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UMAi Dry – Lomo Part I

One of the perks of having a blog is sometimes companies contact you to review a product. I’m pretty picky about what products I’ll review, it generally has to fit into the wine, meat or boots categories. Back in May I was contacted by the UMAi Dry company. I had never heard of them before, but once I lurked them a whisper, I got super excited. This was right up my alley.

My UMAi charcuterie kit.

My UMAi charcuterie kit.

You see, ever since I’ve gotten into heritage pork, I’ve developed an intense interest in charcuterie. I really want to make some superior pork products. You know, like super fancy iberian ham that I can’t afford. But I have a healthy fear of listeria and other food born illnesses. That’s why I’ve been rather hesitant to dip my toes into the cured meat party.

My loin before and after the cure was applied.

My loin before and after the cure was applied.

UMAi Dry sent me a kit with everything I needed (except the meat) to make my own charcuterie. I started with Lomo because it took the least amount of time to cure. I figured I would work my way up to prosciutto and bresaola as my confidence grew.

My cure mixture.

My cure mixture.

I was able to watch some videos before I actually started the curing process. Their website had plenty of resources. Which made me feel pretty confident about what I was about to do and definitely took much of my hesitation about this away. I went to my local butcher shop, and bought my pork loin. Next time I will use my own pork, but I wanted to make sure I didn’t screw this up before I do that.

After my loin cured for two weeks and then in it's coat of paprika.

After my loin cured for two weeks and then in it’s coat of paprika.

Once the pork was purchased, it was as easy as mixing all the ingredients together, rubbing it on the meat and leaving it alone. No intense math, no fancy equipment I can’t afford, nothing scary at all! To quote the great Tom Petty “the waiting is the hardest part.”

My Lomo in the special curing bag included in the kit.

My Lomo in the special curing bag included in the kit.

In three weeks my Lomo will be done. I’m already planning the wine and cheese-board that will accompany my cured pork product. In the meantime I’m going to start my prosciutto and bresaola! I’ll keep you all updated on how things go!

My Lomo resting in my refrigerator for four weeks.

My Lomo resting in my refrigerator for four weeks.

I’ve had fun with this kit. I’ve already learned a lot about charcuterie, and can’t wait to get more involved. This kit is perfect for someone like me, someone that has an intense interest in cured meats, but is just a little too timid to jump right in. My next blog will cover the taste of my lomo and my full review of this UMAi Dry product.

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Headshots – AKA I’m So Vain

For the first time in my adult life I had professional pictures taken of myself. I had to, I’ve had several requests for headshots, and the picture I made my Mom take of me a couple years ago wasn’t cutting it.

 

The headshot I made my Mom take.

The headshot I made my Mom take.

Now I am lucky enough to know many, talented photographers. I asked my social media friends if anyone would be interested in taking some “real” pictures of me, with lighting, and lens, and make-up and photoshop! I was secretly hoping, my friend Shannon Rosan would have some time, and she did! (You may know her work from Jenny’s wedding (that’s how I met Shannon).

Before and after hair and make-up.

Before and after hair and make-up.

I was also hoping my friend Maddie Rae at Reborn Salon, would have time to lend her expertise to my hair and make-up. I lack sorely in the cosmetic and beauty knowledge department, and since these pictures were professional, I wanted talented make-up and hair artist.

So here you go, this is what an amazing, nationally known photographer and stellar professional make-up and hair artist look like:

I love it.

I love it. I love the ranch and light behind me.

This is Joe horse! The last Ranch horse. My Papa gave him to me.

This is Joe horse! The last Ranch horse. My Papa gave him to me.

YAY!

YAY!

I like my hair in this one.

I like my hair in this one.

I have hay hooks and I know how to use them!

I have hay hooks and I know how to use them!

 

I look famous.

I look famous.

More Joe.

More Joe.

Head-shot!

Headshot!

This was such a fun, confidence building event. I felt pretty! I highly recommend everyone do this at least  once in your life!! A big thank you to Maddie and Shannon! You ladies rock!

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Another Awesome Ag Parody!

OK, in real life friends, my musicians, my actors, we should do this! I promise people will love it!
Until then, I’m just going to have to re-create the burlesque butt picture…. (stay tuned!)

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Adult 4-H: BIG ANNOUNCEMENT: It Was Just a Matter of Time

Since most of the adult 4-H members are married or in long term relationships, I think we all knew this was coming. One of us is pregnant with the next generation of 4-H members! Can you guess which one?

