My New Blog Address

Hi Friends!

I hope you all are doing well and enjoying Fall as much as I am.

I have been working hard on making some changes and updates on my blog.  I have a new address:  Peacockridgefarms.com, so please update your outlook/contacts.  If you are currently following, you need to do nothing , you are already moved over to the new site.  If you aren’t following as of yet, but would like to, please go to the new site address at Peacockridgefarms.com and insert your address.  That’s it!  You will now get an email each time I make a post.

Thank you all so much for taking the time to read my blog.  It truly does mean the world to me.

Blessings to you,

Renae

Beef and Broccoli

IMG_4469This is a great recipe for a quick dinner.

1 1/2 lbs. flank steak, sliced

2 T. cornstarch

3 T. olive oil, divided

salt

pepper

1 t. ginger

1 t. garlic, minced

3 c. broccoli florets

3 T. sweet chili sauce

3 T. Hoisin sauce

Heat 2 T. of olive oil in a large pan, along with the garlic and ginger.  Put beef and cornstarch in a large Ziploc bag and shake to coat.  Sauté beef in the oil with salt and pepper.  Remove beef from the pan and set aside.  Add remaining olive oil into the pan along with the broccoli, sauté just until tender, but not soft.  Add beef back into pan along with the sweet chili sauce and hoisin sauce.  Cook until flavors are well mixed and the beef is heated through.  Enjoy!

Autumn Salad

IMG_4620This salad has such great autumn flavors, one of my favorites being roasted butternut squash. Yum!

3 c. salad greens

1 c. butternut squash, diced, roasted

2 chicken breasts, grilled, diced

1/2 avocado, diced

1/4 c. toasted almonds, sliced

2 eggs, boiled, chopped

1/2 c. beets, roasted, diced

1/4 c. dried cranberries

Balsamic Vinegarette Dressing:

2 T. honey

1 T. dijon mustard

1/2 t. salt

1/2 t. pepper

1 t. finely ground garlic

1/4 c. balsamic vinegar

3/4 c. extra virgin olive oil

To roast the butternut squash and beets:  dice the vegetables. put them in a large Ziploc bag with olive oil, salt and pepper and shake to coat.  Bake in the oven at 400 degrees until the vegetables are tender.

Enjoy!

Great Adventures

IMG_4628 I love a great adventure!  And one of the best adventures is a road trip.  Recently, my sweet husband and I went on a “little” road trip, our mapquest said that we had 3,339 miles to drive to our destination.

IMG_4631 We packed up our motorhome and hooked the jeep to the back and hit the road.  We measured 58 feet long, almost as long as a semi truck.  We left from Fort Lauderdale, Florida.  The weather was already 92 degrees and humid by 9:00 in the morning.

IMG_4686 We got to see such beautiful scenery.

IMG_4692 We drove through 13 states.

IMG_4695We drove through beautiful and peaceful countrysides…

IMG_4715 and through bustling big cities.

IMG_4806 On this trip, I was able to go through the last of the 50 states that I needed to see, to cross off that item on my bucket list.  We are so very blessed to live in such a gorgeous country.  IMG_4857Home sweet home!  We drove for seven days and ended up in the beautiful Pacific Northwest.  If you have the desire, pack up the car and your family and hit the road to make some wonderful memories!

Green Beans and Tomatoes

IMG_4905  This is such a great side dish.  It is very popular in the South.  The first time that I had it was in Louisville, Kentucky on Kentucky Derby weekend.  It quickly became one of my favorites.

 

1 1/2 lbs. fresh green beans

1/4 c. diced onions

chicken stock

1 T. butter

1 t. minced garlic

salt

pepper

5 strips bacon, cooked and crumbled

1 large tomato, diced

 

Steam green beans and onions in chicken stock until green beans are tender, but not soft.  Drain green beans.  In pan, put all remaining ingredients along with the green beans.  Cook until flavors are well mixed.  Enjoy!

Fall Decor

IMG_4880 I just love decorating for fall, my favorite season.  Here are some of the areas that I decorated this fall in my home. This is my dining room table.

IMG_4883 Don’t be afraid to mix and match.  If you look closely at the fireplace mantle, I have used glittery pumpkins right along side more natural looking pumpkins, I think it makes it more interesting.

