Friday, December 7, 2012

Pondering



Against the advice of my teenage son, I decorated a bit outside of this old farmhouse.  In his wise words, "Why do you want to decorate outside?  No one comes down our road to see it."  Now, it seems a wreath is resting on the front lawn.  A wreath that I placed on a second story window by hanging outside said window.  Now, I find myself thinking, "I could just leave it off the window...no one comes down here to see it missing."  

The cows from yesterday's post belong to my neighbor.  Ours went to...."market".  That is the delicate way to put it.  Secret Agent Man picked up the beef from the butcher and brought it all home in a black hefty bag.  Oh....the charming ways of country life.  

I would like to think that after all these years I am acclimating to country life, but maybe not.  While putting the beef in the deep freeze, I came across mystery items wrapped in paper dishes.  After inquiring Secret Agent Man let me know that they were hearts....or kidneys....or maybe tongue.  

I like 'ta died.  

They are now in the deep freeze of people who appreciate that sort of thing.  Not this city country girl.  

Peace out my friends.  


35 comments:

  1. My Grandmother would say "in the country, nothing is wasted" even cow, chicken and pig body parts.... I'm with you though on keeping said body parts and I'm sure whoever's freezer was the lucky recipient of those parts was glad to have them =)

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  2. i don't know that i could do that...i would get so attached to those cows! my mom used to cook my uncle cow tongue, she was the only one in the family that would...it was pretty gross...he'd slice it on sandwiches, yuck, yuck, yuck!

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  3. I think your life sounds absolutely WONDERFUL.. Nothing can beat Farm life! I once found what I thought was a baby deer in my freezer...seems that my hubby had put a raccoon in there in hopes of me cooking some vittles like granny on the Beverly Hilbilly's did......NEGATIVE!!
    Have a great day! and keep the wreath hanging!!

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  4. Hi Michelle, even if no one ever see the outside decorations you will know that they are there and it makes everything seem a little more Christmasy.
    P.S you are so lucky having that kind of quality meat. It can put your mind to rest that your cows were reared correctly, got fed the right foods and not processed and pumped full of water like other meats.
    Have a great weekend.
    Shaun

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  5. I think you have done a fine job acclimating to country life. Us city slickers,too, have mystery funky things in our freezer time to time.

    Have a great weekend.

    Velva

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  6. Beautiful photo of your tree this a.m.
    When I was in college, I often visited my roommate's family farm. I used to laugh that it was hard to enjoy a burger while looking out at the empty pasture!!!

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  7. Well, at least it's better for the cow to range free while alive, than experience the horrors of mass-produced meat places. But I'm with you on this, I don't know that I could do it any longer. I remember eating ox tongue when I was a kid, but no way could I do that now.

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  8. This farm girl doesn't do organ meats either!!! Never understood the need for it.

    Go ahead, have the boy put the wreath back in place. Then he'll appreciate it.

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  9. I'll stick to gingerbread men in trees (though I'm told they are quite necessary in some dishes...)!

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  10. i'm with you - there are some things i'd prefer not to deal with. or eat. :)

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  11. I'm a vegetarian who loves country life. It is important to decorate outside. It builds character.

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  12. What a cute ornament! My mom used to have a recipe for tongue... It wasn't good, but it was a recipe... which she didn't really follow very well...
    blech.

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  13. You decorate outside because YOU like to see it, not the rest of the world, tell that to the boy. :-) The painters are still working in our house.. gads I am thankful for what they're doing, but can't wait until I get my home back!
    ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉
    *M*E*R*R*Y* *C*H*R*I*S*T*M*A*S*!*
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    ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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  14. ... sometimes we should LISTEN to youth. They are fine teachers.

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  15. I love having a freezer full of homegrown beef. We haven't had any in the last few years, and I miss it. Much better than what can be bought in the supermarkets!

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  16. The decorating is for YOU and your family, Michelle. Whether anyone else sees it doesn't matter.

    Ummm, I am glad to get my meat from the grocery store.

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  17. I agree with Jack about the decorations, but how could you eat the family cow? I could never do that. Brave woman.

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  18. Shaun - Our cows are strictly grass fed and consume fresh water from tanks, not from a pond. I do feel better about having this beef instead of store bought beef.

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  19. Randy - They are certainly not our pets! lol We don't name them or anything :)

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  20. I totally laughed out loud at "I like 'ta died." So funny! At least you're using all of the cow that you can :)

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  21. I think you are a country girl at heart Michelle, because you are just 'keepin it real'!
    I know what you mean by nobody seeing your decorations. I like to think the Military planes that regularly fly over will appreciate my bright blue lights in the middle of nowhere! You never know!xx

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  22. Ah, children! I'd still hang the darn wreath though!!! Call me stubborn! LOL!!!

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  23. Ha ha, yup, when we got our cow I told Paul NO organ meat!

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  24. I agree with you about the decorations and I will gladly eat your beef!

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  25. I'd a died right with ya- Ick, yuck, poey! Good thing you asked and didn't just open it up to fry one evening.

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  26. Yep, farm girls love tongue and heart, as least my mother did. I couldn't stand to be in the kitchen when she cooked it. -- barbara

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  27. Made the mistake of naming our first cow...nothing like saying, "Floppy sure tastes good". Yikes. I decorate outside and no one sees either...makes me feel better.

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  28. cute little tree hanger.
    as for the other little wrapped up freezer surprises...ugh!

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  29. We don't keep the "innards" either. Rambob always tries the liver and I'm like NO! We do keep the tail and make his mom's "ox tail" soup AKA beef vegetable soup. The first time I had it I LOVED it until she told me what was in it then I gagged a bit. I really really thought they were messing with me about that dang tail, haha. I'm over it now ;)

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  30. Ew!! You did the right thing! No thank you strange meat.

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  31. From where I come from Tongue and alike where very expensive items to buy.
    Think as well, that the decoration is well worth the effort and makes living much better.
    Please have you all a good new week.

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  32. I know if I had to live on a farm I would become a vegatarian, Michelle, as I could never eat an animal I "knew." That said I do eat meat and enjoy it -- I just couldn't have looked it in the eye once before!

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  33. We used to have a few head of black angus that my grandfather raised strictly for beef... each was named by my aunt... so our freezer always had white packages of frozen meat with labels like "Elsie - RR" or rump roast or "Herman - TB" for t-bone steak... I can remember conversations at the table like, "Herman sure is a lot more tender than Jack was last year"...

    Ahh, country life...

    Dann in Ohio

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  34. Growing up, whenever we'd butcher a steer, I always knew any day I'd whip open the frig and a giant tongue would be on a plate... just the thought still makes me shudder!

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