Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Now that isn't earth-shattering news. This is a fairly large city, a university town, with lots of places to catch some entertainment. What cracked me up was that one of the band members almost got arrested.....for jaywalking! I can't count the number of times I've jaywalked in this town (if you're an officer of the law please don't arrest me). I guess I'll have to be a little more careful from now on!
You should definitely head over to the Farmer's Wife latest entry to hear more about it, but the good stuff is on the band's website with a you tube reenactment.
Sunday, March 29, 2009
There's nothing better than the view from the middle of a cornfield - a landscape that's always changing.
I promise something better for next week...we're swimming in baby calves!
Friday, March 27, 2009
Speaking of Jackson...do to busy schedules and being sick, we haven't had a chance to see the little guy in awhile. The little man is just over 3 months old. With those baby blue eyes, I think he's going to be quite the charmer!
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
This is a black light trap we use to monitor insect pests with. The black light trap emits an ultraviolet light. Many insects are attracted by short wavelengths of the light spectrum. When its dark, the insects are attracted to the light, fly towards it and are caught at the bottom of the trap. We use this type of trap to monitor agricultural insects to determine the emergence and flight patterns of these pests and assist growers in making informed crop management decisions.
The trap is operated all summer long. Last year, one of the undergraduates working for Ron had the distinct pleasure of collecting trap contents every day, sorting, and identifying the insects. We helped her go through the results and at last week's meeting in St. Louis, she presented a poster of her findings and got first place..congrats Caitlin!
Also bringing home first was Nick who presented a talk on his master's degree research on soybean aphids.
Friday, March 20, 2009
8 oz. pkg. cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup ranch salad dressing
1/2 cup FRANK'S REDHOT® Buffalowing Sauce
1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
2 cans chicken, drained (can substitute shredded chicken)
1.HEAT oven to 350°F. Place cream cheese into deep baking dish. Stir until smooth.
2.MIX in salad dressing, Frank's RedHot Sauce and cheese. Stir in chicken.
3.BAKE 20 min. or until mixture is heated through; stir. Garnish as desired. Serve with crackers or vegetables.
Microwave Directions: Prepare as above. Place in microwave-safe dish. Microwave, uncovered, on HIGH 5 min. until hot, stirring halfway through cooking.
Monday, March 16, 2009
I'm not sure where she get's her sense of style, but I guess a farmgirl has to have her carhart jacket, hunting hat, Hello Kitty boots, and Dora sunglasses :)
Sunday, March 15, 2009
The challenge this week - water. And despite all the rain we got over the last week, this is the photo I chose to use. I just love the little drops of water on the pine needles.
Monday, March 9, 2009
The pictures aren't great, but I love the brown and pink striped fabric I used for the back and found sound cute little monkeys to tie in with the polka dots on the front. I have lots of flannel baby scraps, so I think I'll use some of those on the next one.
Friday, March 6, 2009
Got this recipe from Stephanie this week. I haven't had a chance to try it, but she assures me its good!
1 1/2 lb. ground hot Italian sausage
1 1/2 tsp. chopped garlic
2 tsp. oregano
2 (15 oz) cans diced tomatoes with mild green chiles
1 (15 oz) can seasoned tomato sauce
16 oz. cheese tortellini
2 large green peppers, sliced in strips
In large pan, brown Italian sausage; drain excess fat. Return to pan; add garlic, oregano, diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, and green peppers. Cook until green pepper is crisp-tender; add tortellini. Cook 7 to 10 minutes longer.
Carefully empty hot mixture into lasagna pan. Top with cheese. Bake in oven at 350 degrees until cheese melts and is bubbly. Goes great with salad and breadsticks!
Wednesday, March 4, 2009
Ron got me MarioKart as one of my birthday gifts. I'd played it a couple of times with my sister and at AJ & Sondra's house. Lord knows I'm not good a racing in video games, but it was pretty fun.
We spent last night testing out our skills - I'm not awful, but I may just live up to being called a "woman driver".
Monday, March 2, 2009
Outside my window... sunny but brisk, a hope of spring on the horizon
I am thinking...where did the weekend go?
I am thankful for...wonderful friends and family
From the kitchen...not much, we need to go grocery shopping!
I am wearing... my Sedona Red Rock shirt and jeans
I am reading...Country Sampler... does that count?
I am hoping...
I am creating...the list is long, but a quilted baby book for Maddy and a quilted tag blanket for a friends baby girl are on the top of the list right now (good thing I have a little while yet).
I am hearing... the garbage man coming down the street (good thing we got the trash out early)
Around the house... boxes for goodwill, stacks of farm magazines, and lots of other little things that need to find a corner to call home
One of my favorite things...I'm finding myself drawn to the opera clutch wallets. Two of my friends both have them now and while at first I wasn't sure, they're growing on me. And Stephanie and Angie wouldn't steer me wrong...I just don't know about zebra print
A few plans for the rest of the week...enjoy, enjoy, enjoy
Here is a picture thought I am sharing with you...
Not really a picture this week, but a short video clip of my sister and our nephew. There's nothing better to start your Monday with than to hear of a baby's laugh. (Well and for me to hear my sister snorting :0 )
Sunday, March 1, 2009
I have two favorite images for this challenge. A photo I took two weekends ago while at the National Farm Machinery Show -
And from the state fair this last year -
I promise next week I'll try to take the photo during the week :)