Happy Mother’s Day!!

You know there are some days that are celebrated and it seems almost made up by the Hallmark company – but I’m saying that Mother’s Day is an awesome day!

So how did we celebrate Mother’s Day? Well William and Jude were able to stop by and the plan was to head out for dinner to celebrate the day with my family and Mom. I knew that the day was going to be a perfect weather day, and I also knew the time that Daryl was going to spend it with us was also going to be limited. So William, Daryl, and I met up with the others and man oh man we were glad to have had reservations! There was a pretty big line and even though you feel a little weird about walking in front of others, it also felt pretty good :)

With 17 of us at the table for the brunch, I bet they were sure glad that we didn’t have all the grandchildren with us today. After the meal Daryl was itching to get out and finish our crops, so we beat it home and dropped him off and then I headed back to Mom’s to help work on her flower gardens. See Mom has probably the best flower beds around (OK, I’m pretty biased) but these flower beds are also a lot of work. The past couple of years we all head over there and bring flowers and more flowers and get her yard ready for the summer.

Next was to head home and Skype with Kyle & Kelcie and with William and Jude home for the call, it was the perfect Mother’s Day gift. Now I know when my Mom would always say she didn’t need anything, just come over for a potluck or something. It’s a good feeling.

And did the boys give me a gift? Absolutely! I got a box of Scratch CupCakes that I’m trying not to eat all at once 20160509_154106_resizedalong with an awesome speaker for my kayak. It looks small but it sure has a kick to it. DSC_0432It’s a bluetooth waterproof speaker and now I’m just going to make sure that I get out there and use it. OK, potlucks are good – but I’m really digging my gifts! 

Happy Mother’s Day to you all!

Bonnie

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Saturday, what a great day!

What a great day today was! I actually got some work done around the house and we got to help celebrate a big day in William’s finance’s life.

The day started out switching out my winter to summer clothes. Now even though one day it’s been in the low 80’s and the next our furnace literally turned on, it didn’t matter. It was time. I also was able to get rid of some of the clothes that I either don’t wear or don’t need to wear anymore. I ended up with a garbage bag full, so that right there tells you that I probably don’t need it all!

Next thing to do is to pick up the house. I haven’t paid much attention to the upkeep of our house this past month (making soap :) ) so it was time to buckle down and get something done. I even actually vacuumed the house which was a shock! Next to get the floors scrubbed and laundry hung out on the line. Today was a 80 degree weather day.

After I jumped into the shower and got dressed, we were headed to UNI for the Master’s Graduation program. It was really fun to be there and watch all the excitement of the graduates. Even though it might seem like it’s just another step in their life, it’s seriously a pretty big step.  After the graduation ceremony we all went downtown for more celebrating and had a really good meal. The celebration was for William’s fiancé who was graduating. We sure had a great time and it was fun to get together with both William and Jude and her family and friends. Congratulations to her!! Whooohoooo!!! 20160507_191334_resized

20160507_163646_resizedWith our bellies full and with a lot checked off our lists today, we were sure ready to hit the hay once we got home. I seriously think I fell asleep within 30 seconds once I crawled into bed. But what a great day we all sure had!

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And it ends tonight

Are you wondering just what in the world have I been doing with all my time? Well I’ve signed up for a show in June to sell my soap and it is 4 weeks away. Now if you’re wondering just why is the 4 weeks comment such a big deal well it’s because home made soap needs to sit at least 4 weeks before you would want to sell it. This is about how long it takes to get hard and to properly cure. 

Well I’ve been working very hard these past few weeks and just trying to get as much soap made as I possibly can. I’ve got my 5 gallon pails of coconut oil, palm oil, and olive oil pretty much stationed in the kitchen beside my industrial cart, just waiting to see what soap I’m going to make next. 

And I have to admit if you saw my kitchen in person it would be a little scary. But it’s been a journey these past 5 months since I ‘officially’ started to make soap and it will be really interesting to see what happens in the next 5 months. 

But for now? Well I’m hoping that my last batch of the night will be cooled to the right temperature soon so I can get it mixed up and then take a hot bath and go to bed. My goal is to be in a soaking hot bath by 1:30 tomorrow morning before I hit the hay. It’s not looking promising though. It’s already almost 12:30 :(

I’ll post some pictures soon of all my soap curing so you can see all the different flavors that I’ve got on hand. I must admit they are pretty cool. The last one that I’m just making now is one that has 5 different clays in it that will act as a natural detoxifier along with a light exfoliant in the soap. And also it just looks kinda cool too! 

