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Thursday, August 21, 2014

Ground Lamb Sliders

 It's one of our new favorites!
The fact that they are super fast and super easy is a bonus this time of year.
I don't know about your family but for us, back to school time means back to school activities in the evening too.  That means I need to be able to slide dinner on the table with lightning speed before someone has to head back out the door.


Lamb Sliders are the perfect quick meal for that!

Ground lamb mini patties~ 5 minutes on the grill ~ done.
French bread ~ 5 minutes under the broiler ~ done.
Slide in a salad and dinner is served.
See, told you they were super fast!


Here's the easy part: 1,2,3.

1.  I buy french bread at Sam's and stockpile it in the freezer.
You can ask for it frozen and bake it yourself.  It's better that way!
Slice it at an angle.  Top with butter, garlic powder & oregano and broil until brown and crispy.




2.  Form ground lamb (you can use beef instead but it won't be as good) into balls the size of golf balls.  Press into patty shapes.  Salt and pepper both sides generously.  Grill on high heat for 5 minutes or until medium rare.  Lamb should always be cooked medium rare.




3.  Stack up the sliders and drizzle with Caesar dressing
or whatever topping you choose.  We just love Newman's Caesar around here.  Seriously, I stockpile it too.


If you haven't had lamb before, this recipe is a great non-threatening way to try it.  Bet your family will love them.
Slide Lamb Sliders on the table and watch them disappear.


Taste and see that the Lord is good;
blessed is the man who takes refuge in him.
Psalm 34:8







Thursday, August 7, 2014

Trunk Show Featuring Our Yarn!

A local yarn store
is featuring our Red Farmhouse Fibers
yarn this fall.  It's exciting!


They will be selling the yarn from 
each of our ewe's fleeces.
I'm even going to take a ewe
to greet customers on the sidewalk as they arrive.
Should be lots of fun!

link to the article about our yarn & the trunk show

If your local,
I hope you will come.
I would love to see you there!
Our ewe would too.



May he give you the desire of your heart
and make all your plans succeed.
Psalm 20:4 




Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Pink Lemonade Pie

It's a summertime favorite at
the Red Farmhouse.


My boys love it!


Cool
Tart
Sweet
Fluffy


I like making my own graham cracker crusts
but they prefer the store bought ones.
Oh, well.  I aim to please.


Preparing two at a time allows you to serve 
one now and another one later.
If you hide it in the back of the freezer, that is!


My recipe
 (not original but I do add cream cheese 
& a full can of lemonade for more tartness):


Psalm 119: 103
How sweet are your words to me;
they are sweeter than honey...


Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Broomstick Crochet Infinity Scarf

 All of the yarn from our sheep sold.
Yes, ALL of it.
It's going to a local specialty yarn store,
Sealed With A Kiss
and that is really exciting!


For the unveiling at their trunk show,
 I wanted to wear something I had made 
from our Red Farmhouse Fibers yarn.


I picked a nice soft gray from our girl, Alexa.
She is sweet and quiet but fancy
so I thought this broomstick crochet pattern 
would make a great project for her fiber.

It may seem silly but I like keeping the characteristics
of the sheep consistent with the final project.
It's a personal way of looking at the wool and it's why we process
our fiber from each individual animal.


This infinity scarf was a little challenging since
 I've never done broomstick crochet before.
That's a size 50 knitting needle.  Looks like it could be a weapon!
It worked great though.


You start by chaining on to the "broomstick"
working in one direction and then work
your way back with a shell stitch the other way.


After a while, I got the hang of it.


I love trying new things with yarn!


When it was finished, I joined it together 
with an antique brooch that is just the same color of gray.


I love it.  More broomstick crochet is 
definitely in my future.
Here is a similar pattern on Ravelry.

Exodus 35:25
All the skilled women spun with their hands,
and brought what they had spun,
in blue purple and scarlet material and in fine linen.


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