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Frantic Friday!

Brrrrrr, it’s a cold start to Friday morning! Drew lit the kerosene heater in my shop so I don’t turn into an icicle while I’m creating gift baskets, getting his packages ready for him to load and trying to make some order out of stuffing the crates to take to the first indoor market of the season. It’s our usual Friday with a twist!

Remember, if you are out and about in downtown Lexington tomorrow, the Lexington Farmers’ Market is now in Victorian Square where it is warm and inviting! We’ll all be there from 8AM until about 1PM. I’m thrilled to say that we talked one of our fellow farmers into selling this year. Johnny Kriegel of Lone Oak Farm will have fresh veggies and fruits available. He’s the one we get those delicious Yukon Gold taters from! He also had one of the best sweet potatoes (he says they are yams!) that I have ever tasted…Red Garnet. BTW, what’s the difference between a yam and a sweet potato? If you know please fill me in…I know I just love them whatever they are called! 🙂

Drew is going to start the indoor season without much sampling headaches. He’s going to be handing out (and selling) popcorn seasoned with our Good’n Garlicky so that means we actually get to sleep in until 4AM tomorrow!!! I have to admit that it will seem funny not waking up long before the roosters start to crow. Something tells me that the extra 2 hours of sleep will make us both want to stay in our warm bed!

Seen as how there’s nothing more than sprinkling some Good’n Garlicky on your buttered (or butter sprayed) popcorn, how about another warmer up recipe for the day.

Bayou Chili

1 lb ground beef

1 lb smoked sausage, quartered and cubed

1 cup celery, diced

1 cup onion, diced

1 cup green pepper, diced

2 cans of beer

1 lb frozen corn

1 28 oz can diced tomatoes, drained

1 30 oz. Can chili beans

4 Tbsp Chili Season’n

1 29 oz can tomato sauce

1 cup frozen okra

1-2 lbs. Peeled, raw shrimp

In a large (7 qt. Or more) pot, brown ground beef; remove and drain well. Set aside. In the same pot, over medium heat, cook the sausage for 5 minutes. Add the celery, onions & peppers and saute’ for an additional 4 minutes. Return beef to the pot and add the next 7 ingredients. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, cover and simmer for 30 minutes…stirring occasionally. Remove lid, continue simmering for 1 hour or longer…stirring occasionally. Add shrimp and cook for 5 more minutes or until shrimp is pink and thoroughly cooked.

I promise you this is a good one! Enjoy and have a great day. 🙂

 

 

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November 30, 2007 at 2:39 pm Leave a comment

Tuesday To-Do’s

I have to say that I thoroughly enjoyed my “me” day yesterday. Sometimes it’s just good for the soul to take a day and spend it under the covers. I did manage to wash my face and brush my teeth but that’s about all! Guess I better give me a full scrub today! HaHa

Today is going to be a label printing, basket filling, bath salt making day. We’ve only got a few more weeks of the farmers market left and we’ll be moving indoors at Victorian Square this Saturday so we’ll need extra stuff! Unfortunately they are predicting rain and possibly snow so that means we’ll have to put everything into tubs to get them indoors without ruining them. Our dried herb seasoning and the gift baskets do not do rain very well. The transition from the outdoor market to the indoor market is always a challenge. It’s so much easier to just pull up to the curb and start hauling the goodies out. Indoors we have to carry  the stuff for a block or else arrive an hour early and hope that the Starbuck’s on the opposite corner is not very busy so we can locate a parking spot. We have been known to drive around the block a few times in hopes that someone got their latte and is ready to pull out. With the price of gas that could be an expensive maneuver this year!

Our friends at Caros placed a good size order yesterday so we’ll be packing that today too. We love our restaurant customers. It’s always so nice when they even tell folks that they use our seasoning. Don’t forget that if you happen to be in downtown Lexington during the day, it’s a great place to have a wonderful breakfast or lunch. Plus, the diner atmosphere is worth the trip.