 

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Going for a walk

Lately at noon I’ve been able to slip away and head out to the walking trail in the town where I work for a little fresh air and some exercise. 

They have a trail in town that is just fantastic and as you weave your way through trees and  bridges, you definitely get the feeling that it’s truly a small midwestern town. 20160429_124305_resized_1

Now granted this walk can come with challenges though. What happened to me was that I could hear the town’s school marching band off somewhere in the area and I thought that it was pretty cool to hear a band playing while I was walking. Well then I could hear it what seemed much louder and then all of a sudden I could literally see them marching directly towards me on the trail! I stopped, like I was a deer in the rood or something and thought that maybe they didn’t see me. (pretty sure that they did – I was right in front of them) So I turned around and tried to act cool and just retrace my path the opposite way back to the plant. I don’t think I pulled off the ‘act cool’ thing either. Just saying. 

So now when I’m out for my noon time walk and I can hear the band playing, I definitely keep my eyes and ears open to make sure that I don’t run into them. Literally! 

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And your time starts Now!

With all the field work and just getting the farm ready for spring, it seems like our suppers are fast and furious to say the least. And tonight was exactly the same. 

What happened tonight was that I was running errands after work in town and when Daryl called to say that he needed to move to another field to start working that one up. No big deal right? Well, it was around supper time and I knew that it could be possibly another late night for him. So when I picked him up… and then dropped him back off, I said that I’d be right back with supper. I’m not the best farm wife, but I do try :)

I hit the gas and beat it home because I also had a full night in front of me to do yet. I’m down to the wire on making soap for an upcoming Vendor show and I literally have to make as much as I can up until Friday night. So as I’m driving home I’m thinking just what can I make with what I have in the house and the groceries in the car? 

I made it home in no time and grabbed some of the groceries that needed to be refrigerated from the car and headed into the house. Then I looked at what was in the fridge and what I just brought home and thought to myself ‘and your time starts Now!’ If you’ve seen the TV show “Chopped” you’ll know what I mean. You have a basket of ingredients in front of you and you have to make a meal and make it fast and somewhat good.

Well, I put a cast iron skillet on the stove to heat up while I grabbed some peas out of the freezer from the basement. While I threw in the hash browns into the skillet, into the microwave went the peas with a little water. Man I was really on a roll now!

Next was to grab some sliced barbecued pork loin that I just bought at the store and find some room in the skillet to heat those up also.

Now the peas were done and out of the microwave they come. My hash browns were done also so into the container that I was bringing to the field they went and some buttered buns went into the skillet now to toast up. I grabbed some tin foil and had that ready for the buns and then onto them went the pork loin. With a little ketchup in the container for the hash browns along with a container of pudding that was in the refrigerator – this meal was done!

BAM!! A barbecued pork loin sandwich on a toasted bun, 2 hash brown patties, peas, and chocolate pudding all done literally within minutes.

Well I’m not saying that I always cook like this, but come field work time I think any farm wife has been put up for the challenge!

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Birthday Card

I had a chance the other day to make a card for Kelcie and I have to say that I like how it turned out. Her birthday is coming up, so a box was sent to both her and Kyle in New York and it even got there early this time! Can you believe it? 

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What a great weekend!

Now there are weekends and then there are sometimes when your weekend gets kicked up a notch. And this weekend was one of those weekends! We’ve talked forever about visiting our friends in Minneapolis but just never made the commitment. Well enough of that and we grabbed an overnight bag and headed north to finally visit them and hang out with them for awhile. 

We had a little bit later start than we had expected but we didn’t end up being too late and soon we were off for a great supper with our friends and some dancing with the band ‘The Good, The Bad, and The Funky’. 

