Tuesday, October 26, 2010

i canned a whole lOTT of potatoes, now i'm making salmon chowder


This will be our last edition of "I canned a whole lOTT, now I'm baking in my Bistro" for awhile.  With the holidays approaching we know everyone will be busy soon with lots of different activities, so we will take a break to focus on that.  But for this week I bring you a recipe for something that utilizes the potatoes and carotts I canned. 
The recipe will give you directions on how to make this on your stove top, but I put everything in the crock pot before church Sunday morning and by the time we came home it was all set to go. 

This Salmon Chowder is sure to warm you up on these cool fall nights and give you your needed omega-3 fatty acids. 

Be sure to check out Jen's blog, From Mess Hall to Bistro, for other ideas on what to make with items you canned.
This post was linked to: Tasty Tuesday Beauty and Bedlam, Tempt My Tummy Tuesday at Blessed with Grace, Tuesday at the Table with All the Small Stuff,  Hearth N' Soul with the Girl Chef, Delicious Dish at It's a Blog Party, Anything Related Tuesday at All Thingz Related, Whats Cookin' Wednesday

Monday, October 25, 2010

christmas phOTTo cards

As I've talked about on this blog several times Ott, E and I like to travel and take a lot of pictures while we are out and about.  One of the places we show off our pictures is in our annual Christmas Card.  Last year Ott, E and I made our Christmas Cards on-line through shutterfly.com
I like using Shutterfly for a lot of reasons!  It's a user friendly website to work with and makes downloading your pictures quick and easy.  Their designs are really cute, and several allow more than one picture to be used. (when you take as many pictures as Ott, E and I do, it's hard to narrow it down to just one) Their cards also allow you to be able to create your own text, so on the inside of the card I can explain where each picture for taken.  To the left is a copy of our card from last year where you can see us at Disney and on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail. 

They were such high quality cards and we got so many nice compliments on them that I wanted to do use Shutterfly again this year to show off our pictures from Alaska.  

Recently Shutterfly released their new Holiday cards and I was so excited to see they have enhanced the inside of the cards with additional images, pictures and places for your own text.  I find this so handy, because how many times do you get Holiday photo cards with a picture of a family and you have no idea where the picture was taken, how old their kids are now, or what they have all been up to for the past year.  With shutterfly's design and layout there is plenty of space for you to share all of that information and more.  And if you're not into pictures don't worry they have some really cute Christmas cards Or, if you run out of time before Christmas and want to keep the holiday sesaon going there is still time to get New Year’s cards out in the mail.

So far I have found three designs I really like.  (Please note these are examples of the layouts and not pictures of us.)

The Lovely Leaves Story 5x7 folded card. I like the black, white and red design on the front and the way this same design is carried over on the inside of the card as well. 

Paper Snowflakes Christmas 5x7 folded card  I like the snowflakes on this card and the way the entire front is used to showcase your picture.

Sweet Holly Story Christmas 5x7 folded card  I love the inside of this card as it allows you to place 4 more pictures and room for text to tell everyone where you've been. 

Now all I have to do is pick out my pictures and I'll be all set.

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Sunday, October 24, 2010

Ott, A's Fall Harvest Dinner

Last week I blogged about my fall dinner table and how it was all set and decorated with coordinating napkin rings and centerpieces.  Well several asked what was for dinner so today I am blogging about our meal and giving the recipes for each item I made. (some I have made in the past so you can click on the links to get the recipe for those.) Since October is National Pork Month I decided Pork Chops would be the main entre'.

Our pork chops came from a pig we purchased off a 4-H'er this summer after the county fair was over.  I have a dry rub that I patted onto the chops before placing on the grill.  The dry rub consists of salt, pepper, celery seed, garlic and onion powder.
Next, I made fresh applesauce from a combination of Gala and Honeycrisp apples.  (Nothing taste better than pork chops and applesauce.)

And, Corn Pudding as a side.  I made this recipe in a high school Home Ec. class and have used it as a go to side dish ever since.  It has such great flavor!!!

Corn Pudding Recipe:
1 pkg. Jiffy corn bread
1/2 cup melted margarine
3 eggs beaten
1-16oz can whole kernel corn
1-16oz can cream style corn
1 cup sour cream
1 cup shredded cheese

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Mix corn bread mix, margarine, eggs, whole kernel corn, cream style corn and sour cream in bowl.  Spoon into 1 1/2 qt. greased baking dish.  Top with cheese.  Bake 45 minutes.

All of this paired nicely with a bottle of Seyval Blanc from a local Indiana Winery, Mallow Run.  Seyval Blanc is a light, fruity wine with a nice aroma of apple, pear and a hint of pineapple. 