How about a good warmer upper recipe for today.

COWBOY RED BEANS’N CHICKEN SOUP

2 LB. DRIED RED BEANS

2 LB. BONELESS CHICKEN BREASTS

2 TBSP HERB’N COWBOY “DIVIDED”

3 1/2 QTS. CHICKEN STOCK

2 TBSP OLIVE OIL

2 RIBS CELERY, DICED

1 MEDIUM ONION, DICED

1 EACH GREEN AND RED BELL PEPPER, DICED

SOAK BEANS OVERNIGHT IN WATER. USING 1 TBSP OF HERB’N COWBOY, SEASON THE CHICKEN BREASTS EVENLY ON BOTH SIDES; COVER AND REFRIGERATE FOR AT LEAST 2 HOURS. GRILL CHICKEN ABOUT 6 MINUTES ON EACH SIDE OR UNTIL FIRM. DRAIN AND RINSE BEANS. IN A 6 QT POT, COVER BEANS WITH STOCK AND BRING TO A BOIL. COVER; REDUCE HEAT AND SIMMER FOR 1 HOUR. SAUTE’ VEGGIES IN OLIVE OIL FOR 5 MINUTES. AFTER CHICKEN HAS COOLED, DICE INTO 1/4″ PIECES. ADD CHICKEN, VEGGIES AND REMAINING 1 TBSP HERB’N COWBOY TO THE BEANS. BRING TO A BOIL; COVER AND SIMMER FOR 1 HOUR. REMOVE LID AND SIMMER FOR AN ADDITIONAL 45 MINUTES OR UNTIL BEANS ARE DONE. STIR OCCASIONALLY. SALT TO TASTE. THE LONGER IT COOKS THE THICKER IT WILL BECOME!

Sorry about the CAPS…I’m still in my lazy mode.

Hope you all have a wonderful Tuesday. 🙂

November 27, 2007 at 3:36 pm Leave a comment

Monday Morning Blahs!

Oh what to do on a rainy Monday morning! Maybe bake some bread. Or I could make some muffins or cookies. Nope, I need to work out some frustrations so I guess it will be bread. Somehow the kneading makes me feel better. Do you ever feel like that? Try making a loaf of wonderful homemade bread, it does wonders for you. 🙂

Drew is doing inventory today so he’ll be out in the kitchen all day and I can work inside at my own pace. I love when that happens. Now don’t get the wrong idea, I love working with Drew but a few hours on my own is like having a vacation. We’re together 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. You can only look at another human for so long without needing a break. HaHa!

Maybe I’ll wash the curtains..maybe not. I might just give the dust bunnies a good swipe or maybe I’ll let them live a few days longer. I guess I could try to make some order out of the spare bedroom/junk room. Can you tell I really am not looking forward to the rest of this day? Maybe I should just curl back under the nice warm covers and take a “me” day! Hey, I did clean out the kitty boxes already so I have done something useful. Yup, a nap sounds perfect to me.

I do want to share one thing with you before I head back under the covers. Drew fixed some shrimp last night that was wonderful. I couldn’t believe how simple it was. He took some of the Wild Caught Georgia shrimp that we had frozen and tossed it with some Smoke’n Season. Then he sauteed it in the skillet with a bit of oil and a quarter of a can of beer…he drank the rest!!! Let the beer reduce and then add some butter and Country Bob’s sauce. It will glaze the shrimp and you will be wanting to smack your granny as they say in our neck of the woods. lol The best part is you can get a coupon for a free bottle of Country Bob’s by going to their site at http://www.countrybobs.com/. If you have never tried this do yourself a favor and take the time to get the coupon…it’s wonderful! We realize that our seasoning is great but sometimes you just need a little extra. Country Bob’s is the answer!!!

Now that I have you all drooling, I’m going to take my nap. Have a good day all.

November 26, 2007 at 3:35 pm Leave a comment

Planning for the final market day!

Hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving Day! We did our usual Thursday chores, printing labels, making seasoning and then a few extras like cleaning out the gutters, laundry, etc. Funny how holidays become mundane when you have no family around. We both had to admit that we missed the smells of our moms cooking the “bird” on Thanksgiving morning. We even shed a few tears thinking about our families. But, we quickly remembered to count the blessings that we do have and we’re both thankful for the memories of past years.

We lost two more of our dear friends last week. We’ve missed seeing “pappy Raggard” at the market because of his illness. Now we can only offer our support and condolences to his son, Ed, after he lost his long battle. On Friday night we had a funeral service at our pet cemetery. Our sweet Skitty kitty lost his battle too. They will both be missed.

This Saturday is the last day of our outdoor farmers market and then we get to move indoors to warmth next week! We also feel odd when the market year ends. It means the lean winter months are coming and we’re normally trying to hang on until April comes along and we get to look forward to the opening of a new market season. This year is a bit different. Our market has changed its pricing structure and it will cost us double to set up. We’ve got to come up with some major, for us, $$$ before the end of the year. Doesn’t look like that will happen so we’ve got to figure out what we’ll be doing next year. If we can’t afford to join again next year we’ll sure miss our customers and our farmer friends but maybe it’s time for us to move on to something new. Only time will tell. We do have some thoughts in our pea brains and all you can do is try to move onward and upward. Wish us luck in our future endeavors!

Sorry to say that I do not have any special recipes from our feast yesterday to share with you…we ate shrimp soup for our Thanksgiving Day dinner! It was a cold, windy and rainy day so grilling the shrimp outdoors just didn’t seem like fun. I headed to the kitchen with a can opener to attack a can of Campbell’s Cream of Shrimp soup, add a can of milk to some sauteed celery and onions. Then a good pinch of Good’n Garlicky and some precooked shrimp and simmer just enough to heat it through. We dunked some wonderful homemade sourdough rolls from Cedar Ridge Farm and we we’re happy campers!

Hopefully, now that things have slowed down a bit, I’ll be posting more often. Hope you all have a wonderful Black Friday! We’re packing for the final market tomorrow so you’all get the bargains for us!

 

 

November 23, 2007 at 2:28 pm Leave a comment

A Proud Salute To Our Veterans!

Today is the day that we should all raise our hand in a salute to the fine men and women who help to give us the freedom that our nation was founded on. I speak from experience when I say that not only should we salute the actual service member but also the families that stand behind their soldiers. I was married to an Army helicopter pilot during the Vietnam war. I know what it feels like to sit and wait for the mailman to deliver those cherished letters. I know what it feels like to go to bed at night and know that my husband might not make it through the night. It is a sacrifice that many cannot handle and my thanks and gratitude go out to all of those who are home and waiting for the safe return of their loved ones. I would also like to thank my ex husband (now deceased) Delbert J. Jackson for his service to our country and for opening my eyes and my life to a world that I would never have known without him. My thoughts and prayers are with all of our military and their families on this, their day.

I was trying to think of an appropriate recipe to post today and my mind immediately went to one of my dad’s favorites. I can remember laughing when my mom prepared it because it was so simple and to my dad it was a feast! I have no idea where the recipe, if you can call it that, came from but we always called it “G.I. Hash!” Nothing like any hash that we eat nowadays but that’s what my family called it. Maybe my dad ate something similar during WWII. I really don’t know but it is good, no matter how yucky it sounds.

So, here is the recipe for G.I.Hash in memory of my wonderful dad, Lars T. Mord…

1 lb. Ground beef

1 can sliced potatoes, drained and rinsed

1 can beef gravy (my mom always used Franco American!)

a handful plus of frozen peas

salt and pepper to taste

Brown the ground beef and drain any excess grease from the skillet. Dump the potatoes, gravy and peas into the skillet. Cover and simmer until warmed through. We always had a buttered slice of plain old white bread with our bowl of “hash!”

