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Wedding Bells

We had our first on site wedding, and reception. We got some photos of how the reception area looked, so we are pretty excited to share with you all. The lovely couple are school teachers, and they decorated the reception hall themselves.

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This is our outside area, my husband just got the lights working that same day. The island features two matching fountains. There are several tables and chairs, and usually we have the umbrellas up, but they didn’t need them for the evening. The patio area is 3500 square feet of space.

The interior space is 1700 square feet of space. They did an excellent job on decorating the space for their reception.

We have another one on the calendar. So, we are ecstatic to help others on their way to a bliss filled life!

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Chicken Cacciatore

“We know, for instance, that there is a direct, inverse relationship between the frequency of family meals and social problems. Bluntly stated, members of families who eat together regularly are statistically less likely to stick up liquor stores. blow up meth labs, give birth to crack babies, commit suicide, or make donkey porn. If little Timmy had just had more meatloaf, he might not have grown up to fill chest freezers with Cub Scout parts.” Anthony Bourdain

As I have state before, the crock pot has become my stay at home assistant. Oh, how I love to make the food in the morning, and come home to a cooked dinner.

If you don’t already have a crock pot that browns your food, it’s better to start browning the chicken.All-Clad 7 Qt Gourmet Slow Cooker with All-in-One Browning What else are you going to need?

4 chicken breast     1 can of crushed tomatoes     2 cloves of garlic  1/2 red onion

1 cup of wine        bell pepper,  salt, pepper, oregano, and Italian parsley and fresh Rosemary

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After you brown the chicken, you are going to take them out of the crock pot for a few minutes, while you add the other ingredients.

Add your two cloves of garlic, and 1/2 red onion into the crock pot. You want your onions and garlic to be translucent. After this happens to your garlic and onions, add your chicken back into the crock pot. Add one can of crushed tomatoes, one cup of wine, your diced bell pepper, and your spices. Some people like more spices and some like less, but at least add 1/2 teaspoon of each.

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Let it cook low for 4 hours. It will automatically go to warm. Then when you get home you will have a delicious meal waiting for you. Add some real parmigiana cheese to the top if you like, and a rosemary on the side for beauty.  You are going to love it!

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Another Set of Twins

“Ideas are easy. It’s the execution of ideas that really seperate the sheep from the goats.” Sue Grafton

Starbright had the last set of twins for the season. This is the first time we have ever had goats so late in the season. One male and one female. The male has coloring like his mother, and our little female has coloring like her father. We named the little male Goofy, and the female is Belle. Since we have named all of our goats after Disney characters.

Belle is the little brown one all alone, and Goofy is going up to his mom, Starbright. Starbright is not loving to Belle, so she has to be fed by a bottle. We have to milk Starbright to feed Belle. We bottle fed the triplets earlier this year, and gave them formula, but they were just so damn small. The other goats that were getting their mothers milk were almost three times larger than the formula goats. It’s an experiment that we don’t want to repeat.

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Turkey Roast

Owning a winery means working all the time. My husband and I work 7 days a week. We love good food and good wine, so we always make time (at least on Sunday) to share our meals together. Last Sunday, I made a turkey roast. Having a crock pot is like having a helper in the kitchen. I can’t even tell you how often I make use of mine.

I have the All Clad 7 Quart Deluxe I like this one because you can brown the food before slow cooking the food. With this one you will need some high quality olive utensils. You don’t want to scratch the inside of the crock pot.

Anyway, I start my process by adding all the herb and spices I want on a plate. IMG_9660

I use about a teaspoon of pink Himalayan salt, garlic powder, coarse ground, oregano, parsley leaves, cumin, and basil. Add your turkey on the top of the herbs and spices and roll it over them.

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Keep in mind that you can edit the herbs and spices that I have added, and add your favorites. After you are done, you want to brown the turkey, add olive oil in the crock pot, and the brown should be at 400 degrees. Make sure you give the crock pot time to preheat. Add your turkey roast, and wait for it to brown on each side. You will want to flip it around with your wooden utensils.

After it’s brown, you can add the gravy to a measuring cup, and add a cup of white wine. I usually add wine to my crock pot instead of water, because it adds more flavor. Now, you are going to leave it to cook. I set mine on low for 6 hours, and then it will automatically turn to “warm” for you.

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When I got home I made rice, and peas to go with the turnkey. We had a French Viognier to complement the meal. I was too hungry to take a photo of the plated food. LOL! Enjoy!

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Come and Go

“Every oak started out as a couple of nuts who stood their ground” Henry David Thoreau

It’s always sad for us when we loose a tree. One of our oak trees that stood beside the house had to be cut down, and sawed to pieces. The ground squirrels made too many homes under the tree, and she became weak. She became so weak that one of her limbs just came crashing down on the sidewalk. Thank God, no one was around the house at the time. I came home to find the limb was just dead inside. We had someone come out to take a look at her, and tell us if she had a chance of survival.

