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Instant Pot Cabbage Rolls, Stuffed Peppers and Porcupine Balls


To make some simple entrees to store in the freezer for meals to bring to work and for DH to eat. I used the meat mixture for all of the entrees by mixing two pounds of ground beef with 2 cups of cooked rice, 1 egg, and seasonings. I used Penzeys Krakow Nights, California seasoned pepper, 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce, and salt.

Then I stuffed the peppers, made meatballs with the remaining meat mixture. Taking cabbage leaves that have be lightly cooked in water to soften. I wrap some of the meatballs. I take a can of tomato soup and add another can of water to the bottom of the pan. First I put the porcupine meatballs (meatballs made above. Then I stacked the stuffed peppers and cabbage roll on top.

I put the lid on and did a manual set for 10 minutes of cooking time. Place in freezer safe containers for later meals.

captureyour365: Where I Live

So it has been freezing her on our farm. Right now the temperature has gotten to an almost tropic 12 degrees. The temperature drops have played havoc on our plumping with the line to the washer frozen and busted and the hot water line frozen. I did not want the dishes to pile up too much so I heated cold water in a pot to do some dishes.  Nothing like camping in the home. At least the furnace is going but as seems to be typical of the new propane company they have not made the trip to our home to fill up.

Even with the freezing temperatures I still could not contain my self to begin ordering for starting seeds indoors. So now I will be waiting for some

Pictured above is the side of the house.

Winter Salad with Roasted Squash and Pomegranate


Included in our Bountiful Basket this week were two pomegranates, a head of lettuce, many bell peppers and a  winter squash. Pomegranate and squash are not part of our usual diet so I wanted to come up with a way to use them. This salad was a perfect use of the squash and one pomegranate.

Winter Salad

One butternut squash, roasted

One onion roasted

Romaine and other lettuce cut or torn into pieces

One cucumber sliced

One pomegranate seeds removed


Make a salad but butting the lettuce in the bowl and top with the squash, onion, cucumber and pomegranate seeds.

Enjoy with a dressing of your choice.


captureyour365: Currently Loving


Salem has been hanging around inside lately not wanting to go back outside. A huge mean cat is hanging around the barn eating his food and causing weight loss. With no food and water in the barn we are hoping the cat will move on or go back to were it came from. The cat is very feral and we are not able to get within 100 feet of it.

captureyour365: Odd One Out

It has been a while since I have posted and even longer since I have done a 365. If you like to take pictures you might want to check out. Sometimes we just let the camera sit but with these ideas, your ideas and interpretations can take on a whole new meaning.

Today, 1/9/2018, is Odd One Out.  I glanced at a side table and spied the items my grandson had left from his last visit.



Instant Pot Beef Stew for Two


Step Back In Time In Hannibal, Missouri

You will recognize the name of Hannibal, Missouri if you are at least familiar with author Samuel Langhorne Clemens (aka Mark Twain). This river community is best known as the childhood town of the author. Many of the settings of his novels The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Adventures of Huckleberry Finn are inspired by this town and his youthful adventures. There are historical sites are associated the places depicted in his fiction. 

Most of the buildings under one museum and will give you a glimpse of the lives of the people he used as characters.

Huckleberry Finns Home

Boyhood Home of Sam and the whitewash fence.

Becky Thatcher’s Home

The Docks

A statue of Sam as a riverboat pilot on the Mississippi River

Picture of lighthouse in distance. Built for his 100th birthday.

Downtown. Very nice walk with nice businesses. It would also be a great place to see in the evening and enjoy the many food establishments.

Part of the museum tour was the interpretive center where you could view original Norman Rockwell paintings,  his white jacket, Oxford gown and the death mask of his son.

There were many things to see and do in the town and the outskirts making this a great place for a vacation.

Messy Garden for Wildlife

Fall is usually the time for cleanup. This year I am planning to do as much clean up as I normally do. This year I will leave more area messy to provide more food and cover in wildlife. I am leaving a messy garden in the following various ways..

  • Leaf messy. No raking will be done. Right now the maple is dropping leaves looking horrible to many of us gardeners. Most likely what will happen, like it did last year, is the leaves will be blown into the woodlot.


Maple leaves on grass


  •  Leave flower heads. I usually deadhead most of my flowers because it helps it create more flowers but this is the fall when flowering will slow down for most plants. 

    Planted pine trees and wild area. Large pyracantha bush provides winter food and shelter.

  •  Let the grass grow tall and go to seed. I will mow around the house but will let the areas farther away to grow tall and seed. I will most likely cut the grass around the trees planted to prevent them from getting shaded. It is important to note if you have too tall of grass close to your home you can encourage rodents and snake to enter.
  • Build a Brush Pile. I have two large brush piles on the property but plant to put on in the area I planted for quail and pheasant.
  • No Chemicals. I will use some chemicals in and around the beehives this year but the will be organic types to help control the varroa mite and hive beetles. Not doing so will likely result in the death of the hives.
  • Leave snags. I will do some cleanup but will leave a few snags to provide a home for many of the insects helpful for the environment
  • Cleanups. Any cleanup will be delayed until the first freeze to give time for the native insects to leave or find a safe place to overwinter.

Beatrice Eclipse Beatrice, NE

This was such a fun day in Beatrice at the Homestead National Monument. This is the film made by NASA there and Bill Nye.  It was so much fun.  The park service did such a great job.


Before, during and after I took some photos of the event, the site and a Petroglyph of the modern type someone did on my car.


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Hot and Muggy Lately



The weather has taken on a very hot face. It has been hovering around the 100 degree mark with lovely humidity. Not encouraging for outside work. This year becasue of many factors I do not have much of a garden. In fact I have only beans, potatoes and tomatoes planted. This month I am going to try hard on starting fall crops such as cabbage and root crops so I can get some fermented food ready for the winter. I am not having luck getting bulk vegetables and fruit to make some canned items for the winter. Looks like I am going to do some grocery shopping for some items this year. Such is life working full time.

I have been working with the donkeys and have been getting Coco to walk with a halter much better. I still have much more work to do to get her ready for a halter when she is three in 6 months or so. She looks nothing like the picture above and is almost the same size as her mother.

I have been really missing taking pictures lately. It is time for a short road trip.

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