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September 29, 2014

Her Senior Pictures

I think I was looking more forward to the day we did this than she was!  I like to think we had fun - at least I did!

I can't believe this was a year ago already - time flies when your having fun - and my life is so much fun!

September 24, 2014

Maybe I am not a good parent.........

I'm serious - and I have social media to thank for that!  I love social media, some, including my children and husband, would say that I am obsessed and addicted to it but I think I quit blogging this summer because of it!

Stay with me here - I have a million post-it-notes scattered all over my desk with various ideas scribbled on them - some Indiana Prairie Farmer article ideas and some blog post ideas!  When I tried to organize them I realized that the majority of my blog post ideas this summer centered around my oldest!

And, to be perfectly honest, after reading my Facebook feed all summer I got to feeling self conscious about almost every post being about just one of my kids when I have three!!!  Why?  Because the majority of people in my feed compliment their children as a whole and I felt that this seemed to be the 'Summer of Casey' - Casey's Senior Pics, Casey's Graduation, Casey's Grad Openhouse, Casey's 10th Year of 4-H, Casey Moves to College.  But then I remembered something I have been told my whole life - "just because I compliment your sister doesn't mean the opposite is true about you" and I have come to the conclusion it was the 'Summer of Casey' and while I should be and am proud of her it doesn't mean that my other two won't be in the center spotlight on their own terms one day.

I don't keep a scorebook of compliments for my kids, that isn't how life works.  I might be a bad parent because of it but just because I see one of my kids doing something that deserves a pat on the back doesn't mean I feel the need to come up with a reason to pat the other two on the back at the same time - each of my kids earns it in their own right and should be feel special when it happens, not just like it is another tally mark in their scorebook!

So be prepared for the "Summer of Casey" posts - and FYI she will hate it as much as you might!!!

June 12, 2014

Hi, My name is Jent.....

........and I am a bad blogger.

I have put this off for a long time now. Not to mention not even writing for a while now but The Gooseberry Patch cookbook giveaway winner has been chosen

I had a total of 39 People enter in the giveaway and sadly I only got to choose one. If I could I would give everyone who entered a cookbook. Many of you had lots of crockpots and that's impressive!  I have only one at a time - I say it like that because I have a bad habit of breaking the crocks and then just end up replacing the whole thing - Goodwill in Franklin probably has quite a collection of the empty warming/electric portions!

I choose a winner by numbering each entry off and had my kids pick a number between 1 and 39.

Congratulations Comment 14 -  Linda

Her comment on the Giveaway post was:
“I had 3 crockpots but one stopped working.....so I now have 2. Are they not one of the most wonderful inventions!!! Love them greatly :D And I love Gooseberry Patch Cookbooks <3 Hope to hear from you soon…” 

I wish everybody could have won a cookbook. Special thanks to everyone who entered!

If you missed any of the recipes I shared from this awesome book here are the links:

May 7, 2014

Parsley Buttered Potatoes

Parsley Buttered Potatoes

Recipe by Recipe By Gooseberry Patch and Jent

  • 1 1/2 lbs. new potatoes
  • 1/4 c. water
  • 1/4 c. butter, melted
  • 3 T fresh parsley, minced
  • 1 T fresh chives, snipped
  • salt & pepper to taste
Cooking Directions
  1. Place potatoes and water in a slow cooker. Cover and cook on high setting for 2 1/2 to 3 hours, until tender; drain. In a small bowl, combine butter, parsley and chives. Pour over potatoes, toss to coat. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.   
  2. Once coat the potatoes in butter and herbs I put them back in the crockpot with it off to keep them warm.
The original recipe also called for lemon juice, I am personally not a fan so I didn't add it. I also couldn't find chives that day at the grocery store so I used green onions!


May 5, 2014

Cheesy Corn for a Crowd

Cheesy Corn for A Crowd

Recipe by Gooseberry Patch and Jent

  • 4 15-1/4 oz. cans corn, drained
  • 4 15 oz. cans creamed corn
  • 8 oz Cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 2 8-1/2 oz. pkgs corn muffin mix
  • 4 eggs, heated
  • 16 oz French Onion dip
Cooking Directions:

Combine all ingredients together, put in lightly greased slow cooker. Cover and cook on high setting for 4 1/2 hours or on low setting for 9 hours.

Take into consideration the size and shape of your slow cooker, taller/deep slow cookers take a little longer to get the middle fully cooked.

This recipe is for a crowd - when I make it for my family (5 of us) I quarter it - there is plenty and it is just as delicious!

May 4, 2014

Too many irons in the fire.....

Do you ever feel that way?  Sometimes I feel like I am fighting everyone else's fires while mine burn out of control!

We started planting last weekend, got rained out Sunday night, I left for Oklahoma on Monday morning, returned Friday afternoon in time to help the oldest get ready for prom, back to field work, getting caught up with articles and some sleep and Sunday (today, I think...) was spent in the field again.

Therefore I am a wee bit behind on my Gooseberry Patch Giveaway!  So here's the deal - because I am behind you get more time to enter!  I have two more recipes to post from this awesome cookbook:

I will post one tomorrow and one on Wednesday and pick a winner on Friday!!!


Be sure you comment on the Giveaway post to be entered!

April 21, 2014

Meatloaf Made Easy

I LOVE MEATLOAF - I really do!

Every year since I can remember my Mom let's us pick a birthday meal and mine is always meatloaf, mashed potatoes and corn!  I don't venture far from my Mom's recipe for meatloaf but this version in 101 Super-Easy Slow-Cooker Recipes Cookbook  from Gooseberry Patch seemed similar just with the addition of sausage - which seemed valid for hog farmers and it's made in a crock-pot!!!

Meatloaf Made Easy

Recipe by Gooseberry Patch and Jent

  • 1 lb. ground pork sausage
  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 1 onion, finely diced
  • 1 cup dry bread crumbs
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • salt & pepper to taste

  • 1 cup catsup
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar

  • Cooking Directions
    1. In a bowl, combine all ingredients except catsup and brown sugar. Form mixture into a rounded loaf. Place in slow cooker and poke a few holes in the top of meatloaf with a skewer. In a bowl, stir together catsup and brown sugar. Spoon mixture over meatloaf. Cover and cook on low setting for 3 to 5 hours, until meatloaf is no longer pink in the center.

    This was so simple, made the house smell good all day and tasted just like my Mom's {bonus} - everyone loved it {bonus bonus}!

    To make this meal complete I also made 2 other crockpot recipes - I filled 3 crockpots that morning and by evening an entire supper was ready to serve - all 3 dishes were a hit and so easy - this whole meal is going on my 'busy in the field' go to's!!!