After sleeping in some in the morning :) we had some extra time to head over to Paisley Park to see the memorial that people are doing for Prince. It was such an awesome yet somewhat weird feeling when you were there.20160501_141839_resized 20160501_141540_resizedThe fence goes all the way around Prince’s complex for 3 sides20160501_142857_resizedand I have no idea on how long the fence was, but it was huge! 20160501_142023_resizedAnd almost all the areas on the fence and ground was full. Even the walkways under the highway was made into memorials to Prince. 20160501_143655_resized

20160501_141357_resizedAfter a quick barbecue on the deck in their backyard, next on our weekend adventure is to go to The Who concert. 20160501_190625_resizedWe debated and honestly went back and forth if we should even go. I mean it was postponed from last October to May because of the lead singer’s health reasons. But do we regret it? Heck no! It was fantastic! The opening band was from England and was the Slydigs and they were also good. 20160501_193116_resizedBut for the Who which are kind of getting up there in their age – can still put on a great show! 20160501_213738_resized

Because we stayed over Saturday night, we knew that we needed to get back on Sunday night so we drove home after the concert was over. It wasn’t too bad and we were still all pumped up from the concert. We got home around 3 am and Daryl quick checked on some of the animals to make sure that they were OK. Everyone was in good shape because they had gotten plenty of extra feed and water before we left.

Then off to bed we went to try to get some good sleep before Monday rolls around.

What a great weekend! We so need to do this more often!!

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Just a couple of photo’s today – it’s raining again

Here are a couple of photo’s that I took today, well because it’s raining again. Now don’t get me wrong, I’m sure that we’ll be literally praying for rain in July, but for now? Well we’re going to start to pray that it would stop pretty soon!

So my first photo is what it looks like outside this afternoon. Pretty yucky! But the grass is loving it. DSCN8879

The second photo is that of our chickens. They don’t even want to go outside with the weather like this! It’s around 43 degrees outside and inside it has to be warmer for them. DSCN8877

And the third photo? Well it’s a picture of my Lazy Lavender soap. Now I’m not saying that I’m an expert or anything like that with the soap making – but I’m kinda thinking that I’m rocking this look! Each color layer is a layer of soap (makes sense) And in these bars I poured 26 layers! And you thought it was just a matter of dumping together some oil and lye….. DSCN8876

 

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Spaghetti Squash

On my quest to try to eat better I have decided to give spaghetti squash a try. 

Before I go any further I need to confess something. I love pasta. I don’t just like it or think it’s OK, I truly LOVE pasta! 

So for me to think that maybe I should change it up a little bit is kind of a big thing! And that’s just exactly what I did. I decided to give it a try. 

First thing first. How do you make it? Do you know that there is a ton of different ways to prepare this squash? Trust me on this one. So below is the recipe that I used to get the squash ready and then what I put on top of it. 

Preheat oven to 350 degree, drizzle some olive oil on a pan, and cut the squash in half and scoop out the seeds. As you can tell I used my computer to help with this one! DSCN8867

Place the squash in the pan upside down and bake for 30 minutes or until the knife goes into it and it’s softDSCN8868

While that was cooking, I melted a little coconut oil and shelled some raw shrimp and cooked them until they were done. I removed them from the pan and added a bunch of different vegetables and cherry tomatoes and cooked all of this until it was hot inside.DSCN8871Then I added the shrimp back to the pan and BAM! That was the topping. 

Now for the squash – I scrapped out the inside of them, added some salt and pepper to the squash and then topped it off with my vegetable/shrimp mixture. The final touch was to drizzle some olive oil on top of it all. It was really good! Kind of a lot of work – but still pretty good.  DSCN8873

And for the seeds? I cleaned the gunk off of them. Which by the way is pretty gross if you ask me,DSCN8869and drizzled some olive oil on top with salt and pepper. I tossed them into a 250 degree oven for about 20 minutes. Not bad. Not caramel popcorn by any means- but not bad. DSCN8874

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Crazy weather going on

It’s been really weird weather lately and I sure hope it’s just a phase and not something that is going to be a theme or anything for the summer. 

We got around 3/4 of an inch of rain last night which wasn’t that uncommon for April, but today the wind blew and then blew some more. There was no one in the fields today and hopefully the wind is bringing up some warmer weather. 

When I got home today from work, I knew the front porch looked a little odd but I just couldn’t place it what was different. And then I realized that the dogs beds, the front rug, and yes – the Christmas tree holder and wreath it was sitting in was gone. Yup, gone. After looking around the one dog bed was in the south lawn with the tree holder, the rug was on the side of the house, and the other dog bed was north of the house. 

But the Christmas wreath? Just not sure right now. But with the wind blowing like it’s nuts outside, I’m thinking wreaths are pretty cheap anyway if I have to buy a new one. 

So what am I doing in the house tonight with the wind howling outside? Well making soap of course. I ran out of olive oil last night so I ended up not make any. Yup, none at all last night. It kinda felt good and bad at the same time. So for now I’m trying to make up for me slacking last night. Whew!

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