Just a few random thoughts on the day to day happenings of a mom surrounded by chaos. Come and enjoy my life with a family, corgis and the other creatures at Foggy Bottom.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Exchange time!

Had a couple requests for some recipes we do in the crockpot and figured here was a good place to put them! Now mind you I have a large 7 qt crock pot, so I make a lot--though left overs typically aren't much because I have a few hunger kids in the house!

Crockpot potato soup

2 large bags of frozen hash browns(26 oz bags)
2 cans cream of chicken soup
chicken broth
1 TBSP dried minced onion
1 tsp dried mince garlic
Salt and pepper to taste
1 8 oz block cream cheese
Condiments-grated cheddar cheese, chopped scallions and bacon

Mix frozen hash browns, soup, onion, and garlic in crock pot.  Use enough chicken broth to just cover hash browns.  Put on low for 8 hours or high for 6 hours.
45 mins prior to eating, cut in small cubes of cream cheese.  Stir occasionally till melted in.  Serve!

Pork Tacos(adapted from the America's Test Kitchen 6 ingredient solutions recipe)

Brown 2 lbs ground pork.  Drain and add to crock pot.

Puree 1/2 can crushed pineapple(juice drained) and 2 cans Rotel tomatoes and chilis-any flavor, depends on how hot you like it!   Stir into crock pot.

Mix the other 1/2 can of pineapple with one small finely chopped red onion and cilantro(to taste).  Refridgerate.

Cook on low for 6 hours or high for 2-3.
To serve as a dip for parties, about 1/2 hour prior to serving, add shredded pepper jack cheese.

For dinner, use soft tortillas and use shredded cheese, pineapple salsa, or sour cream for condiments.

Salsa Chicken

4 large chicken breasts
1 can chunky salsa-partially drained or 2 cans pureed Rotel tomatos and chilis.

Place chicken breasts in crock pot, add salsa.  High 6 to 8 hours.  Shred in the crock pot and serve with soft tortillas and condiments as wanted-lettuce, cheese, sour cream, salsa, etc.

Later gators!!!

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Ch Intrepid Indigo Lace RN

Miss the evil blue bitch.....7/7/02 - 12/5/14

Later gators...

Doing Right by Them

I feel  blessed that I have such a good relationship with my kids.  Granted it’s always a work in progress and no, we aren't always in agreement and yes, we do butt heads, a lot.

What I do feel very grateful for is that  my children are balanced and appreciate their lives. 

God allows us freedom of choice.  We are given opportunities to  make our own decisions, yet because of that, we must also be accepting of the good and bad consequences that are the result.

Muff and I went to Chicago to hit one day of a dog show that I swear every time I will not return to.  Parking, crowds, just simply chaos and pains in the ass of the whole event.  But it has awesome grooming, great rings, wonderful judges and of course Liz, Ron and Duffy!   So along the lines of allowing my kids to make their own decisions, Muff opted to stay for the groups with Red.   On the way home, she said…remind me, we are not staying for groups here again!   It was a long drive home and we were all exhausted.  She learned from her choice and will make wiser ones in the future.

I don’t think I spoil my kids.  They do have a lot but they work hard for the privileges such as having dogs to show, horses to ride and organizations to participate in.   If they want something prove it to me that you can handle it, that you deserve it and that you respect what is being given to you.  I’m not going to go out and buy you something simply because you want it . 

The conversation in the kitchen while I made dinner last night focused around wants vs needs, earning vs being given… the silver spoon effect.   Muff scares me.  She’s grown up.  She’s making very reliable and logical decisions.  Grown up decisions.  What I see is a child that works hard, learns from her mistakes and trusts in her knowledge.   What she draws from this is not only the ability to deal better in this world, but she also retains memories she’ll cherish and hopefully pass on.

I grew up in the middle of the farm crisis.  We didn’t have a lot, but my parents instilled the same values in me.  I was the horsey gal.  I didn’t have a fancy pedigreed horse, the silver tack and the gear to go with it.  I had a decent mount, that I learned and trained myself.  I worked hard to be able to show and that was evident in having a sound minded reliable horse that I was proud to call my own.   In turn, I’ve offered the same chance with my kids.  Be it dogs or horses.  I do know that Alec is very proud of the dogs he’s shown, bred and trained.  They aren’t national specialty winners, yet, but he’s got a grounded attitude about it that means he appreciates it so much more.   Muff, we thought about going out and getting her a very fancy horse to show.  But in looking back, I’m so glad we didn’t.  What she’s been able to do with Torey and soon to be Ladybug, is amazing.  She’s learned so much more and truly loves the horse he’s become…because she did it.  I’m pretty sure he’ll be like Moo and have a special spot up on ridge with the rest of the gang when he dies. 

I guess in another one of my long and rambling posts, I’m trying to say, make sure to keep your kids grounded.  Don’t lose sight in where you came from simply because you took it upon yourself to not appreciate what you were given, be it a lot or a little.  I hope my kids look back and realize that they got so much and it wasn’t monetary related but that they got soul, spirit and love.

Just sayin'....

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

And it's in the books!

Another fair week has come and gone.  At the wrap up bbq, a few days late and more on the late part later, it was commented that it's not really 6 days but more like two weeks.  All the prep work going into the fair is started months previously with more and more activity the closer we get. 

So fair week started with a relocation of the horse show.  Yeap, we had a super wet arena, again.   Muff had fun, Torey looked great, some nice placements and well, she fell off once when she lost her stirrup and then the saddle slipped.   Got back on and tried to finish the class but the saddle was wonky.  She wandered around with a headache for three days then bragged about it.  Silly girl. 

