Tuesday, April 30, 2013

What's for Dinner - Southwestern Corn Skillet

Southwestern Corn Skillet


8 oz uncooked rotini pasta (2 2/3 cups)
1 lb lean (at least 80%) ground beef
1/2 cup chopped onion (1 medium)
1 jar (26 oz) chunky tomato pasta sauce
1 can (11 oz) Green Giant® SteamCrisp® Southwestern style corn, undrained
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese (4 oz)
4 medium green onions, sliced (1/4 cup), if desired


1 Cook and drain pasta as directed on package. Meanwhile, in 12-inch nonstick skillet, cook beef and onion over medium heat 8 to 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until beef is thoroughly cooked; drain.
2 Stir in pasta sauce, corn, salt and cooked pasta. Cook until hot. Sprinkle with cheese; let stand 2 to 3 minutes or until melted. Sprinkle with green onions.

DIY: Flea & Tick Remedy

Flea & Tick Remedy

8 oz apple cider vinegar
4 oz warm water
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking soda

Mix dry ingredients first then slowly add to wet as the vinegar and baking soda will react slightly. Put into spray bottle and spray pets down. Be careful not to get in pets eyes.

Use Borax throughout the house, sprinkle it on the carpets and let sit for a few hours, then vacuum. This should kill all the fleas and ticks in your home and on your pets.

DIY - SUGAR HAND SCRUB - Mother's Day Gift Idea


 GREAT GIFT IDEA! - Make, Put in mason jar, Tie with bow, Add a tag!

1. Fill mason jar 3/4 of the way full with sugar.

2. Add dawn dish soap until it reaches just below the mouth of the jar.~ The pink one that has the Olay in it is the best! It smells good and moisturizes!

3. Stir the sugar and soap together until it is paste like. If it seems to be too runny, add a little sugar at a time until it is the desired consistency.

4.You can tie with a jute twine or ribbon and give as a gift, or do like me and hog it all for yourself!! So cheap and easy!!

HOW TO: Cook Corn in Husks


1. Remove a few of the outer husks that might be dirty.

2. Cut the bottoms off of the corn. Be sure to cut above the part of the cob where the husk is attached. It would be above the part of the cob where it starts to round down.

3. Place a moist paper towel on the bottom of the microwave or on top of the carousel and place the corn on the paper towel.

4. Use this guide for your cook time. Remember the cooking time can vary for each microwave.

1 ear - 2 minutes
2 ears - 3 to 4 minutes
3 ears - 5 to 6 minutes
4 ears - 7 to 8 minutes
6 ears - 8 to 9 minutes

5. After cooking, let the corn sit about 3 minutes. It will continue to cook and will be cooler and easier to handle.

6. Pick the cooked corn up by the top (you might want to use an oven mitt if it is too hot to handle) and squeeze and lightly shake out the ear of corn. It should just slide out leaving the silk and all of the husks intact.

Monday, April 29, 2013

What's for Dinner - Baked Chicken Fajitas with Homemade Tortillas

Baked Chicken Fajitas


1 pound Member's Mark® Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts, cut into thin strips
1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes and green chilies, drained
1 medium onion, cut into thin strips
1 medium green pepper, cut into thin strips
1 medium sweet red pepper, cut into thin strips
2 tablespoons canola oil
2 teaspoons chili powder
2 teaspoons ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon salt
12 flour tortillas (6 inches), warmed


In a 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish coated with cooking spray, combine the chicken, tomatoes, onion and peppers. Combine the oil, chili powder, cumin and salt. Drizzle over chicken mixture; toss to coat.
Bake, uncovered, at 400° for 20-25 minutes or until chicken is no longer pink and vegetables are tender. Spoon onto tortillas; fold in sides. Yield: 6 servings.