We knew in the beginning, when adult 4-H started, that by the end of it, there would be four members instead of three.

We knew in the beginning, when adult 4-H started, that by the end of it, there would be four members instead of three.

This picture is from this weekend, at least 4 months since the picture above. Does it give you a clue?

This picture is from this weekend, at least 4 months since the picture above. Does it give you a clue?

We are all pretty excited to meet the little nugget. Until she is done gestating though, she is enjoying a lot of in utero ranch time and Brown Ranch grassfinished beef. We are doing our best to make sure she is primed for a ranch kid life!

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Wordless Wednesday: Table Mountain

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Birthday Poem!

It’s my birthday today. Birthdays make me super emotional. I’ve been crying all day, not sad crying, just I’m-the-center-of-attention-for-no-reason-crying (what, you don’t do that?). Anyway for the last few minutes this had me shedding more pretty big tears of attention. My friend Sir Ian Moore wrote this for me, I’m also printing this out for my frig. Go check out Ian’s blog for more funny, intelligent and witty Irish things. Thanks Ian, this is really cool and touching.

Megan’s Birthday Poem

It’s that time once again

We celebrate the passing of a year!

(and what better way to celebrate

But by the passing of some beer!)

You’ve managed to amaze the world,

By challenging people’s minds.

By point out some obvious facts

(“it’s LFTB, not pink slime!)

You’ve taught us all about ranching

And what really happens on a farm!

(and while GMO’s won’t give us super powers

It certainly won’t do us harm).

I know how beef is slaughtered!

And how Monsanto helps us all!

And that if you look in a farmers barn

you WON’T find a chicken 20ft tall……

You’ve helped open people’s eyes

You’ve shown us the truth

You’ve shown us some amazing things

(even if they are links to cowgirl boots)

I think that you’re amazing

And I thank my Irish luck

For getting to know Megan Brown

(who doesn’t mind that my rhymes suck)

So Happy Birthday Megan

I hope you have a very special day

You’re an amazing wonderful person

In every single way!

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New Boots!!!!

I follow a crap ton of agriculture blogs. If it happens in the world of ag, I want to know about it! An awesome benefit to following so many blogs (in addition to knowledge) is the giveaways! I do them occasionally on this blog, but my giveaways suck compared to some out there, like this one by the Farmer’s Trophy Wife and The Boot Barn! BOOTS!!!!!

Do you know how hard it was to take this picture? It was all I could do not to open this with my teeth! I hope you all appreciate that.

I’m not going to go into details, but parts of my summer were a bit rough. Things have calmed down a lot and I’m feeling a lot better about life in general, but there were a few weeks there when I was less than thrilled. My luck and summer started getting a lot better when I won these bad boys.

OMG. THEY.ARE.FABULOUS.

I woke up to an e-mail one fine July morning with the news I won the giveaway on the Farmer’s Trophy Wife’s blog! I thought she was joking until I had my morning coffee and received an e-mail from Rachel at the Boot Barn. After that I told everyone who would listen that I was having a wonderful day because I won fancy red cowgirl boots! Our UPS Man, was put on high alert!

Sean was stoked for me. He knew!

Due to the amazingness of the Shyanne Women’s Embroidered Clover Flower Western Boot, it took a while for them to get here. But want to know what? It worked out perfectly because I got them in the mail the day before my birthday! Guess who has new boots to wear out on her birthday? This cowgirl!

Proof! I won!!! ME!

I’ve had so much fun wearing my new boots around my office today, because they are new, the bottoms have no scuffs, this has enabled me to do my best Tom Cruise in Risky Business impression (except I have clothes on). I’ve slid past my boss’s door so many times I’m sure it isn’t funny anymore, but I’m still deeply amused! Tee hee!

Have I mentioned how good they smell? New boot smell is right up there with fresh cut hay and new horse smell! Mmmmmmm

Thank you Boot Barn and the Farmer’s Trophy Wife! I’ve wanted to new pair of boots for a very long time, but I’m trying to be a responsible adult (it’s hard) and pay off my student loans before I buy nice things for myself. I feel like this is a birthday present and a responsible adult present all in one!

See?! I can slide!!!!! Weeeeeee!!!!!!!

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Wordless Wednesday: My Mom Made Me Wear My Helmet the First Time I Rode Sue

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