And for dessert we had an Applebutter Cake Roll, which has such a nice mix of spices it just gives you the feeling of fall, and was a nice way to finish off the evening meal. 

This post was linked to:
Hunk of Meat Mondays


Thursday, October 21, 2010

a yOTTa FFAers in town this week

In case you didn't know it, this week the National FFA Convention was taking place in Indianapolis.  And, there are a yotta of FFA'ers in town (over 50,000).  (a Yotta is a one septillion or 10 to the 24th.)  Which has added a yotta work to my plate this week.  But I'm not complaining as I have had to opportunity to spend some time volunteering for the convention and have been able to interact with some of these future Ag Leaders. 
On Tuesday I attended the opening luncheon and then was able to listen to an FFA teams from the state of Washington prepare for their Ag. Issues event. On Wednesday, I helped with the career show which brings in all kinds of agri-businesses and colleges with displays on what they do or make.  And Thursday and Friday my office hosted tours for FFA'ers to come and learn how policy and legislation affect agriculture.

I enjoy talking with current FFA'ers now and hearing about what all they have accomplished in FFA and what they are planning to do career wise in the future.  They usually ask if I was in FFA and I always answer; "Yes I was in FFA for 3 years while in high school and was on my schools livestock judging team." 

While the above statement is correct, judging livestock was not the only reason I was in FFA. 

I wish I could say I was in it for the leadership opportunities.  Or the resume builder of an extra curricular activity.  Shoot, I wish it was because of the community service projects a lot of the chapters take on.  Or the chance to educate younger students about farming and agriculture through barnyard petting zoos and classroom visits. 
No, No..... the real reason I was in FFA, back in the day, was for the ................. cute farmboys.

It's true I enjoyed judging livestock, but back then I was a sucker for guys in boots and blue corduroy jackets.  Ironically, when the cute farmboys found out I judged livestock better than them................... they didn't think I was so cute anymore.  Nonetheless, I stuck it out and took my team to state my Senior year. 

Now before you roll your eyes and brush me off remember this; when it was all said and done I did ended up marrying one of those cute FFA farmboys 10 years later when I married Ott, E.  Granted he was in FFA in Wisconsin while I was in Indiana and we didn't meet till college, and we didn't start dating till we were out of college.  But whose to say, blue corduroy jacket and livestock judging weren't meant to be.   

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

i canned a whole lOTT of salsa, now i'm baking easy chicken & cheese enchiladas

So this past summer I spent one afternoon canning about 15 jars of salsa.  Now anytime I want to whip up some mexican food for dinner I simply pull a jar off the shelf and open it.  Tonight I am making this Easy Chicken and Cheese Enchiladas.  It's really easy to make and Ott, E has told me numerous times that it taste better than any mexican food restaurant he's been to.

It's so easy you'll want to make some for yourself so here is a handy recipe card you can click on to make bigger and print it off to keep with your own recipes.

And for those of you interested in watching stretching your dollar I did some research on how much it cost me to make. (Please note since I used my own salsa I did not figure that into the costs.)

Cost for the recipe: $8.68
Cost per serving: $1.42

Be sure to check out Jen's blog and see what she is cookin' up this week.
From Mess Hall to Bistro

This post was linked to: Tasty Tuesday Beauty and Bedlam, Tempt My Tummy Tuesday at Blessed with Grace, Tuesday at the Table with All the Small Stuff,  Hearth N' Soul with the Girl Chef, Delicious Dish at It's a Blog Party, Twister Tuesdays with GNOWFGLINS, Anything Related Tuesday at All Thingz Related, Works for Me Wednesday from We are That Family, Penny Pinching Wednesdays at The Thrifty Home, Bargarin Brag Wednesdays at Bargarin Shopping Paradise, Whats Cookin' Wednesday and the Grocery Cart Challenge Recipe Swap.

Monday, October 18, 2010

fall harvest dinner spOTT

If you'll recall I purchased a new fall table cloth and napkins to adorn my dining room table.  I rounded up some items for my centerpiece such as a white pumpkin soup toureen, oak leaf and acorn candlesticks and some cute little white pumpkins, acorns and a brown beaded garland.  I liked the way the white and brown looked against the beige tablecloth.  My white dishes complmented this color scheme as well.  And or course you'll notice those festive fall napkin rings I made to coordinate and tie it all together.  My fall table is all set and ready for a harvest dinner.

this post was linked to:
It's a Blog Party, Table Top Tuesday, and Tablescape Thursday.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

lOTTs of fun at Kelsay Farms

PhotobucketThis past weekend Ott, E and I went to Kelsay's Farms, just south of Indianapolis on Hwy. 65, for some Agri-tainment.  What's Agri-tainment you ask?  Well that is a chance to have some fun on a real life working farm.  Kelsay's Farm is a Dairy Farm where they milk 500 Holstein cows a day.  Every weekend in October they open their farm to the public to come see what their barns and milking parlor are like and learn a little it more about cows, milk and agriculture.  But, also there is a lot of fun to be had on their farm as well.    

