Monthly Archives: April 2013

Mongolian Beef

This recipe from thefamilyhomestead.com    Crystal Miller

2 lbs round steak, cut into small pieces

2 T soy sauce

2 T cornstarch

4 carrots, peeled and sliced very think

1 bunch green onions, cut into 2” lengths

6 large mushrooms, sliced very thin

¼ cup olive oil, divided

 Sauce

¼ c soy sauce

1 T cornstarch

1 t cane juice crystals

2 t red pepper flakes (this makes this dish quite spicy.. so reduce if you don’t like your food real spicy)

1 t salt

pepper, a few shakes

1 ½ cups water

 In a medium size bowl combine meat, 2 T soy sauce and 2 T cornstarch and let sit for a few minutes.  In a small bowl combine sauce ingredients.

Heat a large frying pan and add half the olive oil.  Add meat and cook until meat is no longer pink.  Remove from pan and put in a bowl.  Add rest of oil to frying pan and add carrots.  Cook until the carrots are just tender and add onions and mushrooms.  Stir fry these until the veggies are soft.  Add the meat and heat.  When everything is hot add sauce ingredients and cook and stir until sauce is thick and bubbly.

 Serve over brown rice..

 

 

 

 

 

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Rosemary Marinade for Meat

I have had this recipe for a long time.  I am not sure where I got it from.  It is Dave’s favorite marinade for pork on the grill.

1/3 cup soy sauce, 1/4 cup lemon juice, 2 tbsp. olive oil, 2 tsp. minced garlic, 2 tbsp. minced fresh rosemary.  Combine all ingredients and pour over meat.  Let sit overnight or at least a few hours.  As in all marinades, overnight is better but not always possible.  I have made this plenty using dried rosemary and even not using any rosemary at all.  It is still delicious either way.

Tuesday

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Hello everyone!  I hope you all are doing well.  Seems like the week  rushes by here and I haven’t made a post.  School is going along.  Maybe even finishing a little early.  I have been watching ebay like a crazy woman getting all our books for next year.  Our science book is on the way and that finishes up all we need.  YEAH!

Our weather cooled off a bit over the weekend-redbud winter.  When the redbuds are in full bloom it always cools off some.  We have been having a fire but today has nice.  Hubby has been working on putting the vinyl siding on the new room.  I helped him some after school.  There always seems to be so much to get done in the spring.

Friday, Dave and Jess took us all out to eat to celebrate mine and Dave’s birthday.  We had planned on doing a cookout at their house but the weather was too bad.  We ate at a really cool restuarant.  I think the name was Hillbilly Hideaway (I could be wrong on the name but it was something like that).  They serve you family style.  BIG bowls and platters of food.  3 types of meat and tons of veggies.  It was really good.  Thanks, Dave and Jess. Of course, Jess couldn’t resist telling the waitresses it was our birthday celebration so they sang happy birthday to us.  It was a lot of fun.  One of the waitresses and I were talking.  She has several grandkids.  She said “I like to watch them one at a time.  I can’t handle them all at once,they wear me out, drive me crazy”.  Sam looked at me with big eyes and said, “MawMaw, are you crazy?”  I hugged him and said, “Yes, Sam, I think I am!”  I know I’m crazy for all them.  My children and my grandchildren are so important to me.  I can understand though what she was saying.  They sure do have lots more energy than I do.

Well, I guess that’s about all that’s going on here.  I hope you all have a great evening and God bless.

Hello!

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I thought I would share with you all a few pictures.  Things are really coming to life here in Floyd.  This is a field not too far from our home.  Look at how green it is!!!

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Yesterday, we went to check on a job.  We took a few pictures along the way.

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I love goldfinch.  These were certainly enjoying their feeder.

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Today is a nice day here in Floyd.  Temperature is 66 degrees.  The sky is overcast though.  Dandelions are popping up all over the place.  I think it is getting close time to make some dandelion jelly.  

I hope you all have a great day and God bless.

 

Homemade Ranch Dressing

Ingredients:
Black Pepper ¼ C
Parsley Flakes 1 1/2 C
Garlic Salt ½ C
Kosher Salt 2 Tbsp
Granulated Garlic ¼ C
Granulated Onion 3/4 C
Dill Weed 2 Tbsp

Procedure:
1. Combine all ingredients, store in an airtight container. Makes about 3 ½ cups of dry mix
2. To Make Dressing, whisk together 2 Tbsp of mix with 2 Cups each of mayonnaise and buttermilk 1 ½ Cups sour cream, & 1 tsp Lemon Juice. Refrigerate for 2 hours. Makes 1 ¾ Quarts

I got this recipe from http://www.thecraftyblogstalker.com

Last Thursday

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I thought I would show you all what it looked like here last Thursday.

Can you believe it?  Snow!

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We ended up with about 3 inches!  Amazing!  It was very beautiful but I am ready for sunshine instead of snow.  By Friday evening, most of it was gone except in some really shady areas.  Saturday we went down to the Farmers Market in Greensboro.   An old friend of ours, Retia, went with us. She had never been to Jess and Dave’s since they bought their home.  We stopped there first.  After coffee and a delicious pound cake Jess had made for us, we were off to the market.  Jess found some beautiful ferns for her front porch and some herbs to plant.  We had a great day with warm temperatures and sunshine.  It was a perfect day for looking around at all the flowers and plants.

We started a new bible study Sunday night at church.  It is called “Experiencing God”.  It is a really good study.  Hubby and I have done it before.  Some in our class have taken it and others have not.  I am looking forward to all the Lord has planned to show us with this study.  Every time I do it, I get something new and different from it.

This week has been absolutely beautiful here in Floyd.  Temperatures in the low 70’s.  I LOVE it!!  Hubby tillered some of the lower garden yesterday.  Today, he is working on building a raised bed.  We have wanted to do raised beds for years.  It just seems to be one of those things we talk about but never get around to doing.  That is changing today.  He already has it built and is working now on filling it with dirt.  We will see how we like using this one and then decide if we want more.

The girls and I are almost finished with school for the day.  All we lack is math.  Then we are going outside to help.  We need to get the upper garden ready for plowing.  It will soon be time to get things in the ground.  I hope to get some cabbage plants, onion sets, spinach seeds and lettuce seeds the next time we go into town.

I hope you all have a great day and God bless.

Wednesday

Hello everyone!  This week seems to be speeding by.  We had a great Easter weekend!  We went down to Jessica’s on Sunday.  The weather there was beautiful.  When we left Floyd that morning, it was cold, rainy and super foggy.  We still had snow in the shady places.  It really felt good to have sunshine and warmer temps for the day.

We have started warming up some this week though.  Temperatures have been in the 50’s with sun.  Nice for doing outside work.  The girls and I worked some on cleaning out the chicken house yesterday after school.  Today we (Hubby included) worked on getting wood.

I wanted to share with you all a recipe for homemade window cleaner.  Jess gave me the recipe.  It really does work.  We worked on cleaning Hubby’s van this morning.  It is his work vehicle so it gets really dirty.  I made a batch of the window cleaner and it worked really well cleaning the van windows.  If it will clean them, it must be pretty good stuff.

I think it’s time for me to rest.  Getting wood is hard work.  Enjoy your day and God bless.