Meal Planning: My K.I.S.S. Method

Meal Planning: My K.I.S.S. Method

Meal Planning:  My K.I.S.S. Method

For those of you who’ve never been K.I.S.S.ed, I should inform you that it’s an acronym.  In nursing, farming, the military, and many other fields, K.I.S.S. stands for: Keep It Simple, Stupid.  I find it handy to remind myself of this philosophy when I try to over complicate life.  Now, let’s get on to our post:

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What’s New on the Farm? Swearing Cats, Attack Rabbits, and Daft Chickens

What’s New on the Farm? Swearing Cats, Attack Rabbits, and Daft Chickens

Oh, my! So, there are some new farmy friends around here.  First, meet Nemo. Nemo was adopted by our family twice.  First, I brought him home to be a barn cat.  I planned on him living outside and helping keep the mouse-y, mole-y, vole-y, icky populations under control.  However, Grace claimed him the moment she laid eyes on him.  She reminded me that I’d promised she could have a kitten to replace our dear old Killian who passed away this spring.  I pointed out the obvious litter box and cat shedding issues, but a promise is a promise.  (Liam and

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Staying Afloat in a Sea of Green: Processing Zucchini

Staying Afloat in a Sea of Green: Processing Zucchini

Last year’s garden was abysmal.  There, I said it.  We built raised beds and hauled in special soil.  The soil was a tremendous disappointment.  Anything planted in it struggled to stay alive, refused to grow, or just keeled over graveyard-dead.  Then, I had my second surgery and wasn’t allowed in the garden for the rest of the season.  My kids and husband, who already have full plates of their own, had to take on my chores.   Inevitibly, some things fell through the cracks.  Things like watering and weeding. So, this year the kids dumped what seemed like tons of

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Fridays at the Funny Farm: This Means WAR!

Fridays at the Funny Farm: This Means WAR!

Gather around, boys and girls!  Before we get to today’s funny, we need to have story time! Once upon a time, many (many) years ago, a perfectly well-behaved teenage girl took eleventh grade French.  The girl made good grades and caused no trouble.  If she was a little talkative, at least she and her friend Hufflepuff did their illicit chatting in French.  (Heck, they probably should’ve received extra-credit for all that practice.) The French teacher, however, did not believe they deserved credit.  She believed all smart children should be perfectly behaved.  When her constant pacing and patrolling didn’t evoke the

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Meal Planning: Avoiding Umming and Erring

Meal Planning: Avoiding Umming and Erring

My wonderful, brilliant, witty husband suffers from a debilitating condition.  Though the signs and symptoms were there all his life, we only found the actual diagnosis during nursing school.  Shall I share the name of his condition?  I shall.  My otherwise (almost) perfect spouse suffers from: Chronic Blank Page Syndrome.

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Stemming the Green Tide: Zucchini Baked Oatmeal Bars

Stemming the Green Tide: Zucchini Baked Oatmeal Bars

We normally bake two batches of Pumpkin Cranberry Oatmeal Bars each week.  These are tasty, easy, filling, and nutritious.  They’re also cheap, since I make them with pumpkins that were given to us in the days following Halloween. (Local churches donate their remaining pumpkins to local farmers when their fundraisers are over.) However, last week, I forgot to rehydrate the pumpkin.  I usually pour boiling water over the dried pumpkin and allow it to sit overnight.  So, I stood in the kitchen needing to make the week’s bars, but not really wanting to break into my store of canned pumpkin. 

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Fires, Explosions, and Betty Crocker!

Fires, Explosions, and Betty Crocker!

When Liam and I were newly married and living out of state, my parents came to our area for a rodeo.  My mom’s birthday happened to fall during their visit, so I was excited to make her birthday dinner.  I made pork roast (from our first home raised pig), carrots, potatoes, Brussels sprouts, and dark chocolate cake with boiled fudge frosting.  The smell of that roast was wonderful!  Lying on its bed of caramelized roasted vegetables, it looked just like a picture in a cookbook. The meal was timed beautifully.  I finished the frosting, poured it over the cake, and

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What’s for supper? Mussgo Pot Pie (version I)

What’s for supper?  Mussgo Pot Pie (version I)

Mussgo Meal: /muhz-gō‘ mēl/ noun –meal made from items in a pantry insufficient in quantity to form an entire meal, but too valuable to be wasted. Etymology: Vernacular.  Believed to be derived from ‘must go’.  Probably a corruption due to colloquial accents in Texas. 😉 I told you all recently about the huge pork loin I bought.  The first night we roasted part of it.  This is our favorite way to prepare pork loin!  One of the best things about roasting it that way is the leftovers!  Sometimes, leftover meat becomes dry and tough.  However, this roast remains (Cover your

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Fridays at the Funny Farm: Can I Sedate the Horse?

Fridays at the Funny Farm: Can I Sedate the Horse?

I love being a nurse. Caring for sick children gives my life purpose.  My work makes a difference for families on their darkest days.  It gives immense satisfaction, opportunities for growth, and an outlet for compassion. —WUUUB-SKRIIIIIIIITCH (That’s the part of the post where that ‘needle on a vinyl record sound’ scrapes across my brain!) Although the above is heartfelt and true, it’s only half the story!  Let’s have a Paul Harvey moment, and I’ll tell you the “Rest of the Story”! I have a t-shirt that reads, “Nurses. We can’t fix stupid, but we can sedate it!”  Seriously, nursing

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Meal Planning: Hey, Mama, what’s for dinner?

Meal Planning: Hey, Mama, what’s for dinner?

Questions for which there are no correct answers: Who’s the best James Bond? What’s the best book? (Obviously, we’re talking fiction here.  No religious debates!) When do kids develop ‘inside voices’? Where’s the perfect vacation destination? Why do dogs stand up just as you are stepping over them? Which jeans fit best? How many times will I lose my car keys today? Dark or milk chocolate? Mama, what’s for dinner? In case you are wondering about the answers at our house: I don’t like the movies much, but Liam prefers Connery. Pride and Prejudice (I let myself reread it once

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