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No Horsing Around

Yesterday the girls and I headed down to work on our pond/garden project. Because I’m waiting for the new harness to show up before really training the horses I didn’t put either to work but as you can see Shennen seemed to be willing. She didn’t leave our side all the while we were working.

Yesterday was a lighter day. We just picked up the loose dirt on the edge of the pond so I could till deeper yet. It doesn’t look like much and honestly we didn’t work as hard or long as the previous day’s but that’s about 20 loads in the sled and 6″ deeper in the middle 200sqft of the pond.

For dinner we had leftovers refurbished. I love having certain leftovers because it’s so easy and quick to make a meal when all you want to do is sit down and have a cold one.

This is a combination of leftover smoked ribs, baked beans and rice along with a fresh onion, anaheim, jalapeno, and corn. And because us girls have our own favorite way of doing things we literally had it 3 different ways.

My youngest had it on a tortilla with cheese and dessert.

My oldest went the wrap and lettuce rout sans the cheese and dessert.

And me? I don’t need the extra carbs so I skipped the wrap and went for the high protein and veggie route. I drank my carbs so it’s not like I’m on a carb free diet. I just pick my carb battles to fit the day. 😉

Leftovers are a busy mom’s best friend. I think today I’m going to smoke up some chicken pork just for the sake of quick and easy meals this week. It’s going to be a busy week.

Hope you’re all enjoying your weekend!

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Lazy Day on the Farm

Yesterday the girls and I said goodbye to our helper and spent the hottest part of the day inside. After dinner I decided to get a little work done.

Shennen is a selfie queen. I on the other hand am not.

It’s impossible to do anything without these girls wanting in on it.

So I figured it was a good time to introduce them to pulling the sled.

The load is light enough for me to pull but gave enough resistance to give the girls a taste. After yesterday’s successful introduction to working I caved and bought a harness.

I think it’s a little silly to show it on a toy but here goes nothing (in 2-5 days).

I won’t use the bit or blinders though just the harness body.

The rope just gave me a good idea on how the horses would react to a load.

Even Shennen got a turn. I put gloves on in case either decided it was too scary having the sled following them but they were both champs.

Shennen has gotten herself stuck in a few situations and has proven to be calm under pressure. A horse that doesn’t panic when stuck is a real blessing.

Cross your fingers for a quick delivery of the new harness. That’ll be our next real workout with the horses.

Until then the girls and I will put in a little elbow grease.

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The Perfect Home Gym

Optional workout equipment for rent as needed.

It works the whole body while adding a boost of Vita D.

The pond will be 40×60 and 5′ in the middle. Renting a tiller was the perfect (cheapest) solution for us.

It’s great for the entire family.

Hauling good pond dirt to the new garden on the other side of the shed in the middle. Ten loads between us 3 girls yesterday.

It’s stocked with fresh flowers all summer long.

Has some really cool mascots.

Shennen will help with the work I’m going slow with her training

And after your workout cooling off is the best part.

5 minutes from home our favorite place to cool off

Oh and dinner is always on the house.

Smoked pig leg. Low and slow for 6hrs.

Courtesy of Frank.

Guaranteed to burn enough calories to enjoy a couple of beers and dessert. Whichever suits your fancy.

My day’s workout in a nutshell.

We’re refurbishing the pond to make it year-round and deep enough to add some trout. The dirt is being hauled to a washed out pasture that’s being built up for better use. This year we’ll garden it after the pond dirt and barn compost is added.

Our growing year tends to last until November so we have plenty of time to get starts in the ground for a hefty fall harvest.

Luckily for us this summer has been cooler and wetter than usual making garden season easy even now in July. Most years we’d be watering the pastures but mother nature appears to be on our side.

Maybe I did something right because Karma has been my best friend lately.

We had to say goodbye to our helper for another week but it’s been a fun mid-week weekend working on the farm.

Today the girls and I are sitting out the heat of the day. This evening we’ll get back to it.

I hope you’re enjoying your summer and whatever happenings you’ve got going on.

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Good Monday!

Which one doesn’t belong?

It’s crazy. You walk outside each morning greeted by chickens who want breakfast then one morning there’s a couple of 6 week old baby rabbits begging for food too.

So what do you do?

Let them all out for a little free range breakfast! Opening their door was like dumping out a barrel of curious rabbits.

