Monday, November 19, 2012

Thankful and So Blessed!

Today our kids had to go to school to make up days that were missed during Hurricane Isaac.  So for the next few days, I'm going to try to get all of the house matters in order.  That way, when they are out Wednesday-Sunday, we can enjoy time with each other.  That's what I love about this time of year.....reflecting on how blessed we are.    Our pastor mentioned yesterday in his sermon that rather than wanting more things, we should be thankful for what we have and not take some of the simplest things for granted.  So true.  We have salvation, love, food, water, shelter, health,   What more do we need?  Absolutely nothing. 

Hope you all have a great week! 


Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Easiest Cornbread Dressing Ever!

This is a post that I shared last year at Thanksgiving.  It's hard to believe that it's almost that time again!  I thought I would re-post for those that may be interested in trying out this recipe.  I had several people that tried it last year and told me they would never go back to making it the "old-fashioned" way again.

For those of you that have been asking for the recipe for crock pot dressing, here it is:

4  cups of deboned chicken (I usually cook a chicken in the rotisserie and use the meat from that; store- bought chicken would be easier!  I love WalMart's rotisserie chickens)
6  cups of cornbread crumbled
9  slices of white bread torn into pieces
1  small onion, chopped in the mini food chopper ( I don't like the big hunks)
3  stalks of celery, chopped in the mini food chopper ( again, I don't like the big hunks)
3 1/2 cups of chicken broth ( I have frozen chicken broth stored for this ) or you can use 2-14oz. cans of chicken broth.
2  cans of cream of chicken soup
4  large eggs
1/2  tsp pepper
1/4  tsp salt
2  tsp ground sage

Mix all of these ingredients in a large (very large) bowl.  Then put it in a greased 5-6 qt crock pot.  Then cut up 1 stick of butter into "pats" and arrange on the top of the mixture.  Cover and cook on low for 7 hours or High for 4 hours.  Stir well before serving.  

Ever since I have used this recipe, it is the most requested dressing...... It stays so moist!

Monday, November 12, 2012

The Brands

I'm really glad Shane decided to go with branding the cows. I can see the numbers much better than I could ever read a tag from afar. This is what they look like 2 weeks later.

I think they turned out real well.  If you want to read about the branding you can click here for that post

Saturday, November 10, 2012

The Best of Friends

Last night, someone called asking me about Anatolian shepherds. She said that she had never heard of them, but wanted to know more about them. While talking with her, I told her of the bond that the dogs form with the livestock they are with. It's absolutely amazing if you've never seen it. I told her of Sinbad. We purchased him when he was around 4-5 months old. We had the bucks separated from the doe herd, so he was put into the buck pen with them. Right away, he took to Rooster and Pistol Pete. On cold mornings, it was no surprise to see him sleeping cuddled up right beside Rooster. 

He just loves this goat!

Til this day, when Rooster is put in the same pasture with Sinbad they still have that bond. Sinbad will get right next to Rooster and stand there leaned against him.  Of course, Rooster doesn't have the same feelings toward Sinbad. He doesn't seem to like a lot of anyone in his personal space for too long, unless it is a doe.  He will take all of that friendliness towards him to a point and he will finally just get up and walk off.  Then Sinbad will go on about his business, patrolling the pastures.  These dogs are amazing!