Biscuits and Gravy

As a kid I have many fond memories of biscuits and gravy for breakfast.  The gravy of course was sausage gravy made from venison with biscuits from scratch.  I remember when my family would all go out hunting for deer season. We would bring home several deer at a time and this would be our meat for the year.  Processing the venison was always a family project we did together.  I enjoyed being in charge of the grinder and making the breakfast sausage.  My dad always tells me the story of when I was very little I came out into the garage and said “Chop chop chop gonna eat you all up big buck!”.

Biscuits this recipe is great to make ahead and freeze then cook when you want them.

4681551_orig.jpg 3 c flour
1/4 c sugar
4 t baking powder
1/2 t cream of tartar
3/4 t salt
1/2 c butter
1 egg beaten
1 1/8 cup milk

Combine all dry ingredients.  Cut room tempature butter into slices and cut into dry ingredients until mixture resembles course crumbs.  Add wet ingredients, mix until dough forms a ball dump onto lightly floured surface knead 10-12 times. Roll out a little less 1/2 the thickness of the desired biscuit size fold dough over (this makes them come apart easier when cooked).   Cut out busciuts I usually use a floured glass.  Grease a baking sheet and place biscuit in freezer to freeze. Once frozen put them in a ziploc bag to take up less room.  Cook at 425 for 12-15 minutes.  If you are eating them right away you skip the freezer steps.

​Then you enjoy while the labrador cleans up for you!

Love and Loss

PictureI was with you for a while
We laughed and cried
But now you are gone

They say you are in a better place
I really hope you are
You will have no more suffering

Someday again I will see you
We will be together again
In that better place

I will remember you always
The good memories will stay forever
And this is how it will be till the end
​-Kimberly Cacia

For those of you who knew our sweet Sammy he went to heaven last tuesday.  He was the most loving and bouncy dog I have known.  Despite the bad experiences he had before coming to us he trusted unconditionally until the end.  The world will miss you but, most of all I will miss you. The house just doesn’t quite seem the same without you.

We love you Sammysaurus Rex

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Stewart Freeze Dried Treats

As a dog trainer and wife of a veterinarian I always strive to find high quality treat that are not only affordable but palatable.  I have been using Stewart Freeze Dried Liver treats for some time now.  We got our border collie last year and he is a very picky eater.  He enjoys working for liver treats and rarely gets bored with them during training.  I also love how they come in many different sizes so I can use them in different ways.  I stuff the largest pieces into kongs for my dogs which occupies them for a while trying to free the treat.   My husband is a veterinarian and likes that they have a single ingredient of liver.  They come in seven different flavors and are made with no preservatives or additives, which makes the husband and picky border collie very happy (and the cats).  I would definitely recommend this product to anyone.  Gus gives this treat 9 out of 10 paws he wishes more flavors came in the giant bucket.

The links below will bring you to their website and you can also follow them on instagram, twitter and Facebook.

 

Canning Chili

My ever so wonderful border collie decided yet again that the appropriate time to wake up is in fact before the sun….even on the weekend.  I decided to take this time to can some turkey chili for myself.  I personally love a good bowl of chile with a fair amount (really actually a lot) of cheddar cheese in the winter.  All my canning supplies are in our basement so I carted up all my jars, lids, rings, pressure canner, and cans of diced tomatoes.  Then I went down and got more jars since I apparently have a fear of not having enough jars.  I put all my lids and jars in the dishwasher while I dumped all the chile components in the pot.  I use the regular chili recipe found in the ball canning book.
I should mention as a side note jack our orange cat that I currently seem to be at war with felt he needed to oversee all canning today.  I was cutting up the hot pepper when a cat hair floated into my eye  I automatically reached up to rub my eye and realized mere millimeters from my eye that it would go terribly wrong.  My life flashed before my eyes!  I sure that jack saw to making sure there was orange hair in every jar.
The chili turned out wonderful and all but one of the jars plinked which I think is pretty good.  Gus spent most of the day watching over his little farm.

