Thursday, September 28, 2006

new camera

new camera
Sep 28, 2006 - 20 Photos

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new camera

new camera
Sep 28, 2006 - 20 Photos

click on the photo to see all the other photos I just uploded from the new camera.

Friday, September 22, 2006

Let there be pork!!!!!!!!!!!

Well, we finally have fresh meat. We took the 4 porkers to the butcher. Two were for us and the other two were for family and friends. We Choose the smallest and the largest pig for our own...the smallest was 188lbs and the largest was 224. We also had another at 224 and one at 218. We did good. Out of our two hogs, we ended up with 269 lbs of pork. We only got one ham and the other hams sliced into ham steaks!! We have tons of sausage, bacon, pork chops and pork steaks! Cullen grilled some pork steak and they were delicious! Very tender!!! For tonight, we have a pork roast in the crockpot! I love a slow cooked roast.

So far, our whole foods diet is going well. We have been eating fine. I made a special treat yesterday, with Simones help, and they turned our wonderful. The are peanut butter balls. They are a mix of oats and powdered milk with honey and natural peanutbutter. They are not cooked, you just mix and roll into balls. I expected them to be good, but just ok good...and I was really surprised, they are more than good, they are terrific. The best part, is that the recipe made a huge ton of them and I froze a huge bag of them so we can have them for a long time!!!!!!!!! yea ha!!!! That is another big plus to this recipe. I have noticed that snacks are the hardest thing to the whole foods cant grab a quick bag of chips, premade (packaged) cookies or granola bars...because of the sugar, hugh fructose corn syrup, hydrodenated oils, or the white enriched flour!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! those products are in everything................ I have been cooking up a storm since we started this whole foods way of life. I like to cook and such so it hasnt been hard, but the kids are already worried about not getting some of their favorate things, like ice-cream, chocolate, for Kenny any candy and such, but after the peanut butter balls, they are not so worried about it any more. Cullen is doing pretty well with this too. The hardest thing about this for me has been the NO COKE!!! I am (or should I say was) a diehard coke drinker...morning, noon, and night, nothing but coke!!!!!!!!!!! I havent has one since we started the whole foods way. It has been a week yesterday. I have to say that I already have more energy since I have not been drinking the coke and having no sugars....
I cant wait to see what else changes in our lives because of these changes.

Saturday, September 16, 2006

Cullen's B-day

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Dutch Oven Turkey
1 Turkey
8 to 10 strips of bacon

Start your fire 20 -30 minutes before so you will have good coals
In a well oiled #12 DO put 8 to 10 strips of bacon in the bottom.
Place the turkey in breast side up put lid on and set the DO on a bed of hot coals
Place more coals in the top of the DO
You will need to add coals 2 or 3 times
Cook for 20 min. per # if you keep the heat good and hot

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Just some recipes

Aluminum Foil Trout

Lemon pepper
Aluminum Foil
Serves - 1
Spread out a 12 inch by 12 inch sheet of heavy duty aluminum foil.
Onto the foil, place a trout. Sprinkle on top lemon pepper a few pea sized pieces butter
Fold the foil into an envelope– like packet. Be sure all the edges are sealed to keep in the steam as it cooks. Place the packet on the grill or onto a bed of hot coals. Cook about 8 minutes, turning every three minutes.
Serve with lemon wedges.

2 rabbits, cut in serving pieces
1 carrot, chopped
1 onion, chopped
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1 c. water
Salt and pepper
Place soup, water, carrots and onion in Dutch oven; mix well. Put rabbit pieces in mixture and spoon sauce over them. Add salt and pepper to taste. Cover Dutch oven and cook at 375 degrees for approximately 1 1/2 hours.

Campfire Beans

· 2 cups dried red beans
· 2 cups dried pinto beans
· 1 large yellow onion, chopped
· 3 tablespoons garlic, chopped
· 3 green chile peppers, grilled and diced
· 3 vine-ripened tomatoes, grilled, seeded and chopped
· 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
· 7 quarts water or vegetable stock
· 1 smoked ham hock
· 2 whole dried red chile peppers (opt.)
· Salt and pepper, to taste
Rinse beans in water, changing water once; drain.
When beans are ready, saute onion, garlic, green chiles and tomatoes in oil in a large soup pot or Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add water or stock and ham hock; bring to a boil. Add beans, coriander seed, bay leaf and dried chiles. Continue to boil for 30 minutes, then lower heat, cover and simmer for three to four hours, until beans are tender. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Makes 16 servings.
Ok for you that are lazy like me just throw it all in the DO and cook them.

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

to brake........

I put the Durango in the shop to have the electric brakes put on .no big thing right ……
Get it home and we hook up the trailer, we have no lights. No lights on the Durango or the trailer. Run back up to the shop its 4:30p and they close at 5:00. We have shorted out the tail light on the suv and they need to disconnect the electric brakes . so we back to not having electric brakes. Take it back to the shop on Friday and they have it all day. I call to see what is going on with it .you need a new electric brake controller. So we go spend more money ($80.00). after the 1st one was 50.00 and the 1st trip to the shop we spent $75.00

Take the new brake controller thinking we will have the Durango back in just a little time this was at 12:00pm go up to the shop a 4:30 and they cant get the brakes to work and it is all in the Durango. Take it home and we still don’t have brakes it’s a good thing I like the guys at the shop. So on Friday it goes back to the shop, hope they can get it fixed we are going on a trip with the trailer on the 22 on September.

We did get the weight of the trailer it is 6500lb and we can pull 7200. We just cant stop it. Lol

The pig experience

we pick the trailer up on Sunday. had to tear down the fence to back the trailer of to the pigs. so far so good the a bout 6:00pm . We went out to load them up. The first one just walked in. the 2nd one need more help had to push him a little. so far so good them time for the 3rd one he did don't want to go in. them the 2nd one got back out. We tried food even milk the pigs love milk. nope not going to go in the trailer. so we get a piece of tin and make the pin smaller and smaller. they go in 1 at a time. so we did it the pigs are in. Monday morning I go to get gas before we hook up the traler.get the gas and a coke we set off hook ,up the trailer and pull it up to the the front . we have a low tire so ok lets go air it up. the first place the air is not working. so we go to the next place get the tire aired up. off to get the 2 pig from a Friends house. get them and it starts pouring rain and the pig pin is down hill all grass i'm thinking we will never get back up the hill. but I drive down back up cant even see to back up to the pin. it is raining so hard I have to call Belinda on the cell so she can tell me when to stop so i don't knock down the pig pin. have you ever tried to back a trailer up with someone telling you what to do over the phone??? not that easy but we got them done. then to bet the pigs in. Simone get in with are 4 pig to keep them in the trailer. she was great one 1 got out. the 2 we were trying to got in did not wount to go in. after what seamed about an hour I grab the last one by the ears and got him in. off the Summersville we go.. get there push the 1st pig off the trailer and she 188# them the next one we had to put a bucket over his head he was 224# the next one just walk off like he was walking the red carpet he was 252# then we pushed and fought and we got the next one out and he was 224# and then the next one came out of the trainer easy and it was also 224# and then the last one was the hardest, of course and he was 238#. Finally we are done and the pigs are "gone" and we take off to go home and then about 3 miles down the road, we thing we have a flat, we pull over and well, thank goodness, we don't, it must have just been a bad patch of road. we finally made it back home and it is all done, but the eaten'!!!!!!!!!!