Homemade Tortillas 


2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup water
3 tablespoons olive oil


In a large bowl, combine flour and salt. Stir in water and oil. Turn onto a floured surface; knead 10-12 times, adding a little flour or water if needed to achieve a smooth dough. Let rest for 10 minutes.
Divide dough into eight portions. On a lightly floured surface, roll each portion into a 7-in. circle.
In a large nonstick skillet coated with cooking spray, cook tortillas over medium heat for 1 minute on each side or until lightly browned. Keep warm. Yield: 8 tortillas.

HOW TO: Clean A Rusty Cast Iron Skillet

How to Clean a Rusty Cast Iron Skillet


Raw potato
Kosher salt
Cooking Oil


1. Set your cast iron skillet in the sink and sprinkle a teaspoon or two of Kosher salt in the bottom.

2. Slice off the top of a raw potato. Make sure to leave enough of the potato so you can grab it easily. Use the cut end of your potato to scour the skillet, grinding the salt into any rusty or crusty spots. As you work, rinse off the skillet (and rust!) and add more salt if it requires more scrubbing.

3. Once all of the rust has vanished, dry your skillet with a clean towel.

4. If you don’t need to re-season your skillet, just add a few drops of oil to its surface. You can be a tad heavy handed with the oil, as it will mostly just absorb. Rub the oil into your skillet’s surface, that way it’s ready to go for you next cooking adventure.

Caring for your skillet:

Never, ever, ever wash your skillet with soap again. Don’t even let a drop near it. The soap will wear off your fresh coating of oil and it will likely make your next meal taste a tad sudsy. After you finish cooking with your skillet, immediately rinse it out to remove any burned on bits. If you need more scrubbing, let it cool, and then use salt and a coarse scrubbing pad to get rid of any burned bits. Don’t let your skillet soak for long periods of time, and never put it in the dishwasher.

Thursday, April 25, 2013

What's For Dinner - Stuffed Cheeseburgers

Stuffed Cheeseburgers


1 1/3 lb ground beef
3 slices bacon, cooked to a crisp and crumbled
1/2 cup Sargento shredded double cheddar cheese
4 hamburger buns
Fixins of your choice: lettuce, tomato, onion, pickles, mayo


Heat grill to medium-high heat.
Combine cheese and crumbled bacon in a bowl, set aside.
Divide ground beef into 4 equal portions and divide each portion in half.
Form each ball of ground beef into a patty. Top with 2-3 Tbsp cheddar-bacon mixture and a second patty.
Pinch the patties around the edges to seal well and lightly press into a uniform burger patty.
Season with salt, pepper, and a dash of Worcestershire.
Cook on the grill 4-5 minutes each side, until cooked to desired doneness.
Assemble on buns with the fixins of your choice.

Yields: 4 servings

Safe Driving Tips

Summer time for a lot of us means we will be doing some traveling. Vacations, family reunions, even work related, or maybe you bought some of our property and will be relocating.

Here are some everyday driving tips that really work. Along with these steps and plenty of rest it will ensure that you will a have a safe trip. There are on 5 simple steps to remember...

Aim high in steering: Avoid collisions by seeing, evaluating and acting upon all the information available. Look high and far down the center of your driving path. This helps keep your vehicle from drifting and provides increased warning of turns, stops and potential hazards.

Get the big picture: Fewer mistakes are made when you have the complete traffic picture. Maximize your awareness of everything extending from sidewalk to sidewalk and from your front bumper to a full city block ahead of you. To get the biggest picture, allow proper space (4 sec. min.) between yourself and the vehicle ahead.

Keep your eyes moving: Proper scanning techniques separate safe drivers from people who make costly and daily errors. Don’t concentrate too long on any one part of your big picture. When your eyes stop moving, you reduce what you can see and respond to.

Leave yourself an out: All that separates drivers from a collision is space. Use it to your advantage. Keep asking yourself “What if…? As you drive. Consider the conditions and the circumstances – such as rain slick streets, a bike rider, or an uncertain left-turner – and devise an option to deal with them.

