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The nice cool weather is back (though Wednesday is supposed to be 30C with humidity).  It’s so nice to be able to bake again.  It’s been pretty quiet here on the farm.  Colin has been busy with his seed cleaning, mostly winter wheat.  I think soy bean harvest will start soon, so he’ll be getting those calls too -from the smart folk who clean their seeds before putting them away for the winter instead of waiting till everyone is busy in the spring.

I’m still having a hard time menu planning.  I think it’s my form of virus anxiety.  I’m afraid to plan/make food because I’m afraid of us running out of food – even though the grocery stores (and my freezer) are fully stocked.  I hate this feeling and I don’t know what to do…

 

Sunday:

turkey breast in the crockpot

Monday:

hot turkey

Tuesday:

Salisbury steak in crockpot

Wednesday:

turkey pot pie

Thursday:

leftover pot pie

Friday:

beef chow mein

Saturday:

hamburgers in the air fryer -yum!

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One sure-fire way to make Ella happy and to be sure she will actually eat her supper is to make chicken quarters in my air fryer.  Very simple too.  I use this spice mix for just about any piece of meat that I’m frying.

 

Spice Mix

10 tsp salt                          3 tsp black pepper

4 tsp onion powder           4 tsp garlic powder

2 tsp thyme                       2 tsp rosemary

 

Sprinkle the chicken pieces with the spice mix.  Put in the pre-heated air fryer (350F) for 40 minutes.  Turn half way.  How easy is that?

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I’ll use the grocery header today because that’s why there was no post yesterday.  I was busy in town picking up the groceries.  I sure love ordering online.  I wish the Metro in Pembroke would do online shopping.  I also wish they would tell their employees that yes, their noses ARE attached to their lungs too, not just their mouths.  I saw a number of employees ‘wearing’ their masks with their noses hanging out.  I suffer through wearing a mask to keep them safe, they could return the favour.

What do you see in this picture that has made Colin so happy?

Nothing much planned for this week.  We continue to run into the village a couple of times a week to get unlimited internet for some video watching/downloading.  Ella’s also plugging away at her school work.  Have I mentioned how happy I am that we don’t have to make the “school/no school” decision?  Yet another bonus for homeschooling.  Though our local group is starting to get together again but from what I hear they aren’t making the kids keep distant or wear masks, so I’m not so anxious to attend yet.

Monday:

whole chicken in my air fryer -I love that I can cook a whole chicken for supper even after I’ve been in town for most of the afternoon

Tuesday:

sourdough pancakes

leftover chicken

Wednesday:

chicken salad -Pioneer Woman Cooks Dinnertime

Thursday:

??

beef and snow peas -from the Dinnertime book, IF I can find decent looking snowpeas somewhere.

Friday:

Cobb salad/egg salad sandwich for Daddy/grilled cheese for Ella -we found a great new place for goat cheese.  It melts really nicely, unfortunately they have crazy shipping  😦

leftover chicken

Saturday:

spaghetti and meatballs -Ella’s request

Sunday:

supper with friends who are just as isolated as we are, maybe more so

So did you figure out the picture?  Yep, there’s puddles in the driveway!!!!  We got about an inch of rain on Sunday and it’s drizzling again today.  Hurray!!!  Thank you God!  It’s not a lot, but it’s just in time.  The corn was literally days away from being written off as garbage/worthless.  It’s amazing how fast the grass greens up after a long awaited rain.  Our grass wasn’t as bad as some because Colin stops cutting it when it stops raining.  I swear some people must cut their grass every week because they ‘cut the grass every week’.  There is some really short, really dead grass out there.  Our last real rainfall (and it wasn’t much) was back at the end of June.  We could use another few days.  And I’m really enjoying being able to sleep well at night and I need to get some baking done.

 

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Well, that crazy heat didn’t break until this past weekend.  It was so nice to have a couple of days where we could leave the windows open and not feel like we were living in a cave.  Needless to say, our meals last week weren’t worth writing down for you guys.  I thought I’d share a recipe today instead.  This is Ella’s new favourite dish from my air fryer.  Obviously, our big 8-9 lb chickens won’t fit in the air fryer.  So, I need to watch for when the store has those little ‘fryer’ chickens on sale.  This rub makes the chicken taste like those little pre-cooked ones you can buy from the store.  I ‘borrowed’ this picture off the internet because I couldn’t find the picture of my chicken (I know I took it on my phone…) I’ll replace this picture when I make the chicken again.

