Tonight was such a beautiful night with hardly any wind, so what better night to grill some homegrown burgers? We have a freezer full of homegrown beef! It is no nice to be able to grab the meat that we want for a meal with a few steps to the basement, plus we know that it helps meet our daily protein requirements!
Did you know a 3 oz. serving of cooked beef on average provides 51% of your daily protein needs?
When it comes to high-quality protein, beef is our families first choice! When I compared beef to plant based proteins I learned that 3 ounces of cooked beef has the same amount of protein as things such as quinoa and peanut butter with fewer calories.
When we got our last beef butchered we had the locker package patties into 1/3 lb. patties. We save the patties to throw on the grill frozen, but often times use our ground beef to make hamburgers.
Tonight I went with the patties for a quick alternative as we were crossing lots of other tasks off of the to do list like: cleaning cattle pens, putting bales in bale feeders, and baptizing a chicken. Yes, you read that right. Ellie asked me tonight why we don't baptize our animals, so she started with her chicken named, Moose!
I am from where the green grass grows and where corn pops up
in rows, yes, cue Tim McGraw. I come
from these two beautiful people, Kenny and Kathy (Kuhlemeier) Bushbaum, will
celebrate 48 years of marriage on this coming Tuesday.
They met at the local roller rink! Someone dared my dad to
go ask Kathy Kuhlemeier to skate with him.
He took the bet and went and asked her by skating smack into her and
knocking her down. When he went to help
her up he asked her if she wanted to skate.
Smooth operator and a man of few words he is, but I guess it worked as I
don’t think they have been apart since that late night skate.
I come from determination. Dad saw what he wanted and went
after it. My mom is the same way. When I was in elementary school she decided
she wanted to go back to school. She
started with a business degree, but didn’t stop until she was student teaching
during my senior year of high school.
She began teaching during my first year of college. When I think back to
the determination that it took for her to complete her degrees while working
full time, raising a family, keeping our house in shape, and being a farm wife I
cannot fathom how she did it all. I
think she did it because she was determined.
I come from strength.
If you have seen my parents lately you know by watching my dad walk that
he currently has a pair of knees that are pretty much bone on bone. He has the
strength to power through pain like no one I have ever met. He had a valve replacement in 2010 and handled
open heart surgery like a champ, barley touching a pain pill the entire time. This past fall he tackled 40 radiation
treatments for prostate cancer without missing a beat during harvest. He is
strong in body and mind. My mom might
say I get my stubborn “strength” from him.
I come from a man who speaks few words, but a woman that has
lots to say. My mom is a writer and has
a creative gift. She makes beautiful quilts and used to write amazing poems,
stories, and papers when she went back to school. I remember watching her paint on barn doors
and shovels as a kid. I like to think
that she gave me my gift of creativity and my desire to share things with the
I come from a John Wayne lovin’, western show watchin’, cattle lovin’
cowboy. Just ask me, I can quote just about any line from the Duke. I get my love of the cowboy way and cattle
from my dad. I cannot imagine him any
other way. I have read a lot about the
cowboy code and way of life and I think they are the
finer points that my mom and dad instilled in us:
1. Live each day with courage
Take pride in your work
Always finish what you start
Do what has to be done
Be tough, but fair
When you make a promise, keep it
Talk less and say more
This brings me to the end of the 3 part series of where I
come from. There is so much more I could
write about so many amazing people in life that are “where I come from,” but
these last 3 posts are where I biologically come from and the mix of all of
them creates the DNA that drives me to be the best version of myself that I
can. I don’t want to be a disappointment
to any of them and I don’t want their struggles and challenges to be something
that are easily forgotten, I will carry all of them each and every day of my
life as I dream big and huge!