Make sure they see you: Seek eye contact and use your warning devices

(Horn and lights) at the proper time. Communicate with pedestrians and other drivers to be safe.

For additional information visit their website at: http://www.smith-system.com/index.shtml

Friday, April 19, 2013

What's for Dinner - Quick N Zesty Chili

Quick N Zesty Chili


1 pound ground sirloin beef (90% lean)
1 can (15 oz each) Hunt's Tomato Sauce
1 can (10 oz each) RoTel Chili Fixin's


Cook beef in large skillet over medium-high heat about 7 minutes or until beef crumbles and is no longer pink; drain.
Stir in tomato sauce and Chili Fixin’s. Bring to a boil; reduce heat to medium-low. Simmer 10 minutes, stirring frequently.

Local Event - Baby Expo - West Plains Civic Center

 Baby & Toddler Expo in West Plains, Missouri on May 4th from 9-4 at the Civic Center. Please tell everyone you know that has kiddos in their lives to come out! :)

West Plains Civic Center

110 St Louis St West Plains, MO 65775‎
(417) 256-8123

May 04, 2013 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

1st Annual Baby & Toddler Expo

DIY - How to: Keep Birds Out of Your Strawberries

Paint a bunch of small stones and place them in and around the strawberry plants. The birds will dive for them and learn they are NOT nice and juicy.  By the time the berries are ripe the birds will not bother the real fruits.
Collect some strawberry shaped stones. Wash well with soap and water and let dry overnight.

When it's time to paint, I like to work on about a dozen at a time so that the paint on the first one is dry by the time I'm finished that particular step on the 12th. one. I use acrylics.

 Step 1 of painting:
To achieve a bright red result, undercoat stone with white.Paint half your stone at a time,let dry, turn over and paint other half.One coat of white is sufficient. The white undercoat makes the red "pop out".
Basecoat with any red of your choice, letting the first side dry before continuing to the other side.  You will probably need two coats of red.
In these examples I used Delta Ceramcoat Fire Red.
Look at your "berry" and decide which end would be best suited for the hull. One end is usually less pointed and that is where the hull would go. With Hauser Medium Green, or any medium green of your choice, base in the hull, making 6 or 7 pointed leaves that come about 1/4 to 1/3 of the way down the strawberry. Try not to make your hull so small that you can't see it from a side view.
With Hauser Dark Green, or any dark green, outline each hull leaf, put in a central vein on each, and add a circle at the top center.
With Hauser Light Green, or any light green, randomly add  highlights here and there.  No need to wash out your brush between greens..mixing them is more interesting.
With Black, using a liner brush,randomly add the little pockets where the seeds grow.
Avoid the temptation to add too many.
Also, keep them small so they don't end up looking like watermelon seeds.
 Again, using a liner brush, place a dot of off white in each little pocket to represent the seed.  I used Ceramcoat Light Ivory.
The final step is to give your berry 2 or 3 coats of varnish..either in spray form or with a wipe-on product called Final Coat.  The varnish protects the paint from chipping,gives depth to the colour,and it keeps the paint from sticking and lifting when you pile the berries in a basket.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

What's for Dinner - Armadillo Eggs

Armadillo Eggs

A favorite at my house...


2 lbs chicken breasts
2 lbs bacon
1 lb fresh jalapeno


1 You will need toothpicks for this. I buy the strong kind so that they don't break easy. Soak toothpicks in water for about 30 minutes.
First you will need to cut jalapenos lengthwise in half and remove seeds. You can use canned jalapenos; I just prefer fresh.
Flatten chicken to about 1" and cut into 4-6 pieces (enough to roll over a jalapeno half). Season with whatever seasonings you prefer. I use my Dad's homemade seasonings.
Take a chicken piece, roll it around a jalapeno half, then roll 1 slice of bacon over top and secure with a toothpick. This may take a while; I usually do this the night before I grill or bake them.
Cook on grill until bacon is crisp and chicken is cooked through.
You can bake these in the oven at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for about 45 minutes; I just like them grilled.
You can steal some off the grill as you are cooking them! YUM!
If you have extra jalapenos left over, grill 'em if you can take the heat!

