Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Let's get this party started!

It's the first day of second grade for The Littlest Cowboy. We always take a picture of the first day of school and put it in that years' folder of saved art projects and report cards. That way one day I can look through it with his children...sorry I'm getting a little teary eyed.

What a weekend. We celebrated Mr. Cowboy's birthday this weekend. Our merry band of three along with the folks from Nature's Barn Natural Products, Ken and Lauren Mooney, had a great time. We traveled up to the Catalooche Valley in the Blueridge Mountains to see the elk (Mr. Cowboy's favorite!), then some hiking and historical lessons about the area, lunch and a trip to REI (also his favorite!)

I honestly don't know many friends who'll get up at 4am and meet us at our house at 5am to drive 2 hours to go watch some humongous animals with a seven year old flopping around in the back seat with you then go hiking, and shopping with you. We had SO much fun!!!

I mean who could resist this awesomeness.  This is a shot of one of the many houses in the Cataloochee Valley, from inside it's neighboring barn.

Friday, August 24, 2012

Fall season

Well, since I am now (at least for the next while a work from home mom) I feel the urge to blog again. Maybe I'll get in such a routine again, that I'll actually keep it up correctly. I'm going to blog about this crazy place I call home. Farm life, rodeo, the farmer's market, and the constant struggle to remain sane in it all. A few pictures here and there, dinner plans for us (sometimes) and money saving wanna be hopes. Maybe if I can make enough cash from my little farm a few renovations.

So without further ado...

Mr Cowboy

Myself---Mrs. Cowgirl

The Monster---AKA Littlest Cowboy

That's us one small and slightly productive farm/rodeo/loving family. Honestly these are some of my most favorite photos of us. The two boy shots were taken by me, and mine was taken by a good friend of ours.

Tomorrow will be a post about dinner. Did you know you can write all your posts in a day and have them post on their own!!!!!! Crazy Awesome!!!! So I'm hoping to jump on a few incase I need a few to fill in when I'm having a stressful non creative day.


The other night we enjoyed a yummy quiche. It was good for so many reasons. Some of which are that EVERY ingredient was fresh, I baked it myself, a from scratch pie crust, and there was 2; all for under $4 a quiche.And these guys could easily feed 4-5 people. So that works out to $1 a person. 

Please ignore the horrible looking pie crust...Somedays are just not pie crust days.

Poverty Creek Farm's Manly Sausage Quiche

2 Pie crusts (recipe to follow)
12 farm fresh eggs
1 cup milk
8 oz mozzarella cheese, shredded
1 lb Poverty Creek Farm Hot Breakfast Sausage, loosely cooked

  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. In a medium sized bowl whisk together the eggs and milk. Stir in the shredded mozzarella cheese. Once thoroughly mixed fold in the sausage.
  3. Pour mixture evenly between the 2 pie crusts.
  4. Bake at 350F for 30-35 minutes or until the top of the quiche is browned and firm.
  5. Let cool for 10 minutes before serving.

Pie Crust

2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt 
1 cup shortening, chilled
6 tablespoons ice water
  1. Whisk the flour and salt together in a medium size bowl. With a pastry blender, cut in the cold shortening until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Drizzle 2 to 3 tablespoons ice water over flour. Toss mixture with a fork to moisten, adding more water a few drops at a time until the dough comes together. 
  2. Gently gather dough particles together into a ball, divide dough in half and reform into a ball. Wrap in plastic wrap, and chill for at least 30 minutes before rolling. 
  3. Roll out dough, and put in a pie plate. Fill with desired filling and bake. 

I am telling you this stuff is AWESOME!!!! My family eats it up! Even Mr. Cowboy remember him?