Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Wrangler Wednesday

Last Friday night I attempted to get in a quick photo shoot with my fav photographer friend Amy.  Now as you can imagine this was rather difficult since days are getting shorter and the hubby doesn't usually arrive home until WELL after dark.  After much coaxing I got him to agree to be at home by 7:30.  Now it takes all of 5 minutes for him shower and get dressed so I knew we should be fine, but Hurricane Irene had other plans...now she didn't rain on my pictures but she did bring some clouds with her which made for an interesting sunset...so here are some pictures for our family photo shoot...by the way if you get a chance hop on over to Facebook and vote for me in the Ultimate Girl Next Door Model contest hosted by Wrangler Western Wear!

Wyatt & his horse Bartow...originally the horse was named Balto but Wyatt started calling him Bartow...which by the way is the name of a small town close to where I grew up...so it stuck and I love it!

Wyatt telling Ms. Amy...this is my sheep...he's a ram...his name is Winston...did you know I can ride him...WATCH

I can too ride him...but Momma don't want me to get my clothes dirty...yea I listen..sometimes

Our hayfield in the Sunset
 A Close up of the Family...I love the angle

Please disregard my muffin top...its terrible...maybe I should think of running in my spare time

My favorite of all my hubby and the little man, Wyatt, just hanging out on Bar

Don't forget to go vote for me...I sure do appreciate it!! Thanks!

Monday, August 29, 2011

Meaty Monday!

So in honor of the start of SEC Football Season (GO DAWGS!!!) and the upcoming Labor Day Holiday I thought I would share two of my favorite grilling recipe. Typically on the farm if we grill its either hamburgers and hotdogs or steak...in our household there really is nothing else! Many times we do use beef that was grown on our farm however there are times that we purchase meat from the store. I am just as comfortable using store bought beef as I am the beef we raise on farm. And honestly sometimes the beef bought at the store is a little tastier especially the steaks because they have more marbling than our homegrown beef does. Both recipes are fast and easy to create and grill.

My steaks are simple...

1 tsp seasoned salt,
1.5 tsp pepper,
1/2 cup Worchester sauce
Mix all three together in a Ziploc bag.
Drop in the ribeyes toss for a minute.
Leave to marinate in the fridge for at least 2 hours or overnight.
Heat the grill to medium heat so you don't overcook the outside.
I don't use time as an indicator of how well my meat is cook. I use an instant read thermometer...we like our steaks medium so 160 is our magic number. (Rare= 145) But you probably need to check them after 4-5 minutes depending on how done you would like them.

Hamburgers

2 lbs of ground beef
3 tbsp of ranch dressing mix
2 tsp pepper
2 tbsp of A1
Buns
Lettuce
Tomatoes
Onions (preferably Vidalia Onions)
Mayo
Mustard
Ketchup
Cheese Slices

1. Combine ground beef, ranch dressing mix, pepper, and A1 in large bowl, mixing lightly but thoroughly. Lightly shape into eight 3/4-inch thick patties.

2. Place patties on grid over medium, ash-covered coals. Grill, covered, 11 to 15 minutes (over medium heat on preheated gas grill, 13 to 14 minutes) until instant-read thermometer inserted horizontally into center registers 160°F, turning occasionally. About 2 minutes before burgers are done, place buns, cut sides down, on grid. Grill until lightly toasted. During last minute of grilling, top each burger with cheese slice.

3. Line bottom of each bun with lettuce leaf; top with tomato slice, burger, and toppings, as desired. Close sandwiches.

Again grilling at our house is simple and easy. All my food safety information came from Beef It's What's For Dinner website.
The site has great tips, ideas and recipes. I hope you all enjoy!

Linking up at
Hunk of Meat Mondays

Friday, August 26, 2011

Friday Fotos

So today begins what I hope will be a new regular feature. Friday Fotos gives you a quick review of our week in pictures snapped at events, on farm, and just in everyday life.

Over the last week our lives have been busy! Full of activities but then that is every week in most families and especially on farms during hay season. Right now we are cutting hay and/or baling hay trying to beat Irene...which we probably won't see since she has changed directions.

Now don't get me wrong I don't want the hurricane to come here but I do want some rain...but now it needs to wait until Sunday as we have family pictures schedule for this evening on farm and Summerfest tomorrow. Summerfest is a huge (40,000+ people) end of summer festival held each year in our hometown of York. Our 4-H'er's have a petting zoo and sell raffle tickets to raise money for the York County Fall Livestock Show as we don't have a county fair. This one event raises between $1000-1500 for the show!

Last weekend kicked off with a Stock Show U show clinic taught by Derek Jones. If you haven't hear about Stock Show U by Sullivan's Supply you need to check it out.