Rotisserie Chicken

rub:

4 tsp salt                             1 tsp garlic powder

2 tsp paprika                       1 tsp onion powder

1 tsp thyme                         1 tsp pepper

 

Rub all over chicken.  You can do this the night before, but I never have the chicken thawed in time.

Pre-heat the air fryer.  I just hit the ‘pre-heat’ button or you could pre-heat to 350F.  Put the chicken in the air fryer, breast side down.  Cook 350F for 40 min.  Flip the chicken over half way.  Check for doneness.

Obviously, this recipe can be done in the oven too.  Just cook the chicken at 325F for about 25 min a pound.

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We continue to melt in Ontario this week.  They are promising a cold front some time today.  I’ll believe it when I feel it.  Hopefully it will bring along some gentle rain.  Not doing much.  I have a dress cut out but still waiting for the energy to work on it.  The house was so hot yesterday I gave Ella a ‘heat holiday’ from school work.  Thank goodness we have the pool.  It may be small but it helps get the body core temperature down.  I like to go after supper when the sun’s moved around to the other side of the house and I don’t need sunscreen and sun glasses -ha ha.

Nothing too exciting on the menu.  And yes, we had air fryer chicken quarters twice.  They are Ella’s favourite and Metro had them on for $0.99/lb.

Monday:

steak souvlaki

Tuesday:

air fryer chicken quarters

Wednesday:

leftover souvlaki

Thursday:

sourdough pancakes

Friday:

air fryer chicken quarters

Saturday:

crock pot pork ribs 

Sunday:

hot dogs

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We’re still enjoying the last few days of beautiful temperatures.  It’s supposed to get crazy hot later this week.  It’s been so nice, my lungs have appreciated the lack of humidity.  Speaking of my lungs, I have to go back up to the hospital this evening.  I’m still ‘this close’ to a cough all. the. time!  Also, if I breathe the ‘wrong’ way I can still feel the rattle and will start coughing.  So, if you could send up some prayers around 4:30 my time, I’d appreciate it.  Send some for Ella too, she worries a lot when I have to go to the hospital.

Monday: 

spaghetti

Tuesday:

my favourite roast beef

Wednesday:

steak -my air fryer does a great job

Thursday:

leftover roast beef

Friday:

French fries -air fryer again. Poutine for me since I have great gravy.

Saturday:

beef melts

Sunday:

tacos

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For some reason the lilacs around here were really lackluster.  Like the bushes are half dead and none of them really tried to flower much.  The weirdest thing was the light lilac coloured ones – they mostly came out white this year!!  On the other hand, my bridal wreath spireas look amazing…

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The first of June already?  But then again, May is often a blur of seed cleaning and cropping.  How’s your spring going so far?  The last week or so we’ve been having a heat wave.  Last Wednesday we actually hit 37C (98.6F) plus humidity for a ‘feels like’ temperature of about 41C (105F).  That was quite the shock to the system considering how chilly we’ve been for most of May.  We finally got some rain starting Thursday evening (and some every day through to Sunday).  Along with that rain came a glorious cold front.  Though we could have done without the frost scare Saturday night.  It’s been so wonderful in the house on the weekend.  I’ve been baking up a storm and have the week’s worth of bread (and then some) tucked into the freezer waiting.  The crops look fabulous, the rain came just in time and was just what they needed.

I’ve jumped on the quarantine sourdough bandwagon.  I’ve tried years before but could never make it work and usually just given up.  This time I did a fair bit of searching on Pinterest and found some really specific (aka actual time table) feeding and baking instructions.  It’s turned out much better this time.  So far I’ve made pizza dough, English muffins (yum!), biscuits (Ella liked these), French bread, and peanut butter cookies.  We haven’t got reviews on the bread or cookies yet, well Ella found the cookies tasted ‘yeasty’ but I also may have under-cooked them a bit.

My Menu Plan Monday will be a little different for the foreseeable future.  I can’t seem to ‘meal plan’ these days.  So I’ll give you meals for ‘the week that was’ instead of the upcoming one.  Considering the hot and humid will be back, that’s easier -sometimes I’m/the house’s just too hot to cook.

Monday:

garlic beef noodle bowls

Tuesday:

pizza -on the BBQ with the new dough recipe

Wednesday:

Chip Pit -woo hoo ‘our’ chip truck was finally open

Thursday:

hamburgers

Friday:

steak

Saturday:

chicken chow mein

Sunday:

chicken quarters in my air fryer

Did I ever tell you that Belinda and Stefan got us an air fryer for Christmas?  Best. Present. Ever!!  I have used it so many times since the new year.  I makes the best chicken and hamburgers – I think better than the BBQ. It makes great French fries (tater tots and hash browns too).  I really asked for it to make cake and bread in the summer time so it won’t heat the house in the summer.  So far I haven’t found anything that doesn’t work in the fryer and there’s lots of recipes on Pinterest.

