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Life on a small family-owned Alabama cattle farm. We homeschool, farm, and enjoy living this life together.

Tractors, Engines, and Cars

 

So I totally forgot to tell you I was going to be out of town this past week.

Oopsie.

Now, I’m home.

Every year, for the past 3 years, my husband has coordinated a Tractor, Engine, Car Show at beautiful Tannehill State Park. He and his friends, including my Dad and Uncle (the main culprits), decided that we needed a show here locally. Usually we travel to to attend other “Engine Shows”. I was so glad they decided to start this one here, Tannehill is probably the best good-memory-trigger location from my childhood. I’m surprised I was not born there. We have spent so much time there for as long as I can remember. Nothing but good memories.

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Our pal Jackson 7 prepares to drive his Grandfather’s JD. Awesome picture!

I’m so glad we can help bring in some extra revenue to the park. We’ve been blessed to increase in attendance over the past years. In this the fourth year, we had a record setting 2500+ come through the gates on Saturday alone. It was wonderful. The weather was great, custom ordered by us & other friends at church. We’ve been praying for the best weather possible & He came through. Highs in the 80s & 90s & some rain to cool it off. We couldn’t have asked for better weather. A little hot, but nothing compared to what it was the week before here in Alabama. We were truly blessed.

Birmingham News Photos on AL.com

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The State of the Iron Skillet Address

Iron Skillets
Oh how I love my iron skillets!

You’ve heard the saying, “The state of your bed is the state of your head”. I could care less if my bed is made up or not. I enjoy looking at it nice and neat, but usually I’m not going to take the time, in my sleepy-headed walk from the bedroom to turn around and make my bed up (especially since hubby is usually still in it). It just doesn’t matter that much to me. I’m thinking about all the things I need to do.

For me, the state of my iron skillet is the state of my head.

I enjoy a clean kitchen. But I do not enjoy cleaning the kitchen/washing dishes at night. I usually refuse to do it. So every morning I get up and start breakfast for the hubby and kids, then start to wash the dishes from the last night. When I get behind on this, I get crazy. And when I get crazy, children run away from home!

Each morning, when I walk in, if it has not been done the day before, my iron skillet sits on the stove-top from the previous morning. As I’ve stated before, in Iron Skillet 101, this is not recommended. Once your iron skillet cools enough to handle you really should clean it.When you cook eggs in an iron skillet it’s even trickier. The iron skillet I’m referring to on my stove top is my egg-cooking skillet. Eggs are tricky in an iron skillet, hence the required designation of an egg cooking skillet. I have to say, I do “wash” my egg iron skillet after cooking in it. Although I do not use soap. I use only hot water and a scouring sponge. Then I dry it, coat it with oil, & hang it up. Or at least that’s the plan.

This skillet is also designated as hubby’s iron skillet. Every once in a while he’ll get the big idea that he’s going to cook something. Silly man. From experience I find that he will instinctively reach for my cornbread skillet (which gets him a good lump on the head from said skillet) or, my other really old skillet that I cherish. Hubby’s skillet is newer. If he destroys it by, let’s say, cooking eggs on HIGH, and leaving it for me to clean, it’s no major loss to the history of American civilization. I keep the good skillets out of his reach! His is labeled. Clearly.

I have noticed that if I have not taken the time to clean the skillet, the kitchen is a mess, the whole house is a mess, the children start to talk back, and I eat an entire Papa Johns pizza! What else can be concluded, but that if I don’t clean the skillet, my life begins a down-ward spiral of filth and disgust. What a powerful skillet it is indeed.

Life is better when your skillet is clean, and that’s no exaggeration.

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Happy Independence Day!

Home of the Brave
One Nation Under GOD

I hope you enjoy your holiday. Here in the South, most of us will spend this day as follows.

Cooking.

Spending time with people we love.

Eating {lots} of good food.

Going fishing.

Drinking some sweet tea.

Writing our names in the air with a sparkler.

Watching the fireworks.

