My Monthly Memories February 2016

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I was invited by Basants to join her in “My Monthly Memories” for February 2016. I have already taken part in the January 2016 event.

February has been a very exciting month, I have just been going through my daily posts, getting an idea which posts get the most views and comments.

Not that it really matters, I have managed to write a post for most days, joined many new writing groups, written two flash fiction, I find I have to be in the right mood to write those posts.

Won two new awards “Sisterhood of the World Blogger Award”, and the “Sunshine Bloggers Award”.

I’m looking forward to continuing writing daily through the month of March, but there will be days when it won’t be possible as I’m moving into town, will be changing my internet provider from Satellite to Broadband, hope I don’t miss too many days, as I get very restless if I can’t post.

More importantly, I’m writing for “The Challenge, A to Z in April 2016”, so need to get my internet provider sorted and connected.

I spend many hours a day reading, liking and commenting on other writers posts, so many good writers.

I have applied for the “Commenting BootCamp March 21 – 25”, which could be very helpful to put me at ease with commenting.

One thing I have learnt is if we want to have readers, we must have interesting posts, interact with other bloggers, commenting is the best way, likes are nice, but with some readers it is just an action, they really haven’t taken the time to read your blog.

So as February comes to an end, have written thirty-six posts for February, have 125 followers, which is pretty good as I only started writing my blog at the beginning of January.

Thanks to all my follower I enjoy all the emails I like reading and getting to know all of you, (about 100 every day) .

I appreciate all the likes and comments from my viewers, I do return the follow if I can find a follow button on your blog.

Cheers to all my new found friends on Blogosphere.

28th February 2016 Self Confidence Sunday Quote

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Self Confidence Sunday Quote

“Life is not about finding yourself, Life is about creating yourself “. – George Bernard Shaw

The picture above motivates me with self-confidence.

I have a heart.

So now I have found myself, what I’m I going to do with it?

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This week, a lover of nature, I will be spending time enjoying the last few days of summer before Autumn arrives.

The leaves will soon be starting to spread their glory, of yellow-brown, and golden leaves around.

Tidy up around our farm home so we can start enjoying our new home in town.

I have a feeling that my Park Like Garden on the farm will be neglected.

Steak With Lightweight Roast Potatoes and Mushrooms

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A couple of weeks again I posted a recipe for valentine day.

I got quite a good response to it.

Today Sunday 28th February I was looking for ideas for Sunday’s tea.

Decide to have Steak and Mushrooms, I’m sharing the recipe I use with you.

It’s the last weekend in summer here in New Zealand, feeling a little sad with the thought of winter ahead.

STEAK:

750-gram piece of well-trimmed sirloin steak, (no fat)

2 teaspoons horseradish cream

2 teaspoons prepared mustard

2 teaspoons brown sugar

MUSHROOMS:

1 Tablespoon oil

1 onion, peeled and finely chopped

1 teaspoon minced fresh garlic

1/2 cup port or medium-sweet sherry

2 cups beef stock

4 flat (field mushrooms, chopped

6 button mushrooms, finely sliced

2 teaspoons cornflour

pepper to season

LIGHTWEIGHT ROAST POTATOES:

6 small to medium starchy (roasting) Potatoes

1-2 tablespoon olive oil

Preparing The Steak Method:

1. Heat a non-stick frying pan and when very hot add the beef fillet.

Cook quickly over a high heat, browning the fillet evenly on both sides.

Transfer to a board.

2. Mix together the horseradish cream, mustard and brown sugar.

Spread this mixture on the top and bottom of the fillet of steak.

Place on a foil-lined baking tray.

3. Place in a 220c oven, turn down to 200c and cook for 25 mins.

Set aside to rest for 10 minutes, before carving and serving with

Lightweight Roast Potatoes, freshly steamed vegetables and mushrooms.

Preparing Mushrooms Method:

1. Heat the oil in a saucepan and add the onion.

Cook over a moderate heat for 7-10 minutes until the onion is soft, but not colored.

Add the garlic and cook for a further 1 minute.

2. Add the port or sherry and simmer until reduced by half.

Add the beef stock and chopped field mushrooms and simmer until reduced to 1 1/4 cups.

Strain and return to a clean saucepan.

Add the sliced button mushrooms and simmer for 5 minutes.

3. Mix the cornflour with a little water to make a smooth paste and stir into the saucepan.

Simmer for 1-2 minutes until thickened.

Season with pepper before serving.

Lightweight Roast Potatoes Method:

1. Peel the potatoes and place in boiling salted water.

Boil rapidly for 5 minutes.

Drain and return to the saucepan.

Shake the potatoes over the heat to rough up the outside edges.

Alternatively, use a fork to score the outside of the potatoes, so that the edges are rough.

2. Roll the potatoes in the oil so that they are evenly coated and place on a baking tray.

3. Cook at 200c for 15-20 minutes until golden.

Steak Mushroom Sauce

I decided to make a  Mushroom Sauce, didn’t have a nice recipe, I found one on YouTube, will try it, let you know tomorrow what I think of it.It was delicious

It was delicious, worth making, I made it with farm grown mushrooms, I think it makes a difference to what mushrooms you use.

State of Mind Photo Challenge

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I was looking around for a picture to write a post about the DailyPost Photo Challenge “State of Mind”.

I came across this sad looking animal, supposedly a holy cow.

That’s where my state of mind comes in, it looked so sad and hungry it turned my heart over.

My husband and I have been farming for fifty-five years, we love our animals, they are looked after in paddocks with grass and hay in the winter, “feed every day”.

It wouldn’t be the first time that we have had an animal inside by the fire when they are not well.

We go out in rain hail, gales, whatever, sometimes we put our own bodies at risks to feed the animals, but we would never leave animals not feed.

So for my state of mind, I hope someone feeds that poor animal.

Writer’s Quote Wednesday – Red Maple Tree

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Writer’s Quote Wednesday,” & “BeWow

Forests Trees and Peoples Writers Quote Wednesday

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Quote, about trees  – ” Trees are much like human beings and enjoy each other’s company. Only a few love to be alone”. ~Jens Jensen, Siftings, 1939

A maple tree standing in all it’s glory among the native trees protecting it from the cold autumn winds.

Did you know? – There are approximately 128 species of the maple tree.

One of the reasons this tree Maple tree is so beautiful is because they need shade to protect it from the hot summer that would scorch its leaves, that why the quote above is perfect for this tree.

Pot of Gold

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photo by Alyssa Smith (click here for full version).

Always been looking for that pot of gold that’s supposed to be at the end of the rainbow.

When I’ve seen one coming back from town I always hoped it was on our farm.

Maybe I need to look for the tallest skyscraper I can find, which must be in Auckland NZ (which could be the Skycity casino complex.)

Thank you to Sonya of Only 100 Words for coming up with Three Line Tales.

The TLT rules are simple:

  • Take a look at the photo prompt and write three lines to go with it.
  • Your lines can be poetry, micro-fiction, micro non-fiction or just a really long caption – everything goes as long as it’s three lines long.
  • A link back to this post would be nice (it’ll make me feel obliged to swing by yours to read your three lines, and some of your readers might want to join in, too – the more, the merrier, right?).
  • Tag your post with 3LineTales – it’ll make it easier for others to find it in the Reader.
  • Read other participants’ lines.

Please check Sonya’s post Three Line Tales – Week Four for detailed instructions.