Archives for April 2016

Beef Lombardi

On the farm we love BEEF and FOOTBALL!

What better way to celebrate than serving your family Beef Lombardi! ¬†You can’t go wrong with beef and noodles. ūüôā

Fun Ag Fact РDid you know that one cow hide will make approximately 20 footballs?!  Since it is actually baseball season, I will add that one hide will make 144 baseballs!  Go Royals!!

 

Ingredients

1 lb. ground beef

1 can chopped tomatoes

1 can diced tomatoes

2 tsp. sugar

2 tsp. salt

1/4 tsp pepper

1 can tomato paste

1 bay leaf

1 package egg noodles

6 green onions, chopped

1 cup sour cream

1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese

1 cup shredded parmesan cheese

1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

To start this recipe we are going to ¬†brown one pound of ground beef on medium heat. ¬†This will take you about 5 minutes, then drain off any fat. ¬†I didn’t have to drain mine, we raise lean beef! ¬†ūüôā

 

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Then we are going to add in chopped tomatoes, diced tomatoes, sugar, salt and pepper.  Cook this for another 5 minutes.

 

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Add in the tomato paste and bay leaf then simmer for 30 minutes.  You will want to remove the bay leaf now.

 

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Next you will want to cook your egg noodles, drain.  Stir them with the green onions and sour cream until just blended.  Place the noodle mixture in bottom of a lightly greased 13 x 9 baking dish.

 

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Top the noodles with the beef.

 

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I’m not sure if you know this or not but your cheese will melt faster if you buy block cheese and the shred it at home. ¬†I had no clue! ¬†We almost all of our cheeses in the block form because it tastes better, its cheaper and it melts faster. ¬†Here I used a grader and got all this yummy shredded cheese.

 

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Put all that cheese right on top of the beef. ¬†ūüôā ¬†Beef and cheese, you can’t go wrong!

 

 

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Bake this, oh so good, dish covered at 350 for 35 minutes.  Take the foil off and bake an additional 5 minutes.

 

 

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I let this cool a bit before I serve it to the kiddos, doesn’t it look yummy!!!

 

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I paired the Beef Lombardi with some corn on the cob we froze last year off the farm.

 

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Mr. Farmer and the farm kids loved this dish! ¬†I found this recipe in one of my Southern Living cookbooks, I opted out of using the chiles in this recipe. ¬† Our farm table doesn’t see a lot of spicy dishes. ¬†ūüôā

To freeze this dish prepare as above but DO NOT bake it.  Wrap with foil and freeze up to 1 month.  To reheat, thaw in the refrigerator overnight.  Bake as directed.

Happy Eating,

The Farm Mom

 

 

 

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Dude Meets New Mom

Dude’s adventures keep getting better!

While I was getting Dude use to receiving milk from a bottle, a few pastures away a momma cow was having a baby.  God had other plans for this momma cow, her baby was stillborn.  Losing an animal on the farm is always a sad day, not only are you losing money but losing a life pretty much makes for a bad day.   This cow was missing her calf, so Farmer Tim (my brother in-law) and Mr. Farmer put their heads together and came up with a plan.

Farmer Tim came by the house to get Dude.  Little did Dude know at the time that his world was about to change, and so was my 4 year old daughters.  At the cattle lot, next to the pasture, they put the momma cow in the cattle chute.  The plan was to let Dude try to nurse from her outside the cattle chute to ensure his safety.  Cows tend to kick at other calves that try nurse from them, and after the quality time we have spent with Dude we wanted to make sure they would get a long.

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As you can see, Dude took right up with nursing like a champ and the momma cow was handling this new baby just fine in the chute.  The next step was to leave them in a pen to get acquainted with one another.  This lets the Farmers and I keep a close watch over the new pair.  We want to make sure that Dude is getting the milk he needs and that the momma has adopted this calf as her own.

At this point I am having to explain to my 4 year old why she doesn’t have a calf to love on anymore. ¬†Farm kids learn about life and death at an early age, it’s never easy. ¬†Letting them know that Dude would rather have a mother that is a cow and not a person is better for Dude. ¬†But with life on the farm there will always be another calf to love on!

 

Keep watching for more updates on Dude and hopefully his new mom!

The Farm Momma

 

 

3 Ingredient Pulled Pork

A pulled pork sandwich is definitely in the rotation on the farm!  I love them in the crock pot or in the oven, depending on what time allows.   This crockpot recipe I use on busy days when I have to pick Kinze up from preschool, church night or a meal in the field for the crew.

