29 Aug 2011 2 Comments
Jessica, our belty cow, greets us in the morning, eats sweet feed from a bucket, socializes with the herd for a bit, then disappears into the woods. If you’re not over here by 8AM, you’ll never see her. I’ve been leading her closer and closer to the barn when I feed her because winter’s coming and she needs to know it can provide shelter.
28 Aug 2011 1 Comment
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24 Aug 2011 7 Comments
Grandma used to prepare a leg of lamb with mint jelly. I liked the lamb but the mint jelly was gross so I never ever thought to look for cuts of lamb in the grocery store to prepare for my family. I think the green jelly haunted me. When we first moved here, I wanted to purchase local beef but didn’t know anyone who raised cattle. I did an internet search and all that came up was a local lamb producer. I decided to try some chops and ground lamb and it was delicious. We bought 3 sheep from him to start our own flock and he’s now a very good friend. He throws an annual event for his customers and friends, we had lamb prepared every which way. Whole roasted on a spit, lamb tenderloin tartare, smoked mutton, lamb meatball and pate sandwiches with pickled vegetables, lamb charcuterie, lamb hot dogs, lamb sausage pizza (with my goat cheese), lamb pastrami and bacon reubens, lamb tacos. And these are just the dishes I got photos of. It was a fantastic weekend of wonderful food. I’m full. And next time you’re out to dinner… try the lamb.
21 Aug 2011 4 Comments
Karakachans shed.. a lot. FiFi will sit for a treat and lets us pet her but she runs away when we try to put flea and tick medicine on her and absolutely wont’ be brushed. Oh well. She won’t win any beauty contests for that coat (but just might for that face).
20 Aug 2011 1 Comment
16 Aug 2011 4 Comments
Needlefelting is a craft that can result in some fantastic 3D objects. You use special barbed needles that sculpt wool fibers, basically by poking and poking them until they do your bidding (while stabbing yourself repeatedly). I’m just learning myself, but have received some fantastic needlefelted items in craft swaps. Here’s Bindi checking out her mini-me that we received from a Craftster named Mercedes, who also felted our tiny little Jenna. I’ve felted a few sheep, but still haven’t gotten the hang of the wire armature inside of the figure. Needlefelting a great take-along project. I like to play with it during down time at the farmers’ market, and always have to explain to folks what the devil it is I’m doing stabbing wool in my lap.
14 Aug 2011 5 Comments