I’m a good wife.
I enjoying cooking. I don’t mind cleaning. I love working outside in the yard and garden. I spend plenty of time in the barn with the steers and plenty of time in the yard playing with the dogs…
But I do not like to sew.
Hence, you can imagine my dismay that my darling husband didn’t tell me about his little problem with his pants before we got married.
Farmer D is a walking, talking, working denim destroyer.
Not only does Farmer D come home a few times a week with god-knows-what on his jeans – and I’ve learned not to be surprised when I hear about the nature of the stains – he rips, tears and shreds them like you would not believe.
And then he brings them to me to repair.
Though the bigger holes require the use of a sewing machine (which contrary to the fact that I do not like to sew, I do know how to use), I’ve found the best thing in the world to fix the smaller problems: Liquid Stitch.
Liquid Stitch is a permanent, clear-dry fabric adhesive that will hold patches and hems WITHOUT SEWING! All you need to do is spread a bit of Liquid Stitch around the hole in the fabric (I patch on the inside of the jeans), apply the patch, and let the fabric dry. (Note: Though Farmer D’s jeans are dry enough to wear after sitting overnight, I don’t wash them for 24 hours after applying Liquid Stitch.)
And since I don’t have to sew all those patches, I have time for the truly important things in life like cooking, cleaning, and shoveling cow poop.
FOR THE RECORD: I wrote this post of without the knowledge of, or any compensation from Prym Consumer USA Inc., the manufacturers of Liquid Stitch. However, if the company would like to send me Liquid Stitch as a thank you for recommending their product, I might
make it to the end of the year be able to share some with my friends.
I love animals. Ok, except for snakes and wild boar.
I came across some pictures of miniature animals and they are just the cutest things. Makes me want to buy a farm and have only mini-pets. Would Dr. Doolitle approve of this? I think he would be clapping at the genius of it all.
The Mini-Cow. The Panda-cow will only weigh a hundred pounds or so vs a few thousand of a normal size cow:
I, like just about everyone on facebook, twitter, instagram, pinterest and every other form of social media, tend to post a lot of pictures. No real surprise that instead of kids, cats, dogs or shoes my pictures are mostly photos of cows, calves and farm life. Cats, dogs, shoes and other random photos do make the cut but it's mostly all about the cows.
Though it’s still too early to plant here, the guys have been busy making repairs on the equipment and getting things in order before it’s time to head out to the fields.
Farmer D is usually working outside before I even get out of bed, and often doesn’t come in until it’s either dark, or he’s exhausted. And that’s on top of his “real” full-time job.
Needless to say, as most farm wives will tell you, having regular mealtimes is sometimes a bit of a challenge. Especially the meals in the morning.
So since I had a bunch of way-past-ripe bananas on the counter this morning, I decided to make my hard-working husband a treat.
Grab n’ Go Banana Muffins
- 1 c. sugar
- 1/2 shortening
- 2 eggs
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- 2 c. flour
- 3 tbsp. ground flax seed (optional)
- 1 tsp. baking soda
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 1 c. chopped walnuts (optional)
- 3-4 ripe mashed bananas (I used 5 small ones)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
In a large mixing bowl, cream sugar and shortening. Add eggs and vanilla; beat well.
Stir in flour, flax seed (if using), baking soda, and salt. The mixture will be thick.
Stir in chopped nuts (if using) and mashed bananas. (I usually just squish them with my hands as I add them to the mixer.)
Spoon batter into muffin tins, about 2/3 full. (I lined my metal pan with cupcake papers and just sprayed the silicone one with a bit of nonstick cooking spray.
Top the muffins with a mixture of cinnamon and sugar. (Approximately 3 Tbsp. sugar to 1 tsp. cinnamon or more or less to taste. We just keep a shaker jar in the cupboard.)
Bake for 30-35 minutes, or until springy on top.
Just try to wait until they cool before eating them.
Farmer D loves these muffins straight and normally grabs a few before heading out the door again.
Sometime I warm them in the microwave for a few seconds, cut the muffin in half, and spread it with a bit of butter.
What a delicious snack!
It’s Easter Sunday, so I am forced by convention to be away from the computer today and to spend time with family and friends.
However, I’d like to take a moment to tell you how much I appreciate your likes, comments and follows.
Whether you celebrate Easter or not, may you have exactly the kind of day for which you hope.
So here it is Tuesday already, and I haven’t written so much as a word. But it’s not your fault–I’ve been quite busy with all sorts of family “quality time.”
Last week was my nephew’s very first band concert.
And stepdaughter #4′s baby shower.
And hubby convinced me to make Sunday dinner (luckily part of the family couldn’t make it and I only had to cook for a dozen or so).
And finally, I managed a trip back to the Rockefeller Park Greenhouse with my folks yesterday.
So here I am today, with piles of dirty laundry, semi-empty cupboards, and some really tired feet, but it’s okay.
Sometimes it’s more important to take the time to hang out with your family…
and your dog.