Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Rabbit With Mustard Sauce

We've been enjoying farm fresh milk, eggs and produce from My Dad & Me Family Farm for months now, and one of the other things they raise and sell are fryer rabbits. I have never eaten or prepared a rabbit before but my husband has so I figured I'd give it a try!

Kenneth is home for a couple weeks on medical leave so this seemed like a good time to bring one up from the freezer and try out a recipe. I searched allrecipes for something that looked like we would enjoy it and that I had all the correct ingredients for! We settled on Rabbit with Mustard. I read through the reviews and decided to fix it in the crock pot since I had time.

The original recipe is below, the tweaks I made: I used chicken broth instead of white wine and 1 large onion cut into wedges instead of 4 small onions. I sliced 4 pieces of center cut bacon in three and layed that over the whole rabbit in the crock pot. I didn't use a full 3 TBS of mustard, I just spread some on top and rubbed it in along with the salt and pepper. I added about 6 garlic cloves as well. I skipped the oil since I did it in the crock pot. I squeezed about 1/2 an orange over the dish about 30 minutes before we were planning to eat. I also finished the rabbit by putting it on a broiler pan and cooking it it under the broiler on "lo" for about 20-25 minutes to crisp up the bacon and brown the rabbit up a little.

In the crockpot, before cooking.

Tender and crispy!

I'm not 100% sure how I feel about the taste of rabbit, it is different than what I'm used to for sure, but I think this dish was really good! The way the bacon cooked over the side of the rabbit gave it really good flavor. I think I'd try rabbit in a stew next time just because of all the bones!! I will definitely try cooking with rabbit again and think this was a good "introduction" to it!

Rabbit with Mustard By: Jose Miguel

Ingredients
  • 1 (2 pound) rabbit, cleaned and cut into pieces
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 3 tablespoons prepared mustard
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 cup white wine
  • 4 small onions
  • 2 slices bacon, cut into 1/2 inch pieces
  • 1 orange
Directions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  2. Season the rabbit with salt and pepper, and spread the mustard onto it. Place into a Dutch oven, and pour the oil and white wine around it. Then put in the small onions and sprinkle with the bacon pieces.
  3. Bake covered, for 30 minutes in the preheated oven. Remove lid and turn rabbit pieces over. Squeeze some juice from the orange over. Return to the oven, uncovered, for 30 minutes, or until rabbit is tender. Serve with sliced orange and mashed potato. Bon Appetite!!!

Friday, July 13, 2012

5 Months Since Delivering Twins

I am now 5 months post partum and finally at my pre-pregnancy weight as of this morning! Yippee!! Still working to loose another 10-15 but have now lost the 40 pounds I gained when pregnant with the girls and I'm feeling really good! I've been tracking my calories and activity with SparkPeople again recently and staying on track. I've been aiming for 9,000-10,000 steps per day using a pedometer and that really seems to be making a good difference for me, just keeping me conscientious of moving as much as I can throughout the day.

So here's a couple days before I delivered:

This is about 6 weeks after delivery:

And these are today:


Feels good to be making progress and feeling comfortable in my clothes again, for the most part! :) Just 2 more weeks left in this semester then a break - yay!! I get to register for Fall classes in a couple more days too - it will be good to get that schedule in place so I know what's coming up. Hubby is on his way home to me too - and I cannot wait to hear when he will be here so I can go pick him up and give him lots of hugs and kisses!! I'm ready to see him again! It's only been 2 months since he was home last, but a lot has happened during that time and it really feels longer than that!

Saturday, July 07, 2012

The Surrogacy "Bug"

Whatever you want to call it - it's starting to bite again and leave that itch under my skin that causes my mind to wander at least a couple times a day to the question of "once more"? Can I? Should I? I am pretty sure I have come to the conclusion that I am going to search once more for what is most likely a final GS match and journey - I think one more pregnancy is all I will ask of my body, but I definitely want to carry again if I can find the right match, if I am still a good candidate, and if the pieces come together as they do when things are meant to be. So, I'm not going to pound the pavement or anything, but I think I'll put a couple feelers out and see what happens in the next few months. Every other time, when I've decided to match I've been matched within about a month because I applied to a bunch of agencies, responded to a bunch of ads, etc. - I really put myself out there because I was excited and ready. This time I am in no rush, and sort of feel at peace about the "if it's meant to be it will". I trust that if I'm going to be lucky enough to carry one more time it will come together and I don't need to force it or try to hurry things along. I have at least another 6-7 months before I'd want to transfer anyway, which might seem like a long time but I know just how quickly that amount of time can pass you by especially in the wide world of surrogacy! :)

In any event, just some rambly thoughts for the evening. Right now I'm still focusing on school and loosing a few more pounds (2 more to go to get to pre-pregnancy - almost there!!) and keeping up with my 13 year old! He's been away at camp the past 2 weeks and man I missed him!! He drives me crazy half the time, but apparently I am happy when crazy. :D It was just too quiet around here. Kenneth will be home again soon too, on medical leave from Afghanistan to get his back checked by his doctor's here - he's been having some tingling again in his leg which has me VERY worried. It's been just over a year now since his spinal fusion and I am anxious to see what the MRI will show and see what's going on and what needs to be done. The overseas position he's in is only supposed to be for another couple months anyway, so if he's good enough to stay there through the position ending he'll be back in the states full time soon anyway which will be good - I will be relieved when he has access to care if and when he needs it. Up until now things have been fine with his back so I am just hoping and praying whatever is going on is nothing major... the uncertainty is stressful, I can only imagine how he must feel.

I took Kent to Six Flags this morning for about 3 hours (getting good use out of our Season Passes this year!) and on the way home he asked me if I could have just one wish what it would be - I told him I would wish daddy didn't have any back pain or problems. He looked at me thoughtfully and said "That says a lot about you." I thought that was too funny. :) He's so goofy one minute, and so serious the next. Have NO idea where he gets that from. :)

Just 3 more weeks of school left in this semester and I get to register for Fall in about 1 more week! So far things are going well. I'm "settled" in I think, for the most part. I still beat myself up anytime I achieve less than perfect but hopefully it will just drive me to work harder and not drive me insane! :)