Next was static exhibits.   She had a blast and got great critiques on her projects.  Her fairy garden was a hit with everyone but she needed more detailed info on the creation of it, could have been considered for state fair if she had done that.   Her self portrait from drawing class did receive a state fair consideration!   She knows what to do differently next year and will be collecting projects throughout the year to take. 

Let's see...dog show.   The weather was perfect.  The kids were perfect.  The dogs made us laugh.   Muff was the grand champion advanced showmanship winner with Ms Red.   Next up was Kevin and despite licking the steward's leg on the figure 8, had a 192! in prenovice, winning the class and also winning HIT regular class!!!   Agility, well, leave it to Kevin to do a unique take on the chute which cost him just enough points to get 2nd in the class.   It was a fun day and I have the pictures to prove it. 


Let's see, a day off, then poultry set up and POULTRY SHOW!!!!

Geese were pissy, got loose once.  Sparkles didn't really sparkle, she was very dingy.  But some really good placements with Muff's buff brahma bantam rooster winning his class.  Her ancona duck was reserve in his breed and so was her mille fleur bantam pullet.   All blue ribbons including the geese which were champion goose and best male goose at the show.  Oh her penciled indian runner was champion light duck.   Long day, lots of neat birds and the kids had a blast.

And that was fair....then it stormed.  And stormed.  AND STORMED.

Monday was supposed to be the horse game show but again, wet arena.  Cancelled.  Then the storm came in.  Tornados, derico winds and damage.  We lost power for about 6 hours, basement flooded.  Friends lost their house and another their barn.  A week and half later, still tons of trees laying all over.   And that would be why the wrap up bbq was Thursday instead of Monday.  

We had fun, Muff smiled a lot and now it's the lull before the storm...Wyoming Poultry show this weekend.  Dog shows start up again.  State fair looming and then there's Labor Day.   AHAHAHAHAH

Later gators....

Monday, June 16, 2014

And the proof is in the pudding

Liz emailed me over the photos of the bigs wins!  Now she says the group one is horrible.  I have proof that she's wrong, I have the most horrible win photo hidden at my house-it contains our Margie and my husband, sigh.

So here's Mr Duffy and his human mom, Liz, who is in a gorgeous suit.

Isn't he cute!
Again, the real congratulations go to Liz.  She's done an awesome job with this ruggedly handsome dude!

Later gators...

Friday, June 13, 2014

All those letters and numbers!

Liz just sent me this-results from the last show.  Look at all those letters and numbers in front of Duffy's name!!!  Still riding high on this--thanks Liz!

  • 1/W/B/G4/BPUP/BPUPG1 11 Foggy Bottom Wdrs I Am Ruggedly Handsome. DN37457703.06-15-2013. Breeders, Karen Lyons & Cindy Munier McDonald & Meredith McDonald. By CH Beaszak's Fogy Botm Uncle Fester & CH Woodrose Bring It On. Liz Morgan & Meredith McDonald.
Still waiting on the photo.

Later gators...

Wrapping up the week

It's been a very interesting week.  Not terribly crazy but interesting none the less.

We started out with the integration of the goslings into the flock.  This can go well or horribly wrong.  Surprisingly to us all, it went smoother then expected.

Sunday afternoon we sat outside for two hours while Sprinkles and Cheesecake herded the goslings, aka Frosting and Ganache around the yard.  Few little pecks but more like a "what are you?" peck.   We left to plant our fair grounds planter and came back to the flock in the front yard grazing away.  Decided looked good, went to the store.

Now the interesting part?  We opted to pull the goslings out of the flock and put them back in their pen in the barn.  As David got to the gate, Muff is running at it--DAD, OPEN THE GATE....NOW!   Seems as she went to grab said goslings, Sprinkles came at her hissing and all out mad.   First off he's never done that before and secondly, there was some threat about a frying pan upside his head and his butt in the oven.  To be discussed more later.

Monday we opted to let them back out during the day with Muff supervising.  Didn't take long to see that they were indeed welcomed back and all fussed about.  Decision made to see if we could let them stay out with the flock for the night.  They learned quickly to get in the Chalet that night and all went well.

Tuesday, releasing of the hounds, er, uh, birds and they all came out....but the goslings.  Sprinkles and Cheesecake noticed, turned went back in.  Per Muff, there as a heated discussion in the building and shortly there after, 1 gander, 1 goose and 2 goslings ran out.  Yeap, all is well in the world of the geese.

On the turn of bad news for the week, Doc came out and as we suspected, not in foal.  Bummed is not even covering it.  But the stud owner is standing by his word and instead of rebreeding Rosie, we are sending Glory out to Central Iowa for breeding to the same stud.  That's a weekend project.

And while Doc was out, Torey got a look over.  Seems our last farrier did a super crappy job, yes he's fired big time.  What looked like 12 weeks between trims was only 6 and he was now lame.  Luck has it a name recommended by others, was called and he even came out Tuesday night and trimmed him on the spot.  Much happier horse, much nicer feet and Muff is relieved.  Giving him a few more days off and then starting back at it.

Rest of the week.....oh nice and quiet.  Would you believe I got to read a book and started on another?  But that too will pass... it's fair prep time!

So the weekend if full of pre fair activities up at the fair grounds, a trip to Central Iowa with a horse and yes, I see a fire pit with a big pile of wood in it, clear skies for Saturday night and the lockers opened.

Posts will be a little sparse as we gear up for the big swing into fair week.  But I'll try to get some great photos.

Later gators...