view sourceprint? 01 Ramblings from a Ranch Wife: So Glad March is Over!

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"The darkest nights produce the brightest stars"

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

So Glad March is Over!

I don't know about you, but I hated the month of March.  I am so glad it is over.  It was a pretty hard month here.  I had to put my favorite horse down (more on that on a later post, I'm still getting over that), the boy's dog ate Ivermec horse wormer and tried to die, we lost a calf, and the list goes on and on.  I might also mention, in going out like a lion we got more snow the last week of March than we did all winter.  I've been discouraged, in a funk, and not wanting to do much of anything.  But life must go on and what doesn't kill us makes us stronger, so it's time to get my act together!

I've started trying to meal plan.  I'm going on week two now and I think I am getting the hang of it, somewhat!  My biggest problem is I never know where we will be or how the day will go, so there have been a few days that the plan has had to change last minute.  Since I can't see into the future, I can't determine which days work will go long.  The biggest benefit I have seen though is when it comes to grocery shopping. If I have my weekly menu planned out before I go grocery shopping, I am guaranteed to have the ingredients I need to make what I want, and not being at the last minute scrambling to figure out what to make for dinner and not having anything to cook with.  Nothing frustrates me more than to know what I want to cook, then find out I am out of a key ingredient.

I am also trying to utilize my crockpot more on the days I know I won't have time to actually cook a meal.  I teach class 2 nights a week, so I know those nights I can't cook a meal.  Having a plan seems to be making a big difference for me.  It also takes away some of the anxiety I have with cooking a meal for a family.

This morning I made strawberry scones.  They aren't the prettiest scones I've seen, but they aren't half bad. The nice thing, is you can do most of the prep the night before.  If your stove is anything like mine, you will have plenty of time to throw these together while your oven preheats.

Jennifer's Strawberry Scones

1 1/3 c. Flour
3 T. Sugar
1 1/2 tsp. Baking Powder
1/4 tsp. Salt
1 c. Heavy Cream
1/2 c. chopped Strawberries
Coarse Sugar for Sprinkling

1.  Preheat oven to 400*.
2.  In a medium bowl, stir together flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt.  Add strawberries and cream.  Stir until dough comes together.
3.  Drop by large spoonful onto a greased baking sheet and sprinkle with coarse sugar.
4.  Bake for 15-20 minutes or golden.


  1. Those scones look good! It's difficult to plan anything during calving, and with hungry kids! A can of chilli and a crock pot roast here. Ya can't go wrong!

    1. What did we do before there were crockpots?!! I got 3 as wedding gifts and returned one and gave one to my sister, because who needs 3 crockpots? I now own 2 and love them both dearly! Crockpots and Crockpot liners!