Saturday, July 28, 2012

Sweet Trouble

Roodie's gettin' into the sugar jar!

Who, me?

 Yes, YOU!

Couldn't be!


Bear in mind, dear reader, Andrew instigated this one completely on his own while I was busy with Evan (hurkin' cats, they're ganging up on me-- no doubt they planned it that way) and this came right after they had both been playing in water after it rained.

A soaking wet baby + sugar = JUST SHOOT ME NOW.

Thursday, July 26, 2012


It's been good...

...and we are so very blessed.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Summer: Scalloped

I haven't done a food post in a long time.  Actually, now that I think of it, I haven't done any post in a long time, have I?  Hm.  Oh, well.  Let's pick up and move on, shall we?

We just got home from another trip to Minnesota to visit some of Nathan's family, and I realized I hadn't taken a single photo.  And then I got photos off my camera and realized that yes, I did actually take this one of the boys feeding seagulls at a rest area in Indiana.  So there, I did make (some sort of) a photographic record of our summer trip.

Okay, I said this would be a food post, and I wasn't talking about seagull food.

My Mom makes these fantastic scalloped potatoes that are also the easiest and yummiest scalloped potatoes ever invented in the history of womankind. They're... amazing.

However, I'm currently a bit short on potatoes and long on zucchini.  I'm also short on ways to make my children love zucchini as much as I do (come on you guys!  It's bland!).  Last night we had zucchini-ricotta fritters: devoured.  Score one for the momma. 

Tonight, I used a few potatoes, a lotta zucchini, a couple onions and smoked sausages...

...add salt and pepper, make it swim in fresh goat cream.... voila!


Okay, okay, it does have to be baked first.  The time in the oven makes them all bubbly and gooey and creamy.

I actually don't have an after photo because, um, it's still in the oven and if I hold off on this post for that, the post won't happen, thanks for understanding.

By the way?  Have I mentioned how much I love my cream separator?  I do.  A lot.  Goat cream doesn't rise to the top like cow cream does (I was talking with an Amish lady recently who assumed that's because goat milk doesn't have cream).  But the separator makes us able to have plenty of wonderful raw cream from our own goats' milk.

So what if it's hand-cranked?  I have an able-bodied boy who does a great job keeping it going for the tenish minutes it takes to separate 2-3 gallons.

I've often wished for a goat who gives all cream.  (Have you noticed that I like cream?  A lot? I do.)  Failing that, this separator does the trick.  The skim milk is useful for chicken feed or for halting pest and disease problems on certain garden plants.

And now I'm off to get supper on so we can enjoy those summer veggies swimming in cream in the oven...

Edited to add:  Yes, the zucchini has a high water content, so it took longer to cook, and then it was over-salted (this dish made with just potatoes is never too salty), probably because it cooked down so much.  In the future, I'll adjust accordingly, but it was still yummy!

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Tuesday, July 3, 2012


Just look at this beautiful little thing that Jonah found.  Apparently it came down in the storm the other day.  I can't imagine that the whole nest is there-- it must have lost it's sides.  The nest seems far to small for the egg, cracked and glued down with it's own contents.  Some mama bird lost all her hard work in the storm that suddenly dumped nearly three inches of rain on us.

I find this little bit of nature so stunning to look at. It sits in my kitchen windowsill, and every time I see it, I catch my breath.