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Things to Do

21 Jun

I long ago figured out I’ll never be caught up on the farm, but I do keep trying to make improvements and at least move in the right direction.  There are several things on my need-to-do list for this summer (preferably this week).  I already had the weed patch where the magnolia tree used to be on my list.

There’s actually a lily blooming in that mess of weeds

Since we had rain (a glorious rain) on Sunday, there’s still more yard work.

Honestly, I’m still trying to clean up from the derecho also. I could stand there and just watch my yard turn back to green from the brown it had been.  And I finally got me a push mower, so I can try to mow under the plum tree and lilac bushes and closer to the fences.

Of course, I’m still checking my pregnant goats.

Sidney

Sidney and Moira are both due this week.

Moira

I also still need to clean the bedding out of my garage.  I’m embarrassed to admit it’s still there, but it’s been a hectic spring.  I know. They all are, so that’s no excuse.

Anyhow, I’m milking Astra, and she is giving me enough that I have to do something with it, but not enough that I want to jump into cheese making mode yet.

Astra

That means I’ve been freezing it in cubes.

I don’t have a lot of soap left, and it’s been ages since I  made any.  Between the farmer’s market shutting down and the pandemic shutting everything else down, I put that on the back burning.  Now that I have milk, it’s time to make soap.  Hopefully, people will buy it.

One of the first things on my to-do list is making something with the cherries from my tree. The tree might be finally recovering from too many years of yard goats.  I’m thinking jam.

One thing I’d like to have on my list is fixing my chicken and peacock pen.  The top on half of it is ripped up and still has a huge limb from the derecho hanging through it.

I’m sure Mr. Peacock and the hens would like to have this space back.  And my free-range hen would probably like to get back over there so she can sneak out and free-range again.

I just don’t even know how to go about fixing it.

Cherry Cheese Bars

8 Feb

Since I’m down to three hens and the Nugget, I’m not really getting eggs.  My sister brought me some eggs from her farm, and since she can’t eat them, she also brought a dozen turkey and duck eggs.

That dog better not get any taller!

That means I decided to bake.  I also wanted to use some of the cherries from my freezer because they are getting old.

I also love the idea of baking with my chevre (goat cheese).

That means I created cherry cheese bars.  (Don’t worry, I’ve translated the recipe into normal people baking.)

Start by making your cherry pie filling (or getting a can).  I didn’t really use a recipe, but it was about 3/4 of a quart bag of frozen cherries, 3/4 cup of sugar, a teaspoon of vanilla and 2 Tablespoons of cornstarch.  Then I cooked until it was thick and bubbly.  Set that aside.

Make your cheese by mixing thoroughly:

  • 1 cup of chevre (or cream cheese)
  • 2 Tbsp sugar
  • 1 tsp. lemon juice
  • 1 tsp. vanilla

Turkey on the left; chicken on the right

Set that aside and make your batter.  Of course I had to use the turkey eggs for the fun of it.

Cream together

  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 1/2 cup sugar
  • 4 eggs (I used 2 turkey eggs)

Add and mix

  • 1 1/2 tsp. vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 3 cups flour

Spray a 9 x 13 baking pan and spread most of the batter on the bottom.  To spread it, I had to spray my hands with no-stick spray and pat it down.

Spread the cherry filling over the top.

Dot the remaining batter over the top.  Fill the spaces up with the cheese mixture.

Bake at 350*F for 45 minutes.

Delicious!

I’m glad I still have a lot of cherries in my freezer.  I certainly want to make this one again!

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First Day of Summer

20 Jun

My first day of summer was spent working in the garden.

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I took my tiller/cultivator in to my dad, and he helped me get it running smoothly.

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When I uncovered the tomatoes I had planted earlier, I actually found I had little tomatoes on them!

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In between cultivating and pulling weeds, I’d take breaks.  On one of those, I found a cooperative butterfly!

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Where did I find such a lovely pasture with this butterfly?

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Remember, my yard is currently pasture for Sam and Xerxes.  At least my fence is working to keep the boys out of the garden.

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They also couldn’t get to the cherry tree, so I picked a gallon of cherries today.

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Now I need to clean them and make some jams to sell for the markets.

I hope you’ll come back to join me for Friday’s Hunt this week.  The items for the week are at the top of my side bar.