Tuesday, May 7, 2013

We have two new beautiful bucklings, Cumin & Sage.  Pepper had them at exactly 150 days of pregnancy, and she waited until we ran up to the house for a sandwich.  That'll teach us.  Cumin is brown with white splashes and frosted ears.  Sage is Black with brown markings and frosted ears.  They are the cutest things ever.

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Pig in Trouble

Poor Kielbasa the Pig went for a walk in the woods Sunday afternoon while we moved the electric fence. He got maybe 100 feet away and then came right back.
Sunday was warm, and after we got the fence all set up, Kielbasa started acting real sluggish. I thought he had probably gotten too hot and needed to cool off.
Yesterday, when I got home, he was covered in welts and obviously in a great deal of pain. He had been stung! I'm not sure by what, but he definitely stirred up a great big nest of them in the woods.
Luckily, you can give pigs Benadryl. I hid one in bread and he ate it, probably the first thing he had eaten all day. Within thirty minutes I could tell he was relaxing and he started eating and drinking. This morning, he was a lot better and hungry for his breakfast. He should be fine.
I hope this teaches him to be careful where he sticks his nose!

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Waiting some more...

After waiting all last summer for Pepper to give birth to the kids we realized she wasn't really pregnant with, we are finally waiting on actual kids. And waiting.

She started having contractions on Sunday. This being my first goat birth and not realizing what a drawn out ordeal this was going to be, I spent Sunday night at the barn. It's now Wednesday and we're still waiting. Pepper is showing all the signs: stomach dropping, tail sinking in, making a nest. I think she's starting to get a bit annoyed with the whole process too.

So we wait. Tomorrow is the full moon. Fingers crossed.

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Chilli Rellenos Casserole

MIL George loves Chili Rellenos, but I don't like dragging out the deep fryer on a weeknight. So when I came across a recipe in my Better Homes and Gardens cookbook, I was excited to try it. I added ground beef so the Carnivore would approve.
It turned out great and was pronounced a keeper by George.

Chilli Rellenos Casserole

1 lb ground beef
1 chopped onion
3 quartered green sweet peppers
2 cups shredded Pepper Jack cheese
6 eggs
1/2 cup milk
1 cup shredded cheddar
Salt and pepper

Sauté the beef and onions. Season well. Boil the pepper quarters for three minutes then remove, pat dry, and arrange in 9 by 13 casserole. Fill each pepper with meat and onion and cover with pepper jack. Mix eggs, milk and cheddar. Pour over and around peppers.

Bake for 15-20 minutes at 450, till brined and puffed.

Make a tomato sauce with Rotel and canned tomato sauce. Serve over Rellenos with sour cream.


Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Chicken Barracks

DH has built a wonderful mobile chicken barracks.  Our new flock of Polish and Sussex chickens were moved in on Sunday, so naturally the weather got nice and cold.  A few extra tarps and a heat lamp kept the birds nice and cozy.  This flock of chickens will get the prime job of keeping the garden bug free.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Watching the Birds

I love to watch the birds eating out of the birdfeeder in the backyard. We have a lot of Cardinals when the weather is cold. Aparantly, I'm not the only one watching.

The light wasn't very good, but that is one of our resident Red Tailed Hawks, keeping an eye on things. It started sitting in the field behind the house.

Then it moved right into the backyard on the pool fence.
The birds didnt seem to mind very much and kept munching away.
The blackbirds are called Brewers Blackbirds. I had never seen them before we moved here. They have intense bottle green feathers on their head and look amazing in the sunlight. I have to watch out for my cardinals though. Huge flocks of the blackbirds roost in our trees sometimes and drive the smaller birds away from the feeder.