Archive for February, 2008

Sunday’s Do’in!

It looks like it’s going to be a rainy Sunday but we’re ready for business no matter what the weather brings. Sharon Thompson, food editor, for the Lexington Herald-Leader newspaper but a nice little blurb in today’s paper so maybe it will help get the word out that we’re open for business on our farm! We sure do thank her. 🙂

I’ve been thinking more about really promoting our custom labels. We did one for a teacher appreciation week this week and they turned out great. Maybe visit a few of the wedding planners in the area or tuxedo rental shops…maybe even bridal shops. Our packets of herb seasoning with a custom label and the words “marriage adds spice to your life” on the back have been big hits as wedding favors. Of course, I can do just about anything that the bride and groom want. We’ve even done them for special occasions like 50th reunions and family gatherings. This might be the next thing I concentrate on. Just thinking out loud and trying to come up with yet another aspect of Herb’n Renewal! Lol

We enjoyed a bit of summer last night when Drew headed outside to barbeque some chicken breasts on the grill. We tried the Country Bob’s barbeque sauce and it was really good. Add some sweet tater fries and a macaroni salad and we had a summertime picnic in the middle of winter! Don’t forget that you can get a coupon for a free bottle of Country Bob’s wonderful sauce at www.countrybobs.com. I know, you’re thinking why the heck would we be promoting a seasoning when we blend our own. Well, this stuff is good and everyone needs a change now and again. Besides, it’s wonderful on a leftover pork loin that we grill with our Rub’n Season Pork! We’re hooked on the stuff so make sure you get your free bottle and give it a try.

Speaking of pork, how about having your own summer treat in the middle of winter with these great and good for you burgers.

Porkey Burgers

¼ cup minced onion

¼ cup minced green pepper

¼ tsp bacon drippings

1 egg, slightly beaten

¼ cup plain bread crumbs

1 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce

1 tbsp. Ketchup

1 ¼ lb. Ground pork

1 ¼ lb. Ground turkey

2 tbsp. Herb’n Cowboy

Saute onions and peppers in bacon drippings for 5 minutes. Meanwhile add bread crumbs to egg; add Worcestershire, Herb’n Cowboy and ketchup. Blend together. Add onion and pepper mix and blend in. Add ground meats and “squish” till well blended. Form patties and let sit in the fridge for at least 15 minutes. Grill or pan fry till thoroughly cooked. Enjoy!

Well, time to open the shop for the day. Don’t forget that we are open each Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 10 until 6. We’re super easy to find and only a short drive from Lexington. Take RT 27 south past Nicholasville. Go over the Kentucky River and look for RT 1845 on the right just as you go up the hill. Turn and go 2.4 miles and you’ll find us on the left. Hope to see you all at the farm! 🙂

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February 17, 2008 at 2:05 pm Leave a comment

Am I the only one in a rut?

I don’t know about anyone else but this darn cold and snowy weather puts me in a rut! All I want to do is cuddle up with a soft quilt, a hot cocoa and peruse my seed catalogs. I guess it helps to look at all of those beautiful flowers and wonderful veggies. I’m trying to think spring but it just isn’t working. I’m beginning to think that I need to move to a warmer climate. I’m getting close to retirement age and those sunny states are starting to call my name. There’s only one problem. Just cause 65 is only a few short years down the road you have to have the $$$ to retire. Having a mom and pop herb business has not really added to my portfolio! lol Oh well, I love Kentucky and can’t imagine living anywhere else…I just wish that spring would hurry up and get here!

I going to try and talk Drew into fixing us a big pot of chili and cornbread for dinner tonight. I guess I could offer to do it but that would mean that I would have to put my catalogs aside and come out from under my quilt. I don’t think that’s gonna happen today. I let the dogs out early this morning and took one look at the snow and ice and quickly crawled back into my rut!

Even Drew decided to stay in bed a bit longer this morning and that’s very unusual for him. I did get a big giggle watching him. He had the covers pulled up over his head and the only thing peeping out was his nose and mouth and he was snoring so loud I thought it might start peeling off the wallpaper! Little LouLou, our newly neutered, cross-eyed darling was right up in his face moving his head from side to side. He looked like he was trying to figure out where that God awful noise was coming from!

Okay, Karin get your butt in gear and quit being such a lazy bones. The least I can do is take the pork out of the freezer so Drew can start creating. Here’s the recipe for one of my favorite ways to prepare a different chili.

