From the Barnyard

Hey Raja, do you wanna build a snowman?

12-30-16

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The weather was fine today! So I took Raja and Nova up for a photoshoot. Raja is so beautiful and photogenic!

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My perfect little blue model!

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With cold little paws!

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Nova was a little harder to take photos of.

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He loves to sit near my feet.

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And if he’s not sitting near me he is speeding like a bullet!

I got some good photos! But what I really wanted to share with you today are the outtakes!

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What the heck is going on here? Is Nova licking Matthew’s feet as they go running past?

I dunno!

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And then there is this. The ultimate double play photobomb! I’m going to just leave it here with this one!

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“Hey Raja, do you wanna build a snowman?”

Or is he making Raja into a snowman?

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Wyoming Sushi Roll Tutorial

December 28, 2016

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For a bunch of red necks from Wyoming my family is very fond of sushi. California rolls in particular.

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My brother Jared taught Addie to make these rolls on Easter of 2015.

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And now whenever there is a family get-together or special occasion we like to make some sushi rolls. Christmas 2015

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This year my family is all gathered at a beach house in Oregon. I couldn’t go this time around. (I’m in the middle of moving and building a house, and raising puppies and… well more on that later. But I stayed home.)

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Part of my sister, Beth’s, Christmas present from me was all the tools and most of the ingredients to make sushi. So I promised her I would put together a tutorial for her so that she could visit and make sushi all on her own.

Start with sushi rice. I buy mine on amazon. Make sure to rinse it several times till the water around the rice is clear. (This is the step I forgot a couple times and trust me your sushi will NOT be good unless you remember to rinse your rice!)

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After cooking the rice according to directions, pour it into a large bowl while one person fans it, another stirs it. As the rice is stirred and cooled add the sushi rice dressing a little at a time. (Click on the pictures for morethoroughdirections)

Dressing for sushi rice recipe

2-2/3 cups sushi rice or short-grain rice

2-1/2 cups water

3 tbs. rice vinegar

2 tbs. sugar

1-1/2 tsp salt

from Wikihow

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Cover the sushi mat with plastic. Keep a bowl of water handy to rinse fingers and keep rice from sticking to your knife.

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Pat some rice onto your nori. Then flip nori over.

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Layer crab (imitation if you are making it in Wyoming), avocado and cucumber on your nori.

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Then roll. Keeping firm pressure on your mat.

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Slice and enjoy! Serve with soy sauce, wasabi and siracha. Have fun playing with ingredients. (These photos are from the BrownEyedBaker.com click on the photos for additional instructions.)

I made a surf and turf with home raised beef tenderloin, shrimp, carrots and avocado that I think was about as good as any roll I’ve had.

Jared made one withBBQedwild boar meat he called the piggly wiggly that was darn good too!

Here is a nice video to help.

Thank you for joining me here at the barnyard! Be sure to check out the puppies! And stop back again soon, I am going to be filling you in on all the moving and house plans! So exciting I can’t hardly wait of you to see it.

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Christmas time again

December 14, 2016

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It is that time of year again! Christmas!

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We are in the middle of moving, and preparing to build a house, and living out of boxes. So Christmas is being done a little differently this year.

Since there wasn’t room in the house for a tree, we put one up at the dog kennels.

“Oh Christmas Tree, Oh Christmas Tree!”

Yeah, we do it a little different around here. Which brought to mind a lot of other Christmas songs we do a little differently here too.

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"Jingle Bulls, Jingle Bulls!"

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Like “Dashing through the snow, In a one “dog” open sleigh!"

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“Oh the weather outside is frightful,"

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“But the fire is so delightful,"

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“And since we’ve no place to go, let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!"

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“Silent night… Holy night…”

Thank you so much for joining us here at the barnyard! I hope you have enjoyed our interpretation of Christmas carols, while you are here, be sure to watch the videos below of some kids’ interpretation of the Christmas story! I think these are the best things I have seen in forever!

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