I start out by putting a 3 lb pork roast in the crock pot, salt and pepper the roast. ¬†I use a pepper grinder so my pepper is freshly ground allowing me to use less pepper. ¬†I mix in 1 1/2 cups of BBQ sauce with 3/4 cup of brown sugar. ¬†If you don’t like your pulled pork to be as sweet you can cut back the brown sugar. ¬†This yummy sauce goes onto the pork roast and cook it on high for 4 hours. ¬†Usually around 3 1/2 hours I will take the roast out, shred with forks and put the pork back into the crock pot for the last 30 minutes. ¬†This is a simply recipe that your whole family will love!

 

 

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3 lb Roast

1 1/2 cup of BBQ sauce

3/4 cup brown sugar

Salt and pepper to Taste

 

Place roast in crock pot, salt and pepper the top.  Mix BBQ sauce and brown sugar, pour over roast.  Cook on low for 4 hours.

 

Happy Eating,

Jen

 

The Perfect Baked Potato

Baked potatoes have been my nemesis for a long time.

I was the oldest in my family and on our farm that meant that I was always with my dad. ¬†I didn’t realize until later on in life that it would mean I would have, um, lets say, ample of opportunity in the kitchen. ¬†There was a time in college that I had to call home and ask my younger sister how to make a baked potato, then came her laughter. ¬†Fast forward several years, I get married, have babies and cooking 3 meals a day. ¬†I’ve came a long way, ask my brother-in-law. ūüôā

Back to the potatoes, I have cooked them in the microwave, in a microwave covered with a potato and have even tried a potato bag in the microwave. ¬†I’m here to tell you that there is nothing better than a baked potato that has baked in the oven for an hour. ¬†They are PERFECT every time!

I line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and place the potatoes on. ¬†Swirl on some olive oil and sprinkle on sea salt. ¬†Rub the potatoes into the oil and sea salt, my kids love this part! ūüôā

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Bake these yummy potatoes at 350 for 1 hour.  Serve with a great grilled steak, use this rub!

 

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Steak and baked potato, life doesn’t get any better!

 

Jen

Steak Rub – Garlic and Thyme

Spring is here and so starts the beginning of grilling season!

On the farm we love our beef, and I’m always trying something new with our steaks. ¬†This steak rub recipe is easy to make and helps you spice up your steaks if you happen to be in a flavor rut.

Rubs are a great way to get kids involved in the kitchen, mine love using measuring spoons and will stir anything until the sun don’t shine. ¬†Meet my rub assistant, she loves steak, playing in the kitchen sink and her MU Tigers.

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To start off we mixed together 1 tablespoon of dried thyme leaves, 2 tablespoons paprika, 3 cloves of garlic, minced and fresh ground pepper.

 

 

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We then press the rub into the steak and placed them onto our grill.  It was raining outside so I opted to use my indoor grill that you place on the stove.  Grill these to the desired doneness, we prefer medium which is a temperature of 160 degrees.  (I also prefer grilling outside)

 

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While momma was working on grilling the steak, my assistant lost herself in a bottle of paprika. ¬†Good-bye paprika…

 

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Serve the steaks with the Perfect Baked Potato!

 

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Happy Grilling! ¬†Don’t forget to get your kids involved in the cooking process, they love to eat what they cooked!

Jen

 

Meet Dude

Hello world, meet Dude!!

 

Dude enjoying some time with Kinze and my bath towels.

Dude enjoying some time with Kinze and my bath towels.

 

Dude is a new baby heifer whose momma decided that she would rather chomp on some hay than feed her new baby girl. This starts out as a sad story, but a happy ending is coming (I PROMISE). ¬†Dude’s momma didn’t seem up for the task of taking care of her just delivered baby. This happens from time to time during calving season, and usually each mother and calf scenario is different. In this case, after a failed night of trying to create a bond with Dude and her mom it was decided that Dude would need to come and live at our house for a bit for a chance of survival. ¬†Just like all new babies, they need their mother’s milk. ¬†We weren’t sure if Dude received any milk from her mom, so we quickly gave him a bottle of colostrum. ¬†Along with the colostrum, she got a nice rub down with my nice bath towels and a view of the country road while she soaked up some sun. Whatever Dude needed there was a kiddo ready to run after it to help make life a little easier for this baby (and myself).

You may be wondering at this point how this baby girl came of the name “Dude”? ¬†That would be from my 2 year old son calling for the baby calf and saying “Come on Dude. Come over here!” It still makes me smile when I think about him call for her, how could we not name her “Dude”?

After Dude received her colostrum, she wasn’t acting as perky as we would have liked her to be. ¬†Thanks to the advice of our veterinarian, we kept an eye on her and for the next 4 days and gave her doses of electrolytes. ¬†When she was eventually chasing me down for her bottle of milk, we knew she was starting to feel a lot better. We monitor their behavior and encourage feistiness as it helps us to recognize that they are feeling better and will have a greater chance to thrive in life.

Finally taking a bottle on day 5!

Finally taking a bottle on day 5!

 

Stay tuned for updates on Dude!