Hi, I'm Rebecca Harrop, Mifflin County Dairy Princess.
I think spring got a little sidetracked. Several people reminded me about the blizzard in March a few years ago. I don't remember exactly when it was because Rachel and I were pretty small. I just remember lots and lots of snow. Mom was worried Dad, Ernie Jr., and Ben wouldn't get home from the barn that night. It is the only time I ever remember Dad couldn't get to the barn for two whole days. It was so cool because after all the snow had finally been plowed and shoveled, our brothers helped Rachel and me build the biggest snowman we ever built. After they plowed the snow off the driveways around our house, the piles were so high, Rachel and I rode our sleds down the piles. We had so much fun.
Last week I was at a family night event at the Careerlink for the TIU No.11 group. I enjoyed talking to all the kids there. I also was talking to a former Juniata County Dairy Princess. She was very nice. All former dairy princesses I speak with all say the same thing. It is an experience they truly enjoyed and influenced the rest of their lives. I know it is an experience I am enjoying.
I also saw Jean and Carrie Ehrenzellar there as well as Chris. I was at Armagh and East Derry for third grade visits. I will be at Brown, Union, and Buchanan yet this week. Next week I will be at Lewistown, Highland Park, and Sacred Heart third grades.
I attended the farm bureau meeting and I also attended the Land 'o Lakes meeting.
We have the 4-H kick-off event Sunday, April 3, at the Carousel Skating Rink from 4:45 to 6:45. If you know any children interested in 4-H, encourage them to come and learn about 4-H and have some fun skating at the same time.
April 4 is the Ag Technology tour for all the seventh grades in Mifflin County.It is like the third grade farm tour, but is geared more toward the scientific end of farming.
Kish View farm and the David C. Yoder farm are the host farms. Both farms have some of the newest farm technology available in use. Hopefully, the tour will give the students a better appreciation of the modern farm.
This week's recipe is for a dish that can be used for breakfast, brunch or an evening meal. Add a garden salad and a glass of milk for a complete dinner meal.
Spicy Italian Sausage Pie
1 (9-in.) refrigerated or frozen pie crust
1 pound spicy Italian sausage, casings removed
3/4 cup roasted red pepper, cut into strips
1/2 cup red onion, thinly sliced
1/2 teaspoon dried basil and oregano
Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
2 cups Wisconsin mozzarella or provolone cheese, shredded
1/2 cup Wisconsin parmesan or asiago cheese, grated
1/2 cup whole milk
Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Place crust in 9-inch pie pan. Prick bottom of crust with fork. Line crust with foil. Bake 10 minutes. Remove from oven; remove foil. Return to oven until crust is golden brown, about 7 minutes. Cool slightly. Heat large saute pan over medium heat. Add sausage, crumbling well. Cook through. Add peppers, onions, herbs and pepper; cook until onions are translucent, stirring occasionally, about 10 minutes. Spoon sausage mixture into pie shell. Sprinkle with mozzarella and parmesan cheeses. Whisk eggs and milk in bowl. Pour over sausage mixture. Bake until egg mixture is set, puffed and golden, about 25 to 30 minutes. Cool slightly before slicing.