up next…recipe requests…

ok. now I’m pretty sure I’ve mentioned more than once that I am a terrible cook.

not terrible as in stuff is always burned, more terrible as in, I’m not a fan of doing it, therefore my meals are boring and repetitive.

I’m working on this though. our hired man right now is nineteen and EATS a ton,¬†and never complains.

I like cooking for people like that, so I have been expanding my meal repertoire and trying harder.

it is so much nicer cooking for someone who loves to eat, sure beats three complaining and picky kids.

(and a husband who would eat burnt hamburger, onions, mashed potatoes and creamed corn 7 days a week on purpose…blah.)


I received some emails a while back from some girlies looking for some branding and meal/lunch ideas and suggestions.


y’all are asking ME for recipes?!

well. I have zero, zilch, nada, nothing.

that aren’t already on the web. no. seriously. I use pinterest religiously.

AND the two best cookbooks EVER.

The Pioneer Woman’s books are your new best friends. I have made MANY things from these books, and my husband and hired man rave about each one. she hasn’t failed me yet.

I even made doughnuts. HOMEMADE doughnuts.

see. she is a miracle worker!

and one thing that I have been getting better at is timing.

making sure things are all ready at the same time takes skill and A LOT of practice.

this is coming slowly. and my meals are better for it!

do you have any suggestions?

the requests have been for outdoor meal ideas and lunch ideas, two tricky ones!


best soup EVER!!

I made this last night for supper…
made me feel like I actually knew what I was doing! ūüėČ
try it tonight!!!

Harvest Pumpkin Soup from Country Living Magazine


  • 2 ¬† tablespoon(s) ¬† unsalted butter
  • 1 ¬† large ¬† potato,¬†peeled¬† and chopped
  • 1 ¬† large ¬† onion,¬†chopped
  • 4 1/2 cup(s) chicken broth
  • 1 ¬† can(s) ¬† (15-ounce) pure pumpkin
  • Salt
  • Freshly ground¬† pepper
  • 1/4 ¬† teaspoon(s) ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 ¬† pint(s) ¬† (16 tablespoons) heavy cream


  1. In a large pot over medium heat, melt butter. Add potato and onion and  cook, stirring occasionally, until onion is translucent, about 8 minutes. Add  chicken broth and bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat to low, and cook until  potato is tender, 10 to 12 minutes.
  2. Stir in pumpkin. Using an immersion blender, purée mixture until  smooth. (Or, use a blender to purée mixture in batches, then return to pot.)  Stir in 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/8 teaspoon pepper, and nutmeg. Increase heat to  medium-high and bring mixture to a boil. Cover, reduce heat to low, and cook for  10 minutes. Stir in cream and heat thoroughly. Season with salt and pepper, if  desired. Serve hot.

(From: Harvest Pumpkin Soup Recipe – Country Living Follow us: @countryliving on Twitter | CountryLiving on Facebook Visit us at


onward and upward.

i am looking for the light.

i am looking for the good.

so i am posting about something else today.

i am a terrible cook.

we all know that.

so this website has changed my life.

ok, the life of my food anyways…

The Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookie

just search through the recipes, and you will find detailed instructions, what to do first, what NOT to do, when things are going sideways and how to fix them.

love it!




Cooking · My Thoughts

my pot roast challenge!

hey babes!!

while i¬†am off gallivanting¬†in VEGAS¬†(!) my darling mom and dad are holding down the fort here at home. which means getting my girl off to school, dealing with my¬†teething babe and of course, doing chores (we are feeding about 300 head these days…). so i¬†thought that i might as well make my parents lives a little easier by having a few meals taken care of!!

i¬†am one of the lucky bloggers selected to be part of Canadian Beef Pot Roast Blogger Program! yay! i¬†mean really, we raise good ol’ Canadian Beef, might as well show off how i cook it!!

my challenge is to show you all my favorite way to cook a pot roast and all the spin-off¬†meals i¬†make from the leftovers! (easy peasy!) and what more perfect time to do it…i can help my parents at the same time! ūüėČ

first off, did you know that pot roasts¬†have¬†their own¬†category¬†when it comes to¬†beef cuts?! check this out for more info…and pot roasts are just that, cooked in a pot…lol.¬†they are best cooked¬†using moist heat, by either braising, pot roasting or simmering in a liquid.¬†cook until fork-tender or well done. love it. what i¬†didn’t know is that the new recommendation¬†for introducing babies to food includes meat right from the start. they didn’t say that back when my girlie was a babe…man do things change in 4 years!! (although i¬†did feed beef to my babes long before it was “reccomended”…i¬†KNEW i was right…lol!)

