No Dinner Fairies Here!
Wednesday 10th of November 2010 09:08 AM
By Kim L. Fritzemeier
KFRM Central Kansas Reporter
Farm Wife along the Stafford/Reno County Line
Being a farm wife can sometimes get in the way of your to-do list.
I'm a Type A personality who sincerely likes the order and symmetry of a to-do list and a plan for the day.
I'm not necessarily proud of this little idiosyncrasy, but I'm woman enough to admit it. So I just love days when I know my services will be required but not the timetable for said services (sarcasm intended).
Such was the day on Monday. I knew I would have to help move cattle. A mid-morning call on the business band radio from the hubby solidified an afternoon "appointment" on my to-do list.
THEN my farmer discovered that his pickup clock hadn't been changed since Sunday's return to Central Standard Time. He had a whole extra hour, so we could do the great cattle round-up and get two loads of cattle hauled back to the corrals by dinnertime (our noon meal).
I got my cattle moving shoes on and went to the pickup. It was 11 o'clock.
I really tried not to say anything, but I must admit, this slipped out:
"You do know that there are no dinner fairies who are hard at work preparing our meal, right?"
Yes, he knew there were no dinner fairies. (Just mouthy farm wives, I guess.)
He said he was fine with sandwiches, and I know he meant it - really. He, unlike me, is a go-with-the-flow kind of guy.
But by the time I got back to the house, I had a plan. So maybe there really is a dinner fairy around here. She just looks a lot like me.
It may seem more like soup weather than salad weather, but if you're looking for a fairly quick meal, Taco Salad may be an option.
I don't really use a recipe. I had hamburger thawed and ready to brown. After quickly browning it with a little minced onion, I put part of it in the refrigerator for another meal, then added taco seasoning to the remainder (I buy it in bulk at Glenn's Bulk Foods).
For the salad, I tore up lettuce and cut up veggies like I would for any salad. I added the seasoned hamburger, shredded cheese and some crumbled taco chips. For the dressing, I combined one can of chili beans and 1 bottle of fat-free Catalina dressing. You won't use it all for this meal, but it stores well in the refrigerator ... until another day when you need a dinner fairy to appear.
(Stay tuned for photos and stories from our cattle moving adventures. No more time today ... my to-do list beckons, along with my farmer who needs help rounding up the cattle before the vet gets here. The dinner fairy may need to make a repeat appearance, who knows?)