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Monthly Archives: December 2013

Little Help Holiday Recipe

Easy.  Fast.  Kid-Friendly.  Healthy.  Best snack ever!

I kid you not, the nutritionist at Hy-Vee said you could eat as much of this chocolate as you want.  So of course I bought the two ingredients necessary to make this snack, and upon discovering my children can make this almost completely on their own, we have made it for five different events.

It’s nutritious, fast, easy and kid-friendly.

Best. snack. ever.

First, buy chocolate.  Dark chocolate.

And while you’re at the store, get those little clementine oranges.  Some of you probably know them as Cuties.  And get diapers.  And probably eggs and maybe shampoo.  Just trying to help…

Easy.  Fast.  Kid-Friendly.  Healthy.  Best snack ever!

Melt the chocolate in a double broiler, microwave, or in a glass measuring cup hooked to the side of a pot by its handle for your own double-broiler-in-a-pinch.  Whatever works for you.  Just remember that water is the enemy of melted chocolate so make sure whatever you use is perfectly dry and that no water can splash into it while you’re working.  If you get water in the chocolate you will need to throw it out, which is tragic to say the least.

Then spread out a sheet of wax paper, peel the clementines, and remove the glass from the hot water if you are letting your kiddos do this.

Next, dip!

Easy.  Fast.  Kid-Friendly.  Healthy.  Best snack ever! Easy.  Fast.  Kid-Friendly.  Healthy.  Best snack ever!

They take an hour or so to set up on the counter, but if you put them in the fridge or in your freezing cold garage, they’ll be ready in minutes!

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Brrrr!

Right now my phone tells me it’s 7° outside. It’s supposed to be 0° by 8 o’clock tonight, with an final low of -7 by the time the day is done. The irony of having livestock is more extreme the weather the more time you have to spend out in it.

Despite a canceled church service yesterday and no school today I got up early to check on the animals first thing both mornings.

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We have a heated waterer for the dog, cats, goats, and the lamb, but it still has to be checked because in these extreme temperatures not even the automatic heat works every time.

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They also eat a lot more food in extremely cold temperatures!

The back entryway is a mess! The chickens waterers must be brought in and thawed so I can exchange them throughout the day. Lizzie takes her bottle twice a day by the back door, And the rest of it is littered with mud boots, scarves, hats, gloves and old towels to soak up the melted snow.

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It took me 30 minutes this morning and will require another half hour tonight to make sure that all of the animals are fed and watered. But just imagine if instead of a handful of backyard animals you had a whole farm full of livestock that your livelihood depended upon!

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Today in this freezing cold weather many farmers and ranchers will be outside almost all day providing for their livestock. They’ll do this today, tomorrow, and even on Christmas morning!

So thanks to all the farmers who provided my Christmas ham, yams, and eggnog!

And Merry Christmas!

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San Antonio Bound!

Sorry. I know it’s late. But believe it or not this is what I’ve been doing today.

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In case you can’t tell that’s us preparing a display of the Where Does Your Pizza Come From? day we did last July. Our project was submitted to American Farm Bureau and it was chosen as one of 20 projects to be displayed at the annual meeting in San Antonio in January! We are pretty excited about this honor, especially since it involves going to a warm location in the middle of January! 😉

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So tonight we were up at the Farm Bureau office, gluing and cutting fabric in a very farmer-like fashion! The strips of brown fabric are precisely cut to the size of the grain head, and the windrows behind the combine are precisely cut to the size of the tractor’s front wheels. It turned out pretty cute, if I do say so myself!

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Poor Little Lamb

sick little lamb

How can you not just feel so sorry for this poor little thing!  Sorry enough, in fact, to bring its sick little self into your house and have it take over your bathroom, never mind the natural sheep smell or the less natural odors of, well, sick sheep.

Poor little Lizzie has been following the goats around and learning from their bad examples.  Goats are, in fact, pigs, and do not stop eating until they make themselves sick.  Fortunately they are more well equipped to handle over eating.  Sheep?  Not so much…  So after waking up twice in the night last night to try to get her to take more of her bottle I realized this morning she was not getting better and brought her into the house.

sick little lamb

She is staying in the back bathroom– the one for washing up from farm work etc., which at least means she doesn’t have access to my good towels.  The small bit of grain in her bowl is mildly interesting to her at the moment, which is good, and she really seems to want the electrolytes, which is great.

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The orange liquid is not Gatorade, its the electrolytes!

The veterinarian came out this morning and gave her a shot, made sure she was drinking warm water, and gave directions for her to stay in the house till she’s eating normally again.  Thanks Dad!  🙂

So here’s hoping Lizzie is better soon, and this is me being grateful we have a 15 pound baby lamb instead of a 100 pound calf, because yes, you bring those in the house too!

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Of sheep, goats, and chickens

In the six days I’ve owned a lamb I’ve learned they are only slightly easier than baby chicks to keep alive. The advantage of sheep is they are large enough to avoid predators like opossums or raccoons. Their main disadvantage is that they baa loudly, inviting coyotes for a four county area into the backyard. I’m thinks about setting out a guest book to see who travels farthest.

The new lamb has also reminded me how much the goats have grown! This morning I set out to trim the goats’ hooves. Trimming should be done every three months or so and my calendar kindly reminded me yesterday that this job needed to be done in December. Last time I trimmed Harriet and Fanny’s hooves I held them with my legs and trimmed with both hands.

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As you can see, the much larger animals were not so easy. I had Brian get a few more shots of the process and then he had to help me hold them. Thank goodness, because Fanny’s hooves were pretty pointy, despite the fact that I trimmed them at the beginning of October. A goat in the wild would be climbing rocks and such, wearing down the hoof material, but soft grass just isn’t doing that for these girls! Since feet are vitally important to animals 😉 caring for them should be top priority for goat owners. I think I’ll set my next calendar reminder for February, instead of March!

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By February I imagine Lizzie’s toes will need trimming as well. Thank goodness the chickens will be fine! If only they’d finish molting and get back to laying eggs. Animal ownership– gotta love it!!

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