The damage had already been done the tree was dead all the way though to the trunk. The best thing we could do is cut her down, and saw her to pieces. We did just that, and now the logs are still sitting on the farm.

I want to rent a chipper, put everything we can in there, and utilize the chips in the chicken houses. The chickens can use it as fluff material, then our old tree will become compost, eventually ending up fertilizing something on the farm…making her life come full circle, giving life to others organisms on the farm. IMG_9625

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Morelli Family Sunday

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This is one of our favorite meals. The potatoes are really easy, peel your potatoes, set your oven to 400, add olive oil to the cookie sheet, some onions and red peppers and cook until tender. Cook your potatoes first!

The pork rolls are made from pork should cut in long thin strips, add your favorite seasoning. We prefer Tuscan or Italian seasoning, but plenty of cumin. Add bacon on the out side and inside of each strip, then roll tightly. Toothpick the roll together and bake them in the oven for about 30 mins at 400 degrees. You don’t want to make the roll too thick or the meat will not get done on the inside. Add red onions and sweet peppers to cookie sheet and you have a nice meal.

If I was going to have a wine with this one, I would choose our Merlot. Our Merlot is fruit forward and compliments the peppers and pork very nicely.

 

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Lady Johanna Percy/15th Great Grandmother

“All kings and queens are not born of royal bloodlines. Some become royal because of what they do once they realize who they are.” Pharrell Williams

Lady Johanna is another ancestor from Alda Tribble, the mother of my grandfather Ernest E Gray.

This is where Lady Johanna grew up…

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Lady Joan Percy, Lady, born Abt. 1460 in Alnwick Castle, Alnwick, Northumberland, England; died Aft. 1540 in Prittlewell, Essex, England. She was the daughter of 2. Lord Egremont 1st Thomas Percy, Lord Egremont and 3. Eleanor Harbottle. She married (1) John Harris Abt. 1477. He was born Bet. 1456 – 1467 in Prittewell, Essex, England, and died 08 June 1508 in Date of Will Prittlewell, Essex, England. He was the son of William Harris, Of Prittewell and Anne Jernegan. She married (2) Arthur Harris Abt. 1509 in Prittlewell, Essex, England. He was born Abt. 1456 in Prittlewell, Essex, England, and died Bet. 1538 – 1540 in England. He was the son of William Harris, Of Prittewell and Anne Jernegan.

More About Lady Joan Percy, Lady: 1: it is not proven that John and Arthur Harris md the same Joan Percy 2: 1558, Visitation 3: MAY BE D/O HENRY PERCY AND MAUD HERBERT? 4: film 1761147 (British Isles) Aka (Facts Pg): Johanne Percy Burial: St. Mary Church, Prittlewell, Essex, England LDS ID: 9LQ1-S3

More About Arthur Harris: 1: it is not proven that John and Arthur Harris md the same Joan Percy Aka (Facts Pg): Arthur Herris Burial: St. Mary Church, Prittlewell, Essex, England

Generation No. 2

2. Lord Egremont 1st Thomas Percy, Lord Egremont, born 29 November 1422 in Leconfield, Yorkshire, England (2nd son of Henry); died 10 July 1460 in Battle of Northampton. He was the son of Henry Percy, Earl Northumberland 2Nd and Eleanor Neville, Countess Northumberland. He married 3. Eleanor Harbottle Abt. 1455. 3. Eleanor Harbottle, born Abt. 1426 in Beamish, England (Northumberland)?; died 1483. She was the daughter of Richard Harbottle, Sir Knight and <Unnamed>.

More About Lord Egremont 1st Thomas Percy, Lord Egremont: Acceeded: 20 November 1449, Lord Egremont the First Note: Shown as 2nd child by Brian Tompsett

More About Eleanor Harbottle: 1: 1558, Visitation Daughter & coheir to Sir Richard Harbottel, Knight from visitation of Essex


Children of Thomas Percy and Eleanor Harbottle are: i. Lord Egremont 2nd John Percy, Lord Egremont 2Nd, born Abt. 1459 in Alnwick, Northumberland, England; died Bef. 21 March 1495/96. ii. Lady Joan Percy, Lady, born Abt. 1460 in Alnwick Castle, Alnwick, Northumberland, England; died Aft. 1540 in Prittlewell, Essex, England; married (1) John Harris Abt. 1477; married (2) Arthur Harris Abt. 1509 in Prittlewell, Essex, England.

Married:

  1. on Abt. 1490 in England to Arthur Harris (1475-1537), son of William Harris and Anne Jernegan.

Children of Johanna Percy and Arthur Harris are:

  1. William Harris, b. 1505, Southminster, England, d. 1556, Southminster, England.
  2. Alice HARRIS