Sunday, August 31, 2014

Summer Masquerade

We attended the 10th Annual Summer Masquerade this year, hosted by a dear friend.  It was fun to finally get to go as a family!  I enjoyed putting together theme costumes for the three of us, using masks we picked out in San Francisco, and a collection of clothing and fabric--some from my stash, a few from local thrift stores, and a couple pieces of material from the bargain rack at Wal-mart.

Getting ready in the car, before our "grand entrance".

Our little Owlet.  Not the best picture with the sun behind, but I thought it was a good one of our little guy and his costume.

Whooo, me?

Our theme food: stuffed mushrooms from the woodland family.

Forest Glen, the Woodsman from the dark forest, and Owlet.

Sisters! Maid Marian, Forest Glen, and Princess Amethyst.

With my little guy, who is hoping for a bite of apple pie!

With the lovely hostess of the Masque--as 'Rose'.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Beef...'s definitely what's for dinner!

Our dairy cow project has turned into a beef project.  The animal was slaughtered a few weeks ago, and has been at a semi-local butcher shop, hanging and getting cut and packaged.

We went to pick up all our meat this past weekend.  I don't know what the live weight of the cow was, probably 600-700 lbs. but we came away with 350 lbs. for the freezer (including a few packages of fat to render, and five bags of bones for bone broth).

The sign out front.

Our meat in the back of the truck.  Doesn't look like that much in this picture!

Riding in the truck is always fun!

The meat on the garage floor.  Me trying to decide on a plan of attack for organizing it into our new freezer!

All the meat in a 20.6 cu. ft. freezer - now it looks like a lot!  One black crate has chicken in it, and the door has some frozen fruit, but all the rest is beef.
There are numerous packages of steaks and roasts, seventy-three 1 lb. packs of ground beef, stew meat, and misc. that I get to figure out how to cook.  Liver, heart or oxtail, anyone???

I'm actually really excited about the learning experience here.  It's already been interesting to work with the butcher shop and decide on cuts, and what parts of the animal we wanted to keep.  I'm looking forward to learning more about where each cut is from, and some of the ways to cook them.  We've already sampled ground beef as burgers, and sirloin steak; both juicy and tasty.  I wasn't sure what to expect with the flavor and tenderness, since grass-fed is a new experience for me, and the cow was about four years old--a little older than typical age.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Snapshots of Our Month - June

Some family photos that my brother took.

And some one year photos.  Thanks Jordan!

Cinnamon bread

Planting flowers in our side front yard

Crandon studies for his instrument rating test and check ride.  He passed!  On to the commercial rating.

Strawberries--very favorite food!

"maybe I can get to that RC plane before anyone notices..."

Late in the month we spent a weekend camping at Stillwater Cove.

Story time with cousins

Sleeping in the tent

Parts to a project.  Pot lid and candle holder soon to be birdbath.

I'm so happy to finally have the zinnias that I planted from seed all starting to bloom!  It's a mix of every color.

Our apple tree and blue hydrangea.


We have three little strawberry plants this years--not much of a crop, but fun to feed our little guy when I'm out watering.

There's the finished birdbath, nestled in the greenery.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

One Year!

Our birthday boy, all dressed up and ready to party!

Party decor and cake.

A handmade rocking horse from Grandma & Grandpa K.  Even fitted with a beautiful, real saddle in a tiny size!

We had BBQ hot dogs and sausages, fruit, chips and salads.

And then dessert!

"Oh, wow!"

"Angel food cake with whipped cream and strawberries--yum!  Now, how to eat it?  Mommy usually cuts these things up for me..."

Our boy with Daddy.

Opening a birthday gift from Dad and Mom: his first Bible story book.