTS
  •   4 cups fresh broccoli
  •   1 large onion - chopped
  •   2 carrots - chopped
  •   2 tablespoons fresh parsley - chopped
  •   5 tablespoons butter
  •   3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  •   4 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  •   1/2 cup heavy cream
  •   salt and pepper
  •   crackers (optional)
DIRECTIONS


Melt 5 tablespoons butter in medium sized pot over medium-to-high heat. Add onion, broccoli, carrots, parsley, salt and pepper and saute until the onion is translucent, about 6-8 minutes.  
Add 3 tablespoons of all-purpose flour to pot and cook for 1-2 minutes until flour is thoroughly mixed in.  
Add 4 cups chicken broth.  Bring chicken stock to a boil. Simmer until broccoli and carrots are tender, about 15 to 20 minutes.  Pour in 1/2 cup heavy cream. Blend with an immersion blender or food processor to puree the soup.  Serve with crackers.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Surprise Shot

We went out in the Ranger to take a look at the cows to see which ones might have had calves during the day while we were gone.

No new calves today.

I happened to get lucky on the following shots.

Somewhere in the thick brush 

laid a beautiful calf....

the mother was off 100 yards or so.  I crept in the bushes to get a good look.

No sudden movements by either of us.  I could hear her breathing as I took each step closer and closer.

She was comfortable with me there, just steps away from her.

I didn't want to press my luck any further. As I walked around the side of her she became noticeably conscience of me.  One last shot and I slowly walked away.  She never moved, until her momma saw me coming out of the bushes. She began calling her with the loudest roaring moo you ever heard. 

Friday, January 14, 2011

Jack & King Go For A Ride

Today was the day that all others thought to themselves... 
"Whew I'm glad that's not me!"

Our dogs, Jack & King, went for a ride,

in the car...

 they don't like going places unless...

it's in the back of a Polaris Ranger where their ears

can flap in the wind.

Poor Boys.

Here's how it went.

First, King got a therapeutic massage, with a vacuum.

Actually I was trying to cut down on HAIR in my car!
Sophia was so helpful.

I lined the back with armor....I don't like HAIR.

Then I got them loaded. Jack can't jump anymore so he got a lift. King wouldn't let me fix his cozy pad so he could sink right in. He didn't budge.



Getting into the building was the tricky part. It was a three ring circus with the dogs frantic when their feet hit the ground and it wasn't at home. They intertwined their leashes, tripped me, circled around Sophia to where she began to cry from the leashes circling around her tiny waist, and dragged us all the way to the door.  The lady who had just left the building waited in the driveway while all this was going on and chimes out of her car window "looks like you got your hands full." Really? I just smiled.



Finally, after a 50 minute wait, the dogs were settled but the two year old (Sophia) was antsy. We read every brochure in the wall rack, said hi to each cat and dog in the pictures, and counted everything in sight!

That all changed when the doctor came in, the two year old became silent and the "boys" became anxious again.



Jack didn't take it like a man.  He was not happy with me for allowing two guys to manhandle him.  He winced and  whined and would NOT look at me for the rest of the visit.

As for King, he was a real man, he hid under the chairs and pretended we couldn't see him.

This looks worse than it was.  
The doctor was very gentle while he explained to Jack what was going to happen next.  Jack leaned back and said, "Oh you think so huh." 


PLEASE don't make me.

At the end of the visit...
 the "boys" are fine
they received all of their shots
renewed their licenses
refilled their prescriptions
and I walked away with $400.00 less!


Laundry

Laundry? Why would I talk about laundry. I have two things I really despise when it comes to laundry; piles and piles and missing socks!



Today, I have to say, I'm sick and tired of it.  (I will be fine tomorrow) Yesterday I finished the separated piles into nicely washed, folded, ironed, stretched (more about that later), and put away stacks. Later that evening when the kids and my husband came home they threw piles on the perfectly clean laundry room floor! How dare they!


I think it's one of those thankless jobs . Everyone thinks its so easy...and it really is...but, if you don't enjoy it, which I don't most of the time, it really seems like work.  

You ask what is stretching? My husband is fairly tall and all of his T-shirts shrink when I put them in the dryer so much that it looks like he is wearing a teenager's shirt. I have tried drying them half-way but then I forget about them and then it's too late. I have also tried not drying them but then they are "crustyish" (is that a word?). I like them soft and fluffy. So I wash them, dry them, and re-wet just enough that i can stretch them long enough so that they look just right on him.  I know it sounds crazy, but I love him and if long T-shirts make him happy, then that's what I will do.  

I do buy his T-Shirts from the Big & Tall section of the stores...when I can.


What happens to all of the missing socks? Mystery. How could I have 32 half pairs? The answer.....kids. That's all I need to say.

Horse "n" Cow - Ugly Betty's

This is Nelly's "bad side."  

Honestly...she is beautiful.

Ugly Betty in this shot.  Poor Girl.

She is really cute too! Not the black tongue though.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

All Couped Up

Sophia is on a mission to open the chicken coup...by herself!


"Harvesting" Chicken Poop.
That's the nice way to say that we are collecting the chicken poop for fertilizer in the greenhouse.  We'll see how this goes. It's a pretty stinky job!
 This is the inside where the chickens roost at night. Dad is showing how its done.
 Sophia is teaching King a thing or two! Listen up buddy.


Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Cowgirl Goes Tu Tu

 Sophia had to wear her boots today...and a tu tu! She played in her playhouse with her tag-along friend...King.

King was wondering what he got himself into! "Get me outta hear!"
Sophia loved every minute of it.

Ready for a wagon ride. King's not going!

RISE & SHINE


TODAY WE WILL....

Dream Big
Work Hard
Have Faith


Tuesday, January 11, 2011

PART III - Checking on the Babies

 Rough Life!

 Don't get too close...Momma has a new baby!

Just hanging around.


 We are all done checking on the new calves, we have 5 so far. We will see what tomorrow will bring.

Part II - Cowgirl Instincts?

Sophia discovers a cowboy rope.

Mmm 
Oh never mind!
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