Yes, they will go home in the evening. Rabbits I’ve discovered (years ago) are creatures of ha Much like other animals and livestock. They even go home when they take a nap.

For the last couple of weeks each morning we’ve been letting the horses out to the house yard. We’ve got about 3/4 of an acre sectioned off for the house, garage and small garden (is 50′ x 125′ small?).

Our garden is being moved. And way behind. The realities of being a single mom is the only thing that’s on time is dinner. Ha ha I think karma is on my side though because although we’ve had lots of warm weather it’s stayed overcast which keeps everything green. Usually by now I’m back to supplementing feed because the grass is stalled out and brown.

Shennen loves when my camera comes out. She has to be center of attention.

It’s 11:30ish now and most of the bunnies have gone home to take a nap.

Time to get some inside chores done and lunch or lunch then chores. Smoked chicken salad. Leftover smoked anything is such a treat. I better find something else to put on the smoker.

Have a great lunch and a great day!

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Horsing around…

I’ve talked about our goal of teaching the horses to pack and drive. I haven’t put a lot of energy into it just as opportunities arise. Yesterday evening while putting horses and sheep back in their separate pastures another opportunity arose.

The lead rope isn’t tied to her just laid on her back. The horses had been on the house yard for the day taking advantage of me not mowing. Ever. The ewe and her lambs were let out too. When we brought the horses back we played a little.

Shennen is getting comfortable with new stuff and situations. The lead rope on her back is weird but things will definitely get weirder as I save for actual packing bags and harness.

August marks one year of being single mom again and living with a single income and savings. Anyone who’s had to make that transition can attest all “fun” stuff gets put on hold.

On a side note if anyone knows of miniature horse gear for cheap or free we’re in the market.

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June in a nutshell!?

To the inner naysayer/self-doubter/giver-upper. I no longer have room nor hospitality.

Yes I’ve been a horrible blog hostess. I had a bit of rhythm for awhile then let life’s troubles get me down.

Inspiration and self confidence is finding me again. Loneliness can be a real drain on energy and creativity.

I’ve never had a whirlwind romance and didn’t really understand that phrase until the last couple of weeks. Yes. Right after complaining to the Cyber universe about no one wanting my life I was proved wrong. Maybe that’s the trick.

Dare the universe with the unimaginable. Then stand back and watch it do it’s magic.

Did I say I met someone?

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Sushi bites

Tuesday my tween asked if we could try making sushi. I’ve made spring rolls, Chinese style BBQ pork, ramen and other Asian inspired dishes. I even had seaweed wraps laying around but I hadn’t actually tried my hand at rolling sushi.

Of course I couldn’t say no so a grocery shopping trip yesterday morning and we had everything we needed for California rolls.

A California roll consists of imitation crab, cucumber, avocado and cream cheese rolled up in sticky rice and seaweed.

If you’re not a fan of fish tar tar this is a fun way to still enjoy sushi. It’s basically a crab salad with rice but the crab isn’t shellfish it’s made of a white fish, haddock is common.

For the breakfast bites I made sticky rice and put a small layer in each tin, added bite size bits of imitation crab, cucumber, avocado and cream cheese then topped it with egg.

The egg ends up holding everything together which is handy. If I had a little extra time I would’ve tried adding the seaweed wrapper to each tin but… You know how time can get crunched before you know it.

On the farm front we’ve been teaching the mini horses to ground tie. What that means is if you drop the rope on their halter they’ll stand still.

It’s a good idea for any horse, not just minis. Having a horse that will stand while you’re working around it without being tied to anything is useful in ways you don’t think about until it happens.

The younger of the two has started picking up the habit of going back to her pasture when she sees the halter/rope because that’s where we take her but we’re going to have to break that because the pasture won’t always be the final destination.

The teens having a hair crisis.

Have a good breakfast and a great day!

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Good Monday (again)

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First a picture of breakfast. This is thinly sliced brisket from last nights leftovers (brisket, butternut squash and cream cheese stuffed Anaheims and mushrooms all on the smoker – can you say yummy?!), wrapped in my mini muffin pan with whipped eggs in the middle. Nothing special but pretty dang good. The brisket wasn’t fork tender but not tough either which made for bacon like slices this morning and with that layer of fat on them these bites came out tasting like bacon and eggs.

Another week of in my head. Here’s a short list of what I’ve been doing in my head the last couple of weeks.

