Thursday, September 29, 2011

When it Hails?????

In anticipation of rainy days, we raced to our newly disked fields from the weekend to plant our seeds of winter green (rye grass) so our horsey pals would will have something to munch on through out the cold months. Getting the whole planting sequence right is such a tricky thing; plant the seeds too early - too hot  - grass dies; plant too long before rain and doves eat your seed, plant too late and the grass takes forever to grow.  However, we saw rain in the forecast this year so we is time for the seeds to be sown!  
(Using my I-phone for these photos as I didn't have the Nikon with me...this is the Hipstamatic app)

A whirly bird full of rye grass is like a huge bucket full of feed to these ever hungry creatures!  You have to move quickly! 

We have learned to wear hats around whirly birds spinning seeds out all over the place or you will be washing rye grass out of your hair for weeks!  
Ellen sat on the fence to supervise (and give Doc some lovin).

The very next day ~ just as the weather forecaster promised (how unusual) ~ the rain appeared.  We were privately giving ourselves a big pat on the ole back!  Ellen and some friends from school were out playing in the rain (still balmy, and hot in this part of the world) and all of sudden - bam the heavens opened up with half inch to one inch size pieces of hail!  

Somehow Ellen's bike had been left out in the rain, so I suggested she bring it in, and as you can see by the expression on her face, the hail hurts a bit more than rain!  However, they were determined to stay out and play in it..."how lucky can you get to be playing in the rain and have it turn into hail" was all I heard them say to each other.  "This is the most amazing day of our lives", "This is so awesome"!  Yes, we live in the South and our children NEVER see snow or ice fall from the sky, 
and it was one of the most amazing days of their lives! 

I don't know if it was the right decision or not, but I let them stay out in that hail storm...look at that smile! Until one of them complained, it seemed like this was something not to be missed.  Who knows when one might have this experience again, right?

Really ~ I can count the number of times I have seen this type of hail on one
  hand and speaking of one hand.....

The hail storm lasted about 15 minutes, and you have never heard three girls run about and screech and shrill with excitement as they did.....thankfully, no one was hurt. 

 Yes, I would say that was quite a hail storm! 
It will live in these girl's memories for the rest of their lives. 

The girls topped it off with S'mores - good comfy food when you are wet and cold!
(photo by Ellen - she was quite proud of her photo)

And I topped it off with Shrimp and Grits - a new recipe from Southern Living 
that is incredible and it is!

Parmesan Grits - 1/2 tsp salt, 1 cup uncooked quick grits, 1/2 fresh grated Parmesans cheese, 1/2 tsp pepper ( I use Tony's Chachere seasoning of course).

Bring four cups of water to a boil and gradually whisk in grits, Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, whisk in cheese and pepper.   If you don't want to use Parmesan - use sharp cheddar.

Creamy Shrimp Sauce - 1 lb unpeeled medium size raw shrimp, 1/4 tsp. fresh ground pepper, 1/4 tsp salt, 1 Tbsp. olive oil, 1 Tbsp. all-purpose flour, 1 1/4  low sodium chicken broth, 1/2 cup chopped green onions, 2 garlic cloves minced, 1 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice, 1/4 tsp. salt, 1/4 tsp. hot sauce, 2 cups firmly packed fresh  baby spinach.

Cook Shrimp with pepper and salt in large nonstick skillet over medium heat until shrimp are pink - spice to taste. Remove shrimp from skillet. Add oil, heat for thirty seconds, whisk in flour, cook thirty seconds to one minute and then whisk in broth and next five ingredients; cook two to three minutes until thickened; Stir in Shrimp and spinach and cook until spinach is wilted...

My shortcut to make this even faster! Mix all ingrediants into broth including the flour and pour into the skillet....I also added some fresh basil and rosemary!  

Serve over grits - If you don't like grits you can serve over rice!  

This is also Lo-Cal - Only 235 calories a serving!   And so delicious!  


  1. I do understand about the hail, I would have let my children play too. We had a dusting of snow last winter and my guys had a blast. Our poor deprived southern kids! :)
    Good for you for gettting your planting done. After having such a dry winter, we are now getting rain every afternoon and can't get in the fields. Crazy weather!

  2. We have been having lots and lots of rain up here. I am a little tired of it. And it just started to rain ...again! Lovely photos :)

  3. Tell Ellen that the next time I'm with y'all I'll be sure to throw handful after handful of rocks at her. So fun! LOL

    Hope the grass grows! We expect beautiful fields of rye when we come! :)

  4. Smore's and shrimp all in one day? that's heaven to me. I hope nothing got damaged from the hail.


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