Missouri Conservation Heritage Card

Heritage Card

Permit Type: 
Resident Type: 
Permit Length: 
Permit Price: 
Permitted Species: 
Additional Info: 
Provides customer id information, and can also be used as verification of being hunter certified, if the hunter education number is printed on the card. This is NOT a permit.

Make sure to get the Heritage Card when you buy your fishing and/or hunting license. You get great discounts on purchasing trees and other things. It is only $2.00 for a lifetime! Check out the Missouri Department of Conservation at http://mdc.mo.gov/permits/heritage-card or call 1-800-392-4115

Heritage Card Discount

Holders of the Missouri Conservation Heritage Card can receive a 15 percent discount up to $20 off their seedling purchases. To receive the discount, write your card number on the order form. Heritage Card discount does not apply to handling charges and sales tax. Heritage Cards can be purchased for $2 wherever hunting and fishing permits are sold. The card, similar in appearance to a credit card, makes applying for permits easier by storing registration information on a magnetic strip. The card also allows the owner to receive a 15 percent discount on selected retail merchandise sold at Conservation Department facilities. To order a Heritage Card by phone, call 1-800-392-4115.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

DIY - Fire Starter

Fire Starter 

Corks in a jar with rubbing alcohol, toss a couple in under kindling, light fire.

What's for Dinner - Crockpot Orange Chicken & Orange Cream Freezer Dessert

Crockpot Orange Chicken


2 large carrots, peeled and sliced about 1/2-inch thick
2 large red or green bell peppers, cut into 1/2-inch chunks
3 cloves garlic, finely minced
4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
2 tsp. ground ginger
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. pepper
8 ounces orange juice concentrate
2 cups Mandarin orange segments or fresh orange segments
2 Green onions, chopped
hot cooked rice


Put carrots, peppers, garlic, then the chicken, ginger, salt, pepper & frozen orange juice in Crockpot. Cover and cook on LOW 4 to 6 hours. Serve chicken on hot cooked rice on platter. Top with orange segments and green onions. Serve chicken liquid in gravy boat, if desired.

Orange Cream Freezer Dessert 


4 cups graham cracker crumbs
3/4 cup sugar
1 cup butter, melted
3-1/2 quarts vanilla ice cream, softened
2 cans (12 ounces each) frozen orange juice concentrate, thawed


In a bowl, combine cracker crumbs and sugar; stir in butter. Set aside 2 cups for topping. Press remaining crumb mixture into two greased 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. pans. Cover and freeze for at least 10 minutes.
In a large bowl, combine ice cream and orange juice concentrate until smooth. Spoon over crusts (pans will be full). Freeze for 10 minutes or until partially firm.
Sprinkle with reserved crumb mixture; gently press down. Cover and freeze for up to 2 hours. Remove from the freezer 15 minutes before serving. Yield: 2 desserts (24 servings each).

Homemade Ice Pack

Very neat idea for them tired & achy muscles - Gotta love pintrest :) 

Monday, April 15, 2013

How to: Save Heirloom Tomato Seeds

Saving your own tomato seeds is rather fun and has all sorts of benefits. Preserving heirloom seeds, ensuring a supply of your own favorites for next year, helping protect seed diversity, making a giant mess of stinky fermenting goo, it’s all there! It’s also pretty easy.

 As part of our seed selling business we save fairly large quantities of tomato seed but the process is the same whether you are saving from a pile of heirloom tomatoes or from a paticularily tasty one you just sliced up for lunch.

First things first, you need to get your tomato seeds out of the tomato.  You can slice them in half, in quarters, scoop some out of the one you’re eating or just use my preferred method: Squishing. A serrated grapefruit spoon makes a great seed saving tool, especially when dealing with smaller cherry tomatoes. Just cut them in half and scoop out the inside of the tomatoes leaving the skin and outer flesh behind.