Hog Wild Chili

3 lbs. pork loin, cubed

2 tbsp. Bacon drippings

1 medium onion, diced

1 cup diced green pepper

1 12 oz. can of beer

1 28 oz. Can diced tomatoes

1 29 oz. Can tomato sauce

3 tbsp. Chili Season’n

1 30 oz. Can chili beans

1 15.5 oz cans of Northern beans

Brown pork in bacon drippings until moisture is reduced and meat is lightly browned. Add peppers and onions; saute’ 5 minutes. Add beer, tomatoes, sauce and Chili Season’n. Bring to a boil; reduce heat. Cover and simmer on low for 20 minutes. Add beans and return to a simmer and cook until meat is tender…approximately 1-2 hours, stirring occasionally. If chili is not the desired thickness, add 1 tbsp. of cornmeal at a time to thicken …make sure you stir after adding each spoonful.

Stay warm all! 🙂

P.S. “Bernie” is doing better but he is still not 100%. 😦

February 13, 2008 at 1:25 pm Leave a comment

Poor “Bernie” is not well!

“Bernie” is our van and only form of transportation and he is not doing very well. 😦   It’s times like this when you wished you lived in the big city. Drew’s friend was going to come help him install the new part but unfortunately he is sick.  

I have to share today with you.  We had to laugh cause it’s much better than crying which is what we both felt like doing.

Drew coaxed Bernie to the next town and picked up the part that we had to order.

Drew decides to do it himself…not a good thing when you are not really a mechanic! EEK

Drew comes in and asks me for some assistance…excuse me, where the heck do you see “mechanics assistant on my resume!” lol

Karin is trying to get her computer straightened out but what the heck, Bernie is more important.

Karin finds out that the job of assistant is not that hard…hold the light so said mechanic can see what the heck he is doing. Hope she doesn’t expect much pay for this job.

Oh my, Karin soon learns that holding the light is not the only task she will have to perform! She has to get her hands and arms greasy while trying to maneuver around stuff that seems to be important to the operation of Bernie…all that just to hold a wrench!

After disconnecting hoses, unscrewing things finally the BAD part is out!

Drew removes the connecting thingie and then goes to attach it to the new part…OOPS, forgot to see what direction it went on!

Karin is back to holding light and making comments about doing a diagram or labeling each piece as you remove/take it apart. She is not getting a very nice look from Drew.

New part is soon assembled in the correct position.

Karin is holding light in one hand and holding a wheel of some sort so it does not move while Drew tries to tighten bolts. Drew is trying to use a thingie with a handle to get the bolts tight…handle does not fit well and here comes the first knuckle boo boo.

Yes, it works and new piece is now in place and Karin is told that it’s a good thing that it is not too tight…Drew might have to adjust it.

Karin gives Drew a “whatever” look!

Time for a break so that we can feed the tribe and Karin can attempt to wash off the grease.

Back to the garage to finish getting Bernie up and running.

Karin is back to light holding while Drew attempts to figure out where the belt goes…isn’t a belt something you wear around your waist? HaHa! So much for Karin being a mechanics assistant. She needs to learn the lingo!

Well, heck…the belt is much bigger than any round wheels that it might possibly go around. 

 Karin gives Drew that “are you sure” look…again!

Drews tells Karin to pull the belt up straight and hold it…why she asks, it’s not on the wheel thingie!!!

Karin, the assistant, is asked to go get a tape measure??? Okay, big boy, whatever you say.

Yup, the belt is 3″ too long for the wheels that it has to go around to function properly.

So, do you push Bernie outside and hope that you can push him back into half of the garage…remember, the rest is full of stuff!  Nope, you clip tarps everywhere semi protecting the garage. Then you make the sad mistake of listening to the weather report. Severe weather, high direct winds and loads of rain!

Guess who will not be sleeping tonight while we keep watch on the garage…that rain could seep into the shop!

If you have managed to read this far, know that a friend stopped by and brought us a bottle of vodka…do you smell martini tonight!  God bless her, we both could use one! 🙂

Tomorrow’s chore…find a friend or enemy that is willing to go get the correct belt so that we can get Bernie up and running.

 Good thing is the shop will be open this Friday, Saturday and Sunday!  Bernie doesn’t have to be running to open the shop. 🙂

 

February 6, 2008 at 1:36 am Leave a comment