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My Mom made me these sandwiches this past summer to take with me to the summer ranch. You see, my Dad is notorious for making us work all day, by his side, then when it comes to dinner, he expects us to cook it for everyone. My Mom did her best to mitigate this for me by sending casseroles, sandwiches and other lovely and delicious pre-cooked food so I wouldn’t flip out when my Dad expected me to cook for the camp after doing the same work he did.
This is one of the recipes I asked her to make again and again, because it was really easy and sooooooo gooooood. She assembled everything for me, I took it with me to the summer ranch, and popped it in the oven when we got hungry.
1 package of Kings Hawaiian rolls
1 lb deli ham (thin sliced)
1 lb havarti cheese, thinly sliced
1/2 cup butter, melted
3 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
2 tablespoons mustard
2 tablespoons brown sugar
Dash of onion soup mix
Slice the rolls in half, place in a 9x 13 dish. Fold the ham and cheese and place on top of your sliced rolls. Cover with the top half of your rolls.
Mix the sugar, butter, Worcestershire sauce, mustard, and soup mix together until smooth. Cover your sandwiches with that awesome sauce.
Cover tightly, refrigerate, and let marinade anywhere from 4-24 hours.
Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes or until they are crispy and melty to your liking. Enjoy!
P.S. You can also use turkey and swiss, beef and cheddar, I mean, go crazy!
I am excited about this. My friend Brian Drake is doing a Horsemanship Clinic. And guess what? He’s gonna use Sue horse! I am super exited about this and I urge you to attend if you have any interest. I’ve had the privilege to ride with Brian, and it was a life altering experience. Seriously, do it!
Over the past few months I have started working a lot more on the Ranch, in addition to my fulltime town job and my blog and writing. I am exhausted. Working on the Ranch is physically exhausting and working in town is mentally exhausting, I need a nap. All this work has started to affect how I feel and interact with the world. I miss my friends, I miss having a life, I miss cooking and having free time
That being said, I’ve got some pretty big news for you all. I’ve given my notice at my town job and will soon be working for my Parents fulltime. To say I’m freaking out would be a slight understatement. I loved my town job so very much. It taught me so many skills that have benefited both the Ranch and my own life. But since I’ve been working fulltime on both the ranch and in the office, I’ve realized I am spread too thin and something had to give.
Since my legacy and passion is the Ranch, I decided that it was time to return to it. It was a hard decision to make. I have become accustomed to a certain lifestyle, one where I can buy myself new boots, take myself to a fancy dinner if I feel like it or spend a fortune at the plant and flower store. Needless to say that time is ending. Since I will not have a steady income anymore, I will continue to freelance write, probably substitute teach in the winter and hopefully pick up a few part-time, odd jobs (I cook, I clean, kids love me, I drive tractors!).
My ultimate goal is in addition to my grass fed beef is to start raising heritage pastured pigs, quail for eggs and chickens for eggs. Hopefully I can start a CSA or some type of program like that and find financial independence there. I would also love to become more involved with my community. I will finally have the time and the professional demeanor (skills I learned in the law office!) to become involved with local politics and boards (I’m looking at you Fair Boards and Ca Beef Council).
I will greatly miss my boss, my co-workers and the community I work in and around. I loved getting dressed up for work, it was a change to put on a dress, make-up and do my hair, every day. On the Ranch the cows could care less what I look like or what I wear. In a way, I am completely doing an 180, from a fancy, salaried, air conditioned, classy, 9 to 5, office, to dirt, blood, sunshine and freedom. Know what? I couldn’t be happier! I’m going to be living the dream!
I feel like I am in elementary school again, writing an essay about my break. Its fun, I’m going to go with it. Thanks to Christmas and the New Year, I got some time off from my office job. Of course I spent my days off on the Ranch, “working”. It was glorious.
