Monday, June 23, 2014

LOVE Your Garden!

We all heard that from our parents at the dinner table, to eat our vegetables, when we didn't want to finish our meal.  I couldn't leave the table until my plate was cleared.  There were starving children in the world. And I was leaving food on my plate. When I was a kid, I didn't believe my parents when they said that.  Now that I think of it, I have even played that "card" on my kids.  Why is it hard to get the kids to eat their vegetables? How can we get them to try new things? I hope by having the kids help us with our garden, they will have more appreciation for it.

I have always wanted to talk about my garden.  It's really my husband's garden, but we will talk about that later!

This is a few weeks back; the guys were looking over a few things, and the tomato plants that were just planted.  Scouting is important in the fields and in the gardens.  Bugs are detected at an earlier state. Any problems with the health of the plant can be closely monitored. I think this picture was taken shortly after a heavy rain we received. We were lucky we didn't lose many plants in the garden.

Our youngest one likes to jump over rows, and test our patience. He doesn't jump much, I mean he steps on the green beans, radishes and onions. 

His favorite was picking strawberries this spring. 

Go back a few years on this one. August 2009. Must have been a good year in the garden.  Kids always seem to be very excited to help out! It took me awhile to dig this picture out.  But I had to. Needs to be on this blog. It's one of my favorite and seems every year we put out the garden I remember this picture.

Kids are always very helpful in the garden from planting to harvest. This is the first step to introduce the kids to new ideas and new fruits and vegetables in their diet.  We will talk more about what's in the garden, how it's good for you, and what the kid's think about eating their fruits and vegetables!

This post is sponsored by Indiana's Family of Farmers, but all opinions shared are my own.

Crystal Kellner

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Unstuffed Cabbage Rolls

I have never tried stuffed cabbage rolls out of my kitchen.  It's hard to get the husband and kids on board to eat lettuce, let alone cabbage. One year I was so excited about growing cabbage in the garden,  but I was the only one who would eat it. I tried a new recipe last night, Unstuffed Cabbage Rolls, it is super easy, fast, and very filling. It's a great recipe to try summer time, and enjoy the rest of your evening with the kids.

I cut up a small onion from our garden, sauteed in the pan until transparent.  I added one pound of hamburger with simple seasonings, sea salt, pepper, and garlic salt.

Since I was making this recipe for my lunches at work, and knew one pound of hamburger would make four servings for me, I chopped up 16 ounces of cabbage to add to my hamburger mixture after it was browned.

I added the chopped cabbage to my browned hamburger.  I also added about 1/2 cup of water.  Cover and let the vapors help cook the cabbage, and stir occasionally.

 The cabbage is starting to cook down. Keep stirring occasionally. I added tomato paste mixed with water, this gave a little more flavor to this simple dish.  Add some sea salt and pepper to season.

Dinner was served for me, and three other helpings were now ready for my other meals for work.  I think this meal is something the whole family will like! I divided my meals into separate tupperware, and I am taking it to work with me! 

Unstuffed Cabbage Rolls
1 lb . hamburger
16 oz cabbage
Small onion
Tomato paste
Garlic, sea salt,  pepper to taste


I linked up to Meal Plan Monday #35.
Crystal Kellner

Thursday, June 12, 2014

What do the weekends mean to you? - Part 3

I have been contemplating for months, MONTHS, on a creative blog name.  I am not creative enough to come up with a brand, or identity.  I asked many for ideas, hints, somewhere to start? The other day I sat down and started writing down names, descriptive words that describes our family. Outdoors, hunting fishing, farming, crafting, late, ……what should I call it?  We are crazy-busy, never home, always on the go.  What do I look forward to? Saturdays! What do I think about first thing Monday mornings? Wondering how soon the weekend will get “here”.

I know my husband works for the weekends, it's a time for family, spend fishing with the kids, or time in his hunting stand or duck blinds in the fall.  You will see lots of fishing pictures and hunting pictures here.

When I think of weekends, I think about ball games and laundry! I think I need to find a new hobby!! Crafting is my hobby, but that is done late nights, after everyone has gone to bed, sound asleep. That is my down time.  CK Designs by Crystal Kellner is my outlet for my creative side. I started this when Macie was little, and she wore bows everyday, and I made one, to match each outfit.  Now I offer other things in my store, lace rompers, and chunky necklaces.  I have also sold Uppercase Living for a few years, and helped many people decorate their homes.

There are not too many Saturdays left in Summer Break, 10 to be exact, before school starts again. What are you going to do with your family this summer to make memories?  Make your Saturdays count!

  This post is part 3 of a 3-part series sponsored by Indiana’s Family of Farmers.
Crystal Kellner