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~ Dreamy abstraction in Four Square House on the Pairie

Month: January 2018 (page 1 of 2)

Shadow on floor

Cat In a Box

captureyour365: Sunburst

Sun looks inviting but it is still cold outside at 40 degrees F.

captureyour 365: Family

Two of my furbabies.

captureyour365: Where I Stand


Today I got the planting trays I ordered and the daisy trays. It is still too early to begin planting but I want to be ready. Most seeds should be planted 6 weeks before your average last frost day which is 5/4 in this area.  I want to be able to start lettuce and other stuff early and put into the greenhouse to get them started.


captureyour365: It’s Routine


Coffee is the beginning of everyday.

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.

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