29 Dec 2011 Leave a comment
Filling the hay ring with hay has kept our cow Jessica from getting inside again. It hasn’t, however, stopped the goats. Don’t they have guilty looks on their little faces? The sheep are saying ‘move your fat ass, Hermione’.
28 Dec 2011 1 Comment
Christmas this year for my parents and daughters included a Cafepress calendar made from Missing Willow Farm photos, one per month. Come on…aren’t they awesome? They arrived in plenty of time to assure they make it to their destinations by Christmas, and they did. Unfortunately, Cafepress sent this year’s photos with last year’s calendar. Epic fail! I’ve received replacements and will get them in the mail asap.
27 Dec 2011 Leave a comment
25 Dec 2011 4 Comments
Claire’s home, the gate’s locked, there are cinnamon rolls in the oven and red rooster (cranberry orange vodka slushies) in the freezer. Merry Christmas from Bindi, Jenna, Milos, FiFi, Jessica, Hermione and the goats, Beatrice and the sheep, Nugget and the chickens, Brian and me!
24 Dec 2011 8 Comments
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19 Dec 2011 3 Comments
Thanks so much for the good wishes for Jenna’s recovery. She stares longingly in the direction of the pasture when we take her outside but it’s going to be a while before we let her go. At least not until her stitches come out. I’ve been giving her lots of dog treats and cooked eggs. Brian fussed at me for spoiling her so I started adding dog food to her omelets. :-)
Since it’s close to Christmas, I thought I’d share something you could whip up for last minute gifts or just for snacking. Peppermint bark is the holiday staple of Williams-Sonoma. They sell it for $27 and are currently out of stock. For about $4 you can make your own. It takes just four ingredients: a bag of white chocolate chips, a bag of dark or milk chocolate chips, 1/2 teaspoon of peppermint extract and 4 broken candy canes (smack them with a rolling pin). I line a 10 inch pie pan with plastic wrap (makes it really easy to remove) and start with my dark chocolate chips. They go into a bowl in the microwave for 30 seconds at a time, stirring after every ‘zap’ until completely melted. The melted chocolate gets spread on top of the plastic wrap. Go find something to do for about 45 minutes while the chocolate hardens. Once it’s set, move on to the white chocolate chips. Zap them in the microwave the same way you did the dark chocolate. Once melted, stir in 1/2 teaspoon of peppermint extract. Spread on top of the dark chocolate and sprinkle on the broken candy canes. Allow it to harden then cut into chunks. You know you want some.
16 Dec 2011 8 Comments
Jenna started limping a few days after Thanksgiving, she refused to put any weight on one of her hind legs. Her vet took x-rays and found a tumor on her knee. He set us up with a canine oncologist in NC, here she is waiting for the doctor to arrive to check her out. Her biopsy came back as a rare and slow spreading form of bone cancer. She said there was no evidence it had spread and that she would be much more comfortable without the leg and has a good prognosis. Her surgery was yesterday and she’s home this morning. I think she’s taking it much better than I am. I made her scrambled eggs for breakfast, those chickens better keep cranking them out because I am so very going to spoil her during her recovery.