Thursday, May 19, 2016

Happy Birthday Hubs....

Happy Birthday HUBS!!! I know you love seeing yourself on the blog! You see I didn't put a picture of you alone on here! And I know you love this picture because it has gab in it. Who cares if makes you look balder than you already are. Ok you really are losing hair at a rapid rate but it's probably because you live with all these women. Maybe the new baby will be a boy and he can help add some balance to your life and hair line! HA! 

Anyway happy birthday! I sure am glad that I get to make this crazy journey with you, there have been ups and downs and tears and joys but through it all you have been there to make me smile and laugh oh man do we laugh a lot. I will say laughing with you (or at you) is one of my favorite things in the whole wide world. 

Thank you for being an amazing husband, father, provider, and friend. I couldn't ask for any better! I sure hope you enjoyed your day off with the girls, I wish I could have been there but less than three weeks and baby time I need to get some work done.

These pictures show just how much she loves and adores you she will never forget this day and all the days you spend with her!

Hubs Gabby, Charlot and I love you very much and are so glad that God chose us to be a family!!! 

Happy Happy Happy Birthday!

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Jam Jar Vinaigrette

Well hello blog here we are meeting again. I have missed you as I think you have missed me! I say you have missed me because you sent me an e-mail yesterday informing me that I had been slacking and that I needed to get my $#!* together and start blogging again. Oh so it wasn't you that sent me the sweet truly was my co-worker who just loves to prod me to get my well you know together. Regardless of who sent the message I read you loud and clear! Also Facebook let me know this morning that my followers of Married with Pigs missed me. So here I am! I pray I am here to stay! Let us hope.

Many things have occurred since my last post nearly two months ago. First and foremost my belly has taken off and is growing like no tomorrow. We are approximately three weeks from baby! YIKES! We have finished planting at my job so work is slowing down for a brief period I just have to get things together for my leave. I have eaten a lot! I am especially loving salads right now hence the recipe I will share today! Some other highlights include...

I ran/walked/waddled a 5k a few weeks ago at just shy of 8 months prego with my family it was a ball. I will say I was SORE the following day. 

I will just say my grandma is BEAUTIFUL
Obviously her father's child

First verse the last day
This occurred...She finished Pre-School. And as she likes to tell me regularly that she is now a kindergartner. No you aren't kid not until I drop you off in August! Some of these pics are from her Pre-School graduation/program. 

Your not completely caught up but hey I get there! Now on to the food! Do you ever find yourself just throwing jars of jam/jelly away because there really isn't enough for a whole family breakfast or you end up throwing it out because you didn't use it quick enough well do I have a solution for you! A few weeks ago on a Sunday night I had some really nice berries in our fridge plus some fresh veggies and chicken that needed used. But I didn't have any dressing that I really liked, I was not going to the store either! Thus this was born!

Jam Jar Vinaigrette

Jam/Jelly of your choosing (I used mixed berry) you need just a couple of tablespoons
Couple squirts of Dijon Mustard
Apple Cider Vinegar (I used a couple of cap fulls)
Salt and Pepper to taste

Using your Jam/Jelly Jar add in mustard, vinegar, salt and pepper. Put the lid back on and shake. Now stream in a few TBSP of EVOO put the lid back on and shake again. Check the consistency if its to thick add more vinegar or EVOO. Also taste as you make it to adjust your ingredients. If you need more sweetness just add a little honey! And viola! You have dressing and you have successfully cleaned out a jar in the fridge!  

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Snack Crack

As I lay here in bed deciding if I am going to make it after my Zumba class tonight I cannot keep this stuff of my mind. Sweet salty goodness that begs one to keep eating it. I really don't know the name of this stuff and frankly I don't know if I made it the way it was intended,but I do know this I am completely and totally addicted to it!
You all know quite well about my struggles with Pinterest and the dad gum nonfunctional links! I have discussed this with you I promise! Any who that's where this crack was born! Yesterday we were napping and watching movies after church and before we went to my parents for our Easter dinner, or supper I think supper because to me dinner is lunch but then why do we even have the word dinner if lunch already has a name. I mean you don't see people calling it binner it's brunch so again when is dinner? And what is the point of this story? Oh yes the crack! Anyway I wanted to make a little snack mix to take out to the rents for Easter. 
I stumbled upon a pin that had this amazing looking snack mix and it had an ingredient list! I was set I even had all the ingredients, winner! But then it happened I clicked the picture and a whoops your link is broke and a sad face told me the link didn't work. Well imagine my disappointment and then determination! I am so glad I forged on the only problem is the entire batch is now gone! But whatever you do make this stuff, just don't bring me any! Oh my thighs can't handle it...ok if you insist bring me a small bag. Scratch that made a little bigger! Who am I kidding just bring me the whole dang batch!!!

