Thursday, June 13, 2013

Stormy Night In Ohio

It sounds like a lot of people had a lot of crazy weather last night!
We had wind, hail, heavy rain, a lot of lightening and some thunder.

I gathered up anything, and everything that could blow to the next county.
Poor hummingbirds are looking for their feeders today, I still have to hang them back out.

Our house is a 3-ring circus when bad weather comes....I should say our whole farm is a circus!

Our cows refuse to go to any pasture, except for the one up on a hill. I can't blame them. Animals are pretty smart, and they can usually tell when it's going to be a hard rain.  The horses were put in our barn on the hill. Killer (our barn cat) and her 5 babies were tucked into our laundry room, Annie, our Beagle was glued to us all night. Pinky, our house cat, slept under our bed. Emily tucked in with us because she was afraid (however, she is the one who did not hear the thunder, and slept like a log!!)

Thankfully, the storm wasn't quite as severe as we had thought it would be. Our road was covered with water in some places overnight, and a few branches came down, but today, all our critters are back to their normal selves! :) 

Hope everyone had a safe night!

Saturday, June 8, 2013

Garfield....Recipes with Cattitude!

I was asked to do a review on Gooseberry Patch's newest cookbook, Garfield...Recipes with Cattitude! I was so excited! I LOVE Garfield. He's my favorite cat! We have a lot in common, we both love good food.

The hardest part, choosing the recipes to make. That is always the hard part, GBP cookbooks have so many yummy, easy recipes, and this book is no different.

I chose 4 recipes to review...however, I could have kept going.

The first recipe I made was Garfield's Pizza Bites. Emily came home from school and she loved having these to snack on. I will admit, I snuck a few before the bus came. ;)

Garfield's Pizza Bites
8-oz. tube refrigerated crescent rolls
1/3 c. pizza sauce
1/4 c. grated Parmesan cheese
16 slices pepperoni
1/3 c. shredded mozzarella cheese
Unroll rolls but do not separate, press perforations to seal. Spread pizza sauce evenly over rolls, leaving a one-inch border. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Roll up dough jelly-roll style, starting with one short edge.Cut into 16 slices. Place slices, cut side down, on a greased baking sheet. Top each slice with one pepperoni slice and one teaspoon mozzarella cheese. Bake at 375 degrees for 9-11 minutes, until edges are golden and cheese is melted. Serve warm. Serves 6-8.
Hawaiian Pizza Sub
11-oz. tube refrigerated crusty French loaf
2 T. oil
1 t. Italian seasoning
1/4 t. garlic powder
8-oz. can pizza sauce, divided
1/3 lb. sliced deli ham
8-oz. can crushed pineapple, drained
1 c. shredded mozzarella cheese
Place loaf seam side down on a greased baking sheet. Cut slashes on top, about 1/2 inche deep. Bake at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes, until golden; remove from oven. Combine oil, Italian seasoning and garlic powder in a small bowl; brush over hot loaf. Let loaf cool for 10 minutes; slice in half horizontally. Hollow out bottom half of loaf, leaving a 1/4 inch shell. Spread bottom half with 2 tablespoons of pizza sauce. Layer with ham, pineapple, cheese and top half of loaf. Bake at 350 degrees for and additional 6-8 minutes. Slice and serve with remaining pizza sauce. Serves 4-6.
Creamy Salmon Manicotti
8 manicotti pasta shells, uncooked
2 5-oz. pkgs. pink salmon, flaked
16-oz. container ricotta cheese
1 egg, beaten
15-oz. jar Alfredo sauce
Garnish: dill weed
Cook manicotti shells according to package directions, drain. Meanwhile, remove any bones or skin from salmon. In a bowl, combine salmon, ricotta cheese and egg; mix well. Spoon mixture into shells. Arrange shells in a lightly greased 11x9 inch baking pan. Spoon any extra filling around shells. Top with Alfredo sauce; sprinkle with dill weed. Cover and bake at 350 degrees for 35-40 minutes, until heated through. Serves 4.
*I spooned the filling into a Zip-Loc bag, cut a corner from the bottom, and squirted the filling into the manicotti shells. Easy, and very little mess!
Farmers' Market Fettuccine
12-oz. pkg. fettuccine pasta, uncooked
1/2 c. creamy Italian salad dressing
1 c. broccoli flowerets, cut into bite-size pieces
1 c. zucchini, sliced
1 c. red pepper, thinly sliced
1/2 c. onion, chopped
1/2 t. dried basil
1/2 c. butter
2 tomatoes, chopped
1/2 c. sliced mushrooms
Garnish: Parmesan cheese
Cook pasta according to package directions; drain. Toss warm pasta with salad dressing; stir to coat and set aside. Meanwhile, in a skillet over medium heat; cook broccoli, zucchini, onion and basil in butter until tender. Stir in tomatoes and mushrooms; cook just until heated through. Toss vegetable mixture with pasta mixture. Garnish with cheese. Serves 6.
Who would like to win this cookbook?
It's easy to enter! Leave a comment to this review post, along with a way to contact you if you win.
I also want to know, who is your favorite
Garfield comic strip character?
I do love Garfield, but I have a soft spot for Odie too! :)
Giveaway starts today, June 8th and ends on June 29th at 9 p.m.
Good Luck!!

Just Horsin' Around!

We've recently added two horses to our farm. We planned on having just one for my daughter. She's been wanting a horse since she could walk. She turned 8 this past May, and I thought it was a good age for her to have one. We found Lexie. She's a sweet little mare. Not too tall and pretty quiet. I have noticed she likes to have attention, and lots of it. She and Emily should get along just fine!

After Lexie came, something happened....I wanted a horse too! I had one years ago and loved riding. Something about being around a horse again reminded me of how much I loved horses! My girl is just like me when it comes to being horse crazy. So, Rocky came to us. He's a pretty old fella, and gentle as can be. He likes to come up to me and rest his head on my shoulder. He's easy to love.
Emily on Lexie with her grandma Dixie.
Emily has caught on to riding. She says she wants to run fast with Lexie. I seriously want to wrap her in bubble wrap!

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