Monday, July 28, 2014

Weekend Recap…Royals, Boots and Birthdays

This was the first weekend the hubs and I have had off of work in over a month and we made certain to take advantage of it!

We started the weekend off on Friday evening heading to the “K” for an awesome Royals game. It was Mizzou night (my alma mater), so dressing in our best tiger gear was mandatory. The stadium was filled with tiger fans, tiger cheerleaders, The Golden Girls, and of course Truman! This was a whole family event, my parents, my brother and his fiancĂ©, and the three of us. What a fun evening it was, sweaty but fun! We took Charlot out to the kid’s outfield experience and she had a ball! The carousel was her favorite!

Charlot must have decided to try out everything the ball park had to offer and pretty much ate everything in sight. Hot dog, cheese puffs, Scooby snacks, ice cream with m and m’s, and pretty much all of my frozen lemonade, plus one or five Pepsi. In addition to the great food the game was great and the Royals pulled out a solid win. Then to top things off on Friday nights fireworks follow the game they were plain and simply amazing. To quote my three year old “Pap that was the best night EVER!”

Seriously if you haven’t taken your family out to a Royals game and you live close you definitely should it is a great family friendly place!

Saturday morning Charlot and I kind of hung around the house cleaned did laundry the normal Saturday morning stuff. Once we had finished our chores she and I headed out for some much need retail therapy! A girl simply cannot show hogs in the same boots she had last year, ok they don’t fit anymore either! I let her pick out her own this year, and these puppies were the only pair she wanted to try on and we walked out of the store with them on her feet. They didn’t leave her feet until I finally insisted that she not wear them to bed.

We finished off the weekend celebrating the Hubs grandmother’s 92nd birthday! Grandma Zella is one of Charlot’s favorite people and we were so excited to celebrate with her!

Great fun filled weekend!

Friday, July 25, 2014

An Evening with Daisy, some Babies, and an Expectant Momma...

Well hello blog I have missed you dearly! Guys seriously I am so happy that today is the final day of the pollinating season and maybe just maybe my life can get back to “normal”. So in honor of my finally sitting down to blog I decided to include some pictures of the creatures that started this whole mess, the piggies!

Last night I cooked supper at my parents’ house (recipe coming soon). And we got Charlot’s show gilts out for a stroll. Minnie did awesome and so did Daisy. You guys haven’t gotten the chance to meet Daisy yet! Well here she is! A lovely Berkshire beauty with personality for miles, she enjoys walking, eating, and sleeping. She has also developed a love for the occasional marshmallow. She and Charlot and going to make their showing debut next weekend at a local pee-wee show, just a little trial run before the big game of the state fair!

I also got a chance to finally snap some pictures of these little cuties. They were born last week and have stolen my heart, well at least until the next litter is born. They are so much fun and so so loveable. Momma seems pretty smitten by them as well!

Lastly I may get some comments on this last statement but hey it’s my thoughts! So I have never been a huge fan of the whole belly shot movement. Some of my friends have done them and they look amazing but me I would end up on one of those most awkward photo lists. I have one picture of myself very prego and I am glad I had the hubs catch that shot, but beyond that I am good! Well last evening I was summoned by the hubs to get my camera and this is the result!

Isn’t she a beaut! Maybe I don’t mind the belly shot after all, as long as it isn’t me!

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Earning her keep...

Sorry the pictures in the post are a bit dark it was close to dusk when I got there to pick the little one up!

As a kid my dad used to tell me all the time when I would be doing something for him that I was just earning my keep. I was always aggravated by that line, I mean shouldn’t he just want to give me things?!?!?! Apparently I have decided to have the same philosophy with my kid. The other night the hubs was heading out to bale some hay and he was going to take Charlot with him so I could go do a new water aerobics class (wow what a workout). As I was packing stuff up for the two of them Charlot was doing some whining about why did she have to go with Daddy and why did they have to bale hay. I of course answered her. Charlot #1 stop whining. #2 we bale hay so the cows have food in the winter. #3 you need to go with Daddy because he needs your help and you are earning your keep. Yup it just happened my dad entered my body and came out my mouth.

Savage beast tried to approach my car as I was recovering my child!
Happy as a lark didn't want to leave the tractor

Checking out her hardwork.

More characters trying to approach as I was leaving!!!
The hubs parents actually had planned on coming out to the pasture where he was baling to help entertain her for him. I guess the little stinker took me seriously and insisted on being in the tractor with her dad the entire time to earn her keep. I guess I shouldn’t be so sarcastic with my kid!

Monday, July 14, 2014

Squash Boats

Each summer my momma, my co-workers, and just about anyone I know become overwhelmed with zucchini and yellow squash. It seems that one plant will produce 1000, not really but lots. I love these little summer treasures and I am always looking for new ways to prepare them. Hint the blog will have several recipes featuring these soon. Any who a great friend of mine was talking about these stuffed zucchini’s that she make and shared this recipe with me. Well boy oh boy where these good, I loved using them with the yellow squash while the hubs preferred the zucchini. On top of that they were super easy and I was able to do most of the prep work the night before and just assemble before baking!

Give this recipe and try I am sure it will become one of your summer faves. I am thinking about making these again this week and switching up the fillings, stay tuned for that! Thank you again to Cheri for opening my eyes to this simple supper.
Here are my beautiful boats pre-roast
Post roast
Stuffed with cheese added on top.

Squash Boats

3-4 zucchini or yellow summer squash

1 lb pork sausage

1 box of stuffing (prepared)

6-8 slices of cheese (I prefer provolone)


Salt and Pepper to taste

Pre-heat oven to 375. Cut your squash in half length wise and scrape out the center creating a vessel for your stuffing. Place squash on a foil lined pan cut side up and drizzle with EVOO and season with salt and pepper. Roast in the oven for 30-40 minutes depending on the size of your squash. In the meantime brown your sausage and prepare the stuffing according to the package directions, or you could make your own but I took the easy way out! Once the squash is nice and tender remove from oven and lower oven temp to 350. Fill squash with sausage then cover with stuffing. Drizzle the tops with a bit more EVOO and bake for another 10 to 15 minutes, just make sure the filling has gotten good and hot. In the last two minutes top each squash with a slice of the cheese. Allow cheese to melt and brown slightly. Last step ENJOY!

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Where have I been and why haven't I been cooking much...

Got to love this view!!!
I feel I have not been a great blogger this past week. Ok so I am not sure I am ever a great blogger but I feel I have neglected it. I also feel that my few faithful readers deserve some explanation. During the time from late June through mid-to late July I work each and every day. Yes seven count them seven days per week in a corn field. Nope it isn’t a ton of fun but it is a part of the job and I know that each year it will be the same. This is our peak pollinating time and we have roughly 150 high school kiddos at our research center each day that need my attention (plus the attention of everyone who works here).

I will say the kids help make it a lot more fun and when we get views of the crop dusters like these that is pretty awesome as well. I do promise to be better and I am actually cooking a recipe tonight so there will be a homemade meal on the table tonight, family get excited!!!