Most times when I talk about growing up on the family's farms I talk a lot about all the work we have to do.  What I haven't had a chance to talk about is all the fun we had growing on the farm as well.  At times it would take a little imagination but we always found something to climb around and play with and turn into a fort or race car or something.  Kelsay's farms gives their visitors this same type of fun on the farm experience with their Strawbale Mountain.  Kids can climb around the bales and there are tunnels and slides as well.  
Even big kids like Ott, E and I got in on the fun!!!!
Of course they have some cute Holstein calves to pet.

There is also a corn maze, a rope maize, some bins full of corn to play (similar to a sandbox) and a train ride.
Another thing my little brother and I did growing up was participate in the local pedal pull.  This would be held each year at the county fair and kids would sit on one of those toy tractors about the size of a tricycle which pulled a waited sled and pedal as hard as they could.  The further you pedaled the more weight and harder it got.  Ironically, when we were little my brother had one of these toy tractors with a wagon.  My parents would put cement blocks in the back of the wagon and we would pedal around the driveway pad pulling this load in order to practice up for the county fair. 

Apparently Ott, E had never seen or heard of a pedal pull or a tractor pull before so this was all very new to him.  At Kelsays Farms they had an adult pedal pull, so I was quick to sign Ott, E up to participate so he could experience this.  He pulled in the mens division at 80 pounds of weight. 
What a great way to spend an Autumn afternoon in Central Indiana and if you are in the area I highly encourage you to load up and kids and head down to Kelsay's for a visit.  Be sure to try their milkshakes while your there.
Big thanks to Kelsay Farms for the free tickets for both Ott, E and myself. Be sure to check out the blog 2 Maids a Milking for more info and details about Kelsay Farms year round.

Monday, October 11, 2010

i canned a whole lOTT of apple butter, now i'm baking an apple butter cake roll

Back again this week with another "I canned a whole lOTT, now I'm baking in my Bistro" with yet another use for the applebutter I canned.  This time I baked an Apple Butter Cake Roll.  This is a great fall recipe which I found in a Taste of Home cookbook.  It has a nice spicy flavor to it.  In case you aren't familiar with a jelly roll style cake I took pictures and give step by step instructions on how to make this. 
First, though here's the recipe:
3 eggs, separated
1 cup all-purpose flour, divided
2 T. plus 1/2 cup sugar, divided
2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. ground ginger
1 tsp. ground cloves
1/4 tsp. baking soda
1/4 cup butter, melted
1/4 cup molasses
2 T. water
1 T. confectioners' sugar
2 cups apple butter
Place egg whites in a small mixing bowl; let stand at room temperature for 30 minutes. 

Line a greased 15 x 10 x 1 inch baking pan with waxed paper and greases the paper.  Sprinkle with 1 T. flour and 2 T. sugar; set aside.

In a large mixing bowl; combine remaining flour and sugar; add the cinnamon, baking powder, ginger, cloves and baking soda.  In another bowl, whisk the egg yolks, butter, molasses and water.  Add to dry ingredients and beat until soft peaks form; fold into batter.  Pour into prepared pan.

Bake at 375 degrees for 12-14 minutes or until cake springs back when lightly touched.  Cool for 5 minutes.  Turn cake onto a kitchen towel dusted with confectioners sugar.

Gently peel off waxed paper.

Roll up cake in the towel jelly roll style, starting with a short side. 

Cool completely on a wire rack.

Unroll cake; spread apple butter to within 1/2 inch of edges.  Roll up again.  Cover and chill for 1 hour before serving.  Refrigerate leftovers.  Yield: 10 servings.

To see who else in baking what they canned check out these other blogger for more tips and recipes and check back next Tuesday another edition of....
From Mess Hall to Bistro
From the Hive

This post was linked to:
Make Ahead Meals for Busy Moms, Tasty Tuesday Beauty and Bedlam, Tempt My Tummy Tuesday at Blessed with Grace, Tuesday at the Table with All the Small Stuff,  Hearth N' Soul with the Girl Chef, Delicious Dish at It's a Blog Party, Twister Tuesdays with GNOWFGLINS, Anything Related Tuesday at All Thingz Related, Works for Me Wednesday from We are That Family, Penny Pinching Wednesdays at The Thrifty Home, Make it Yours Day on My Backyard Eden, Bargarin Brag Wednesdays at Bargarin Shopping Paradise, Whats Cookin' Wednesday.