Tuesday, April 26, 2011

The back eight has been sold. But we know the guys who bought it, so it's all good. They are putting a real gate in across where the road hits their property.

Started burning some of the old hay and downed sticks

Part of the score Scott brought home from work

Liam was using the tractor to move rocks and clean up the yard.


Trying to eat here...

Scott went over and picked up some hay from his boss. Said boss offered the use of the four wheeler with the sprayer mounted on back. Sprayed weed killer, and fertilizer 

I have furrows in my garden now. We borrowed this nifty thing to drag behind the tractor. If it would ever get warm enough to put plants in the ground

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Potato soup

 I loved the potato soup from Panera Bread in Arkansas. They don't have one of those here abouts. So I went poking around the internet and found two recipes that looked good. I liked a little bit about both so I combined. It was yummy-licious.

Potato Soup
Two baked potatoes. I nuked mine in the microwave.
Six russet potatoes. Mine were kind of small so I used six
Half a brick of cream cheese
One cup sour cream
Three cups of milk
Three cups of chicken stock. I've been making my own stock with a lot less salt
Half an onion, chopped small
Half a stick of butter
Three tablespoons of flour
Bacon bits or four slices of bacon cooked and crumbled
Grated cheddar cheese
Handful of chopped green onions

In a large stock pot melt butter over medium low heat. Add onions and cook until onions start to go translucent. Add the flour and stir frequently. You don't want the flour to brown, just to cook out the raw flavor and help the onions melt into the butter. Add the milk and chicken stock and whisk to combine well. Bring the heat up some to bring everything to a boil. Whisk in the sour cream, and add the cream cheese. Stir until everything is combined. Add in the cubed potatoes. I mash the two baked potatoes, with the skins on, and mix this into the soup. Turn the heat back down to medium low. Cover and leave to simmer/low boil until the potatoes are soft. Serve out into bowls with bacon, green onions and grated cheese sprinkled on top.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Makin stuff grow

Jim came over with the little tractor, and borrowed the box tiller from the dairy farm down the street.

He even let Scott drive.

We took down the round pen and re-tilled it all up

 Getting ready for the garden

This is where we're putting in grass

Tilling up in front of the house for the yard

My tomatoes have all sprouted and are taking off

The sugar snap peas are the tall ones in the back

My other sweet potatoes finally sprouted vines

Raspberries are growing. As soon as I figure out where I want them, they'll go in the ground

Yay blueberies

The first sweet potato vine I cut is rooting

Well it's supposed to be spring

The calender says spring. We had a few really warm, spring-like days. And then we keep getting snow. Nothing that really sticks, but it's still SNOW. I want to grow things. I want to ride my poines. I want to go outside without a coat.

We're going on with getting things ready for spring at any rate.

Scott scored big time with some wood at work. This box is like 20ft long, and all mode out of 2x12's

 Some oversized pallets

 2x12 box again

And I'm starting to Grow things. In the green houses I have three or four types of peppers: Roccot, Hugarian Yellow, Bell, and Jalapeno. Three types of peas: Sugar Snap, Shell, and look at only Sweet Peas. Eggplants. I'm sprouting sweet potatoes too.  

 The smaller tray is Roma and Beefsteak Tomatoes.


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