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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!

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Some people have been asking for updates from the frozen tundra of Iowa!  

I took a few pictures while doing chores this morning and afternoon to provide proof that everyone is handling the cold.

I jokingly asked if ombre hair color was still in...

The only downside of the day was that my vehicle wouldn’t start, I used the starter pack and was able to get it going pretty quickly.  On a side note---in your mind doesn’t red equal something bad, like negative? How can I train my brain that red is always positive when jumping something?

Time for a little jump.

I posted the other day about all of the things that I was wearing in an attempt to stay warm while feeding animals. Every since I posted that I have been thinking about all of those clothes I was blessed to have  and a video I had watched on social media from Trent Loos.  I was thinking about how far technology has come in regards to winter clothing and what we have available to keep our bodies warm.  We now have so many options beyond what our grandparents and great-grandparents had available to them. As a matter of fact, the same goes for technologies on the farm our tank heaters, heated hog barns, heated seats in a truck and floor heat in shops help to make humans and animals more comfortable.  In Trent’s video he said let us not forget to thank those that came before us that have now provided us those luxuries. I think some of the above listed items are things we sometimes take for granted, until they fail us. Then, we typically get upset that something is not working, but do we think about those that came before us that had to carry hot water to thaw things out, those that didn’t have electricity at all, or even the dreaded outhouse as the only option-brr, it makes my buns hurt just thinking about it.

In all honesty, a reminder to be patient with nature and our machines that might not want to cooperate is a great reminder for all to be grateful for what we do have and to give thanks to those that paved the way for us to get to (almost) February 2019!

How are you handling the cold? How did your grandparents or grandparents handle these temperatures back in the day? What are you grateful for today? Also, you have to tell us, did you have to run out to a cold outhouse? Comment below!

From the gravel road,

Jen

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