Next the seed pulp is ready to be combined with water in a container.  Glass jars are simple and food safe, but yogurt containers and tupperware are perfectly suitable. The only really important factor is that the container needs a lid. It’s going to get stinky so the lid is not optional.

Make sure to label each variety as you go as tomato seeds all look very similar and the colored pulp is going to break down.
Place them out of direct sunlight and walk away for a few days. You’ll start to see the good seeds settle from the pulp down to the bottom of the container.

Now things will start to ferment. This fermentation process is breaking down the protective coating on each seed. After a few days and once you have a good layer of fuzzy stuff, dump it off, leaving the seeds in the bottom of the jar.  Any seeds at the top are duds, the good stuff is all at the bottom.  Top up the jar with some clean water and let it all happen again.  Once the seeds are starting to settle cleanly at the bottom they are done. Be careful not to leave things unsupervised for too many days as the seeds could start germinating.

Once the seeds are ready, pour off any remaining pulp and mold.
Using a strainer, give your seeds a final rinse. They should be looking rather naked by now.

Now you just need to let them dry.  A stack of clean rags or old tea towels work best, as paper towels sometimes stick.

Once again, label your seeds. Package them up a few days later when they’re perfectly dry and you’re set.  Next spring you’ll have more tomato seeds then you can plant.  Trading them with fellow seed savers and planting a few extra for gardening neighbors is highly recommended.

What's for Dinner - Honey Garlic Pork Chops

Honey Garlic Pork Chops 


1 cup ketchup
1/3 cup honey
¼ cup soy sauce
2 garlic cloves (minced)
1 1/2lbs boneless pork chops (6 4 oz portions)
salt and pepper

Cooking Instructions:

Step 1: In a medium bowl stir together ketchup, honey, soy sauce and garlic. Set aside.
Step 2: Lightly season the pork chops on both sides with salt and pepper. Brush each chop with the sauce to coat.
Step 3: Grease the grill grates of an outdoor grill and heat the grill to medium-high heat. Place pork chops onto the grill, and cook (while basting with the sauce often) for about 5 minutes on each side or until the meat is cooked through (the internal temperature has reached 145 degrees).
(Makes 6 Servings)

Friday, April 12, 2013

What's for Dinner - Enchilada Casser-Ole!

Enchilada Casser-Ole! 


1 pound lean ground beef (90% lean)
1 large onion, chopped
2 cups salsa
1 can (15 ounces) black beans, rinsed and drained
1/4 cup reduced-fat Italian salad dressing
2 tablespoons reduced-sodium taco seasoning
1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
6 flour tortillas (8 inches)
3/4 cup reduced-fat sour cream
1 cup (4 ounces) shredded reduced-fat Mexican cheese blend
1 cup shredded lettuce
1 medium tomato, chopped
1/4 cup minced fresh cilantro


In a large skillet, cook beef and onion over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain. Stir in the salsa, beans, dressing, taco seasoning and cumin. Place three tortillas in an 11-in. x 7-in. baking dish coated with cooking spray. Layer with half of the meat mixture, sour cream and cheese. Repeat layers.
Cover and bake at 400° for 25 minutes. Uncover; bake 5-10 minutes longer or until heated through. Let stand for 5 minutes; top with lettuce, tomato and cilantro. Yield: 8 servings.
Nutritional Facts
1 piece equals 357 calories, 12 g fat (5 g saturated fat), 45 mg cholesterol, 864 mg sodium, 37 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 23 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 2 starch, 1 vegetable, 1 fat.

