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January 2011

Last day of January 2011

.The last day of January.Already, seems like this year just started. The sun is shining beautifully. But this is  the calm before the storm. Supposedly we have several winter fronts headed towards us. These snow storms are calling for feets of snow not inches.
after a few more household chores I guess I am headed to go get more hay. the horses and cows are getting very expensive this year.
Just placed my little triplet goats for sale.. I need to not get attached to everything and make this a self supporting farm,, but their so cute....
Not alot going on today but work, the wood stove are keeping everything toasty. I would love to stay home today and make bread but I believe that will wait til tomorrow. If I get lucky Rob will bring the big truck home tonight and i wont have to go out again. My dream is to stay home as much as possible and work with what we are able to grow and make  here.
 
This year at the farm will also  find more variety of birds . I have put my order in for turkeys, guinea hens and ducks. I am hoping to raise each breed in order to sell eggs from the ducks and to at some point raise my turkeys to replace the ones we eat each year.
The farm stand will be back up and going as soon as weather permits and the snow is gone enough to have things on it that wont freeze.
 
Weaning the babies off  Daisy starting tomorrow, doing it on February 1, so I can remember the dates. Going to make a new redneck items soap on a rope. We are trying to think of ways to recycle our baling twine, well what a better idea than  soap on a rope  and the rope be baling twine.
Making up new batches of laundry soap and selling it on the web site also. Will post  pictures when ready.
 
Well hay detail is calling me better get busy. Thanks for stopping by.
 God Bless and have a wonderful day
 
Donna
simplefarmgirl
 

Sunday January 23,2011

The mountain is bright and sunny. But the temperatures  outside say something different from a  heat wave. The highs today will be roughly, um,, not warm, sun shining on the therometer and it reads maybe 14 above zero. Highs in the mid teens is not high. But will feel like a heat wave compared to tomorrow. It is a blessing to see all the animals running around with a beautiful thick winter coat.
Will be restocking the hay in the rabbit cages later so they will stay toasty warm tonight as-25 with wind chill hits.
I dont believe at those temps to many cars or truck even equipment will start with out help.
 
I have Hailey today my #3 grand daughter, she will be 9 in July. We are doing some house cleaning and laundry. as I type this , she is combing out the mane to her my little pony.
Teaching her how to make laundry soap later and we will be putting  it in containers to sell on the web site, so check it out.
The cook stove is finally going wonderfully and  has heated up the  main floor nicely. A wonderful chicken stew and dumpling will be made for suppa. We will make cookies after the soap is done. Need to keep this child occupied. LOL
 
Want to finish up some quilt tops today and get them on the site. Need to start having this farm support itself.
 
Chickens are starting to lay again, which is a blessing, theres nothing more frustrating than buying nasty store bought eggs.
I pray you all stay warm during this cold snap.
Hot coffee and seed catalogs are always a wonderful  way to relax on a Sunday afternoon. I try real hard  not to work to hard after all it is the Lords Day.
 
I do believe its time for me to get busy again and put the chicken on to parboil.
I hope you all have a wonderful day and stay in where its warm. Remember to  check on the neighbors to make sure they are ok. Check the animals who have to stay outside,, dry bedding and extra hay and water help their bodies stay warm and produce heat.
 
God Bless
 
Donna
 
simplefarmgirl
 

January 21,2011

Another cold blustery day in the neighborhood. Another snow storm has come, dropped way to much snow and left us in awake of snow drifts and snow clouds every time the wind blows a gust off the barn.
I didnt want to spend much time outside today at all. I have been fighting this cold that keeps getting pasted back and forth around. I am all set I dont want it. Nick finally feels better which is a plus.
 