I have to admit that we usually add a bit of Good’n Garlicky when I prepare this now. I’m not sure if Drew enjoys it as much as my dad did but he tolerates it when I feel a bit of nostalgia tugging at my heart. Bless you Drew for putting up with my childhood memories.

I hope you all have a wonderful day and please remember to honor our service men and women today, even if only for a proud snappy salute.

November 12, 2007 at 1:36 pm Leave a comment

Today is for you, Paul!

Sunday is our day of rest and normally we would have a large breakfast, usually what we call a “gut wadd’in” one. Eggs, biscuits, gravy and either sausage, country ham or bacon along with fried taters. Of course that means we just have to take a nap after eating and reading the newspaper. We’re not real sports fans and the TV seems to have nothing but rerun movies and sports of some sort so a nap is a good thing! Instead of our normal routine, today we will be taking a ride into the country to a small church to celebrate the life of our customer and friend, Paul. We will miss him and his contagious smile more than he would probably have ever guessed. His fiance’, Celine and her beautiful Irish accent need to know that we care.

No cooking today but I thought I would share what we are going to eat for breakfast today. A Hardees country breakfast and we’re using this coupon! http://www.hardees.com/coupon/country_breakfast.jpg Not exactly our normal breakfast but we sure appreciate Sherry, my frugal friend, for sharing the coupon with us so that we can not only save money but grab something to eat on our way to the church. We’ll see ya all at the Hardees in Nicholasville! 🙂

November 11, 2007 at 3:38 pm Leave a comment

Saturday Sell’n at the Farmers Market!

It’s just about time to load our bundled up selves into Bernie and head towards to Lexington for the farmers market. He’s packed to the hilt! I can’t believe the amount of gift baskets that I did yesterday. There’s something for just about everyone and in every price range. Hopefully they will all find great homes today cause it’s that time of the month…you know when all of the big bills role in. EEK!

We’ve both got ourselves layered so we can peel the clothing as the day warms up. The corner of Vine and Upper is a windy spot and the cool (darn cold) air goes right through ya! Drew even packed a kerosene heater just in case the promised sun doesn’t come out.

Drew is busy out in the kitchen getting the Jamm’n Sweet Tater soup made. Ya gotta love a man who cooks, especially one who does it at 3am! He rolled over in bed, gave my butt a pat and whispered “it’s time to make the donuts!” That’s his standard remark every Saturday…guess he feels like a baker does starting his day off so early. HaHa He came in the house to get another cup of coffee and he had one of those not so happy looks on his face. Uh oh, something must be wrong. It’s the potatoes!!! He’s mumbling something about having another fine reason to shop at the farmers market…the “store bought” Yukon Gold potatoes are not gold, they’re plain old white taters! Hope there’s enough starch to pull the soup together without having to add something else. He’ll figure something out, he always does.

How about a recipe for something to enjoy while watching all of those college football games today…

DOGGONE GOOD “DAWG” SAUCE

2 LBS. GROUND BEEF

2 CUPS ONIONS,DICED

1 TBSP. BACON DRIPPINGS

1 CAN OF BEER

3 TBSP. CHILI SEASON’N

15 OZ. CAN TOMATO SAUCE

2 CUPS KETCHUP

¼ CUP YELLOW MUSTARD

 

BROWN BEEF, FINELY CRUMBLING IT AS YOU BROWN; DRAIN. SAUTE’ ONIONS IN BACON DRIPPINGS FOR 5 MINUTES. RETURN BEEF TO POT; ADD BEER AND CHILI SEASON’N… SIMMER 5 MINUTES. ADD TOMATO SAUCE, KETCHUP & MUSTARD. SIMMER FOR 1 HOUR….SERVE ON HOT “DAWGS!” MAKES 2 QUARTS

Hope your team wins!!!

November 10, 2007 at 9:06 am Leave a comment

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