Snack Crack

1-10oz Bag Fritos Corn Chips
2 Cups Pretzel Twists
2 Cups Rice Cereal
1 1/2 Cups Peanuts (I used Roasted Salted)
1 Stick Butter
1/2 Cup Light Corn Syrup
1 Cup Brown Sugar
1 Cup M&M's 

Pre-heat oven to 350. Line a large sheet tray with parchment. In a large bowl combine chips, pretzels, cereal and nuts. In a small saucepan over medium heat melt butter, brown sugar, and corn syrup, bring mixture to a boil and allow it to continue to boil for 3-4 minutes without stirring it. Once your caramel is cooked pour over the chip mixture and stir to evenly coat the mixture. Dump the mixture out on to the sheet tray. Bake for 15 minutes stirring half way through. Once baked spread mixture out on to a parchment lined counter to cool. After a few minutes of cooling but not completely cooled add your M&M's. Store in an air tight container. 

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Cereal Coated Crunchy French Toast

Terrible picture I know but trust me it is GOOD
If you have been looking for something different to fix for an up coming brunch or want to spice up your typical french toast you have come to the correct place! Oh gracious this stuff is amazing. Crunchy on the outside but nice and soft and pillowy on the inside. Yea I might have to make this for supper tonight! But I love breakfast food all the time. Brunch is my favorite meal to go out for. I just love it and french toast happens to be one of my very favorite things. 

Give this a try for your next fancy smancy brunch or your Wednesday night supper you will not regret it! Oh and switch up the cereals if you would like! Just ENJOY!

Crunchy French Toast

8 pieces Texas Toast
4 eggs
1 cup Half and Half (Whole Milk or Cream would work as well)
1 TBSP Vanilla
2 TBSP Sugar
1 tsp Cinnamon
Pinch Salt
2 cups of Honey Bunches of Oats (ground into course pieces)

Heat oven to 300. Position a cooling rack over a rimmed cookie sheet and place in the oven. In a shallow dish whisk together eggs, half and half, vanilla, sugar, cinnamon and salt. In a second shallow dish place the cereal crumbs. Working with just a few pieces a bread at a time soak in egg mixture, you want the bread to soak up the liquid but not become too soft. Then coat all sides of each piece of bread with the cereal crumbs. Once you have a couple of pieces ready heat a small amount of butter in a nonstick skillet over medium heat. Place bread in the skillet and allow to brown for about two minutes per side or until nice and golden. Then place each piece in the oven to finish cooking and stay warm. Continue with remaining pieces. 

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

My Thoughts on National Agriculture Day...

Today is National Agriculture Day, a day that is intended to recognize and celebrate the abundance that agriculture gives to each and every one of us. This day is really special for me because my entire life each and every day revolves around agriculture, at home, at work, in the car pretty much always. I feel we need to celebrate this industry that is the foundation of our country every day, and I do my best to do that. As a nation I think one day is great as well. 

Her first litter of pigs for the year.
The thing is in recent years it seems that the agriculture industry is fighting an even larger uphill battle than ever before. Farmers and agriculturalist alike are being made into these people that no one trust and can’t seem to understand. And by no one I mean your average consumer. So today I want to share with you and anyone who seems to care why agriculture is so important to me. Besides the obvious that I like to eat. 
Headed to the sale barn on a Saturday with Daddy 
To me agriculture is a time honored tradition that has been passed down from generation to generation in my family. I fell in love with agriculture before I even knew what it was, the first time I laid eyes on Lady the ewe my dad was buying for me. And the first time she lambed and I saw those twins I didn’t know if I would ever want to leave that barn. This is something I can’t explain to most I just knew from that day forward that I always wanted that feeling. And I still get it each time I see a baby pig being born or witness a momma cow searching for her calf, or even the sight of the first a planter in the field in the spring. It’s a feeling of pride and responsibility that I don’t get anywhere else one that I want to pass on. 

Learning to drive not in drivers ed but in a pasture.
Today I wanted to share some of my favorite pictures of Charlot learning the love of this industry. I want people to realize that there are people behind this industry trying to pass it on to the next generation and the generation after that. We want our industry to be strong and robust we want to be trusted. Each time I see something on social media or the media in general that shines a negative light on this industry I love I feel a little piece of my heart being pulled with it. I know that the further removed people are from the agriculture industry the harder it is for them to understand but please if I can ask you one thing it is this… if you have questions ask a person directly involved in the industry and please please please don’t believe everything you see and read.  
Washing her summer show gilts

Learning some school lessons at the State Fair

Checking Cows
There are so many families out there just like mine, these are the people that feed you each and every day and would give up everything to make certain they can keep doing it. 
Eating supper on the tailgate of a pickup
Visiting daddy and poppy in the hay field
Falling in love with her first gilt Daisy
Learning the love of the show ring
Being Daddy's gate assistant
And one day she will see this and know she was born into this industry.

Today I am leaving you with this my favorite quote from Paul Harvey’s So God Made a Farmer Speech and my favorite quote about farmers in general. 

"Somebody who'd bale a family together with the soft strong bonds of sharing, who would laugh and then sigh, and then reply, with smiling eyes, when his son says he wants to spend his life 'doing what dad does.'" So God made a farmer.

"In the Winters Chill or the Summers Heat Farmers and Ranchers Work so the World Can Eat"

Happy National Agriculture Day!