Sunday, January 30, 2011

Is it a Nor'easter or a Nor'wester?????????

There are storm warnings everywhere. It's coming, it's coming. The first news releases were reporting 6 to 8 inches. Then it jumped 9 to 12. Now it's up to 12 to 18 inches. Holy cow, if we get that much, the kids around here will be going to school until July 4th. None of that wimpy getting out end of May stuff.

This is what it looked like at dusk today.

So I have a game plan . . . .

This fabric needs to be turned into 2 book covers, gifts for the flower girls in the wedding in March. The covers hold crayons and pencils, as well as a notebook to sketch in.

I have to finish two ring bearer's pillows. One is partially beaded. The boxed one is for me to copy.

I still have some left to do on the quilt. But it is getting considerably less.

Our pantry is still somewhat stocked, and the freezer is full. I have coffee, milk, eggs, and bread, along with flour and yeast. The blacksmith has a tank full of gas for the tractor to blade a path out for us. The propane tanks are full, the pile of wood is covered, and water has been drawn.

And so after all those chores, we sat down for a nice country meal. Can you guess our meat?

Now let me show you what's for dinner tomorrow night. (with or without electricity, thank goodness for a propane camp stove.)

You finely dice pork tenderloin.

Mix a lot of spices, a little pineapple, onions, and cilantro.

Marinate over night.
Here's the recipe for it! Tacos Al Pastor.

1 pound pork tenderloin, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
1 (8-oz.) can pineapple tidbits in juice, drained
1 medium onion, chopped
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
1 tablespoon Mexican-style chili powder
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon pepper
1 teaspoon chopped garlic
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon canola oil
6 (8-inch) soft taco-size corn or flour tortillas, warmed
Toppings: chopped radishes, fresh cilantro leaves, crumbled queso fresco, chopped onions, chopped jalape├▒o

1. Combine pork and next 9 ingredients in a large zip-top plastic freezer bag. Seal and chill 4 to 24 hours.

2. Cook pork mixture in hot oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat, stirring often, 10 minutes or until pork is done. Serve mixture with warm tortillas and desired toppings.
Hope I can visit with you all over the next few days. Now if I just had a generator . . . .


Nancy said...

I "convinced"...ok..I nagged the hubby to come home today instead of tomorrow. He took tomorrow off to finish the bathroom and he said if it isn't doing anything at 6am we are driving out and finishing...Here's hoping for something around 5am... I am getting to be a huge wimp in the winter weather...

Barb said...

Those fabrics are just awesome....

You are prepared...have food and material!!

Flat Creek Farm said...

Wow, you are prepared! I think we're prepared? Need to draw some water I s'pose. My blacksmith is still scheduled for surgery as far as we know. Now, the question is, will we be stranded there? Will the doc, nurses etc, be able to get to the hosp? Yikes! I will keep that recipe - sounds wonderful. -Tammy

Lori said...

I was just planing what I could do if we get any amount of snow. Oh the joy of a snow day! as long as we don't lose power that is. It ceases to be fun when we're cold and there's no electric to run the sewing machine or computer. :) Thanks for the recipe too. Looks yummy!

Karen said...

Oh, to have the patience to sew. I like your projects!... and the pork recipe..cannot figure out the meat. I want to say, maybe little cornish hen breasts?

Annie Jones said...

Is it venison? Looks a little light in color for that, but I can't figure out what else it might be. Or maybe wild turkey (wings?).

Marge said...

We are expecting about 9 inches today. Right now it's really tiny flakes, but even those add up over 12 hours or so! The problem is that we're hoping to pack the trailer tomorrow and take off for Arizona on Wednesday! Last year we left for Texas in a storm, so I guess the storm today is just keeping with tradition!

Hope you keep your electricity! with plenty of food and fabric, a couple of snow days can be fun, can't they!

Osage Bluff Quilter said...

The meat is fried, steamed SQUIRREL!

Deanna said...

You always have projects to keep you busy, don't you!

I wish the snow would just do the dump and get it over with. I'm tired of the waiting. I thawed out some catfish pieces to fry up for supper tonight and some cherries from our cherry tree for a cherry pie. We may be snowed in, but we are going to eat good!

StitchinByTheLake said...

Oh that sounds so good! Today is weigh-in at Weight Watchers so I'm being doubly careful but that sure makes my mouth water. I hope that much snow doesn't happen but hey, you have plenty to do! blessings, marlene

Cheryl @ The Farmer's Daughter said...

Hello from another Missouri blogger. I've seen you ahead of me on a couple of comments today and thought I'd check out your blog. And I just like meeting new people especially those from Missouri! As you know, the big news here in MO today is the weather. They're calling it a blizzard on my AccuWeather map! I ran to the grocery store and got a few things to hold us if we do get snowed in.

Your recipe looks yummy and your sewing project will be very pretty with those nice fabrics. I used to sew but not anymore. Guess I'm gettin' lazy as well as old! :D

I'll sign up as a follower. It's nice to meet you! Take care and stay safe.

Anonymous said...

Hey neighbor. Love the recipe. And I happen to have some diced pork on hand. Now, I may have to borrow the camp stove if the electricity goes out. We got our tank filled today. I love Three Rivers.

Down On The Farm said...

Morning my friend. It is snowing here HARD! I can barely see up to the top of our driveway, which is less than a quarter of a mile. I didn't head to work this morning, and I NEVER miss work, but driving 30 minutes to Jeff, to turn around and have to drive right back home in a few hours didn't seem very smart. We too are "prepared." At least as prepared as we can get. Be safe my friend, and enjoy your sewing! Blessings to you!

Rural Revival said...

Patti, I do believe you are prepared! Has the storm arrived in your area yet? The first signs have just dropped in here! I can't wait!