Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Sausage On a Bun

My husband is not a picky eater.
He hates carrots and doesn't like mustard. In other words I can make almost anything and he will never complain. 
His favourite meal, he claims, is sausage on a bun. 

How easy is that? 

Its a quick supper that takes very little time to prepare, and is really tasty and man pleasin'.

This time I made homemade Pesto Buns ( I need to make them again so I can post them!) for the Sausage on a Bun dinner, but you could totally use and hamburger bun or deli bun or even bread if you really wanted. 

Our favorite way to prepare them goes like this:

1) Buy pork farmer sausage ( my personal fav) 
2) BBQ sausage till nice and toasty
3) Toast buns while BBQing and slather with mayo, BBQ sauce (and sometime relish and mustard)
4) Slice BBQed sausage into chunks as thin as you like and pile a bunch on prepared bun
5) Top with gouda, cheddar or your favorite cheese. 
6) Tada! dinner is served! Of course adding a salad would never be a bad thing! 

Is this really a recipe? Not really. But we love it and eat it all the time and this is my blog so I can do what I want :) 

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Now You Know

Can I share something with you? I mean its not that deep. It wont change your life or anything. 

I hate unloading the dish washer. I don't know why. I just do. So you can imagine, when today I found myself with a small pile of dirty dishes:

And the "clean" light glowing on the dish washer:

I sighed, ate a strawberry dipped in chocolate sauce, checked facebook, checked twitter, then opened the dish washed and did what I had to do. 

I know. Monumental.

Can I share something else with you? 
You may or may not know, Gary (my husband) and I moved about 1 month ago. We live in a super cute and good sized house on a dairy farm we rent. Its great. We had our whole old house all packed up and we were all ready to move. We had rented a farm and a house and we were good to go. About 2 weeks before we were supposed to move, everything fell through. We had to find a new place to live and a new place to milk our cows. We had 2 weeks. ( The reason our deadline was so short was because we had to go to Toronto to film dragons den! It was a crazy time) So 1 week went by. We still had nothing. Not a thing. By the beginning of the second week...we had 6 days to find a place to live and move. I was a big ball of stress. I walked around with my hands in fists constantly. I do that when I am stressed out. 
Case and point, above picture. This is the day ( or 2) before my wedding. There was lots to be done. LOTS. and  my mom made us stop and take a picture. My fists were balled so tight that day. There is about 8 other pictures that my hands look exactly like that. Sheesh I need to calm down. 
Anyways, this is totally beside the point. 
We had no where to move I was stressed out. 
Then we found a farm and it had a house! But the house was going to be rented. Shoot. Then the owner of the house talked to the soon-to-be renter about us moving in instead and the soon-to-be renter said that was ok and we could move there! This happened on Monday. We had to move by Friday. We had NEVER been inside the house. It was a bit scary. 

So on Tuesday we got the keys and I went in the house for the first time. Gary was on Vancouver Island delivering hay and two guys that work for us were loading up trucks to bring all our stuff over. 

The house could have been a disaster. It could have been a mess. It could have been stuck in the 80`s or 70`s or some other era. But it wasn't/ isn't. Its actually amazing. Pretty. Newish. Clean. Big. 

The only room that left me questioning was the office/main-room-off-the-kitchen-thats-weirdly-open-but-not-the-living-room room. 
It looks like and ocean. Sort of. There are waves. And orange trim. 

You thought I was kidding.

I mean, the waves are very nicely done. Perfectly shaped and everything. But really. Waves? The orange trim only goes up half the door. I don't know why. Sooner then later this needs to get painted. Though I am tempted to leave it. People think its funny... sort of. 

Oh and of course there are dogs in the ocean. See: 

Now you know. 

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Citrus-Mint Granita

I have a fabulous husband. I do.

This is Gary milking our cows for the very first time! 

I was their too...It was evidently a chilly day. 

 He's great. Sometimes he brings me tea ( large earl grey doubledouble from Tim Hortans) or calls me from the Starbucks line to ask what I want. Sometimes he leaves me little notes telling me he loves me or brings me a card and a new plant to try and keep alive. But lately, the best, nicest, thing he does for me? Lets me sleep in through milking.
     As some of you know, a couple of weeks ago ( ? I have no actual idea how long it has been...it feels like forever!) we started milking cows. Our own cows. So obviously we are responsible for seeing that these lovely cows get milked every single day, twice. We milk at 5:30 am and 5:30 pm. So getting up at 5:30...sucks. Well actually its not that bad. Its usually beautiful in the morning at that time. But sleep is definitely lacking. So last night, he said I could sleep in! yay! and sleep I did. I didn't hear the alarm go off, I didn't hear Gary getting ready to go outside, I didn't hear him come back in the house or crawl back into bed. I just slept slept slept till 9:30 am. It was lovely!
( how many times did I say lovely in that paragraph?)

