Tuesday, February 26, 2013

The Homestead


Hef's dad has been on a business trip for the past two and a half weeks, so to keep myself entertained I bought the complete set of Dr, Quinn, Medicine Woman. Man, it's a great show! Let me tell you I am one for a theme, which led to a big pot of hearty chicken and dumplings! 
For the life of me I can't dice an onion, so when I spotted the already chopped on sale I took the easy way out.

Step 1: Brown both sides of chicken thighs in oil, crispy yummy chicken skin! The skins are then discarded, but the pups and I had some as a little snack, just like peeling off the thanksgiving turkey! Reserve the chicken fat for the dumplings!Then sautee the  veggies until they start to soften.

Add some stock and  milk and simmer until the chicken is falling off the bone.
Shred the chicken and keep it simmering.
 Now I am not one for doughs or pasteries, so I was very pleased these turned out. I didn't give measurements before because when it comes to veggies or meat a little more or a little less won't hurt in my eye, but I fear the dough! So here is the exact if you try them, 2 cups flour, 1 tablespoon baking powder, and 1 teaspoon salt, mix that together. Then warm 1 cup milk with 3 tablespoons of reserved fat. and stir that into the flour mix.
Drop them into the pot, it was so easy! Let them simmer, covered, about 15 minutes until they are fluffed up nice!

I DID IT!

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Dipping our toes back into blogging

Oh, it has been a long time since I have blogged. It has been tough, and even the other day I considered adopting a bunny and couldn't bring myself to do it. Hef remains the be all end all bunny in my heart. I still think of that bedroom as Hef's room. "I think that's up in Hef's room..." and I still think of my hoppin kitchen as The Bunny Lounge. I had created another blog, but never posted, it wasn't the same. So I am taking a break from my marathon of cooking today (mainly because my dishwasher is full and I really need to get a third set of measuring spoons and cups...) to try blogging again.
I woke up today and wanted to cook, man I wanted to cook. If your a cook you know that's how it is sometimes, you just get the calling. I knew I wanted a creamy chicken stew,  beef broccoli, and teryaki jerky.After perused my favorite cookbook to grab another recipe since I was heading to the store, I was making my list and saw that the Daytona 500 started a lot sooner then I realized and made a crazy dash to the store to get back in time. So far I have made Chicken and Dumplings, along with Skillet Lasagna, it remains to be seen if I get to beef broccoli or not, the teryaki jerky is about halfway done and I'm about to rotate my racks. For today let's cover Skillet Lasagna, because you might just have everything in your pantry to make this tonight!
Kitchen Helper Bandit
Main job: eating food bits that fall on the floor, she has a great "leave it" in case raw meat or other dog unfriendly foods get dropped.

Once I was watching The French Chef, and Julia Child was making chocolate almond cake. She starts off getting all her ingredients together because, "Otherwise you may have to run to the supermarket in the middle of your cake and that simply won't doooooooo!"

Shadow doesn't help as much, she just tastes what she gets.

Shepherd Oven

So the lasagna is in the back, one medium onion has been browned and 1lb ground beef is  browning now.

10 lasagna noodles cracked into approx. 2 inch pieces, this is really fun to do and makes a great cracking sound.
Pour on one 28oz can of diced tomatoes with juices and 8oz tomato sauce (which I forgot to add until the last five minutes of cooking, but oh well) and cover for about 15 minutes until noodles are soft, then plop on some ricotta and remove from heat. Cover about 5 minutes, so ricotta is warmed through.
DIG IN!



Monday, October 1, 2012

Good-Bye

This morning Hef was not acting right and I rushed him off to our emergency vet. The vet didn't have much to say and gave Hef some antibiotics and referred us to a specialist if he didn't improve. I came home from work today and Hef was gone. My best guess is Hef had a stroke or something because he was shaky and very mellow.
I've been slacking on this blog, but this was more Hef's blog then anything and I don't think I will keep it up without him. Hef was five, and my baby boy. Good-bye my baby bun.
Snowbun

Snuggle bun

NOM!

The King of Hearts, of course!

Don't touch my salad!

Mr. Playboy

Peek-a-boo Bun

Explorer Bun

"Mama, I love you so much!"

Good-bye Heffy

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Mr. Hef at the bunspa


"Um, excuse me Mama, where am I going?"

"Just a little trip outside to  get prettied up. After all your living across the way from  a doe now, you have to look good."

Mr. Hef really liked picking up the comb and tossing it.

"Thanks for grooming me Ma, but I actually part my fur like this..."

I tried to treat Hef to some mint from the garden but he started
 nomming me instead, oh well, it was darn cute.
 P.S. Hef's Dad and I went to a luau party on Friday, not a bad looking couple huh?

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Do you know what day it is?

"No, I'm new here, what's going on?"
 Today is Hef's 5th birthday!
"Me? Then let's party!"

"PARTY EARS UP!"

"Oh, and you can leave your presents right here" *taps paw*
Happy Birthday Heffy! It still feels like I just got my baby bunny!

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Post 551, In which we try to find Hef

"Heffy, please come out. Your fans are clogging our inbox!"

"Hmph!"
 Yeah, I tried. Shortly after this last photo Poor Hef got humped in the face by Carrot and I decided to conclude the play date at that point. I'm not repeating the comments Hef's dad made about this incident. I think you can figure them out, ugh!

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Seasonal Update

Obviously we suck at blogging, lets move on... Today is the first day of Summer! We are expecting record highs of 91+ today!
"Bring me a cool water, and more PELLETS!!!"
Yes, princess Carrot, heaven forbid you move to your other bowl, ya know the one next to your  water bottle.

"Hey guess what? I weigh 55 lbs, not too shabby!"
Yes, Little B had a weigh in last night and she surprised us at an impressive 55 lbs, she might be a big girl yet!

Poor Shadow went to tthe vet last week with a UTI, but she is already perking up and acting her old self.
 NOT PICTURED: One grumpy bunny who keeps hiding every time I come in his room
Black beans and rice, this is an instant favorite!

Zucchini fritters, I liked and  Hef's dad did not

Grilled Camembert, who knew? I didn't leave it on long enough so it wasn't all melty but it did have a good smoky flavor
So thats about whats going on with us!