Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Weight Watcher Wednesday ~ Oven Fries

I think homemade OVEN FRIES are better than store bought frozen french fries. They just have so much more flavor and of course they are better for you. I like to leave the skin on the potatoes.......but you don't have to. Why do I leave the skin on people? Because the skin has more nutrients so I hate to peel it off!!

Oven Fries
6 large baking potatoes
4 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1/4 teaspoon pepper


Cut each potato lengthwise into fries.

Soak fries in cold water.

Drain onto towel and make sure to get rid of all excess water on fries. In a large bowl, combine the oil, salt, paprika and pepper; add fries and toss to coat.
Place in a single layer on a greased baking sheet. Bake at 450° for 20 minutes. Turn potatoes; bake 10 minutes longer or until golden brown. Yield: 8 servings.
I hope you all enjoy these oven fries. I know we do!! Thanks for stopping by and please don't forget to leave me a comment and say hi.

*Note Weight Watcher Wednesday is simply recipes that are healthier. Recipes that are good to use when you are watching your weight and calorie intake. WWW has nothing to do with Weight Watchers!!!

**********ADDED MARCH 23, 2011**************

***I have decided to join the Gooseberry Patch Blog Round Up! It's their own blog hop and I think it is going to be lots of fun!! Make sure you click on the Recipe Round-Up Button {located on the right hand side of my blog} to see all of the yummy entries!!! I am submitting this older post as I don't have time right now to post my new recipe. I will be adding a new post this afternoon. If you want to get to the current day simply click my Fresh From the Farm banner at the top of the page and it will take you right there!! Thanks for stopping by everyone. Come back later to see my most new post this afternoon. It's Weight Watcher Wednesday so come on back and see what I'm cookin' up!! Also, remember that I have my own blog hop going on....Farmchick's Farm Photo Friday which features pictures taken on your farm, ranch, garden or just out in the country! I hope you will stop by and join in on the fun this Friday!!!


Tuesday, January 25, 2011

It's almost here.............

What's almost here you ask? Well, Valentine's Day! You may think that is quite a ways off in the future but one must plan for this special day. :) You need to gather up recipes, make cute treats and cute crafts. The time to start is now!!

Over the next few weeks I am going to be showing you some cute ideas for Valentine treats and meals etc.... To get us started though, I thought today I would show you a couple of my old posts that I thought would work for Valentine's Day. :)

The first one is for Strawberry Cupcakes. They are delicious, moist and a festive pink! Sounds like Valentine's Day to me! Click here to go to that post for the recipe.

Strawberry Angel dessert is scrumptious too and the best thing about's a LIGHT dessert! If you are watching your calories or want a light dessert to top off a great Valentine's Day meal...this dessert is perfect for you. YUM!! Go here if you would like to see the recipe and post on this dessert.

I have decided to bring back the weight watcher tune in tomorrow for the first WWW of the year!! :)

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Sunday, January 23, 2011

The beauty around us.

Wishing you a peaceful Sunday.


Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Hearty Cheese Ravioli Casserole

Greetings from the frozen tundra!! It is supposed to be -55 windchills tomorrow morning. Yes read that right...55 below zero windchills here in my neck of the woods. In celebration {haha} of the extremely cold temps I decided to make a warm, cheesy, hearty supper.

1/2 pound bulk Italian sausage
1/2 pound lean ground beef (90% lean)
1 jar (24 ounces) marinara sauce
1 can (14-1/2 ounces) Italian diced tomatoes
1 cup sliced fresh mushrooms
1 package (25 ounces) cheese raviolo
1 cup (4 ounces) shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
In a small skillet, cook sausage and beef over medium heat until no longer pink; drain. Transfer to a casserole dish. Stir in the marinara sauce, tomatoes and mushrooms. Prepare the ravioli according to package directions; stir into meat mixture. Sprinkle with cheese. Cover and cook for 15 minutes or until cheese is browning and bubbly.

Now......who want's a bowl?

I am many of you are watching your weight or dieting? Awhile back I used to do a Weight Watchers Wednesday. On Wednesday I would post a healthy dish and list the Weight Watchers Points too. You don't have to actually be on Weight Watcher to enjoy these meals. I am using the words Weight in someone who is watching their weight...not the actual diet!! Is there anybody out there that would like me to bring Weight Watcher Wednesday back to my blog?? I would love to know....and I may start doing it again.

Stay warm everyone....I know I intend to!


Monday, January 17, 2011


Not me....silly!!! Our cows. I still call them my babies we love to go out and watch the new born calves and their mommas. I love to see them out frolicking in the sun...running and kicking their feet in mid air. So CUTE!!

Here you see a few of the girls awaiting their turn to get pregnancy tested. I wonder if they are feeling nervous and excited to find out if they are going to have a baby? ;)

Here one gal is waiting for the vet {see him there} to give her the news. "Positive--due late May!!" She doesn't look too excited...I think she just needs to let the good news soak in. :)

Many people have their calves born in March but we chose to have ours in May when it is a little warmer. May cannot come soon enough for me this year. May signifies many things....the end of the school year, new babies, planting my gardens.....sigh....please May....come quickly!

I am so glad for a day off from school....good to keep my babies at home. ;) We are gonna have a nice day....My Farmer and Jr Farmer will be heading off later on this evening to meet the Minnesota Twins Caravan....they already have a baseball to get autographed!! The rest of us are going to head to town and go out to eat....we all should have a nice time. :)

I've decided to stick with love; hate is too great a burden to bear."-
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Martin Luther King, Jr. was an inspiring leader for many. What inspires you??

Have a great day! :)

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Comfort Food at it's best!

It's winter. It's cold. Many of us have lots of snow. What better for those kinds of days then a hearty meal filled with flavor. Pork chops with yummy creamy potatoes!! The chops on top add extra flavor to the tatoes....;) I think you will love this dish.

Porks Chops and Scalloped Pototatoes

5 cups thinly sliced peeled potatoes
1 cup chopped onion
Salt and pepper to taste
1 can (10-3/4 ounces) Campbell's Cheddar Cheese soup, undiluted
1/2 cup sour cream
6 pork loin chops (1 inch thick)

In a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish, layer half of the potatoes and onion; sprinkle with salt and pepper. Repeat layers. Combine the soup and sour cream; pour over potato mixture. Cover and bake at 375° for 30 minutes.

Meanwhile in a nonstick skillet, brown pork chops on both sides. Place chops on top of casserole. Cover and bake for 30 minutes. Uncover and bake 15 minutes longer or until chops are tender.

Pork Chops with Scalloped Potatoes

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A big THANK YOU to all of you who stop by to say hi and to all of you who take the time to comment or email me. I love hearing that you have tried one or more of my recipes and that they were hits with your families! Thank you so much....I love hearing from each and every one of you--no matter what you have to say!!


Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Winter wonderland or frozen tundra??? ;)

It's beautiful here with the sun shining on the snow.....making it look like a sparkly winter wonderland. Though, sometimes with the wind blowing it sometimes look like the frozen tundra.

The pheasants are out in full force looking for food. We have about 30 pheasants right in our front yard.

Tune in on Friday....I am finally going to post a new and delicious recipe. Hope to see you then.

Don't forget to say hi!! :)