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Chicken of the Woods

2 Jul

My son has a thing for mushrooms.  He has spent quite a bit time reading about them, and last year he started foraging for them.  He brought me a bunch of morels to prepare and preserve for him.  This year, he brought me more mushrooms to prepare for him.

He added some half-free morels and even a pheasant back mushroom.  I have to tell you, it smells like watermelon.  Seriously.

I did decide after frying all of those mushrooms that I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to make some delicious gravy.

As a vegetarian, I hardly ever have the makings for good brown gravy like when I was a kid.

It was delicious.  Anyhow, all of my son’s interest in mushrooms has me paying a bit closer attention.  Last week, when I was out making sure all the kids were with their moms in pasture, I saw a bright orange spot on my tree.  Closer inspection revealed this fun guy.

Chicken of the Woods

I sent the picture to my son and asked if he wanted it, and he told me yes; it was called chicken of the woods.  He stopped by on his way home, and we took the ladder out to pasture.  I held it while he climbed up and cut it off the tree.

I did some investigating on how to prepare it and consulted with some facebook friends, and finally I decided to bread it and deep fry it.  I did double dip in the flour and egg/milk pans to get it completely coated before putting it in the cracker crumbs.

I was a bit skeptical of it really tasting like chicken, but you know what.

It does.  It was pretty good.

I even made mine into a sandwich, and it was good.

I have the rest of it prepared and frozen because it’s supposed to be easy to store that way.

Now I hope I find more of them.

Weaning Woes or Not

1 Jul

I was a bit surprised when Cutie announced she wanted to come in and get milked.  Last year, I tried to wean her kid and milk her, but she threw such a hissy fit I had to give her daughter back to her and wait to start milking…twice.  Then I sold her kid, and she had no problems with letting me milk.

Cutie

This year she has two kids on her.  I decided if she wanted to get milked, I’d wean her kids and see how it went.  I put Addie on the front pasture, and I put Milo with Xerxes (since I sold Uno).

Milo

That evening Cutie came in and let me milk her. I’m not sure she let all of her milk down, but she did let me milk.

Cutie and Cinnamon–yes they are racing to see who gets milked first

Cinnamon won, but Cutie waited patiently for her turn.

When I went out later to shut the birds in for the night, I saw Addie with her mom.  I still don’t know how she escaped.  Now some goats with twins will not let one kid eat unless the other is there.  Other moms will let a kid nurse whenever.  I figured I would know which Cutie was in the morning and hoped I’d at least get Milo’s share of milk.  But Cutie is a both kids or none mom.  She had a full udder in the morning!

Addie is out in pasture with her mom.

Addie itching (Tilly front; Octavius middle, Myson and Cutie back)

She thinks she’s really special having escaped me.  I honestly don’t care who weans her–me or Cutie.

I’m guessing as long as Milo stays put, I’ll get to keep getting all of her milk!

“It’s not fair!” -Milo

Well, most of it.  The next evening after her escape it looks like Addie managed to skim two or three inches off my milk from Cutie.

I guess I can share until I manage to catch her again and figure out how to keep her weaned.  I’m actually okay with sharing for a little bit because Cutie, for some reason, is a lot harder for me to milk.

Wings

30 Jun

I am really enjoying the birds this summer.  You know there’s going to be bobolink pictures.

bobolink

Yep.  There were two males engaged in a little territory spat.

The juvenile eastern meadowlark was out there.

eastern meadowlark

The fritillary was enjoying the flowers in pasture.

fritillary

I noticed this nest of barn swallows.

Two days later when I went out, this little one was sitting on the floor beneath the nest.  After a couple of pictures, s/he flew off.

barn swallow

It looks like the rest of them are about ready to fly away too.

The recent rains have made it easy for the butterflies, including the admiral below, to find a drink.

admiral butterfly

I also saw a red-tailed hawk being mobbed by the blackbirds.

red-tailed hawk and red-winged blackbird

I captured my first black swallowtail of the season.

Lots of things flying around out there!