IN THE KITCHEN
Lo-Mein (click here for the recipe link) is one of my go to meals, I use as many seasonable garden fresh veggies as I can during the summer, frozen veggies from my garden during the winter. I always freeze snow and sugar snap peas, I really enjoy fixing something fresh from the garden during the cold days of winter, makes me appreciate all of the work we do during the warm months. Pizza crusts were made and frozen this week. I use our sun-dried tomatoes and frozen peppers on these, along with homemade cheese which was frozen during the summer. The freezer is a very important part of our meal planning.
As the snow was falling this week. I pulled a bag of frozen tomatoes and used them in chili, it was a good feeling to be peeling tomatoes from the garden as I watched the weather outside. I freeze tomatoes when I just do not have enough to can or time to can. I am now on a mission to get my freezer emptied before spring when it will be time to fill once again. This is one of the most difficult projects for me as I am always making something and adding the extra to the freezer.
My afore mentioned project seems to be an ongoing battle. I am using blackberries to make wine and veggies as often as possible. The peppers I froze last summer as just about to end.
While I was not doing my chores, I put the kefir grains on vacation. I have returned them to the everyday working to make kefir. Whenever I do this I think it takes a few days for the kefir to taste like it did before I stopped processing. So after about 7 days I am enjoying my kefir once again. I do prefer to work my kefir on a 2 day schedule as I like the punch. I think my salad dressing have more zip with the kefir being processed for 48 hours.
THE FIRST SNOW FALL OF THE YEAR/WINTER
THE FIRST SNOW FALL OF THE YEAR/WINTER
Boxwoods with top hats
I love how clean everything appears after the snow, then the melt begins and the mud appears. For me, a little dusting like this is a pleasure. It was so cold this time it hung around for several days.
Snow is not well received by the goats. They seem not to care for anything which falls from the sky. Belle has spent most of day trying to keep her front feet out of the snow, resting them on anything she could find. The barn is open and they could go in but then, being as curious as they are, how could they know what is going on. We went out, cut cedar and pine trees for them. The vegetation acts as a wormer and they seem to love pulling the bark from the trees. I love walking down to visit and the smell of cedar is in the air. I think of how good the house smelled when I was a child at Christmastime.
Scoot playing with Auntie Bell.
Scoot is enjoying her first snow fall.
Momma Duck with her 2 little ones.
Baby ducks born this past spring. They are enjoying their first snow fall, it is bath time in the fresh drinking water on a very cold morning. They are busy girls, the little ones are laying every day while Momma Duck lays at least 3 to 4 times a week.
All is well in the coop, the girls are slowly beginning to come out of winter molt and beginning to lay. The pullets have kept us in eggs through the winter. With the new pullets our eggs have gotten very colorful. Now we have olive eggers along with our other girls, this makes the eggs earth tones, greens, tans, lights browns and of course when all them are back on line, white and blue eggs.
IN THE GARDEN
Veggie seeds are on the table and some of them have been planted. Maybe too early but in the dead of winter you sometimes have to do something for the soul. Planting the seeds help me feel we are moving toward spring. The tunnel garden harvest is good chard, kale and lettuces. Cabbage plants are getting large, I am looking forward to some early cabbages.
I bombed the moles/voles with castor bean seeds in all of the tunnels I could find in the tunnel garden. Will it help? I don't know, but it was fun thinking maybe I might, just might win the one.
We are busy planning for the spring, trying new recipes, keeping the critters warm, watered and happy. Spring will come. Everything will begin anew, I find this excites me. Until then I shall continue dreaming about what the spring will bring.