Farmer Friday…and a winner!

This morning has been an interesting one indeed…Boss Man and I moved cattle from the pasture where the plane crashed, to home. It’s less than a 2 mile trek, but there’s corn in between…lots of corn. And cows tend to like corn. (In fact, contrary to what some would have you to believe, cows do tend to prefer corn over grass, but these gals get both!)

The problem is, that cows, when allowed to move on their own, can destroy corn, and destroyed corn makes unhappy neighbors.

 

So off we were, moving cows, staying calm and everything going smoothly…until…(well, you KNEW there’d be an until, right?)

Let’s just say that Boss Man isn’t the greatest at communicating exactly where it is that he wanted me to be placed. His response was something along the lines of, “Well, let’s see how they go.” Which means??? Yeah, I don’t really know either…which was the problem.

But we made it home, I found out that our suburban can act a lot like a border collie and I’m still talking to my husband. What more can a girl ask for?

But now for the announcement you are all really looking for:

The winner of the new Crock Pot and prize package is…Rita Luri! Congratulations! Please send me your mailing information, so that I can get your package to you in the mail! 🙂

Gooseberry Patch Recipe #1 – Iowa Freezer Corn

A couple weeks ago, the readers at The Real Farmwives of America and Friends chose a cookbook from Gooseberry Patch for me to cook from. After I make 10 recipes from the cookbook, I’ll be giving a copy of the cookbook away! And the cookbook chosen was…”Dinners on a Dime!” Woohoo! What an appropriate title for me! 🙂

I took the cookbook with me to the hospital during George’s fiasco, and I had a lot of nurses asking about it! I can’t wait to share these recipes (and a chance to win the book), but I had to get home and back into the routine of things first.

So, yesterday I sent the boys off on the bus and I got to cooking…well, kinda. The first recipe I picked doesn’t take a lot of “cooking” expertise, but it’s just what I was looking for! Here we go:

Iowa Freezer Corn

You need:

  • 16 c. corn kernels, sliced from about 30 ears corn
  • 4 c. water
  • 1 c. sugar
  • 1 T. salt
  • 10 1-pint plastic freezer containers and lids, sterilized (I used 3 1-gallon freezer bags)

Corn, sugar, water, salt...yummy!

 

 

Combine all ingredients in a stockpot; stir well. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Boil 10 minutes, stirring frequently to keep from sticking or scorching. Ladle into shallow pans to cool; do not drain. Pack corn and liquid in freezer containers; freeze. To serve, simmer frozen corn with a little water until tender. Makes 10 containers.

Water, check. Corn, check.

 

 

Sugar, check. Salt, check.

 

 

My corn bags!

 

 

Now, I used freezer bags, because my freezer doesn’t have a ton of room in it. This way, I could freeze my bags flat, then stand them up in the door! They take very little room, and I could put as much as my family would eat in a meal in one bag! Super easy, super delicious, and a great way to clean up our first batch of sweet corn.

Since an economical book was selected for me, I’ll break down the money spent on each dish, so that you can see just how reasonable each meal truly is!

Recipe #1 breakdown:

Corn – free (in our garden)

Sugar – on hand

Salt – on hand

Water – from tap

Total extra cost in meal??? Nothing, nada, zip. Just two hours of my time…and that includes picking, shucking and cutting off the cob.

Farm update – corn planting

I realized that my posts lately have been heavy on family and emotions, and light on farm and facts! So here goes a great Friday post!

Check out this video on our no-till corn planting (only 45 seconds, won’t kill ya to watch it!):

And now here are some pics of that same corn…growing!

All our little corn plants, growing in a row!

 

 

Planted a little later than liked, but looking good! Happy corn makes for happy cows makes for happy Boss Man!

 

 

Yes, the corn appears to be a little on the weedy side right now, but thanks to the never-ending rain, there’s not much that can be done about it at this time. It’s raining as we speak…and I took some cool pics, but you’ll have to wait for my Wordless Wednesday post on those! 🙂 Now you have a reason to come back…

See you soon!