Well yesterday i was suppose to post a few recipes and I just didnt get to it. So today here it goes. The first one is from my Prairie Home Cooking -Cook Book
 
TAKE-TO-THE-PICNIC FRIED CHICKEN
                    serves 4-6
1 --- 3-4 lb chicken, cut up,with breast cut in half on the bone
Juice of 2 lemons
10 garlic cloves, minced
1 tablespoon salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
1 1/2 qts vegetable oil, for frying
 
FOR THE BREADING
 
3 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 cup granulated garlic
2 tablespoon salt
1/2 tablespoon black pepper
 
 
1. Rinse the chicken pieces well, pat them dry, and place them in a large stainless steel or porcelain bowl.
In a mortar and pestle or in a small bowl, make a paste of the lemon juice, minced garlic salt,pepper and rub the paste over the chicken.
Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours.
 
2. Bread the chicken: Combine the flour, granulated garlic and salt,pepper in a paper or plastic bag. Shake the bag to mix up the flavors evenly.
place 1 or 2 pieces of chicken in the bag and shake until well coated with the breading. Repeat until all pieces are coated.
 
3. Heat the oil to a temperature of 350 degrees in a large pan or pot. Fry the chicken pieces, in small batches, turning frequently, until pieces  begin  to float. Remove with slotted spoon and drain it on absorbent paper.
serve hot or at room temperature.
 
 
OLE-FASHION PAN FRIED CHICKEN AND GRAVY
                     serves 4-6
 
FOR THE CHICKEN
 
1 pint of buttermilk
1-----2 1/2 to 3 lb chicken, cut up, with breast cut in half on the bone, or 6 chicken breast
1 cup all purpose flour
2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 cup lard or vegetable oil
 
FOR THE GRAVY
 
1/4  to 1/2 cup all purpose flour
1/2 cup milk
Salt and Pepper to taste
 
 
 
 
1. Pour the buttermilk in to a bowl, add the chicken pieces, and toss gently til well coated.
Marinate the chicken, covered  in the refrigerator for 1 hr over night
 
2. Preheat the oven to 200 degrees. Combine the flour,salt,pepper in a paper or plastic bag. Pat the chicken pieces dry and place  or 2 pieces at a time in the bag.
Shake the bag til the pieces of chicken are coated.
Transfer the pieces to a rack   for 5 to 10 minutes. Repeat  process til all pieces of chickens are coated.
 
3. Heat the lard or the oil in a lidded cast-iron skillet over medium heat. When oil is hot, put the chicken pieces in it  3 or 4 at a time.
Cover the skillet(keep the grease from spattering), pan fry the pieces, turning them occasionally, for 15 to 20 minutes, until they are brown on all sides and cooked through.
Transfer the cooked pieces to a heat proof plate and keep warm in the oven.
Continue until all of the pieces are cooked.
 
4. Make the gravy: drain all but 1/4 cup of the drippings in the skillet through a sieve in to a bowl. Return the browned bits in a sieve back to the skillet  and heat back on medium heat. Whisk in 1/4 cup of flour or more if necessary to make a paste. Cook mixture, whisking frequently, until it browns. When it reaches a medium brown, pour in 1 cup of water and whisk constantly until mixture comes smooth and thick. Whisk  in the milk and cook for  about 2 minutes more, or until gravy is heated through. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
Transfer the gravy to a gravy boat and the chicken pieces to a serving platter and serve
 
 
 
JUST SOME ALL TIME FAVORITE RECIPES WE HAVE ENJOYED
Hope you all enjoy them. Tomorrow I will find time to post the laundry soap  recipe and post pictures.
 
have a great day
 
God Bless
 
Donna
 
simplefarmgirl
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

January 18th,2011

 HAPPY BIRTHDAY ANDREW,,big # 9.
We are under another snow warning. Lucky us. It started snowing here a little after 6am, we already have an inch or better.
Took Rob to work this morning, now wondering if I will have to go pick him up,,, I am praying he brings the big truck home.
I have brought Sami's bed home this morning now she has her own bed and wont be on the couch any more. Lost my craft/sewing room in the process. But in the long run its better.
I have alot of arranging to do now in my bedroom since 1000's of yards  of fabric have now been moved up stairs. Bad part is i cant sew now at night if Rob is watching tv, the sewing machine will drive him nuts. LOL Hmmmmmmm! Oh I will be nice.
 
