January 31, 2009
January 30, 2009
or lovingly called "EVIL-SKINNERS" by my beloved Farmer. (my maiden name is Skinner by the way.) Whatever the name, they are great. Stay tuned...I will post the recipe tomorrow...I am traveling at the moment and don't have it with me, but trust me...
YOU WILL WANT IT!!
January 24, 2009
Wrap hotdogs with thin slices of bacon...we only use Oscar Meyer all beef hot dogs (only because The Farmer is pretty picky with hot dogs). After the hot dogs are wrapped with the bacon, cook in a frying pan, on medium heat, until bacon is done and a little crispy. Remove the hotdogs from the pan and keep warm. Next, spread the bun with mayo.....
And cook in the same pan...in the bacon grease...until toasty and brown. I told you....not something you can eat at every meal!
Then....place the hotdog in the yummy bun and begin to add toppings....
January 21, 2009
January 20, 2009
And I would also like to say....Thank you Mr. President and thank you to your beautiful "grace under pressure" wife. You did a great job. Thank you for dedicating the last several years of your life to public service...and that is just what it was....SERVICE. You led us in prayer when we needed to pray, you defended us when we needed to be defended, you were not perfect...but then again...who is???
You are an amazing man...you have my RESPECT!
January 17, 2009
Next, came PreShie, and she too loved to be outside under the willow and the same with Rooster. They could always be found under the tree digging, playing in the hose, or playing in the playhouse that also found its' home under the tree. We had many, many dinners and parties under this wonderful tree. Above is a picture of the tree last winter during a snow storm.
The tree became the home of a displaced swarm of bees last summer, and that was quite lovely as well. Had the bees not attacked us everytime we came out of the house....we would have let them stay too! The willow was the home for birdhouses built in cubscouts, it held hummingbird feeders and it supported many climbing children. This tree really became a member of our family! This past year we thought we would begin building a new home....but timing has not been right(given all that is going on in Mexico right now). So we decided that we would add onto our existing home to make it a little more comfortable, but that meant our beloved tree must be removed. And so The Boy, who loved the tree and enjoyed the tree throughout his life, was the one who carefully cut the tree down, and stacked the wood, which we will also use when our new fireplace is completed. The Boy was sad, he said it just wasn't right, but it had to be done.
And so, a chapter in our lives has closed....and another has opened. The building will begin on Monday, and we are so excited!
And....another tree has been planted, that will, in a few years become a beautiful willow, just like the one we have loved and enjoyed for so many years.
January 14, 2009
Frijoles, found in every home in the lovely land of Mexico. Served with every meal, including breakfast, in a typical Mexican home. These are pinto beans, what is eaten in Nothern Mexico. We grow them in our area and on our farms most years. It is a gift to be able to cook a great pot of beans. And it is serious business around here. People are quite particular about their beans. We are lucky, because the lady that helps us here in our home, cooks a great pot of beans. And try as I may, I cannot duplicate her beans, even with all the same ingredients. In my opinion, there is nothing that smells better in a home than to have a pot of beans on to cook. After they have soaked all night, she puts them on to cook early in the morning. So the house smells great all day long. And when the darlings come in from school, they usually say something like..."oh beans, oh, they smell so good." We (like I have anything to do with it!) cook a pot of beans each week, near the beginning of the week, so that we may have a "supply" for the week. We always start eating the pot of beans with our all time favoirte....BEAN STACKS.....invented by The Farmer's dear Mother. They are well known around here.
*Side note: these are black beans....not so common in Northern Mexico. This is the bean for Southern Mexico....it is rare to find a Pinto Bean down south. We love Black Beans too.
Now....for the Bean Stack...
Step 1 - fill your bowl with Doritos
Step 2 - Begin to layer with toppings, like avocado
....cheese is a must,
Pour hot beans over your toppings and continue to add, sour cream, diced tomato, onions and your favorite salsa. Then...dig in! A perfect meal, anytime....but on a cold evening....it really hits the spot!
In Mexico....this is called a comal. A cast iron skillet. Again, found in every Mexican home. Something that always sits on your stove, because it is so used.
And this is what it is used for! Warming tortillas. Another staple in a home in Mexico. Eaten with literally every meal, often freshly made for each meal. Tortillas are not only eaten along with the meal, they are used a bit like a utinsil. The Darlings love flour tortillas, and The Farmer likes the corn tortilla.
January 11, 2009
January 9, 2009
He would be 8 years old today. He would have been baptized today.
Today we will celebrate the time that we had with our special boy, it was too short, but atleast we got to know him and love him for that little time.
Our cemetary is dry and dusty, but it is one of our favoite places to be.
We often take hot chocolate and doughnuts, and just sit. Our extended family feels just like we do, and they very often are with us. It is always a time of rememberance, but it is
We love this place so much....that we placed a bench, under a tree, on the edge of our family plot.
January 7, 2009
January 5, 2009
(Disclaimer.....LOTS of pictures)
*The Farmer in Italy
*The Fam. in Mazatlan
*We played some football, some basketball and a little track
*We sent a missionary off to Boston, MA (Auntie Beth)
*We were blessed... that The Boy's life was spared....
*We have a constant reminder of a sweet friend who did not survive
*We celebrated 20 years of shear wedded bliss!
*We set some goals.....and saw them achieved
*goals we thought we would NEVER make;)
*We farmed and enjoyed those experiences....well...most of the time
*And with a little luck....and alot of faith...we begin 2009 and know that we will,
"Come what may....and love it!"