Derek Jones teaching a beef cattle show clinic in McConnells, sponsored by Select Sires & Ranch House Designs. I happen to be a sales rep for both companies so let me know if you need anything! ;) The clinic was aimed at helping kids exhibiting beef cattle to gain knowledge and expand their fitting skills.


Wyatt insisted on bringing his show stick to the clinic...he thinks he needs to show a calf!


Wyatt riding in the gator to get cows up on Monday evening.



The Farm Sign @ the dairy



One of our dairy cows....Skittles


The longhorns




William speaking at the Policy Development meeting for SCFB




So that's kinda a Snapshot of our past week. Show clinics, gathering cattle, hauling cows to the sale barn, attending policy meetings and webinars, planning the 2011 YCFLS and just enjoying life on the farm.


Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Wrangler Wednesday


Wyatt's first hog show with Rachel helping out at age 2.


Wyatt showing how muddy he can get!


Wyatt, William & Marty in the hay field.


One of my favorite pictures...could be the view :)


My hubby...the hardest working man I know!

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Meaty Monday!

So I thought today I would share one of my favorite BEEF recipes with you.

Now realize that I am typically trying to whip something up at 8 or 9 at night after we get in from the barn. So my cooking is quick and usually cheap!

Chili is one of my personal favs and as we head into fall this will be cooked often in our home.

Ingredients:
1 tbsp oil
1/2 med Onion chopped
2 Garlic cloves, chopped
1 tsp Oregano
1 tbsp Cumin
1/2 tsp Cayenne Pepper
2 tbsp Chili Powder
2 lbs Ground Beef
Homemade tomato sauce (canned during the summer)or an 8 oz can
1 tsp Salt
1 can Kidney Beans
1 can Diced tomatoes & Chilies (Could have canned at home but didn't)
grated Cheese
Chips or corn bread

In a large pot put in oil and chopped garlic & onions, stir until slightly brown... DON'T BURN!!
Throw ground beef in pot...cook until brown. Drain off excess fat. Pour in tomato sauce, spices & salt. Mix together VERY WELL, cover and reduce heat to low. Simmer for about an hour stirring occasionally. If you notice the mixture is getting dry pour in a little water (1/2 cup at a time). Taste after an hour to check flavor...add spices as needed...pour in beans and tomato mixture simmer for another 10-15 minutes. Serve warm with grated cheese and chips or corn bread.

Chili can be frozen after completely cooled.

Friday, August 19, 2011

BEEF IT UP!

So in the past 3 weeks I have traveled to St. Louis for 2 days, Orlando for 3 days and Clemson, SC for 3 days. Needless to say the laundry at my house is piling up, my kitchen is a mess and my family might feel slightly neglected over the recent trips since my little man only went to Clemson and the hubby has stayed at home on the farm entirely.

My trip to St. Louis was to attend CommonGround Conference with other farm women from around the country. We all have the desire to talk with others about how food is produced. The conference was great to get us motivated and share ideas from other places. While we were there the SC girls had a chance to visit the Budweiser Brewery which was a wonderful treat as well.

After St. Louis I was home for a while working in the garden and feeding show calves. I have spent a lot of time outside! I of course had to do the 8-5 gig in addition to my normal on farm work. I headed to Orlando the 1st of August to attend the Annual Summer Conference for the Beef Industry. I represent Region II as the Consumer Education Chair for ANCW It was great spending time with other Cattlewomen & men from across the country. Met some great ladies and can't wait to meet up with them again at NBAP

After leaving Orlando fully charged I headed to Clemson for a few days to attend the SC Jr. Beef Round-Up. This is kinda our kickoff of show season here in South Carolina. It's always a great weekend filled wtih lots of fun, friends, family, and cattle. During this show we also hold our state's Beef Ambassador Contest. Congratulations to Will Turner and Caitlyn Poole on winning their division. I am sure both of you will represent us well at Nationals in 2012! This year we also held an interest meeting on forming a South Carolina Cattlewomen's. I was suprised when 15 ladies expressed an interest in joining. I am happy to say we have already started recieving membership applications! I can't wait to get everything kicked off! I am sure that these women will do an amazing job helping promote the beef industry!

As I write this I am preparing for the Stock Show U Clinic which will be held tomorrow, August 20th in McConnells, SC. I am excited that we have between 40-50 people heading to our tiny town to learn about fitting and showing cattle! I can't wait to have all these great kids and their families together. Derrick Jones from NC will be our professor. More pics and tips to come!

I hope you all have a great weekend and I apologize for my blogging vacation but hope to be back in the full swing of things next weeK!

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Monday, August 1, 2011

Its hot...how to keep cool!!!

In South Carolina it is HOT!!! Especially for black cattle which we have lots of... below you will find a video of what we do on our farm to keep cattle cool during the hot summer months!