i like this because my crock pot is my bestest friend. seriously. is there anything better than reaching the end of the day (worn out and cranky) and there is already a meal cooked and ready to go. sigh. my favorite.

there are literally hundreds of recipes out there,¬†like here, and here,¬†or here…my favorite has to be¬†this one¬†from the pioneer woman.¬†this woman¬†know how to cook.

photo (1)

so, i threw all the ingredients together, turned the crock pot on when we were leaving for the airport and DONE!!!

(gawd¬†i would marry my crock pot if that were cool…)

and my mom will be able to use the leftovers (if there are any!) for more meals…

there is the obvious, just reheat and enjoy option!! or i like this one…(just do the recipe minus re-cooking the beef! and this one…(just shred the leftover beef into it as the meat substitute!). ok, yes. i am a big PW fan…gawd, so many recipes, so little time! lol.

and there are FREE recipe booklets here…i collect them every time i hit the Canadian Beef booth at the Calgary Stampede, and they have never steered me wrong!

cheers my darlings and happy pot roasting!!!

p.s. there is also a contest going on over at the Canadian Beef site!! you can enter to win a talking meat thermometer!!!!

¬†(yes, this was a sponsored post…yay for Canadian Beef!! and i am not just saying that because we raise it, eat it and sell it…lol)

Cooking · My Thoughts

happy monday!

hello darlings!!!

thanks for all the fabulous comments and entries for our wild rag giveaway! i will post the winner later today!

since it IS monday…blah…i thought i’d just post something to get you in the HALLOWEEN spirit!!!

(only two more sleeps you know!!!)

*image and recipe from Paper & Parcel*

(i made this and it was SOOOO good!!!)


Father’s Day giveaway!!!

Hello and Happy Monday all!! Hope your weekend was fun and fabulous! Mine started out rough…baby had to take a tiny trip to the ER at the Alberta Children’s Hospital, but things are great now and she is back to her sunshiny self! And then (like I posted already!) we got to go to our local country fair and the kids got to attend a family dance…so fun!

AND now today I get to do an AMAZING giveaway for the men/dads in your life!!! I am loving that I get to help you celebrate those fabulous dads and OVERJOYED to welcome B.Tuff to my little ol’ blog!!! B.Tuff is the brainchild of the darlings at Cowgirl¬†Tuff and is sooooo¬†hot!! (am I allowed to say that without sounding like a coug?!) LOL

Here is their personal description…

“With all the craziness of Cowgirl Tuff, there has been unlimited requests for us to develop a men‚Äôs line.¬† Well, we finally agreed! Why not introduce a line to fulfill the need for the men in these women‚Äôs lives.

We are proud to introduce B. Tuff Jeans, the new men‚Äôs line that officially launched in 2011. We wanted a jean where the fit and design is unbeatable. B. Tuff jeans have been developed with the same high quality denim, attention to detail and comfort. They‚Äôre built to stand up to the real-life work of the outdoorsman, farmer, cowboy and everyday man. As owner and designer Lisa would say ‚ÄúThese are jeans for guys who don‚Äôt mind looking good and the woman who want their¬† man to look good.‚ÄĚ

We here at Cowgirl Tuff couldn’t wait to get these jeans on the men we love so why don’t you check them out for yourself.

Regular fittin, Head turnin, TUFF jean

‚ÄĘ Regular fit, not slim and not relaxed

‚ÄĘ Trendy enough to make heads turn

‚ÄĘ Tuff enough to stand up to a hard days work

Where fit and design is unbeatable and quality and comfort isn‚Äôt lost.”

And so, just in time for Father’s Day, we are giving away an ENTIRE OUTFIT
(shirt and jeans!) for that special man in your life!!!!

Up for grabs is this…

*image from here*

Wow eh?! *model not included… ūüė¶ *

To enter…

1- Head on over to B.Tuff’s facebook page, LIKE em’, leave a comment letting them know I sent you and then come back here and leave a comment telling me you did that!!!