We got the round feeder all put together last night, I think  I left half my finger tips out there  stuck on the bolts like a tongue on a flag pole. But the hay is now contained, not  that it will last longer but at least  wont be flying all over the  round pen and out across the driveway.
Its time to finish loading up everyone with extra water and fill a few barrels just in case we loose power. Safer than sorrier I say.
 
I havent gotten the cook stove going yet but thats next on my list. I need to go cut up some fire wood that is to long for the stove. Think pork roast and sauerkraut, boiled potatoes and green beans. Can cook everything right on the stove and the smell will be awesome all day.
 
Well i am off of here for awhile, you can find me on face book. So glad you stopped by. Leave me a comment, sign the guest book, just say hello.
Stay safe
 
God Bless
 
Donna
 
simplefarmgirl
 

January 17,2011

As I got up this morning I looked out my bed room window which just happens to face Mt.Cardigan. The moon was big and bright at 3:30 am. There was a slight breeze and just from the tone of it, you knew it was cold outside. Coffee started as i came down stairs just a little earlier than normal, smelt so good. One of the best smell first thing in the morning.
Of course checked out Facebook to see what had happen while i was sleeping and to see how much fun people had had with out me.
Weather reports still informing us of a pending storm coming Tuesday. Not that we need another 5-10 inches of snow, but I sure would rather have the snow than sleet and freezing rain and ice.
So after  stoking the wood stoves up and warming up up just a little, that wood furnace in the basement  has made a world of difference in this house. Today has found me running Rob to work and then to Walmart to pick up  a few things and restock some stuff in the pantry. Tractor supply company to buy a round bale feeder, the to Mr. Fifes to see about getting some round bales of hay. The feeder has to be dug out, and a friend is going to bring it   to Bristol for me and I will meet her, the round bales  have been loaded and unloaded  off my truck, one sits in the barn and the other next to the round pen for the horse and cows, so when Rob gets home he can drive the tractor and load it and place it in the feeder.
I am having a hard time this week missing Anthony, its been 2 weeks since I got to hold his hand and read him stories, just a little gramma sadness. Did buy him new socks and underwear today, so we can work on potty training  when he ever gets to come back.
Need to go to the sewing room and figure out where to move things so Samantha can have a bedroom back. This way she has some privacy and  doesnt have to sleep on my couch.
Sitting looking out the front window the sun is shining so brightly  you would never know its so cold out.
The triplets are out running around and  it is just a joy to watch them prance around and twist and jump. Yesterday I let the sheep out and it was so funny to watch them run after Rob, but it was like they were dancing behind him, he kept looking out of the corner of his eye at them. I will let all of them out in a bit, to get exercise for the day.
 
The hamburger is thawing to make chinese pie tonight for supper.
Laundry to do, need to make another batch of soap, so I must get off this thing and get busy.
 
I pray you all stay safe and Thank you for stopping by and reading about my day.
Thank you for letting me share it with you.
 
God Bless
 
Donna
simplefarmgirl

January 16,2011 Blessed Sunday

What a wonderful Sunday Morning. we wake to a new coating  of snow, as we call it another plowable dusting. The thermometer reads 25, I thin its lying to me. I know there has to be a wind chill factor in there since I am watching the snow swirl around like a tornado out there.
Lots to do today, going to tow  to get grain for the kritters and pick up exercise equipment for Rob. Then home to find a place to put it. Lots of sewing to do today.  I need to find away to bring a larger income into the farm during the winter months.
 
Today will find me sewing more quilts, I have 12 tops done ,, now to just sit and do the backings and tye them off to place on here for sale. I did  find 5 more hats that I  had done earlier last spring , after picture uploaded they will be on here. Still working on mittens.
Tomorrow after taking Rob to work, I will go pick up a round bale of hay for the cows and horses, possibly make several trips just to get a couple ahead.
 
I have rearranged some shelving to  make more room in sewing room  for fabric to be placed on, so I can use the table for cutting, and tying the quilts on, instead of the kitchen table.
 
