Category Archives: Food

On Eating Dove

We’ve got a lot of dove flying around our house and Phil enjoys hunting, so you can imagine his excitement when there is an abundance of hunt-able birds just a step outside of his back door.

I’m not so sure about eating dove, so you can imagine my dismay excitement when Phil brought 6 dove into our house that he had just killed and cleaned…and was now pumped to eat.  He asked me if I had any dove recipes that I knew of.  That would be a negative.  

So, my own Phil Robertson asked me to be a Miss Kay Bri and to find a good recipe.  Thankfully, Google and a girl named Lauren had my back and I found a blog post titled, The Best Dove Marinade.  The recipe was pretty much a jalapeño popper with a dove breast wrapped in bacon.  You can’t really go wrong with cream cheese and bacon so that was the recipe that I settled on.

The actual marinade for the dove was very good, but I think that we cooked those dove breasts just a bit too long.  Next time, we’ll try cooking them for a shorter amount of time.  I am sure that there will be a next time to try dove breasts, but I am content with spacing out my dove meals!  (I think that I will stick with chicken as my bird of choice)  And as much as I absolutely love watching Duck Dynasty, I don’t think that I’d do well as a Robertson.  I’m too much of a “yuppy.”  😉

Jalapeño Poppers a la Dove

Jalapeño Poppers a la Dove

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Chocolate Chip & Raspberry Cake

My mom told me about a girl named Sally a while back.  This girl had a blog called Sally’s Baking Addiction.  My mom loves to bake, so naturally when she found this blog filled with delicious, sweet treat recipes, she was quite endeared to Sally.  When my mom first discovered the blog, Sally was a regular gal who worked a regular job and happened to love to bake.  Now, Sally’s blog has been discovered by a few more bakers and she no longer works a regular job, but instead has a cook book that has been published and solely blogs about her baking addiction.  One could assume that she must be a pretty good baker… So I decided to test out one of her recipes for myself.

She’s pretty good.  I needed a cake recipe for my sister-in-law’s birthday and I found this Raspberry Chocolate Chip Layer Cake recipe on Sally’s Baking Addiction.  It looked delicious – chocolate and fruit?  The best of both worlds!  It was really straight forward to make and Sally has photos on her blog of the recipe through the process, so I was able to double-check that everything was looking correct more-or-less while I baked.  The hardest part for me was cutting the bottom layer’s top off to make it even.  I’m convinced I have crooked eyes when it comes to doing things symmetrically!  Other than that, it turned out beautifully (I think it did, at least!) and it satisfied my sweet taste buds perfectly.  And the raspberries intermixed almost make you feel like you’re being somewhat healthy.  😉

You just need a side of dairy with this cake and you’ve got an awesome dessert!  And by “side of dairy” I mean you either need a big, cold glass of milk or a bowl of ice cream!Raspberry Chocolate Chip Layer Cake

 

Homegrown Food

On Wednesday afternoon I was trying to figure out an “activity” to do with my 5 month old.  I decided to take a blanket out to the backyard and relax with him out there.  The temperature wasn’t too hot and our male goat had just been moved from our backyard to the front pasture…so it seemed like a good choice to go out there!  And it was.  Thomas just chilled on the blanket taking in all of the sights and sounds that the outdoors provided while I enjoyed having free arms for a quick moment.

Shortly after plopping down on the blanket, Phil pulled up to our house and asked me if we wanted to go pick some sweet corn.  Another great activity for us!  So we headed to the back of the calf ranch where our sweet corn was growing.  While I’ll admit to just walking amongst the corn with Thomas in arms while Phil actually picked the corn, it was fun to say that we got to “pick” it.

Fun Day

Thomas & I walking around the sweet corn. The taller corn to the right of us is corn that we will use for silage to feed our calves.

Sweet Corn

Some of the corn that Phil picked. Our goats enjoyed eating it, as well!

That night for dinner we had sweet corn from our ranch with some of the juiciest, yummiest New York steaks that I’ve ever had (also from our ranch).

Homegrown Meal

This is the most homegrown meal I’ve ever eaten. I am hoping to get a garden underway sometime soon and then hopefully I’ll have a homegrown salad on the plate in the future, too!

Do you have a garden?  Do you live on a farm or ranch of some sort?  What foods do you eat that you grow/farm yourself?  Are you like me and have hopes for a garden someday?  What do you wish to plant?

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Homemade Baby Food

Baby food.  I always used to say, “I’m never going to make my own baby food.  Who has time for that?  I’ll just pay extra for the pre-made stuff from the store!”

People say, “Never say ‘Never.'”

People are right.  Because guess what?  I’m making my own baby food.  Not only am I making my own baby food, but I am enjoying making my own baby food.  Weird, huh?

I found this thing called the Infantino Squeeze Station – it’s pretty awesome.

First, I make my baby food puree.  The bonus to making my own purees is that I get to decide what goes in it.  For example, instead of just feeding Thomas peas, I mixed zucchini, peas & mint with a little Pink Himalayan Salt.  That way his food isn’t so bland and hopefully someday he’ll grow up to like veggies more than his momma does 😉

Then, once the puree is ready to go I pour the puree into the squeeze machine and squeeze it into pouches.  I’m not going to feed Thomas purees until he’s 6 months, so I’m freezing the foods that I make.  Most of them can be frozen for 3 months.

I’m having so much fun finding different recipes for baby food and I feel incredibly accomplished after I make it!  I love knowing exactly what is going into Thomas’ food and I also love that I can add different spices and herbs to give it a little better taste for his enjoyment.