2- Follow me on twitter and RT this message “I just entered to win a ENTIRE oufit for my favorite DAD from @FarmerTrphyWife & @CowgirlTuffCo!! Enter here¬† and then come back here and leave a separate¬†comment telling me so!!

3- Follow Cowgirl Tuff on twitter and tell them I sent ya! (then come back and leave a separate comment telling me so!)

4- Follow me on facebook…and come back here and leave a separate comment telling me so!

5-¬†Tweet, Blog or Facebook about this giveaway (above and beyond all the above tweeting and facebooking…) and then come back and leave me a separate comment telling me so!

Contest will run from today (Monday the 11th) to midnight Friday (June 15th) and the winner will be announced on Saturday!!!

Good luck to you all and your gorgeous men!



Ok, so as you have probably noticed by the lack of posting in the cooking section…

I am not good at it.

I can pull a meal together, but I don’t really enjoy it.

Maybe it has something to do with the two little ones under my feet….


I was wondering if any of you have a great recipe for cornbread…AND this might sound silly, but for the iced tea that you all drink in the states. Up here in Canada we drink the sweet version, but my husband LOVES the unsweetened kind and I would like to make him some!

Thanks in advance!!!


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Pickled carrots…

Hello all! It’s that time again…harvest is around¬† the corner and it’s time to pickle!!! I have big plans for today and tomorrow…we’ll see how that works out with two kids under my feet. But here is a repost from this time last year with the recipe that I used and LOVED!

If you recall, I pickled some carrots a few weeks back…and we tried them this week!

SOOOO GOOD!! I am so happy that it worked! Although I’ve been told it’s hard to mess up pickling…but with my track record, it wouldn’t have surprised me….

*I was just reminded that I forgot to post the recipe I used!! So sorry! Here is the link…the only change I made was to use fresh dill from our garden instead of dry…*

And today is the LAST DAY to enter the CANVAS STOCK giveaway!!


Chili recipe…

Made this for a lot of hungry men the other night and it was a hit! So, of course, I’ll share! This one’s for all you farm wives out there madly cooking meals….

Quick Chili (from Company’s Coming 30 minute weekday meals)

1 tsp cooking oil
1 lb ground beef
1/2 cup chopped onion

Brown meat in oil, add chopped onion, cook till onion is soft.

1 tbsp Chili powder
1 tsp cumin (I didn't use)
1 tsp sugar
1/2 tsp basil
1/2 tsp crushed chilies
1/2 tsp salt

And these 6 ingredients to beef. Heat and stir for 1 minute until fragrant.

14 oz. diced tomatoes with juice
14 oz. Can of Kidney beans, rinsed and drained
Can of tomato sauce

Add last 3 ingredients. Stir well and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer uncovered for about 5 minutes. Stir occasionally.

Serves 4.

~ I pretty much added and subtracted to my taste. I used 4 lbs of beef and then adjusted the recipe till it tasted fabulous! And I¬†used this Popover recipe to go with it….Hope you enjoy!! ~





*image from The Pioneer Woman*


For Christmas last year my mother in law gave me The Pioneer Woman’s Cookbook….

Amazing recipes that my husband (the die-hard meat and potato man) LOVES!

This woman cooks for her four kids, husband and numerous cowboys. She knows what she is talking about!!

One of our new favorite recipes is her BBQ Meatball recipe (click for the link!) and although her version is fabulous, I have changed one thing.

Instead of browning the meatballs and then baking it all…I just pop my meatballs in boiling water.

Yes, you heard me right.

I learned this trick a long time ago from I can’t remember where. And I love it.

Really and truly you boil a pot of water, roll up your meatballs however you normally make them (salt/pepper/egg/oatmeal/etc) and then just gently drop them into the pot of boiling water! After the last meatball is in, set the timer for 7 minutes and ta da!

Your meatballs are cooked and a lot of the fat floats to the top making them that much more healthy! (Good ol’ red meat!)

Make sure you watch the pot…has a tendency to boil over…not fun. And I ladle the fat off the top as it boils.

Then I just finish the rest of the meatball recipe…yummy!!

Hope you enjoy and let me know what you think! I’m pretty sure it’ll be a hit for dinner!