Sunday, November 28, 2010

What a wonderful LONG weekend.....

I am just sitting here...wishing the weekend would not be over. I love having our children home from school. We had a great Thanksgiving with my parents and hubby's parents. It was nice. We missed Grandma but we knew she was having a wonderful Thanksgiving in heaven too.


We stayed home most of the weekend. I am still working on putting our house back together after the carpet was put in. Now, I am working on decking the halls! ;)


So far we have one tree up. Thought I would share it with you. This is our tree in the living room.



I thought this picture turned out kinda cool...so I am showing it too. :)




I have some yummy recipes scheduled to post this week...so do come back!!


Hope you had a wonderful long weekend. What did you do? Did you start decorating for Christmas too? Please make sure to say HI! :)

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Thursday, November 25, 2010

Have A Holly Jolly Christmas Recipe Swap #2

Welcome to Have a Holly Jolly Christmas Recipe Swap Friday. So glad that you could stop by. I decided to post this a bit early this week since I had it all ready to go. I hope that you had a wonderful Thanksgiving with family, friends and of course YUMMY food. :) I know we did. I have so much to be thankful for...not only on Thanksgiving but every day. Life is good and God has blessed us abundantly. :) For my friends and followers who are not celebrating Thanksgiving today...I hope you had a wonderful Thursday! :) Several of you mentioned that you could not post last week but would post this week...I sure hope so! Thanks to you that did post last week. I am hoping to get more people posting their family recipes, craft ideas, decorating ideas or traditions. Come on everyone, join in on the fun...the more the merrier. :) If you would like more information on my swap go click here.
 
My entry for the the swap is Lasagna Roll-ups. They taste extremely delicious and they look so elegant. They are not quite as messy looking as regular lasagna. My roll-ups are great for a dinner party. They will be the first to go...let me tell you!! :) Your guests will want the recipe before they head home.


 


~ LASAGNA ROLL-UPS ~

10 uncooked lasagna noodles
1 package Italian sausage links-casings removed {I used turkey}
8 ounce package of cream cheese { I used 1/3 less fat}
1 jar {26 ounces} spaghetti sauce, divided
1-3/4 cups shredded colby/jack cheese, divided

Cook the noodles to al dente. While noodles are boiling, cook sausage until juices run clear. Stir in cream cheese and 1/3 cup spaghetti sauce.

Drain the noodles. Spread 1/4 cup meat mixture on each noodle. Sprinkle each with 2 tablespoons cheese and carefully roll up.

Spread 2/3 cup meat sauce into an ungreased 13 x 9 inch baking dish. Place roll-ups seam side down over auce. Top with remaining sauce and then the remaining cheese.


Cover with tinfoil and bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes. Uncover and bake 10 minutes longer or until cheese is slightly browned and bubbly.

How to join my swap. :)

1) If you'd like to join in on the fun, simply write out your post on your blog as usual and leave the link here . *Link directly to your recipe. Next scroll down and click on the "Add your Link" button. You will be then be prompted to enter the URL {please make sure to link directly to your post}, name of your recipe, and Email and then select a thumbnail to upload. {your email will not be posted}

2) Please remember to always link back to Fresh from the Farm so that we see all the delicious recipes. It's also a way to find great new blogs and make wonderful new friends.

3) It's all about sharing so please do spread the word and please grab my Farmchick's I'll Be Home for Christms Recipe Swap Saturday button, {located on the top right column} and or Tweet/Facebook this swap to your friends and followers.

*How do I link directly to my recipe? After you have posted your recipe simply go to your blog, click that particular blog title. When this post comes up just highlight the addresss in the url box, copy and paste

If you have ANY questions please feel ask me. You can contact me either by leaving a comment on this post or shooting me an email. Sometimes doing new things like this on your computer can be a bit confusing so don't be shy...just ask! :)

Now, scroll down to the bottom of this post to add your recipe.



This recipe is also linked to:
A Prairie Story Recipe Swap Thursday
Go check it out!! :)



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Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving and some family favorites.

Hello to you from me. My neck of the woods has been very COLD lately. This afternoon it is only around 0 degrees. Brrrrrr......I was not quite ready for fridgid temperatures. Though, zero seems warm when we start getting into the far negatives!

Thank you to all who did participate in my swap. I was hoping for a few more entries but I was told that it takes awhile for these things to take off. Be thinking of a recipe, craft idea, family tradition or decorating idea you can share on Friday for my Have a Holly Jolly Christmas Recipe Swap. It is very simple to do. If you would like to read more about it click here. I hope those of you that joined in last week will do so again and those of you that didn't....please DO join it. I know many of you out there have great ideas...so let's hear them! :) PRETTY PLEASE.

