Tuesday, September 16, 2014
Tuesday, September 2, 2014
For the first time in a few years we were finally able to make it up to the cities over the weekend to go to a Minnesota Twins game and to visit with friends.
We had a great weekend and Ellie was super, super excited when we told her we were going to go to a baseball game. She loves sitting with Daddy on the couch and watching baseball.
So, it's safe to say she had a really great time at the game! It was pretty hot, well- really hot, so we got lots of cold treats for her to enjoy and she was already asking the next day if we were going to another baseball game!
If our tiny girl follows in her Mommy's footsteps she will play softball and if she follows in her Daddy's she will love baseball. Both would be lots of fun for our family!
Saturday, August 30, 2014
It seems that the sweet corn season is well underway, in some places nearly at its finish.
A few weeks ago I finally bit the bullet on a rainy week day and started doing my sweet corn!
Ellie and I went down to the sweet corn patch in our rain gear and started picking. Then her Pop Pop came and got her and let her ride in the truck while he hauled corn.
But, I managed to get over 150 ears of corn. That is a whole lot of picking! I only used about 120 for freezing and then I gave away or grilled the rest of the sweet corn.
I didn't do a play by play this year. I just buckled down and started working. It took a bit of time this year, I did it on my own and my hands were super numb by the end from my electric knife.
But, if you are looking for a really nice summer treat in the middle of winter here is my step by step from last year. I suggest stocking up now! A good half days of work will give you corn all winter long!
This is our sweet corn patch. The short stuff in the front is the sweet corn, the green tips you see at the very top is actually our field corn in the back.
I spent about an hour picking over 100 ears of corn while our daughter napped. I brought the pick up and lots of old tubs to store the corn until I could get home to start shucking.
Since my daughter was still napping when I got home I stood outside and shucked all the corn, I threw all the husks in our feed bunks for a treat for our cattle behind the house.
I then brought them inside a little at a time and lined them up on the counter.
I started boiling two pots of water. Keep a few large measuring cups on hand because the more you boil the more water will evaporate out and you will have to add more.
I put five ears in each pot, so ten total, and boiled for about 6 to 8 minutes.
I then transferred them from the pots to my kitchen sink that was filled with ice cold water, to blanch them...or stop the cooking process. My kitchen sink was scrubbed clean before I filled it with ice cold water.
Once the ears were cool I transferred them to the counter in a pan and my husband started the cutting. We used an electric knife to shave off, which I used last time, but a the new tip is adding this bundt pan underneath. It has the perfect spot to sit the corn to shave off into the pan.
Have a place to discard the ears.
And once your bundt pan is filled dump it into a bigger bowl.
I then put about a cup and a half into regular sandwich baggies and laid them flat for freezing. My 100 plus ears of corn should give us enough sweet corn for one bag a week for the next year!
This is such a simple process it's perfect to stop at your local farmer's market and pick up a couple dozen, or ten dozen, and make an evening of it like we did! It was a perfect, fun little date night after our daughter went to bed!
Thursday, August 21, 2014
I promised a post earlier this week to give an update on what's been going on with our IVF run.
If you are just joining in on our journey start with these posts first!
Well, it seems as if my body just isn't cooperating. At all.
I left off with being the crabbiest person in our house, and I still am, but I can finally, finally see the light at the end of the tunnel- and so can my farmer, which he is ever so thankful for.
For the last month I have gone to the doctor every Wednesday to have an ultrasound and blood drawn. The blood test to see where my estrogen levels are (which is really, really, really high!) and the ultrasound to see how thick my uterine lining is.
Essentially, I take this shot every day that keeps my body in menopause, which I have told you before. It's basically keeping me from ovulating completely. And then I am adding all these female hormones to make my body also think it's pregnant. When you are pregnant your uterine lining gets thicker, so that is what we have been waiting for all this time.
It has taken me longer than the doctor expected for my uterine lining to thicken up. Which isn't common- but hey, we have established in our family I don't like to do things the expected way!
And, the really hard part was they cut all caffeine out of my diet. If any of you know me personally you know how much I love Coke. Seriously love. And I partially blame Elliette because when I was pregnant with her that was the only thing that kept me from getting sick. And the habit kind of stuck with me. And needless to say migraines have now been added to my crabbiness. Which you can imagine. However, I have decided that I have a problem. But, I already knew that and knowingly admit it. But, I am starting to feel better and I am seriously considering giving up caffeine indefinitely. Considering, no promises!
But, it's finally close enough for them to move forward with the embryo transfer...
Yep! It's finally time!
I am going to allow myself a little bit of privacy and not tell you what day the transfer will be. I hope you don't mind!
But, please know that...
|Yes, that is a pile of chocolate...I am trying to hide it from Ellie...It didn't work.|
Which is a really, really wonderful feeling.
The last few weeks our church has been studying the book of James. A Christian's "How-To" book. I have read the book before and have been taught it's lessons throughout my life.
But, the last few weeks when I wanted to completely be very un-Christian like it has really helped me to get back to the basics. This process has been hard, not just on me, but nearly everyone in our lives. There have been times I have wanted to go into my bedroom kicking and screaming and I have found myself crying and screaming in frustration.
But, it has shown me now, more than ever, how important it is to put God's desires at the center of our lives and to keep him in focus through our planning. And every trip to the doctor.
More than ever I have learned the last six months that instead of praying for God to take the troubles away, I instead pray for what he wants me to learn.
Trials teach us perseverance. It is easy to be a Christian when your life is going well, but it's even harder to trust in him when things are going horribly wrong, or just not the way you planned.
I have gotten so many messages and emails from many of my blog followers struggling with the same battle that I am. And please know that I list each of you in my prayers and will continue to pray for you and the desires of your heart.
As hard as my trials have been I continue to remember James 1:2 & 3- "Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance."
Tuesday, August 19, 2014
The last few days I have been working for my Dad. Yes, even though he lives in Indiana he can still put me to work 12 hours away!
I am working on setting up his social media and also revamping his website. I will be sure to share all the links when I am finished. We use all my Dad's furniture on our deck and we love it! Remember when he came to do our deck a few years back!? We also purchased some pieces of furniture to go with it and plan on purchasing again in the future!
In between I am cooking meals and getting ready for Harvest! Which is just around the corner...
Tuesday, August 12, 2014
Before we hopefully add Baby #2 to our family it was time for some updated family photos. And also time for some new PR photos. So both went hand in hand perfectly!
I have shared a few here and there on social media, but I wanted to share a few more of my favorite shots from the day!
Thanks to Greg Latza for some beautiful family shots and for having so much fun with us!
Friday, August 8, 2014