These are the recipes that I’ve tried so far:

I’m sure there will be more to come.  Check out the squeeze station if you’re into making your own baby food.  It’s pretty awesome!

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Beef & Broccoli

I have no shame when I say this:  I gained 50 lbs. when I was pregnant.  5-0.  To be totally honest, I didn’t look at the scale during my pregnancy…ever.  Not at any of my doctor appointments, not at home…never.  I didn’t really want to know.  So I didn’t know…until my last doctor appointment.  I figured I’d only gained like 35 or something…the “normal” weight gain.  But I gained more than the “normal” and my son only weighed 7 lbs. 4 oz. when he was born, so you can do the math on how much weight was left on my body afterward!  Anyway, I wanted to get back to my pre-baby weight.  Heck, I don’t just want to get back to my pre-baby weight, I want to be stronger and fitter than my pre-baby weight.

So I think it’s safe to say that I am currently on a fit kick.  I’m working out daily – sometimes by myself and sometimes with Phil.  I love working out with Phil.  I’m not very good at pushing myself when I’m alone, so on days when my workouts are hard, I like to have him workout with me.  Plus, it’s good spouse bonding 😉  And I’m also eating healthy.  Healthy mostly means that I’m trying not to drink so many carbs (I love soda & Starbucks) and I’m trying to snack on fruits and veggies more (I hate veggies!).

I’ve found that it’s tough to eat healthy meals sometimes because there’s really a lot of prep work that can go into eating healthy AND I have a hard time finding healthy dinners that don’t have super weird ingredients!  So I’m going to be sharing recipes when I find them because I love it when people post awesome recipes that they’ve found!

I made Beef & Broccoli the other night and it’s a great recipe because a) FEED ME BEEF…duh. and b) I made it in the Crockpot.  I love, love, LOVE using my Crockpot.  On busy days, all I have to do is toss the ingredients in and when dinner time rolls around, I have this amazing dish and my house smells so good.

Here’s the recipe:

Crockpot Beef & Broccoli

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 lbs. thinly sliced steak (I used Sirloin Steak – but any cut is fine)
  • 2 cups beef broth
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 Tablespoon sesame oil
  • 2 cups broccoli florets
  • 2 cups white or brown rice

DIRECTIONS

  1. Put steak in bottom of Crockpot.  Mix broth, soy sauce, brown sugar, garlic & sesame oil in a bowl.  Pour over beef.  Cook on low for 5-6 hours.
  2. 30 minutes prior to serving, add broccoli to crockpot.  Stir together and cook 30 minutes in crockpot.
  3. In the meantime, cook the rice according to the rice directions.
  4. Serve beef & broccoli over the rice.  Enjoy!

What are some of your favorite healthy beef recipes?  I’d love to hear them!

 

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Fruit & Peanut Butter English Muffin

I love breakfast.  I especially love bagels.  Big bagels.  With cream cheese.  Lots of cream cheese.

While I have no intention of completely cutting big bagels with lots of cream cheese from my diet, I figured it was time that I started adding slightly healthier mixes into my breakfast diet.  I realize that drinking a smoothie or eating a piece of fruit would be a healthy option for breakfast, but I need something with more sustenance.  So, I came up with fruit on a whole wheat English Muffin with a bit of peanut butter.  (And a glass of milk…duh.)  And I liked it.

FRUIT

And I wasn’t hungry.  I’ll be doing this again.  Try it!  I even tossed a couple of blueberries on top, which was good, too.  What fruit toppings will you be trying?

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Nicoise Salad

I often wonder what it would be like if I happened to be a married woman in the time era of “B.P.” – which, in case you are wondering, stands for “Before Pinterest.”  I plan all of my meals for the week either on Saturday or Sunday so that I can go grocery shopping for the week and (hopefully) not have to go back to the store until the following Saturday or Sunday.  Plus, it helps me keep track of the food items that are in my pantry and refrigerator because I buy specifically for the upcoming week’s menu.  Anyway, whenever I plan my meals for the week I go straight to Pinterest for guidance.  It allows me to be creative with trying new things, and it usually gives me a pretty picture to look at so I have an idea of what it should look like when I set the meal on the table.

Many times I pick a meal because of it’s “pretty factor.”  I’m very much a person who looks at aesthetics of things, especially my food.  Even if something might not taste good, if it looks pretty, the odds of me trying to recreate the recipe go way up.  Such happened with the following recipe that I found from The Gouda Life…it was pretty.  It tasted pretty good, too!  But it reeled me in with its pretty factor.

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Nicoise Salad – Serves 2

adapted from The Gouda Life
2 big handfuls green beans, trimmed
1 cup cherry or grape tomatoes
2 cups boiled baby potatoes (red)
1/2 cup Nicoise-style olives
hard boiled eggs
2 cans white (albacore), water packed tuna, flaked
Romaine or Boston Lettuce

So, the original recipe is for 4, but since I just made 2 salads, I changed the recipe up a little bit.  I also left out certain things that she put in her salad, mostly because I had no idea what the ingredients were!

First you’ll boil the green beans for about a minute until they turn bright green.  Then, drain the green beans & pour them over ice in a medium-sized bowl.  Let them sit there to cool. 

Then boil baby potatoes until cooked.

Place a handful of lettuce in the middle of a plate.  Surround the lettuce with olives, green beans, potatoes, tomatoes & eggs.  Place 1 can of tuna in the middle, on top of the salad.  Top with balsamic vinaigrette dressing.  Enjoy!

A side note is that this is probably one of the most filling salads I have ever eaten in my entire life!  You will definitely not be hungry after this.

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