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It’s Too Cold Scavenger Hunt

5 Jan

Well, the first Scavenger Hunt Sunday of the year (topics in bold) brings the coldest temperatures of the winter so far.  We’re supposed to get down to -18*F overnight.

I’m surviving on a lot of comfort food.  I made vegetarian dumpling soup for lunch.

vegetable dumpling soup

Soup:
32 oz. vegetable stock
1 cup sliced celery
1 cup sliced carrot
1 cup peas
1/2 cup chopped onion
1 clove garlic, minced
1 tsp. parsley
1/4 tsp. leaf thyme
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper

Place the ingredients for the soup into a large pan and boil gently until the carrots are almost tender.  While it simmers, make the dumplings.

Dumplings:
1 cup flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. sage
1/2 cup milk

Mix the dumplings and drop by small spoonfulls into the boiling soup.  Simmer slowly for fifteen minutes, or until the dumplings are tender.

Because I live in the country, my town is really my barnyard family.  Everyone is pretty miserable in this cold, but most are holding their own. (Pictures were taken before it got this cold.  They are not dumb enough to be outside in the dangerous wind chills.)

goats in barnyard

I do worry about my old goats (starts with the letter g) and my young ones.  I have several wearing coats today, including Joe.  Hopefully it will be enough to keep them warm through the night.

Joani and Joe

Joani and Joe

All I’m doing today is looking out for animals, and trying to think warm thoughts.  I’m doing my photographer’s choice with those flowers I bought to pretend it’s spring.

flowers, candle and mirror

flowers

lily

Finally, some words to live by.  These really resonate with me.  I might also add, “and if you can actually help someone, that’s good too.”

harm none lily

Hope you all have a great week and manage to stay warm and safe if you’re in the path of this brutal cold.

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Who’s Expecting?

29 Dec

I really wish I could answer that question.  I put about twenty-four goats in with the bucks last fall to make spring break kids.  It’s  now that time when I’ll be putting the boys and girls together to have June babies.  I only want to put the ones that didn’t get bred before in with the bucks because that’s the easiest for me with doing chores.  I don’t know know who all is and isn’t bred though.

Clover

Clover

I know Clover isn’t bred.  I’ve seen her come back into heat.

Maggie

Maggie

I have no idea on Maggie.  She and Penny and Helen were the three I had no idea when they were due last summer, and I’m afraid I have no idea if any of the three are bred for spring break or if I should be putting them back in with the boys.

Star and Vixen

Star and Vixen

I still have Star and four other kids from last year to sell.  I’m not positive, but I think Vixen might be due over spring break.  At least I have a tentative date written down for her.

Sallie

Sallie

I haven’t seen Sallie in heat all fall, but she’s looking a bit full.  I think she might be expecting over spring break, but it’s just a guess.

Coffee

Coffee

I do know Coffee isn’t bred.  Marley, Myson and Bud have all quite regularly fallen in love with her.  I’m still milking her, but that will end when I put her in with Fionn to be bred for June.

Blaze

Blaze

I’m pretty confident Blaze is bred.  I’m guessing she might have triplets again this year.  I think her twin, Bonnie, will also have spring break kids.

Maisie

Maisie

I might just toss a coin for Maisie.  I have no clue if she’s bred for March or not.

Mary and Kizzy

Mary and Kizzy

I haven’t seen Mary in heat since she was with Fionn, so I think she’s expecting.  Thankfully, I’ve seen Kizzy come into heat quite regularly.  I really don’t want her getting bred through the fence again this year.  I think retirement is a much better plan for her.

Cinnamon

Cinnamon

Cinnamon is the other girl I’m milking that I’m certain is not bred.  She’ll get put in with Fionn too.  I think my third milking doe, Haley, might be bred, so I quit milking her.  I won’t guarantee it though.

Guess I’ll be doing a lot of guessing!  We’ll find out how accurate I was come March!

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Egg Nog Fudge

23 Dec

For some reason, I decided to try making some egg nog fudge a couple years ago, and I’m just now getting around to sharing it with you.  It is very egg noggy and very rich!

egg nog fudge

In a large pan measure out:

3 1/2 cups sugar
1/2 cup light corn syrup
1/2 cup margarine or butter

egg nog fudge

Add 1 1/4 cup egg nog.  I used my homemade goat’s milk egg nog using my grandmother’s recipe, but you can use purchased egg nog too.

homemade egg nog

Mix it thoroughly.

making egg nog fudge

Cook it over a medium heat stirring occasionally, just to keep it from sticking.

making egg nog fudge

When it reaches the soft ball stage (238* F) remove it from the heat.

soft ball collage

Add 1/4 teaspoon of nutmeg.

making egg nog fudge

After it has cooled to 110* F, beat it thoroughly.  Then spread it into an 8 x 8 baking dish that has been well-buttered.

egg nog fudge

After it has been thoroughly cooled, cut it.

egg nog fudge

You can take it out and let it dry a bit.

egg nog fudge

It’s sure to be a hit!

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