Originally published as Enchilada Casser-Ole! in Healthy Cooking February/March 2009, p37


Items needed:

200 ml water
50 grams of brown sugar
1 gram of yeast
2-liter plastic bottle

Or US conversion:
1 cup of water
1/4 cup of brown sugar

1. Cut the plastic bottle in half.
2. Mix brown sugar with hot water. Let cool. When cold, pour in the bottom half of the bottle.
3. Add the yeast. No need to mix. It creates carbon dioxide, which attracts mosquitoes.
4. Place the funnel part, upside down, into the other half of the bottle, taping them together if desired.
5. Wrap the bottle with something black, leaving the top uncovered, and place it outside in an area away from your normal gathering area. (Mosquitoes are also drawn to the color black.)

Thursday, April 11, 2013

What's For Dinner - Grilled Ribeye & Roasted Broccoli

Grilled Ribeye & Roasted Broccoli

Ingredients (Steak):

Ribeye steaks (1 per person)
Pepper, if desired
Process (Steak):

Remove steak from refrigerator 20-30 minutes before grilling, to bring up to room temperature.
Preheat grill until it reaches 500 degrees.
Sprinkle salt on each side of the steak.
Place steak on grill, cook 6-7 minutes per side (until desired internal color is achieved).
Allow steak to rest 5 minutes before serving.

Ingredients (Broccoli):

3-4 cups broccoli florets, washed
2 tablespoons olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste
Process (Broccoli):

Preheat oven to roast at 400.
In a Pyrex dish, toss broccoli in olive oil, salt and pepper.
Roast for 30 minutes, or until the edges are crispy.

DIY Water Hose Storage / Cleaning Station

This is just the neatest idea & is so handy for the garden! Your diy wash station that is so simple & get's the water hose of the ground. Make it your own.  This example shows a galvanized  pail screwed to a 2 x 4 that is in the ground with a bird house on the top. Roll the hose around the pail & inside a place to store brushes, small garden tools, and a great place to hang a towel! I just love it & is gonna be a summer project for me!

Health benefits of fully ripe bananas

Health benefits of fully ripe bananas:

"According to Japanese Scientific Research, fully ripe bananas with dark patches on yellow skin produce a substance called TNF (Tumor Necrosis Factor) which has the ability to combat abnormal cells. The more darker patches it has the higher will be its immunity enhancement quality; Hence, the riper the banana the better the anti-cancer quality. Yellow skin banana with dark spots on it is 8x more effective in enhancing the property of white blood cells than green skin version. Eating 1-2 banana/s a day increases immunity."

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

What's For Dinner - Chicken Wild Rice Soup

Chicken Wild Rice 

Prep: 10 min. Cook: 40 min. Yield: 14 Servings

2 quarts chicken broth
1/2 pound fresh mushrooms, chopped
1 cup finely chopped celery
1 cup shredded carrots
1/2 cup finely chopped onion
1 teaspoon chicken bouillon granules
1 teaspoon dried parsley flakes
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
1/4 cup butter, cubed
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 can (10-3/4 ounces) condensed cream of mushroom soup, undiluted
1/2 cup dry white wine or additional chicken broth
3 cups cooked wild rice
2 cups cubed cooked chicken
In a large saucepan, combine the first nine ingredients. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 30 minutes.
In Dutch oven, melt butter; stir in flour until smooth. Gradually whisk in broth mixture. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Whisk in soup and wine. Add rice and chicken; heat through. Yield: 14 servings (3-1/2 quarts).
Nutritional Facts
1 serving (1 cup) equals 154 calories, 6 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 27 mg cholesterol, 807 mg sodium, 14 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 10 g protein.

Originally published as Chicken Wild Rice Soup in Taste of Home's Holiday & Celebrations Cookbook Annual 2001, p75

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

DIY Rain Barrel

DIY Rain Barrel

 Make a DIY rain-collection barrel. With it you can get and store some free water to help your flowers, grass and a garden thrive. Such barrel is easy to make and won’t cost much. The idea is to place a container below a downspout and connect a hose to it. A heavy-duty industrial trash bin would be a great container to make the barrel. For instructions check out this awesome article from Workbench magazine.