Things have been hectic here....and cluttered. I say cluttered because Monday and Tuesday I had the carpet layers here at my house...putting new carpet in our entire upstairs except for our kitchen and dining room. Soooo, we moved some things downstairs otherwise we have most everything on our wood floor. We have had to do some moving around as they got each room done. My house looks like something blew up in it....but the carpet sure is beautiful. :) I am now slowly getting things back to where they belong.

I have many holiday must-haves on my list to make. Starting with these two items.

From scratch Crescent Rolls and


Ukrainian vareniki.

Of course, I have many other dishes that I need to make...but I am starting with these two favorites. Both of these pictures show the product before they are cooked. :)

What is your MUST have dish or dishes for Thanksgiving. I would love for you to leave me a comment and tell me all about it.

I hope you join me on Friday for my Have a Holly Jolly Recipe Swap. Happy Thanksgiving to you all. I hope your day is filled with family, fun and thankfullness.

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Friday, November 19, 2010

Have A Holly Jolly Christmas Recipe Swap #1

Welcome to Have a Holly Jolly Christmas Recipe Swap Friday!!!

I am hoping that I have many readers, followers, newbies, lurkers and friends post their recipes, craft ideas, decorating ideas or family traditions. It does not matter if you comment on here frequently or if you never have commented...if you have something to share then please join in my swap. :) This swap is all about Thanksgiving and Christmas...and I would love to see your favorite recipes or hear about your family traditions, craft or decorating ideas. The more people we have posting their lovely recipes or ideas...the more fun this will be. So, as they say, the MORE the MERRIER!!

Today I am entering my FROZEN CRANBERRY SALAD. I know you will love it as much as my family does. This beautiful salad must grace both our Thanksgiving and Christmas Dinners...or I would have some VERY upset children! :)


How to join my swap. :)

1) If you'd like to join in on the fun, simply write out your post on your blog as usual and leave the link here with MckLinky.*Link directly to your recipe by scrolling down and clicking on the "Add your Link" button. You will be then be prompted to enter the URL {please make sure to link directly to your post}, name of your recipe, and Email and then select a Thumbnail to upload. {your email will not be posted}

*How do I link directly to my recipe? After you have posted your recipe simply go to your blog, click that particular blog title. When this post comes up just highlight the addresss in the url box, copy and paste.

2) Please remember to always link back to Fresh from the Farm so that we see all the delicious recipes. It's also a way to find great new blogs and make wonderful new friends.

3) It's all about sharing so please do spread the word and please grab my Farmchick's I'll Be Home for Christms Recipe Swap Saturday button, {located on the top right column and or Tweet/Facebook this swap to your friends and followers.

If you have ANY questions please feel ask me. You can contact me either by leaving a comment on this post or shooting me an email. Sometimes doing new things like this on your computer can be a bit confusing so don't be shy...just ask! :)








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Frozen Cranberry Salad


Frozen Cranberry Salad is a favorite in our family and my kids would be VERY UPSET if I did not make it for our Thanksgiving and Christmas Dinners. I only make it twice a year because it has whipping cream in it!! It is very delicious I think you will love it.

8 ounces cream cheese, softened
2 teaspoons white sugar
1 (16 ounce) can whole cranberry sauce
1 (8 ounce) can crushed pineapple, drained
1 cup chopped walnuts
1 cup heavy whipping cream
1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

DIRECTIONS
Mix together cream cheese, sugar, cranberry sauce, pineapple and nuts. Set aside.


Whip heavy cream with powdered sugar and vanilla until soft peaks form.


Fold into cranberry mixture.


Now you can put it in a loaf pan, freeze and then slice it. I like to put my
salad in a pretty bowl, freeze and let my guests scoop out as much as they want. That's it....simple yet delicious.


Frozen Cranberry Salad... WILL be on Farmchick's Thanksgiving and Christmas tables. :)

Be sure to join in on my Have A Holly Jolly Christmas Recipe Swap Friday!

This recipe has been linked to:

Simply Sweet Home

Prairie Story

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Wednesday, November 17, 2010

All about my Christmas recipe swap!! Come join in!!


Well, folks...it's that time of year again. I can't believe it but Thanksgiving is just about upon us and then of course Christmas. These days sure are busy for our family with Christmas programs at church and school, Holiday concerts and parties etc... I thought it would be fun for all of my friends, followers, readers, newbies and lurkers to get together and SHARE their favorite holiday recipes, decorating ideas, craft ideas and traditions. Yes, of course, we all have our favorite recipes or traditions that we will always have as a family but it would be fun to hear about others too! You might just find something new that you could try or you could give someone else a great new idea!! Even though this swap is called Have a Holly Jolly Christmas recipe swap...your favorites for Thanksgiving are also welcome!! {until Thanksgiving anyway}

How to join my swap. :)

1) If you'd like to join in on the fun, simply write out your post on your blog as usual and leave the link here with MckLinky.*Link directly to your recipe by scrolling down and clicking on the "Add your Link" button. You will be then be prompted to enter the URL {please make sure to link directly to your post}, name of your recipe, and Email and then select a Thumbnail to upload. {your email will not be posted}

*How do I link directly to my recipe? After you have posted your recipe simply go to your blog, click that particular blog title. When this post comes up just highlight the addresss in the url box, copy and paste.