IMG_4885I use table runners or table cloths bunched up around vases or tablescapes for a softer look.  When I decorate, I use things that I have around the house, candlesticks, lanterns, urns, whatever I can find, so shop around your home and use things that don’t necessarily say “fall decor.”

IMG_4886  This urn is usually on my mantle in my living room.  I didn’t want to attach the pumpkin topiary permanently to the urn, so I glued leaves to the bottom of the lower pumpkin to make it look like it was all one piece.IMG_4887 I chose to layer this wreath on a drying rack that I have on my laundry room wall.  I really liked how the rack framed the wreath and gave it more of a presence.  I use leaves everywhere, I just love the way they look.

IMG_4879 I just love the bounty of the fall harvest and enjoy using a cornucopia of fruits and vegetables.  I got all of these items at Micheals. Be sure to shop the seasonal sales, you can easily save 50% off.  Be creative and have fun.  Happy Fall!

Pumpkin Bread

IMG_4891One of my very favorite things about fall is pumpkin, anything pumpkin.  This is a simple recipe that makes three loaves of moist, tasty bread.

2 1/2 c. flour

2 T. baking soda

3 c. sugar

1 t. salt

3 t. pumpkin pie spice

1-30 oz can of pumpkin

4 eggs

1 c. vegetable oil

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Mix dry ingredients until well blended.  Add remaining ingredients and mix well.  Divide pumpkin batter into three greased loaf pans.  Bake for one hour or until bread is golden brown.  Enjoy!

A Family Wedding

My sweet husband, Ron, and I just had the great pleasure of hosting the wedding of our beautiful niece, Tiffany, to her handsome new husband, John.  It was a day full of wonderful memories of precious moments that we will long cherish.  This wedding has been a true family affair as each family member played a role in making the wedding such a beautiful event, from putting together the bouquets, to making the wedding decorations, to hosting the rehearsal dinner.  We really do have a wonderful family.

IMG_4483This is our niece, Tiffany, riding in our 1940 Packard.  This car has been in our family for fifty years.  We have made many wonderful memories in it over the years.  The car was originally owned by my father-in-law, Ronald, Sr.  He brought my husband, his namesake, Ronald, Jr., home from the hospital in it when he was born.  Then, we brought our son, Ronald, III, home from the hospital when he was born.  Our kids used this car as a fort to play in while they were growing up. And now, our niece rode in this beautiful old car to her wedding, being driven by her grandfather, Ron, Sr.

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IMG_4603My husband was the officiant for the service and did such an amazing job.IMG_4612This is John and Tiffany’s beautiful daughter. IMG_4611 Tiffany is holding a handkerchief that belonged to her great-, great-, great-grandmother.

IMG_4615After the ceremony, they were announced together as a family and  walked backed down the isle together.  It was a beautiful moment.  I love this photo because it captures Tiffany’s joy.

IMG_4532This is a great picture of John and the kids in the front yard.

IMG_4595Just after the ceremony, it rained like I have never seen it rain before. It was torrential!  I was so proud of the bride and groom, they didn’t let the rain dampen their day and we all had a wonderful time dancing in the rain.

IMG_4587We were rewarded with the most gorgeous sunset.  My niece, Lauren, took this picture.  When I told her that I was stealing this picture from her, she said that I had to give her credit for it.  So, Lauren, here is your credit.  You are an amazing photographer.

I Absolutely Love Fall!

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I just love fall!  I love the coolness in the air.  I love sweaters, scarves and boots. I love hearty soups and stews.  I love settling down into the fall routine after a long summer.  I love the changing of the leaves.  I love the fall harvest.  And I love sitting down with a great book and a hot cup of chai tea on a rainy afternoon.

I hope you enjoy your fall as much as I will.

Blessings to you.

Renae

 

Let The Festivities Begin

IMG_4196It has been a long time dream of mine to share our property with friends and family.  After years of handwork, weeding, planting, painting, transplanting, more weeding, etc. the property is now ready for parties, events and weddings.

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IMG_4163This is our pavilion where we can host dinners or use for events.

IMG_3736This is a view of our front yard.

IMG_4125This is also our front yard.

IMG_3728This our is driveway.

IMG_3411_2Our side yard.

IMG_3742This is our patio overlooking our backyard.  We are so excited to see what our future holds as we share our home with others making cherished memories.