Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Garlic SMASHED potatoes and awards!

Garlic SMASHED Potatoes

2 pounds red potatoes
1/2 cup milk
1/4 cup cream (I used 1/2 and 1/2)
3 tablespoons butter (I use Brummel and Brown)
Salt, to taste
Black pepper, to taste (lots!!!)
1/4 cup garlic cloves
I like to leave a little bit of the peel on the potatoes...I like how it looks and I like the taste too! Plus the skin has the most nutrients.

Usually I drizzle olive oil on a whole head of garlic and wrap in tinfoil to roast. Today I only had a few cloves so I had to do them as explained below.

Place a single layer of garlic cloves on a sheet of heavy-duty aluminum foil and wrap tightly. Roast in 400 degree F preheated oven for approximately 45 minutes or until soft. Unwrap and let cool until touchable. Peel cloves and mash with potatoes when they are ready.
Creamy and yummy with a hint of garlic!!! Try them for supper sometime soon! We are having them tonight with a lettuce salad and sirloin steak smothered with carmalized onions and mushrooms!!!

I have received a couple of awards that I want to share with you. First off I received this one

Country Whispers!!
This one

from Kristina at Words to Live By . Thank you so much to you both!!! I just love making new blogging friends and I look forward to getting to know you both better!!!! Make sure you stop by and visit them sometime soon!

Hope you all have a great evening and thanks for stopping by!!!



Sunday, January 25, 2009

One World ~ One Heart

One World ~ One Heart is a really fun
way to meet all kinds of people from
all over the world! Over 500 crafters
and artists are participating in this giveaway.
Leave me a comment at the end of
this post to have a chance to win
my hand made items.
If you do not have a blog
please be sure to leave me
an email address so I can get
a hold of you if you win!
Cut off time to enter the drawing
in Feb 11th at 11 p.m.
The winner will be announce
on February 12th!!!! I will
let you know if you win!!

I am giving away:
1. One handpoured soy chapstick in Honey Bee Mine Flavor
2. One bag of soy melts- heart shaped-scented with Apple Pie fragrance
3. One corn cob sachet scented in Cinnamon Stix fragrance
To read more about my products go here!
Good luck and have fun!!!
Click the One World One Heart emblem
at the top of this post to
read more about this giveaway
and find out how you too can join!!!

Friday, January 23, 2009

Warm weekend wishes to you..............

It's going to be another COLD weekend here.
With temps dipping WAY below zero again
I decided that it would be a great weekend
to do some baking.

So far, I have made these

and these......

Not only does it keep the house nice
and warm it makes it smell great too!

I wish you all a warm and wonderful
weekend. If you stopped in to see
me please leave me a quick hi!! (I
might even give you a carmel roll
if you do!!! ;)


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Thursday, January 22, 2009

Pheasant friends....

In our trees around our yard we have a lot of pheasants. They like to roost in the shelter of the trees.

The other day I counted about 50 pheasants coming out of the trees to look for food. They were not being too cooperative when it came to me photographing them!

Here are a few girls gathered around the tree just enjoying each others company.

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Here are a couple of the boys.... I think they are wondering where the girls are hanging out!!!

Having the opportunity to watch the wildlife around us is one of the MANY reasons I love living on the farm.

The other day I was driving down our county road and I came upon this...
I thought it look pretty neat. It was formed by all the wind blowing around. This was a spot that at one time had about two feet of snow but the wind started blowing and this was all that was left.

I hope you are all having a great week. We have been busy with our kids activities...they really keep us busy! I am so thankful that I am able to be at all of their functions! I can't think of anything more enjoyable than watching your own children sing, play sports, ect.....

Thanks for stopping by!!!



Saturday, January 17, 2009

A tasty recipe for a blustery day!

When life hands you cold blustery weather........make SOUP!!!

So, the snow situation isn't getting much better here. It hasn't snowed lately but it has been so windy that all the snow we have is drifting. This makes for blocked roads. We are unable to get to town now as our county road is blocked. Even with Mr. Farmer on the tractor clearing the way it blows shut before you can get back home. As our sweet 4 year old, lil farmer, often likes to say "good times...good times!" This is what it looks like out in our neck of the woods. This picture was taken yesterday...the drifts are getting bigger and bigger now.

So, when life hands you blowing and drifting snow make a big old batch of hot and tasty soup!!! Chicken Enchilada Soup is so yummy. You really have to try it! I think most people will have all the ingredients on hand except one. Masa Harina.....(golden corn flour) you MUST go out and get some. The soup will not have the corn tortilla taste without it.(it also thickens the soup)

Chicken Enchilada Soup Ingredients
1/2 c canola oil
1/2 ts cayenne pepper
1/4 cup chicken base
2 c Masa harina
3 c Diced yellow onions

4 qt Water (divided)
2 ts Ground cumin
2 c Crushed tomatoes
2 ts chilli powder
1/2 lb Process American cheese; cut
2 ts garlic - crushed or diced
3 lbs Chicken-- Cooked and shredded ( I boiled a whole chicken but you could use chicken breasts, drumsticks, thighs or canned chicken. Your choice!