A.) If you like to play silly games on your cellphone but are not real particular about what games you play than you can make a little cash. When I say little I mean the first week I dedicated myself to it and made $20 the second week was a little less dedicated and I’m almost to $10. It’s not exactly going to pay the bills but it’ll buy a 12 pack of my favorite beer.

B.) With the $20 that I earned playing games I decided I needed to learn something new. What did I decide to learn? The Stock Market! Yes. Me. It’s weirdly intriguing. I found this app. After careful research it’s true any one. I’m definitely in the category of anyone. Can play with stocks. No fees unless you want the premium account. They give you one free stock and there isn’t a minimum deposit. Or if there is it’s under $20. Because that’s what I earned playing games so that’s what I put into it.

I gravitate towards research. I really get off on learning new things so the market thing really dragged me in. 3 days of a run through and by Sunday I was talking shop like I knew what I was talking about. And I could identify at least 3 or 4 of the forms that are information filled for the common wannabe stock holder.

I ran into some good ones too. If you haven’t noticed I’m a woman who doesn’t really go with the flow. I’m a single mom who choose to grow food and farm animals even though I wasn’t raised this way. It’s peculiar to say the least.

Ok so if you like playing silly smartphone games like I do. I don’t know if this app is in apple form or just android. I use an android. Here’s a link to play for real money. They give you the option of Amazon gift cards, visa prepaid card which you can use virtually anywhere. I actually mean it’s a virtual card you can use anywhere. See what I did there?

And if you like stocks, want to learn about it or just want to see what stock they’ll give you try your luck/fun here.

Just a note I’m not an expert at anything but I will earn a free stock if you sign up and I will get points for the gaming for money app. It’s been an interesting experience on both accounts. Yeah not punny at all.

Remember play and trade responsibly but have fun too. Seek your sense of curiosity and you really can’t lose.

 

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50°, Charcoal & Repeats

My tween and I are sitting in front of the oven watching Dutch Baby Bites grow. 5 minutes to go.

It was 50° this morning at 5:45. Yeah I’m going to start going out earlier. I’ve neglected to push my alarm back. It’s at 5:09 now but I’m pretty sure the sun rises before 5:45 nowadays. Or pretty close. This morning I didn’t even worry about a shirt. Tank top season is here!

Besides I had to haul a bag of grain to the garage/upper barn and a bale of hay down to the ewe and her lambs. Who needs clothes to stay warm when you have work?

No I’m not working in shorts yet. I have a couple of roosters I need to put in the freezer first. They’re mean to bare legs.

This is me making charcoal because buying it is just silly. lol I’m kidding. Kinda. When you’re short every month buying something like charcoal feels luxurious.

My solution free wood, make sure it’s green wood. Not treated. Start a roaring fire with big chunks in a pit, barrel or whatever has a lid you can close. The close the lid and weight. The fire slowly dies as it consumes the oxygen and the leftover is awesome charcoal that burns slowly.

Why charcoal? Because the majority of my summer cooking is done outside. And today I have to make some more bacon. Yep.

For breakfast I made Dutch Baby Bites again. I said that already. But this time look! They’re extra fluffy.

Note to self and whoever’s reading. Let the oven get to temp before putting pan in. The way something bakes has a lot of influence on how it comes out.

This is actually the second time I’ve had this conversation.

Ok time for breakfast!

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Short Sleeves & Burrito Bites

No pun intended but it does have a catchy ring to it! 😉

This morning it was already 45° at 5:45am. Second morning working in short sleeves. My sun touched shoulders actually help a little but I’ve learned once I get chores started I don’t need much help to stay warm.

And now on to breakfast. Don’t be overly impressed, the meat and peppers were leftovers from a couple of nights ago when I made taco salad.

I cut tortillas into 2-3″ strips and put them rolled up into the tins before adding the leftover beef and peppers. Of course a burrito just isn’t done until you add cheese so these have a little square of pepper jack cheese on each.

Baked at 400° for about 12 minutes and they were perfect.

I don’t have a nutrition label today because I can’t remember everything I put in the beef and peppers but I can’t imagine the calories would be very high.

You could call it a refurbished leftover burrito bite but that’s quite a mouthful. 😀

7:45am it’s going to be another hot day so the tween and I are headed outside to get a couple things done before it gets too warm.

Have a great day!