Friday, June 6, 2008

This is so cool!

For those of you who don't know I am a horsewoman. I have two horses of my own, both Mustangs and I can't imagine life without horses in it.

This video just blew me away. I like to think I have a pretty good relationship with my horses but nothing like this.

Lorenzo : the Flying French Man...
Uploaded by alatebo

And check out this one also.

Pretty cool!

Please let me know what you think!

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Wordless Wednesday

My friend's 5 yr old daughter holding a dragonfly!

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Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Tackle It Tuesday - Using up all the turkey!

It's been a VERY busy week here. I've got a few other things to share but we will save those for other posts. This week my major tackle was the 26 lb turkey. I mentioned in my Menu Planning Monday post that we cooked one of the last few turkeys that we raised from last year. 26 lbs is a little much for one meal for my little family so I needed to do something with it all. And I also needed to make some stock from the bones. I used the recipe from Nourishing Traditions

Here are the bones and vegi's in the crockpot. I let this cook for about 12 hrs.

And got this!

I then took out the bones and put the vegi's and meat back in and simmered it on the stove for another few hrs to reduce it.
Right now it is sitting the the fridge so that I can pull the fat off the top and then can it.
On top of that I had about 20 lbs of leftover meat. I cubed it all and put it all in quart size canning jars. I now have 8 quarts of turkey meat in the freezer and we've already used it for about 3-4 meals.
I will be glad once the broth is canned & in the freezer and I can put this tackle behind me! And only one more turkey left in the freezer.

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Sunday, June 1, 2008

Menu Planning Monday

Last week I promised to take more pictures of what we are eating and guess what...I forgot again. We did make the whole Turkey. It came out beautiful! And I forgot to take a picture of it. Ugh! I will keep trying to remember that. We have TONS of leftovers though. I forgot how big those last two birds were. The one we ended up cooking was 26 lbs!!! Turkey will definitely be on the menu in the coming week.

I did remember to take pictures of a few things for you but I plan to share those in other posts this week so check back in later.

This is a pretty low key week for us but Erik is working nights all week so I am thinking about getting my kids an early snack and trying to have our main meal at around 2-3pm after Erik gets up for the night. We will see.

We are also planning to try this donut recipe (but I think I might try to bake them instead of frying them) and this cookie recipe (I will use all whole grain flour...maybe spelt instead of the white flour). I've been promising to bake cookies with the boys for a while now and it hasn't happened.

On to the menu.

Monday - Fried Rice (with Turkey and vegi's). I love the recipe from Passionate Homemaker.

Tuesday - Asparagus Quiche. I love the crust recipe from Nourishing Traditions so will probably do that again. Lots of vegi's, lots of cheese and maybe some breakfast sausage instead of bacon this time. YUM!

Wednesday - Sloppy Joe's (I will probably double...maybe even triple this batch so I can put some in the freezer). We have homemade buns to eat them on and will have some sort of vegi on the side with it.

Thursday - Breakfast for Dinner

Friday - Pizza on the Grill

Saturday - Rice jumble (promise to take a picture this time!)

Sunday - Goat Roast (trying yet again...I forgot to take it out to defrost yesterday so didn't get to have it today!)

What's on your menu this week? Share with us over at!

A Nature Walk

We went out for a nature hike the other day, the boys and I. It was so much fun. We didn't go far. Just down around the summer grazing field for the horses. Since the horses haven't been out in it yet Aiden was having fun hiding in the grass.

And Bennett thought it was fun to find him and bang him on the head.
We stopped and said hello to Babe & Reno. They look so nice & shiny!
Aiden asked to take some pictures. I didn't see these till I pulled everything onto my laptop but they came out quite good! He loves to take pictures. I really need to get him & Bennett their very own digital cameras.
Isn't this one neat. Not sure how he did it but it was just too cool to not share.

And a few of the flowers we saw while on our hike.

Any idea what these might be? I thought they might be a low bush blueberry. This is very close up but the leaves were similar to those of blueberries. We will see I guess.

Aiden helping his "Baby Broder" as he likes to say. Bennett went chasing after him to hold his hand and then Aiden helped him up the small incline from the yard back onto our driveway.

And then they held hands all the way back down to the house. It was just too cute!

What an enjoyable time we had! Hanging out and playing down in the field. Didn't see any wildlife other than tons of Dragonflies! We do love the dragonflies though.


Sunday Garden Tour

This is my first time doing the Sunday garden tour. I thought I would start you all off with lots of pictures of what I have going on around our property. Just to give you a brief history we live on about 15 acres in rural Maine and are slowly moving our way into homesteading. Trying to live as sustainably as we can.
This is my oldest...Aiden. Isn't he just the cutest. This is one of the random gardens we have hanging around our property. The people who were here before us planted TONS of perennials so that has helped our gardens. We've put some things in but most if from them.

To start off I need help. Any idea what this is? I have it all over one of my small garden beds and I have no idea what it is.

Or this for that matter. I LOVE the color of it though. It is just so pretty but I would love to plant more.

To start you off here is one of my favorites! The bearded Iris'. I LOVE them. Especially the color of them. I am hoping to get more. I have a few people we will be getting cuttings from this year of a number of perennials and hope to get more iris'.

Next is my lilac bush. I really LOVE lilacs and wish I had more bushes. I see so many lovely lilac bushes and we have this one little one.

Oh and I finally have some lupine's coming back consistently! Erik mowed down some of them a few years ago and I've been trying to reestablish them since. These are all purple, and I just bought some seeds for red lupines. I really hope I can get those going!
This is the small garden next to our garage. There are hosta's, peonies & day lilies.

Some seedlings coming up in my new kitchen herb garden.
This is a rose bush that I planted in my kitchen herb garden. I had thought it was dead. After I planted it, the leaves all turned brown. And just yesterday I noticed the green leaves popping out under the dead leaves. I'm so excited now.
And our lovely rhubarb!

And a one of our peonies. My other favorite flower!
Some sedum.

And lastly...our bee balm.
Stop by A Wrung Sponge for more Garden Tours! And stop back in next Sunday to see what's popping up in my garden!