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I haven’t done a how-to recipe in a while so I thought I’d start with canning beans.  My girlfriend that has moved to the middle of no where wants to start growing as much as she can for her family.  Canning beans is a good place to start since it’s so easy.  Please note:  you MUST USE a pressure canner for this recipe!!

 

What do I need?

pressure canner (bigger than a pressure cooker)

real Mason-type jars, lids, and rings -doesn’t matter which size, use the size that fits your family, I use pints

beans -I use green and yellow, today I had 3.85 lbs (I weighed them for you)

salt -mine’s fine sea salt but it doesn’t have to be

water

 

Step One:  wash and sterilize your jars, especially if they are full of cobwebs and spiders from spending the winter in the basement.  Put the jars in the canner and cover with hot water.  Put the lid on loosely (don’t seal,  we’re not looking for pressure now).  Bring the water to a boil and boil for 10 minutes.  While the water is doing it’s thing, wash and snap/cut the beans to the size you prefer.

Step Two:  put the beans in your jars.  Add 1/2 tsp for pints and 1 tsp for quarts.  I put the salt at the top so that when you add the water it gets dissolved.  Fill the jars with water. leaving 1 inch at the top for head space (keep beans below this level too).

Step Three:  take as many lids as necessary and cover them with boiled water (not boiling).  Let them sit for 5 min.  Place on jars and screw on rings.  Just finger tip tight.

Step Four:  now here is where you need to read the instructions for YOUR pressure canner.  This is what I do with my Presto canner:  fill with 3 quarts of boiling water.  Place jars in canner.  Seal this time.  Heat over fairly high  heat until steam vents freely.  Keep up a steady stream of steam for 10 minutes to vent the air from the canner.  Then I put the pressure regulator on.  Now watch the dial until it reaches 10 lbs of pressure.        Adjust the temperature to hold at this pressure.  Process the beans at 10 lbs of pressure for 20 min for pints and 25 for quarts.

Now comes the important part, turn off the heat and let the pressure drop ALL BY ITSELF.  Once the pressure has dropped CAREFULLY take the lid off and remove the jars and let them cool.  Sit and listen for the glorious ‘ping’ to let you know the jars have sealed.  Sealed jars will have concave lids.  Any jars that don’t seal will have to be eaten right away.  Take the rings off before moving the jars to storage. This is very important.  Sometimes the seal on the lids fail in storage (very rarely) and you want it to be obvious before you feed it to your family.  I’ve only ever had this happen once.

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How’s your Advent going?  Mine’s ticking along a little faster than I want.  I had a bit of a stomach bug last Monday and that seemed to throw off the entire week.  Now I feel a bit behind.  I did get a bunch of cookie dough made up over the weekend.  I also baked a batch of spritz cookies, my Christmas cake, and steamed the Christmas pudding.  This morning I’m taking a break from baking to get some wrapping done.  I’ll add some pictures to this post later today (their all on my phone right now).

Monday:

roast pork my favourite way

Tuesday:

bacon and eggs (and Ella French toast or perogies)

Wednesday:

leftover pork

Thursday:

chicken gyros

Friday:

sticky garlic noodles

Saturday:

oven fried chicken

Sunday:

Salisbury steak in CP -Ella’s favourite

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I really should change this to say Menu Plan Tuesday, but oh well.

Book club is wrapping up.  Next week we are having a Dickensian supper and a double feature of A Christmas Carol, Alistair Sims/Muppets.  Should be fun.  I’ve made the plum pudding already and will make the caramel sauce on Monday.  Not too much this week, trying to wrap up school before we start Advent/Christmas holidays.  I’m done shopping (just waiting for a couple of parcels).  Hopefully we’ll get our tree late this week or early next, then I can wrap and enjoy the season.

Monday:

bacon, eggs, and vegan potato pancakes (sorry I lost the link)

Tuesday:

roast chicken

Wednesday:

hot chicken sandwiches

Thursday:

chicken pot pie biscuits

Friday:

slow cooker honey garlic meatballs with homemade meatballs

Saturday:

chicken a la king -one of Colin’s favourite uses for leftover chicken

Sunday:

roast beef -I want to start having my Mom (and maybe Colin’s Dad and step-mom) for supper on Sundays during Advent, so we’ll start having nicer suppers on Sundays.

 

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