In Hiding

HidingOur sheep congregate behind the barn when Jack’s after them.  I guess they’re thinking out of sight, out of mind.

It Kind Of Cooks Down

Spinach1 Spinach2We’ve been harvesting from the greenhouse.  Peas, carrots, beautiful golden beets and a laundry hamper half full of spinach that needs to get in the freezer for making spanikopita down the road.  I spent over an hour washing and deveining the spinach then blanching it in boiling water and dunking it into ice water and… came up with a total of two 6 ounce freezer cups half full.  If you buy frozen spinach and think wouldn’t it be nice to grow your own, don’t bother!  Although, it’s nice to have fresh spinach on hand for salads.

Ma!

Lamb cryingLambing has started up again.  We’ve had two within the last two days and think we’ve got one more to go.  This is Violet’s little lamb, just a few hours old searching for mom who was off having breakfast with the other ladies.  I can report that they were reunited.  All is well.

Cucumbers Already

CukesOur pickling cucumbers are already producing.  It’s going to be a banner year for dill pickles around here!

First Of The Season

AsparagusI’ve been casually checking our asparagus patch every morning and was delighted to find our first spear.  Yay!  Grilled asparagus risotto for dinner this weekend!

Thirsty

31Roy chats me up at the water cooler most every morning.  Usually about his plans for the day, which are typically similar to the prior day’s plans.  At least that’s what it sounds like to me.

What’s For Dinner?

P1 P2 P3 P4 P5 P6We had roasted and dried tomatoes in the freezer and microbasil growing in our sunroom so I decided to make a sauce by combining them with red wine, garlic, capers and shrimp.  Served over pasta with parmesan cheese.   It’s fun playing with ingredients!

Big Girl Feathers

27Our layer chicks will be able to be moved from the brooder soon.  Hopefully the hens won’t be mean to them!

Butthead

26When I saw the boo boo on 003’s face, I thought maybe FiFi was actually connecting when she snaps at him for trying to steal her dinner.   Then I noticed our other ram Andy has the exact same boo boo.  They are butting heads hard enough to break skin.  None of the ewes have blemished their pretty faces.  Must be a guy thing.  🙂

Future Lemons

24We still have a lemon or two in the fridge from our little citrus plants and they have started getting flowers again.  I picked up a few new dwarf citrus trees when I was in Florida last week, our tiny grove is expanding.  🙂

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