Haykid Summer

Haykid Summer

Summer is for hay. When Dad is out in the field, we try to have some fun when we visit and take a meal. I love that the girls get to experience this life and see that every part of farming and ranching is important.

On this particular day, he just finished up with a job and started stacking the bales in rows for a client to pick up. The girls got to hop on the tractor with him and help him for a bit and LOVED it. They will be out there in no time.

Afterwards we let them run across the rows for awhile and it brought back a lot of memories of my cousins and I doing the same at that age. I mean, are you even a Farm/Ranch kid if you’ve never done that?

Long live summer and unplugged, rural childhoods.

BBQ Chicken Spuds

BBQ Chicken Spuds

I made these glorified baked potatoes last night and they were a hit! It was super easy and didn’t require a ton of cleanup or make a mess. I’ll gladly carry the title of “Queen of the Crockpot” because it’s my most used kitchen appliance. No shame in my game, y’all. You can make about anything in those and I’d love to hug whoever came up with the genius invention. I’m convinced it was a farm or ranch wife.

If you are needing to feed a crew, I highly recommend these spuds. A few chicken breasts and a sack of potatoes can go along way, especially if you are trying to budget.

This is not a tractor friendly meal like his lunches and snacks are. Often times the girls and I will take Zack supper as that’s our only time together in the summer when hay is going on. Tailgate dinners have become our mobile kitchen table. I set up a little “fix it yourself” potato bar in the back of his truck for these.

Tip I learned from my mom: Cookie sheets are awesome for transporting. I also have a cooler bag I threw the “fixins” in that were already prepped in ziplock baggies. Get the squeezable sour cream and thank me later. Also, I have a container of plasticware, salt and pepper shaker, a roll of trash bags, and a package of baby wipes I leave in there. We always need them.

Feel free to click the download button to print this recipe off! You can also view my reels video on the Hayfield Meals instagram page.