Pan-seared Salmon with Julienne Vegetables


I never really liked seafood.

Growing up, dad was a meat and potatoes, and oodles of noodles kinda guy.

Mom cooked what he liked!

On the few occassions when we did have seafood, it was either tuna out of a can, or those frozen little breaded squares they call fish.

Even more rare, was when mom would open a can of salmon… You know, those cans when you open them up and see the fish spine?!? Ewwwww!

Even though I grew up on dads foods preferences, I’ve never been one to shy away from trying new foods.

So, when we decided to do this whole 30 thing, I was not afraid to try my hand at pan searing some salmon.

I was however, a little apprehensive!

I never cooked salmon before. How would I know when it was cooked properly?!? I was a fish out of water!

Yet, I was undaunted!

I went to the local health food store and picked up some salmon and researched the best way to prepare this pink fish!

I got out my favorite kitchen tools. Prepared some herbed butter, and got to cooking!

I was pleasantly surprised!

Now, although I only used carrots to create the long Julienne strips, you most certainly can use a mix of veggies like the summer squash and zucchini which I’ve included in the recipe! ~ Whatever veggies you use, you’ll need enough to measure out four cups veggies!

Pan-seared Salmon with Julienne Vegetables

Here’s what you need:

  • 2 large carrots
  • 2 medium yellow summer squash
  • 2 medium zucchini
  • 3 Tbsp. butter (if you’re doing the whole 30 like me, make sure its clarified butter or ghee)
  • 2 Tbsp snipped fresh parsley (1 Tbsp if you’re using dried parsley)
  • 2 garlic cloves, pressed
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp ground black pepper
  • 4 skinless salmon fillets (4-6 oz each), about 1 inch thick

How to prepare it:

  1. Peel the carrots. Next, cut carrots, squash and zucchini into long strips using a Juliene Peeler, avoiding seeds. Measure to 4 cups vegetables.
  2. In a Prep Bowl, microwave butter on HIGH 30 seconds or until melted. Stir in parsley, garlic (which you can press with this Garlic Press, my personal favorite), salt and pepper. Reserve 1 Tbsp butter mixture. Using a Basting Brush, brush salmon with the remaining butter mixture.
  3. Heat a Nonstick Grill Pan over medium high heat 5 minutes. Add vegetables and reserved butter, toss to coat, using Teak Wooden Spatula. Cook and stir 2 minutes or until veggies are crisp-tender. Remove from pan and keep warm.
  4. Return pan to heat. Place salmon in pan. Cook for 3 minutes. Turn and cook and additional 3-4 minutes or until salmon flakes easily with a fork.
  5. Serve over veggies.

This recipe will serve 2-4 people – depending on how hungry you are!

Now, I want you to learn from my mistakes! So, here’s a few tips I learned along the way:

  • Salmon fillets are often sold with the skin ON. You can ask at the counter to have it removed. Or, if you’re brave enough to do it yourself, you can place the salmon skin side down on a cutting board. At one end, cut through to the skin using a Chefs Knife. While holding firmly onto the skin, angle the knife and cut the flesh from the skin using a sawing motion.
  • Test for doneness by flaking with a fork at its thickest point. It should be opaque throughout.

Hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I did!

Bon appetit!


Ready for Spring!


It’s been a topsy turvy, rollercoaster ride with the weather, this winter! With temps one day in the 20’s or below, and in the 60’s the next, it’s been hard to plan or get any work done!

Just when I finally figured out what I wanted to do with the pile of pallets in the back of our yard, mother nature decided to dump more snow on us – with the threat of more snow on the weekend!


I’m so ready for spring!

I’m anxiously awaiting the day when I can get into the garden and plant seeds.

Getting dirt under my fingernails is therapy to this winter weary country girl!


When I dig into the dirt, feelings of pleasure fill my head as I work the ground. It makes me feel useful and productive!


I am looking forward to seeing our vegetables grow… and our grocery bill shrinking!

Our plans are for a much larger garden this year! However, I’m not too sure how we will keep our chickens out?!?

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The fencing that used to be around our garden, was used to enlarge our flocks free range area, out behind and around our barn.

Although at first they we’re not sure about being allowed to go into the new area, it has become their favorite spot to hang out! The ground seems to be softer… easier for them to dust bath in.

In choosing the seeds I want to plant, I want to ensure I will have plenty of the foods that will allow me to be successful while following The Whole 30.

