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If you Like The Stephanie Plum Novels, Try:

If you like the Stephanie Plum novels by Janet Evanovich, or at least did before they got monotonous, try these series:
Slash & Ranger just might be related, they are so similar...  but the books have a slightly more serious story line/tone overall.  
Description of book 1, from Goodreads: I'm Lexi Carmichael, geek extraordinaire. I spend my days stopping computer hackers at the National Security Agency. My nights? Those I spend avoiding my mother and eating cereal for dinner. Even though I work for a top-secret agency, I've never been in an exciting car chase, sipped a stirred (not shaken) martini, or shot a poison dart from an umbrella. Until today, that is, when two gun-toting thugs popped up in my life and my best friend disappeared. So, I've enlisted the help of the Zimmerman twins—the reclusive architects of America's most sensitive electronic networks—to help me navigate a bewildering maze of leads to find her. Along t…

This Week On The Farm 4/28

One of our spring projects is to enlarge the chicken coop run.  We haven't started yet.  Soon.
Bubba (cow) is almost recovered and ready to move back to the front pasture with the other cows.  We need to start introducing Kase to the other horses here on the farm.  Kase (rescue horse) has some rainrot yet, but mostly you wouldn't realize he was half starved to death just a few months ago - he is doing great.
The barn cats - we only have 2 cats here.  (And that's enough!)
Mickey is getting big - it's about time to move him down to the front pasture with the big cows.
The "ring" of pasture right outside the upper shed.  What a mess.
Todays eggs
The peacocks, still waiting for their new shelter to be built...

Are The Eggs Fresh? Graphic.

I saw this in a facebook post, I have no idea where it came from..  but it's a cute graphic to show you how to tell how fresh the eggs in your fridge (or nesting box!) are:

What Are You Reading 4/28/14

It's that day of the week where I add 20 more books to my "To Read" list, thanks to memes like this.  :-)
Did you know Agatha Christie wrote under the name Mary Westcott in her younger years?  I learned that here:
I'm currently reading:
For Inspiration The Women Of Duck Commander Although I love the women, and love their stories, I find this very hard to read.  I think it could have benefited from a better editor.  It does make me want to read Happy, Happy, Happy by Phil though...  (I just finished the Believing God study by Beth Moore, and was not ready for anything too heavy right now.  I'm still working through the bible in a year at youversion, and we're doing He Speaks To Me by Priscilla Shirer in sunday school  - I've already read that before, it's very good.  I'm doing the Abiding Love study with #HelloMornings too - but that's not really reading, …

Menu Plan Monday 4/28/14

Monday -  Soup & Sandwiches (Using up assorted leftovers)
Tuesday-  Trying a new recipe-  Buffalo Chicken Spaghetti , rolls, salad (It's buffalo chicken dip served over pasta)
Wednesday -  Pork Picata, mac & cheese, salad
Thursday -  Grilled chicken sandwiches, on ciabatta bread, salad
Friday -  Home Made Calzones With No Bake Raspberry Cheesecake Bites for Dessert
Saturday -  Grill night.  Hamburgs, hotdogs, chicken, pineapple
Sunday -  Turkey, Mashed potatoes, corn, stuffing, rolls, strawberry jam
Last week when I cleaned out the freezer and pantry, I made note of any meals I saw that I could make with the ingredients on hand.  I posted a list on the freezer - 

Crockpot Stroganoff

We've been really busy this spring.  In addition to the farm, the kids are doing both track AND drama, and football practices have already begun, in addition to cheer banquets, fundraisers...  this is a season for us, and one we're enjoying immensely, even if it is a bit chaotic.  We're very aware that in two years all of our kids will have graduated high school and our lives will be very different, so were enjoying every minute of this season while it's here.

I'm so thankful for my crock pot.  I almost always have more time in the mornings - it's the afternoons that are super busy.  Last week I threw stroganoff in the crock pot, and it was sooooooo good.  I prefer it this way.  It gave the flavors all day to meld together, and the meat tenderized.  It's much better than making it "fresh" in the evening!

Of course I never measure for stuff like this - so this is my "recipe" followed by a revised Betty Crocker version that gives those of yo…

On The Farm This Week 4/17/14

The Goats:
We sold two of the nannies last week.  :-(  They were two we bought from our Greek friend, and they were not good moms, and did not have much milk.  So off to market they went.  We got good prices for them, but I hated selling them.  I wish I could keep them all as pets.

The babies are all getting big!  Two of them are billies, we're selling them next week.  :-(
I need to figure out what to do about my billy (Horton).  I love him.  He's a huge kiko, super friendly with spots..  but he's the father of the 6 new baby girls that I want to keep.  So do I sell the babies, sell Horton and replace him, or do I run two goat herds with two different billies.  I like option 3 - but pens are an issue.  Maybe I can split the current pen in half and build a new shelter on the other end, and get a second billy goat...

Everyone just had their cd&t shots, were wormed, and got their feet done last week.
Facebook Status - #farmlife - the rain started early today, cutting into …

Chewy Molasses Cookies

I've been on a search for how to make flat, bakery style, cookies.  I still haven't found the secrets I'm looking for, but in the process I found this cookie, which is pretty much perfect.    Now If I could just figure out how to get my sugar and chocolate chip cookies to be this texture!

Chewy Molasses Cookies
Makes  2 dozen 

12 Tbsp (1 and a half sticks) butter, melted
1 cup sugar
¼ cup molasses

Beat, then add to above:
1 egg

Mix separately, then add in to wet ingredients & mix together :
1 ¾ cups  flour
½ tsp ground cloves
½ tsp ground ginger
1 tsp ground cinnamon
½ tsp salt
½ tsp baking soda

Bake at 350 for 8-10 Minutes.  The outside should look dark and firm, but he centers might be a bit soft.  

I recommend baking on parchment paper.

Leave plenty of room between cookies - these will spread a LOT.  The dough will be very sticky and wet, and this will make a flat, chewy, cookie.

Above - slightly puffy right out of the oven Below: Chewy & Flat

Three Sisters Garden

A Three Sisters Garden Consists of Corn, Beans, and Squash.  I've wanted to plant one for years.
Planting Chart Today I found this great planting chart for one -

But this version is so pretty..  I might try this?
This wouldn't allow for a lot of corn, but it would be great for some of the varieties I like to grow for decoration.  And it would look cool up near the chicken coop...

Squanto's Garden Ebook
And I found reference to a free ebook, but the post didn't include a link.  When I did a google search for the ebook, I found the pdf file, no need to give an email address or sign up for anything, it is just here:  (I am running it through calibre to make it an epub, then I will add it to my Aldiko app on my phone, to read)
What Kinds Of Beans, Corn, & Squash? I enjoyed this site because it gives info no…