Real Life Farm Wife:

If you have questions about where you food comes from…ask a farmer!

We’ve all heard quite a bit about “pink slime” in commercial ground beef, and none of it good. So, like any curious consumer would do (even though I rarely eat fast food and we consume beef at home that we raise ourselves), I decided to check with the experts to find out the real story.

Originally posted on Get the facts about lean beef trim:

The media has been spreading a lot of myths about what “pink slime” is. The image spreading on the internet is not beef. Read more about the top 8 myths of pink slime below.

Myth 1:

Boneless lean beef trimmings look like pink slime.


The photo many media have used to represent pink slime is not boneless lean beef trimmings.

Boneless lean beef trimmings actually looks like this.
Boneless lean beef trimmings actually looks like this.

Myth 2:

“Boneless lean beef trimmings” or “lean finely textured beef” which have recently been called “pink slime,” are just “fillers” and not beef at all.


As their real names suggest, boneless lean beef trimmings are 100% USDA inspected beef.  Imagine trimming fat from a roast or steak.  There’s always some meat that is trimmed with the fat.  It is this meat, trimmed from the fat, which becomes boneless lean beef trimmings.  When you compare the nutrition analysis of this…

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Rattlesnake: It’s What’s for Supper???

This time of year is rough for those of us who love to play outside. Though the snow is gone—hopefully for good—it’s still too wet to get out and do anything productive.  Besides, in NE Ohio, we still have to get through what I call “mud season,” where the yards, the fields, the breezeway, and Farmer D are always a mess.

This is me in the back yard.

On the plus side, there isn’t a whole lot that demanded my attention today, so I took the time to start getting the spare bedroom ready for our first grandbaby, who is due mid-May.

(And I’m sure that there will be plenty of future posts on that topic.)

Anyhow, while I was cleaning today I came across this rather unique cookbook:

Way more than I ever wanted to know about what to do with Bambi and friends.

This little beauty is filled with recipes for venison, rabbit, and other game we’d consider “normal” around here, and also some rather unusual fare such as eel, porcupine, and wild boar.

In case you've ever wondered with what to stuff a porcupine.

Now these might sound tasty to you, but the recipe I’m going to share is especially meant for Megan over at The Beef Jar.

If you click here, you’ll see why.


1 rattlesnake, cleaned and cut up

2 eggs, well beaten

1 clove garlic, minced fine

1 cup cracker crumbs

¼ c. flour

1 teaspoon salt

1/8 teaspoon black pepper

hot oil for deep frying

Dip pieces of snake meat in beaten egg to which garlic has been added. Combine cracker crumbs, flour, salt, and pepper in a paper (or gallon-size Ziploc) bag. Drop egg-coated snake pieces, one at a time, into the bag. Shake to coat. Remove from flour mixture and fry in hot oil until golden brown. Serves 4-6

I doubt I’m going to completely give up the grocery store,  but if someone can send me a snake or two, I’m might be willing to try something  new.

Or not.

There’s still a beef tongue in my freezer that I haven’t felt adventurous enough to cook.

Real Life Farm Wife:

I would love to have a few chickens, but I’m pretty sure we’d have a problem with the dogs.

Originally posted on The Soulsby Farm:


Here’s a list of 10 Reasons why you should Own Chickens

  1. Fresh Eggs daily – Much better than store bought eggs. The egg white alone is about 33% more and it’s less expensive.
  2. Chickens have great personalities – Our favorite pastime is sit in the back garden with a couple of cold beers and watch the chickens (they look like miniature robots).
  3. Help out with the compost pile – Chicken poo is too hot (high in nitrogen to place directly onto growing plants) but it works wonder on your compost pile.
  4. They are very low maintenance – Easier than a cat or dog to maintain. Just top of their food and water them, clean the cage once in a while and collect eggs.
  5. You are One step closer to sustainable living – it feels good to have chickens, like you’re a real farmer
  6. Household leftovers are food for chickens…

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Hot Chicks: Random Photo Friday

Another sure sign of spring - TSC has chicks for sale.

How to Write a Blog: The 12 Dos and Don’ts of Writing a Blog |

How to Write a Blog: The 12 Dos and Don’ts of Writing a Blog |

Excellent and timely advice since I am the Queen of Unrealistic Expectations this week.

The Horse Down the Road: Random Photo Friday

Just a reminder for Ohioans that winter colors can sometimes reach beyond gray, gray, and gray.

Pinterest and Perfection

I started to write a blog post on Monday, but ended up on Pinterest.

I said to the dog on Tuesday, “I really should write that blog post,” and then spent more time on Pinterest.

I thought about writing a post on Wednesday, but reality got in the way. And Pinterest.

Can you say the same? Or are you still a “Pin-occent?”

According to their website:

Pinterest lets you organize and share all the beautiful things you find on the web. People use pinboards to plan their weddings, decorate their homes, and organize their favorite recipes.

Our goal is to connect everyone in the world through the ‘things’ they find interesting.

That sounds great in theory…instead of clipping all those recipes, decorating ideas, and shopping finds (hypothetically speaking, because you won’t find them on this “hate-to-shop” person’s boards), you can create a pinboard for each category and keep them all in one place. Instead of stuffing all those articles and ideas in a file or box next to the refrigerator, with Pinterest, you’re now forced to look at them every time you visit.

Can you imagine the guilt?

I often ask myself, “Why am I spending time here when I could be repurposing old t-shirts and churning my own butter?”

Why am I obsessed with zombies?

Because it’s easy to collect these things and pretend we’re going to use them all.

Like recipes. Though I love to cook and I enjoy trying new dishes, each addition to my “Make Me” board is another of the hundreds of recipes that I’ve already gathered and have not yet made.

Nevertheless, I mean well.

(Although right now I am baking some healthy dog treats I pinned last week.  And Lemon Crinkle Cookies. )

Perhaps we’re all doing the same. With every pin, our friends and followers assume we’re one of those women that actually do all of these things.

Or perhaps not.

Maybe pinning dream vacations and perfect houses are our way of accepting what we have—and admitting that “perfection” is not necessarily reality.

What do you think?