Thursday, October 20, 2016

Creamy Pot Pie Soup

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Hi friends!!!  It's been a while since we have posted on here.  Here is an update :)  If you follow me on Facebook you know we are expecting our third child.  I'm now 29.5 weeks along!!!  Here is the current view of my toes LOL
Thank you for all the well wishes, support and love throughout this pregnancy!!!
Now on to the yummies!!

This week we got to enjoy a farm raised rabbit for our dinners.  I can compare the flavor to the best chicken you've ever had.  Its moist tender meat that has amazing flavor, its naturally lean and easy to find without hormones and grass fed.

It was so much food that we were able to spread it out to feed our growing family of 4 (soon to be 5!!) for THREE nights.  **see below for photos of the two other meals and links to recipes**

Here is the recipe for one of the dishes we used it for Creamy Pot Pie Soup.  This dish will work with Turkey, chicken or farm raised rabbit.
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  • 3 Tbs olive oil
  • 1 medium onion diced
  • 4 large carrots sliced into rounds
  • 3 large celery stalks diced
  • 2 large potatoes diced
  • 2 cups of white meat diced small (or cooked and shredded); turkey, chicken or farm raised rabbit will all work in this dish
  • 12oz of peas (I use frozen)
  • 4 Tbs butter
  • 4 Tbs flour
  • 4 cups broth or stock (learn how to make your own here)
  • 1 cup heavy cream 
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp dill 
  1. In a warm pot on med-high heat, saute the onion with a pinch of salt and pepper in olive oil until translucent.
  2. Add meat, carrots, celery and potatoes with another pinch of salt and pepper (we are layering in the flavors, adding a small amount of salt and pepper with every ingredient builds depth of flavor)
  3. Sprinkle in the herbs and spices and saute for about 5 min to bring the heat back up in the pot.
  4. Make a well in the middle of the pot and add the butter and flour.
  5. Whisk the butter and flour together until its well incorporated and the flour is lightly toasted (about 5min) then whisk in one cup of the broth. 
  6. When its well incorporated stir in the rest of the broth.  Bring up to a boil then cover and simmer for 40min on low (until the veggies are tender) 
  7. Increase the heat to medium, add peas and heavy cream then bring back up to a slow simmer.  Stir until the desired consistency is reached (it will thicken the longer it simmers).
  8. Taste for seasoning (Careful it’s HOT). Add salt/pepper and more dill if needed.

For more information on the first two meals from this farm raised rabbit follow the links below!

For Meal #1 we made Country fried rabbit.  I used the oven "fraked" recipe (click here for recipe) in a large cast iron pan then transferred it to the oven.

For Meal #2 Farmer J smoked the remaining meat for Smoked rabbit Taco Tuesday.  He made it with a side of guacamole (click here for his amazing guac recipe)

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Help control the CRAZINESS with Routine Charts for Children

As  many of you know I've had many fruitful careers that I have loved and learned from.  Over the past several years my full time professional role can best be described as "Efficiency Expert" (as well as mom, wife, farm owner and blogger!) .  I've used many of the techniques I learned on the job in our home and on the farm as well.  They have helped streamline activities/chores and help tame the CRAZINESS we call life!  

I've shared our menu and activity calendar on Facebook last week and got great feedback and questions.  I'm still working on creating a free download for you but thought I'd share something a little easier to upload while I'm working on the family calendar uploads!!

Last year we added these three routine charts and they helped tremendously!!!  
Morning Routine Chart
The morning routine happens as soon as the kiddos wake up.  They are always ready before we have to leave in the morning so we get extra time to chat and have a relaxing drive to school!

After School Routine Chart
The After school routine happens as soon as they get home from school.  We have sports and activities some nights after school so we usually substitute the "Play time" section for that activity.  This has eliminated the gross lunch containers we used to find in the mornings when packing their lunch.  We also know that they are all ready for the morning with a smooth sendoff.  A bonus side effect of this routine has been learning personal responsibility and contributing to an organized living space! 
Bedtime Routine Chart
The Bedtime routine happens after dinner.  Typically they are excited to read a fun new book so they usually do a great job at this checklist to earn it (although we have had to push on some nights - especially when first introduced)!

Hope this helps tame the crazy in your home like it did ours.  Please leave comments bellow with your great "how we tamed the crazy" solutions below!  We can learn from each other - sharing is caring hahaha :)

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Canning green beans the easy way!

Farmer J is always talking about his mamma's canned green beans.  For him that flavor brings him right back to his childhood.  When we started canning we processed ours exactly how she did ... I was blown away by how beautiful they were and the delicious fresh flavor!

Here is how to do it:
  1. Wash and snap your green beans.
  2. Raw pack the green beans in sanitized one quart jars.
  3. Add one teaspoon of salt to each jar.
  4. Pour boiling water over the green beans leaving one inch head space.
  5. Remove the bubbles from the jar by running a spatula or butter knife along the inside wall of the jars.
  6. Add sanitized lids and rings then tighten finger tight.
  7. Pressure can the jars 10lbs for 25min.  *adjust the weight for your altitude if needed*
  8. Use caution when removing the jars from the pressure canner as they are HOT!
  9. Allow to cool completely before labeling and store in a cool dark place.
Let us know in the comments below if you would like some of our green bean recipes!!