Mexico Soup

     Had a wonderful day!  I went to our public market which is fairly large here.  I thought to myself you should get some lettuce cheap as a treat for annabelle (one of rabbits has a wound we are treating).  Also thought that I should get some fresh veggies for myself.  We walked the whole market even saw some really sketchy meat and fish stalls.  What do I end up leaving with … a pair of mittens yup mittens.  I couldn’t help myself they were so cute and my fingers were so cold.  I went totally unprepared and did not bring gloves or hat, I did however bring a giant bag to put all my loot in …I mean my mittens that I am actually just going to wear.
I also went to Jo-ann Fabrics which is very dangerous for as a quilter.  I got some really cute things to wrap presents in, as well as a few things for me.  I decided to make soup tonight since it cold out and Jeff isn’t home.  A nice warm hearty soup sounded good. Picture PictureHearty Mexico Soup
Ingredients:
1 medium onion
1 T minced garlic
2 T butter
4 cups chicken broth
1 can diced tomatoes
shredded chicken
1 bunch of cilantro
1 lime
2 t black pepper
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon sea salt
1 teaspoon oregano
shredded cheese
avocado

In a medium pot melt butter and saute onion and garlic until translucent.  Add chicken broth and canned tomatoes.  Add shredded Chicken (you can use a rotisserie chicken).  Simmer for 15 minutes.  Add chopped cilantro and juice of lime.  Season to taste the above amounts are really more of suggestions :).  I usually put some cheese in mine as well as diced avocado and enjoy!

​I hope you are enjoying the weekend!

The Mice Will Play

PictureHave you ever heard the saying “when the cats away the mice will play”?  Well, my wonderful husband is off to hunting camp this weekend.  Jeff leaves tonight and will return on Sunday evening (in theory with venison for the freezer).  Well, any perfect housewife would use this time to deep clean the house, maybe wash all the linens, and clean the refrigerator.   Let’s all be honest here, I’m a wonderful wife…I just seem to lack the perfect housewife gene.  I plan to camp on the couch with the dogs watch endless movies and TV while working on my hand sewing projects.  I also have every intention of bringing Pete the rabbit in to snuggle on the couch (which is highly frowned upon).  Jeff may ask, “Where did all the grey hair on the couch come from?”  I will of course deny I have any knowledge of any rabbits inside the house.   So I will raise my glass of wine to all the other wonderwifes of hunters alone during deer season weekends.  I encourage all you ladies to take this opportunity to do something wonderful for yourselves!

Wholesome Greens and Beans Soup

As I sit here making dinner for my family, I realized how blessed I truly am.  I am making greens and beans soup on this cold night.  I made the chicken broth from scratch and canned it.  I also grew a whopping crop of kale this summer that I canned for the coming winter months.  I am grateful that I have the time to do these things for my husband, not only adding love to our food but healthy nutrition as well.   I find it much more convenient to run to the basement for chicken/veggie stock and canned kale, than climb in my car and go to a grocery store.  It’s a wonderful feeling of accomplishment to sit down to a dinner that you have made mostly from scratch.   It may have a few stray cat or dog hairs but that only adds to the warm and fuzzy feeling that I made this myself.  I am also thinking how wonderful my husband is, as he is out in the garage processing our lastest batch of home grown meat rabbits.  Thus further filling our freezer for winter and providing for o
ur family.  We got 30 pounds of meat from 8 rabbits.  I am also grateful he is not not making me stand out in the cold right now to help him.  So I hope you all remember in this special month to be thankful for all the things that are great and wonderful in your life.

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Greens and beans soup:
Ingredients:
Rubbed sage
Red pepper flakes
Crushed rosemary
Ground turkey sausage 4 cups broth 2 cans
white beans
1 bunch of kale with tough
stems removed and leaves
chopped rough

In a medium pot add the red pepper flakes, rubbed sage, and crushed rosemary until toasted.  When I add the seasoning I do it by taste as some people like it less spicy.  Add the sausage I usually use a ground turkey herb and garlic sausage, cook until browned.  Add 4 cups of broth I usually use a mix of chicken and vegetable broth.  Bring to a simmer add Two cans of white beans.  cook for 20-30 minutes until beans are tender.  Add chopped kale cook five minutes then enjoy!  I usually sprinkle parmesan cheese on mine when I eat it.

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