2) Please remember to always link back to Fresh from the Farm so that we see all the delicious recipes. It's also a way to find great new blogs and make wonderful new friends.

3) It's all about sharing so please do spread the word and please grab my Farmchick's I'll Be Home for Christms Recipe Swap Saturday button, {located on the top right column and or Tweet/Facebook this swap to your friends and followers.

If you have ANY questions please feel ask me. You can contact me either by leaving a comment on this post or shooting me an email. Sometimes doing new things like this on your computer can be a bit confusing so don't be shy...just ask! :)

I am looking forward to seeing new recipes and ideas and making new friends! I hope you are too! :)

Leave me a comment if you think this sounds like fun!! or if you don't!! :)





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Monday, November 15, 2010

Introducing Farmchick's Have A Holly Jolly Recipe Swap

Hello~Hello~Hello

I am so glad to see you. :) Have I told you lately how thankful I am for my faithfull followers, readers and commentors too? Well...I AM...so THANKFUL for you all. It is just so fun to have made so many new friends.

So, throughout my blogging time I have had several people ask me if I have ever thought about having a recipe swap. At the times they asked...I had not. Well, I started thinking about it and I decided it would be fun to have one sharing Thanksgiving and Christmas recipes, decorating ideas, traditions, and even craft ideas. Whatever I can think of that would be interesting and FUN of course!! :) So, I would like to introduce to you Farmchick's Have a holly jolly Christmas Recipe Swap!!! I hope you will get out your family cookbooks and share some recipes with me and all my readers. Tune in for more information on Tuesday.
I will be explaining step by step how to participate in this fun swap!!

I will also be sharing with you the recipe for this tasty dish. Looks yummy doesn't it? Well...it WAS....there's nothing left of it now! ;)

I would love to hear if you would like to participate in my swap and also any ideas on subjects we could be posting about over the holiday season. :)

Thanks all for stopping by and for your comments too. :)



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Thursday, November 11, 2010

Just a quick PEEK at what's been happening...

First off....I hope you are all having a wonderful Veteran's Day and have taken time to remember all who have sacrificed so much for our freedom.

Freedom is never free. ~Author Unknown

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A peek at what's going on here......

*My dear, sweet 93 year old Gramma has gone on to be with the Lord.

* I am sad...but happy she is no longer in pain and is with my Grampa whom she missed a lot.

*We have only 80 acres left of sunflowers to harvest.

*I am cleaning out closets etc...preparing for new carpet upstairs in our house.

*Enjoying having my kids home from school with a four day weekend.

*I am thankful for my wonderful life with my beautiful family. :)

We can all certainly be thankful for our freedom. Tell me one thing you are thankful for today.





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Sunday, November 7, 2010

Farm Photo

Coming home from combining sunflowers last night....this is what we saw!

Beautiful aren't they??

Happy Sunday.


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Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Farmchick's Cube Steak Sandwich Recipe


Farmchick's Cube Steak Sandwich

2 pounds cube steak
McCormick's Montreal Brand steak seasoning
2 Tablespoons Worchestershire Sauce
1/2 cup broth
2-8 oz cans of mushrooms
1 small onion, sliced
Butter
Salt and pepper
3 garlic cloves
Hard Rolls
mozzarella cheese or swiss cheese

Season steak with spice and set aside.
Saute onions, garlic and mushrooms in butter, add some salt and pepper to taste. Add worchestershire sauce. Cook over med/low heat until soft. Sear beef and add to onion mixture also add the broth. Cook until tender. (add more broth if you need too) Butter buns and grill until light brown. Assemble sandwiches by adding steak mixture on top of bun and and then cheese on top. Set under broiler to melt cheese.

EAT...they are soooooo yummy!! Farmchick's Cube Steak Sandwich...that's whats for supper in my kitchen tonight! Try them....you will be glad you did!! :)


I meant to get this recipe posted yesterday but I just could not get to it. We had a birthday here in our family and many other activities. My Grandma is not doing well and it has been very hard on our family.


Thanks for stopping by as always. I hope to get out to do some visiting today. I need some down time and I think visiting you all will make me feel better! Don't forget to leave me a comment.

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