Sunday, August 11, 2013
I am so incredibly guilty of neglecting this blog! I believe that I may have to change the focus of this blog from life on the prairies of South Dakota to focus more on the home-cooked meals that I make for my wonderful husband.
Sunday, November 11, 2012
Saturday, June 9, 2012
I know, lately all of my posts have been about the meals we have been having. But when life is slow, weather is HOT and nothing much is happening... well I have nothing much else to write about now. :) I made homemade noodles for my wonderful hubby today. He certainly deserves it! They are one of his favorite things to eat & he has been working in a 125°F shop since 4:00 this morning. One small bit of news: On May 5th we had a horrible hailstorm! I have never seen hail so large in my life. My car, my hubbys truck & our camper all sustained hail damage. There was a bright side to it though... Mama got a newer car! I love it!!
Thursday, June 7, 2012
Beans & Cornbread on the menu for supper tonight. It was 92, here on the prairie, yesterday & supposed to be even hotter today - no way I'm going to be standing in the hot kitchen cooking! Gotta love a Crockpot! Made the cornbread already, before things got too terribly hot out (we only got down to 70 degrees lastnight...). Beans and Cornbread... it always brings back childhood memories. Memories of a more gentle time, time with Mom, Dad, Joanie & Jason, all gathered around the kitchen table; times of laughter and fun, times filled with play and togetherness. *Sigh* I guess growing up is unavoidable, but I still have my memories!!
Friday, November 11, 2011
Since my dear husband is visiting the dentist today after work, I have planned a nice soft supper for the two of us. I think, OK I hope, that I can prepare this meal from my wheelchair (as I am still not allowed to put any weight on my previously injured knee). Tonight we will be having hamburger gravy, mashed potatoes and LeSueur peas. The photo above is, of course, from a past meal where we had the gravy on noodles. But I think, in light of the dental visit, mashed potatoes will be a better idea.
LeSueur Peas are a must, in my home, as an accompaniment for Hamburger Gravy! I suppose a great deal of my reasoning behind this is because LeSueur is my hometown, so these peas have some emotional attachment for me. But I have to say that LeSueur Peas are the ONLY peas I will eat from a can. First let me say, not all canned peas are created equal. The only canned peas I eat are LeSueur Peas. In fact, LeSueur Peas are so good that Paula Deen's Green Pea recipe from her Celebrates! cookbook consists of two cans of LeSueur Peas and a half stick of butter. That's it. Right there on page 70. The cookbook retails for $26.00 and the best pea recipe she can come up with is a can of LeSueur Peas. So if you think you don't like green peas, try LeSueur Peas.
What exactly are LeSueur Peas? Even though most of the followers of my blog are from "home" & know exactly what LeSueur Peas are, I will still explain. LeSueur Peas are canned peas (gasp!) canned in LeSueur, Minnesota (well, they USED to be canned in LeSueur), but they are the sweetest, most delicate little peas in the world. Once called "Early June Peas", they are smaller than normal peas. They taste amazingly sweet, yet still have an earthy flavor. Even better, the broth (okay, canning liquid) they come in is also wonderfully sweet and only a little bit salty.
I am not a big fan of canned veggies on the whole because they are full of salt and they have less nutritional value than either fresh or frozen. However, the LeSueur peas are so delicate I think they only way they can survive is in a can, which makes them one of two canned vegetables I’ll buy, the other being the occasional sliced mushroom when we are making pizza at home and I am feeling lazy. (I know what you’re thinking, tomatoes are a fruit!)
Sunday, October 2, 2011
With the recent arrival of the fall season & my current inability to wander the prairies of South Dakota in search of new sights, sounds and activities of the season, I have found myself to be lost in the memories of my dear Minnesota life of the past. Bottom line: I am homesick. Of course, I am homesick for the company of my family and friends. That is a nearly constant ache in my heart and mind. However, during the fall, I really begin to miss the sights, sounds, and activities of “home”. It is fall and I can just feel the crispness of the morning air, and the colors of the leaves just beginning to change.
It is time to visit Jim’s Apple Barn, near Jordan and I cannot go. Oh how I long to visit the Apple Barn! I used to take it for granted that it was there & really only stopped there once or twice a year when we lived in Minnesota (once for pie & strudel and once for pumpkins & gourds). Now I wish I could spend time gazing at the dozens of varieties of apples. I want to be able to spend time finding my gourds and pumpkins in this wonderful barn! Though the building isn’t incredibly large, I know I could spend hours browsing the many treats, candy, and other home trinkets. I wish I was there, choosing jars of homemade jams in different flavors, reminiscing over vintage candy & homemade fudge “just like Mom used to make.” Of course, what is a visit to Jim’s Apple Barn without driving home with a couple of those wonderful pies in your backseat? Who can resist all of the pies laid out on a table as they come out of the oven? It’s so fun to see the owner, at times, baking the pies right behind the counter. Where else can you select the pie you want, box it yourself, & carry it out to your car, which will soon be filled with the wonderful warm smell of Autumn itself?