     So now that I am refreshed and well rested, I can do some blog posts! Today is a dreary day but I am bundled up sitting on a big comfy couch on my back porch. with a blanket and my laptop. I am very blessed to have such a good life.

So basically, I have a recipe today! I made grapefruit/tangerine/lemon and mint sorbet/granita yesterday. Its delish, sweet and refreshing. I am going to call it Citrus-mint Granita. Because you could totally use any kind of tangy citrus that you wished.

This recipe is really simple. really. 

Citrus-Mint Granita

1 1/2 cup water
1 1/2 cup sugar
1 1/2 cup fresh squeezed citrus 
( I used 1 large pink grapefruit, 2 tangerines, 1/2 a lemon, I added some of the grapefruit and tangerine pulp too) 
A small handful of fresh mint. ( I used about 1/3 of a cup whole leaves) 

1) Put water and sugar in a pot over medium heat and stir occasionally until all the sugar is melted.

2) Add mint and fruit juice and stir. Bring to barely a boil then take off heat. Here I had a bit of a problem. One recipe I was reading said to put this all in a blender...so I did. Only hot hot juice in a blender equals hot hot juice all over your kitchen. Don't do that. Your clean floors will not be sticky and thats not fun. 

3) Pour hot mixture through a fine strainer and take out all the chunkies. 

4) Put bowl of juice/fruit/mint mixture in the freezer until solid. I stirred mine once in a while to make it lose and icy. Next time I will pour into my ice cream maker. I think it will be more sorbet-like that way. 

Monday, May 16, 2011

Singing Patty Griffin in the Car Makes my Throat Scratchy

You know when you stop at a red light and look over, and you see the girl/boy in the car next to you belting out some tune and then you laugh?

Don't lie, we ALL laugh at that girl/boy.

That girl? Is totally me. Totally.

My car-driving-alone-time is belting-out-tunes-at-the-top-of-my-lungs-time.

When ever I get out of the car at my destination I always feel refreshed and energized and happy. Like belting out those songs releases all my tension and I just get to be free.

Sometimes I look over at cars passing me on the highway, or I see the person in the car next to me see me singing and I laugh a bit to myself because I know that as soon as they pull away they are going to laugh cause I was singing. But I bet that as soon as they are done laughing they are going to crank up their own radio and belt out a tune of their own. I am sure of it!

I was thinking the other day, there is only one other person I can car-sing with. My sister Jill. We have driven to Langley to go shopping and Seattle to see pioneer woman. Sure we talked a bit, but mostly we just sang and sang and sang. After the Seattle trip I recall having quite the sore and scratchy throat. Probably because we probably sang for 4 hours straight.

It was just fabulous.

My current fav car-belting songs?

Stolen Car or Nobody's Crying by Patty Griffin

and Colder Weather  by Zac Brown Band

Do you sing when you are alone in the car?
What are your fav car singing songs?

Thursday, May 5, 2011


 I am starting my first batch of butter.

I have 12L of milk in my fridge.

I need rennet so I can make cheese.

I will make yogurt tonight.

And more butter.


Wednesday, May 4, 2011

The Life of A Dairy Farmers Wife

This morning I was thinking that I have no idea what to post about. I have 1 million new things going on in my life and apparently nothing to say about any of them. Truth be told, I am tired and over whelmed from all the new things going on and my brain can not put the sentences together in a cohesive paragraph to explain them.

So I am going to make some Pesto Rolls ( recipe to come!) and then some homemade cottage cheese ( that could be a disaster) and then wash my floors and do some laundry.

(ok so I made the pesto rolls and they are delish...the cottage cheese needs a post of its own and the laundry got done but the floors only got swept. another day the washing fairy will come and wipe them clean. I just know it!)

Bed time. its 10:30 and I have a 5am wake up call coming my way.

ps. my husband currently has his finger stuck to a frozen juice can. He is apparently VERY thirsty but has already had soo much water he "has a water belly" so apparently juice is the only cure...at 10:35 at night.