“I’m late! I’m late for a very important date!” exclaimed the White Rabbit from Alice in Wonderland.
So are we.
Late Corn Harvest
We planted late. We are harvesting late. You know why. One word. Rain. After the last post, it started to rain. A lot! Four inches in two days. So we had to wait some more!
After things dried out a bit, a decision was made to combine some corn before beans. The corn plants are sagging. The additional rain hasn’t helped our cause. Usually grain wagons are parked throughout the cornfield so the combine can unload at convenient spots. Fields are too wet to support the weight of the grain wagons. The wagons are instead parked in driveways of cornfields. These driveways are designed to hold more weight. Being a small farmer may be an advantage. Our equipment is smaller and put less weight on the soggy fields. Kinda like driving a Honda Fit instead of a Lexus LX. Zippy instead of drippy!
The Harvest Begins!
As soon as the corn plants dry out, usually around 10 am, the combining begins and doesn’t end until late at night. Our corn has tested around 23 percent moisture. Not that great, but this train needs to leave the station.
Bad weather is in store again. We feel sorry for North Dakota, with over one foot of snow predicted.
We instead will get…rain. Again.
Apple Pie Pork Chops
Today’s recipe is Apple Pie Pork Chops. This is a 1980’s crockpot recipe. When you are running hard, who has time for cooking? Use a gallon zip lock bag to mix ingredients instead of a bowl and spoon. I really recommend a quick sear of the pork chops to seal in flavor. The next step is to throw everything else in that bag and mix it with your hands.
Dump it all on top of the chops and then run out the door! At the end of a long day you’ll be pleased to eat a meal that didn’t require that much work.
Apple Pie Pork Chops
Tools you’ll need:
1 gallon zip lock bag
Skillet to sear chops
1 can apple pie filling
1 t. cinnamon
½ t. ground cloves
½ t. allspice
2 packages Stove Top (I use chicken flavor)
1 can chicken broth
4 T. butter-cut into pieces
4-6 pork chops-dredged in flour
Sear the chops in oil. Mix the rest of the ingredients in a 1 gallon zip lock bag. Dump this mixture on top of chops in crockpot. Cook on low 6 hours.