In a large pot, place oil, chicken base, onion and spices. Saute until onions are soft and clear, about 5 minutes In another container, combine masa harina with 1 quart water. Stir until all lumps dissolve. Add to sauteed onions, bring to boil. Once mixture starts to bubble, continue cooking 2-3 minutes, stirring constantly. Coooking the masa harina will eliminate any raw taste from masa harina. Add remaining 3 quarts water to pot. Add tomatoes; let mixture return to boil stirring occasionally. Add cheese to soup. Cook stirring occasionally, until cheese melts. Add chicken; heat through. Makes 1 1/2 gallons or 16-20 servings.

You can garnish with a few tortilla strips. To see how I make my Easy Tortilla Crisps click here or just crunch up a few tortilla chips....serve and enjoy! I hope you love it as much as we do. I suppose you could put a dollop of sour cream on but we like it just as is with a few crisps for crunch!!

Chicken Tortilla Soup...that's what's for supper in

Famchick's Kitchen


I would love to hear from you so please leave me a commentand of course come back and visit soon!!!

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Tuesday, January 13, 2009


So, having a lot of snow DOES
have some benefits right? Like having
Dad give you rides on the snowmobile or
having Dad pull you on the sled???

Hold on comes a bump!!!

Hey! Look over there......where's "the chair"?
For those of you have been following my blog
you know all about "the chair" Well, after
another 5 inches of has all
but disappeared! This is where it is.
Well, it's SOMEWHERE in that snow bank!

I guess I will find it this spring!

Thanks for stopping by and as always....
thanks for your comments...I love them!!


Friday, January 9, 2009

The chair......

and I am not talking about the George Strait song...though I do LOVE George!! Remember in my last post I showed you "the chair" and told you more snow was coming??? Well, it came last night...all 10 inches of it!!!

This is what I saw when I got up this morning...........

Remember the chair from my last post? Here it is.

This is the chair, my official measurer of snow!! See what it looks like today.

All I can tell you is WE HAVE A LOT OF SNOW! (around 50 inches so far!) It has been years since we have received this much snow. It's fun in a way....but not so fun too! It's gonna make for some good times for the kids snowmobiling and sledding! That is, if it is warm enough. We are to have an Alberta Clipper moving in from Canada (COLD AIR). Next week it is to be -35 below zero--actual temp. not windchill...but the actual temperature!

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend. I would love to hear from you so please feel free to leave me a comment!!


Thursday, January 8, 2009

More snow is a comin'

Okay the snow situation here is getting a little cRaZy!!! I love snow when it is fresh and sparkly like this but hey let's not get carried away!!!! I took this picture when the sun was setting so the snow has taken on an pinkish glow.

We just had about a foot of snow last week and now starting tonight we are to get up to 7 MORE inches! This is the kind of winter I remember having as a kid...lots of snowforts back then!!!

This winter I have been measuring the snow by a chair that is sitting in one of my flower gardens. I usually put this chair away for the winter but I didn't get it put away in when I tried to put it away it was already frozen to the ground!!

So, this is the chair this summer before the first freeze and long before the snow.

Now this picture shows the chair two weeks ago.

This is what the chair looks like this morning.....

What will it look like tomorrow????

Okay, so I added in a is too cold and the snow doesn't have enough moisture for our kids to make a descent snowman!!! I think he looks cute standing in my yard!!!

Have a wonderful day and if you want some snow.....just let me now! You know how I love your please leave me one!!



Monday, January 5, 2009

Out with the cold, I mean old and in with the new!!

Greetings from the land of snow and wayyyyyyyyyyyyy below zero temps!! We can't seem to warm up here and it just keeps on a snowing. My farmer has been moving a lot of snow lately. It is going to be a LONG winter if this keeps up.

On Saturday, after a long day of traveling by tractor to help my folks clear out their farm yard we celebrated dear Farmer's birthday. I made homemade pizza and used healthy ingredients!! It was yummy and no grease!!!

I used turkey pepperoni, canadian bacon, onions, greeen peppers, pineapple, olives, mozzarella and home canned pizza sauce of course! After the holidays I am ready to get back to our healthy eating plan!!

I made my Farmer's favorite cake which is yellow cake with chocolate frosting. Little Farmchick made a little cake with fondant (click fondant to read what exactly it is!) covering and a yellow fondant star. If you watch the food network then you probably have seen fondant used on the cake shows. She looked up the recipe and did everything by herself. I think it turned out pretty cute! She worked diligently on it for hours. The fondant had to be mixed and then rolled out. Jr. Farmer made Dad a nice card and of course it had to have a truck and tractor on it! No card is complete without drawing some piece of farm machinery and it has to look like something we own!! We have a red semi like this here to see it being used during sunflower harvest.

Lil Farmer was content to help me make the cake..he loves dumping the ingredients into the bowl and turning the kitchen aid on and off! What more could a guy ask for right!?!?!

So happy birthday Dear Farmer....we love you!!!!

Have a wonderful evening everyone....and thanks for stopping in!


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