And my clients, from my home based business, are even getting excited! I’m creating delicious, healthy meals during cooking demonatrations, giving them healthier options that fit their busy lifestyles!

With all these plans I’ve got, I’m itching to get started. I’m so ready for spring.

Now, if Mother Nature would just cooperate!

Until next time,

~ Sheri

The ‘Whole’ Experiment


Its been more than a month since my last post…

For those of you who don’t know… I’ve been struggling with my health….

But, I’m hoping to turn that struggle into a triumph…

Starting tomorrow, and for the next 30 days, I will be following The Whole 30 program.


For those of you who are unfamiliar with The Whole 30, it’s not a crash diet or a weight loss plan. It is a lifestyle change.

Actually, it’s a 30 day experiment, that when I’m done, I will know a lot more about which foods are having a negative impact on my cravings, on my energy, my sleep, and my health.

I will not be cutting calories, carbs or fat. In fact, I will be eating as much real, whole, nutrient dense foods as I want!

There are no pills, meal replacements, or packaged foods to buy. As it is, the entire program and a ton of resources are available online – for free!

Now, you may ask why I’m choosing to embark on this journey… Well, I’ll tell you…

Ever since I was a child, I’ve struggled with a faulty digestive system. While most people would only take 3 hours to digest their food, it takes my body 3 days… However, in the last few years, it has taken a toll on my stomach lining as well, making most of the foods I eat to cause me severe stomach and gallbladder pain.

I also struggle with an emotional relationship with food…

During a lengthy abusive relationship, I sought food for comfort. Food didn’t yell and scream at me. Food didn’t call me names and tell me I’d never amount to anything. Food didn’t tell me I was useless… Food was my friend.

When I’m depressed, I reach for food to comfort me – especially sweets! And the more sweets I eat, the more I crave!

Top all that negativity with the struggles we’ve gone through on the homestead, and what you see before you is a very unhealthy woman with low self-esteem.

What I am hoping, by committing to The Whole 30, is to build up my health, my energy and my strength… and, in the long term improve my physical attitude about myself and my life.

However, I can’t do this on my own… I need your support to get through the next 30 days. Can I count on you for your support?

My health is important to me, and I’d value your encouragement and help. Even more so, how do you think you could support me? You may have some creative ideas I might not think of!

One creative idea I believe God has given me, is to focus on farm cooking – using only the foods that can be grown or raised on a farm. But things just didn’t click… Not until I came across The Whole 30…

Since I will be using the farm to grow most of the foods I will be eating, I will be sharing my whole30 journey here, and on my Facebook page Country Girl Homestead.

If you do not already follow me, but you want to support my efforts and follow my journey, then please, feel free to join many others who follow my blog, and, head on over to Country Girl Homestead and click ‘Like.’

Thanks for caring!


Starting From Scratch


After dealing with a financially and emotionally crushing year, it’s been a struggle to find our way…

However despite the setbacks, this past year of struggle has also had some benefits!

Take for instance, having to watch every penny we spend has afforded me the ability to learn some new homesteading skill sets – like making our own bread…


And learning just how easy it is to make butter… and how its much more creamier and delicious than store bought!!


I even have plans this week to try my hand at making pasta! I found this great recipe that only has 3 ingredients! I will let you know how it turns out!

So, in hind-sight, looking back at this last year, I find it hasn’t all been bad…

As for the farm and moving forward, there is so much to do! – I look at things and see all that needs to be done…

I admit, I am a perfectionist! I see a project and how I want it done, but when it doesn’t get done, I feel so unaccomplished… so unproductive… like I’ve failed in some way…

I have to change my mindset… its just not an option right now, to have everything done the way I want…

We have to make do with what we have…

And right now, what we have, is a blank canvas…

We get to start over from scratch…

So, as we look to the future, we have a new game plan…

We will focus on our flock, on cooking budget-friendly, healthy meals, and on finding an untapped source of income somewhere…

To start, I’ve put out a sign for our girls eggs… I’m no artist, but you get the point, right?!?


Until next time,

~ Sheri

He Keeps His Promises


2017 hit us hard…

It was the hardest year to date, since our move to the homestead…

With mom retiring from her job last January, we’d lost a major source of income… and I do mean major!

Then, everything seemed to go wrong…

The heater broke down…

The hot water heater needed replaced…

Then the well to the pump decided to go haywire…

…and the list goes on!

