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17 Sep

I have to share Myson–he’s always standing high up on something if he can.

Myson

He’s a big boy.  So is Moose.  And Maisie (Moose’s mom) is a big girl.

Myson, Moose, Maisie

I think Popcorn is going to be a big boy too, when he finishes growing up.

Popcorn

I am once again working on copper and hooves.  I swear that’s all I ever do.

Some goats are easy to do.  Others are a bit more difficult.  They spit out the capsule when I give it to them in a peanut.  They spit it out when I use the pill pusher.

Coral is easy; Sidney behind is difficult

I think I’m going to have to lasso and tie LilyAnn to get her hooves done.

The chickens are always ready to come out when I open the door in the morning.

They were especially happy this morning because I didn’t get around to canning the tomatoes I picked, so the chickens got them as a treat.

Beautiful sunset over the barnyard.

I’m finally finished with the onions in the garden.  A bunch got chopped and frozen with this handy gadget.

The rest dried well and I’ll just use them.

I still have a few potatoes, and I’ve started harvesting the fall squash.

Needless to say, I’m still quite busy.

Carrot Cake

30 Aug

Just before I nearly impaled myself, I had pulled some carrots.  Now, if you know me, you know I like to turn my veggies into delicious desserts.  In this case, I thought it might help the eye heal too.  You know, carrots are supposed to be good for the eyes.  Anyhow.  I made a carrot cake.

I like easy, so mix everything together:

  • 3 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 Tbsp. cinnamon
  • 1/2 Tbsp. ground ginger
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 4 cups grated carrot
  • 1 cup chopped walnut
  • 1/2 cup oil
  • 1 1/2 cups honey
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla

Pour it into a greased 9×13 cake pan and bake ate 350°F until a toothpick comes out clean (about 50 minutes).

I used a traditional cream cheese frosting for it.

Even if it didn’t help my eye heal, it tasted pretty darn good!  It was so good that I grated enough for another cake and froze it.

In other news, I still have no electricity in my house, but we’ve cooled down enough that I took Rocky back over and am sleeping there at night.  I have to admit, I am starting to be a bit anxious to have my electricity restored.

Garden and Canning

25 Aug

After the storm hit and mom went to the hospital, I really just wanted thing to be normal.  I’m not sure I remember what normal is anymore, but I decided I was going to can the tomatoes that were getting really ripe on my counter.

Even though I didn’t have hot water, I figured I could can some cold pack tomatoes.

I also went to the garden to see if any Habanero peppers were ready.  They were!

I checked the rest of the garden.  Lots of walnut limbs all throughout the garden.  The worst of the damage was to my bell peppers.  The plants were just finally started to look good and get some peppers with the cooler weather.

Now I’m not sure I’ll get any.  The luffa gourds also took a hit.  I don’t know if the will finish or if they will rot.

Anyhow, I picked more tomatoes.

Then I canned another batch of salsa for my son.

salsa for my son

I decided to just keep canning.  It seemed normal.  I did another four quarts of cold pack tomatoes.  Then I decided to do a vegetable soup.

All the vegetables except the celery came from my garden.

It made the whole house smell amazing!

Since I had dug one hill of potatoes for the soup and got such nice ones, I decided to dig three more hills.  I tried a base of cream of potato soup with them.

I did have one jar that didn’t seal, so I had to try it out.  I was pleasantly surprised with the results.

Then I switched back to tomatoes.

I did two more batches of roasted tomato sauce.

From Wednesday through Sunday I canned almost constantly.  It kept me busy enough that I could almost pretend things were normal.