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I had a friend request this recipe this week. I thought as long as I was typing it, I might as well share it with everyone. It’s my all-time favorite recipe for BBQ’s. It comes from the East Chain Lutheran Church Basement Cookin’ Cookbook. The recipe is from a church member, Arlyce Holland. It’s really easy and really good!

1 pound hamburger or ground turkey, browned and drained

1 tablespoon brown sugar          3/4 cup ketchup

1 tablespoon prepared mustard, I like dijon.

1/2 teaspoon salt                          1/2 cup diced onion

1 tablespoon vinegar                   1/4 cup diced celery

Mix brown sugar, ketchup, mustard, salt and vinegar together. Blend with meat, onion, and celery. Cook over low heat for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Makes around 10 buns.


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Sloppy Morning

Well, the storms clouds have finally passed. I woke up to sunshine this morning. At first when I looked outside I thought we just had some small branches and leaves down. Then I went outside. The rain gauge had 4.4 inches in it, but at some point last night it blew over, so we may have gotten more. Everything is a sloppy mess!

Good thing I wore the rubber boots!

Big branch down!

Good thing this grass hay was cut last week! Now there’s water standing in it.

Another branch down.

My poor flowers! Found pieces salvia all over the farm!

The wind blew peppers right off the plants!

We had pea sized hail for a bit, lots of wind, and the power was off for a minute. The dog and I spent sometime in the basement during a tornado warning. While we were down there a sudden stream started flowing through the basement. Summer thought it was great fun to splash and play in it. There was wind coming down through the chimney and furnace which was blowing cobwebs on the ceiling! The water pipes were even making noises. I was sure a tornado was coming! The farmer was supposed to be playing softball, but ended up in the bar instead.

I was relived with what I found this morning. It looks like most of the crops are fine. All the animals and barns were unharmed. A few branches and too much water is much better than it could’ve been. More storms are expected tomorrow, I hope they miss us!


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Passing Storm

We got a quick shower midday. We ended up with a much needed half inch.



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4-H Beef Show

I spent the afternoon watching some friends’ kids show beef in the county 4-H beef show. I grew up showing steers so it’s always fun to relive those days.

In between handing brushes and holding lead ropes I snapped a few pictures. It was supposed to be Wordless Wednesday. Sorry for the words!

Sleeping Beauty

Oh, how I miss these days!

Ginger waiting for her turn

Zoe and her brother’s dairy steer


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Morning Stroll

This little lady decided to go for a farm tour this morning.

Stealing breakfast

Of course the farmer had just gotten to his parent’s farm, about 20 minutes away from our heifer farm. I finished chores and decided to snap a couple of pictures of the escapee while I waited. She was really curious. With each picture I took she got closer and closer.

Good morning, beautiful!

Once the farmer got to our farm, we walked the heifer back to her pen. She almost followed him right into the pen. I love it when an escapee goes back in so easily!

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A Couple Of Things

First off, I want to say this weather is awesome! After all the heat this summer waking up to 60 degrees was really nice. I didn’t miss the hum of the air conditioner at all overnight. Besides the cooler temp we also had brilliant sunshine. It’s feeling a little bit like fall, which is depressing. I love fall, but I know it’s followed by winter, which I despise.

Secondly, I had to chase a heifer back in this morning. The farmer had just left so I quick called him to come help. Getting her back into the right pen involved locking up three other pens. It added quite a bit of time onto chores this morning.


One of these does not belong!

Lastly, I would like to announce my dog, Summer, has a problem.


Anyone got a light?

She likes cigars…ok, not really, but it kills me when she holds the bone like that. I just want to say “Hey, what’s up old man?”

That’s all I wanted to say, so enjoy what’s left of your Friday and the weekend!

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