It took everything we had financially… and emotionally!

We wondered if this was really what God had called us to do!

Then, mom took a fall, and couldn’t get up… I had to leave my job driving school bus…

That’s when the fertizer really hit the fan!

The new year started off with a bang – literally!

It happened one afternoon, as mom and I were sitting in our living room, we’d suddenly heard this loud thwomp! At first, I thought another tree fell, this time hitting our house… but no…

When we went to investigate, we couldn’t find anything out of the ordinary. However, by nightfall our water pressure had reduced greatly!

When we went to the basement to check the well pump, that’s when we found water all over our basement and a mini Niagra of water flowing down our basement wall! Two of our heating register pipes had frozen and burst!

We went to bed that night, with no heat (except a few space heaters)… and no water!

I was beaten!

I had no will to continue!

That’s when God turned things around…

He reminded me that He keeps His promises…

In Philippians 4:19, His word says, “But my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.”

Within days, after reading this verse, He provided us with several unexpected sources of help in our time of need! We were able to get fuel for our furnace, and the pipes that burst… well, they were sawed off and capped so that the leak was temporarily stopped until we can afford to have it fixed properly.

We may not have heat in every room of our house –  since the pipes that burst were the heating registers where water runs through – but, I am thankful for the heat we do have!

It wasn’t what I expected! But thankfully He keeps His promises to us!

He supplied what we needed, when we needed it!

Until next time,

~ Sheri

Daily Prompt: Degree


Having been raised in the city, this gal has been on a learning curve these last 3 years!

There has been a LOT of trial and error when it came to raising our chickens. And, I’m sure there’s still a bunch more I could learn!

Even growing a vegetable garden has been a challenge!

The first year we planted broccoli, cauliflour and red beets… But nothing grew!

The second year, I was so desperate to grow something, ANYTHING, that I wound up having a small tabletop garden in my kitchen!

Table-Top Garden

I was tickled pink with our cherry tomatoes, peppers, and herbs! I finally grew a ‘garden!’ Hey, ya gotta start somewhere!

This past summer was the first in our three years on the homestead where we actually saw a good variety of vegetables growing in the ground! But even this has proven to be a learning experience!


We have big dreams for our little homestead…

This year we plan to increase our growing area which will take up the whole northwest corner of our land!

And with our our chickens, we are researching a number of different ways to make an income.


Our hope is that at the very least our chickens will bring in enough money to earn their keep. Maybe the following year we could turn a profit!

It’s been a challenge, this homesteading way of life! But, like a big ship in the ocean, that turns around slowly, degree by degree, we plan to turn this homestead into a profitable self-sustaining venture!

Until next time,


via Daily Prompt: Degree

Restoring Order…


Well isn’t that a fine how do ya do! Here I told ya I was back, only to wind up having disappear again!

Turns out that after working away from the homestead, I found oodles of work to do!

One project in particular was dealing with a broken fence, out behind the barn!

Of course it was cold and raining… and, I wound up with a cold that knocked me off my feet for several weeks!

That’s what I get for working on the fence in the cold, cold rain!

Well, I’m here again. Not at 100%, but better than I was…

The littles must know I’m not at my best, because the boys’ have been quite the handful lately!


‘EggHead’ and his brothers kept jumping over the broken fence…

Their 6 sisters following after them!

More than once our neighbors had to shoo our gang down to our place!

Thankfully they are understanding…

Especially since their Guinea hens like to come down and visit our boys on occasion.

Guess its a case of the grass being greener…

Now that I’m on the mend, its back to work…

Egghead, up to his usual shenanigans, started quite a ruckus, while scratching in our old tomato bed, near the back door of our house…

Out of the blue, ‘Egghead’ let out such a terrible screech. His brothers and sisters joined the screeching and took flight – in my direction!

I thought for sure that I was in the middle of an Alfred Hitchcock movie!

As I raised my arms in protection, the gang flew past me heading to a pile of skids where the flock like a to hang out.

Thankful that my eyes weren’t plucked out, I continued to watch the actions of the babies. Turns out that 3 of the boys tried to hump 1 of our hens at the same time!

I knew then that it was time to remove the boys from the flock.


They were not happy about being moved to the confines of the barn… but at least there is order once more…

The girls are feeling more comfortable with only 1 rooster -Teriyaki (Terry) – in charge!


Until next time,