Microwaves and More

The great debate.....
To keep, or not to keep?

Yes, you read that correctly.  We are debating on whether or not to keep the microwave.  My goal this week is to not use the microwave and see if we can live without it.  Why?  It's so...convenient.  There are two sides to the argument here - some say microwaves are harmless, a modern convenience that helps us.  Others say they are dangerous, can kill the nutrients in your food, damage you more than do you good.  I'm tending to lean toward argument number two. Today for lunch, I reheated leftovers on the stove top. My kids said that leftovers never tasted so good, and that if all leftovers tasted this great, they would not be opposed to eating leftovers as much as in the recent past. I've even been reheating leftover pizza in the oven. I have to agree with the kids, the non-microwaved leftovers have a significantly better taste than their microwaved counterparts. Granted, this takes a little more strategic planning, as reheating in the oven or on the stove top takes longer than the 30 seconds to 2 minutes that we have been used to in warming things up. Maybe next week I will tell you that we decided to give the microwave the boot for good.  

We've had some celebrations here in the last week.  Our youngest turned 5.  He wanted a Darth Vader cake. I met this challenge with some trepidation, but conquered it to the best of my ability.  Although probably not Pinterest worthy, the cake was well loved and eaten by all. :)
I know what song you're singing right now.... ;)

Blowing out the candles

Our oldest son participated in the Swine Quizbowl at MSU as part of the Green and White Swine Youth show. Both of the Clinton County teams did a great job, and we are so glad that we have the opportunity to be involved in 4H and are blessed that our kids have great mentors to help them along the way.  
Clinton Jr. team ready to begin the final round


This year marks the beginning of another year of transition for our farm ground here... one more year of non-organic crops year, then we should be able to get certified organic in 2017.  :)

The little of piggies from December are growing nicely. 

And the barn kitties are faring well through the winter too.  :)