At some point today indeed to bake a blueberry pie and  make a nice stew for supper. Thinking chicken and dumplings, havent had that in awhile. The feel of the cookstove warm the floor  nicely so cooking is a double blessing on it.
 
But for now I must get busy and finish chores, run and do errands, and get back to work.
 
If you have any comments or ideas of thing to sell on the farm, things you would like to see drop me a note either on here or even my face book page, always up for new ideas.
 
Have a Blessed Sunday
Smile you just might be the one to be Blessed
 
Donna
simplefarmgirl
 
 
 

January 11,2011

GOOD morning from the farm. The ground was covered in a sparkly and twinkling new coating of snow. The shine from the barn light made everything twinkle. It was very pretty and calmly. But knowing what is coming tonight into tomorrow  made enjoying the peacefulness of it nice. Tomorrow at this time we should be getting 6-10 inches of new stuff. Well thats the forecast at this minute,yesterday we were at the 2-5 inches range. Which I enjoyed the thought of so much more.
Today will find me, making sure everyone has enough bedding and feed to get them through the night and parts of tomorrow in case we loose power. Al water tubs will be  filled to the brim and rabbits will have extra water dishes.  I always seem to over prepare,but better safe than sorry. Ya never know if a blizzard actually hits if you'll be able to get outside for the night feedings. So I always  feed heavy and the day before and make sure there is extra  for the next day. The goats wont like being locked up but its for their own safety.
They are saying 1-2 inches an hr sometimes so with wind we could loose power also , stocking up on extra water and making sure all wood boxes are fill ed and ready to go.
I myself enjoy it when we loose power, it gives me a chance to sit and do hand work I never take time for other wise.
 Maybe a nice stew simmering all day will add a country homey feel to the snow outside also. Today will be corn beef and cabbage. It will start simmering shortly on the cook stove. We are very blessed to have that stove. I didnt have the gas one even hooked up  for the winter,we need the wood heat and this supplies my cook stove also.After cleaning the rental and stacking wood there, I will come home and work on 2 lap quilts that need to be tied off and  be ready for sale on the web site. Time to finish mating socks and get ready to venture outside, the bread will rise a little longer before I punch it down for the second time. Later this  afternoon will be cake and brownies for dessert. Maybe strawberry shortcake also.
For now from the sunny shine of the mountain have a great day

January 08,2011

January 08,2011 First posting of the New Year. It has been snowing here on and off post off the day. Very glad it hasnt amounted to anything. The goats have gotten all out today prancing around,jumping and dancing around.
It is precious to watch the triplets jump and explore all things new to them. In a few more months they will start having more babies. Although I think Amelia will give birth first she is the sheep.
The chickens enjoy getting out  scratching around in the snow today looking for that special treat. (dont think much was found). The pigs have been placed on craigslist for sale. have had several people interested but no one has shown up with the money yet. few more months and I will just sell them as roaster pigs and they will cost twice as much. The cows are enjoying the  pleasure of being down close to the house. They now share the round pen with the horses.
Chores have become so much easier now I bought a 300 gallon water tank I can slide in and out of the bed of my pickup , we fill it half way up with warm water twice a day and everyone gets all the water they can handle. No more 5 gallon buckets. I am happy. Its been very nice having Deanna here this weekend. She is in the sewing room working on a pillow. She made cookies today. Growing up so fast she will be 13 on March 21.
The cook stove is making the kitchen toasty warm with steak beat to a pulp filled with spinach and cheese is baking in the oven, mashed potatoes and spinach for suppa has everyones mouth watering with the smells. Apple pie and ice cream is for dessert in.
Today we had a nice visit from friends Tim and Karen. Karen is going to be making us our new farm sign. She does an excellent job painting. She brought me some  homemade yogurt today with goats milk. Cant wait to try it, thinking maybe with peaches mixed in. yumyum
 
Tomorrow will be bread making and cake baking day, to get dessert ready for this coming week.
 
we pray you all have Blessed week and thank you so very much for stopping by our web page. Stop by again, leave us a comment, suggestions of things you would like to see. I am thinking of starting a weekly recipe post. Some helpful hints from a country point of view.
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