Recipes from the Farm – Snow Peas

I actually fixed this recipe about a week ago but just haven’t posted it on here. This one was really not that difficult to fix.

We had a lot of snow peas and we still have more so I have to come up with something else. We were wanting something that was like a stir fry so I coated the beef strips with some flour and dropped it in the oil. Once the meat was done cooking I added the peas and some teriyaki sauce and voila!

I did cook some rice and put the beef and peas over the top. I really liked this dish. It was simple and had good flavor. Sean on the other hand told me that he liked it the first night we had it and then he had some of the leftovers and decided that he didn’t really like it anymore!

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Monongahela and Lackawanna

Sean informed me yesterday that there were going to be a couple of the Heritage Units in town and that he was watching where they were going. Little did I know that he would actually stalk these trains via the internet.

While at work today he texted me to let me know that they were going to be coming through close to the house around two this afternoon. I knew that there was no way that I would be able to see them. I was a little bummed too because the Lackawanna was one that I actually wanted to see.

In 1942, my grandfather boarded the Naval ship the USS Lackawanna (AO-40) when we was 17 years old. Growing up I heard many stories about the ship’s journeys in the pacific fueling other ships and when I heard there was also a train line named the Lackawanna, I really wanted to catch it.

Tonight we were able to catch both the Lackawanna and the Monongahela, on the same train. Sean has now seen ten of the Heritage Units and I have now seen five. (The Reading we saw the day after our wedding and we caught the Penn Central and New York Central about a month ago.)

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Photography on a foggy night

Last Sunday night, Sean came running in the house telling me to grab the camera. I wasn’t exactly sure what he was seeing. It could have been the sky or it could have been animals. We get both a lot. It was the sky and a little bit the fog as well. Turned out pretty cool though.

I didn’t edit these at all. These are straight from the camera!

 

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Book Binding Experience

At work recently I was asked to create a book for a project that was done at work. I was given the photos and and the copy for the book. I just had to design the pages and figure out how to put the book together. I had never created something like this before but figured that I could find a way to make it all work out. Oh and did I mention that I only had about 24 hours to create the book.

I was able to get the design completed in a couple of hours and got it approved a short time later by the higher ups. The next challenge was to figure out how to put it together. Thank you YouTube and this twelve and a half minute video. I was able to complete the book in about an hour and a half. Sean was nice enough to cut the plywood for the cover of the book. Here is how it turned out!
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Thank goodness!

 

Happy Father’s Day

We spend Father’s day with Sean’s parents. One of his dad’s favorite things to eat are crabs, which makes it easy on me because we can just go to the little place around the corner and get steamed crabs. We did it last year one time and it was about time to do it again. So we got steamed crabs but his mom isn’t a huge fan of picking crabs. I decided to try to make crab cakes(her favorite). The crab place also had soft shell crabs (which his dad loves) and I successfully was able to cook. The crab cakes turned out more like a blob but they were still pretty good.
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Recipes below:

Soft Shell Crabs by Emeril

Crab Cake Recipe

Zucchini – sauteed with onion and garlic

Slaw – One package of slaw, 1/4 cup of apple cider vinegar, 2 tablespoons of sugar, 1/2 cup of dijon mustard, pepper to taste. Mix everything together in a bowl. Refrigerate for a little while before serving!