So, many of you know that I have been the proud mama of 2 baby calves since early April. Our family raises a small herd of beef cattle, and due to some unfortunate circumstances, 2 calves, a male and a female, were left without mothers this year. So, guess who got to bottle raise them?
I love baby animals, but let me tell you, calves are some trouble, man.
But, they are cute.
So, last week we decided they were FINALLY ready to be put back out with the rest of the herd! Yay! Not that I was ready to get rid of them or anything. I mean, I LOVED feeding them twice a day in all types of weather, and I LOVED that their pens were starting to smell like the zoo. And I really loved that Clyde (the male) would ram his head into me, causing me to step in cow poop every time I went in the pen with him. Who wouldn't love all that?
Josh released them to live with the rest of the cattle last week, and I imagined the scene would be reminiscent of the movie, Born Free. The calves would tentatively step out of the trailer and look to Josh like, "what should we do, daddy?" And Josh would say, "Be free little ones! This is your home now!" And they would slowly walk off to join the rest of the herd, all the while looking back at him.
Yeah, right. Those calves jumped off the trailer and ran around like crazy for a good 20 minutes! They were so happy and cute!
The Baby Bird and I took a little trip down to our local farmers market this morning. It's something I try to do every Saturday we are in town. We scored some great beets:
And here is the main reason I wanted to go this morning:
Are they not the most gorgeous eggs you have ever seen? They were a splurge, but if you have ever had fresh, free range eggs, you know they are worth EVERY penny. There is absolutely no comparison to the thin shelled, cheapies at the grocery.
If you've never been to your local Farmer's Market, I really encourage you to go. You may spend a little more, or you may spend a little less, but there's nothing like fresh, locally grown produce at the peak of its season! I love supporting the local farmers as well. They are very appreciative of the business, and are usually happy to share recipes and gardening tips.
And here is a recipe to use all the yummy produce you'll buy. I made it the other night after finding it on the Pioneer Woman blog. It was SOOOO good! Seriously. It made a vat too, which was good, because between the three of us, we ate an absolute ton. It's my new favorite salad.
Don't be intimidated by the long list of ingredients. The beauty of this salad is that you can sub out veggies and use just what you have, or add some other stuff that sounds good. Read the recipe and then I'll tell you what I used:
Asian Noodle Salad
1 package linguini noodles, cooked, rinsed, and cooled
1/2 head sliced napa cabbage (or more)
1/2 head sliced purple cabbage (or more)
several good handfuls baby spinach
1 whole red bell pepper, thinly sliced
1 whole yellow bell pepper, thinly sliced
1 whole orange pepper, thinly sliced
1 bag bean sprouts (also called mung bean sprouts)
chopped cilantro to taste
3 whole scallions, sliced
3 whole cucumbers peeled and sliced
1 can (10 oz) whole cashews
for the dressing:
1 whole lime, juiced
8 Tbs. olive oil
8 Tbs. soy sauce
2 Tbs. (up to 3 Tbs.) sesame oil
1/3 cup brown sugar
3 Tbs. minced fresh ginger
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 or 2 jalapenos, chopped
Mix salad ingredients together in a LARGE bowl. Whisk dressing ingredients together and pour over salad. Mix with tongs or hands and serve.
I served this with grilled chicken briefly marinated in 1 Tbs. soy sauce, 1 Tbs. brown sugar, 1 Tbs. sesame oil and a little kosher salt.
For the salad, I left out the napa cabbage and the cashews. For sure use the purple cabbage though, it is so pretty! Carrots and zuchinni would be great things to add. The sesame oil, cilantro and ginger really make the flavor, so don't try to sub those out.
I made a couple of nursing covers the other day. One to give as a gift, and one that was an order. I just wanted to show ya'll so you could see some of the fabric I have right now.
Here they are hanging together:
And here they are each separately:
Sorry I didn't model them for you this time. I especially LOVE the floral fabric! It's an Alexander Henry print called mocca, and could really work for a boy or girl nursing cover. It's feminine, but not overly girly.
I've been a busy bee lately! I'll post some other projects soon!
I told ya'll I'm into ruffles right now (probably my subconscious telling me I need a little girl), and I'm also addicted to blogstalking and finding new, great blogs to read! Like I have time to be reading more blogs!!
You always learn things when you make something for the first time, and next time I will make my side ruffles just a touch longer, and my center ruffle a touch shorter. Also, next time I will be extra careful not to sew the back of the shirt to the front while sewing on the ruffles. Dang. Had to rip that out and start again, but luckily you can't tell :)
I think this will be cute on it's own, or under a cardigan this fall. What do you think?