Farm Fresh Food

I wanted to be a vegetarian when I was six and first found out where meat came from, but it seemed that there was no such thing as vegetarianism in my family.  I read a teen magazine at the age of twelve that indicated that there was such a thing as vegetarianism.  I was so excited. …

The Odd Chick Out

Let’s play a game, “Which one doesn’t belong?”  I think I used to watch that game on Sesame Street.  This game involves small puppet like creatures as well.  The three Cuckoo Marans that I brought home were very tiny and adorable.  The smallest melted my heart from the get go.  She was smaller than the…

Red Chile Sauce….yes please!

When I first moved out of the house, I thought all things came packaged.  Oh wait, they did.  I bought all packaged food items.  I told my Aunt Donna that I loved alfredo sauce.  I told her a really good brand.  She said, “Oh, I just make it myself.  It is so easy and tastes…

Keep Calm and Start a Farm

I nabbed this off of Facebook.  Such a glorious poster!  I’d like to greatly enlarge it and plaster a main wall with it just to keep me focused.  I tend to overthink every situation, worry about every possible scenario, plan not only Plan A, but Plans B, C, D, and parts of E.  I am a…

Early Crops for Spring

“Take me home, country roads, to the place…I belooongg!”  I was belting out my favorite John Denver song while tilling the sweet ground.  The few inches of leaves (from my neighbor’s trash last fall) and compost that I put on before the fierce winter weather did the ground good.  It is dark and fragrant.  The…

Our Future Goat

Well, we found them.  The cutest goats in the world.  It’s been a long journey.  We pulled into the driveway and could hear them.  The incessant bleating of babies wanting to be picked up and given a bottle!  What we encountered was a large pen of Pomeranian-sized infants with little round feet, big eyes, and…

Chicken Roommates

The partying had been going on all night.  It was getting old.  The teenagers had spilled drinks everywhere, were screaming and laughing, and were destroying the place.  The human teenagers determined this had to stop.  It was time to put the chicks outside.  (Daffodil and Daisy) Last year when we decided to get chicks, we…

Candle Making…in scavenged vessels

Candle making, a true farmgirl skill.  We go through a lot of candles here, to make the house smell nice and to read by, so sometimes it is nice to supplement with ones I have made.  I think various molds would be fun to try, tapers and tea candles and such, but without all of…

Goats in the Kitchen (and homemade chevre)

Not in my kitchen, though that would be fun!  My cats would wonder what kind of odd dog I had brought home this time, and Bumble, the greyhound, would have thought he had a new playmate. I went to Nancy’s house for an impromptu lesson on cheese and butter making.  The snow was falling softly…

Mamacita!…Make Me Some Tortillas

Delicious, easy tortillas…smothered in red chile, or used as a scoop for hot pinto beans.  Made into a quesadilla, buttered and salted and eaten as a snack, the way of the tortilla is endless and so worth the effort.  Homemade tortillas taste nothing like their cardboard equivalent, sitting idly by on the shelves of your…