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July 11, 2008

This is my view of late… running on empty!

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Trying to stay out of the danger zone.

Weeding, haying, planting, fertilizing, not blogging and trying to cook some food up for hay hauling.
I usually fall back on junk food for snacks at this time of year.  I’m still cooking it from scratch, but it is comfort food for me pure and simple.  But for me being the girly girl is hard.  My mom didn’t like to haul hay, or drive the tractor, so she made sure we were well fed.  So, even though my mom isn’t here anymore waiting for us to come through the cut, there will be food waiting when we get in, and for darn sure it is the food of my hay hauling summers!  She would listen for the sound of that last shift to pull the hill and spring into action.  I don’t know how she did it, the food was just there as if it had just been made, no matter how late.

So Mom, thanks for your recipes and all that good home cooking!  Macaroni salad is as good of excuse as any, to use up the bread and butter pickle juice I’ve been saving, and all that pear sauce I canned last fall will make a good cake.


1 c butter
2 c sugar
2 eggs, beaten
4 c applesauce or pear sauce
1 t vanilla
4 c flour
4 t soda
2 t cinnamon
1 t cloves
1 c raisins or dried fruit
Cream butter and sugar, add eggs, applesauce and vanilla.  Mix well.  Add sifted dry ingredients, and mix just until dry ingredients are incorporated.  To keep the raisins from sinking I just sprinkle them on top and spread a little batter over them.
Bake at 350* for approximately 45 minutes.  This cake is very moist, use a toothpick in the center to tell if it is completely baked or not.


Here’s a farm tip for livestock owners, if you use nylon collars or halters.  To save money, we buy a collar that is a little larger than we need, for each stage of animal growth.  The drawback is that sometimes there aren’t enough holes for adjusting the fit to a smaller size.  Here is a quick fix that looks good too:

Heat a nail (16D works good) with a torch.  Make sure you hold the nail with pliers, so you don’t get burned!
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Until the nail is red hot.

Hold it taut and use the nail to melt holes in the collar or halter.

Finished product, holes are smooth and easy to use.
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8 Comments leave one →
  1. July 11, 2008 9:46 pm

    I love the dash pics of the old International. Love them ole’ trucks. Applesauce cake sure sounds good too, I can almost taste it.


  2. July 12, 2008 5:39 am

    Have a good week… we do that nail thing too. So few collars fit the smaller animals.

  3. Karen permalink
    July 12, 2008 5:57 am

    I hear ya! Too much to do and not enough hours in the day.

    But what I really want to know is how you keep Trace looking so well-groomed. This time of year, Kiera lives in my pond and runs at the sight of a brush!

  4. matronofhusbandry permalink*
    July 12, 2008 7:19 am

    Chris, we love our old trucks! That cake tasted real good last night – I was glad I drug my sorry rearend into the kitchen and baked it. Thanks.

    Threecollie – it’s hard to come up with good material when we are so busy… How do you do it?

    Karen – I guess that’s summer though, I shouldn’t complain, we know how busy we will be, but… .

    LOL Trace hates being groomed, he and Jack Sparrow have a lot in common right now! Those teeth come in handy when he sees a brush. He’s just photogenic I think – since it is a struggle to groom him, sometimes I have to just give up and resort to scissors! That’s funny about Kiera and the pond, Belle loved the water and always was in any water trough she could find – these guys won’t go near it, preferring to lay in the dirt instead! Boys… .

  5. July 13, 2008 11:09 am

    That’s a great nail trick on the collar, thanks!

  6. matronofhusbandry permalink*
    July 16, 2008 9:41 pm

    Hayden, thanks it might come in handy when you move north.

  7. July 17, 2008 4:15 am

    That was a sweet tribute to your Mom.
    I will try your recipe out over the weekend and that is a brilliant idea for making holes in the collars. Thanks for sharing! ~Kim

  8. matronofhusbandry permalink*
    July 17, 2008 11:10 am

    Kim, thanks, we sure demolished that cake after I made it.

    It sure makes a difference when you can change the size of those collars. A good fit is essential.

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