Enjoy the day, y’all!

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It’s been a while. Again.

Yes, well I’ve been a bad blogger for the past ummm year or so. I almost forgot I had a blog. I started a new one. Then realized I should just start posting here again.

Yes. Welcome to my world. Scattered. Smothered. Fried. Kelli-brain.

I’ve missed my blog. I love having my own piece of real-estate in the imaginary internet world where I can keep all my precious internet-ey stuff.

So let’s play a quick game of catch up… Weight Watchers failed me again, or rather I failed it. Now I have even more weight to lose. I’m working on self-control. I have started my own diet plan called Baby-Stepppin’ Kelli. Don’t know anyone who would like to follow it. So far, I’ve done nothing but maintain for 4 months and then gain 5 pounds. So… Needless to say I’m trying to get back on track &  control/correct my eating habits.

Right now as I sit here with my (sugar-free half-caff)coffee, waiting for it to cool down, I am making a list of all I need to do today. Mentally. That’s scary. Mental lists get misplaced around here.

Where’s my legal pad? Umm…

Air filters, that’s it! Need. Air. Filters. Got it.

Ok. Today is not a good day to catch up on blogging. But this is a quick helping of love as I run out to cut the front yard. I love Cindy Colley’s blog! I come from a long line of Southern ladies so you’ll get why I love the title Bless Your Heart. If you’re looking for a Bible study – one that really helps you DIG DEEP check hers out. I’ve been doing it for several months and have really learned so much more than ever before.

Well my mental list has reached it’s limit. Limit of 1. I need to go get to work. So much to do before my son’s baseball party here tonight! So here I go. Insert lawn mower sounds here. 

Have a super day!

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Well I’m Back

I’ve been busy.

I’ve been lazy.

Well, I’ve just been out for a while. Things have been busy, but I really just haven’t had the energy to blog lately. A lot has happened in the past few months. My babies turned 6! Our dog was hit by a car and had to have surgery and many trips to Auburn. Of course there was Thanksgiving and Christmas, my beautiful new niece was born, our 8th anniversary, and New Years… Then there is the new church building that is going up and we are cooking for the wonderful workers who are helping us so much! And I have gotten a job – as an Elementary art teacher. Not to mention, my computer HD crashed and I have just now gotten it back! So, yes, like yours, our life has been hectic but now I would like to get on with things.

I am looking into ‘coupon-ing’ and am beginning that journey. As I mentioned I now have a 6 year old boy who is hungry 24 hours a day! I have to find a way to feed him!!! Not much grows in the winter, so until the spring/summer I have to get creative with grocery shopping!

There is an upcoming class in this area that I hope to attend & get started along with my mother and sister. So that’s what is going on right now.

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Not my babies anymore

kids first daySaid I wasn’t going to cry – but dog-gone it – I did. My babies started Kindergarten today!!! More on that later. To all the crying Mommies out there – I feel your pain! And you’re not as crazy as I thought!

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Cornbread, of course…

Let’s just start this little shin-dig out right with what else but a recipe. And not just any recipe. The BEST CORNBREAD recipe, ever.

I know most people just want to eyeball it, but it really does help to have a recipe so that you don’t choke your family members with the crumbs! My recipe is NEVER dry, always moist and lovely!

Give it a try.

First off – you HAVE to have an iron skillet. PERIOD. Don’t even try to make cornbread until you have one! Seriously!

On to the recipe…

Ingredients
1 1/3 cups self-rising cornmeal
1/4 cup oil
1 cup buttermilk (rinse measuring cup with 3/4 cup water and add to mix)
3/4 cup self-rising flour
1 egg

Directions
Heat oven to 425˚. Spray iron skillet with cooking spray and add about 1/4 cup oil to skillet. Allow to heat in oven.

While it heats mix all ingredients together and pour into hot skillet. Place back in oven and reduce heat to 400˚. Cook until golden brown!

Be sure to tell me if it’s NOT the best cornbread you’ve ever had!

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