Two major events happened, the first is I got to move cows without my Dad. THAT NEVER HAPPENS. I was told to get a crew and move a herd of cows two fields over. I called Kristen and her husband, Ryan, and Shannon and Olive to come help. The cows knew what to do and were excited to have a new field to eat. I didn’t take any pictures of this happening because I was trying really hard to pay attention and not screw up (I didn’t!), but next time I will, I promise.
The second big thing was our barn fell down. Well I guess I should say, the rest of the barn fell down (part of it collapsed last year). Due to the nasty storms we had, our old metal barn collapsed. According to legend, this barn was old when we bought this Ranch in the 1940’s. It’s been hanging on by a thread for years, but needless to say, it was sad when the old thing finally died. I have lots and lots of memories of our old barns, they are where I played a lot as a child.
Another amazing thing happened when the barn collapsed. As I was helping my Dad tear down the barn, and try to start the clean-up process, I offered to get a crew of my friends together for a clean-up day. Normally my Parents say, thanks, but no thanks, when it comes to my buddies helping with projects like this, not this time. Dad said, ok, go ahead, get a crew.
My barn crew kicked butt! Brian Drake, Rene and her friend Forrest, Daniel and my Dad’s friend Mike all came over and spent their New Year’s Day working hard! My Mom cooked a ham and made a pecan pie for us for lunch. We got so much done!
I had a wonderful vacation. Working on the ranch really makes me appreciate my office job and working my office job really makes me appreciate the ranch. It was great to introduce my Dad to some of my friends – and have him really enjoy them. But most of all I really like having my friends out – often they get to experience something they’ve never done before, like move a herd of cattle or drive a tractor, and to me that experience is priceless.
Have I mentioned that a lot of my family is involved with agriculture? Not just cows, plows and sows, like me, but specialty agriculture like roses and flowers. I got to work for my cousin Michelle at her nursery when I was in college. It was great because I earned my floral design certificate while at Butte College, so learning how to grow roses gave me more background knowledge in the rose industry.
Michelle is offering followers of The Beef Jar and locals a great gift idea for the holidays. Roses! Three different kinds! The roses are dormant right now, so shipping is possible. She will deliver locally for free, but shipping rates will apply to plants that are mailed.
She is offering:
(1) The weeping tree roses available in white, hot pink, and light pink on sale right now for $39.95. These are extremely hard to find these days. (If you want to buy me a Christmas gift, I would like two hot pink ones, thanks!)
(2) The 36″ Standard Tree Roses which are on sale for $25.99
(3) The 24″ Patio Tree Roses are on sale for $15.99.
Unfortunately since it is so close to Christmas, she can’t guarantee US mail delivery in time for Christmas, but she will try!
I’m sure you won’t be surprised when I tell you, we love our piggies! It’s been a kick in the pants having pigs again. They are fun to watch, they are fun to interact with and they are going to be incredible to eat.
The one downside to having heritage pigs is they take longer to feed and finish compared to commercial pigs. This means that our feed costs are becoming rather significant. We did plan for this and we knew to expect it so it’s not a shock to us.
However, since my Dad has a lot of experience with raising pigs, he suggested to us that we make our own pig food. Since these pigs are for our own consumption, and will be custom exempt slaughtered, we can make our own pig food!
This weekend we had an adult 4-H meeting where we made hog food and de-wormed our pigs.
We used rolled barely, milk, water, pumpkins and leftover vegetable waste from our kitchens to make the food. Next time we want to incorporate some rolled corn too.
I come from a long line of pyromaniacs, pretty much any excuse we get to play with fire, we take it. What can I say, I love to make s’mores!
I have a great fire ring in my front yard that we were able to set the tub on in order to cook our food.
After a couple of hours the barley expanded and smelled wonderful! The whole Ranch smelled like cooking pumpkin oatmeal and campfire, it was dreamy.
How did it turn out? Awesome. It was cheaper than the pig food we’ve been buying at the store, we are able to use food that would normally be wasted, and it was a lot of fun.
We’ve decided that we will now do a bi-weekly campfire cookout for the pigs. Like I mentioned above, we are going to try different recipes and see what the pigs do best on, and take it from there. Stay tuned!