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June 26, 2011

God Bless Small Town America!

I love small town festivals!  I love a good any volunteer fire department fish fry, a church fair, celebrations of a towns history - I am a lifetime attendee of The Fairland Fish Fry and from the time I was born till they quit having it I never missed a Boggstown Fair - last year for the first time I attended Fort Vallonia Days in Jackson County (awesome) but last night I loaded up the kids and we headed to Hazelwood, IN for the Hazelwood Fish Fry - and all I can say is "Hazelwood where have you been all my life?"!

If you take all the things I love about festivals and county fairs (short of showing livestock) and roll them into one big ball, you have The Hazelwood Fish Fry - volunteer fire fighters frying fish (and the most amazing homemade onion rings ever), kiddie games (no creepy carnies but church groups raising money with a ring toss and ping pong balls to win a fish), elephant ears, a live local band, flea market booths, a pedal pull and then you throw in a tractor pull all out in the middle of nowhere, well it was just nothing but pure good American fun!

Love these guys, they are always up for an adventure, all I say is "Hey do you guys wanna . ." and they all say "yes" before I can finish the sentence!

Eatin' Dollars & Blowin' Smoke
Our Franklin Favorite
Owned by David and Janet Esteb

Then it was off to the pedal pull:

where even on a Ford (he is a green man) he smoked'em!

Instead of a trophy he won a $25.00 U.S. Saving Bond -
So I titled his pull Blowin' Smoke & Makin' Dollars!

We had so much fun - I felt bad that Chris didn't get to go but truth is he was running anhydrous which made him just as happy to be working!  Definatly on the calendar for next year!

June 25, 2011

It's A GP 2 For 1!!!!

Who can beat 2 for 1!

So as you can tell by some of the pictures I have quite a few recipes marked in this cookbook - I tend to pair things up that sound good together and then make them both for a whole new meal!  As I was marking recipes Bacon-Stuffed Burgers sounded good and the recipe for Hot German Potato Salad sounded like a perfect match!

Who wouldn't want a burger that was made of ground beef, sausage, A-1 and some parm then stuffed with bacon and onion - really simple and quick!

 Put a spoonful of this Hot German Potato Salad beside it and it makes a perfect meal!

I fried up enough bacon for both recipes then removed enough for the potato salad then put the onions in the bacon grease and sauteed them for the burgers!  When a recipe calls for crispy crumbled bacon I always cut my bacon up into bite-sized pieces and fry them that way instead of cooking the whole stripes and then crumbling!

I love it when recipes share a similar flavor together at a meal - plus I can do things once (like fry the bacon) for both recipes!

While the whole potatoes for the potato salad boiled, I pattied out the burgers and "stuffed" them!

I cut the potatoes up while the burgers were on the grill and made the dressing!

It was a big hit - even My Cowgirl (who one might call a finicky eater-I just call her picky) even liked it - I am not a big fan of the flavor of vinegar but this was not overbearing like I was afraid it might be!

And another 5 thumbs up for both (so that is a total of 10 thumbs!) of these   Gooseberry Patch recipes!

Bacon-Stuffed Burgers:

4 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled
1/4 c. onion chopped
4 oz. can mushroom pieces, drained and diced
    (I omitted because we aren't mushroom people)
1 lb. ground beef
1 lb. ground pork sausage
1/4 c. grated Parm. Cheese
1/2 tsp. pepper
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
2 T steak sauce

Hot German Potato Salad:

6 potatoes, boiled whole until tender - about 20 min
1 lb. bacon, cooked and crumbled
1 1/2 c. onion sauteed in bacon drippings
dressing: 1c. plus 2 T vinegar, 1 1/2 T sugar, 1 1/12 tsp salt, 1/4 tsp pepper bring to boil
- cube potatoes, mix with bacon and onions and pour dressing over and serve!

June 24, 2011

A Little Dirt On Us!

Here you go - I am airing our "dirty laundry" for the world to view!

This RFOA assignment is dirty jobs - this was easy, it's how we live on this farm!
Be sure to check out all the dirt on the rest of the RFOA's on our Facebook Page!

Notice what Chris is sitting on - NOTHING well except maybe a cow pie that will soon be in my laundry room!

No matter how dry it is out or how hard you try to avoid getting dirty - manure splatters!

Why can't I learn not to work in shorts - no matter how hot it is?

Really?  And this was for "fun" - getting calves washed for a show!

More "fun"!

I just wish these pics of washing calves showed how dirty clothes end up!

Rubber boots or not when your head is only 3 foot from the ground the manure ends up all over you!

Hogs:  Pictures only show half the story with hogs - you would need smell o'vision - anytime you walk in a hog confinement barn (even for a brief second) you walk out smelling like a hog confinement barn!

Washing hog barns (we wash at least 3 every 5 weeks) - picture aiming a pressure washer nozzle at pile of feed and manure in a corner and it spraying back at you at 100mph, then do this for 5 hours straight!

Don't even get me started on how dirty we get breeding after a rain!

Hauling liquid manure - this is the only pic I could find - you can't see it but he has it all over his jeans (and this was a clean day)  at least once a week when he is hauling something plugs the line or there is a mishap and liquid manure covers him -

Feeding with Dad - "it's fun Mom now will you wash my clothes and coveralls so they will be clean when I want to feed with Dad again?"

Weaning pigs!


Cleaning out the leg pit!

I couldn't find any pictures of anyone covered in tractor grease, combine dust, clothes covered in graphite from planting, mud from walking fields, bees wings filled pockets from sweeping out bins . . .

Heck we even get dirty having FUN:

Which brings me to my laundry room:

I end of with 2-5 pairs of jeans that are at least this dirty EVERYDAY!

These I found in the garage - I have no idea what the job was but it was DIRTY!

I wonder if I could get Mike Rowe to come do my laundry for an episode?