What's For Dinner - Oven Baked Cabbage Rolls

Oven Baked Cabbage Rolls

12 cabbage leaves

1 pound ground beef

3/4 cup cooked rice

1/2 cup finely chopped onion

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 egg

2 teaspoons salt

1 teaspoon pepper 

1/2 cup milk


1 cans (8 ounces ) tomato sauce

1 can (14.5 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained

3 tablespoons sugar

2 tablespoons vinegar

1/2 cup water

2 tablespoons cornstarch mixed with 1/4 cup cold water

Drop cabbage leaves into boiling salted water; cover and cook for 3 minutes. Drain well.

 Combine ground beef, rice, onion, egg, and salt, pepper, and milk. Mix well and divide into
12 portions. 

 Place a portion into the center of each cabbage leaf. Roll leaf around filling; fasten with 

toothpick. Place in a baking dish. 

For sauce, combine tomato sauce, tomatoes, sugar, vinegar, and 1/2 cup of water and pour 

over cabbage rolls. Bake covered in a preheated 350 degree oven 40 to 45 minutes. Remove

rolls and discard toothpicks. Place pan with juices over medium heat and stir cornstarch and 

water mixture into the sauce; bring to a boil and cook and whisk until thickened. Pour 

thickened sauce over cabbage rolls or serve on the side.

LOCAL EVENT: Gun & Knife Show Mountain View, AR

Gun & Knife Show

April 13 - April 14, 2013

Mountain View, Arkansas

Stone  County Fairgrounds, Mountain View, Arkansas

Saturday: 9:00am-4:00pm
Sunday: 9:00am-4:00pm

Admission is $5.00 per person 12 & older

For more information about this event -


PHONE  870-746-4349

Brought to you by the Timbo Volunteer Fire Department

All proceeds to go the 
Timbo Volunteer Fire Department & First Responders.

Friday, April 5, 2013

What's For Dinner - Skillet Grilled Catfish

Skillet Grilled Catfish

1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup cornmeal
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon dried basil
1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon white pepper
1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon pepper
4 catfish fillets (6 to 8 ounces each)
1/4 cup butter

In a large resealable bag, combine the first nine ingredients. Add catfish, one fillet at a time, and shake to coat.
Place a large cast-iron skillet on a grill rack over medium-hot heat. Melt butter in the skillet; add catfish. Grill, covered, for 5-10 minutes on each side or until fish flakes easily with a fork. Yield: 4 servings.

Nutritional Facts
1 serving (6 ounces) equals 222 calories, 15 g fat (8 g saturated fat), 51 mg cholesterol, 366 mg sodium, 14 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 8 g protein.

Prep/Total Time: 25 min. Yield: 4 Servings

Catfish are Running in the Ozarks!

Most channel cats gather near brush piles, drop offs, humps, stumps, dead falls, or pockets cutting into the bank. Big channel cats seem to prefer deeper water at the base of ledges . They also gather in the turns of channel bends, and the edges in or near dam tail waters. 

Catfish are more aggressively feeding in the spring months as the weather warms . The winter period of reduced meals will leave the channel cat with an ongoing hunger, and now as the temperatures are rising it is stimulating their metabolism, channel cats are always on the prowl looking for shad, crayfish, sunfish or other meals to satisfy their appetites.

Heavy rains in the spring may have swollen many rivers. This resulting in increased current conditions. Channel cats will head to areas where they can escape the heavy current. This is one reason they will gather in brush piles, drop offs, humps, stumps, dead falls, or pockets cutting into the bank. 

Warmer weather is here - So get out there!

Homestead Crossing has some great fishing/hunting land for sale & lease! 
Contact us today!

Thursday, April 4, 2013

What's for dinner: Venison Roast

Venison is an excellent lean meat.

Venison Roast

half venison roast
2 carrots chopped
1 cup  mushrooms
half medium sized onion chopped
½ cup chicken broth
¼  cup red wine
2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
½ tbsp garlic powder
½ tsp cayenne pepper
½ tsp salt
½ tsp pepper
½ tbsp chili powder
1 tbsp minced garlic

1) Chop up carrots, mushrooms, and onion. Place venison roast and vegetables in crock pot.
2) Pour in chicken broth, red wine, and Worcestershire sauce.
3) Season with garlic powder, cayenne pepper, salt, pepper, chili powder, and minced garlic. 
4) Cook on high for about 6 hours. If possible pull apart venison an hour or so before serving.
5) Pull apart roast, season as necessary for added flavor, and enjoy!

Note: If there is too much liquid in the crock pot close to serving time, whisk in a little flour to thicken it up. I continuously added in some extra pepper, cayenne pepper, garlic powder, and chili powder as it cooked for some extra flavor, so experiment as you go along. Don’t take my measurements of seasonings too seriously—just taste test and make it to your liking. That’s the fun in cooking, right? For health purposes try to lay of the salt a little. Your heart will thank you later.

LOCAL EVENT: Gun Show this weekend

DATE April 6 - April 7, 2013
DIRECTIONS 1927 Lacrosse Rd, Melbourne, AR 72573
CITY / STATE Melbourne, Arkansas
The Melbourne Gun Show will be held on April 6th and 7th, 2013 at the Izard County Fairgrounds. Show times are 9:00am to 5:00pm Saturday and 9:00am to 4:00pm Sunday.

-Izard County Fairgrounds, Melbourne, Arkansas
(1927 Lacrosse Rd, Melbourne, AR 72573)

Show Times:
-Saturday: 9:00am-5:00pm
-Sunday: 9:00am-4:00pm

Admission is $5.00 per person.
Tables are $30.00 each.

Please contact for more information:
-(870) 291-7833

We hope to see you there!

For more information about this event, Please see below.
EMAIL mike.cone@centurytell.net
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Wednesday, April 3, 2013

2013 Missouri Spring Turkey Hunting - Regular Season: April 15-May 5

Missouri Spring Turkey Hunting 

2013 Seasons
Youth Season: April 6-7
Regular Season: April 15-May 5

There are several changes to conservation area regulations and managed turkey hunts. Check pages 8 through 17 of the 2013 Spring Turkey Hunting Regulations and Information booklet listed below for details.

Youth Spring Turkey Hunting Season
Who May Participate:
The youth hunter must be age 6–15 on opening day.

Season Dates:
April 6-7, 2013

Shooting Hours:
One-half hour before sunrise to sunset Central Daylight Time

Valid Permits:
Youth hunters must possess one of the three following permits:

Resident Spring Turkey Hunting Permit
Resident Landowner Spring Turkey Hunting Permit
Nonresident Spring Turkey Hunting Permit
Note: Landowner permits are valid only on the land for which they are issued.

Youth Season Limit:
One male turkey or turkey with visible beard

NOTE: Youths who take a turkey during the youth season may not harvest a second bird until April 22. This is because the bird taken during the youth season counts as the first bird for the first week of the regular season.

Regular Spring Turkey Hunting Season
Season Dates:
April 15 –May 5, 2013

Shooting Hours:
One-half hour before sunrise to 1 p.m. Central Daylight-Saving Time

Valid Permits:
Resident Spring Turkey Hunting Permit
Resident Landowner Spring Turkey Hunting Permit
Nonresident Spring Turkey Hunting Permit
Season Limit:
Two male turkeys or turkeys with visible beard may be taken during the season, with the following restrictions:

You may only take one turkey during the first week from April 15 –21.
If you do not take one during the first week, then you may take two during
the second or third week from April 22–May 5, but you may not take them both on the same day.
NOTE: If you hunt during a managed hunt, season limits still apply.

*Above Information from Missouri Department of Conservation

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From Everyone here at Homestead Crossing Inc have a safe & fun Turkey Hunting Season!